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Finally got the gauges installed this weekend. I still have to switch my instrument cluster overlay for the 2005 font and do the programming to the cluster. I also still need to install the 2006 power door lock kit and wire my Gentex mirror map light wire to the negative door triggers, so hopefully I can finish next weekend.

Instead of flooding the stock fuse box with a bunch of fuse taps, I opted to buy and install a Painless Wiring auxiliary fuse box and wire both the gauges and Gentex mirror to it. Much cleaner install and it is hidden under the air filter of my LPE CAI.
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Looks like a clean install and I dig the idea with the map lights triggered by the door.


9,970 miles.....so jealous.
 

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Looks like a clean install and I dig the idea with the map lights triggered by the door.


9,970 miles.....so jealous.
I had the map lights originally wired to the floor light and it worked accept for 1 thing... when the alarm gets armed, the BCM pulses the illumination relay 10 seconds after arming and it was kicking the map light on. After digging around and asking for opinions, it was suggested to wire the light into the negative door triggers and diode isolate them if need be. So I am going to try it this weekend and see what happens.

I am gonna cry a little when I cross 10,000...
 

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Curious as to where you ran the wires through the firewall into the cabin?
Good question... when I bought the car new, I took it to a stereo shop in 2005 to have the system replaced. They did a shit job and to make matters worse, they put a fucked up looking hole in the firewall on the driver's side to run the 4 gauge wire through.

Prior to installing the gauges, I had began removing the wiring they did and I decided to use the hole they made as my access for the gauge pod and mirror wiring. I went to Harbor freight and bought a 12" straight drill bit extension, a 12" flexible bit extension and a pack of 3 step bits. I prayed, and then proceeded to perfect the hole and put a 1" grommet around it. Problem solved.

That stereo shop is the reason I let no one touch my cars anymore, unless it is absolutely necessary. It is a clear fact that half the people out there that say they can do something just can't do it right. Luckily for me it was a cosmetic issue. There was also risk of an unprotected 4 gauge power wire that could have chafed and started a fire. Good thing my car is not a daily driver.

Sorry for the novel, but I had to give the back story on it.
 

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Good question... when I bought the car new, I took it to a stereo shop in 2005 to have the system replaced. They did a shit job and to make matters worse, they put a fucked up looking hole in the firewall on the driver's side to run the 4 gauge wire through.

Prior to installing the gauges, I had began removing the wiring they did and I decided to use the hole they made as my access for the gauge pod and mirror wiring. I went to Harbor freight and bought a 12" straight drill bit extension, a 12" flexible bit extension and a pack of 3 step bits. I prayed, and then proceeded to perfect the hole and put a 1" grommet around it. Problem solved.

That stereo shop is the reason I let no one touch my cars anymore, unless it is absolutely necessary. It is a clear fact that half the people out there that say they can do something just can't do it right. Luckily for me it was a cosmetic issue. There was also risk of an unprotected 4 gauge power wire that could have chafed and started a fire. Good thing my car is not a daily driver.

Sorry for the novel, but I had to give the back story on it.
No problem. I wish you had said you used something already existing. LOL Thanks for the info.
 

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No problem. I wish you had said you used something already existing. LOL Thanks for the info.
You can use the hood release cable grommet if you wanted to. It is only three 18 or 16 gauge wires to run through it. The black ground wire i kept inside and grounded on the steering column. For the green wire for light dimming, I kept that inside also and tapped into the OBD connector from behind it.
 
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Good question... when I bought the car new, I took it to a stereo shop in 2005 to have the system replaced. They did a shit job and to make matters worse, they put a fucked up looking hole in the firewall on the driver's side to run the 4 gauge wire through.

Prior to installing the gauges, I had began removing the wiring they did and I decided to use the hole they made as my access for the gauge pod and mirror wiring. I went to Harbor freight and bought a 12" straight drill bit extension, a 12" flexible bit extension and a pack of 3 step bits. I prayed, and then proceeded to perfect the hole and put a 1" grommet around it. Problem solved.

That stereo shop is the reason I let no one touch my cars anymore, unless it is absolutely necessary. It is a clear fact that half the people out there that say they can do something just can't do it right. Luckily for me it was a cosmetic issue. There was also risk of an unprotected 4 gauge power wire that could have chafed and started a fire. Good thing my car is not a daily driver.

Sorry for the novel, but I had to give the back story on it.
Sounds about right for a stereo shop. Every single one around here employees teenagers who love to use these little fuckers:
 

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The fact that some people "like" these when doing wiring baffles me. Lets cut the wire in a 1/3
It's because they are lazy and don't feel like redoing a connection point to incorporate the splice.
 

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Sounds about right for a stereo shop. Every single one around here employees teenagers who love to use these little fuckers:
I see you live in Delaware. I was living in Wilmington when I bought the GTO. The stereo shop was Sound of Tristate over in Claymont. They kept the car for almost a week and it sounded worse than stock.

Needless to say, I learned a valuable lesson and am in the process of unfucking their mess up. I have removed just about everything and will get the rest of the wiring when I run the new speaker wire. I was afraid to take the car apart back in 2005... never again.

Those T taps have their place, just not for everything.
 

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I see you live in Delaware. I was living in Wilmington when I bought the GTO. The stereo shop was Sound of Tristate over in Claymont. They kept the car for almost a week and it sounded worse than stock.

Needless to say, I learned a valuable lesson and am in the process of unfucking their mess up. I have removed just about everything and will get the rest of the wiring when I run the new speaker wire. I was afraid to take the car apart back in 2005... never again.

Those T taps have their place, just not for everything.
Oh lordy lord. Sound of Tristate strikes again. Yeah, they are a bunch of hacks and I have no idea how they have remained in business all this time.

I disagree on the T-taps. They have no place anywhere.
 
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