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    question about autometer gauges and the wires i bought from walmart

    so I got my autometer guages ready to install but here is the slight potential problem:

    I got these I believe 14 guage wires because the back of the packaging said "most gauges".

    Well wehn i got home to splice them into the autometer gauge's wires I notice the autometer guage wires are way smaller. Perhaps 1/3 the size of the 14 gauge ones I bought.

    Will this cause any problems? I don't want to blow all my fuses.

    PS I will be tapping power from the Foglight on/off switch.

    thanks!

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    I dont think it would cause any problems if they are close in diameter. But 1/3 the size is a big difference. I believe it lists the gauge on the packaging of the guages. I think I used either 16 or 18 gauge which was pretty close. Wires are cheap, get some new ones (unless you already installed them).
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    darn I used 14 ga wire. I almost bought the 16 ga but the packaging said 16 was for interior lights and 14 for gauges.

    I wonder if it's ok to use wires that are a bit large...?
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    If you can splice *at all* then yes, it's perfectly fine. A larger diametre will yield less resistance and other properties I'll not get into right now might also be affected. In general you don't care. There are exceptions, but in those cases you wouldn't be allowed to splice wires to begin with.
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