So last summer on Carnage Canyon after I blew my front diff, when the winching went on and on trying to get up the exit, eventually the Optima yellowtop got drained to the point where my high output (160-amp) alternator started kicking out more juice to try and keep up with the electrical load. What happened was, it blew the main fusible link in the fuse box, not once, but twice. Since then, we did a little research on proper wiring schemes for high output alternators, traced some wires on Zilla, and discovered that the guy I hired to wire the new high output alternator had wired the hot lead with the wrong wire (8 instead of 4 gauge) and fed it through the fuse box (which can only take 80 amps before it blows the main fusible link) instead of directly to the positive terminal of the battery. So we are going to rewire the alternator the right way with some better 4 gauge wire, running through a 175-amp fuse directly to the battery, with an 80-amp tie-in to the fuse box so this won't happen again.
There is a good write up with some wiring diagrams available here if anyone's interested... http://www.rocketcityrockcrawlers.co...%20Project.pdf
Aside from that, I need to bolt down the topper on the back of the runner before we take it out for a shakedown run this weekend. We were going to go topless, but the weather might be cold/wet enough that the little lady will appreciate an enclosed cab with the heater running. So a topless run might have to wait until I get the rig back to AZ.
With a fresh coat of paint on the exo cage, I'll be able to recognize any new rockrash and know that it will all be from me, and not one of the previous owners.