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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Alternator conversion on a Vulcan?

I don't know if it would be possible because of the way the engine is mounted but if it was possible it would be great. This is a picture (not of my Goldwing) of a conversion that the GL1200 group does to take care of the stator problem they are constantly having problems with too (the 1200 Goldwing's alkalies heel).



I did the mod on my 86 and it works wonderful, I still have to trim some of the fairing but it really kicks out some power no matter how many lights the bike has on it!

With the fairing on the only place you can see the alternator is through the gills on the side:



From the front the only thing visable is the missing dress piece under the radiator.



All in all I think it was a great mod and I wish I could find a way to do it on the Vulcan. Any ideas would be welcomed.

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Damn. That's one way to solve that problem.
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One could run it off of one of the tires. And the bilt in stator could take over when at a stop.

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Hmmm. I wonder.

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The "Poor Boy" alternator fix for the GL1200s has also been used on the older 1100s but not as prominently as the 1200s. It uses a Geo alternator not much bigger than your fist. It requires some minor mods to the radiator fan & shroud, but gets rave reviews from the owners.
You can also get one that is direct drive from the front left bank that powers off of the cam drive, but it runs $600.00+.

My uncle has an old PTO unit off of his John Deere B taht I'm thinking of using for an alternator belt drive. Unfortunately, it's bigger than the Vulcan motor!!

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The only place to pull power off would be the place that the boot covers the u-joint on the drive shaft.

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An extra shaft drive could be built into the side cover. Maybe driven by the starter chain. Interesting idea.

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I know this sounds goofy but the honda fourtrax 300 4x4 has adual direction right angle drive on the side of the engine with one shaft going to the front dif and another to the back diff ????




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I toyed with the 1wire alternator idea for a while. But layed it to rest with the lack of a good drive location. Sure you coulg rig something to work. It's got to be funtional & look good.
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I was thinking of this Years ago, You could put it where the goat belly was and run it off the drive shaft with a pully on the outpuit shaft but never took it to the bike.

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