So, the main purpose of this mod would be to take care of deficiencies that should be repaired? Not trying to be argumentative....just trying to determine what real positive results it will have. I'm a tinkerer, so I don't mind making changes that will make a difference, especially inexpensive ones. However, I didn't put green magic marker around the edges of my CDs even though it was cheap and was supposed to make a huge difference in sound quality.
If we figure that the alternator will normally put out maybe 14.5 volts and we add another .5 volts for a little over a 3% increase, does it make that much difference in things running at the nominal 12 volts? I can understand a slight increase in the input to the coils could make a large difference on the output, but as I understand it, our coils are more than hot enough already.
I do wonder about harm, though. That small increase in output required of the alternator will cause it to run hotter, and put more strain on the regulator and diodes, which all are already weak points. I don't have any concern over the diode shorting (the most common failure) as that would just return the voltage to normal. What happens if the diode opens and the regulator loses its reference? Does it just stop working and drop the alternator output to zero, or does it start introduicing a lot of AC, and RFI into the electrical system? Also, we 2000+ owners already have problems with burned out dash and radio lights at the normal voltages. The extra voltage will cause those to burn out more quickly.
Those are the questions I'd want answers to before I did the mod. I am not suggesting at all that others shouldn't do it - just trying to figure it out.
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