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Old 07-11-2012, 01:43 AM   #1
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Complete Rewire Suggestions

Im going to completely re-wire my CJ (Never woulda guessed huh). Ive never rewired anything much more complicated than a lamp, so suggestions, tips, and guidance would be greatly appreciated lol

All i know is that everything needs to be replaced, and that im sure as hell not paying like $600 for a wiring harness when i could pay like $100 for wires and copious amounts of frustration

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:05 AM   #2
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It sounds like your mind is made up but I will say it anyway. You are better off buying a wiring harness than trying to do it manually. I bought a harness of ebay for my cj years ago and it was about 1/2 the price of painless. It isn't as good and was more pain but still much better than doing the alternative.

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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I did a complete rewire years ago. Prior to that job, my experience with automotive wiring was installing a couple radios.

I bought a Painless harness. I stripped every existing wire out of the Jeep, and replaced the tub with a 'glass tub, then got started...

It took awhile, I was careful. And I had to ground everything independently because of the glass tub, so I had to terminate all my own wires (vs buying a pre-terminated kit)
When I was finished and ran the final test, everything worked!
It was not as difficult as I initially feared.
This was over 15 yrs ago...

If I was going to do another rig today, I'd use the 12-circuit harness from EZ Wiring.
www.ezwiring.com
You can often find these on ebay for even less than buying direct.

These are very good quality harnesses, priced far less than Painless. Many of the guys on EarlyCJ5.net have used this harness any find it to be good quality, easy to install, and at a very good price.

Like Dempsey said above, I'd recommend going with a harness kit, and EZ is the one I would use.

Good luck!!
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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I guess i could consider getting a harness... Thats just a lot of money. Have either of you added anything, electrically, to your rigs after using a harness?
Just wondering if its any harder. Im wanting to put a on board compressor and maybe a PA system lol
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:42 PM   #5
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Guy, Dempsey is right. You are better off buying a harness kit from a reputable manufacturer. I have used Painless and they are great. Directions are simple and the quality is fantastic. Sure, you can save money replacing wires to your old fuse box, but I would prefer to "suck it up" and wait until I saved the money for a proper kit, that way I don't have to splice new wires to old.

Everything is not about saving money. It has to be about safety. The professional kits are designed and made by professionals. They are liable if anything goes wrong so they want to make sure it doesn't. Can you say the same with your own electrical experience? I am not knocking you or anyone who "does it themselves." I do it myself BUT I draw the line somewhere. Electrical systems and braking systems I believe are better left to experts to design. Sure you can put them in, but let experts design the system. My wife has driven my jeep and my kids have ridden in it. I don't want them stranded on the side of the road at night because of an electrical short. Of course, it could happen anyway but not because I was cheap.

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Old 07-11-2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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I guess you guys have sorta convinced me, but that doesnt make it hurt any less Lotta money. How have prices ranged for you guys on the kits? I hear Painless is the best but costs a pretty penny
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:33 PM   #7
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I have added wiring to it. In fact I did OBA. I modified the wiring for the dash and put it on connectors. I have a couple switches not tied in but for the most part a couple plugs and the dash wiring is disconnected.

I paid about $275 but that was 8 years ago..maybe longer.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for your help
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:50 AM   #9
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As I linked above... the best deal out there is EZ wiring.
Good quality.
EZ Wiring standard 12-circuit, $170

Wiring Harness

You can find it for a bit less from some sellers on ebay.

I know I spent over $400 in 1995 for the Painless...

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