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Old June 8th, 2016, 09:10 PM
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Running Rear Wiring Harness

Hi guys - I'm to the point of re-running wiring and would like some input. Since it seems running the rear harness on a NAS D90 "in-chassis" is a PITA, I'm wondering about the feasibility of simply running it externally and would appreciate your thoughts on the subject. Thanks in advance.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 09:27 PM
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Use the old wires to pull the new wires
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Old June 8th, 2016, 10:46 PM
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ran/pulled my 110 chassis harness using basic wire snake tool. 2 people makes the job easier. Not tough at all, just requires a little patience.
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That's two "for" and none "against". Internal it is. Bill and Matt, thanks for the input.
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That's two "for" and none "against".
bollocks.

I gave this some thought and decided to run it outside ala Chris Snell.
Didn't want to pull a 19 year old wiring harness through the holes.


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Old June 9th, 2016, 08:28 AM
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ran/pulled my 110 chassis harness using basic wire snake tool. 2 people makes the job easier. Not tough at all, just requires a little patience.


I did the same, but also put one of those corrugated wire covers over it to protected the it while running through the chassis.


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Old June 9th, 2016, 02:40 PM
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Some additional info:
  • I had better success running wire fish from back to front. I found the opening at the front to be a bit more forgiving to see the fish as it emerged up front. The rear axel curve seemed more difficult to go front to back.
  • I then pulled a lead wire through the chassis
  • I attached the fish to the end of the lead wire and then pulled the fish back through from front to back
  • I then attached the harness to the fish and pulled it from back to front
  • I did wrap the harness in the corrugated split loom
  • Loom added a bit more girth to the harness and probably added a bit of difficulty as a result but the last thing I wanted to do was damage a wire dragging it through the chassis and have to do it over again.
On the front end of the loom I did remove all of the bullet connectors which probably made it a bit easier to pull through the chassis. I wasn't planning on using them on the truck so I sacrificed them early. My plan is to go with a weatherpack style connector(s).

Not that is matters but I did also add a few wires to the harness "just in case" for any future needs that might spring up. Figured since I was in there and pulling it through anyway that it would not hurt.
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Old June 9th, 2016, 02:56 PM
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Thanks Matt. That's actually a great idea to add a few "just in case" wires to the loom. I think I'll do the same thing.
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