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 Post subject: Wiring advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:31 pm 
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I still consider my a wiring noob. Not the greatest at it, but by far not the worst. I'm sure some of you are much better at it than I. Here is my recent work on assembling a switch panel that will go into a mud drags truck. White cylinders are LEDs to show when the switch is on, switch is in the middle, and a fuse holder at the top of the pic. Wiring gurus, how would you have wired this any differently? (aside from not using crimp connectors) I know what I have will work...just looking for any tips/tricks/advice on how to make it look better/cleaner.

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:47 pm 
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i'm not a wiring guru but i don't think this looks bad at all. it looks pretty neat & orderly with things zip-tied together out of the way. there's nothing wrong with using crimp connectors if you use the proper size connector with the proper size wire gauge, do a good job of crimping them firmly and in the right spot, and finish it off by sealing it up with either heat shrink tubing or a tight electrical tape job. that's the only thing*i* would change about this, the heat shrinking of the connections.


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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:57 pm 
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Greasemonkey wrote:
i'm not a wiring guru but i don't think this looks bad at all. it looks pretty neat & orderly with things zip-tied together out of the way. there's nothing wrong with using crimp connectors if you use the proper size connector with the proper size wire gauge, do a good job of crimping them firmly and in the right spot, and finish it off by sealing it up with either heat shrink tubing or a tight electrical tape job. that's the only think*i* would change about this, the heat shrinking of the connections.


If this were going anywhere it could potentially get wet, I would have used heat-shrink. Since its going on the dash, if it gets wet, I've got bigger problems than lack of heat shrink. :tooth That's the story I'm going with...


The truth is that I didn't think about the heat shrink until i was all done. And now, it'd be too much of a pain in the ass to go back and add heat shrink, so i'm not going to bother.

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:20 am 
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Looks very good.

Only thing I may have changed, is adding a junction point for the wires. Instead of running each one as an individual wire, run a large gauge wire, and then split off of that inside the switch box. Saves on wire, and also makes the wires outside of the box a little cleaner, and less space is used as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:43 am 
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weareweird69 wrote:
Looks very good.

Only thing I may have changed, is adding a junction point for the wires. Instead of running each one as an individual wire, run a large gauge wire, and then split off of that inside the switch box. Saves on wire, and also makes the wires outside of the box a little cleaner, and less space is used as well.


Once I pick up a good soldering gun, I might become more adventurous for stuff like that. Its a good idea, and I'll definitely keep that in mind for the next time I build something like this! :headbang Although, being able to put a multimeter on individual wires outside of the box will be helpful for diagnosing individual problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
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Ever see my Climate Control? lol

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
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weareweird69 wrote:
Ever see my Climate Control? lol

nope.

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
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This...

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 Post subject: Re: Wiring advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:48 pm 
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The adhesive lined heat shrink is the best way to go if it's going to see any moisture.

Also, Ford has a TSB with recommendations on how to best do a soldered and heatshrink wrapped joint.
http://www.themustangsource.com/galaxie ... splice.pdf

It seems that having one of the wires with a double length strip helps to make up for the smaller cross section where the solder joint is, compared to the insulated wire.

Either way, looks line a fine job. 8-)

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