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Unread 08-18-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Cj7 electrical grounding

All right. I have tested the gauges and replaced those that were not functional. I am seeking advise or guidance on the BEST method to GROUND the gauges so they work. Most of the schematics or suggestions refer to testing with the OHM meter or show the post location/color of the + connector... but nothing about HOW to properly ground -or- where to mount the ground wires for the gauges.

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Unread 08-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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OEM ground was the clamp behind the gauges, against the back of the dash.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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For oil and volts yes

For fuel and temp. It's tricky. First the gauge has a spring clip that grounds it to the speedometer housing and the housing should have nuts with star washers that attach it to the dash. The dash to the tub and a ground wire from tub to ... someplace. I never had a stock jeep so I can't say how the tub was originally grounded.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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I have a central grounding location mounted on the inside of the fenderwell close to the battery. I ran a independent ground for everything that depends on a good ground to it. Ignition, dash gauges, Fuel sender, engine block, etc.

It makes all the difference in the world when your CJ can flow its electrons like it is suppose to.
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