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post #21 of 97 (permalink) Old 08-26-2010, 06:38 PM
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Great write up. I have always worried about getting at that.

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Well, Sunday afternoon, heading out to the garage now to start this process.
If I thought I could do it in 20 minutes, I'd be waiting 'till Tuesday when the alternator gets here, but I have a baaaaaadddd feeling about this one.

Follow up report coming.......
2 hours and no follow-up. This doesn't look good....

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now it is 4 hours pid. Looking grimmer all the time.
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Borrowed the 9" 3/8 breaker bar, figured I haven't needed 1 in the 50 years I've been on the earth, probably be another 50 before I need one, so I borrowed it.
Bought a telescoping magnet, didn't work, wouldn't rotate the bolt. But my skinny little finger and a screwdriver that I bounced off the bolt head the entire time did the trick. Took ALOT longer than 20 minutes, but I'm OK with it. Still didn't need to take out the battery box or the rear wheel, so it's all good. New alternator arrived today and is ON !!!
I'm on the road again and feelin' good. Now, I gotta go pressure wash the decks instead of riding, oh well, it's ready for when I want to ride now.
Thanks to the op for this shortcut, even tho' it didn't work perfect, it still saved me ALOT of time and hassle !!!!!!!
I've always wondered how the "magnet" trick would work. Most bolts I remove don't turn that easy until they're almost out.

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Congrats Hack Glad you got it done.
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I just used this trick today to get that pesky third alternator mounting bolt out!
Worked like a charm! Thankfully!

I sure didn't like the prospect of removing the top shelter, gas tank, battery, battery box, and fuse block just to get at that bolt!

But I had a thin headed ratchet that fit in there, didn't have to buy a 10" breaker bar. Yippee! A zero-trips-to-Home Depot project at last! LOL!

Thanks for the tip Hal, it came in real handy.

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Another Little trick

Here's another little trick that helped me with the back & bottom bolt.

Take a small triangular file and on every flat of the bolt file a notch like in the pics below.



When you are ready to install the new alternator you can take a long, skinny, flat bladed screwdriver (after you have broke them loose per instructions above) and take the bolt out or in by turning it like you used to adjust the old drum type brakes. I know this doesn't help the first time you have to change the alternator, but it sure makes it a lot easier the next time. This would really be a good winter project to just go ahead & take the bolts out & notch them in advance so if & when you do need to change the alternator you will be ready. Hope this makes sense & helps someone if it's needed.

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Neat tool and I've got to get me one but it looks as though the OP needed to use a breaker handle in order to twist the extension and socket behind the alternator.
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...it looks as though the OP needed to use a breaker handle in order to twist the extension and socket behind the alternator.
Not really. That bolt comes off pretty easy. You just need a long enough handle to to get a grip. It you look at the OP's first pic, a standard rachet wouldn't be long enough to come out from behind the alternator. Also, a normal rachet head is thicker and wider which makes it difficult to get in there with the limited clearance.

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Thanks for info & pics on changing alternator. I have an 03 GW. Will a higher output alternator from a newer GW work on an 03 ?

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