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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Recommendation for Wiring Harness Work.

I've got a 1986 CJ7 that I've been working on for a while now. I have put a fiberglass body on it and tore out the old engine compartment wiring. I have been trying to get the Jeep wired back up but its been frustrating.

I'm looking for recommendations for a garage or a guy who can bring this Jeep to completion.

Here are some details of what needs to be done:

~ Wiring in fiberglass body and dash is in tact, but it was a used body and appears to be a birds nest.
~ Fuse box is installed and comes through to the engine compartment.
~ I took off the stock carb, ignition, and all the extra components in the engine compartment. I installed a ground bar and tried to get a termianl strip started for the wiring.
~ MSD ignition box mounted and wired. Holly carb installed with choke.
~ Motor will start but I have issues (turn off key and motor keeps running, proper exciter wire required with diode on the alternator (maybe), battery drains over night).
~ Lights don't work
~ The connector on the steering column doesn't match up with the wiring that came with the used body.
~ etc.

I'm thinking about getting a "Painless" and starting over, but wanted to see if there are any suggestions if I wanted to hire this work out.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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I would expect hiring a shop to properly rewire a jeep to be expensive given the amount of time it takes to do good wiring.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #3
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Dale at ironman Offroad sells a kit from centech that is very, very nice!
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Does the steering wheel connector really not fit? Like completely incompatible? Sometimes, if its the long flat GM style connector, one side ends up looking bigger, like there's wires missing or extra pins, but it plugs in.....
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I have used a similar one to this. The quality was real nice and everything came labeled with easy to read directions.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-12...item4858bf2145
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I put the centech in mine. It has ground wires for everything in the fiberglass tub, all the wires are marked for where they go and it was pretty easy to do.
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Does the steering wheel connector really not fit? Like completely incompatible? Sometimes, if its the long flat GM style connector, one side ends up looking bigger, like there's wires missing or extra pins, but it plugs in.....
I did try pushing the connectors together and they will snap together. However, like you said, there is a mis-match in the number of wires/pins.
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Thanks for the tips on the Centech and universal kit. It seems they can be found for cheaper prices than the Painless. I may have to go in the Centech direction.

I'm thinking maybe it would be best, if I ripped out all existing wiring from the tub and the engine compartment, got a Centech and just re-wired from square one.
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Sounds like a plan. Old wiring sucks.
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I just finished wiring mine with a harness from ez wiring. It was pretty simple although grounding was a tricky as my jeep is all fiberglass also. All in all a simple job.
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I don't know if this helps at all, but it's a painless wiring kit for a CJ for $200 obo a guy listed on here a month or two ago. Might still be for sale......

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