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post #1 of 20 Old 10-26-2014, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Painless wiring harness experience?

I'm looking at getting this painless wiring harness:
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/12-circ...nce-10105.html

Anyone installed or have experience with these harnesses?
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-26-2014, 07:08 PM
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I installed the in terminated kit and it wasn't that bad. It was the first time that I wired anything yo that extent I should have done more research but I just dove on in and it worked out pretty well. Good luck to you if you go for it
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-26-2014, 07:45 PM
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PO had installed one in mine.....all the labeled wires go to the right place and tracking wires is very easy........mine looks like it has been installed for a while and seems to be holding up well......one of the few things on this jeep that has given me no problems at all......

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I did it and have no regrets. Everything works! The volt meter doesn't take a dive when I turn on the lights, all the turn signals work, the heater doesn't blow a fuse every time I turn it on, and for cryin' out loud, even the backup lights work!

The kit comes in three sections - under hood, under dash, and chassis (taillights, etc.). When installing the under dash section, I removed all the dash screws and pulled the dash up the steering column, securing it to the steering wheel with bungees. I also flipped the windshield down for better access. Crawling under a CJ dash is not my idea of fun.

I did mine in two weekends, but it could have been done in half the time - I just wanted to be meticulous.

Of all the projects I've started and finished on my Jeep, the Painless kit was probably the most worthwhile and rewarding.
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-27-2014, 11:34 AM
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I used that exact harness. it was no problem to install and would use it again in a heartbeat.

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post #6 of 20 Old 10-28-2014, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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I used that exact harness. it was no problem to install and would use it again in a heartbeat.
Would I be correct in assuming that it will come with a set of instructions/schematics?
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-28-2014, 03:06 PM
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Would I be correct in assuming that it will come with a set of instructions/schematics?
A lot of folks seem to have trouble with their directions according to the number of help me posts I see. When I did mine, I used the Centech harness because of that. It was truly painless and worked very well with good directions.

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It will cone with instructions but like he mentioned, I had to do a lot or research. Well worth it but drove me nuts. I'm just not that great at wiring either you will have to reference your stock harness as well for some things can't recall what though. Sorry
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post #9 of 20 Old 10-28-2014, 08:12 PM
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American auto wire has a harness coming out in november. I used both AAW & PL and prefer AAW!
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-29-2014, 08:07 AM
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You do have options other than Painless. I also went with Centech and was VERY pleased with the quality and excellent directions. Centech leaves the ignition wires WITHOUT the connectors because so many owners change them. But they also show you how to wire different systems.

I will NOT tell you that Painless is NOT a good product, as I have never used them. I'm only saying there are good alternatives.

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post #11 of 20 Old 10-29-2014, 08:58 AM
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what wire covering are yall using with your harnesses? surely you aren't leaving bare wires?

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post #12 of 20 Old 10-29-2014, 09:26 AM
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what wire covering are yall using with your harnesses? surely you aren't leaving bare wires?
The Centech harness comes with looms over the wires and you just plug in the Jeep components where the wires come out of the looms. The main loom also has a dedicated ground wire for picking up things like tail lights and gas gauge senders. Real handy with my 'glass tub. The connections are all done with weatherproof heatshrink also. It is a nice setup.

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Has anyone messed with the universal harness from BJs offroad? I'm assuming it will have to be cut to length and terminated by the end user but it seems like a great deal for those who are willing to do that. They offer a 12 and a 21 circuit and all wires labeled every 5".

http://www.bjsoffroad.com/prod-1167.htm
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A lot of folks seem to have trouble with their directions according to the number of help me posts I see. When I did mine, I used the Centech harness because of that. It was truly painless and worked very well with good directions.
Thanks for the heads up

I'll look into those Centech harnesses.
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Just finished reading up on Centech and their wiring harnesses/switches. They definitely seem like a solid company. After reading some reviews I think this is the direction I am going to go. Here is the link to the website and the exact harness...
http://www.centechwire.com/Early-CJ-...Kit-GV-16J.htm
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