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Old 04-15-2012, 10:34 AM   #51
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You didn't catch up on irony in my post eh?
I don't think irony is the word you're looking for. But no, the internet is hard sometimes. Life is hard.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #52
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If one has 240 with P/S, A/C the 740 alt location swap is a bit involved.
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I don't think irony is the word you're looking for. But no, the internet is hard sometimes. Life is hard.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:26 PM   #55
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Because the 740/940 accessory layout is far superior to the 240's.
That's about all that's superior to 240...
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:11 PM   #56
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That's about all that's superior to 240...
...aaaaaand here we go!

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #57
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:51 AM   #59
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Very clever. Very little weight/cost.

If it didn't work, who cares? But since it did,

But wouldn't an external VR achieve the same results?

Because lets face it, it's not an ideal location for an alternator.

I started using one of these on my 242 turbo:
http://www.davebarton.com/AdjustableVoltage.html

Still use one on my 780.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #60
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Very clever. Very little weight/cost.

If it didn't work, who cares? But since it did,

But wouldn't an external VR achieve the same results?

Because lets face it, it's not an ideal location for an alternator.

I started using one of these on my 242 turbo:
http://www.davebarton.com/AdjustableVoltage.html

Still use one on my 780.
An external VR will help slightly, but the real issue is heat in the rectifier and case.

Adjusting the voltage up will increase the voltage but does nothing for the amperage output of the unit. Cooling the unit will maintain output and reduce the amperage loss from heat soak.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:45 PM   #61
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Well today I was tuning my car, to find the combo of LPG mixture, vacuum, and timing so I gave him hell lol every gear to rev limiter (first 3 at least), overheated brakes few times (damn traffic lights) but alt voltage didn't drop like it used to, it only drops when standing (obviously) gets heat soaked, but that disappears with a first streach of the road, so the plan is to make a collector behind the grill to scoop more air at low speeds of city driving.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:46 PM   #62
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Very clever. Very little weight/cost.

If it didn't work, who cares? But since it did,

But wouldn't an external VR achieve the same results?

Because lets face it, it's not an ideal location for an alternator.

I started using one of these on my 242 turbo:
http://www.davebarton.com/AdjustableVoltage.html

Still use one on my 780.
Hmm very interesting device
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #63
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This thread ranks right up there with the crankcase thread(s)
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #64
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You brought it back to life
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:17 AM   #65
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:51 PM   #66
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Good idea! We need to do this on the General Leif. We built a heat shield but an air duct will be even better. We may have killed the alternator after the last race... It was only putting out 11.8V for the last hour of our race...
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:54 PM   #67
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Thanks Kyle, it should work even better in race conditions cause of constant air flow
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #68
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This is awesome! If BMW did it, then their has to be some advantage.

Don't understand all the haters in here. It's well known that when it comes to electrical parts cooler = better.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:58 PM   #69
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Seems like a good idea to me, and if it's working, great! I'd do this but I don't really want an extra pipe hanging around, I might try it out at some point though.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:13 AM   #70
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Good idea! We need to do this on the General Leif. We built a heat shield but an air duct will be even better. We may have killed the alternator after the last race... It was only putting out 11.8V for the last hour of our race...Sarcasm.
Maybe I could build you something more durable. Probably build you one fairly cheap that won't see the heat soak issues and will save you some HP.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:01 AM   #71
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The one we have is a super tiny one. I'll see if I can get more info on it at some point.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #72
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That's about all that's superior to 240...
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