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Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by tronview on Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:02 pm

Hey everybody I have a Super that currently has a fried Alternator. I happen to have a good Generator and Regulator in storage. I was wondering what would be the draw backs of installing the generator instead of the alternator. And what steps will be involved in doing it.

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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by Bugman114 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:42 pm

i have always wondered about this as well. I would think you might have less amps, but i don't think it would matter in a stock bug, unless you have a loud system, and stuff like that. gotta keep my eye on this one.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by fearthefat138 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:12 pm

i always run gens and i run fog lights and a radio all the time plus my please pass light and ive never had a problem so...
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:58 pm

The only things I know for sure are the stand, pulley, VR and belt. Unless you have that stuff you will probably add up more in extras then just replacing the alternator.


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Post by Hobug on Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:01 pm

I've got extra generator stands. If you're going to switch James, I'd be glad to trade with you. I need an alternator stand.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by tronview on Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:45 pm

71_georgia_beetle wrote:The only things I know for sure are the stand, pulley, VR and belt. Unless you have that stuff you will probably add up more in extras then just replacing the alternator.

Good Point.

Anyone got an Alternator for sell.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by meinvw on Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:51 pm

make sure you get the same alt that came out, make sure what you get will work with the reg in your car unless yours has the internal one.Its a pita to replace them so if you have the funds buy a new one, maybe upgrade to higher output if you have a stereo while its being swapped. If your on a budget have Tims or a shop rebuild it. Cheaper than new, and maybe a warranty to boot for way less than a new one. Used is luck of the draw.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by tronview on Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:14 pm

Where is Tims and what is there #

meinvw wrote:make sure you get the same alt that came out, make sure what you get will work with the reg in your car unless yours has the internal one.Its a pita to replace them so if you have the funds buy a new one, maybe upgrade to higher output if you have a stereo while its being swapped. If your on a budget have Tims or a shop rebuild it. Cheaper than new, and maybe a warranty to boot for way less than a new one. Used is luck of the draw.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by fearthefat138 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:00 pm

i have a one plug no regulator needed 50 bucks come get it
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by Bugman114 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:23 pm

yeah, i know one of the alternators use a three prong connection, and the other uses a 1 prong connection. i had the three prong one in my bug, but it broke, and i was able to use the 1 prong alternator, by breaking off the plastic thing around the alternator connection, and plugint the three prong connection to the 1 prong on the alternator (using the middle connection on the plug).

This is if you have a three prong plug, and happen to find a one prong alternator. here is a pic of how i did it. been running like this for over a year now.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by jshmnghm on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:28 pm

I would not go with a generator. It is a pain to swap and you will not be happy. If you do, i believe an alternator stand will accept either. But like I said, don't do it unless this is your only ride and you cannot get an alternator right now.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:40 pm

Oreilly alternator is 73 bucks
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by tronview on Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:50 pm

I will be sticking with the Alternator. Here is a picture of it. Only time will tell if I am to get it repaired or buy another one.

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Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:53 pm

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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by meinvw on Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:43 am

tronview wrote:Where is Tims and what is there #

meinvw wrote:make sure you get the same alt that came out, make sure what you get will work with the reg in your car unless yours has the internal one.Its a pita to replace them so if you have the funds buy a new one, maybe upgrade to higher output if you have a stereo while its being swapped. If your on a budget have Tims or a shop rebuild it. Cheaper than new, and maybe a warranty to boot for way less than a new one. Used is luck of the draw.

Tims VW Repair of 2660 Clay Rd, Austell, GA. Phone: 770-941-7329. Give him a call first, if its to far to drive, look up a local shop. Quite a few places that can rebuild them.
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by rpm750 on Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:05 am

Hey Scott.....


You or your kids have way to much time on your hands. Nice Drawing! LOL LMAO
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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by tronview on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:35 pm

Scott

I used your map But I got lost between Home and the Parts Store. There was a fork at the stop sign, That was not shown on your map.

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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by meinvw on Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:48 pm

Parts store gives you wrong part, loose a turn and go back 3 spaces.....


tronview wrote:Scott

I used your map But I got lost between Home and the Parts Store. There was a fork at the stop sign, That was not shown on your map.

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Re: Alternator to Generator Conversion

Post by tronview on Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:17 pm

Don't pay parts store go straight to jail. Anyone have a get out of jail free card.
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