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    rats nest

    wow, it hardly seems like I spent 2 hours over the weekend cleaning up the rat's nest of wires under the dash. Trust me, it looks a lot better
    (Yeah, I know the ebrake handle is useless now but I removed my calipers. I also wanted an easy way to go back to using it in the future so I left it in place)



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    Re: rats nets

    looks really tidy, mine looks like a rats nest

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    Re: rats nets

    Quote Originally Posted by bolus
    wow, it hardly seems like I spent 2 hours over the weekend cleaning up the rat's nest of wires under the dash. Trust me, it looks a lot better
    One of my long-standing WIBNI's* is to strip the car down and create a new, proper wiring harness w/ heat shrink tubing on the ends of the expandable sleeves (instead of the electrical tape that Brammo used, which has now mostly fallen off), and also adjusting the cable segment lengths (some are too short, some are too long). If I do this, I'll create a schematic for others (though it won't be 100% useful as I have a MicroDash).

    *WIBNI - "Wouldn't It Be Nice If..." - said by computer users to software developers in a whining tone of voice.
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    Re: rats nets

    When I had my engine out recently I noticed quite a bit of the electrical tape on the harness was falling off. I thought about redoing it better but wanted the engine back in and just re-taped everything. My harness is a bit of a mess with all my modifications and it would be nice to re-do it all. Like the wires to the vacuum pump and water injection wires to the injectors, But I got a lot of other little things done like polishing up several parts like the coolant tubes

    speaking of the harness. what was this plug for again




    I also want to drill out all the rivets on the rear firewall and replace with rivet nuts so I can remove it easier. I have so much stuff right behind the firewall now that I cant reach easily. I have some braided lines to replace the simple boost tubes and have some other tubing I want to replace with braided lines.

    Id also like to replace the ugly coolant overflow tank with something nicer looking
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    Re: rats nets

    Quote Originally Posted by bolus
    speaking of the harness. what was this plug for again
    Dunno. But there's a label on it - "Engine <something> 2".

    I think your Atom is a good bit newer than mine, right? Mine has all sorts of things that don't go anywhere, like a cable for a second O2 sensor that's part of the wiring for the lights on the license plate holder.

    I also want to drill out all the rivets on the rear firewall and replace with rivet nuts so I can remove it easier. I have so much stuff right behind the firewall now that I cant reach easily.
    I have the rivnuts on hand (along with matching stainless Allen-head bolts and the rubber/metal washers) but never got around to it. Maybe over the winter.
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    Re: rats nets

    In addition to a rivet remover tool to start replacing rivets with rivet nuts
    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/t ... emoval.php

    I found the coolest thing. *I fiber optic label tape. *Going to make a
    helmet shift light out of this. *Since it is custom made, I can print
    what ever words I want. *I think it should say: *Ready... **Steady..
    Shift! ***or ****oh... crap.... CRAP!!! ****Hmmm, ***or may be "warp
    8" *"warp 9" "warp core breach imminent! "

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/e ... labels.php
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    Re: rats nets

    bolus, harbor freight has a rivnut gun for $16 bux, I've used it to apply all my rivnuts to the frame, works perfect, if in case you wanted an alternative.

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    I have a rivet nut tool already that I used to attach the oil cooler
    viewtopic.php?f=20&t=31

    Sadly, I could not by it from snap-on and be an elite rivet tool user - since they dont sell one. I got it from napa. I cried myself to sleep every time I dont buy a snap-on tool.

    my crappy harbor freight engine lift lifted my engine in and out of the atom about 15 times when I was trying to fit that F40 trans and didnt break once! piece of crap. I wish I bought a snap-op engine lift.... Im sure it would have not broke even better...
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    Re: rats nest

    I was looking through some sleaving options to dress up my engine a
    little. *Techflex makes a whole bunch of options.

    Check under the specialty section. **how about redoing the whole
    harness in carbon fiber sleaving? Or chrome?

    https://www.wirecare.com/land_SleevingMain.asp
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    Re: rats nest

    I chrome sleeved a custom motorcycle once. That stuff is hard to work with and sealing the ends was hard. I did it with zip ties as I could tuck them in and hide them.

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