Another alternator hits the dust and not under warranty

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by C5!, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. JRWooden

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    A link to this "white paper" may be buried elsewhere in this thread.... but I'm posting it (again?) because I think it's a nice piece of work:

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    I read somewhere that the series style was less efficient at low RPM, than the shunt style, but I don't know if that is a true statement............
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  2. rockinrog

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    I'm convinced that if you based your decision on which bike to by on adv threads you would be walking.
  3. goldentaco

    goldentaco Been here awhile

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    When was the last time we all sat around typing Kumbayah.

    You can read a thread extolling the virtues of the next big thing after 5 or 6 "It's greats" you stop reading having got the validation you need.

    Now I just read 40 pages of great info on a failure of a component on a bike I don't own...


    Now where did I put that train wreck...


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  4. WayneC

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    GoldenTaco, the Shindengen really is the best option at this time for the 650GS, it is still a shunt regulator but faster acting and with less internal power consumption and hence less heat than a stock VR because of the FET components

    The compufire sounds good but we are pushing it beyond it's stated maximums. All the reports are good though and so for the F800 in particular where stator temperatures are in serious need of lowering it is the best choice. There is another unit mentioned in the thread out of Roumania which is higher in max ratings but no one has used it as yet

    In terms of reducing engine load, while we have permanent magnet alternators the ability to do so is relatively limited with the serial VR being about it other than fitting a lower output stator.

    On the cars they have brush type and you can reduce voltage to the excitor coil easily and in addition to that some have a clutch arrangement which is used to disconnect the alternator under various conditions like acceleration. You will see over at bimmerforum and elsewhere people retrofitting firmware to do at least some of this. BMW's figures on fuel saving and increased engine output are a little surprising
  5. vtbob

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  6. ebrabaek

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    Perhaps we will never know if the mosfet (shendigan) infact lowers or rises the stator temperature, as no one have thermocupled it. In theory, Yes I agree that if it consumes less power, the stator might work a bit harder, but I saw 0.4-0.5 volt increase in the charging voltage, which also should relieve the stator a little. It really is too bad the BMW kit is so expensive, as it seems to offer a little more cooling.
  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Based on my experience, you forget the cost fairly soon. :lol3

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  8. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    I think you are right. If mine failed tomorrow, I would go the BMW route. No doubt. Thanks for the comparison.
  9. WayneC

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    vtbob, perhaps I should have worded my response a little better, the lower internal power consumption I referred to is power consumption internal to the regulator components which means the VR itself runs cooler under normal conditions. On the 650GS in particular which is what I was asked about has poor mounting locations and the stock unit overheats as a result
  10. GB

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    So would you say the original design is flawed?
  11. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I'd say so. This system used on bikes is cheap, easy and unfortunately prone to failure. Google just about any brand and you'll come up with stator failures. When's the last time you had an alternator fail on your car? Be interesting to see how the alternator fares on the new Triumph Tiger Explorer.

    The majority of bikes run happily along without ever burning up their stator because they have OK cooling. Every once in awhile a manufacturer screws it up, the BMW F800s, my Honda CBF. Honda's fix on the gen 2 CBF was to add additional oil passages to the stator, only change they made to the motor. So far I haven't heard of any stator failures on the gen 2s and it's been almost 2 years.

    Happy to be riding a Triumph now. I knew that the Street Triples had had some stator failures, but only a few and they upgraded a part for 2010, the year we bought my wife's bike. We just got a recall letter, they've redesigned the stator and to bring it in or warranty replacement, two years on. Honda Canada were no help with my CBF and just played dumb, even though it's a well documented issue.

    Is that new BMW part a warranty item? Or do you have to upgrade it yourself?
  12. ebrabaek

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    I dont think that question is that easy to answer correctly. I am careful with pointing fingers, and I think that the best way to answer this is: " It is not as good as it could be" But neither is the forks.....and so forth. On a 800 cc bike a 400 watt output stator is right on the mark, as many 400cc class have about 200 watt output. many are getting 50000 miles before it toasts itself, some less than that. I would like to direct the attention to the R/R. I do believe that that is a flaw, as we have seen strings of battery failures early on. I for one had mine fail after only 11 months. They all wrote that off to a collapsed battery, But I believe that heavy over sulfating due to under volt charging is a mega catalyst in this matter. That is a flaw. All they had to do ,would be to pyt a shendigan mosfet shunt style on it... Problem solved. Then in turn..... I personally think that the stators would fare far better. Perhaps stick my neck out and say.... They would not fail. I have no proof of that, and it is just my opinion. The problem is that BMW charges a premium for this bike, and to newcomers, it has a rep that it can go around the world. And as such, The system is not up to par. So in summery..... I don't think it is flawed, but like the forks..... " what on earth were they thinking" It will be interested on what fails first..... My stator ( with the mosfet R/R) of the copufire R/R......:D:D. Hopefully neither will fail.
  13. JRWooden

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    The newer bikes have a different model <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]-->[FONT=&quot]Shindengen R/R which does regulate at a higher voltage which is good for the battery and should reduce heat load in the stator if I'm thinking about it correctly ...

    Does anyone know if the new unit P/N:
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]-->[FONT=&quot]SH541SC [/FONT]is a still an SCR-Based design or if it got upgraded to a MOSFET?



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  14. GB

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    Chances are your warranty will run out before the stator fails. Joel Wisman reports seeing dead stators in the shop he worked at as early as 20K to as high as 50K but he's never seen any F800xx bike go more than 50K miles on the original stator. Obviously BMW figured out that the lack of oil cooling is prematurely killing stators, hence the redesign of the rotor with more openings to permit oil to cool the stator. Since there is no recall, owners are left to foot the bill when the stator fails beyond the warranty.
  15. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    the forks were built to a budget; they are crap on the road and crap off road.. but the bean counters dictated non adjustable budget forks and I didn't mind them. The rotor for the stator on the other hand is the result of a poor design and poorer prototype testing.. They can easily simulate 50K miles by running the engine continuously to see what breaks, and maybe they did :dunno. at any rate, making a few more holes in the rotor shouldn't change the overall cost, so I'm inclined to think the original design was flawed, and is basically a ticking time bomb in every F800xx. At least on this forum, we have figured it out, know the symptoms and the fix.
  16. rockinrog

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    knock on wood. Over 50k here on the original:norton
  17. MikeMike

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    Just like the fuel pump controller.
    On bikes prior to the black powdercoated version of the FPC, it isn't a question of "if" but "when".:deal
  18. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    I did not think that was verified...... I knew there were a few sporatic models that had higher voltage...... But I did not see anything that indicated that this was fleet wide.... But yet again, I have been low on espresso lately....:D
  19. WayneC

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    Joel posted quite a while back that he checked with contacts in BMW NA and they looked at spares in stock and the manufacturing No's showed stock had been updated and appeared to be Shindengen with higher output, I was unclear at the time whether the spares were the FET units or not, It suggested at the time checks other than look at spares in warehouse may also have been done. if I find time I may go back and find the post to xcross check but dont hold your breath, now where is the caffiene to get through the day
  20. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    I actually do remember reading that as well. I am not holding my breath how ever. :D