Re: Wiring in an internal regulated alternator
Oh, PLEASE, I do this EVERY day, correctly, and, there is NO problem in doing it so, proven fact, via the aftermarket "single wire" alternators offered today, and, the regulators patterned in them from the originals, GM Farm and Industrial Implement alternators that were the FIRST SINGLE WIRE 12SI ALTERNATORS MADE.
Those alternators did not run a wire four feet long from the battery to the number 2 terminal, they were done inside the alternator with a simple JUMPER between the regulator and BATT lug inside the alternator, abut 5/8ths of an inch long (shorter than an outside jumper), and NONE OF THEM RAN A WIRE OF ANY SORT, RESISTED, DIODE IN PLACE, NEITHER INSIDE, NOR OUTSIDE OF THEM, PERIOD, PURE FACT.
I do this for a living, every day, folks, and know how it works correctly. That IS the way I choose to do it, not some strange 'wire it to the car behind it' method thought up by someone that really doesn't have a clue.
If the jumper and no number 1 wire were so bad, how come, in over 800 of these I have done for people, over the last 25 years or so, for all sorts of applications, all the way from my friend's fork lift, to motorcycles, to all makes of cars and trucks, has NOT ONE FAILED, NOR FAILED TO CHARGE EXACTLY AS ALL OF 'EM SHOULD HAVE?
There are always those that insist on waving their arms in the air and yelling that the simplest way, that has worked for decades, and is the way GM did it in the first place, ISN'T "the best way to do it". In this case, it IS the easiest, best, and, ONLY way to do it, period.
NO rant, no rave, just decades of hands-on experience, and, NO failures.
NOBODY is forcing anyone to do it the right way, and, many have come up with 'BETTER WAYS' to do an operation, that somehow, just don't work as well as the way they scream aren't the best way. Do it any way YOU wish to, but, don't complain when it doesn't work as advertized, after you were shown the right way it should be.