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    Best Complete Wiring Harness??

    Hello All,

    I'm looking to install a complete wiring harness into my 57 2DR BA. I'm leaning towards American Autowire, but even those choices are a bit much ie classic update vs. highway series??

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    I built my own from scratch but my car is more modified than most. Even the AAW classic update kit wouldn't work, and you can't mount it anywhere but on the left kick panel or that vicinity. I have heard it's the best for a Tri5 update harness, if you don't have a bunch of other electronics.
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    Echo what cnut said. The AAW is good for many, but the more modified your car is the more likely something else will be a good or better choice. If you want to move the location of the fuse panel or much of anything else, a custom harness is better. The AAW has many wires preterminated, so the length makes you put things in the stock locations.

    There are some interesting variations available in custom harnessese. Ron Francis has one with the fuse panel on a pigtail, where you can remove it from its mount and bring it closer to you to look at fuse condition, etc. Painless has a harness with extra long wires where you can mount the fuse panel in the trunk.

    There are also some very simple, inexpensive harnesses out there for cars without a lot of extra stuff.

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    I put a painless in mine but I have power window's and decota digital dash,worked well for me and all the upgrades I dune.

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    http://www.kwikwire.com/kwindex.html

    http://www.ronfrancis.com/

    http://www.painlessperformance.com/faq.php

    http://www.americanautowire.com/

    If you consider some 55 Chevy's did not have a fuse box and todays cars have two fuse boxes, I would buy a harness with more than enough circuits for a modified car.
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    Doiing the AAW in my 55 right now---went with the modified version--most of my upgrades are in or close to stock locations. Won't use all the circuits now,but are available for future use. What crimping tool are you guys using for the wire ends.

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    Thanks All! I went with the AAW, it arrived last week and it looks very user friendly.

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    Just installed aaw in a 57 150 wagon was nice to have step by step instructions bought crimping tool online will look to se manufacture but worked great for all crimps and was only 78.00

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    I have an AAW also nice kit comes with everything. It a bit expensive but its complete.
    http://www.americanautowire.com/

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    Nearly everyone recommended AAW to me when I was looking, but I chose to go with EZ wiring, strickly based on cost. Well, the kit was fine, wires labeled fairly well (in spite of no overall wiring diagram). But let me tell you, their instructions are less than vague. You better be very knowledgeable in wiring prior to starting with these kits and keep their phone number handy.
    So far, every thing has worked well upon termination of the wires, but not a kit for the novice.
    For those that haven't tackled a project of this magnitude and have money falling out of their pockets, stick with AAW.
    Had I known the limited wiring diagrams included with the EZ kit, I would have wired from scratch like many of the others have done.
    Good luck...

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