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    So my bow and stern light arent working and i decided to investigate. This scares the crap outta me. Ive wired a few hotrods but is there any specific marine connectors i need and what would you guys recomend as the best way to fix this. Should i remove and build a whole new harness from scratch? i left the lights alone cuz the boats running great right now and im sure as soon as i touch this its gunna be down atleast one day.

    this junct block is actualy broken in two

    theres speaker wire ran direct from the ignition switch

    and here you can see the scabbed in wires running under the hole for the original wire harnes

    Im WAY to anal to have this under the dash. i need it clean and tiddy or i will kill myself thinking about it constantly. I should have gone over it better when i bought it.
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    Just take the 8 hours it takes and yank every wire out of the boat and pull all new and use heat shrink. You'll sleep better at night.
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    mine looked sorta that way, a buddy removed everything and started from the begining.hes correct, youl have peace of mind.
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    it looks like the guy who set yours up set mine up too :-)


    New wiring and new carpet are on my short list of winter projects. I cant handle that rats nest under my dash.
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    Wow thats kinda scary lookin . Don't worry about it. I was freaked out when i rewired my boat, but what a piece of cake it was.

    Just looking at the mess is overwhelming , but its really easy to do. The hard part is lying on you'r back and trying to drink a beer........

    Good luck to ya
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    Replace that mess In time it could cause you alot of headache when wires start going bad and causing shorts and drains on the battery. If youve wired hot rods or cars of any kind this will be a peace of cake.
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    Yes, rip it all out and start from scratch!!!!! Wiring is very scary at first, so scary that I chose not to do it the first time around. But, then after that wiring job didn't work for shit , I decided to take the plunge and figure it out myself, and now I'm not worried about it anymore, and I know where everything goes. But, I'm still going to rip it all out and start from scratch again this winter. The wiring job I got "for free", used tiny wires throughout, changes colors, there are only like 4 colors, and it didn't even work correctly, so now I actually have some wires that go nowhere (I guess you really do get what you pay for these days). I'm going to replace everything with some nice heavy gauge wire throughout the entire harness, and I'm going to solder and shrink wrap "all" connections!!!!!!

    Squirtcha?, you should post up a picture of the wiring under your dash and at the engine!!!!!! It turned out very nice.

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    My brother who is an electrician and used to work on Sea fairing boats told me not to solder my tips. I can't remember his reasoning right now, it was something along the lines of the water and the two dissimilar metals. What he did say though, was to take the factory crimping shield off, crimp them on, and heat shrink them up. I have been doing that and it looks very clean. That sure is a rats nest you got yourself there!
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    I was dreading wiring mine, but I made a call to Tom @ JBP. gave him some measures and he made me a harness that fit like a glove and had all the correct color codes ect.ect.
    Another Hot Boat refugee
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiianJet View Post
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    Squirtcha?, you should post up a picture of the wiring under your
    dash and at the engine!!!!!! It turned out very nice.
    Thanks HJ. There are lots of people that have done a better/cleaner
    job than I did, but here it is anyway. Like the others have been saying,
    rip it out and do it yourself. It's not difficult and you'll have the peace
    of mind knowing that the wires and connectors etc. are all new and
    won't leave you stranded trying to figure out which wire came loose
    or shorted out. Also gives you an excellent understanding of how
    everything goes together.

    The only thing that bugged me (and still does a bit) are the switches.
    I'm using knobs with lettering/names on them (for what the switch does)
    and they didn't index the same due to the theads on them. When the knobs
    were installed I'd have to rotate the back of the switch so the lettering
    was upright and straight and they're all different from the back. I know
    a little anal right?

    The power strip was about $10, wire was $14 X 8 for a 100' roll. More
    than enough to do a boat (probably two), connectors are real cheap.







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    Spitter (aka 396_WAYS_TO_SPIT) is a wiring guru. For bein' ghetto that guy can do some sick azz wiring.



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    Josh, start over that is trouble waiting to happen.

    Squirtcha, very very clean, NICE JOB !!!. That's on my list of winter projects too. Going to add some breakers instead of fuses on a couple of the more important circuts add a small fuse panel under the helm for the rest.
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    rip it out and start over, you will be glad you did... if you get stranded and you don't because you did not want to take the time you will be pissed just my .02 cents.
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    Im gunna bust it out this weekend. Am i better off building a new harness before i tear the old one out. How big of a harness do i need? Will 12gauge wire be sufficent? And about the foam in the bow, I didnt have foam in my thunderbolt, Do i need it in this one. The entire bow is full and my bow hook is loose so i cant get to it. Can i remove all the foam and put something in its place?
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