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post #91 of 97 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 01:58 PM
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I may rebuild it myself, but in the interest of time, i need on to keep riding.

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post #92 of 97 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 02:02 PM
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Thank you..i tried shoving a screwdriver and a socket under it, but did not work well.

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Nice to know Larry. Shouldn't you replace everything that is associated with the alternator such as the voltage regulator or does it all come brand new. I heard the new alternators are now made in China so i don't know which way to go. I have an 08 which i turned 137,000 on today and have no problems. Most people I talk to is to just ride it until it quits or your lights start to dim. I always make sure its not the battery. What are the tell tell signs that your alternator is not working other than running down the battery. I am going to try and get 200,000 miles out of my orginal.
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The Goldwing alternator is essentially an automotive alternator. The entire charging system is self contained within the alternator housing, including the rectifier pack and regulator.

If your alternator stops charging, the generic engine warning light will come on, just like in a car. Honda labels it FI, as in Fault Indicator.

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Interestingly enough, I just took out the alternator on my '06 last night using that exact method. "Great minds think alike". The hardest part I had was to get the bottom bolt out due to the hose and overflow fill. I could just barely get a socket in place to get to the bolt. Any suggestions?

The reason I took it out is that I noticed a bit of an irregular rattle (kind of) when the bike was cold/warming up and idling. I got very determined last night to find the source, and after poking around and listening with a steel rod, I found the sound was coming from the alternator. I could even feel the alternator shake and vibrate while running. Listening to the areas around it, including the mounting area, I could not hear anything, so I am hoping that it is not the ADG. The closer to the end with the brushes I listened, the louder the noise was, and the easier I could feel the rattle. When I got it out, the splines looked like new.

I am starting with a new alternator before I spend the $$$ for an ADG. Does anyone have any suggestions on the type of alternator to buy? I HATE spending $800+ on an OEM. I can get a CompuFire for $300 less. Worked great on my 1500.
This vid is my previous bike and what it sounded like with the ADG gone bad. This discovery made for a sad day!

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I'm sorry...sounds nasty. Mine is not like that all. Thinking a new alternator will fix it. My sound is so quiet that when I first heard it (after leaving a mechanic for fixing a different issue), he could not really hear it.

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--> "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe." -Luke 11:21
--> 5 out of 4 people have trouble with fractions.
--> Ever stop think...and forget to start again?
--> On the OTHER hand...There are 5 more fingers.
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I'm sorry...sounds nasty. Mine is not like that all. Thinking a new alternator will fix it. My sound is so quiet that when I first heard it (after leaving a mechanic for fixing a different issue), he could not really hear it.
Remember the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" .

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