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Can you run the alternator wire straight to the battery and bypass the fuse box

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Absolutely NOT

I don't know what your asking here or Why!!

I also don't believe you really meant to bypass anything. You just are trying to correct a problem, What is it??

Posted on May 04, 2010

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