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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

Howdy folks,

I fried my alternator harness and need to make a new one.
Does anyone know what gauge the wires are? My hot lead cooked so bad that I can't read the shielding, looks like a 10 or 12 gauge. The other three that go to the regulator look like 16 gauge, if I'm wrong please let me know.

This is for a 78 Westy with a 55 amp alternator.

Thanks for your input.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

Ken, if you can do the conversion, the metric wire gauges are listed on the wiring diagram.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

You would want at least a 10ga if not a step larger.

https://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

hazetguy wrote:
Ken, if you can do the conversion, the metric wire gauges are listed on the wiring diagram.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/wiring/baybus_77-78.jpg



Ahh, I did not recognize those numbers as gauge size. There are many converters on line.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

Ken, check your PM box.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

SGKent wrote:
http://www.busdepot.com/021971349f


Wow, they sure are proud of that!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

hazetguy wrote:
SGKent wrote:
http://www.busdepot.com/021971349f


Wow, they sure are proud of that!


I agree, I bought several at the end of a show for $5.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

It's 8 gauge wire. I have some old alternator wire sitting right next to me and a roll of 8 gauge, they're the same.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

Wildthings wrote:
hazetguy wrote:
SGKent wrote:
http://www.busdepot.com/021971349f


Wow, they sure are proud of that!


I agree, I bought several at the end of a show for $5.


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I just made my own with the proper 70 amp plug the other day, the irony.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What gauge wires are in the alternator harness. Reply with quote

hazetguy wrote:
SGKent wrote:
http://www.busdepot.com/021971349f


Wow, they sure are proud of that!


Make your own and sell them for less. I'm guessing you'll find that sourcing the materials, assembling, packing, and marketing them takes so much of your time for the few that you sell that you are working for peanuts. Like it or not making and selling parts for old VW's is like making and selling parts for new Bugati's. There's just not that many left out there so you can't just set up a factory to mass produce them cheap.
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