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Old 03-10-2004, 05:43 PM
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Transpo Adjustable Voltage Regulators

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Just making a post for the archives pretty much here as it seems hard to find the information on. For the last several months I've been going through batteries like mad. After driving my car maybe 30 miles since the brand new battery was fully charged I put the charger on it and it wanted 3-4A which is pretty bad as that trickle charger generally goes slowly, so I know my car wasn't charging properly. Well I figured it was finally the time to order a new adjustable voltage regulator which is sold by TransPo. I called their closest distributor (found here) and told them what I wanted, it was very simple and very straightforward with an awesome price of $11.90. The part number for my 83 300D and probably many other mercedes alternators is IB372A. You can look up a different part number using their lookup menu located here, then clicking car application guide. There are two versions available one is a regulator which is set to 14.1V and the other, which I bought, is the adjustable kind which goes from factory voltage up to what most other cars on the road do.

Why get a higher voltage? Primarily it allows the battery to charge more completely and faster. My brushes were worn out anyway so I figured I could pay $15 for a regulator or I could pay the same price or less for an adjustable one, so why not? The regulator comes out with two screws, one can be a little of a task getting to but the other is cake. Perhaps I'll make a page for this.

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Old 02-15-2018, 11:01 PM
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Hi all,
Just making a post for the archives pretty much here as it seems hard to find the information on. For the last several months I've been going through batteries like mad. After driving my car maybe 30 miles since the brand new battery was fully charged I put the charger on it and it wanted 3-4A which is pretty bad as that trickle charger generally goes slowly, so I know my car wasn't charging properly. Well I figured it was finally the time to order a new adjustable voltage regulator which is sold by TransPo. I called their closest distributor (found here) and told them what I wanted, it was very simple and very straightforward with an awesome price of $11.90. The part number for my 83 300D and probably many other mercedes alternators is IB372A. You can look up a different part number using their lookup menu located here, then clicking car application guide. There are two versions available one is a regulator which is set to 14.1V and the other, which I bought, is the adjustable kind which goes from factory voltage up to what most other cars on the road do.

Why get a higher voltage? Primarily it allows the battery to charge more completely and faster. My brushes were worn out anyway so I figured I could pay $15 for a regulator or I could pay the same price or less for an adjustable one, so why not? The regulator comes out with two screws, one can be a little of a task getting to but the other is cake. Perhaps I'll make a page for this.
I revisited this thread and found the Transpo links dead.
BAD NEWS:
TRANSPO IS NO MORE!
here's the scoop: Early Warning for W124 Alternator Failure
Now the best alternative is just buy the PeachParts Bosch regulator, no need for adjustability anyhow!
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:44 AM
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THIS ~ As soon as you pay the extra $3 for a BOSCH branded voltage regulator your charging and dim lights issues with -vanish- .

Every non BOSCH branded V.R. I've tried (and I've tried a lot) never reaches the 14 volts, all BOSCH do right until the attery's at full charge .
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:38 PM
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No issue with Transpo regulators in the past.
The beauty of the one I bought was it had an adjustment pot that you could set to any voltage 13.5 to 14.5 V (approx.) but yes Bosch seems the best bet now that Transpo made it difficult or impossible to buy. I would never buy a no-name regulator off the shelf in a Pep Boys or similar.
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I revisited this thread and found the Transpo links dead.
BAD NEWS:
TRANSPO IS NO MORE!
here's the scoop: Early Warning for W124 Alternator Failure
Now the best alternative is just buy the PeachParts Bosch regulator, no need for adjustability anyhow!
Or just get a 150a alternator off a modern post 2000 MB with a built in microprocessor controlled VR. Problem solved.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:25 PM
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This site has a mod that you can do to raise the charging voltage.
BOSCH Voltage regulator mod

In one of the Alternator threads one of our members did the above mod.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:36 PM
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I found this but don't know if the info is current: Adjustable Voltage Regulators for Bosch Alternators
Dave's Volvo Page - Volvo Adjustable Voltage Regulators

Looks like someone on ebay is also selling adjustable bosch type regulators-search = VR1 ADJUSTABLE BOSCH ALTERNATOR VOLTAGE REGULATOR IB373A 8020-1145A
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:15 PM
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You could try here, they own Transpo and sell lots of other brands of parts.

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Old 02-16-2018, 07:59 PM
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? Why make it so complicated ? .

I used to do the high ampere out put alternators but unless they had a BOSCH regulator they still charged under 14 VDC making it a wasted effort .

Just buy the right dang part and a spare for your glove box and FORGEDDABOUTI .
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Old 02-17-2018, 05:09 PM
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Most of my vehicles measure 14.3 V when driving. I use a cigarette-lighter voltmeter. But, I think 13.5 V is enough to charge the battery, and anything over 15 V will "over-charge" it, which decomposes the water into H2 and O2.

The current output capability of the alternator is separate from the Vreg voltage set-point above, so the "wasted effort" comment of post #9 isn't quite true.
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:15 PM
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Yes, it is true, I spent no small amount of time researching and beta testing this .

The stock 35A alternator is plenty unless you're adding serious current consumers .

The voltage, as you've checked is good as long as it goes above 14VDC above idle .
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Old 02-18-2018, 11:58 PM
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Have not tried other brands, but I can vouch for the Bosch voltage regulators, I've installed a number of them in different vehicles and they are good stuff. Even the newest Made in India Bosch regulators are quite good.

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