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Old 11-24-2016, 05:35 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. Ive been lurking on here ever since i got my miata. I was seriously thinking about turbo'ing my car until my neighbor bought his Fd. I instantly loved the sound of his car, and since i could never afford one, I'm going to build my own.

Progress so far: I bought my 10ae two years ago all stock. I went through the "hellaflush stance" phase but i was always missing something; power. Bought a 2002 toyota rav4 and started using that as my daily, and then I started tearing into my car. Removed engine, transmission, and engine harness then thought to myself "Oh i don't need all of these wires". That was my first mistake. Long story short i cut too much, didn't use any wiring diagrams, and now I'm rewiring the whole car.

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Where i'm at as of two days ago (sorry for the huge photo)
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Whats up with that rearview mirror?
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Like he said "hellaflush"?
Can't you score another harness from the junkyard?
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So does this mean you're past the phase and finally ready to build a nice car?
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Yes. After three oil pans, ppt bolts every two months. and a set of frame rails I'm ready for a real car. I could buy another harness but it will just be easier to start from scratch and build it the way i want.
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Yes. After three oil pans, ppt bolts every two months. and a set of frame rails I'm ready for a real car. I could buy another harness but it will just be easier to start from scratch and build it the way i want.
It definitely won't be easier to build a harness from scratch.
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Unless he wants to go all custom and wire into standalone of his choosing, but that car better not have to deal with Ca emissions.

I see he's in vacaville, so...Better know a guy who knows a guy
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I couldn't imagine building a whole harness. that's like 38 different colors and 2 wire sizes. Or else it goes like this " ok, I'll just follow this green wire to....oh crap, I have 17 green wires"

my gawd your this far, just go get a harness .
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If you want more discouragement about building a wire harness - look at the last few pages of my build thread. So far it cost me like $400 in crimp tools. Once you get to the 12 gauge wires for the headlights, you need a proper (expensive) crimp tool.

Also good wire is fairly expensive and you need multiple colors and gauges.
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