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After much effort, I completed the install of an alternator on my 1200 Aspencade using the Poorboy kit. I took it for an initial test ride of about 10 minutes with no problems, The next day, I went for aride - after about 5 minutes of riding, all my dash lights started to flash, the motor started to miss, and about 2 minutes later, I lost all power (to include spark)- had to walk home to get a trailer.



I have no blown fuses on the wiring appears solid. My battery is good - but the alternator is NOT charging it. I just went out and flipped the key on and (thankfully) everything appears in order on the dash. And, the bike started (with a jump)although I don't want to run it for fear of burning somethng out.



Any ideas? I have the main post on the alternator wired to the postive terminal on the battery. I also wired a line from the lower right terminal (showns as IG in the instructions photo) to my accessory post on the fuse panel. Am I missing something?



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Had the same thing happen in my case it was a bad battery connection
 

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Did the alt charge at any time after you installed it. Does it need an exciter wire to get the alt to start charging? Mine required a switched 12 volt lead to a terminal on the alt so it would charge.
 

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hockeydad33 wrote:
Did the alt charge at any time after you installed it. Does it need an exciter wire to get the alt to start charging? Mine required a switched 12 volt lead to a terminal on the alt so it would charge.
The wire he has going to the ACC+ is the exciter

Check Battery connection or connection from battery to starter solenoid or even a dickey main 30 amp fuse.

Isnt it fun.....:gunhead:
 

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I've been away for a week - just now getting some time to tinker. Still no success. My battery connection is good. Main fuse is good. I even changed out my wireand put a temporary direct, unfused, line from the post on the alt. to the positive terminal on the battery. The bike starts and operates - but is NOT charging the battery.



Of the threesmall terminals on the alternator, I have the IG (which I assume is ignition) connected to the positive terminal on my fuse panel. Do Ineed to have one of the others wired to ground or something?



I do have a volt meter - is there a way I can figure out if the (BRAND NEW) alternator is putting out juice?



This seems like a pretty simple operation - I don't understand why this is not working.



Any guidance would be greatly appreciated



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It depends on the alternator what wires should be connected where.
 

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You could as a test actually complete the circuit by installing a temporary ground wire of the same gauge from the body of the alternator to the negative side of the battery.
We assume that the engine is grounded correctly and that the alternator, if connected to the engine is grounded.

Also test that the IGN wire is actually reading 12V+ at the alternator end, pull wire off alternator and test for voltage when the IGN is turned on.



The next step would be to return the alternator and have it tested.
 

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It's been quite a while since my last post - but I wanted to provide an end to this story. The problem was bad wire. The "12 guage" wire provided by my local auto parts store wouldn't carry the voltage back to the battery. I ended up having the alternator tested (because I was out of ideas) - it tested fine. The tech suggested trying a better quality wire... that was it. Who would have thought a brand new wire labeled as "12 guage" would be weak. Shows my ingorance. Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know it's n a functioning fine. Also wanted to thank everyone who offered advice.

Thanks!

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Yes you would think wire is wire, something to think about and keep in mind.
Glad you got it fixed anway
 

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Good job Tom on not giveing up.
 
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