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Old 09-30-2016, 09:29 AM   #41
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Call American Diesel before you do anything else.

Even though I bought a bracket from them for asecond alternator, Brian talked me out of it and it was a wise decision.

Also you should use an external regulator and a battery monitor, so you are not guessing.
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Can anyone please define

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BMK
Diode splitter

Any pics or links would help. I'm visual. Thank you.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:23 AM   #43
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I just replaced the original alternator on my SP135 with an OEM which I found at Whatcom Electric and Battery in Bellingham WA. It was pricey but plug and play. I had considered American Diesel and Balmar but decised to go the KISS route.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:20 PM   #44
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Call American Diesel before you do anything else.

Even though I bought a bracket from them for asecond alternator, Brian talked me out of it and it was a wise decision.

Also you should use an external regulator and a battery monitor, so you are not guessing.
Why was it wise? Was it anything to do with the water pump bearing?
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:32 PM   #45
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I added a Lecce Neville to my motor as a second alternator with a Sterling 4 stage external regulator to charge the house battery bank. The 2 systems can be linked through a battery switch if either regulator fails. Extremely happy with the system.

External regulator is mounted on the wall in the upper right corner.
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I like the look of that belt. No water pump involved. The alternator must come with the add on pulleys. Is this a difficult install?
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Can anyone please define

ACR
BMK
Diode splitter

Any pics or links would help. I'm visual. Thank you.
Diode Splitter= A solid state device which allows current to flow to two destinations (batteries) but without the two devices being connected together. Two batteries can charge from one alternator but not discharge into one another.

BMK= Basic mounting kit ?

ACR= Automatic Charge Relay does the same thing as a diode splitter (by a different method) without the voltage drop of diodes which prevents proper charging of batteries. Can also be used to turn on items that should only be on when charging is taking place. Cold plate refrigerator for example.
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Magnum energy uses BMK to signify battery management kit ie: ME-BMK
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I like the look of that belt. No water pump involved. The alternator must come with the add on pulleys. Is this a difficult install?
No kit, this is custom "Ted".

Bought the alternator with pulley. Second 8 groove serpentine pulley is from John Deere. Had the adapter plate custom made and matched true to the crank pulley. I made the alternator mounting base out of stainless (Sean did the welding) which is welded to the custom stainless motor mounts we built. The tensioning is done with 1/2" stainless all thread to 2 stainless brackets I fabricated out of stainless angle. I have a stainless steel fetish.

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Thanks everyone for all the ideas. We are packing up the boat now for the winter. We will leave it on the Rhone at L'Ardoise. More research over the winter and a Spring fix. sdowney717 suggestion is interesting but I have used jumpers to bypass all the wiring and connect the alternator directly to all the batteries and an ammeter. It only puts out a few amps even then even when the house batteries are down. I received a reply from Adverc. They say that with their management system it compensates for the diode isolator drop if that is the split method in use. I have run the system without it and connected all the batteries together but just the same trickle charge. I have had the alternator tested. all ok. I have used a new alternator of the same capacity. still just a trickle.
Perhaps your charging system is fine and your Ampmeter is lying to you.
I've seen it happen.
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Why was it wise? Was it anything to do with the water pump bearing?

Exactly. With an old engine configuration, why change the stress points now.

and with the addition of the solar panels, I really did not the extra power.


SO his advice saved me some money, time and aggravation.
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No kit, this is custom "Ted".

Bought the alternator with pulley. Second 8 groove serpentine pulley is from John Deere. Had the adapter plate custom made and matched true to the crank pulley. I made the alternator mounting base out of stainless (Sean did the welding) which is welded to the custom stainless motor mounts we built. The tensioning is done with 1/2" stainless all thread to 2 stainless brackets I fabricated out of stainless angle. I have a stainless steel fetish.

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Awesome setup Ted and a nice clean installation. If I ever need to up my alternators I'll do it that way.

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Now I am home in Victoria I will have a chat with Ben Gartside as he is just up the road.
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Perhaps your charging system is fine and your Ampmeter is lying to you.
I've seen it happen.
I have used an external ammeter to check. However since I last used it I have made a few changes. Good point. I'll check again in the spring
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