Wire gauge size

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65 Eric
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Wire gauge size

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Post by 65 Eric » Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:41 pm

Description: I don't know what gage wire to use for the ignition system, charging system or lights

Here I am again, back to drink from this immense fountain of knowledge, I'm replacing all the wires on my 65 but leaving off the passing lamps, turn signals, starter and kill switch. Doesn't leave a lot to re-wire but I don't know what gage wire to use for the ignition system, charging system or lights, again no help from my Clymers manual, which I must say does have a stock wire diagram but no mention of wire size. Appreciate all the help I can get.

Eric



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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by Skip » Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:25 pm

I used 14 gauge on mine...seems to work fine...Skip

65 Eric
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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by 65 Eric » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:43 pm

thx Skip, I've heard everything from 12 to 18 so that sounds like a good compromise.

Eric

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by Billy » Thu Sep 21, 2006 5:34 am

Eric-

(here's my 2 cents)

If you have a decent pair of wire strippers, they do have all the gages on there, (visually) you can see, from 22 gage thinnest, to about 10 gage thick !!
After a visual guess, you can just skin a tad off an end & if it takes any copper strands it's slightly bigger, or visa-versa.....
simple way to figure out your wiring sizes.. ;D

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by 65 Eric » Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:42 pm

Thx Sleeper, but that's too easy!

Eric

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by Billy » Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:55 pm

Ok, I'll complicate it....
This works well (assuming) the wires are correct gage to begin with.. aka somebody did some wiring w/whatever they had.. ???

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by junker » Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:15 pm

Well I use 8 for battery and starter ,ignition nothing smaller than 10.then 10 for headlight 12 for horn if any,brake lights and whay ever small lights you want on 14.hope it helps

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by fourthgear » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:46 am

Eric
I used 14 gage through out and 12 gage for 12V power to the back term. panel from the batt.( kick only) , you can get OEM type cables for the starter to make things clean and they fit pretty good like a factory set up.

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by 65 Eric » Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:57 pm

Thanks all, I wired everything this last week-end with 14ga. but I think I'll use 12ga. for the pos. battery. Be in the wind soon!!

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Re: Wire gauge size

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Post by papapan » Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:14 pm

Abyone have a good I mean good color coded wiring diagram? Id like to get the colors right when I re wire everything. Right no I have no wiring on the bike. I may be converting to electric start (but its not a for sure thing) I wont be running turn signals or fog lamps just the basics brake/tail. headlight high/low factory style switch trumpet horn (12 volt one) Im in the process of coverting to 12 volt I already have a late model generator installed. (my bikes a 54) I had to heli coil the case so i could use the smaller bolts.

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Pan

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