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Remote located Solenoid for Header-equipped trucks

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BurbinOR, Aug 17, 2000.

  1. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Guys, I've read that some of you have recommended relocating the starter solenoid to the inner fenders for use on a header equipped motor. My 406 is getting the full motor rebuild treatment, adding headers is one of the gifts it is getting. Can anyone describe how to do this solenoid relocation? Is it true you use a F%#d solenoid? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

    <font color=black>'79 K5 - 406 w/IROC TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>http:// www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com
     
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    This is an easy thing to do. Buy a Ford solenoid (or better yet, a nice large HD truck one). You remove all the wires from your starter first. Wire the 2 terminals on the original starter solenoid together and run one big cable up to one side of the F!@# solenoid. You then run the original battery cable that used to run to the original starter solenoid to the other side of the F!@$ solenoid. The wire that used to actuate the original solenoid, that runs to one of the small posts on the F@#$ solenoid.

    Boy now i'm confused! If nobody chimes in with a website, i'll draw it out 4 ya.

    Squash
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  3. Shawn

    Shawn 1/2 ton status Premium Member Author

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    Yes it's basically a... <gasp> Ford solonoid... Summit carries the kits for $25 which comes with everything. Most people are usually ok without it but if the headers are real close then you may have problems. I like mine since it allows me to do the following:
    bump the motor with a screwdriver
    R&R the starter without disconnecting the battery
    allows a great location for other power items (amps, isolator, etc).

    I mounted mine on the firewall up high.

    Shawn
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    I've always been confused by this. How does a remote solenoid bypass the one on the starter? It would seem to me that the one on the starter has to operate anyway, since it has to engage the gear on the nose of the starter. How does adding a remote starter prevent the original one from jamming due to heat anyway?

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    It doesn't bypass the starter's solenoid for starting, but I like having all of my wires up on the firewall where I can get to them. I'm more confident during water crossings knowing that the water is only coming in my cab and not going to fry something because it shorts out all the wires on the starter.

    Oh yeah, if you have a stock TPI unit on your 406, you will be choking it.

    Squash
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    Hey what's up guys? I am in a Nova webring, as well as a member of this site, and there is this guy that goes into complete details about the conversion. He even has before and after pictures. Here is his website. Sorry that it isn't "Truck stuff", but after all, it is Chevy. - Steve http://www.novaresource.com/

    Fyi, the link to the page is on the right side of his page.

    Steve Sosa a.k.a. "sosaman"
    http://sosaman.home.texas.net/carpics.html
     
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    Well, with 24 lb injectors, that thing will rev to 5500 before you know it.........and it is happy to do it. It is no longer stock, in fact has been tweaked and massaged by a local guy who burns his own chips and is sort of an expert on TPI units. Saw a few examples of his work.........best one was his wife's convertible Jaguar with a 350 TPI that was sweet........

    <font color=black>'79 K5 - 406 w/IROC TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>http:// www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com
     
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    That site had a good explaination of the remote solonoid! The only thing I like about Summits than doing it myself, is it offered a piece of copper metal that had 2 holes and was perfectly bent that acted as the small jumper wire that goes on the starter. Plus it came some wires and connectors. If you want to save the $10, then do it yourself.

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    i am very happy with summits solenoid. i can hook up accesories to the positive side of the battery without having a whole bunch of wires to the battery.
    besides if you run the cables very nicely it looks damn cool!

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    Well at least you got someone to burn some chips. I know a lot of people who try to run a 350 chip w/o mods on engines like yours! Still, the stock TPI runners are barely enough to feed a stock 350. It will cost you HP. You should get a set of aftermarket runners and port the hell outta that manifold. How much hotter than stock is this engine? IF it is a stockish 400 sbc, then you'd be OK. I just assumed you had done head work, decent cam, compression, etc.

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    Well, for about a year it had the STOCK chip and ran great. Ran much better with better bottom end than with the QJet carb. And this was not on a stock motor, 260 grind cam, enough compression that I had to run 92 octane, etc. Dunno, maybe I got lucky, but from what I have heard, the TPI runner system is just fine. No need to spend a ton more money for a rig that isn't for racing. Proof is in my driveway.......

    <font color=black>'79 K5 - 406 w/IROC TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>http:// www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com
     

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