I think the reason that you are getting different prices with different ZIP codes is because the unit is coming out of different warehouses, depending on the ZIP code. As I mentioned in my earlier posting, various manufacturers make the VR291 and all of the others charge more than GP Sorensen. So, Parts America quotes you the price of whatever brand they have in the warehouse that serves the ZIP code that you plug in.
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2007 17:01:30 GMT -5 by pamcopete
I confirmed the ZIP code dilemma using 89122, and as you said, a GP Sorensen VR291 comes up at $45.99. It is probably not a GP Sorensen, but there is no label on the ones that I have ordered, so they are probably selling a Standard Motor Products unit as a GP Sorensen. It's just free enterprise at work. You will have to order from a low price ZIP code warehouse to get the $27.48, or you may be able to get the $27.48 price over the counter.
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2007 18:14:47 GMT -5 by pamcopete
Post by veryunforgiven on Mar 28, 2007 21:30:27 GMT -5
If you say it won't work I'm gonna slap you!
Why won't it work, there has to be a way to wire it into the charging circuit. After all, there is a regulator in there, it just don't work. Now... hey you... You with more smarts than me, make it work. Is there any way to splice a Reg. into the circuit but keep the rectifier without having to replace the whole thing?
I wanted to say that I just completed this setup along with the $6.58 rectifier setup and it works great. I went to NAPA and they charged me $24.99 For the regulator. I asked for the VR291 and they did the part# crossover, also believe it or not the part was made in the U.S.A. There is hope. Buyer beware, when I first asked for the VR291 they quoted me $55.00 for the part. Apparently they have a better quality part for the higher price. I had to question the high price before the serviceman told me there was a cheaper priced unit. By the way my bike is a 78 model. Thanks Pamcopete and 650 Garage.
There is a HUGE inventory of the VR291 made by GP Sorensen who were later bought out by Standard Motor Products who also make the same part for about twice the price, so virtually every auto parts distributor has a warehouse full of the VR291 by GP Sorensen, but they instruct their counter people to sell the more expensive Standard Motor Products part. Generally, if you persist, you will get the GP Sorensen part at $24 to $28.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2007 12:54:13 GMT -5 by pamcopete
I am working on a 78 XS650E, I have been reading about the VR291 replacement, well, I went to the auto store and they told me that the VR115 is the same unit, or that they cross referenced VR291 to VR115. My question is, is the VR115 the expensive one made by Standard motor products?
There are plenty of the GP Sorensen VR291 available, so you may have to go somewhere else, or try ordering it on line at www.partsamerica.com Even then, you may get a different price depending on your ZIP code, because they match the warehouse with the ZIP code and ship whichever unit they have in that particular warehouse.
If you get a unit with a pink wire instead of the orange wire, then send it back or exchange it for one with the orange wire, because I have had at least one report that the pink wire version produces an unacceptable higher output voltage. I suspect that the pink wire version may not even be a VR291 that was repackaged.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2007 8:50:01 GMT -5 by pamcopete
I live in Nova Scotia Canada and we don't have the auto parks stores listed above in this form. I did go to NAPA and they told me that they were able to get the VR115 for $93.00. Went to another parts store and it was $63.00, there. And our radio shacks here (The Source) do not carry the #276 - 1185 rectifiers anymore, so, the part will cost me 28.00 from Digi-key.
Anyone out there! May I ask someone in the States to pick me up the #276 - 1185 rectifier and mail them to me? I can send you the cost of the two rectifiers and the shipping cost via paypal or something!
Well, the whole idea here is to save money...are those Canadian Dollars? I thought the US dollar was coming down.
So, if you will PM me your address, I will buy the VR291 and the RS rectifiers and ship them to you at cost plus shipping. We'll settle with Pay Pal. I sent a Mallory ignition module to a member in Calgary for the same reason. I'll declare the parts as "electronic components", which they are, because I believe there is no tariff.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2007 10:54:54 GMT -5 by pamcopete
I've spent this whole past weekend and all tonight trying to find these rectifiers and regulator. Regulator is expensive and hard to get a hold of, and the rectifiers are a no go from The Source here in Ontario. I was wondering if there is anyone south of the border that could pick these up for me and send em up. I can pay for them and shipping by paypal. PM me or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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