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which brand wiring harness do you guys recommend?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kustom7777, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Kustom7777
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,183

    from Austin, TX

    i want to rewire my car at some point,,,,i have never done a complete rewiring job, but im determined to do it....i know there are many different brands to choose from,,which one do you guys prefer and why?,,,i need a pretty basic one,,as there will not be a ton of accessories,,,,i know ron francis for example, is pretty expensive compared to some of the others,,is it worth it? i am looking for the easiest one to install,,not necessarily the cheapest,,although im not against saving money by any means!!,,,:D
  2. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    i've always had good luck with ezwiring.
  3. LastMinuteMark
    Joined: Apr 11, 2008
    Posts: 349

    from So. Cal.

    i used an American Auto Wire kit in my 55, came with everything, detailed was an easy kit to install, it was also my first rewire i know how easy it really is to install an entire wire using a Rebel Wire kit next time (Alliance Vendor) and saving the money, its alot easier then you think to rewire it.....
  4. phukinartie
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 965


    same here

  5. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,553

    from Garner, NC

    Get with Glenn and get a Rebel Wire.
  6. chop&drop
    Joined: Oct 11, 2006
    Posts: 411


    I went with Ron Francis and have been very happy with the outcome.
  7. Mudville
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 142


    ditto on the Ron Francis harness. Used it on a 51 Fleetline with a tuned -port. Used a computer and related harness from Street and Performance and have been real pleased with it as well.
  8. TurboHaddix
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 184


    I have a huge collection of late model harnesses that I pick from and then modify to fit whatever project I have going. I like freebies.
  9. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825


    Of all the ones I've used, I think Centech would be my favorite.
  10. I've used them all and made my on harnesses,,,but I've been at this a long time.

    and for my money American Autowire is the way to go,not the cheapest but IMHO it's the best for me,,everything you need is in that kit,nothing else to buy.

    In the last 4 years I have installed and help install 7 of these kits,,and within the next few months we will be using one in the 33 chevy and I have one for the 54 Wagon when it is ready. HRP
  11. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    Rebel Wire...period...end of discussion...
  12. nico32
    Joined: Oct 30, 2008
    Posts: 717

    from fdl, wi

    I use to work for Kwik Wire for about ten years before going to presue other hopes and dreams. I built, sold and installed their harnesses since I was 15... So I would go with them, but maybe I'm a little impartial :rolleyes: I still help them at the Jefferson, Iola and Back to the 50's shows.

    In all fairness, I still think they make a great product for a great price and if you need help, they are a phone call away. Your also talking to the guys that build them when you call.
  13. Algon
    Joined: Mar 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,215


    I like to make my own but I'd choose based on how much stuff you plan to run electrically and what kind of car you are using it in. Many dune buggy places sell a cheap harness that works great for most bare bones rods.

    American Standard is good for the price or Ron Francis (though expensive) but anything is better than Painless. Painless is anything but, even the "direct fit" stuff is just "worthless" which what I call them. The last kit I did on a 65 GTO the only thing correct on it was the firewall transfer plugs. Everything else had to be completely torn down from the main block and redone. People call me bragging about having one and how fast/easy it is to install all the time when they want one done... I either charge extra or offer for them to do it since it is so easy. Not that its actually hard but they are just such a cluster f*** of ill thought out bundles, I'd rather start from scratch.
  14. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,482


    What kinda car. American Auto wire is a plug and go on most of theirs and you can get the Packard style fuse box. The others are cut to fit and the Packard style fuse box. $0.02
  15. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,839


    DO NOT BUY: It's a Snap, More like It's a Crap.
  16. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    You are in the right place for the Rebel Wire kit . That is all you need to know ! Give Glenn a call and he will fix you right up !
  17. BenD
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,591

    Alliance Member

    I used a Rebel on Missy's car and I f$)!%) hate wiring.
    I still hate it, but I'd use another Rebel kit in a minute.
  18. hotrodder3
    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
    Posts: 62

    from maine

    i like its a snap--they give you great service --plus their tech guy is super helpful with your questions--i would use their harness again
  19. MR. FORD
    Joined: Aug 29, 2005
    Posts: 1,636

    MR. FORD
    from Austin, TX

    The dude at Rebel wire was super cool with helping me out a couple of times. Made the job easy, great product.
  20. roseboystoys
    Joined: Jan 1, 2008
    Posts: 158


    Absolutely Kwik Wire. High quality product. Very reasonably priced and extremely helpful.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009
  21. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,076


    Have installed 7 Kwik Wire kits and 2 American Auto Wire and they are well done-but I'm going to try the Rebel guys here on the HAMB next time
  22. I went with Ron Francis after looking at ez and painless. Ron Francis has been an excellent product. Well made and looks good too.
  23. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    used a factory GM harness / fuze block out of a 60's vintage donor car

    they look cool

    ron francis and ididit are ..............
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009
  24. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


    Jim, I use EZ, cheap and they make little fusepanels the size of a cigarette pack. Oldnewparts on ebay.
  25. sk8ncruz
    Joined: Jul 1, 2005
    Posts: 158

    from pratt, ks

    wiremaster from affordable street rods is great.
    rich is the owner, builder, sales and tech!!
    he is always very helpful with any questions
    and is a superior product. have used them in
    several cars and is my only choice!
  26. moter
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


    American Autowire is the best that I have found. Very complete and detailed instructions.
  27. Edian
    Joined: Mar 25, 2008
    Posts: 59

    from Idaho

    I'm gonna do what turbohaddix did, go pull one out of a late model car, just mark and pull..... you might have to extend on cut down some of the wire's but whatever.... and like him im gonna do it because i can get one for next to nothing..... that'd be the best IMHO
  28. Mudslinger
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,964


    Rebel Wire. No headaches. I followed the instructions and fired the engine on the first try.
  29. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 7,832


    i just ordered a rebel kit, used some others and made my own before. the reason i made my own was 1 the car had very little to wire and 2 i wanted to use glass fuses and fabric covered wire.
  30. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    How the heck long does it take to pull a wiring harness from a late model vehicle?!? With those firewall connectors and all that?!? I mean more power to ya, I love cheap, I just don't think I could do it that way.

    I used a Rebel Wire , my first kit and no problems.

    If I had more money I'd use a American Autowire highway series in a heartbeat. I examined that at the GNRS. Just beautiful quality, american made components, comes wtih everything you'd want to replace at the same time like ignition switch and dimmer switch, etc, and they break the install down into different sections or 'bags'. I believe after yo do the first one you have a running car, then lights, etc etc. Just a really great design. Can you telll I'm impressed?

    The rebelwire is great for the money but you have to buy all your own connectors.

    The american autowire you can even rent a fancy crimping tool from them so all of yours are uniforrm and perfect. It even has a bunch of hte wires already terminated for you to save time!

    I'm pretty fast at doing that now, but it wasn't till the end of my install that I could cut, strip, crimp, solder, and heatshrink tubing to a connector in mysleep.

    While i was doing it I replaced my headlight sockets and taillight sockets, which made a big difference.

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