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Old 12-20-2008
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200 Amp alternator.

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You can see I left the OEM alternator Black/Orange wire taped off.



100 Amp fuse & holder that feeds my audio distribution fuse block in the cab.

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That 1/0ga wire is a little rough to bend, but not nearly as bad as crimping the ring terminals.
I wrapped some wire loom around those two lines in front of the fuse holder to keep from shorting the battery or fuse when installing or changing fuses.



Battery, side & top shot.

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Yup, two 1/0ga ground wires. One goes to the starter & the other ties the battery to the body to the frame. No grounding issues here.

These battery terminals were made for 1-4ga, 1-1/0ga & 2-8ga cables. I drilled out one of the 4ga holes to squeeze in an extra 1/0ga cable on both terminals.

Positive side has a 1/0ga to the alternator/relay/fuse setup while the other 1/0ga runs up to the 100A fuse & into the cab where it feeds a fused distribution block. There's a fuse (same holder as the audio fuse, just a 250A fuse instead of 100A) between the alternator and the OEM relay thing.

The 6ga+/- red wire is the OEM wire to the starter. The small wire under that one goes to.... something, I can't remember right now.

The wires were so close together that I couldn't get the wire loom all the way up to the terminals.


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The small power wires connected with ring terminals go to the fog lights, backup lights & wimpy air horn.

The gold bolts that came with the battery terminals used an allen wrench & a nut. I could never keep up with the allen wrench & the darn things were already starting to rust so I replaced both bolts with stainless steel bolts & nuts. I'd like to see THESE rust!




Fog light relays.



I wanted to keep the relays out of the way, so I made a bracket & bolted them under the fender/hood lip.
The fuses are tucked away in front of the battery. Not much to see there.

You can also see my hi-tech battery hold down device.

Luckily, this battery just fit in the OEM location. I think it had the most CCA's of any of these MAXX batteries. Hopefully 850/1000cca's will be enough.
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Very nice setup.
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Does the factory bk/or wire normally just run straight to the positive battery post?

I know the "big 3" upgrade is recommended when doing an alternator change. Is that what you did?

Looks good regardless.
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I see you said crimping ring terminals is hard? How did you do it? It only takes like 5 seconds for me lol.

Thats a crazy setup tho, you must have a serious amount of power. How come you aren't running an Optima Yellowtop?
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Does the factory bk/or wire normally just run straight to the positive battery post?

I know the "big 3" upgrade is recommended when doing an alternator change. Is that what you did?

Looks good regardless.
The bk/oj wire went from the alt over to the fender mounted relay thing, from there power went to the OEM fuse panel & battery.
I'm sure it differs on other years though.

When I upgraded the alt, I kept the factory wire placement locations, but I went from +/-6ga to 1/0ga.
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I see you said crimping ring terminals is hard? How did you do it? It only takes like 5 seconds for me lol.

Thats a crazy setup tho, you must have a serious amount of power. How come you aren't running an Optima Yellowtop?

I was planning on adding a 500 - 800w sub amp to go with my 400w 4ch amp but never got around to it.

The 1/0ga ring terminals were super extra heavy duty & I only had a heavy duty crimper
Plus, after a few of them my hands were ready to give out.
Anything 4ga or smaller isn't too bad to crimp.

I'd like a Optima, but I just can't justify spending almost $200 for a battery. I could buy 3 of these & have money left for more goodies.
My last WallyWorld battery gave up a week before it's 6 yr warranty expired so I can't complain.
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nice wiring, i was upset when wally world stopped selling the maxx battery with the top and side posts. so i went with a autozone one instead.
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clean set up man
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That looks really good! I want to re-do mine, I have the same setup except a little more sloppy...lol. It still works though :)
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I'm an electrical n00b, but that looks like it gets the job done. Big wires!!!
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