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    Thread: Shaved, Tucked, Customized Engine Bays - Pics, Theory, Discussion

    1. 07-25-2012 02:40 PM #911
      What gauge of wire is best for using for different parts of the bay? And single core/multicore?

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      07-25-2012 04:55 PM #912
      Quote Originally Posted by Paulbag View Post
      What gauge of wire is best for using for different parts of the bay? And single core/multicore?
      Always use stranded wire. For wire gauge, use the same or one size bigger for whatever your lengthening.
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      07-25-2012 06:54 PM #913
      Yup. If you have a scrap yard go strip a harness and use OEM. To save the headache I sourced a front-back R32 harness for my project. All wiring is OEM which I really enjoy.

      Quote Originally Posted by ascgti89 View Post
      Always use stranded wire. For wire gauge, use the same or one size bigger for whatever your lengthening.

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      07-27-2012 01:08 AM #914
      Slooooowly. Also please excuse the dust, dirt and scratches. The entire bay and all accessories are being repainted... Again haha.


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      07-28-2012 04:41 PM #915
      Could not deal with the gross reservoir.



      Don't mind the alloy lines and blue tee, this was just a test fab. Will do in SS with a black tee. Ordered a remote res that will sit behind the booster.

      Bay is sooooo gross and dirty though

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      08-03-2012 02:37 PM #916
      That s mine in progress, just a half-shaved bay, primer is done, now waiting for a nice day to paint

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      08-03-2012 03:33 PM #917

      my bay not the best work but i satisfied for a 1st timer
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      08-04-2012 01:42 AM #918
      Where would i go about locating the ecu if i wanted to cut out and shave my cal too?
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      08-04-2012 02:37 AM #919
      finally some mint shots of my bay.

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      08-04-2012 04:05 AM #920
      ^ doesn't get any better than that. perfect.

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      08-06-2012 08:44 AM #921
      love that last photo

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      08-06-2012 09:05 AM #922
      That bay is seriously amazing.

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      08-06-2012 09:13 AM #923
      guess i can leave this in here...

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      08-06-2012 10:11 AM #924
      Quote Originally Posted by fouckhest View Post
      guess i can leave this in here...
      You build is simply superb. I liked it as a 1.8t but so much more now with the TDI. I have yet to see interior pics since the rebuild I am curious to what changes happened there.

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      08-06-2012 11:04 AM #925
      Dude... seriously good looking out on the shaved bay TDI

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      08-06-2012 12:13 PM #926
      Quote Originally Posted by nebio_b5 View Post
      You build is simply superb. I liked it as a 1.8t but so much more now with the TDI. I have yet to see interior pics since the rebuild I am curious to what changes happened there.
      thanks man...not a whole lot, it is still very bare....recaro gt3 seats, harnesses, cage and CAE shifter was the biggest update...


      Quote Originally Posted by arethirdytwo View Post
      Dude... seriously good looking out on the shaved bay TDI
      thanks!

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      08-06-2012 01:16 PM #927
      I'm wires tucking the driver side of my 1.8t. I don't want anymore wires to go through my firewall. Where can I run these wires and make them back into the car without using the firewall?
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      08-06-2012 03:02 PM #928
      Quote Originally Posted by MrAkalin View Post
      I'm wires tucking the driver side of my 1.8t. I don't want anymore wires to go through my firewall. Where can I run these wires and make them back into the car without using the firewall?
      Pull back the carpet and find where the frame rails come into the car, from what ive read on here its pretty distinct where they are, drill through into them and run ur wires there, someone please correct me if im wrong
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      08-06-2012 04:25 PM #929
      Quote Originally Posted by BoraRJTI View Post
      Pull back the carpet and find where the frame rails come into the car, from what ive read on here its pretty distinct where they are, drill through into them and run ur wires there, someone please correct me if im wrong




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      08-06-2012 04:51 PM #930
      Sounds like a lot of work.. This is my first wire tuck and I've got all the harnesses separated but now I'm overwhelmed and stuck here..



      I can't figure out where to run anything.
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      08-08-2012 12:02 PM #931
      Alright, let me get this right.

      This harness gets pulled through so it's inside the car, then there is a whole drilled and I put them through along the frame rail. Are they along the frame rail or actually inside?



      Then this harness stays in the rain tray and runs in the fender



      Then lastly the engine harness (with the injector sensors, coil pack sensors, ect) goes along the rain tray and through the fender?

      Also, where is a good place online to order heat shrink from? And how much should I buy? Yes I know I can get it at auto stores and such, I'd just rather order bulk amount online.

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      08-09-2012 07:28 AM #932
      Their actually inside, it sucks. Idk why it was so hard for me, but others seem to have better luck.

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      08-09-2012 01:48 PM #933
      Quote Originally Posted by MrAkalin View Post
      Alright, let me get this right.

      This harness gets pulled through so it's inside the car, then there is a whole drilled and I put them through along the frame rail. Are they along the frame rail or actually inside?



      Then this harness stays in the rain tray and runs in the fender



      Then lastly the engine harness (with the injector sensors, coil pack sensors, ect) goes along the rain tray and through the fender?

      Also, where is a good place online to order heat shrink from? And how much should I buy? Yes I know I can get it at auto stores and such, I'd just rather order bulk amount online.

      Thanks!
      alot of patience and a coat hanger help to get it through the frame rail..

      also remove as much of the harness that is not going to be used so you dont have to pull that through too...less wire easier pulling.
      and seperate your main harness and your engine harness and run them seperate. I even made two seperate holes for them. One for the main so that it drops down behind the abs and one for the engine harness and it drops down above the brake fluid reservoir, then you can tuck it behind booster and up the coolant hoses

      ...ohh and it might help you if you pull your wiper motor just so it's not in your way.
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      08-09-2012 05:22 PM #934
      Quote Originally Posted by Dub'dRite View Post
      alot of patience and a coat hanger help to get it through the frame rail..

      also remove as much of the harness that is not going to be used so you dont have to pull that through too...less wire easier pulling.
      and seperate your main harness and your engine harness and run them seperate. I even made two seperate holes for them. One for the main so that it drops down behind the abs and one for the engine harness and it drops down above the brake fluid reservoir, then you can tuck it behind booster and up the coolant hoses

      ...ohh and it might help you if you pull your wiper motor just so it's not in your way.
      That post actually helped me a good amount. I have the engine harness totally out of the car, like its sitting on a bench. I haven't even looked at that yet. What do I do with this? Like unplug it or what, I don't wanna screw with it if I don't know what it is or how to take it apart. It's in the rain tray on the driver side.

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      08-09-2012 05:32 PM #935
      Under that cover is a bunch of multicolored plugs, these plug into the dash and chassis harness. you run the abs harness wires and such thru that cover. You can drill a hole in the cover and run the wires thru and then connect them back together to the abs harness and such in which you ran into the frame rail and came out by your feet under the dash.
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      08-10-2012 12:00 PM #936
      Quote Originally Posted by ascgti89 View Post
      Under that cover is a bunch of multicolored plugs, these plug into the dash and chassis harness. you run the abs harness wires and such thru that cover. You can drill a hole in the cover and run the wires thru and then connect them back together to the abs harness and such in which you ran into the frame rail and came out by your feet under the dash.
      ^^this

      and like I said before remove that wiper motor assembly and then you can pull that plastic cover off and see what your getting into...depending on the model and features there's only a few multicolored plugs in there that you can disconnect if need be to help move things around

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      08-10-2012 12:28 PM #937
      Who is interested in starting a new project. Complete Master brake cylinder/booster tuck. Nothing in the bay..

      Would like to gather some ideas. Ive seen it done on mk1s but they have plenty of room under dash.


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      08-10-2012 01:13 PM #938
      Quote Originally Posted by Elvir2 View Post
      Who is interested in starting a new project. Complete Master brake cylinder/booster tuck. Nothing in the bay..

      Would like to gather some ideas. Ive seen it done on mk1s but they have plenty of room under dash.


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      Sounds legit...

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      08-11-2012 07:06 PM #939
      I'm still trying to work on deleting the abs. Does anyone know what I need from a mk3? And which mk3 I need them from. My abs is already messed up. I'd love to just get rid of it completely.

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      08-11-2012 07:27 PM #940
      Quote Originally Posted by Elvir2 View Post
      Who is interested in starting a new project. Complete Master brake cylinder/booster tuck. Nothing in the bay..

      Would like to gather some ideas. Ive seen it done on mk1s but they have plenty of room under dash.


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      I would be interested but how exactly u plan to do this? The problem wouldn't be relocating it, it would be checking and filling the fluid, I think
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      08-11-2012 07:41 PM #941
      They already exist. Hot rod guys have used them for years. Just need to make room behind the dash.

      Quote Originally Posted by BoraRJTI View Post
      I would be interested but how exactly u plan to do this? The problem wouldn't be relocating it, it would be checking and filling the fluid, I think

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      08-15-2012 12:08 AM #942
      Ok, so this harness is the last harness that's left in the, so my is my next step to cut the harness and pull it through? Btw, my dash and seats are out.

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      08-15-2012 07:06 AM #943
      Yikes! That scares me, what do u mean cut the harness? Which way r u going about relocating them?

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      08-15-2012 08:26 AM #944
      Quote Originally Posted by yeabmx View Post
      Yikes! That scares me, what do u mean cut the harness? Which way r u going about relocating them?
      Wire tucking and ABS deleting is not a job for the weak hearted. You have to have some basic knowledge before you move forward. If you did not know that you have to cut harness, i dont think you want to proceed with this. There is so much involved that if you make a mistake and dont know what youre doing, you may never get your car up and running again.

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      08-15-2012 09:51 AM #945
      Oh I know, I've already done it. I extended one of them and re-ran the other two. But him looking at all those wires n just saying "I need to cut this" made me worry for him haha.

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