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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 04, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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I wonder if i could use this item: Summit to connect and disconnect the powerkabel from the battery/trunk to the starter?

And im also a bit worried about the slightly gas smell/fumes from my truck when it has been closed for a while, i dont wont any sparks.

I'll be using an Otpima battery.


If i understand it correctly i will connect 2 wires, one gnd and one + from the ignitionswitch, to that solenoid(above) and then connect the thick + kable that goes to the starter on each end of the solenoid?

Is this correct, or am i totaly off topic? [img]smile.gif[/img]

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It will require it's own circuit from the batt to operate.

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DjD:

Do you mean the extra positive kabel for the generator, and all other assesories?

And can someone explain how much 1 gauge is, and is 8 gauge larger than 1 gauge?

When i have read some threads about batt/trunk they seam to have 2 gauge positive and 8 gauge negative cable.

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What exactly are you trying to do. The kit from summit is a ford starter solenoid kit. It is designed to be used for a starter hot start problem. It is for replacing the gm solenoid on the starter. Actually it doesnt replace the gm solenoid, it is wired in series with the gm solenoid. If you trying to isolate the power Summit sells a battery disconnect switch. I usually wire it by breaking the negative wire to the battery. The higher number on the wire the smaller it is. Aka #1 is bigger that #8.

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What im trying to do is that i dont want that starter cable from the trunk to starter hot all the time, just when i crank the starter, and then i will draw a seperate cable for the rest of the car with a fuse. So if i crash the car and the sheetmetal is cutting that 2 gauge cable somewhere and starts a fire or a battery explosion.

Okey, then i understand the gauge, but does anyone know how thick 1 gauge is so i can convert it to square millimeter?

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What im trying to do is that I dont want that starter cable from the trunk to starter hot all the time, just when i crank the starter, and then i will draw a seperate cable for the rest of the car with a fuse. So if I crash the car and the sheetmetal is cutting that 2 gauge cable somewhere and starts a fire or a battery explosion.

Okay, then I understand the gauge, but does anyone know how thick 1 gauge is so i can convert it to square millimeter?
I have my car wired up with a battery in the trunk, a starter relay (similiar to the summit piece) also in the trunk along with a second relay in the trunk for the alternator. I also have them all fused in the trunk.

If you are worried about the large starter cable becoming pinched and/or shorted from a crash then you could just leave the summit part off of the car and install an ANL fuse back by the trunk mounted battery. The ANL fuses go up to 300A in size and depending on the wire it is hooked to and also the current demands and the fuse holder style you could make up anywhere from a 300A to 600A fused circuit. I've had a 300A on mine for the starter and have never blown it.

If you just want the starter wire hot only when cranking the car then you will need the Summit Part. You will also need to run a wire off of the key switch or off of the old wire that went to the starter that will only have power when you want to crank over the engine and that wire will go to that solenoid (relay). Another fused wire needs to be run off of the battery to power the rest of the car.

The reason I have seperate relays on my car for the starter and alternator is so that when the key is off I can wrench on the motor and not have to worry about arcing across anything.

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Check the tech articles at www.madelectrical.com They have a wiring diagram for a trunk battery and trunk soleniod.

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