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Posted: January 01, 2007 at 9:18 PM / IP Logged  
I have two solobarics and a zx1500.1 pushing both, after new years night and today of bumping all day at full volume, I stopped at home and my alternator was on fire. What caused this and what solutions should I try, It was a 130 amp output alt, should I upgrade to around 200? I do have a optima yellow top in there now.
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Posted: January 01, 2007 at 9:26 PM / IP Logged  
wow, first time I have heard of an alternator actually catching on fire, but yes this is a good time to upgrade.
A 200 amp alt woiuld be sufficent but go as big as you possibly can afford/get for your vehicle
the zx1500, can draw up to 150 amps of current which with the vehicle requirements, you would have been overloading your old alternator.
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Posted: January 01, 2007 at 11:40 PM / IP Logged  
Wow!  Jeff is correct.  you should get a new high output alternator.  I have a 200 amp unit on my truck which i got from ohio generators and it works great.  Could you post a pic of the burnt up alternator?  I have never actually seen one that caught on fire!
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Posted: January 02, 2007 at 12:40 AM / IP Logged  

This is also proof positive as to when you do the BIG3, you fuse the line from alternator to battery.

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Posted: January 02, 2007 at 6:26 PM / IP Logged  
cool i want to see some pictures of the alternator to....
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Posted: January 03, 2007 at 8:34 AM / IP Logged  
Alternator Caught on Fire -- posted image.
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Posted: January 14, 2007 at 12:09 PM / IP Logged  
thats awsome... ^^^ the word above.. but ys i'd like to see a few pics too...
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