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Alternator conversion

i am converting to the cs alternator and getting rid of the voltage regulator. the alternator i got is a 105 amp (from a 1993 camaro) and the wire lead that i got has a red, black, and brown wire. from what i have found the brown wire connects to the blue wire coming from the voltage regulator and the black wire isn't used. now my question is where does the red wire go to? i have seen places where they say it should go to the battery terminal on the alternator and then others say that it should go to the distribution block. does anyone know where it should be going to??

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Big heavy gauge red wire goes to the BAT terminal on the alt.

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Re: alternator conversion

here you go....

https://www.camaros.net/techref/ftecref14.html

http://www.madelectrical.com/electri...elcoremy.shtml

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Re: alternator conversion

in both of those the alternator just has the 2 spades, but on my alternator i have 4 prongs in which only 3 of them have wires coming out of the plug. thats why i wasnt sure how you went about doing it when you have more than the 2 spades.
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Big heavy gauge red wire goes to the BAT terminal on the alt.
what is the purpose of the red wire?
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The big red wire is how the alternator supplies power to the electrical system.

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Isn't the wire coming from the junction block the one that's supplying power to the electrical system? Why is it that you need to hook the red wire at the alternator to the battery terminal also?
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So the battery gets recharged.
Battery is not an infinite power supply, it needs replenishment just like you need food to maintain power.

Battery supplies stored power when alternator is not running. Once alt is running, it has to recharge battery of more than 20% battery voltage to recharge battery for next time the battery is used. Likewise, the cabling should be of large wire gauge to handle the current demand of both the electrical system and battery recharge.

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i am converting to the cs alternator and getting rid of the voltage regulator. the alternator i got is a 105 amp (from a 1993 camaro) and the wire lead that i got has a red, black, and brown wire. from what i have found the brown wire connects to the blue wire coming from the voltage regulator and the black wire isn't used. now my question is where does the red wire go to? i have seen places where they say it should go to the battery terminal on the alternator and then others say that it should go to the distribution block. does anyone know where it should be going to??

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The big red wire coming out from the plug is the sense wire for the alt, ( it will sense the voltage for charging level where ever it is connected, some connect it to the charge post of the alt but it realy should be sensing voltage at the point where the electrical system is using power from which is usualy the horn relay on a first gen with std. wire layout.
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The big red wire coming out from the plug is the sense wire for the alt, ( it will sense the voltage for charging level where ever it is connected, some connect it to the charge post of the alt but it realy should be sensing voltage at the point where the electrical system is using power from which is usualy the horn relay on a first gen with std. wire layout.

Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know!
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Re: Alternator conversion

This is the directions I got with mine from the local auto parts store....
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...maro/CS130.jpg


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