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1500 Alternator

Postby punch7 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:03 pm



In an earlier post, pedroQT asked what were the differences in GL1500 alternators from early years and received a number of answers. Along those lines, I'd like to ask were there higher voltages from the alternators duriing the last model years?



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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:56 pm

punch7 wrote:In an earlier post, pedroQT asked what were the differences in GL1500 alternators from early years and received a number of answers. Along those lines, I'd like to ask were there higher voltages from the alternators duriing the last model years?


The voltage will be the same - it has to be, in order to correctly charge the battery. The available current can differ - for instance, the Compufire can produce 95 amps compared to the OEM, which can put out 40 amps maximum.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby punch7 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:22 pm

Thanks for the response, WingAdmin. My elderly brain must have just imagined Honda touted a much improved version for the later models in their "usually factual" Gold Wing brochures. I guess that wasn't the case.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:51 am

punch7 wrote:Thanks for the response, WingAdmin. My elderly brain must have just imagined Honda touted a much improved version for the later models in their "usually factual" Gold Wing brochures. I guess that wasn't the case.


It's the other way around, actually. Honda changed suppliers for alternators in the 1996 model year - before 1996 they were made in Japan, 1996 and onward they were made in China. The capacity was unchanged, but the quality of the Chinese-built alternators suffered, so they were more failure-prone. A large majority simply switched to aftermarket 90-amp alternators anyway, and the procedure to swap alternators is not difficult.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby punch7 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:55 pm

I'm one of those who changed over to Comufire when the alternator went south in my '98 SE. I was fortunate to be close to home when the dash lights started going on and off and I realized what was happening. I pulled into someone's driveway and explained what was wrong and they let me keep the bike in their carport until I received the Compufire and changed out the unit. Southern hospitality at its best.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby bstig60 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:46 pm

I have ordered an LActrical 95 amp alternator that I will use to replace my stock alternator when it goes south... The price is right,, $130 bucks on Amazon.... Not into paying $400 for a Compufire......
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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby punch7 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:36 pm

Thanks for that info, bstig60! Worth having one on hand at that price.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby Mh434 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:40 pm

I,too, bought one of the 95 amp LActrical units - very happy with it, tons of juice, cheap, and from all accounts, at least as reliable as anything else out there. Easily rebuildable, too, I expect, as it's a Saturn car alternator with a different nose bolted on.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby punch7 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:08 pm

Well that's a revelation, Mh434! I'm sure there are others out there that will benefit from your information as well as me. Thank you for your post.

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby demac1763 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:02 pm

As I have posted before I have a 99 Se and only had it for a month, but I took the left side panel off and saw I have a Hitachi alt. But it says made in Japan on the tag. Does that mean china made it but Japan put their name on it?
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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby bstig60 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:16 pm

I believe that is correct. I have a 99 Asp and it has a Hitachi alternator in it as well, but I believe they were made in China beginning with the 96 model year. Same part number as the earlier models. 31100-MT2-015 ALTERNATOR ASSY. That's why I bought the spare.
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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby demac1763 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:36 pm

I guess I probably need to do the same then. A spare is always good to have. The old saying better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it... :P
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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby Mh434 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:14 am

I think it differed slightly in different markets. My "Canadian Edition" '97 SE (built in USA in 1997) came equipped with a Made-in-Japan Hitachi alternator. I've never heard of a later one so-equipped, though. Nonetheless, even though it was still working when I replaced it, it was still marginal at best. I've never looked back...

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Re: 1500 Alternator

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:01 am

The OEM alternators labeled as Made In Japan, are made in Japan, as far as I know. I have 2 of the other type that look identical to any other OEM unit, including the labels, but they are NOT labeled as made in Japan. That designation is conspicuously missing.
The Lactrical alternator, again, as far as I know, are not rebuildable. They are made in China, as well. The one that is based on a Saturn alternator is the Comp-U-Fire. After reading a lot of comments and reviews on both, the Comp-U-Fire didn't sound any more reliable than the Lactrical, so I opted for the much less expensive Lactrical. Had an issue with the first one shipped, it was replaced, and no issues since. That was a bit over a year ago, and about 6K miles. I got the 85A version. Really works a lot better than the OEM, regarding voltage output. My battery and electrical system are much happier.




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