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Triumph TR6 - Alternators & Starters

I'm making a wee bit of progress on my 71 -6 restoration (finally) despite being into my 6th year of my one year restoration project. The engine has been done for over a year, but for the alternator and starter. I've read about upgrading the alternator and one wire, plug in GM or Bosch type, but there are a plethora of choices of alternators. Is there concensus as to which is best for general purpose, reliability, ease of fitment, output etc? Also what about the starter? I see no good reason not to reuse the original, maybe cleaned up and maybe some other maintenance like replacing the brushes or whatever, but what's the consensus w/r to replacing this item with an improved Hi-torque starter and if so what's recommended as to source, model, type etc. Thanks.
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Doug Baker

Stock ex manifold or headers?
Can't remember what ya got
Don Kelly

Don,
I have stock exhaust; well stainless, but still a single down pipe and standard exhaust manifold. Will that make a difference in the starter recommendation?
db
Doug Baker

Yea, Ted's starter is about the only one that fits with some headers
Here's Teds starter with my headers Not a lot of room

Don Kelly

Fitment and size apparently were most important to selecting a starter Don, but I don't have that problem. While I have this sucker completely apart I want to do whatever makes good sense, but don't want to waste limited budget on something not needed. What'd'ye think. Should I continue with the stock starter or upgrade to something else and if so, what? Thanks.
db
Doug Baker

I'll send you my old one!
That should answer the question
Don Kelly

Hi Doug

I don't see any strong benefit to changing the starter motor type unless you have increased the compression ratio a lot or added after market a/c or a supercharger or something else that increases the torque needed to turn the engine. The only purpose of the starter motor is the 20 second turning to start the car.

The one in my lasted 70,000 miles maybe more. And it can be repaired for less than $100. It is reliable in my opinion. In a crunch if it fails there is always bump starting the car. I wouldn't spend a lot extra on it.

My opinion is the same on the alternator. My original is still going and meets the power demands on my stock vehicle although it is showing signs of a possible failure now. If you have added additional power demands like sub woofers, electric fans etc. you may want to upgrade.
Michael Petryschuk

You mean besides being half the weight starting in a 10th of the time and easier getting parts for?


Yea, I guess it's a tie



Don Kelly

I stated my reasons. Mine starts fine and there are many out there that can rebuild them for minor $ and the failure rate is low. But if you want something more powerful and something to show thewn pay the extra $$. I just don't believe in fixing something that ain't broke.
Michael Petryschuk

I got no problem with your starter choice.
Most who have changed enjoy the quicker starts.
You want my old one for parts?
It has been professionally rebuilt and I think powder coated.
Don Kelly

This thread was discussed between 05/01/2012 and 06/01/2012

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