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Running wires, the safest and easiest way.

Eh, i dunno if its just me but seems like alot of new people are joining as of late. alot of em youngins like myself. Anyways i babbled about this before in other threads but never made a post about it...

what i use to run ALL my wires, is 14awg out door extension cord. to give an example, KC included this 'wire harness' (personally i thought it was a joke myself) it works sure, but then u gotta use 3 million zip ties to make it look neat, and u have 3 seperate wires to feed, and ugh its just a PITA. Dad taught me this trick and i gotta be honest, it rules all others. the extension cord is GREAT its very easy to work with, its designed to be out in the weather, has all 3 wires color coded for your convience, and at 14awg, unless ur running a winch, its MORE than enuff.

the biggest thing i like about it is that its a piece of cake to run all three wires, red black and green, all contained in a nice clean easy to use package. needless to say i have about 50Ft of this cord runnning under my truck. I didnt even use KC's mickey mouse harness, while im sure it works, its got nothing in comparison to Daves wire harness. (mine)

So thats my tip of the week. save urself aggrevation use an extension cord!.
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thats a damn good idea. i never thought of that.
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so this works with the 3 plug style? got a pic. of what you used? I never really thought of this... I bet its looks more like OEM too!
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It is also a great way to save money on buying wire if you have some old extension cords lying around. Just remember not to use wire nuts for automotive work and 14 gauge is NOT always enough for anything other than a winch.
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Hmm i am going to have to remember that when i run my wire for my KCs
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um riiiiiight.....OR you could have spools of 16-10 gauge blue red black yellow green in your garage and just use those..but i guess everyone isnt that special...
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Yea an electric cord is a good idea, i used to use it on my 1st car but i wouldnt ever use it on my truck....Wire is Wire...

But i like to just get whatever color wire from a spool, stretch it out / put it in a drill and twist them and then run them....

But it does look alot cleaner..

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IF I did use any it would be the thick black style... then cover that with some of that plastic band stuff...the OEM ppl use...
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um actually i have more spooled wire than one could shake a stick at.. what color and how many feet ya want? heh.

just go here http://www.ihumpedurcat.com/ranger/2004.htm for pics. the wire on the ground is 5ft long pieces of extension cord, wrapped in the automotive plastic crap and sealed with electrical tape. this is so that it doesnt show behind the grill, and gives me extra wire if i ever need it in the future - and a i did, so it was good I did that.

with regular wire, the jackets on the wire are usually a hard plastic with like this sticky clear coating - ya its not sticky when u touch it but it sticks to the jacket, what happens i found over time - looking at the wiring job on our cousins truck we bought, that dries out and cracks, and then water gets in there and its just down hill. with the extension cord i u use exterior cord, u have a real rebber jacket sorrounding all 3 wires, and, real rubber jacket on each individual jacket.

for my back up lights i ran a 20ft piece fed it down from the battery, allong the frame rails, and up to the back, i didnt even hafta tie it off anywhere cause it was just the right thickness, and is easy to work with. dad bought i think 2 250ft spools of extension cord wire, and we have like 800 other extension cords so im set
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um riiiiiight.....OR you could have spools of 16-10 gauge blue red black yellow green in your garage and just use those..but i guess everyone isnt that special...
i'm zach and i'm so effing cool with my rainbow of wire colors ;o)

hehe, seriously though. the extension cord idea sounds good if youre REALLY desparate i guess, but wire isnt THAT expensive, and extension cords would ultimately cost MORE than just the wire. keep stocked up on some spools like zach and i do. not only will it make you as cool as us, its much easier that cutting up an old extension cord, only to need one a week later for some random thing. ;o)
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i'm zach and i'm so effing cool with my rainbow of wire colors ;o)

hehe, seriously though. the extension cord idea sounds good if youre REALLY desparate i guess, but wire isnt THAT expensive, and extension cords would ultimately cost MORE than just the wire. keep stocked up on some spools like zach and i do. not only will it make you as cool as us, its much easier that cutting up an old extension cord, only to need one a week later for some random thing. ;o)
ya i will stick with regular wire spools thanks... i acully enjoy electrical work...
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alot of guys mothers are gonna be pissed off really soon, lol
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