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Wiring this Buggy, Questions????????

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gzzgfw, May 5, 2004.

  1. gzzgfw

    gzzgfw 1/2 ton status

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    Alright, I got this buggy thing I have the drivetrain set.
    Now the wiring.

    My Panel has an ignition switch on/off
    Push button Starter switch
    and a temp and oil pres. gauge & a terminal block

    Got a Battery cable to Starter.

    12 volts to coil from ignition switch.

    Any simple diagrams or suggestions out there.
    Has single wire alt. too. with the stock two terminal connector.
     
  2. justinf

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    I assume you have 12 volts powering up the ignition switch. You will also need to run 12 volts from batter to starter switch. From the other terminal on starter switch run a wire down to starter.

    Is your alternator a stock chevy alternator, what year?

    Are the gauges mechanical or electrical?
     
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    I cheated and used a painless kit...

    Marv
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I cheated and used a painless kit...

    Marv

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    Thats what I was thinking... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  5. miniwally

    miniwally 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I to cheated and used the painless kit.
    It really makes it much easier to wire in lights and acc.
    Actually everything was easier than I had imagined with the painless kit.
     
  6. justinf

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    I don't know what the painless kit costs for this, but the couple of harnesses I checked the price on from them were in the $500-$600 range.

    Just wiring up lights, a couple gauges, and the ignition and charging systems can be done very easily for under $100.
     
  7. miniwally

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    Seams as though mine was about $300, can't really remember. I got one for a generic street race car.
    For my application it was enough easier that I was able to justify the extra cost.
    Buggies might seam like they don't need alot of wiring but they really do.
    Buy the time you do:
    Electric fans 2 in my case
    headlights
    tail lights
    backup light
    ARB compressor
    guages
    fuel injection
    electric line lock
    interior light Handy on night runs
    interior winch controls
    rock lights

    I think that almost hits every thing that I have or will have in the future.
     
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    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    Take your time and draw out the whole thing. It will really help you later to have a schematic to go by. Use things like your terminal block, they can be quite handy. I would also have a terminal block that is hot all the time and one that is hot with the ignition. You could also throw one in for a ground to the battery. Don't forget to run a spare with your harnesses. I'm know electrical genius but I do it for a living. One more tip, relays are your friend. If you can get a hold of some use circuit breakers rather than fuses also. Fuses leave you dead, breakers delay your progress until you find the problem.
     
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    I agree, there is a considerable amount of wiring with what you listed (my jeep has most of the stuff or something similar), but he didn't list having all that stuff, and as long as terminal blocks are used (one hot, one switched like was said) it makes adding it alot easier at least for me. I have a pretty decent stock of terminals, switches, wire, etc.
     

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