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Whats the best wiring harness for the $$$

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by leroys85coupe, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. leroys85coupe
    Joined: Jun 2, 2009
    Posts: 148

    from usa

    Just like the title says. wondering what the best is for the dollars. ive seen some from that are like 185 dollars. is it worth it or is painless the only route
  2. imnuts
    Joined: Mar 22, 2010
    Posts: 100


    i pulled one from a 77 chevelle and used it. All you need is the schematic from the car you pull it from and rewire yours
  3. Harris
    Joined: Feb 15, 2007
    Posts: 863


    First do a search.
  4. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    Yep, this subject has been beat to death on here .

  5. barnescole
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 138


    i used ron francis on my first project. i used ezwiring on my second, AND then ezwiring again on my most recent. the ezwire or rebelwire kits are a better "bargain" in my opinion. 500 or more for wiring is a bit silly to me. If you've never tackled a complete rewire, then something like the ron francis kit may be a good idea.
  6. low springs
    Joined: Jul 10, 2003
    Posts: 2,500

    low springs
    from Long Beach

    i've put 2 Painless kits on my cars. i got them on ebay cheap. i also helped a buddy install an ez wiring kit. the instructions and diagram sucked. had to use the painless diagram to install the ez. once you get familiar with wiring you can install any Co wiring kit.

    try Rebel wiring. there an Alliance vendor.
  7. I got the EZ kit for $185, it's not installed as yet but looks a 'no brainer'
    The quality looks good and for the price I can't see past it.
    I'm looking forward to installing it.
  8. I've wired 2 cars in my life & used the EZ kit on each..... & I know nothing about wiring a car.

    If I can do it with EZ's half-assed diagram, anyone can.

    I'll go with a Rebel kit for my '32 - because they are an Alliance vendor.

  9. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695


    Many years ago (about 30 now) I bought a wiring harness for a 56 Chevrolet from J.C. Whitney. I still have it, unused, still in the original box, with the "instructions", such as they are; it is marked, "Made in Brazil". ALL the wires are red, no markings of any kind, they have light sockets and terminals, and are wrapped with black tape in the appropriate areas. But, ALL THE WIRES ARE RED! Unless you're someone who has the right testing equipment, are real bored, and have a lot of patience, it's a worthless wiring kit. The instructions are also worthless, maybe more so. So, why did I keep it? I thought one day, I would give it a go. But, it was fairly cheap. Why did I post this? Well, you GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, that's why. Butch/56sedandelivery. ALL THE WIRES ARE RED!!!!!
  10. EnglishBob
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 1,029


    Rebel or ez wire for cost.
    American Autowire for ease.
  11. Vimtage Iron
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 550

    Vimtage Iron

    Why would you pay for something that quite often is too small of guage of wire for what your doing, most cars don't need a whole lot of fancy wireing unless you go with later computer equipement, so whay not wire it your self. I've cut out and thrown away two painless kits that were as close to useless as you could get, but someone looks like thye tried to adapt them to something they should not have.
  12. leroys85coupe
    Joined: Jun 2, 2009
    Posts: 148

    from usa

    i was thinking of goin with the ez kit on my car. i had a buddy use it when he tried to wire his monte, he never got the car done though. for some reason he yanked all the wiring out of a 86 monte???????? no a very smart feller. but i think i can handle it lol
  13. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,364

    from Wa.St.

    My experience;
    EZ, alright quality, instructions suck. all rite customer service but never again.

    Ron Francis, good quality, great inst. spendy for what you get, great customer service. Been years since last one installed.

    American Auto Wire, great quality, great inst., fair price, great customer service. Use them alot!

    Rebel Wire, good quality, not so good inst., good customer service, fair price BUT is basic kit, great if you already have a key switch, headlight sw., dimmer sw., will still need connectors, head lite plugs, etc. Would use again on "simpler" builds.
  14. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,592

    from Garner, NC

    Rebel Wire... great harness, great price...

    I will never use a painless again.
  15. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    Hot Rod Wire. Good product and great customer service.
  16. EZ is good. Don't make your own, takes too much time. The parts will come close to EZ's price anyway.

    That being said, I'll check out Rebel next time, 'cuz they support us.
  17. rebel wire, best bang for the buck
  18. bobbyd08
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 202

    from md

    X2 :)

  19. oface
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 64


    I wired my F-100 with a Rebel wire kit, worked out just fine. You can't buy the wire for what you pay for the kit. I'd use Rebel again in a heartbeat. Good stuff.
  20. Karl Fields
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 184

    Karl Fields

  21. Not related @ all but I'll toss it out.....

    When I lived in Cali, my little brother did something that burned the wiring out of my '32. All of it. Before I came home one for a visit, at 18 years old, having NEVER worked on a car, he rewired the SOB in 2 days with a roll of red wire.

    I felt for the poor guy that I eventually traded with. :p

    Go with Rebel or EZ. No need to spend huge $$$ on a wiring kit. Anyone can do it.

  22. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    1. S.F.C.C.

    rebel- easy and glenn is a great help
  23. Do Good Jr.
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 106

    Do Good Jr.
    from texas

    I am wiring my f-100 with a ez-wiring kit . very painless and alot cheaper!
  24. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    The little Speedster I just bought had very basic wiring - lights, turn signals, etc. Every inch of it was white.

    I've bought several projects where the majority of the wiring was one color - even had a few that had romex or residential 110 wiring. I now just plan on rewiring anything I buy.

    Back on topic, I've used several EZ wire harnesses, good stuff.
  25. daddyo23
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 27


    I talked with Bob and he was very helpful. Very happy with the kit.
  26. Onelow34
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 640


    Get ahold of glenn
  27. TrannyMan
    Joined: Dec 3, 2005
    Posts: 473


    I have put in two of these. Only thing that could make them better was to label the fuse box.
  28. leroys85coupe
    Joined: Jun 2, 2009
    Posts: 148

    from usa

    very good debate guys. ima long ways away from wiring. probably wait til next tax time and get some stuff then. but still very good. i appriciate it so much
  29. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,952

    from Wa.

    Why not go through the car one circuit at a time and figure out exactly what circuits you need and how much of what gauge wire you need for it. Figure what ends you will need for the wires and keep careful count of them.
    Many large cities have places that sell surplus wire..Some of it is aircraft wire which usually has Teflon insulation. (does not burn).
    In lieu of that buy just enough wire to do the job plus a saftey margin.
    Most cars can be wired from scratch for under $75.
    If you are restoring a car to original, none of this applies.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  30. Harris & metal man.

    Just click out if you don't want to participate.

    I too am looking for a good wiring kit.
    The more info and input on the HAMB. The better...

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