1800 Alternator


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1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:15 pm



I would like to know when Goldwing 1800 owners have had to fix or replace their alternators by miles and years of motorcycle? Thanks



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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by winger05 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:38 pm

25000 miles on my 05 and no problems yet :D

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:52 pm

Thanks for your reply winger05. I am surprised that no one else has commented, I guess no one has had any problems with their 1800 alternator.

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by MikeB » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:03 pm

I do not know of anyone that has had an alternator failure on a GL1800.
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:23 pm

Thank you Mike B, I had talked to an 2004 owner a couple of weeks ago and he had to replace his around 70,000 miles after it went out on a trip
so he also had a towing charge. Maybe his was just a rare failure but I asked so I had information as my 2005 1800 is approaching the 70,000 mile
and rather replace at a common mileage failure than to be caught on the road. I also do not want to replace at Honda's $500.00 bill if not necessary.
decisions, decisions but I do try to get information to help make the best decision, Thanks again to those who respond.

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by eastkytriker » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:26 pm

27,000 on 08 with no problems.

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by harvey01 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:59 am

I have an 2004 and have never replaced the alternator. I don't think it is a common failure like it was with some earlier Wings.

There is always someone who has had any given part fail and there are those that ride several hundred thousand miles with no failures.
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Bad Blake » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:52 pm

I was under the impression they last forever. :D

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:02 am

Well I know everything will wear out at some point although I had 155,000 miles on the 1999 Goldwing when I sold it and my friend has appro. 275,000 on his 1993 Goldwing so now having a 2005 Goldwing I wanted to get some information from the Goldwing 1800 owners on when they had to repair or replace the Alternator for my enlightenment. :)

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:38 am

2nd owner of a 2008 HPNA. Original owner only had 3300 miles of the odo and passed away. Picked up the bike in 2015 and now have a around 32,000 on the bike. No issues with the alternator (fingers crossed!!)

I did have a 1996 GL1500-SE that I had to replace the alternator a couple times until I changed to a Compu-fire at about 80,000 miles, then never had an issue to over 210,000 miles. To my knowledge, it is still on the road with the Compu-fire!
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:36 am

Hi wingpilot08, good year 2008 1800. Yes I had put the compufire alternator on my 99 1500 also. I knew that m/c in and out but still learning about the 1800. Thanks

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Wingsconsin » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:27 pm

2002 with 49,000 miles on original alternator
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by GRAPEAPE94 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:21 pm

195,000 on my '06 with no problems.

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:11 pm

180000 miles on my 06 and I'm replacing mine now. The rear bearing in it began too go...$575 from bikebandit.
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by 823JIM » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:37 pm

My brother had one fail last summer on a 2002 with 30,000 miles on the clock. The dealer who replaced it said their mechanic, who has over 20 years working on Hondas, said it was the first one he ever put on an 1800.
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:45 pm

Yea I'd have too say just his bad luck.
Do you know what the problem was with it?

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:07 am

I have an 2002 GL1800, when I bought it from a dealer, it had 98,000 miles on it.
Looked like a brand new bike.

Just having come from two 1500s and alternator issues all the time,
I was really nervous about a "high mileage" 1800 and going on a big long summer trip.

So, I up and ordered a brand new OEM alternator and installed it.
the old one still looks like a new unit, no problems with it at all.
Stuck it in the box the new one came in, labeled "Spare" and it stays in my trailer.
So far, it has ridden in that trailer for about 14,000 miles LOL
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:03 am

Thanks all, like AZgl1800 my Goldwing 1500 alternator was replaced several times before I reached 155,000 miles so I was getting concerned about my GL 1800 that is reaching 70,000 miles. After the information I have received I think that I will keep traveling so more mile before replacing. :)

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:16 pm

IBArider wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:03 am
Thanks all, like AZgl1800 my Goldwing 1500 alternator was replaced several times before I reached 155,000 miles so I was getting concerned about my GL 1800 that is reaching 70,000 miles. After the information I have received I think that I will keep traveling so more mile before replacing. :)
Just so you have advance warning, why not install one of these?


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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Bad Blake » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:41 pm

Don’t take this as being sarcastic, but my experience tells me that the guage will only tell you whether it’s working or not working. Alternators are somewhat like batteries, they just crap out without a warning. I ride my 08 1800 with more confidence regarding failures than my three Valkyries, therefore a trip on one of the Valkyries will be a trip with a spare alternator in the saddlebag. As the Wing gets older I will probably do the same with it. As a side note, the alternator is the one and only thing that fails on the Valkyries, so I don’t look for anything else. JMO

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by IBArider » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:33 pm

Thanks for the suggestion but I do have a digital meter installed. It should warn me with enough time to get off of the heavy traffic hwy. but I don't think it will give me enough warning to get back home.
I don't like being broke down on the other side of the country so I like a much information about my model's reliability as possible. Of course I also know that things happen but I try to keep that from happening if it is within my responsibility. Again thanks to all who responds, I like to learn from others who have experienced with the model I ride.

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:17 pm

for what it is worth, my old alternator rides in my trailer.

I also have a special set of tools made to allow the alternator to be removed in 15 minutes w/o taking off a lot of plastics, or the gas tanks.

I can get it out and back in place in about 45 minutes.

The black tool is a solid made wrench, it is used to "break the bolts loose" or snug them up.

The Stainless tool is the ratcheting "End Wrench", it is a Push-Pull tool.... yes, put the socket on the top, rear case bolt and push/pull and it comes off in a hurry. Lay a finger over the ratchet to hold it on the bolt head, and keep it from backing up, and wallah, that bolt is out/in before you know it.

This guy is the one who made my tools:

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they are special ratcheting "end wrenches", no need for a socket wrench and extensions from the rear of the alternator. Tell I sent you to him, and that you want the GL1800 ratcheting wrench tool set.
there are two of them.
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by hondapotamus » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:58 pm

2001 with 325,000 km (203,125 mi) - still going strong with significant farkles and heat gear operating
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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Newfiegeezer » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:44 pm

I have a 2003 1800 and had alternator troubles at 47,000 miles. Had it repaired twice and it failed again in July 2017. I did not replace last year am am looking for an upgrade to the stock alternator. Any comments welcome.

Just for everyone’s info, my brother who has a 2007 with 85,000 miles had alternator failure as well. It’s more common than many here seem to realize.

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Re: 1800 Alternator

Post by Red Ron » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:38 pm

I think failures are more common on pre '06 models as it was a less powerful model alternator. A dealer will tell you they have to pull the tank because the service manual says to do so. But you don't. I had to remove the alternator in my previous '08 but only because I broke a terminal connection off the side of it. As well as I can remember, for that elusive 3rd bolt, I used a 6" extension (or 2 3" ones) and a 3/8" breaker bar because the ratchet's head was too big to get into the space. Once you break the bolt you can turn it with a pin head extension magnet. When putting it back let it set in the hole of the alternator and carefully set it in place and sung up the other 2 bolts while the 3rd bolt sits in place (you can't use your fingers to start it is why you need to do it this way, or maybe you could use a magnetic socket). Before reinstall some also use a file to saw notches in this bolt so you can use a long screwdriver to snug it up this also helps if you use the pin magnet from before to snug it up. Then use the same assembly as before to tighten.



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