JEGS Performance Products#555-10038GM "R" Terminal Diode Kit
JEGS Performance Products 10038 - JEGS Prostarter Starters Details
Starter Replacement Parts
In GM vehicles originally equipped with a breaker point ignition, the wiring harnesses "R" circuit was a ballast resistor bypass. This terminal is "no connection" when the starter is at rest and is +12VDC while cranking. This circuit provided +12VDC to the ignition coil during cranking for easier engine starting. Cars that do not have a ballast resistor (ie: HEI, MSD or other aftermarket ignition systems) should not need this connection. In most cases this wire will be eliminated. However, cars equipped with a ballast resistor (ie: Breaker Point or Mallory Unilite) may need this harness. If the engine has no ignition during cranking, then the wiring of the coil is going to require an "R" terminal signal. To accomplish this, install an "R" Terminal Diode Kit, part number 555-10038, sold separately.
Prostarter Starters use ball bearings instead of bushings that can wear prematurely. While other vehicle starters offer 3:1 gear reduction, JEGS Prostarters have a Nippondenso motor with a 4.4:1 ratio and cranking power for engines with as much as 12:1 compression.