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I have added enough electrical accessories that I feel I should also upgrade the charging system. The last straw was grip heaters. Does anyone know of any options other than buying a Compu-Fire alternator for around $370? Wingstuff.com says that replacing the battery with a High-output Gel battery at the same time is recommended. Any thoughts on that recommendation? My current battery is a year-old good quality sealed lead acid battery.
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I would suggest you follow Wingstuff's recommendation.
The CF is designed to run with an AGM type sealed battery.
Some have done it without the AGM but I have both and I can see why it is recommended.
You can always go with your current battery until you see if you can live with it. Then get the AGM after that.
No other real higher output options than CF that I know of.
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Any "tricks" to replacing the alternator? Wingstuff also recommends replacing the four rubber damper rubbers. How important is that?
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The rubber dampers get hard with exposure to heat and with age, when I did mine, I replaced them they don't cost much at all. When I put mine in, I read of some vibration issues that were had by others so I figured the new dampers would fix it (if it was the cause) Never had any vibrations with mine. As far as installing the comp-u-fire, It can be tricky to get her in there cause it is a tight fit and be very careful of the o-ring, I nicked mine and had to do it over again a few days later. You willknow if you nicked it in short order - watch for the oil puddles!

As stated earlier, the battery should be changed at the same time, there have been some who have not changed it but the higher voltage outut had a tendency to make you have to keep an eye on theelectrolyte level and I didnt want to have to pull the cover off every day to check it. It was just easier to do as recommended. I am not sorry.

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I have added enough electrical accessories that I feel I should also upgrade the charging system. The last straw was grip heaters. Does anyone know of any options other than buying a Compu-Fire alternator for around $370? Wingstuff.com says that replacing the battery with a High-output Gel battery at the same time is recommended. Any thoughts on that recommendation? My current battery is a year-old good quality sealed lead acid battery.
Try this guy. He rewinds the stock alternators to a higher output and gives a warranty at a lower rate than a comp-U-fire.

Many wingers are using his units and swear by them. I don't know by experience but just by reading others riders posts on another forum.



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Here is Ken Hemming's website and it lists prices at the bottom.
http://mysite.verizon.net/resp3jbj/


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I just installed the high output alternator from Ken Heming this week. A tag came on mine saying 14.5 volts and he told me on the phone that it put out about 65 amps. A good guy to deal with. As said before is is a very tight fit.

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Has anyone been using Ken Heming's HO alternator for sometime ? How do they work for you (charging & voltage ) ? I did not see how long he guarantee them. I want to update my system but right now a Compu-fire is a little out of the question.



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He is very competent and has been around for quite a while. I am sure he would stand by his work. Send him an email and ask.


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