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post #1 of 6 Old 07-24-2005, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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electrical questions

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Alright i am already regretting not going with a painless wiring kit, I went with some other company which i have found is not nearly as good as painless can boast. Anyway, i did taillights, headlights, and all that goes with that. I have the dash, steering wheel, and the engine compartment more or less to wire. (Yes i know i did the easy part first). Anyway here are my several questions...

I attempted to start the engine compartment next and have run into several differences in my wiring harness to the wiring that is existing in the jeep. First, i cannot find my voltage regulator, (are those part of the ignition control pack?)

Second, i am having a hard time figuring out what the wires that come out my ignition control pack are all for, i trace them to where they go and am still a little confused, one appears to be a ground (black wire), one power (red wire), another set is sent to the distributor, and there is a final wire (light blue) which appears to go to the solonoid but i don't get what it is for any help? Does anyone have a diagram that tells what the wires coming out of the ignition control module does?

Finally, i have a wire in my harness labeled the alternator excitor wire. I have on clue where this wire goes and am a little confused to say the least, is this wire necissary if there is already a power wire going to the alternator.
(anyone have a suggestion on a book i could buy that breaks wiring down relatively simply?)
i guess those are my questions for now, thanks

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-24-2005, 01:35 PM
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Chiltons or a Haynes manual should have the schematics your looking for. As for the voltage regulator I believe it's built into the alt. I'm not home now or I'd look it up. What years did the harness you have cover?

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i am not positive the years it covered i know it was good for a 77 which i have. Smart man for buying the painless i hear they are elite. Way better than what i am trying to use right now. Thanks for the regulator answer. Anyone else have any suggestions about the rest of the questions i asked. I have looked at a Chiltons and Hanes manual and can't find answers to the other questions i asked.
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I attempted to start the engine compartment next and have run into several differences in my wiring harness to the wiring that is existing in the jeep. First, i cannot find my voltage regulator, (are those part of the ignition control pack?)
What kind of alternator do you have? If you have a Delco Remy 10/12SI, it's internally regulated.

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Second, i am having a hard time figuring out what the wires that come out my ignition control pack are all for, i trace them to where they go and am still a little confused, one appears to be a ground (black wire), one power (red wire), another set is sent to the distributor, and there is a final wire (light blue) which appears to go to the solonoid but i don't get what it is for any help? Does anyone have a diagram that tells what the wires coming out of the ignition control module does?
They all have a purpose, also, not your ingition "pack", rather ignition "module". Didn't know what you were saying until you started naming wire colors.

RED - hot in ON and START - from ignition switch to ignition module and starter solenoid I terminal
BLUE - hot in START - from ignition switch to ignition module and starter solenoid S terminal

BLACK - to distributor (terminates at cap base plate screw) - it is GROUND
PURPLE - to distributor - spark out signal from pickup coil
ORANGE - to distributor - spark in signal from pickup coil
GREEN - to ignition coil - terminal - ignition coil primary ground

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Finally, i have a wire in my harness labeled the alternator excitor wire. I have on clue where this wire goes and am a little confused to say the least, is this wire necissary if there is already a power wire going to the alternator.
(anyone have a suggestion on a book i could buy that breaks wiring down relatively simply?)
Run it to a switched ON B+ source. It energizes the alternator field and tells it when to start charging. See the alternator link above.

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wow, thanks i think that i can handle it from here....though i have to say be ready for more questions as i make my way along this project.
as i am just a novice when it comes to this....
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painless wireharness instructions can be downloaded I know you dont have that kit but the wire diagram is the best when trying to figure out the wiring. hanes manual are hard to read

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