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I have read a few threads on alternators. Now, I have an '08 and the alternator in it is doing as it should so for now, no replacement necessary. Though, the wife and I do take trips every so often so I thought it would be a good idea to 'have one as a spare' in our camper.

OEM..always the way to go most likely but man they are expensive.

The brand I have read about a bit is the one from DB Electrical. I can get an alternator through them for a bit over 100 bucks. I know, you get what you pay for ...possibly.

So that leads me to the question...anyone have one and your thoughts on it?
 

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I just replaced a DB alternator on my 08 with a whopping 1600mi. on it. Even with all the negativity I’ve heard about aftermarket I thought I’d give it a try. Lesson learned. Set my OEM off to MARS for a reman. We’ll see how I fair this time. B.
 
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I watched a vid comparing an OEM to one sold from DB...and though it wasnt for a bike..the vid was interesting to watch. They guy doing the video I dont think knew all the ins and outs to alternators (nor do I)...but at a visual level....the DB one and the OEM one darn near close to identical. Does that mean its the same? Not at all. Even if the DB one doesnt last...you could have 4 of them or so compared to buying one OEM one. Of course, if the DB one does some damage in some way (again, I dont know jack about alternators)...
 

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I just replaced a DB alternator on my 08 with a whopping 1600mi. on it. Even with all the negativity I’ve heard about aftermarket I thought I’d give it a try. Lesson learned. Set my OEM off to MARS for a reman. We’ll see how I fair this time. B.

So..just for some info for put in the memory bank...where did you send yours off to?
 

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If you read a few threads on alternators you already know the answer to your question.
 

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you can get all the parts to rebuild the OEM on for about $200 (bearings, rotor, seals, brushes). I would carry those as spares. Not a difficult job to rebuild, or you could take the parts and the alternator to a shop and have them do it.
 

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One other thing to consider on that bargain alternator. It sure sucks to be stranded someplace on day 2 of your vacation that you had planned for 6 months. :mad:
 
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One other thing to consider on that bargain alternator. It sure sucks to be stranded someplace on day 2 of your vacation that you had planned for 6 months. :mad:
Very true

I am just trying to be proactive for said trips. Thought it was a good idea to carry a spare
 

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I’ve been carrying a spare OEM Honda alternator ever since my 2002 Goldwing warranty ran out, so far I have never needed it while on a trip but I’m on my 4th alternator right now.
How miles did you get out of your alternator before replacing
 

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There was a recent thread here, suspecting that aftermarket alternators have some linkage to ADG failures.
Might search out that thread and read thru it.
 

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I just had to replace mine. The bike is an '06 with 106,000 miles. I had to have the bike towed, but it died only 8 miles from my home. I replaced it with an OEM. It took two days to receive one from my local Honda dealer. If you plan to carry a spare, you should also carry all the special tools you will need to replace it. The best way to find out the tools you will need is to perform a practice run replacing the alternator at home. But if you decide to go that route you my as well just replace it with a new OEM one and ride without worry of an alternator failure for another 100,000 miles. An OEM alternator is expensive, but if your aftermarket alternator fails on a long trip away from home the trouble may end up costing you much more than the OEM.
 

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My 2008 is about to roll 80,000. When it hits 100,000 I plan to install a new OEM. Will lay the old one aside as a spare. Considering the PITA it is to swap, I would not even consider anything but new OEM.
 

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The brand I have read about a bit is the one from DB Electrical. I can get an alternator through them for a bit over 100 bucks. I know, you get what you pay for ...possibly.

So that leads me to the question...anyone have one and your thoughts on it?
Here is my publicly posted warning.

As always, I could care less what you choose, and I only share from my personal experience ... actually, I pay to share. If you buy one of those $100 ones, my shop is always here to correct bad choices and help any way that I can.

 

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One other thing to consider on that bargain alternator. It sure sucks to be stranded someplace on day 2 of your vacation that you had planned for 6 months. :mad:
I also agree with Ca here: last year, a friend of mine and I, had plannned this trip for a year: [ I prepared mine for the trip ] my A/hole friend didn't, his broke down, which mean't my trip was ruined as well! I also had to sit on the side of road for an hour and half, waiting for a tow company.... Too make matters even worse, he showed up with very low air in his trailor tires (day 1) at the beginning of the trip...We had to go get air even before we started.... 😢

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well I am gonna tempt fate here.....I bought a DB about 7 months ago. $108, shipped free, had it in two days, one year warranty. So far have @ 10k on it. I also installed a digital voltmeter at the same time. I think I watch the voltmeter more than the speedometer! Maybe I am the lucky one or maybe it sheets the bed tomorrow. Either way, I got almost a full riding season so far and have an extra $500 + in my pocket.
 

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Here is my publicly posted warning.

As always, I could care less what you choose, and I only share from my personal experience ... actually, I pay to share. If you buy one of those $100 ones, my shop is always here to correct bad choices and help any way that I can.

I trust your opinion most def. Price is high on an OEM....so begs the question...best place that you know of to get one?
 

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I also agree with Ca here: last year, a friend of mine and I, had plannned this trip for a year: [ I prepared mine for the trip ] my A/hole friend didn't, his broke down, which mean't my trip was ruined as well! I also had to sit on the side of road for an hour and half, waiting for a tow company.... Too make matters even worse, he showed up with very low air in his trailor tires (day 1) at the beginning of the trip...We had to go get air even before we started.... 😢

Ronnie
Maybe keep hi as a friend, but ditch him as a riding buddy. LOL
 
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