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Old 03-17-2006, 09:00 AM
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OK, now I'm more confused than before.

I gathered together everything to install my new alternator.

It is a 3 wire 63Amp Delco. Internally excited.
I finally got MAD's install kit (3 weeks in the mail).

I have read on some posts that I should stay away from the fuse link and replace it with an actual in-line fuse.

I'm hoping to install the kit this weekend but have reservations on weather or not to include the fuse link?

Your thoughts? Good or Bad?

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Old 03-17-2006, 11:40 AM
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I'm assuming the car has no protection between the alt. and the battery.

A "MAXI" fuse is preferable for this application.
"MAXI" means (slow-blow).
70 amp or 80 amp should work.

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Old 03-17-2006, 11:59 AM
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If you spoke to Mark Hamilton at MAD when you ordered your stuff I´m certain he explained it all to you.He does orders by phone so he knows his client is not buying blind and will not have to return purchased items.
Fusible links are the best way to go.
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If you spoke to Mark Hamilton at MAD when you ordered your stuff I?m certain he explained it all to you.He does orders by phone so he knows his client is not buying blind and will not have to return purchased items.
Fusible links are the best way to go.
Check this thread out.
He never really explained it to me. Just asked what type of vehicle, alt and what was in place at time of ordering.

I don't have a problem using the fuse link, I was just thinking that the alt being 63 Amps would the link be good enough or would I be replacing it anytime soon?
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Old 03-18-2006, 02:58 AM
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Doc here,

OK, if you go MAXI FUSE or FUSE LINK is up to you..

MAXI fuses are simple and easy to replace when blown..Which personally is why I don't use them..too easy to slap another in it's place and ignore the problem that took it out..

Fuse links require Soldering, crimping and shrink tube..and you'll want to be sure you have cleared the problem before you proceed with replacement.

Both do the same job..They protect your system from massive shorts that can cause fires, damage harnesses, and components.

The 63 amp Alternator you are installing SHOULD support the system you are running now..If it's a stock 58 Chevy..Which dictates you will require a 65 or 70 amp maxi fuse or fuse link.

If you plan on upgrades like high current draw lights, Cooling fans, high draw audio equipment, or other aftermarket systems , then you will need to analyze your system draw under worst case situation, (total draw) and size your alternator and fuse link to that figure.

For now, a 65 to 70 Amp fuse link OR Maxi fuse will serve you well, your personal choice.

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