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The stock alternator on my 2000SE just went out, as they are prone to do, (wonder



how you say that in Chinese???) The Compufire, as well asKen's HO rebuilts are



past my budget allowance, so I'm wondering what the next best HighOutput



alternator might be. There are several on Ebay, howeversomeriders on this



forum don't hold them in high regard and I hate to pay for junk!! Any suggestions



will be greatly appreciated! :?



Thanks from the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast, where riding weather is at least 300 days a year!
 

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Take it to a local shop and have it checked.
It could be junk or a $50 fix.
 

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Ken, thanks for the quick reply! The problem is that I have to replace the unit with a



high output alternator 'cause my GW was not getting enough voltage at idle. (Got



voltage indicator lights installed.)
 

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randylexus wrote:
Ken, thanks for the quick reply! The problem is that I have to replace the unit with a



high output alternator 'cause my GW was not getting enough voltage at idle. (Got



voltage indicator lights installed.)
That would be a good indicator of impending failure.:?

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I am going to get a spare to carry with me on long trips. I too don't want to spend a fortune on a spare unit so Im thinking of this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALTERNATOR-...PUT-/280961816692?hash=item416aa11874&vxp=mtr

Either way you go, make sure you order a new set of Dampers to install with the new alternator.

By the way, if you have your alternator rebuilt, they can put in a higher rated voltage regulator.
 

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Thanks-- I'll follow up on it!
 

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The regulator has nothing to do with output, amperage output ability is controlled solely by the size of stator and rotor.

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I have had good luck with the earlier stock 1500 alternators, as long as they say 'Made in Japan" on the i.d. sticker. Anything elae I suspect was made in China. I would think the high output alternators on eBay were also made in China. Kind of a crap shoot. I have my share of extra lights, Kwik Kamp trailer, and heated clothing with never a problem keeping the battery charged. Doing lots of in town heavy traffic driving on hot days could cause problems, but that is not a situation I like to ride the Gold Wing in ayway. More of a open road bike. How old, and what type of battery do you own? Have you checked your current alternator to see if the rotor is bad, or just needs brushes cleaned/replaced?
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I have the red sealed Odyssey battery, only about 4 months old. As you mentioned,



the rotor and/or brushes may be bad, so I'll have them checked out.



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DriverRider wrote:
The regulator has nothing to do with output, amperage output ability is controlled solely by the size of stator and rotor.

JD
Let me explain a little bit. Stock alternator on the 1500 is 40A. The faster the alternator turns the more amperage it can produce up to its rated maximum. Lets say max amperage can be produced at 2k RPM and at idle max amperage that can be produced is 18A.

There is no new and improved voltage regulator on earth that can change amperage output at a given RPM of the alternator capability.

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Get the Alternator checked and see if it can be fixed/rebuilt.

How long has the led volt gauge been showing low volts at idle? Did you actually check at the battery with a meeter?
Did that just start or has it nearly always done it?
It could be the gauge is not wired up correct also.
I've seen a gauge show low volts and the alternator was changed to a high output and the volt gauge still read just as low volts.
It was wired into other wires with heavy load I think and was not reading true volts at alternator or the battery.
 

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Thanks Chromo!! :cheesygrin:
 

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I bought a new honda rotor for my 2000 SE in May this year (70K miles). Stator windings good, rotor was wide open. That was 156.00 at the dealer. I also bought new drve rubbers and the rear bearing while I was at it.
 

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I just had a similar experience with me 2000 Aspy at approx. 55000 miles (90,000 km). The voltage started showing low and eventually would not keep the battery charged. I put a new set of brushes in the alternator and all was well with the world again. On piece of advice if you do change the brushes yourself: Prepare to discover a few new words. ;)
 

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Ironically, my 2000SE had approx. 55000 miles on it when the alternator went out!



:lash:Makes you wonder about Chinese workmanship!
 
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