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Unread 10-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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Helen Keller installed my wiring harness.

Ok. So-
Last friday, I bought a 1978 cj7, 304, lift, etc.
It runs fine and has plenty of shiny new stuff, but the wiring isn't one of the new things. It appears as though somebody pulled it all out, and fed it to a bear, then put the broken remains back in the car. Most of the stuff that counts still works, but no guages/interior lights/etc. but I'll deal with that for now.

I made a seperate circuit with a fuse and switch for the second fuel pump in attemt to take off some load (since so much of it is broken, things are doubled/tripled/etc. onto the same fuse) so everything will continue to function enough to be safe until I buy a new harness

Should I just make a whole harness or buy one?
I'm not opposed to buying one, but if you guys come up with major reasons to make my own then I will.

Which is the best to buy?


I'll put up a pic later so you can all see the jungle exhibit under the dash.



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Unread 10-22-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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Many ways to to do this, get an aftermarket kit from Painless or others, use the GM harness as in this thread below, I used an 88 YJ harness I got cheap off of EBAY.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/diy-wiring-884017/

Lots of write ups on this issue,

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Unread 10-22-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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Mine looked like a half eaten bowl of spagetti. I opped for an E-Z wire harness ($167 to my door from ebay) the're great. I got the 21 circuit one, E-Z to install. Good Luck!
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Unread 10-22-2009, 05:58 PM   #4
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But did she read the manual?
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Unread 10-22-2009, 08:11 PM   #5
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But did she read the manual?
How?

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Unread 10-23-2009, 07:29 AM   #6
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But did she read the manual?

haha they didn't make it in braille so it's that much worse

I've been considering the painless wiring harness (which is $383) but I still haven't checked ebay.. I should probably get on that

I think I might invest in all new gauges too along with a new dash panel and really do this right.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 08:03 AM   #7
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Hmmm, sounds exactly like how the wiring looks in mine, gonna be a brain buster to rewire the whole thing. Going to be a looooong weekend.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 10:12 AM   #8
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I was looking for a link to EZ wire, but I don't find it right away...
Better prices, same stuff,

If you have ANY electrical abilities at all, this isn't hard to rewire a CJ from scratch without a harness, but EZ wire stuff is cheap enough even I would use it.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 10:56 AM   #9
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sounds good to me

Earlier I was thinking about just making my own wiring for everything but the normal driving lights and just get a simple harness for the lights-- It could be beneficial to have everything separated out like that.

Also-- what do you guys think of this-- My glove box is just the metal flap over a hole where the box used to be, so I'm thinking I'm going to put the fuse block in there for easy access-- I'll figure something out for storage like under the back seat or something.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:06 PM   #10
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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:13 PM   #11
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ok so it wont show my pictures for some reason but if you click the link you can see a few of the things wrong with it

-obviously unorganized
-random wires are cut and dangling
-some ends are simply taped together
-wires have been spray-painted

what you can't see is that nothing works
If short circuits made the shorting wire glow, that picture would be like looking into the sun.

Oh well. I'll be surfing ebay for the next few hours to find a cheap new harness.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:16 PM   #12
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EZ 21 on this page for $185
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Unread 10-23-2009, 06:37 PM   #13
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I checked that one out and can get it new for 135 on ebay
I like what I see.-- what would I need besides that kit to switch everything out? Does it have everything I need?
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