OK, thanks for the quick response. So, if the only modifications I make are a) moving the 10 gauge wire from the alt. output to the hot side of the solenoid, and b) installing a 4 gauge wire between the alt. output and the hot side of the solenoid, I'm sending the primary amperage of the alternator directly to the battery, yet maintaining the main power feed from the red 10 gauge wire to the interior?
What I'm also trying to wrap my head around is whether the ammeter will still read properly if the original red 10 gauge is now connected to the hot side of the starter solenoid and fused at 40 amp. If I leave the yellow 'return' wire alone, I'll still have a power loop going through the ammeter, only with a 40amp limitation. It seems that setting up the wiring this way will allow me to keep an ammeter in service for a stock look (even if it's limited by a 40amp breaker), yet send more of the amperage load directly from the alternator to the battery via the new 4 gauge cable. Does this sound correct?
From what I understand, the alternator sense wire is spliced into the yellow wire, so I'd rather leave the yellow wire undisturbed in the circuit and keep the ammeter wiring intact. I already know the connections at the ammeter are clean and tight, so I'm confident the ammeter can stay in service. Just trying to figure out how true the ammeter readings will be if the original red 10 gauge 'interior' feed is now sharing the same post on the start solenoid as the new 4 gauge wire coming from the alt. output
'88 Waggy 167k, AMC 360, bone stock, just coming back to life after 7 years under a tree...
Last edited by SmokinStanley : 02-18-2016 at 09:03 PM.