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Old 08-16-2017, 01:18 AM   #1
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Was at a pick and pull today, walking through and saw a white ZX3 Zetec, popped the hood and the alternator was sitting there, original one. Considering someone had already gone to the work to pull it out, I couldn't resist to not buy it, they only wanted $19...

I'd assume someone pulled it out, tested it and found that it was junk, which is fine with me, I'm going to get it rebuilt. Ive heard remanufactured can easily be junk, but a rebuilt original alternator should last a long time correct?

Is there anything I should tell them when I take it to get rebuilt? Having a subwoofer I wouldn't mind having a little higher output from it, can that be done?

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Edit: I also meant to ask, a regular Zetec's alternator is interchangeable on the SVT right? If not I'll just sell it to a friend with a ZX3 for $20. Win-win


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I'm not so sure on the interchangeability between zx3 vs svt. I seem to recall zx3 is 110 amps and svt is 130, but like I said not sure. But I do know that the stock svt is 130 amps. Which is more than enough for the run of the mill sound system. If you have a huge amp ( more than 600 ish rms) and you have it cranked all the time then maybe you should look into getting a higher output alternator. Hell, I have a huge load on my electical system and it keeps up... kinda ( 2 compressors and a 500 watt amp) . I had a stocker for my svt crap on me a few years ago and I brought it in to have it rewound and replace the diodes and what not. I asked to see if they could add some windings to jump up the current output but when I went to pick it up they told me they couldn't really do much more than it already was. They may have just been lazy or maybe there really isn't room inside the housing to add more wraps. While I was there they bench tested it to 136 or something like that.
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This is the '04 right, this is a weird year it has a clutched pulley (only '04 SVT). So not sure how that will play in the swap.
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It's not letting me post?

Oh, now it is.... Odd

1000 watt amp, it just worries me because I'll have AC on 3, sometimes headlights and wipers, etc.

I knew I was taking a risk, but I can sell it for what I got it for and I'll be happy. If mine ever goes I'll get it rebuilt, just hope it doesn't do it on my 2 hour drive to college and back
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Yeah they always go bad an hour from home in my experience. Ha
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That's what I'm afraid of haha, maybe when I have a 2 week break for Christmas or something i can get mine rebuilt. Mine only charges around 13.6 Volts(and ive heard that should be higher)
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Mine is the same according to a 10$ volt meter from Amazon. I'm pretty sure the voltage is controlled thru the computer, as Tom can boost the voltage output with a tune.
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Yours has been like that since it was rebuilt? I've heard that it's normal and that it's not, not sure who to believe on that, but that's a another reason for a tune from him then.

I've watched mine on the dashboard test mode or whatever it's called, sits around 13.6. On my torque app it will sit around there also but will jump to 14.1 or close to it for a split second. Not sure why it does that
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The OEM regulator voltage setpoint is 14.0 volts, if people want to argue with that they can on the walk home.

I'd be staying away from that clutch pulley thing, only more trouble quickly coming up, they are NOT long term reliable. Myself I want non-clutch every time, I don't care what came on it.
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i had it rebuilt a few years ago and have only had the volt meter for a few months. But the few months ive had it, i have got 13.6 reading the whole time, 12.3 ish if my compressors are running.

amc , you saying something is off?
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