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  • 88GSX1100 Alternator and oil leaks

    Hi folks I was wondering is any of yas had experience with the vicissitudes of the later bikes that had traditional car like alternators.

    I am in the process of researching a GSX1100 and knowing Suzuki's penchant for electrical failures I thought someone here might have insights and experience.

    The owner says there is an oil leak and that it appears that oil is fouling the alternator. I have looked at the fiche as well as the OEM manual and there are two suspect locations. One is the o-ring for the starter housing where it interfaces with the engine case. Another is a large o-ring that seals the mating surface of the alternator to engine case.

    SO this could be as simple as couple of o-rings provide the alternator is not shot due to arcing and dirt contamination ( does dino oil conduct electricity? )

    From using the Zedder x-ref I have discovered that the same alternaotr had 35 applications so spares should not be a problem.
    Basically anyone that had a Katana or GSXR 88-92 had the same alternator.
    Insert Katana here.
    1985 GS550E

  • #2
    I would assume the owner is an idiot until proven otherwise and the alternator is probably ok. Also it's probably one of those orings leaking oil
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    • #3
      I'm with 5forty2 on this one - a nice, easy fix

      Engelskmannen.
      Carpe Jugulum...
      1994 GSX1100F

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Engelskmannen View Post
        I'm with 5forty2 on this one - a nice, easy fix

        Engelskmannen.
        Totally awesome link exactly what I was looking for.

        I wonder if the mileage is legit.

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        Last edited by Jitterbug; 05-24-2013, 11:14 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
        Insert Katana here.
        1985 GS550E

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        • #5
          hi jitterbug, did you fix the oil leak from the alternator. From my research there is a big O-ring. i am attempting to change it, any luck with getting the O-ring availability? and any insight you can share. For instance while i'm there, what other O-rings, seals, or gaskets should i change.
          loving the 88 Katana 1100

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