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Old 01-28-2013, 01:23 PM
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And thanks to Kyle for helping me build it - his design work was outstanding!

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:40 PM
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Alternator TLC

A few weeks ago I noticed quite a bit of rust on my alternator brackets, so it took the alternator off to clean 'em up. I also noticed when I spun the pulley, the bearings sounded a bit crunchy.
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I can't have rust like this on my engine!
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I decided to go the route a previous poster went and have the brackets powder coated. A bench grinder with a wire wheel, and an hour later, they were all cleaned up.
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I replaced both the bearings at a cost of $10. My brushes looked in great shape and still had about 75% left. I didn't bother with a bench test since it was working fine... it just looked like crap. I used a little crocus cloth on the slip rings and they were good to go.
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The powder coater said it may take 2 weeks unless they get more to do in gloss black. They were done in 3 days.
Powder coating cost me $22. These won't be rusting again for a while.
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I cleaned up the windings frame and painted it so it would be black again, and cleaned up the rust on the alt frame screws. I used new mounting bolts, and cleaned up and painted the pulley.
It's all pretty now.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:50 PM
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A few weeks ago I noticed quite a bit of rust on my alternator brackets, so it took the alternator off to clean 'em up. I also noticed when I spun the pulley, the bearings sounded a bit crunchy.
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I can't have rust like this on my engine!
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I decided to go the route a previous poster went and have the brackets powder coated. A bench grinder with a wire wheel, and an hour later, they were all cleaned up.
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I replaced both the bearings at a cost of $10. My brushes looked in great shape and still had about 75% left. I didn't bother with a bench test since it was working fine... it just looked like crap. I used a little crocus cloth on the slip rings and they were good to go.
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The powder coater said it may take 2 weeks unless they get more to do in gloss black. They were done in 3 days.
Powder coating cost me $22. These won't be rusting again for a while.
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I cleaned up the windings frame and painted it so it would be black again, and cleaned up the rust on the alt frame screws. I used new mounting bolts, and cleaned up and painted the pulley.
It's all pretty now.
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Nicely done.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:52 PM
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I agree. Gotta love attention to detail.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:32 PM
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Added the HTC wireless Bluetooth car stereo clip so I no longer have to plug my phone in, and have a long cord hanging out to the captains chair.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:11 PM
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Here are my winter projects ...they should be finished in a few weeks...

- 1100# custom X30 rear locker sacs, piggy backed into my newly adjustable factory ballast system. .. waiting to see these. Will take pics.

- super sac'r with a timer on the helm switch for 400# intervals and new thru hull. No dash plate being install, completely concealed system for adhoc sacs.

- Wireless clarion remote with y cable

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:26 PM
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Where did you get them?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:30 PM
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Very nicely done JDC
Thinking of pulling my windshield frame on the XStar and powder coating it black
Do I need to strip them clean of the factory finish before I drop them off for Powder coating?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:41 PM
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Dealer, but they are avail on eBay. Almost went with the new multi color lights from abyss, but held back.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:01 AM
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Very nicely done JDC
Thinking of pulling my windshield frame on the XStar and powder coating it black
Do I need to strip them clean of the factory finish before I drop them off for Powder coating?
Thanks.
That's the first time I've had anything powder coated. Everyone I talked to said the part to be coated needs to be stripped clean. I'd call the place that will do the coating and ask them. Personally, I'd have it clean and smooth before coating.
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