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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2001, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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im going to be putting a new ground on the zook pretty soon... i have some 4 gauge wire, but im wondering where the best place to put it is?

anyone have any suggestions?

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Re: new ground

ok guys, i know that one of you has put in a ground from the body to the frame... help me out please

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I used a flat braided ground strap normally used for a battery connection. I put one end under a motor mount bolt and the other bolted to the frame with a star lock washer under the nut to assure a good ground connection.

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Hey aggie if ya got a grinder grind a spot down to bare metal on the frame and get some 4GA (total overkill but good) welding lead and a couple of hammer on eye connectors and bolt to the bare spot. on the body end I put mine under that big bolt by the battery box.

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Re: new ground - which is better?

ok, so which way is better, and why - body to frame or engine to frame?

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Re: new ground - which is better?

Actually, both covers all bases. But most of your electrical connections that require grounding to complete the circuit are on the body. So body to frame would be #1, then an additional engine to frame wire could be run. (I needed that setup on my Jeep after I replaced the engine and "customized" my wiring harness). On a postive note (or is that negative because it's a ground...), it can only help and not hurt to have an extra ground.

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Re: new ground - which is better?

Go with a body to motor lead first. then to the frame.
The negitive lead from the battery goes to the engine not the frame notice. so to get the best connection you need to go from the engine to the body, then you can do the frame
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Re: new ground - which is better?

whats to stop me from just putting a ground from the battery to the body? seems like this would offer the best ground.

also, supposing i do go from engine to body, where do you think would be the best places to bolt that sucker onto?

and one more... my tail lights are acting up. anyone know right off hand where they are grounded? this is one of the reasons im adding a new ground, so im hoping they are grounded to the body so that i can knock out all these birds with just one stone

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Re: new ground - which is better?

Well stock there is a connection from the negitive post of the battery to the firewall. Just real small. So yes you can do that just fine. your taillights are grounded to the rear
of the frame. the fix in the rustbelt is to grab the screws
with a pair of vice grips and give that sucker a twist or two. (Also check where the ground goes to the light assy, I have had them there that was the problem.)

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Re: new ground - which is better?

Maybe this will help you out a little I got it from CJDave on the short wheel base Jeep board and it has worked very well on my Jeep run a ground wire from the battery to the engine, run another from the engine to the frame and run one more from the frame to the body. I had some small electrical problems did this and it cleared them right up.Also make sure that you clean away the rust dirt paint or what ever is there were you connect your ground wires.




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