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Old 04-10-2007
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New Alternator, What else?

I got my 200 amp alternator yesterday and I can't wait to install it, but I know I need to upgrade some wires. Do I need to upgrade the "BIG 3" or just the + to alt.?

Also, what gauge wire should I go with and where is the best local place to get them? I recently found out I had a Harbor Freight somewhere around here, think they'd have good pricing?

I want to do this right, but I don't want to drop too much money right now because I am about to buy $1000-1700 Plasma tv soon. ( Yabadaba Dooooo)
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let me know how that goes
i was thinking about doing that too
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I'll let someone else reply as to what wires should be upgraded, but as for getting decent heavy gauge wire, go to a welding shop. I wouldn't trust HF for that kind of stuff.
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I wish I knew a welding shop around here... DAMN YOU SUBURBIA
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4 gauge wire should work and just go to an audio shop that installs custom audios or even circuit city or best buy. you dont have to do the big 3 but since you are upgrading the amp you misewell upgrade the rest of it. but an audio shop should have an abumdance of 4 gauge laying around you can buy
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Just make sure that you get actual 4 guage!!!! The cheap stuff is closer to 6 and 8 guage. My KnuKonceptz is pretty close to 2 guage. Look for steel braded outer layer and a good copper style inner with thin wire. You want optimal transmission and the more wire you have in a smaller loom the best.
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There are several threads about this, but here's mine:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ghlight=200amp
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try TSC (Tractor Supply Company) map to TSC
they should have the wires you need.
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So my day's off are tomorrow and weds so I'd like to get this bad boy installed tomorrow if possible.

Can anyone tell me the length's of the 4G cables I need?

Also are there any other tips, pointers, cheats, etc. anyone can offer before diving into this? it's been 4 years since I have installed an Alternator so I know what I'm doing but it's not all fresh.
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