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Unread 06-30-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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alternator power wire

Does anyone know what gauge wire is from the alternator to the battery and the battery to the ground? I would like to upgrade the wire. I searched but only found stuff on other models.

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Unread 06-30-2013, 07:06 AM   #2
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Unread 06-30-2013, 07:17 AM   #3
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So I should upgrade to 4 gauge wire? Or 0 gauge? I do have a system and a 5.9 alt
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Unread 06-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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It wont hurt to upgrade the wire gauge if you use the correct size ends.
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It wont hurt to upgrade the wire gauge if you use the correct size ends.
What size ends? Just a bolt on eyelet?
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Unread 06-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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What I meant was , as long as they make a good and tight connection, they will work. Dont use terminal ends that are so small that you leave a few strands of copper outside the crimp just to make the wire fit.
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What I meant was , as long as they make a good and tight connection, they will work. Dont use terminal ends that are so small that you leave a few strands of copper outside the crimp just to make the wire fit.
Thank you! I will look for that.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 09:46 PM   #8
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I'm going to upgrade my alt wire tomorrow. Should I add on another 4gauge wire our should I replace the 6 gauge wire? I found out I don't have a 5.9alt. I only have a 90 amp one. Would this benefit me if I upgraded?
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Unread 07-06-2013, 10:53 PM   #9
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What exactly, are you trying to accomplish in the long run ?
In other words....what's the end game here?
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My end game is to have my battery charge faster so when my system is on my lights don't go down as much.
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I am assuming your "system" is the audio system?

If so, larger wire gauge isnt going to get you where you need to go.
A larger battery will help, as will a higher output alternator. Do THAT, then increase wire size if necessary.....but understand that there are limitations within each of the components. Larger wire alone will not "quick charge" a battery ( which, btw, isnt good for the battery), it will just allow more current to flow to it without burning up....assuming you have a charging source that exceeds the amperage that the existing wire will handle. Then....we have the battery itself to consider. It's only going to charge so quickly. Theoretically, if you had a 300 amp charger, you could charge it in 2 hours from dead to full charge. The problem you run into is that's theory...not reality. Now you have to take into consideration heat, charging source, battery construction, and yes, even wire gauge.

My advice is to make sure all your connections are clean and tight, upgrade the battery and the alternator and if your amperage requirements exceed what's "normal" for the vehicle...then I'd be looking at a relay setup too. Remember, your PCM contains the voltage regulator and it's not wanting high amounts of current, trust me.

Or you could run two batteries.
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If you are trying to make a 90 amp alternator cure your problems , the big three wont cure them. If you have a deep wallet here you go. I'm unfamilar if the voltage regulator is in the pcm, but this alt is showing it as external. To give a true expectation on system requirements then we need to know what the draw is in amps with the system on.

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I am assuming your "system" is the audio system?

If so, larger wire gauge isnt going to get you where you need to go.
A larger battery will help, as will a higher output alternator. Do THAT, then increase wire size if necessary.....but understand that there are limitations within each of the components. Larger wire alone will not "quick charge" a battery ( which, btw, isnt good for the battery), it will just allow more current to flow to it without burning up....assuming you have a charging source that exceeds the amperage that the existing wire will handle. Then....we have the battery itself to consider. It's only going to charge so quickly. Theoretically, if you had a 300 amp charger, you could charge it in 2 hours from dead to full charge. The problem you run into is that's theory...not reality. Now you have to take into consideration heat, charging source, battery construction, and yes, even wire gauge.

My advice is to make sure all your connections are clean and tight, upgrade the battery and the alternator and if your amperage requirements exceed what's "normal" for the vehicle...then I'd be looking at a relay setup too. Remember, your PCM contains the voltage regulator and it's not wanting high amounts of current, trust me.

Or you could run two batteries.
Thank you! You just answered all my questions. I really need to get a bigger alternator. I think two battery set up would be cool but I have no idea where I would put that second battery. My stock sure box has my cold air and emitions canister in it.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 01:46 PM   #14
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I'm going to buy a capacitor for my system. That should solve a lot of problems for now. Maybe in the future I'll buy a 136 amp alt.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 02:23 PM   #15
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Why a capacitor? Are you wanting to "kick start" a huge electric motor ? Are you trying to filter out some trash in your DC voltage?

No offense...but I dont know where you're getting this info, but I can assure you whoever it is, has had zero training in electronics...or basic resistive and reactive circuits, for that matter.
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