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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:48 AM
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Best thing you can do is stand at the back of your VW and yank that ball of wire out. You might think it is a big deal at the time but down the road, it's the best thing you could ever do. next to disc brakes.


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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 04:18 PM
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well to tell you the truth im not sure about that, but i will find out for you. I have mine wired with a dummy light. When i get home i will have a look at it and see exactly how i have it wired.

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Here is some really good info that you should read through, it talks alot about how the dummy light starts the charging process.

www.shoptalkforums.com...sc&start=0

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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 09:13 AM
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AzBaja wrote:
Best thing you can do is stand at the back of your VW and yank that ball of wire out. You might think it is a big deal at the time but down the road, it's the best thing you could ever do. next to disc brakes.

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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 09:28 AM
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Here is some really good info that you should read through, it talks alot about how the dummy light starts the charging process.

www.shoptalkforums.com...mp;start=0

Ben, thanks for that link. I am pretty confident now that the alt exciter wire in my harness will allow the alternator to function properly. Now to figure how to also wire in an idiot light in case the belt breaks. I think I'll pick through the harness and splice into the alt exciter wire to the idiot light.

Today we got the front end wired and most of the dash, along with some other distractions that presented themselves. I'm most proud of the aux 12 volt outlet that we massaged into the existing hole in the glove box.

Still left to do:
wire alt light
wire steering column... ugghhh
Head light switch
hazard switch (need a new one, not sure if I will go stock or not)
driving light switch and relay
brake light switch
run some more split loom to clean it up
hook up battery and see what happens!
I think that's it.


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Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 01:01 PM
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I'm not to this point yet, but figured I'd ask now. The steering column has a splined extension that the steering wheel attaches too. On the back side of this extension, there is a cast piece, which is riveted to the extension. It has many different convolutions. There is a large hole and a smaller hole drilled into the backing plate. Does anyone know the correct orientation of this piece to work w/ the high beam/turn and other steering column switches.

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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 09:01 AM
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Well, after a few gremlins, and some help from a buddy with an electrical engineering background, I got the bug fired up again! A few points for others reading this thread -
The alt exciter wire in the EZ harness will work to activate the field in your Alternator, however, one active, it will also receive power from the alternator. This allows you to be able to turn the car off, remove the key and leave it running Laughing not the best set up. To solve this, I'll be wiring in a resistor and an LED as my idiot light, while still using the alt exciter wire to the alt since it is already run.
I also ran a relay with my ignition switch, because I had one kicking around, and it gave me a spade connector for acc power (which appears to be tied to numerous things in the harness!)

I've been wrapping it all up after work days, but will be travelling tomorrow, as soon as I can, I will post some pics.


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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 02:42 PM
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I had to wire my 69 baja more like a 60 so i could just use a 2 light rear setup. ( my wiring was so bad when i got the car he ran speaker wire and sensor wire for the tail lights and front turn signals.) I must have pulled out 30lbs of junk wiring.

GeneFrenkle whats different on the wiring, you should have 2 terminals on the brake switch for a 3 light rear (running, brake, and turn plus back-up light if so desired.) look at the different years and compare the diagram to the one that came with your harness. did you pick up the standard buggy harness from EMPI.

I'm going through the same mess if you have any ?'s about the wiring E-mail me. I do heating and air conditioning mechanical and controls i might be able to explain it better in person.


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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 04:32 AM
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I looked at the ebay store. Did you get a universal kit or was there a vw one and i missed it?

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Post Post subject: Re: Complete Rewire of my Baja
Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 06:30 PM
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I used a 21 Circuit Universal kit on mine. I think that 21 was over kill...I have alot of extra wires. A 15 would prolly do the trick just right. And a 12 might not give you enough. i would sit down and write down all the stuff that needs to be wired, and then see what can piggy back off each other...like guages and gauage lights, and that kinda thing. And see how many circuits you will need.

If i was to do it over i would probably spend the extra cash and go with the painless kit. The Fuse block isnt pre wired so you can then use the circuits for what ever you want and there would be no extra wires anywhere. you might be able to pick up a fuse block like that at a marine store or a auto shop.

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