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Old 09-19-2017, 08:07 PM   #1
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Most Powerful Cat Alternator?

Anyone have any idea what the most powerful alternator is available for a 3208 Cat engine?

I'm getting ready to order up a 5K/60 amp inverter for Heavy Fuel, but need the proper (and more powerful) alternator than the stock one on her now.

Any insight is gratefully welcome!

Thanks for the help!

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Old 09-25-2017, 08:23 AM   #2
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Upgrades are usually available for most alternators. Not sure off hand what the 3208 uses in a thomas bus. Figure out if what style you have (delco, leece neville, bosch, etc.) and then someone can help you with an upgrade.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:11 AM   #3
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Hopefully I'll know by this afternoon when HF comes out of the shop at Rush. I'm suspecting it's an AC Delco, but I could be wrong.....

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Old 09-25-2017, 11:52 AM   #4
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seems like a lot of school busses used the 'SI' style alternators..
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