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Old 11-30-2003, 02:19 PM   #1
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Exclamation High-Output Alternator for a Legacy?

My alternator is dying for the second time this year. The gauges are already kirking out and the car won't start except from a roll. And it's really hard for one person to move a legacy fast enough on a flat street to push start it.

Does anyone know of any bolt-on alternatives to spending $$$ on a remanufactured alternator that's possibly going to die again in a few months? I'd rather have something that's putting out 100+ amps for when I start adding lighting to the front of the car.

Otherwise I'm going to have to pull out my whole sound system and listen to the engine gurgle until I get out of college.

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Old 11-30-2003, 03:57 PM   #2
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I've heard, but I've never looked into it myself, that most good automotive electrical shops (places that rebuild alternators and starter motors and whatnot) can take a stock alternator and rebuild it with higher capacity. Might be worth looking into.

Also, I'm not sure where you're getting your alternators, but some of the big chains have lifetime warranties on theirs. I know I went thru 4 in about 18 months on my Mustang (before I finally upgraded to a '94/95 130-amp, which is still going strong 5 years later), and the fact the last two were "free" was very nice.

Last but not least, you don't necessarily have to remove your stereo, just unhook the big amps while you figure out a fix.

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Old 11-30-2003, 05:10 PM   #3
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pm ruiner,

he sold me the one I have in my car. It was a little more involved getting the wiring to fit on mine because it was older, but on the newer styles, it should be less of an issue.

Max amps are around 160.

I've got some pics I'll try and throw up as well as "birth certificate" type thing.
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Old 11-30-2003, 08:32 PM   #4
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i think the outback and sti alternators are bigger.

might check those out first.
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Old 11-30-2003, 09:52 PM   #5
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the sti is 90 amps.

However I'm not sure how much they cost......
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Old 11-30-2003, 10:28 PM   #6
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stock ones are 90amp at least for year 00
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Old 11-30-2003, 11:58 PM   #7
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"birth certificate"

http://www.main.experiencetherave.co...rnatortest.jpg

pics

http://www.main.experiencetherave.co...lternator1.jpg
http://www.main.experiencetherave.co...lternator2.jpg
http://www.main.experiencetherave.co...lternator3.jpg

The main lead I had to extend....there's a lump where I extended the wiring, and I also had to extend and wire up the new plug connector.

The newer style alternators are the same as this one, so all that should have to be modified is the connector wiring. Mine was just the older style, so I had to modify more...

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Old 12-01-2003, 06:26 PM   #8
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It didn't turn out too badly. The shop said the alternator stopped charging (big surprise to me there) and that they'd be fixing it under warranty. Thanks for the responses folks.

I'll def. PM ruiner when I have a free moment though. I still need a more heavy duty alternator. It's on the list after the DMS suspension..
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Old 12-02-2003, 12:13 PM   #9
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Try to contact Dennis at http://www.mechman.com, he builds all of the BIG alternators for the show/demo vehicles we build. He might not have a direct swap but can handle sizes 140- 200 amps.
He's very knowledgable and helpful with applications, tell him Mike from SONY sent you. I might end up doing a swap next year, depending on what he's got available. I also use his stuff in my personal cars.
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:02 PM   #10
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Quote:
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Question to [email protected]: "Do you guys have a high-output alternator for Subaru applications? Specifically 1999 Legacy?"

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140 amps for 369.00 Thanks.




I'll be trying one as soon as I can spare $370
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