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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Photo Request - Dedicated Grounds

There seems to have been a lot of interest lately (myself included) in resolving electrical issues and the use of Dedicated Grounds.
Likewise there is plenty of informaiton here.

But I have yet to find any photos of said Dedicated Grounds (major and minor) to use as a guide to neatly running the wires. I am trying to clean up 30+ years of rat's nests and don't want to contribute to the mess... lol

So, let's see some photos of your grounding setups. Please.

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:09 AM   #2
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Good topic...i'm interested in new ideas also
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Unread 04-15-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
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Not a great shot but...
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There seems to have been a lot of interest lately (myself included) in resolving electrical issues and the use of Dedicated Grounds.
Likewise there is plenty of informaiton here.

But I have yet to find any photos of said Dedicated Grounds (major and minor) to use as a guide to neatly running the wires. I am trying to clean up 30+ years of rat's nests and don't want to contribute to the mess... lol

So, let's see some photos of your grounding setups. Please.

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 04-16-2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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I've used these ground bus bars before. I think they can look cleaner if you route your grounds correctly.

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Unread 04-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #6
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How about Fatmans' set up

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/pr...ml#post7471740

And check Keith460's thread for grounding bus bar.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 05:22 AM   #7
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Anyone else??

I plan to redo all of my grounding this coming weekend and am looking for references.

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 04-17-2013, 05:54 AM   #8
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This is what I have in my rig (well, until I was having power issues and I removed everything I did prior to having these issues). Once I get things sorted out with the power issues, I will be reinstalling it.
One terminal is directly from the negative battery post and the other is a ground to the dash. I plan on utilizing the other smaller posts for things under the hood.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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Power on the left side of the buss. Supplied from the bat via the circuit breaker. One power line runs to the headlight relays, the other to the fuse box via a short run of fusable link (grey wire).

Grounds are on the right. Ong ground wire to each section of the jeep, forward of the firewall, cab and rear. Each light, component, etc splices into the ground and terminates on a bolt post of the component.

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I've used these ground bus bars before. I think they can look cleaner if you route your grounds correctly.

Where can you get these? Link or part number?
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You can get them at Lowes and home depot. Pretty cheap at under $10. They are by the electrical tools. I bought one at the depot last weekend.
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You can get them at Lowes and home depot. Pretty cheap at under $10. They are by the electrical tools. I bought one at the depot last weekend.
Awesome...thanks!
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Like most others have done now, get yourself a GM grounding bus bar from the junkyard for cheap.



A lead off of the battery negative side (-) goes directly to the bus bar and from there, branches out to several points around the Jeep.

Looped wire at far right goes to the firewall and on the other side of the bolt is an attached ground wire that goes to the dash to various points for grounding the instruments to.



Then we have two ground wires coming off the bus bar that go through the frame and one comes out at the rear and connects to the factory location for the Fuel Sending Unit ground were I have also branched off of that to the rear tail lights. Sorry, no picture.
The other wire going through the frame pops out at the front for grounding the headlight relays and parking lights.

In the center of the ground bus bar we have a ground wire coming off and going to the Starter Solenoid to provide a good ground there and it also provides a tap point for some accessory light and the MSD unit.



Then we have yet another wire that provides a ground for the factory underhood light at the far left on the bus bar (has since been changed to a S.S. ground strap).



All instruments and lighting works as they should and I never have problems with anything associated with grounding problems.

Dedicated grounds should be on the top of everyone's list for projects to complete on a Jeep CJ.
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Where can you get these? Link or part number?
I bought mine at a boat/ marine shop. Something like $10 as somebody else stated.......
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