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[February 26, 2009]


I didn't like the idea of the starter and alternator wires rubbing against the intake tubes. So I found some 1/2" spiral wrap from the local auto parts store and wrapped them together. Then I clamped the oil return line and the wires to the intake tube.


I have heard a lot of people complain about the terminal for the alternator breaking off. It seems to be a weak point. Someone on the VAF forums recommended these heavy duty Aluminum Set Screw Lugs from McMaster-Carr. This particular item is #6920K21. At $0.75 each, it's a real bargain. You can see I also used some locktight on the set screw so it won't want to back out.


I used a similiar lug for the starter.


So now the starter is wired up.


I disconnected the starter wire for fear I might accidentally actuate it. I probably won't connect this until right before the first engine start.


With the starter and alternator wires run, I could finish tie-wrapping the starter, master, alternator current and battery bus wires. It turned out super neat and tidy.


Next I drilled the battery bus (right) and main bus(left) fuse blocks.


On the other side of the rib I drilled the avionics bus fuse block. To the left of this block I will mount the E-Bus fuse block. However, I decided to upgrade to a 16 fuse bus, which I needed to order.

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