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post #1 of 4 Old 11-18-2010, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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stretching my alternator output

So I'm looking to save some output for heated gear and looking at 35w headlight bulbs and LED tail and stop, and running lights. Now that I've researched a bit I have seen some warnings about all this extra output destroying or at least shortening the life of the regulator rectifier? Seems you can't win........Should I put a new upgraded r/r in the bike?
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Should I put a new upgraded r/r in the bike?
I did. A MOSFET R/R also allows a bit more output, especially at idle. You didn't mention a headlight cutout switch. A 35W HID actually draws 40-44W due to the need to drive the ballast too so a switch will save that much in daylight.

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The tail lights only draw about 8 watts each except for the short time you're on the brakes. Not a big wattage saver switching tail & turn signal lights to LED. Do install a voltmeter so you know if the output is adequate or not for your heated gear before you spend a lot of money on electrical mods.

Does the added load on the alternator cause it to die sooner?

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I believe the SCR stock rectifier is a problem. It runs hottest with no additional load as all excess is converted to heat and the stator is always at maximum output.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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