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Old 04-26-2013, 08:45 PM
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Safe jumpstarting

I've jump started hundreds, if not thousands of vehicles, and never had a problem. I'm a contractor, and I've used my old 96 f150 to jump start more heavy equipment than I could even begin to count- Forklifts, backhoes, dozers, skidsteers, generators, ect. However, I recently bought a 2001 F350, and yesterday, it seems that I toasted the alternator while jump starting my old F150. Since I'd rather avoid this in the future, and because with my line of work, using my work truck to jump equipment is a fact of life, I'm wondering if someone makes some sort of surge protector designed to protect the charging system on the vehicle providing the juice? I have a 300amp jumpstarter that runs on 110v that I use if I have power, but that's not always an option, and considering the size of the equipment I'm often jumping, and the fact that starting the engine from cold often requires extended cranking, a little battery powered jumpstarter pack isn't going to do the job. I always used a set of fairly light 4-6 gauge? jumper cables with my F150, but when I bought my F350, I gave my old cables to my girlfriend for her car and bought a set of 2 gauge cables (the heaviest duty cables they had at the parts store).
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:48 PM
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I think Your alternator was just ready to go

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:14 PM
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Use this as an excuse to get a chip with a high idle tune for jump starting.
In reality, it wont make much difference. But a good excuse to get tunes
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:25 AM
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Would there be any advantage to getting a high output replacement alternator?
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Yes, a higher output alternator could help with jump starting large equipment to an extent. You would still be limited by the cables.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:31 AM
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I ended up getting the standard 110 amp alternator with a lifetime warranty. I couldn't find the high output locally, and would have had to ship it in, which wasn't going to work on my daily driver. Eventually, I intend to mount a high output alternator/ welder in the secondary alternator position, which will give me plenty high output.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:31 AM
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^I was just going to suggest adding the "Ambulance package" and running two alternators.
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