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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 02:45 PM
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Wiring for Off Road Racing

OK guys, who's the 'guru' for best practice for how to wire up an off road racer. I'm not talking state of the art 'military spec' stuff, cos I've only got a VW powered Off Road Rail that hopefully I should be racing this season. It's just I've got to rewire some of it and I've read conflicting information about whether or not soldering is good or not. One theory being that it's good 'electrically' but bad because it alters the physical structure of the wire and makes it prone to breakage from vibration. Failing that anybody know of any good books on the subject? Thanks.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2006, 08:20 PM
 
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Re: Wiring for Off Road Racing

i'm not an expert on wiring of any kind

but i think solder will hold up better

maybe not flexible but...

super strong

don't forget to put liquid electrical tape

and shrink tubing
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Re: Wiring for Off Road Racing

OK thanks. Don't know about the liquid electrical tape....maybe that's something you've only got in the States. Certainly I've never heard of it over here in the UK. Definitely gone with the shrink tubing though.
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Re: Wiring for Off Road Racing

Soldering is good.
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Re: Wiring for Off Road Racing

12 volt guy .com Solder, shrink wrap and zip tie everything for solid connections. Waterproof is good for ignition and other key equipment.
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Re: Wiring for Off Road Racing

NO, NO, NO!

You will do best to go where it all began.

I use the single screw wire straps from Willy's Jeeps as the are flexible and strong and yes take a little longer then glue and tape, but stay put as well as removable.

Instead of useing a screw driver flat head or philips.

Het the same size for a 5/16 wrench or what ever metric wrench is close to that size.

Then the heads are easy to tighten and loosen with out stripping a later down the road screw top.

We all know that will require a bit of drilling and easy out to recover from.

You can also use existing holes and make new ones so that when you place the harness in it can be tight yet flexible.

The little sigle screw wire mounts are not expensive either.

I use them from WWII, Jeeps, as well as early CJ's and can byt them Repro almost anywhere too.

This is your best choice that won't make a mess and can be undone for things such as a CB radio or a Stereo mounting at anytime.

Take it from Nate and I who off road 7 days a week together and race and crawl on the circuit, this is the best choice to use.

Bleddyn and Nate Cynfyn
Team G503
Ford Racing
1962 Ford M151 Desert Racer
1979 AM General M151A2 Rock Crawler (M998 IFS and IRS)
1946 Willy's CJ2A Rock Crawler with Chevy V8 and 33'Tires
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