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Post by buggin70 Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:27 am

it will come on if i rev high when it comes on ill hold in the clutch and it slowly goes down

then it wont be on for a while then it does the same thing

it will go for a while without it happening but other times it will be constant

do i need to replace the brushes? or is it the regulator or should i just get a 55 amp alt kit?

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Post by DOODLE BUGG Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:00 am

id get an alt kit an be done with it
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Post by callahan Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:08 am

just get an alt already
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Post by buggin70 Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:05 am

i read on the samba that some one replaced the regulator and the brushes and it fixed it
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Post by buggin70 Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:54 pm

and what kit should i get?

http://www.kustom1warehouse.net/New_12_volt_alternator_conversion_kits_for_VW_p/al82xkit.htm

should i spurge for the bosch or is the one included good?

the price of the hit above is the same as a cb one

http://www.cbperformance.com/cataloglist.asp?Search=alternator+kit

which of these should i get?
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Post by atye Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:16 pm

Slipping fan belt?
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Post by buggin70 Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:00 pm

the belt seems tight enough
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Post by atye Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:16 pm

I just had to replace the voltage regulator on mine and the generator light never came on. I guess it was above the voltage needed to trip the warning light, but low enough not to keep the battery charged.

New regulator: $30 at AutoZone (Made in USA, too!)
Generator brushes: $5 online
Total install time: 10 minutes
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Post by jmango Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:27 pm

I just bought the alternator from a parts store and did the under seat wiring per the illustrations on the Samba. Used the original pulley. Got an after market alternator stand. Used oe backing plate and strap. Someone here has probably posted the illustration too. I also upgraded the battery to a 48 series. Narry a problem again. This was on a 1970 Beetle 1500 12 volt system. Probably had $125 in the whole setup + $75 for the battery. $200 will get you rollin.

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Post by buggin70 Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:47 am

my car is the same set up

but my throttle cable just broke so i have to fix that first now
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Post by DOODLE BUGG Sun May 01, 2011 10:11 am

cable advance auto 3.99 so go ahead an order the alt while your there for a 75 bug with a internal regulater
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Post by buggin70 Sun May 01, 2011 11:21 am

i had a cable i was prepared

ill just get a kit from cb
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Post by buggin70 Tue May 03, 2011 10:10 pm

so will 55amp be enough

when the gen worked i could do everything at the same time including wipers high beams my system and my cigarette lighter fan that i have

callahan is tellin me to get a bigger one though
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Post by bumblebuggy Tue May 03, 2011 10:13 pm

Too much is almost always better than not enough. Cool
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Post by buggin70 Tue May 03, 2011 10:21 pm

all of the cb kits come with 55 amp ones

all of the other kits come with china alternators and i dont wanna keep replacing them
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Post by bumblebuggy Tue May 03, 2011 10:35 pm

I've had good luck with the china alts. The one in my bus is almost 15 years old and the one in my buggy is going on 3. Both 55amp. The bus lights do dim some when I hit the brakes...but that just lets me know my brake lights are working. I run a simple radio (no amps or anything) and, in the winter, I have a heated seat pad that plugs into my lighter. No issues. I think you'll be OK with a 55amp. It'll be better than a gen anyway.
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Post by buggin70 Tue May 03, 2011 10:40 pm

so do you think the kit from kustom one will be fine?
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Post by bumblebuggy Tue May 03, 2011 10:44 pm

As long as you don't have any big energy drawing plans in the future, I say go for it.
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Post by buggin70 Tue May 03, 2011 10:49 pm

what about the problem of the fuel pumps and that carb spacer?
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Post by DOODLE BUGG Wed May 04, 2011 10:03 am

it will still go with your stuff
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Post by buggin70 Wed May 04, 2011 10:23 am

ok if yall say so haha

i just saw on the samba that you need a differant fuel pump cause u wont be able to take this one out when the alt is in
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Post by fluxcap Wed May 04, 2011 10:23 am

I was running a 34pict3 and when I switched to an alternator, the accelerator pump linkage just barely cleared, I mean it was REAL close. Fuel pump may be an issue. What type fuel pump do you have currently? You can run both styles with a generator, so it's possible you may already have the "alternator style" fuel pump on there already.

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Post by buggin70 Wed May 04, 2011 10:26 am

let me take a pic and ill post it on here
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Post by buggin70 Wed May 04, 2011 10:33 am

this is the one i have

i think i have a gen one

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Post by fluxcap Wed May 04, 2011 10:41 am

ehh, well that's one of the old style ones. I'm really not sure on those. I was thinking you likely just had one of the later mushroom style ones. Those are either "level" for a generator. (see how the mushroom top sits level)
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Or they are angled to allow room for the bigger alternator. (the one of the left is an old style, the one on the right is an angled alternator style, see how the mushroom top is tilted)
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