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View Poll Results: How many replacements have you had, and what brands?
None 11 61.11%
1 times 4 22.22%
2 times 1 5.56%
3 times 2 11.11%
OEM Honda 4 22.22%
Ken Heming Rebuilt 0 0%
CompuFire 1 5.56%
Other brand 0 0%
Used 1 or more times 0 0%
New only 0 0%
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 08:41 AM
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Well, it was an E3 that was purchased and I thought it was a rear tire.
was he running a CT at that time?
I believe he was running a CT at the time. Either way, it was a lucky find for him since he was at a Harley accommodation shop!!! Also lucky for Jack someone donated an Alternator for the auction that he was able to purchase on the spot!

Daveo430 was the only one in that event that was having a bad day. The images of that will stay with me for a long time...... Glad he came out of that as well as he did.

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well, so far, with only 3 polls up, it seems that 3 out of 3 have not needed to find a replacement 1800 alternator.

I am leaving this poll Sticky'd and permanent for a long term picture on the issue.

Hopefully the 1800s won't be as prone to alternator failures as the 1500s are.

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Need to change my answer to none on the 1800-but I did have 4 changed out(one compufire)on my 1500 in 225000 miles.


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My 2010 gl1800 had 2 failures 1st at 33k mi & 2nd 21k mi later, both were replaced under warranty/ extended warranty.
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I have been traveling via Google and found this interesting Poll.


Poll on Alternator Failures.png


Based on those results it is a 50/50 crap shoot for ever replacing an '02 alternator period.

Obviously, at some point in time, it will need attention.
I have seen some posts saying their '01-'02 went to 260,000 plus on the OEM.

I think I will just buy one and throw it in the trailer and forget about it.
That way, I won't ever need it

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Poll #3 on Alternator Failures

More Google surfing has turned up yet another Poll with over 408 votes on Alternator Failures.
This one I think is more valuable than the other ones because it includes the Alternator Drive Gear as a failure point...


Poll 2 on Alternator Failures.png

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They list 01 to 04 I wonder if those Starter Central alternators are the same as 06 and up

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The '06 & up have "high output alternators", what the actual difference is I don't know, but they cost more on the parts schematics however I believe they both fit all gl1800s.
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Haven'd had one on the 1800,but I've only had it a couple of years and it has approx 50 k miles on it.

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I had mine rebuilt at about 145,000 miles, brushes were halve bearings were still good, replaced all, cost $125 in Canada at a alternator rebuild place it's a bit of a pain to get out with a number of extentions to reach that one bolt that's hidden ... Stick with OEM there's lots of cheaper alternators but you get what you pay for .. Would you carry around an alternator for your car .. Not likely .. Same for me on a wing, I do carry roadside assistance like rescue plus or BCAA for any trouble I may encounter , it just becomes part of the adventure

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