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I am looking for opinions or personal experience with the Painless wiring kit. I have "hodge-podged" a re-wire of my Cruiser and I am beginning to see the deficiencies of my poor planning. Is the painless kit worth the money? I am looking at close to $100 in wire alone if I purchase new - then theres the fuse block....

Also - where did you mount the new fuse block? The stock location does not lend itself to staying dry when out "swimming" thru creeks <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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i have the painless kit...it's anything but painless, but well worth it..i like it..took a while, but it looks good and works great..i'd do it if you drive it on the road, or drive it a lot in general..
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I used Centec's wiring harness. You can have them make up a custom harness to accomadade whatever extras you have, cb,offroad lights... just make sure you tell them everything your going to run because if you don't they'll leave it out. For the fuse block mounting, I bent up a piece of 1/16" thk. sheetmetal into a L and mounted it high up on the drivers side kick panel. I figure if the water is up to my knees I'm into deep anyway.
 

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My dad used the so called Painless kit on his hotrod and it was a total pain in the a$$! I used the Ron Francis Wire Works in my 40 and it is beautiful. It was the easiest thing I have done in a long time. Every wire is color coded, numbered, and reads what it is every 4 inches. For example-#40 thermostat
and the wire is red. It has hookups for everything you could possibly want and their customer service kicks butt. I'd skip the painless kit and go with the Ron Francis kit.
Save yourself the headache and spend a few bucks and get a quality kit. My 2 cents <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I also used the Centech GV10 wiring kit when I rebuilt my 74 FJ40. I had swapped in a 94 LT1 with all new guages etc. The tech support at Centech was helpful since I had zero experience in wiring a motor vehicle. I added their headlight switch and dual fan relay control. The whole project took about 40 hours. I created a 3 sided box out of light steel which serves as the protective housing for the fuse block which I tucked up under the driver dash about the level of the tach. It was great to get rid of the old patchwork wiring harness. Of course the clips on the old Toyota accessories are no longer available so you will need to spice them in if you want them.

[ 09-20-2001: Message edited by: spinedoc ]
 

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My buddy in town is selling a new Cen-Tech GV18 harness for a cruiser. It includes a new blade-style fuse block. Instructions included. He is parting out his failed project (failed for $$ reasons). He wants $270 for it. His e-mail is [email protected]

Dave
 
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