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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 07, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Best Wiring Kit?

I'm looking for help on choosing a wiring kit. I'm starting from nothing and would like to use modern fuses, accessories, etc. I plan on installing a crate engine, HEI, 700R4, power windows, gauges, vintage air, aftermarket stereo, amp, etc. What I would like to know is there a "premier" kit that is the best out there or are they comparable? Painless & AAW are the only two that I'm aware of. Thanks for any help.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 07, 12:35 PM
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Re: Best Wiring Kit?

what ever you do dont go with a painless wiring harness.
for anything other than rods the name should be pain in the AZZ .


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Re: Best Wiring Kit?

i hear American Autowire is good. They use factory adapters etc. I think most of the restoration catalogs use them. My buddy rewired his 67 camaro with Autowire and said it was pretty easy to use.

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Re: Best Wiring Kit?

The three biggies I know in wiring are Painless, Amercian Autowire, and M&H.

I don't know much about M&H, though I have heard they make quality reproduction harnesses.

We hear about pailess a lot, from people who bought one trying to save a few bucks and are having trouble getting them installed. As Harry said, they are for those who want to do a complete custom wiring job, and they work particularly well in street rods. The "universal" painless kits we hear about don't have any of the terminals and connectors on the wires, which are not cut to length or bundled as factory. They can be a disaster in the hands of someone who is not a skilled electrician. It's possible to likely that they have better, more specific products out now.

AAW is a sponsor here, and some of their eople have been active contributors to this board. They started with "factory fit" repro harnesses, then "classic update" for those who wanted to add a few things. They have a lot of other products as well.





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American Autowire
I used the classic update kit. It has modern fuses, the correct connectors and pins, provisions for addons, and the instructions are great.
I have helped others that used different kits and they were a "Pain"
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We have installed and sold AAW stuff for nearly 20 years now and it is the only harnesses we will run on GM cars, Period! I have used their factory correct reproduction harnesses on concourse 1000 point original restorations, Highway 22s on full on Hot Rod Pro Touring projects and Street / Drag projects, and Classic updates on Pro touring / modernized projects.

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I have used both M&H Harness (http://www.wiringharness.com/) and American Auto Wire (http://www.americanautowire.com/) and have been extremely happy with both. They both make quality products, (Classic and Updated wiring) have great Customer Support and quick delivery times. I would be comfortable recommending either company.
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AAW Classic Update!

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Amercian Autowire.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 07, 05:12 PM
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Not painless for shure. They are totally painfull. Anything else will be better.

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 25th, 07, 02:16 PM
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I just finished the install of the painless harness. And other than one screw up because i can't tell blue from light blue (my bad), it went in quickly and pretty easily. Its not meant for someone who's never crimped a wire, but certainly not overly complicated. I appreciated the overly long wires, and having to terminate 90% of the wires isn't too much of a problem with a good crimp tool, quality connectors, and lots of properly sized heat shrink. (ok, some patience is required too).

Having said all this, i saw one of the original style AAW kits, and have to say if you are looking for plug and go style. With quality that seems to be second to none. I'd go that route in a heartbeat.

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AAW update series for sure!

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Re: Best Wiring Kit?

Thanks for the advice guys, I wondered where to get the little connector pieces. I went to the Autowire website and bought a bunch of stuff I needed. Still a neophyte at this. Learning from the forum though.
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