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Old 06-21-2014, 10:42 AM
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Default Wiring harness: My first FJ40 question

The wiring in our new rig has been spliced about a million times. The lights sometimes go out, and it wouldn't start the first time because the positive wire for the starter was hanging loose.

So, the first (of many) projects will be to install a new wiring harness. Anyone else done this? Should I get something like this:
http://coolfj40.stores.yahoo.net/wirharkit.html

Or should I just build my own?

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Old 06-21-2014, 02:03 PM
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do not spend $300 on a harness that isn't plug and play to fix your rig with a whopping five circuits. get a manual, build it yourself. that's before there was anything funny going on with hazard switches, so there's pretty much no way to f it up and the early manuals show the different sections of wiring to make it even easier. if you need help, you can come look at the wiring in my 62.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:22 AM
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I mostly agree with Ige...

You can spend a lot less than you would for a Painless brand and still get a very acceptable harness with labeled wires, etc. Look on eBay. I would get at least a 12-circuit harness so that you can add stereo/CB wiring or a cig lighter socket, etc. and have a dedicated circuit.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:56 AM
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Check out Ezwiring.com.
I have used their harness' on a few projects and they are great.....and affordable too.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:03 AM
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I just finished an install with the ez harness and found it to be relatively easy. Although you still need to know what to keep from the old wiring. I also have a 350 in mine which made it easier. I bought the 21 circuit harness so I have lots of room for adding things.

I have a harness out of a 78 that appears to be repairable if you want to go that route.

I would be happy to show you my wiring and walk you through my build. Just shoot me a pm.



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do not spend $300 on a harness that isn't plug and play to fix your rig with a whopping five circuits. get a manual, build it yourself.
agreed. The 64 wiring is so simple. I'd just fix a couple of the items or wires that need fixed.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:26 AM
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Get Justin's for spare parts (if you need it) and cut it down and build yours or fix what you have. I agree that spending the money on a painless harness that's going to take some work might not be the most economical approach. Plus maybe you can save some OEM stuff.

You could also probably just build it yourself from scratch and end up with a nice clean harness that fits better than the painless one. Use a manual for the circuits and the rig for wire lengths.
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The problem I have with building my own harness is finding enough different colored wires to keep them straight. The ez harness are a fraction the cost of the painless ones and wires marked every 6 inches or so make future maintenance a breeze! Just my .02!
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The problem I have with building my own harness is finding enough different colored wires to keep them straight. The ez harness are a fraction the cost of the painless ones and wires marked every 6 inches or so make future maintenance a breeze! Just my .02!

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How many colors do you need? You can get at least 14 stock colors in 22AWG up to 8AWG: black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, gray, white, tan, light red (pink), light green and light blue. Add in shrink wrap wire labels and it seems plenty doable to build exactly what you want for an old Cruiser with, what, like 6 circuits?

http://www.waytekwire.com/products/1...oss-Link-Wire/
http://www.waytekwire.com/products/1...-Primary-Wire/
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