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Old 12-22-2010, 12:00 PM
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SirNik84, was your alternator shipped insured priority mail? Mine is according to the seller (insured for $200). I hope I am not gonna be getting a physically damaged alternator upon arrival where I have to file a claim. I also find it strange that the seller emailed me this:

"this alternator doesn't
come with pulley but did ship it with double pulley for no extra cost"

when the pic in his ad clearly showed a double pulley.
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:07 PM
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My Ebay alternator arrived this afternoon and I just finished installing it.Took about 2 hours start to finish. The adjuster was bent and mangled and I had to straighten it out. 1/2 hour was also spent trying to "fish" the new alternator from the bottom and up. It seemed impossible and didn't go after 1/2 hr of trying so I jacked the passenger side up with the Mercedes jack (love that jack) and I am not sure if jacking the car up made a difference or I was just lucky but it went without much trying. The new alternator is a bit bigger as can be seen in the pics. The clocking of the terminals was correct and the pulley is a smaller in diameter than the old one,, which made getting the belts on a bit easier. Idle charge voltage is 14.1 volt. The alternator is quiet and comes with a geniune Bosch regulator. Overall I am very satisfied.





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Old 12-25-2010, 02:34 AM
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I also find it strange that the seller emailed me this:

"this alternator doesn't
come with pulley but did ship it with double pulley for no extra cost"

when the pic in his ad clearly showed a double pulley.
Probably depends on who he's buying from. Not that unusual in the rebuilt biz, esp when he's selling at that price. At the prices I pay locally, it's a heck of a deal.
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:54 AM
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Probably depends on who he's buying from. Not that unusual in the rebuilt biz, esp when he's selling at that price. At the prices I pay locally, it's a heck of a deal.
There's no core charge which makes it so much more attractive! I hope the bearings are decent and lasts a long time.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:03 PM
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The old 55 amp alterntor with adj bracket attached came out easily from the bottom opening with no interference. The bigger alternator with adj bracket attached was like a difficult puzzle to get in from the bottom opening. I almost gave up and was going to remove the coolant hoses /thermostat housing that's in the way and go in from the top. Has anyone done that on a 83 W123 turbo?
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:27 PM
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Looks Awesome!
Mine didn't come with the pulley at all, but I had a few old alternators laying around so that wasn't a problem. Looks like you got a better deal then I did, mine cost the same but I had to supply the pulley.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:04 PM
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SirNik84, looks like you have the coolant hose removed from the thermostat outlet. Did you stick your alternator in from the top or from the bottom?

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Old 12-27-2010, 10:28 PM
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SirNik84, looks like you have the coolant hose removed from the thermostat outlet. Did you stick your alternator in from the top or from the bottom?

Whats that grey goop on the outlet?
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Funola, when I mounted my AL-129-X alt in the 85 300D, I mounted the bracket to the alt. then using the bracket as a handle, lowered it in from the top. went in w/o much difficulty.

I mounted the bracket to the engine mount, then tried to get the alternator up into the bracket. there was just no way it was going to go in.
I couldn`t get the bracket up high enough to get the alt up in it. the bracket kept hitting the heater hose that comes off the water pump housing. even when it is all mounted and bolted down, the bracket just clears the hose.


I be the Goop on the pipe is JB weld, probably a corrosion hole to fill and file down.


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Old 12-27-2010, 10:56 PM
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I've had my al129x on the 84 wagon for about four years and it's great. Why anyone would not go this route when you have a bad alt is beyond me. You can get them from the yards from saab 900's and 9000's. They also have the 80 amp versions. The 9000's alt are not fun to remove.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:24 PM
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I cheated, my engine was on a stand

The gray goop is a little extra JB weld... there was a pin hole at the tip of the outlet nipple, I had some extra JB on a nail and was gonna toss it then I saw the pin hole so I smeared some JB on it.
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:45 PM
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........1/2 hour was also spent trying to "fish" the new alternator from the bottom and up. It seemed impossible and didn't go after 1/2 hr of trying so I jacked the passenger side up with the Mercedes jack (love that jack) and I am not sure if jacking the car up made a difference or I was just lucky but it went without much tryin.......
In retrospect, I think I was lucky, since jacking the body up should not have made the bottom opening any larger. I should have put a block of wood under the oil pan and jacked the engine up to create a bigger opening between engine and frame. Comments?
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In retrospect, I think I was lucky, since jacking the body up should not have made the bottom opening any larger. I should have put a block of wood under the oil pan and jacked the engine up to create a bigger opening between engine and frame. Comments?
I you did that you would have had to disconnect your motor mounts and engine shocks in order to get some workable room. Not too hard to do, but more stuff to fiddle with. Otherwise it would just pick the car up via the oil pan which is never recommended.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:14 PM
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I you did that you would have had to disconnect your motor mounts and engine shocks in order to get some workable room. Not too hard to do, but more stuff to fiddle with. Otherwise it would just pick the car up via the oil pan which is never recommended.
I am not talking jacking it very much. Maybe 1/2" to 1" high to give more clearance between the engine and frame so the alternator can go in more easily. I have not tried it, just an idea if I have to do the job again.
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