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Old 03-30-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Hey folks.

Have a vehicle electrical question for ya.

Have had 4x4's for 18 years, so not new to the concept. And I realize that a good, smart driver with 2wd is usually much better than an idiot with 4wd.

Bought a 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 a couple weeks ago. Will be a daily driver in the city, but now I'm itching to mod it a little. Nothing too severe.

This looks interesting and easy.

http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=10

http://www.offroaders.com/info/tech-...oma_locker.htm

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...-wire-mod.html

But my question, from an electrical stand point, is this:

I don't have any 18g stranded wire for the ground. Looked at Pep Boys and it was $6 for a 50 foot roll. Don't mind paying $6, but that will pretty much leave me with about 49 feet I'll probably never use.

I do, however have about 50 feet of 14/3 Romex that a friend gave me. So, my question is:

Would it be ok to use solid 14g instead of stranded 18g for the ground? Feel like an idiot asking that. I understand most things about residential electrical, but electronics usually baffle me...

Thanks for any replies--Bill
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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Don't you have an old lamp or extension cord laying around? That rip cord wire should work better than a stiff piece #14 solid.
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You know, I'm sure I do. Hadn't thought of that.

Thanks for the great solution!
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Never use solid wire in a vehicle...DAMHIKT
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Never use solid wire in a vehicle...DAMHIKT
Come to think of it, I've never see solid wire in a vehicle.

Told you, I grasp electrical, but electronics seem alien to me.

Why is it that solid isn't used in a vehicle? Vibration? Difficult to route?

And love that signature. "One of these hammers will fix it." Makes me chuckle.
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Come to think of it, I've never see solid wire in a vehicle.

Told you, I grasp electrical, but electronics seem alien to me.

Why is it that solid isn't used in a vehicle? Vibration? Difficult to route?

And love that signature. "One of these hammers will fix it." Makes me chuckle.
The key reason why soild conductors are not really used in the vechiles useage due viberation ., some are pretty serious bending on the cable routing.

But really *1 killer is viberation if not support properly it will short out or destory something along the way.

And the other thing will kill the conductor pretty fast is building conductors { household wire or cables } they can not withstand the heat or corroision etc etc so there is a proper automotive rated conductors you can use them { just remember do not use the Automovite rated conductors in the house at all }


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The key reason why soild conductors are not really used in the vechiles useage due viberation ., some are pretty serious bending on the cable routing.

But really *1 killer is viberation if not support properly it will short out or destory something along the way.

And the other thing will kill the conductor pretty fast is building conductors { household wire or cables } they can not withstand the heat or corroision etc etc so there is a proper automotive rated conductors you can use them { just remember do not use the Automovite rated conductors in the house at all }


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Speaker wire would also work. If nothing else, run to your local audio shop or best buy and ask for or buy 1-2 ft of wire whether it be speaker or standard 16g or 18g. Probably cost you $.20 or even free!
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Radio Shack also sells wire by the foot.
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