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Old 12-30-2009, 02:03 PM
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Fast Ammeter Bypass

Hallo, for my 1980 Chief I would like to do the fast ammeter bypass described at the end of this page:

http://www.drbob.tqhosting.com/tech/ammeter.htm

It says to relocate the ring-terminal from one of the studs to the other stud.
But which one do I move?

1) do I move the yellow wire to the black one?
2) do I move the black wire to the yellow one?

Thanks a lot
Federico
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:30 PM
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I don't think it matters, either way you're bypassing the ammeter.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:14 PM
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Move either one, but you're only bypassing the ammeter. All that current from your alternator is still going through the 20 year old wiring.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:32 PM
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ok, so what is the best solution instead of ammeter bypass?
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:52 PM
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ok, so what is the best solution instead of ammeter bypass?
Make sure the connections to both ammeter terminals are clean and tight. Ammeters causing fires is an old wives tale. Losse dirty/corroded connections at the ampmeter cause heat in turn causing fires. Not the ampmeter. Keep it clean, keep it tight and live happy. Ammeter connections are part of normal maint that comes with owning, driving a vehicle.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:47 PM
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you could put in a shunt. The amp meter would only show half of the actual amps.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:56 PM
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Whatever you do, don't just cut the wires and run one from the alternator to battery cable, you will have no power to the cab. Ask me how I know. Oops!

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Old 12-30-2009, 07:19 PM
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Cut both and splice them back into each other with a connector and wrap with electrical tape, sure beats trying to run that little nut down while all the blood is running to your head, or loosing the nut or whatever. You'll spend more time messing with those little nuts in an awkward position when the effect is the same and you remove all the 30 year old hard ware from use. A voltmeter wires in anywhere and keeps you notified of any charging oddities.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:19 PM
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go to www.oljeep.com and click on alternator theory by Joe Guilbeau. Or, search here for big splice by user Joe Guilbeau. Talks about how to take full alternator power through a wire to the battery, then take power through ANL Fuses and route a 12v source to the Big Splice (where all the power wires meet under the dash) and connect there. Then, remove the ammeter circuit altogether, and add in a volt-meter (which you connect anywhere along the 12v source).
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