Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Willow River,mn.
Having worked for an aftermarket automotive rebuild shop for some years, I learned that there are a lot of shabby rebuilders out there. The shop I worked for does a very 'top of the line' rebuild. I worked in the alternator department rebuilding mass quantities and one-at-a-time special requests on import or domestic. The owner would do ALL the 6v stuff himself (seperate room even). If you know what to shop for, you can find a good rebuilder that will make an old worn alternator (or starter) like new, and last as long. It's about learning what wears, what deteriorate's, and how to refresh those items (or replace with better than oem items-yes there are improvements sometimes), so you can have the same reliability as one of those 'everything new' items. I would not hesitate having my alt rebuilt by the shop I worked at, and being a 2005 model, I might even have them put the new stator or rotor or both in to crank up the output to the 120 amp later ones. I probably don't need it though because I'm running a lot of LED's. Once I had a friends gl1500 compufire alt go out. I brought it down to my old shop and showed them. They compared it to a Saturn car, and ordered a new rotor, never had another problem with that alt. It even measured 94 amps after repair. I understand that everyone won't know what to look for, but you can research how to shop for a good rebuild shop. I also understand that sometimes it's just easier to buy conveniently and get it done. I've done that myself on things. My $.02$. I also run a digital volt meter to monitor my charging system at all times, and have suggested to a lot of folks to do the same (and installed a lot for folks).