I have my alternator (finally) installed with pics and fire.
So, here it is, all pretty. It has a pretty tiny overdrive pulley. You can see it compared to stock. A slightly larger pulley was also included. Connections are all the same as factory compared to the DC power alternator I had. I also really feel like the DC power had a more solid build quality, or at least it looked better. (apart from not being blue)
So, when I started it the first time, to check the belt, and everything else to make sure it was back in place, I first noticed it seems to have a little whine, like a supercharger. which Is ok I guess, I dunno. But I also noticed a sort of weird smell, maybe sweet? couldn't see anything obvious. I shut it off, and smoke started rolling off the alternator. I thought at first I could be melting some wiring or the belt or something but it was definitely coming out of the housing.
Pics of the smoke:
So, I could never draw smoke again after that. I drove it down the road and back, checked it out. Everything seems fairly normal. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.... I have my old alternator now for emergencies, and all the tools to swap it out.
As far as actual performance... I can rev my engine and see the voltmeter jump up. It's analog so I don't have an exact value. Looks like it's about 14. But, I am still getting dimming. I do have an idea though. The power wire is running from the alternator, to an accessory post on the battery. The amp is actually wired to a second HOT post. so the current is actually going through the battery anyway. I think I am going to try and just hook the amp 4 gauge to the same post as the hot wire, effectively hooking the alternator 1/0 to the amp as well as direct to the battery. That way, when the amp is pulling its power, it will pull from the alternator, and not the battery, hopefully. Otherwise, I will probably look at getting an isolator or a separator and mount another battery somewhere, but I don't really want to do that.
Here are my battery connections. Big Red is from the alternator. Big white goes to a distro block and the amp.
Here are some general install pics