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Old 11-05-2013, 18:37   #1
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installing balmar on 2gm20f

I recently got a balmar 80 amp alternator and ars-5 regulator.

I installed it and enabled the ignition and went down to test voltages but noticed white smoke coming from alternator and it was warm. I immediately disabled the ignition and turned off power. I don't know what I did wrong or if I fried the unit.

the positve and negative connections were straight forward moving from the old Hitachi 55 amp to the balar.

there was a t connection on the Hitachi that I looked up and 1 connector was for a light and the other was for a "field".

the one for the light turned on/off with the ignition so I used that for the ignition wire on the regulator which I assumed was to turn the regulator on/off. So far so good I think.

the last questionable wire was the old "field" wire that hooked into the old alternator but didn't hook into the new one. The new unit has the regulator that has a connector to the "field" connector on the new unit. So I thought it wasn't needed.

anyone do this install before? What should I do next?

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