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Fastback68
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posted 03-09-2003 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, this is my first visit to this forum! It's a gold mine and I never knew it! Anyway ...
I've finally found an electrician with a good rep, and we're gonna redo the whole car. Philippine wire has a very bad reputation, and all quality wiring work here is done with Japanese wire. US wire, I'm told, is thicker, but is unavailable. The electrician says Japanese wire is just fine for a Mustang. Do you agree?
Maybe you can tell I know nothing about wire, except that some is thick and some is thin!
Thanks,
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68F100
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posted 03-09-2003 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm...never seen Japanese wire, that I know of, but you definitely want to use the right wire and guage for your purposes. If your electrician is worth his beans, he should be able to do the job right.

You could compare your old wire with the new stuff to see how thick the wire itself is and to see how the insulation compares. Newer wire will probably have thinner insulation than your 30+ year old wire.

I'm an electrician, but I have to admit I haven't messed with automotive wiring much. I just match up what I'm putting in with what came out.

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Fastback68
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posted 03-10-2003 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm, yeah, but since I don't have access to US wire (without importing it), I'm asking myself questions like ...
If it's true that US wire is fatter than Japanese wire, does that necessarily make it better? Maybe Japanese wire does not have to carry as much current? Maybe it carries the same current, but superior quality means they can make it thinner? Etc., etc.
If one can say anything good about Japanese cars, compared with American cars, it's the quality of their electronics.
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-10-2003 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, wire is sold by gauge sizes, so the difference must be insulation thickness. I never thought much about the difference but I do remember Nipponese cars have thinner wiring, I just assumed it was just more underengineering.

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