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OK,Now that the mechanical problems are done,I`ve run into one other small preoblem..pushing the bottom of the radiator out has left me unable to correctly install the lower fairing pieces.Anyone have this problem and what did you do?
 

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I think on Don's web site (the guy who sells the kits) he has a picture of the same problem.
He used a heat gun to heat the plastic until it was starting to get soft, then installed the lower, allowing the alternator to bulge the plastic out a bit.
If I wrer doing this, I would duct tape a couple of layers of shop rags to the alternator first.
After the fitting is done, remove the rags, that will give a bit of clearance to prevent viberation.
 

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Good idea on the rags.I reread the instructions and he says to remount behind the Radiator instead of in front.I just hate cutting up fairings!!
 

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Hey Zonk. I put the bench grinder to work on the lower part of the covers. i mounted them on the outside of the radiator. take your time and grind just enough so your bottom trim will fit back in. Hammer
 

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Got it..looks good and just took a bit of patience and fortitude.

Did you have to change the lower radiator hose? I`m not liking the way it isnt fully seated because of the pushing out of the lower part of the radiator.
 

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Yes I replaced my bottom hose, figure it was over 20 years old it was time for one, like you i didnt like how the old one went back on.. Hammer
 

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Thanks again,Hammer..you`ve been a big help..Did you just get one from Autozone in that siaze or did Honda have a bigger one?

BTW,its amazing how easy,in hindsight,this really was to do.About the hardest thing was cutting the timing covers.
 

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Yea your right Zonk its one of those things that while your doing it you think . what did i get myself into? then when its over its like that was nothing,, i took my old hose to NAPA and said i need one of these lol, Hammer
 

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Ya know,I found NAPA to be the best at helping and having with correct parts.I cant count how many times I`ve gotten wrong parts/advice from the more popular stores.
 

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hey i was thinking of doing that same thing u guys just did to put a car alternator on an 87" gl1200 interstate or should i just get a heavy duty stock style

and can anyone recomend a brand name/model?
 

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Hey lynchingacers :waving: Welcome to the best Goldwing Forum on the net. :clapper:
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thank you but anyone have an anwser to the question above?? sorry but we here wana ride soon and spending like 200$ on a stock style stator is kina out of the checkbookright now and wondered if we could do a car alternator for cheaper?????
 

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lynchingacers wrote:
hey i was thinking of doing that same thing u guys just did to put a car alternator on an 87" gl1200 interstate or should i just get a heavy duty stock style

and can anyone recomend a brand name/model?
It's pretty much a matter of choice. You can get a new heavier duty stator for a bit less than $200 which is a good way to go if you want to stay stock. If you don't mind a bit of fiddling and modifying the bike, the auto alternator route has been working for many folks. If you have a lot of accessory lights and electrical loads on the bike the auto alternator might be the better bet. If your bike is pretty stock a new stator will probably last at least another twenty years or more.
 

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thanks alot and i was thinking of modifying the bike a little like a stereo and mabye some ledaccent lighting and possibly fog lights in the future
 

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thanks alot and i was thinking of modifying the bike a little like a stereo and mabye some ledaccent lighting and possibly fog lights in the future
Might be worth taking a close look at the auto conversion then, the stock bike doesn't have all that much extra electrical capactity
 
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