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Old 02-07-2008, 12:03 PM
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Wiring is going to be the bugaboo for my project. I am putting a 5.0 ford mustang engine in a 1997 ford ranger that had a 2.3 four banger in it. I bought a ford mini starter for the 5.0. This new starter requires a remote solenoid. I replaced the 2.3 solenoid with a new solenoid.The original system ran the + battery terminal to the starter then ran two wires back to the old solenoid. I wired the + battery post to the + side on the new solenoid and all the wires that were to the + side of the old solenoid. My question is will this new wiring for the solenoid work? I hope Ford didn't have a resistor in the old starter that droped the amps. I am afraid of burning wires or electronic components.

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I have a 5.0 in my 83 ranger as I remember it battery big cable to the old style starter relay big cable from relay to starter. the 2 small wire terminals on the relay ... one is connected to the key start terminal and the other one is for the ignition resistor bypass ...old ignitions had the resistor to furnish 9 volts during normal running and when the motor was cranking hard trying to start provided 12 volts to the ignition to give enough spark to fire the plugs... during starter operation it would drag down the normal ignition voltage and they were hard to start with out 12 volts to the coil If you are using late model ignition check the 5.0 manual to see if you need to connect the bypass wire to anything
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Thank you for the reply. If I go straight to the solenoid from the battery my only problem would be current drop then? The mini starter I bought has two wires from the solenoid to the starter (they send the wires).
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most GM starters have the solenoid as part of the starter. ...A lot of people have problems with hot start on the GM system ... headers add to the heat problem ... the fix is to add heat shields and add a ford relay mounted away from the starter and bypass the factory GM solenoid ...I don't know if the mini starters have a heat problem.
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I had a heat problem on my big block Chevy,Put a mini starter and had no more trouble.
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