Jeff, I am subscribing to your post. While my engine is out, I just completed rewiring per the Madd Electrical diagram. I bought some fire retardent braided sleeving and am going to try to run the alt. wires stright back to the firewall behind the engine. And I'm goona try to hide them by routing through the Victor Jr manifold.
Did you install headlight relays?
I don't post often..I mostly just read and do research until my eyeballs bleed.
After upgrading to a CS130 in an effort to correct/improve a discharge condition at idle with HP/deepgroove pulleys, I'm learning that changing the alternator was the easy part. Even marginal changes to the wiring layout are very labor intensive.
I'm not installing headlight relays, at least not yet. I try not to drive my car at night, and I'm not, at this point, sold on the headlight relays...If someone had some good before and after photos of contrast in brightness with the voltage drop reduced, that might push me over the edge.
After talking to Mark at MAD Electrical, I was a little disappointed to find out that the website catalog is out of date, and the very items I wished to purchase are not longer available individually. The big kit may be ideal for some, but I set out to reduce clutter, not increase it.
I just want to relocate the main junction in an effort to reduce voltage drop, and I can't believe how hard it is to round up a good junction block, fusible link kit, non-crimp terminals, (I prefer solder on heavy loads) 8 gauge wire, etc..
Sounds like the excess length of going the "long way around" with the alt output wire is not so bad an enemy as the heat of routing too close to the manifold/etc..