I was asked this question last week-
I intended to do a short vid to describe what I did and why I did it.........but...........
There are battery mounted fuses in different configurations and values, the Ford fuse seemed most logical to me.
Fused links- What are the values? Do the values change with length? Do the values change over time? IOWs, Will new fuse be more apt to burn more quickly than a 32 year old fuse, or vice versa?
Seems that no one has an answer.
Cluster F---? I've done it, I see it done here......everywhere.......
Top post battery with 13 different wires bolted to the cable clamp.......another circuit.....eh, what's one more wire?
Zero complaints, short to ground, truck burns?
Recently someone complained of the headlight switch melting down, took the connector too. Common problem, what's not a common complaint is a burnt fused link.
So, how reliable are Links?
Not at all in my opinion, opinion based on evidence.
Only two circuits I'm aware of that are always hot and not ran through the fuse block are the ignition circuit and the headlight circuit, everything else is protected by the fuse block.
One wire shorts to ground- will it bring down the all five circuits? Possible. But then, if your ignition circuit shorts..........you are SOL anyway.
Two fused posts, on the left is the 200 amp post, alt is connected there.
Right is the 100 amp post, five circuits connected there, one lug (what used to be the fused links).
Center to starter relay......this is unchanged from original.
I'm not suggesting anyone do anything-
If your existing wiring is a rats nest, if you are not competent or you believe you are not competent to diagnose or run down a problem circuit, if you don't understand how your truck is wired, if you are not interested in learning, if it's just not your bag.........leave it alone.
Mindset- I read it here a lot -"it's not how the factory did it"-.
I could not give two S----s what a defunct company did 32 years ago.
None of us have concours worthy trucks and even if one exists it ain't worth what you think it is.
That mindset is a faulty one.
Does it work? Yes, it works.