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Old 04-05-2019, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Turtle How to get rid of my Alternator?

I have bin a huge Eco Mod nerd for some time now but just decided to join this site today. I have took out my passenger seat and Sun Roof window with all the sun roof motor and all. I recently also did a P/S Delete and A/C delete. I got a 2003 Honda Civic Sport LX. I got 1 belt and that belt goes to my alternator and for the life of me I cant figure out a economic way to delete it the problem I see is I would need to buy some kind of lithium battery so I can drain it down to around 20% without damaging it but realistically how much range can I get for a not insanely expensive lithium battery ?

I think id need some kind of meter to show me what percentage my battery is at and is there any kind of way I could use a eclectic vehicle charging station to charge my battery if I need to ?

IT would be like some kind of semi hybrid car since without the alternator I should see my MPG go up a lot . Also thinking maybe some kind of clutch I can turn on and off from my alternator .. Thoughts ??

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Old 04-05-2019, 09:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome! You're taking the bull by the horns right away.

Thoughts... I think you have some reading to do
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Ahh...err...umm...welp...so many ways to go about this...but, if the point is saving $$, not just proving a point, that helps...

Things you need to know:
Your "starting" battery isn't designed for frequent, thorough discharges.
Your engine electronics won't function as well at lower voltages; you might lose efficiency in the long run.

Things to figure out:
Range/operating time to a reasonable discharge. (50%)
Where you can charge it. (no, you can't charge at EV charging stations, unless they happen to have a regular outlet, or you're one hell of a whiz with electronics)
What you need the car to be capable of.
Design it so it can be quickly reversed with whatever tools you have on hand.
Figure out backup power, cuz you're going to over-do it one day. Or at least expand your power storage.

For that last one, what do you have handy laying around? Spare car batteries, jumper packs, electric bike or large power tool batteries, what ever else? Have any small engines laying around that you could build a 12v generator out of, should you kill your battery?

Plenty of ways to go about it, using what ever you have on hand or can pick up used for a few bucks.
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I slowed down and deleted many belt driven accessories on my Tempo, looking for reduction in parasitic losses but not needing to engineer an alt delete or buy much of anything like a deep-cycle battery. I am happy with the results.


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