The alternator has died on my PCM'd mastercraft. A friend has given me a mercruiser 55A alternator which the output will be fine for my needs as I have no accessories other than a bilge and blower (this is my retro ski boat not my pimped wake boat).
Any how the alternator i removed just had a battery post and a green wire going to +12V switched by the ignition.
New alternator has EXC post and a S post. I think EXC is the exciter which needs +12V switched by the ignition? The S post is maybe the sensor for the regulator so needs to go to as close to the positive terminal as possible?
The exc needs to be connected to 12+. It is the sense wire that tells the alt to charge (excitor). The S could also be an output to a dash light or tach pickup. You can most likely leave it disconnected if that is the case.
How old is the alt? The regulator should be internal.
(Message edited by olskooltige on September 04, 2007)
The alternator is around 98. Well thats the year boat it came off.
From googling it seems S is the sense terminal and should go directly to the battery + (or a close to as possible) as it detects the voltage and changes charge accordingly. Most websites seem to say that if its not connected its no problem and the internal regulator will keep the voltage at 14.4V anyhow.
I'll just do the bat+ and exc for now and see how that goes.
Doesn't go over 15.4 with high rpms. Noticed it won't start charging until revs go over 1500 (battery light is on). Once over this it goes up to 15V and will drop down to 14V at idle (battery light off).
I'll try it tomorrow and stick the blower on as that draws a good few amps. Just don't want to over cook the battery.
You can try a smaller pulley to help out the low RPM charge. You should have 13.5+ at 800RPM. 15.4 at high RPM is perfect. If you need more alt help you can get in touch with Ron at dbelectrical.com. If that one ends up not being usable, he can get a you a marine HO (>160A) in a delco case (mounts to most gm blocks) for under $200. He has other ratings as well for even less. Their warranty cannot be touched.
I have tried those HO alt's for under $200, I have had terrible luck with them ( went through 3 in less than a year) . when my local alt guy tore one apart he said they were made using "cheaper" parts. He said unless I was looking to spend closer to $400, stick with the 105 amp alts for longevity. Good thing ws they were all warrantied, but having them go out all the time wasnt' worth it.