Results 1 to 8 of 8

60 Amp Alternators

This is a discussion on 60 Amp Alternators within the Electrical (S30) forums, part of the 1st Generation Z (S30) category; Hey guys. Just wondering how much of a difference those who have swapped their alternators to larger (60 Amp), internally ...


  1. #1
    Newbie ninjazombiemaster's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-27888
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Age
    21
    Posts
    402

    Default 60 Amp Alternators

    Hey guys. Just wondering how much of a difference those who have swapped their alternators to larger (60 Amp), internally regulated units saw in their cars?

    I run a Retrosound stereo on its built in amplifier (20 watts x 4 RMS/ 40 watts peak x 4 channels) and a fairly heavily updated sound Kenwood sound system. There are probably other electrical upgrades, I'm guessing headlamps and other misc stuff but I myself didn't change any of that.

    Its on a '73, so I'm aware I'll have to either disconnect the FP relay or rewire to the ignition. Not sure how to do that, but if I (or my dad, who specializes in car electronics) somehow can't figure that out I know where to come
    1973 240z w/ ztherapy round top conversion.

  2. #2
    No more body roll! SteveJ's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-5413
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Gainesville, GA
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,454

    Default

    No, no, no. Don't rewire the fuel pump relay to the ignition. You want it to cut off if the engine stalls. That means using a diode in the right place or using an oil pressure switch.
    73 240Z
    74 260Z

    Blue's collection of tech tips - A great place to look for answers
    XenonS30 -The cheap source for FSMs
    Georgia Z Club
    Fiddling with Z Cars - Z car tips & tricks and pictures of my car-loving life.
    Steve's CARtography - Just car pictures.

  3. #3
    Newbie ninjazombiemaster's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-27888
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Age
    21
    Posts
    402

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveJ View Post
    No, no, no. Don't rewire the fuel pump relay to the ignition. You want it to cut off if the engine stalls. That means using a diode in the right place or using an oil pressure switch.
    For safety reasons in an accident I'm guessing? Fair enough.. Ok. I'm sure thats in other threads so I'll see what I can find in regards to that.
    1973 240z w/ ztherapy round top conversion.

  4. #4
    No more body roll! SteveJ's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-5413
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Gainesville, GA
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,454

    Default

    That would be correct.
    73 240Z
    74 260Z

    Blue's collection of tech tips - A great place to look for answers
    XenonS30 -The cheap source for FSMs
    Georgia Z Club
    Fiddling with Z Cars - Z car tips & tricks and pictures of my car-loving life.
    Steve's CARtography - Just car pictures.

  5. #5
    Newbie ninjazombiemaster's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-27888
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Age
    21
    Posts
    402

    Default

    Okay. Do have any experience in terms of how the swap effects the car? Since its not an expensive upgrade, I'd just like some feedback before I get into it to know if its worth the time.
    1973 240z w/ ztherapy round top conversion.

  6. #6
    No more body roll! SteveJ's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-5413
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Gainesville, GA
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,454

    Default

    Conventional wisdom says it's an improvement. I can't tell you how much. As for the fuel pump relay issue, the power for the relay coil comes off the yellow wire. Somewhere on here, someone posted the wiring for the Nissan change. If I could find it, I could tell you where you need to look for wire. Meanwhile, are you sure you have an electric fuel pump?
    73 240Z
    74 260Z

    Blue's collection of tech tips - A great place to look for answers
    XenonS30 -The cheap source for FSMs
    Georgia Z Club
    Fiddling with Z Cars - Z car tips & tricks and pictures of my car-loving life.
    Steve's CARtography - Just car pictures.

  7. #7
    Newbie ninjazombiemaster's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-27888
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Age
    21
    Posts
    402

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveJ View Post
    Conventional wisdom says it's an improvement. I can't tell you how much. As for the fuel pump relay issue, the power for the relay coil comes off the yellow wire. Somewhere on here, someone posted the wiring for the Nissan change. If I could find it, I could tell you where you need to look for wire. Meanwhile, are you sure you have an electric fuel pump?
    No I'm not. I'm believe the wiring is present at the very least but I'm at work and can't be sure. If its not there, or not hooked up, I would like to get one / get it working, so it'd be smart to have the relay correctly set up. Look at me getting hung up on something that may not present an issue :P

    I was looking at rock auto, and they looked to have units for about $30 shipped from the normal manufacturers, so I'd probably go that route. Beats the 100 something dollar Bosch kit from MSA. I'd just need the adapter if I chose not to splice for reversibility.
    1973 240z w/ ztherapy round top conversion.

  8. #8
    No more body roll! SteveJ's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-5413
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Gainesville, GA
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,454

    Default

    The fuel pump is easy to find. Just look at the gas tank behind the passenger side rear wheel.

    If you choose to add one, make sure it is a low flow pump. Carburetors don't need 30 PSI.
    73 240Z
    74 260Z

    Blue's collection of tech tips - A great place to look for answers
    XenonS30 -The cheap source for FSMs
    Georgia Z Club
    Fiddling with Z Cars - Z car tips & tricks and pictures of my car-loving life.
    Steve's CARtography - Just car pictures.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. HELP! Cars not charging after 3 alternators.
    By Pleadingbark in forum Help Me !!
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-21-2011, 09:57 AM
  2. Dual Alternators?
    By KDMatt in forum Electrical (S30)
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 06-24-2010, 08:59 PM
  3. Aftermarket Alternators
    By SFMRZ in forum Electrical (S30)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-26-2002, 05:47 AM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87