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    Perhaps it's time for a ground bus, Steve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    Perhaps it's time for a ground bus, Steve?

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    What I have now seems to be working fine but what Bill has done is pretty dang impressive. Are you planning to do this soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedmc View Post
    What I have now seems to be working fine but what Bill has done is pretty dang impressive. Are you planning to do this soon?
    I have the cable and terminals but nothing else. You need a special crimp tool for that size of cable, but Bill said he had success soldering the terminals on. So I will need heat-shrink plus all of the necessary hardware for installation. I will probably tackle this project the next time I have the center console removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedmc View Post
    what Bill has done is pretty dang impressive.
    The idea comes from railroad locomotives, which are frame neutral. They have a bus from the hood to the cab into which every negative is tied (negatives are not attached to the frame -- in fact there is a ground fault relay that will trip if any negative voltage is detected on the frame. Trips for positive shorts too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedmc View Post
    ...what Bill has done is pretty dang impressive.
    What has Bill done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morpheus View Post
    What has Bill done?
    Bill has created an uninterrupted ground line made almost exclusively of 4AWG battery cable from the engine to the radiator fans. There are pics in another thread; root around for them. It's a joy to behold.

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    I've seen the pictures of Bill's ground wire set up. It looks like it takes a while to do since he taps into all those bundles of black ground wires. There must be a dozen of those all around the car. Bill do you solders all of those connections? Is is bad to use the cables that already have the terminals crimped on?
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    Does that setup create a ground loop or audible whine through the radio? I had run a long ground from my HU to the battery on my previous car and could not get rid of the alternator whine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morpheus View Post
    I had run a long ground from my HU to the battery on my previous car and could not get rid of the alternator whine.
    Not even with a choke or two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morpheus View Post
    Does that setup create a ground loop or audible whine through the radio? I had run a long ground from my HU to the battery on my previous car and could not get rid of the alternator whine.
    Nope.

    Edit: I am refering to Hervey's gound cables. I can't speak for Bill, but I have seen his radio antenna pop up while driving. This leads me to assume he listens to the radio.

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