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samwing1500
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Going to buy a replacement. What seems to be the way to go? I would like to go
with high output but not sure I need that. Wife does wear a Gerbing heated
jacket liner sometimes. I have heard so many failures that I am thinking just
go with a 40 amp and try to find an original Hitachi or have one rebuilt.
Trike is a 2000 GL1500 with Hannigan trike.


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Compufire 90A seems to be the best option. The other option is to rebuild a pre- 95,97? made in Japan Hitachi. (I'm not sure when the exact year break is)
Probably less of an issue than it was in the past when these bikes would get covered with accessory incandescent lights. Now even with loads of accessory lights, switching all the lights to LED has probably lowered the load from the original stock system.
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Looking at Arrowhead Alternator, 90amp.
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You have a 2000SE, of course you need a high output alternator and the one to go with would be a Compufire.
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ct1500, Why does the 2000 se need a high output alternator as opposed to all the other years?
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The OEM alternator on the early year models was barely adequate at 40A output. With the added lights and constant ON cornering lights of the late models a bad situation got worse with regard to charging voltages.
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I have a 40amp alternator on my trike with no problems.
I have a split charge relay to a second battery and fuse box all my extra lights, sat nav, alarm and cb are wired to it
no problems it charges at 14.2
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Mine went out in July of 2018 and after checking all the options I was purchasing a LActrical online, but it turned out to be a WPS (World Power Systems, a part of WAI Global) sold by Discount Starter and alternator for $165. It’s a 90 amp. No problems for 3 years.
I did some research and found almost all electrical parts for autos and motorcycles come from China, regardless of where they are assembled.
I purchased a new LActrical regulator for the OEM Hitachi alternator and it was also a product of WAI Global.
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the original alternators that came on the bikes lasted for a long time. Once you go to aftermarket products they do not last, for that reason I always carry a spare in my saddlebag. Had to use it twice so far. Once on a ken hemmings rebuild and once on a new WPS alternator with only 25 K on it. Both alternators failed (different trips) Getting real good at changing out alternators on the side of the road.


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