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Hey Ive done those same type of snafus.
about a year ago I was rewiring a bunch of stuff under the dash(I am obssessed with eliminating disorder and confusion in any system I am involved with), well I unhooked the prewired harness to the ARB compressor swith, and solonoid, but before hand I drew a quick diagrahm of the wire connections, just in case I couldnt or didnt want to have to find the ARB documentation. Afer completeing what I was diddleing with,I went to reinstall the ARB connections,... but I did, have the ARB install sheets,... and there was a discrepency between the ARB stuff and my 10 second drawing. Since it was about 10 at night and I was tired and impatient, I think I finally opted for a combination of the two conflicting schematics, and about a half minute later I had smoke billowing out from under the dash, imediately followed by loss of stereo and then most other systems. By about 3:00 AM I had restored the ARB, in its now, much more simplified version,(all unnecessary circuits and extra wire, along with there lock out system, removed). And had restored most of the other electrical circuitry that had melted down.
The point is, If I would have taken the time to really familiarize myself with the ARB electrical set up, rather than blidly relying on the plug and play, design of their harness, I would have known where the power, lighting, and signal wires needed to go and why, and I shouldnt have welded my dash wiring into a copper and plastic example of art deco.
You have to live and learn. Your freind will go farther, learning and stumbeling in the garage, than leaving the bulk of the work to the experts and knowing nothing on the trail.
You are a good freind to offer your knowledge, but screwing up your rig, through persistent and unabated curiousity, is "Owners Perogative".
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