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Old 06-17-2012, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just curious if anyone else has done anything similar? im much better at copying electrical then trying to figure it out on my own.

im attempting to put all my trucks main electrical components on one board that can easily be removed. The main reason for this is there is my rig has no windows and theres no guarantee that the truck will have a coverd place to park during the winter. And where i live it seems that if you use a tarp for more then a couple days everything starts molding. even under my costco carport everything stays damp.

My swicth pannel is compleatly water proof and will connect to the board with a ribon cable, i might have to unbolt battery leads, and the accesory harness will have a nice plug as soon as i find a user build friendly one with about 20 or so pins. Im also running all the grounds all the way back to the board, and chassis grounding the board just for the sake of it.

This is what i have so far. 2-2"x11" 1/2 thick lexan, and a shitty camera on my cell phone
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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all wireing is done on underside of board and then comming through to the next component in attemts to make it clean. i drilled and tapped board with 10-32 machine screws to mount everything
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Painless wiring solutions has a waterproof firewall connector that iwll work really well for you. Any reason you can't put that stuff under the dash?
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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a 24 pin ATX power connector might be the ticket for your disconnect. standard molex stuff.
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Can you use something like this for the battery cables?

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the stuff is going under the dash but if i can make it take less then 5 min to take it out and keep $800 worth of electronics out of the elements it would be worth it to me. the lexan is cut the exact dimension to bolt to my firewall as high as possible

is this the firewall plug your talking about?

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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a friend of mine did his fuel injection with those atx connectors but i thought that they looked kinda cheesy ike the belonged inside a computer or something? anybody have experience with the quality of these and how the might handle 100+ plugs and unplugs? im new to wireing and hate it so the idea is to only have to do it once. only 3 hrs a day for 3 days so far and i already want to shoot myself, i dont have nearly the patients for something so tedious.
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the stuff is going under the dash but if i can make it take less then 5 min to take it out and keep $800 worth of electronics out of the elements it would be worth it to me. the lexan is cut the exact dimension to bolt to my firewall as high as possible

is this the firewall plug your talking about?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Painless-Wir...-/250986665777
Damn that's what I call taking advantage of some one ....Here ya go for 1/4 of the price.
OEM Delphi $28
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delphi-Packa...ht_1130wt_1396

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Painless $99

Still need the crimper either way...
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Btw these connectors work very well. Pierce and E-one use them on emergency equipment(firetrucks and command centers) all the time. Makes pulling harnesses and components very easy.

I wouldn't recommend using the ATX connectors if they will be exposed to any moisture or outdoor elements. They were used extensively on broderson 8 ton carry decks. I am constantly having to replace them due to corrosion causing high resistance among other problems in the field.
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Damn that's what I call taking advantage of some one ....Here ya go for 1/4 of the price.
OEM Delphi $28
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delphi-Packa...ht_1130wt_1396

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Painless $99

Still need the crimper either way...
http://=http://www.ebay.com/itm/WEAT...#ht_580wt_1396
$35 shipped
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I am a big fan of old military style canon/amphenol connectors. Just did a full custom dash harness for a friend's 87 yj with a cj7 dash in it, I ran everything including the audio system through a single large one. All he has to do to pull the dash is unbolt it, unplug the radio antenna, and unplug the main harness connector.

I will say that they are expensive, but they will take any abuse you can throw at them.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:06 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks ill look into those
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