You don't have to solder it, but you should. Just do yourself a favor and don't put only electrical tape on it. At least use some wire connectors. As for the wire, get the same gauge wire and you should be good to go.
you can ground it to anything metal attached to the frame of the car. BTW, what kind of "Connector" are you using? A crimp splice? Electrical tape is NOT meant to insulate, its meant to wrap around splices to neaten them up or as a loom or casing to tidy up a bunch of wires into one strand, or as clothing for club goths. Not to keep 2 wires twisted together. After about 9 months, the adhesive will begin to weaken and the tape may begin to unwind itself. especially in the hot summer. Just dont twist the bare wires together and tape around that. at least use some wire nuts (also found at Radio Shack).
what does the autometer auctually read? I mean, how does it know what to display weather its installed in a '99 coug or '03 caddy? Theyre different cars with different tuning specifications. How does the meter read "good mixture" for 2 totally different cars? Is something standardized?
Just like the temp. gauges. I know there are a few different sending units for my MGB, I bought a rebuilt motor and It came with an earlier temp sender, so my gauge read barely off the peg at running temp. The proper sender fixed it but thats '60s technology. Do ALL temp senders now output the same voltage/°F ? or do they come with their own sender if you buy a temp gauge? ahhhhhhh!!!!!
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