Wiring, where to start....
Ok, I did the wiring diet myself and in the process re-wired a
lot of the dash area of the wiring. One of these days I will
make a more comprehensive tutorial but for now you'll just have
to follow along the pictures and kind of figure it out yourself
as you go along. Actually customizing the wiring in your car is
not that hard. Sure it takes a long time and is a pretty dirty
job, but the payoffs in the end are worth it. You will know
exactly where each circuit goes and will therefore be able to
easily diagnose electrical problems in the future. It will also
be a cleaner install with fewer extra wires. I suppose it weighs
less too....but there are easier ways to strip weight from your
car (yourself :).
Let me say this as a
warning. If you have very little electrical experience and have
no real interest in learning, do yourself a favor and pay
someone to do it. Also, if you don't have 10+ hours to spend on
the wiring pay someone to do it. This can be a very frustrating
process for a rookie electrician like myself and truthfully,
this was the hardest step for me in building the whole car. It
required the most time and the most effort to get it to work
Click Pictures to
start with the dashboard. I wanted to be able to easily connect
and disconnect the dash so I used some molex connectors from
radio shack and wiring all the dash electrics through them.
NOTE: the radio shack connectors suck. I will replace them soon
with weatherpack. I got them from
delcity.com and suggest you do the same.