Replacing stock wiring

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Replacing stock wiring

Postby 87e30 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:32 pm

Where can one (cheaply) find replacement wire in factory colors? I have to do a lot of rewiring in my car, and I'd like to keep everything in the stock wire colors if at all possible. Makes for much less headaches in the future if anything has to be wired again.
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby Yoshi » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:47 am

why? What's wrong with the stock wiring? I just get another stock harness and hack that up :)
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby Nsquared97 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:23 am

The stock wiring is actually very high quality wire, I would do like Yoshi said and find another harness to hack up if you need to add wire.
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby 87e30 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:55 am

Well I have all kinds of weird electrical issues, especially with my lights and locks. I'm expecting to have to replace some wire here and there, and want to keep stock colors. Other than ripping wire out of another car, where can I get most of the colors I'll need? I know a few big electronic stores around me that have SOME of the colors, but not most of them.
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby Yoshi » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:32 pm

More than likely, the wires aren't your problem. What's at the ends of them will be. Worst case, cut down the wire a bit and solder on new connectors. But no, I don't know anywhere you can get stock wiring colors. Might be able to google for custom colored wires but they won't be oem quality.
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby M20_fever » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:54 pm

You can try these guys, can't vouch for their quality but they claim oem.

http://www.oemsurplus911.com/calterm/calwire.htm
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby 401e30 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:15 pm

BUMP.. I have a semi-related question. I am in the middle of tucking my body harness and need to extend most of the wires as a result of the way I chose to run my harness. Does anyone have some insight into what gauge wire I need for the horns, lights, and fan switches? I picked up some generic stranded annealed, single conductor 18 AWG wire. I planned to cut and add wire somewhere in the middle of the harness to have factory colors at either ends of the connections for ease of use with wiring diagrams.

lmk if anyone has experience with extensions and different gauge wire, thank you !
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby Yoshi » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:24 pm

IIRC most of the body stuff is 14 gauge or smaller. Don't quote me on it though. better thicker than thinner!
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby M20_fever » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:15 pm

Why wouldnt you match the gage of the wires your extending?
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Re: Replacing stock wiring

Postby 401e30 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:23 pm

M20_fever wrote:Why wouldnt you match the gage of the wires your extending?


I really want to, that's why I'm asking. I tried using my wire strippers to guesstimate what gauge the wires are, I ordered 18 awg, but it looks kinda thin for whats in there now.. it's only $9 for 100 ft, I suppose I could order 14 and 16 awg. Maybe someone can confirm the 14 awg body wires?
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