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Old 02-23-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Painless wiring vs. DIY rewire

I am trying to decide if a Painless harness would be worth the extra coin. I need to rewire my 89 YJ without ECU keeping only basic systems. The painless kit reuses all of the original switches and most of the connectors, few are included in the kit. This comes in at around $900, which I would guess is around double what buying materials and assembling the harness myself would cost. I have done basic rewiring and troubleshooting in the past but not a full chassis harness, though I don't think it would be over my head. What would you do?

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Old 02-23-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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I have a even better idea. Buy a HEI kit from quadratec. And its only like $400 and you need to run 1 single power wire to make the truck run and you can rip everything else out(emissions, and beyond

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Old 02-23-2011, 08:31 PM   #3
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I have an HEI on the way... So that is something I already know. The issue is not the ignition, it is all the other circuits, ie: lights, signals, wipers, accy, air, etc. I am rewiring the entire chassis. The main concern I have is using the old connectors as many of them are damaged or loose at best. So back to the question, is a Painless harness worth the cost? or Should I make my own?
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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make your own. i rewired most of my 89YJ. I still need to finish ripping out more of it. I have them color coated and run as simple as possible so if i have a problem with something i wrote down what each color means and then i trace the problem. makes fixs WAY easier
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #5
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What have you done for switches and connectors? Did you use the stock parts?
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