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Old 01-24-2016, 03:25 PM   #1681
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Thanks for the replies. The reason I am asking is I have the same problems that you and bkahler outlined regarding the voltage drop when headlights etc. are turned on. I realize PeterH-Airstreamer fixed the same problem with a Alternator replacement but I don't believe we all have defective Alternators.
Keyair what information did you provide to the supplier of your Voltage Regulator to assure you received the correct replacement?
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Old 01-24-2016, 05:57 PM   #1682
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I was a little surprised that Peter's problem was solved by replacing the alternator which goes to show at times it can be just about anything.

Best thing to do is check all your grounds and connections. To many of the circuits on these rigs are undersized which leads to voltage drops and higher current draw. The lighting circuit is probably the worst for being overloaded.

Try separating the headlights to their own relays driven off of the headlight switch. I think you'll be amazed at the difference.
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:11 PM   #1683
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I was a little surprised that Peter's problem was solved by replacing the alternator which goes to show at times it can be just about anything.
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I believe its the sum of many things. With the alternator replacement, I also increased the wire gauge from 10 to 8. After I replaced the motor battery yesterday, I noticed another slight voltage improvement. I suppose a bad battery can also be a drain on the system and since the alternator really is charging 1 engine and 2 house batteries, it may be well worth the effort to check them often.
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:42 PM   #1684
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But don't take my word for it, here are the hard facts.
Before I replaced alternator and wires, I would barely get 12v idling with headlights on.
Today with a new house battery, this is was i get (and this is just a 63 amp alt for the time being):
first picture-Engine idling at ~800 headlights on 14.3 Volts (verified by my EFI monitoring software)
second picture-Engine idling at ~800 , headlights on, fog lights on, 2 80 watt radiator fans on, radio at full blast, heater at HIGH 12.3 volts
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:13 AM   #1685
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Peter, I remember trips in my old 310 where at night with the head lights on, dash AC running and trailer lights connected the dash volt meter would drop below 12 volts and hover at 11 volts. Not a pleasant feeling to watch that gauge while you're driving

It would always stay above 12 until I turned the lights on and then it would drop.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:05 AM   #1686
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Brad my coach does the same thing when I put the headlights on, and my heat gauge also goes from 180 to 200. Did you ever figure what caused that
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:21 AM   #1687
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Brad my coach does the same thing when I put the headlights on, and my heat gauge also goes from 180 to 200. Did you ever figure what caused that
John, I forgot to mention the heat gauge on the 310 also increased in temp when as the voltage dropped. The gauges are voltage dependent so when voltage goes up or down so will the readings on the gauges.

I firmly believe the voltage issue is mainly due to wire sizing and poor connections. Try increasing the wire size from the alternator to the battery and the battery Isolator. As it did in Peter's case it should make a difference in yours as well.
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:42 PM   #1688
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Hope to be at the MH next week now...
Got a distraction on my Bench...




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Old 01-27-2016, 05:48 AM   #1689
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Steve's replacing his lump and going all STI on us. More hp and AWD to boot.

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Old 01-27-2016, 10:51 AM   #1690
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Lol Tony.
Just a stock 2.5 SOHC, non turbo motor for the kids Outback... Hopefully this will last him thru UCLA and on thru Graduate school...
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:13 AM   #1691
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Have you calculated what the rebuild is going to cost? I've got a Forester with 229K and this is likely in my future - I've got an occasional cold start clatter.

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Old 01-27-2016, 02:19 PM   #1692
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Hi Paul and Tam!
PM me your email address and we can talk directly about what the story is on these Boxer motors...
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Old 05-25-2016, 04:05 PM   #1693
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Not yet Gunner, not been back to storage due to Obamacare deadlines(I am a Health Broker) and the GF's Range Rover brake issue, which has not turned out to be a simple fix... Surprise! So far we have replaced the ABS pump, ABS relay, ABS fuse and now the whole fusebox... Now awaiting more parts...
Also, the dreaded Subaru motor is back from the Machine shop and I am amassing parts/seals/gaskets ready for the rebuild.

I hope to get over there next week, and do that, and also get a photo of my wierd "Black Box" on my genset that I thought was normal, but clearly is not!
Just following up to see if you ever installed the new Voltage Regulator and is so what were the results?
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:57 PM   #1694
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Maybe Steve's still working on that Subaru engine rebuild.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:49 PM   #1695
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Not got to it yet Gunner, but every day I get closer!

You would be correct, Paul and Tam.

The after a few distractions, the motor is almost complete, and will be going in next week I hope!





Head are on, and almost done.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:53 PM   #1696
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:17 PM   #1697
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Time for an update.
I've been MIA for a bit, so here is whats been going on...

The sudden loss of our sweet dog Moose, was a huge emotional setback.
We were in Hawaii, at the time, and the only good thing was that Robyn's Daughter, who actually rescued Moose was there to say goodbye.
She is missed every day, and always will be.
Cole, our Black Lab/Pitt mix is sweet and attached to me, but he is lower energy, and less "in your face" than Moose was.
Love you, miss you Miss Moosey...


We woke the day after she passed to this....
Moosey saying see ya later from the rainbow bridge...


So, with that weighing heavy, I pushed on and got a few projects completed.
The Subaru motor is done, back in the car, broken in, and handed back to the boy, who Graduated UCLA!
After 2000 event free(Touch wood!) miles, I think its good. What I didn't anticipate was rebuilding a bunch of other stuff, like brakes, driveshafts, wheel bearings, etc!



So, that out of the way, I wrapped up the Alfa Spider, and that will be off to paint and detail this week.
I also built this Alfa engine stand for a buddy... Honing my welding and Fabrication skills more.


I added a bunch of "Airstream" related tools to the workshop too...

20T press...


Small, Shoptask 1720 lathe and Mill, which is essential in my plans.





And now I am working on a refurb and modification to an old Beadroller, which I need to do some of the metalwork on the AS.

I am adding a motor, and new dies.



Progress today.


Will be powered by a modified ATV winch.


More soon!
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:43 PM   #1698
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Sorry for the passing of your beloved Moose, Steve.
I'm sure she had a fun life with you.

I can see you were slumming it at Prince Ville Resort. My Hawaii digs are at the other end of moose's rainbow in Haena. Hope you had a good visit.

Very nice tools you are getting set up, I'll admit to being a little green.

Must feel good to be wrapping up some worthy projects. How deep are you going into that overhead cam engine? That Boxster engine cleaned up beautifully!

My 911 is begging for an engine drop to deal with oil leaks.

Would love some pics of your Alfa.

Cheers Richard
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:51 PM   #1699
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Thanks Richard!
Yes, we were slumming it at the St Regis, as my girl is in sales, and was "forced" to attend a Sales Conference there...
We took a few extra days and stayed at a VRBO place down in Kalaheo too.

The Alfa motor on the stand is not mine.
It is a buddies engine, and will go into his 1960 Alfa Sprint Veloce. He needed a stand where he could roll the motor to build and detail all sides. I owed him a favor, so told him I would build it.
That motor is probably worth more than my Alfa!

Gave me the chance to practice my Plasma cutting and TIG welding...




Here is my '74 Spider..


For those not familiar with what a bead roller is or does, here is an extreme example...
That "Quilted" look, and the punched holes will give you an idea of how I want the detailing in my AS to look. Think backsplash's and shower walls.
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