Alternator ...... AGAIN


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Lebouc
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Alternator ...... AGAIN

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Hi all.

Is there a way to permenantly fix those damn 1500 alternators , i changed my alternator about 2 years ago and i got stucked today , guess what ? yeah , alternator again , its my third Wing the first was an '88 and the last two are 2000 SE and on every single Wing i changed the alternator twice , so that makes it 6 times , and to be honest and getting sick and tired of it , and even thinking about getting rid of my Wing for good.
I saw once a thread about " compufire " alternators , is it something to look into it ? is it bolt-on or do we have to mess with the wire harness ?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys


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Re: Alternator ...... AGAIN

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All the alternators, including aftermarket (like the Compufire) on the GL1500 just bolt in place and plug in, no wiring required.

I've been running the Compufire on my bike for over ten years now with no issues.

Any decent alternator shop should be able to rebuild your alternator. They are adapted automotive alternators.
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Re: Alternator ...... AGAIN

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Hi WingAdmin

Any advantage to running a CompuFire ? because every time i replace the alternator i always put the original one and i go between 2 and 5 years then i have to go through that all over again .

Thanks for the reply
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Re: Alternator ...... AGAIN

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Lebouc wrote: Sun May 30, 2021 7:54 pm Hi WingAdmin

Any advantage to running a CompuFire ? because every time i replace the alternator i always put the original one and i go between 2 and 5 years then i have to go through that all over again .

Thanks for the reply
The CompuFire alternator is capable of putting out 90 amps - which is double the stock alternator's capacity of 45 amps.

Because of this, the CompuFire is pretty much "loafing" most of the time. Because it's hardly working, it doesn't heat up a lot - and heat is the enemy of alternators (and most electronics).

You could add the CompuFire and then use up all its capacity by adding every electrical accessory known to man, but by adding a higher capacity alternator and not increasing the load, you end up with an oversized system that is hardly working - and will likely last much longer.


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