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Car Computer Install: Installing Peripherals

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Sean Clark shows us how to run the various cables for each peripheral. Get creative. Wires can be run in more places than you think. Remember to be careful when you're prying against plastic interior panels and use a cloth to protect them. Zip ties work wonders to attach components behind your dash. Make sure to allow enough space for HVAC vents when zip tying your items in tight spaces. Purchasing a wiring harness for your vehicle eliminates the need to splice factory wiring. One can easily tap into each speaker channel and feed to your aftermarket amplifier with a vehicle specific harness.

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if you've got a link to them that would be great.

i believe the ones i have always used are Gardner Bender brand, and i thought they used 3m adhesive.
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i have used a ton of those on projects and have had mixed results with the adhesive/foam-- in cases of stressing the connection, the foam can tear apart from the adhesive.. so i always run a screw through the middle just to be sure.
I think that might be brand, maybe age too? I'll hafta look at what I have. I got some one time that were sub par, but ever since I've used all sizes of the same brand, and the adhesive tape on these is ridiculous. When you do need to take one off, you have to pry it so hard you go thru the plastic before it comes off, and you peel from the middle where you ripped thru the plastic. Heat, cold, vibration, damp conditions on fiberglass in a boat, never had one with the good adhesive fail. It actually ****es me off more often because they are such a btch to remove. They take paint off the firewall, and if you don't soak them first, you will scratch the crap out of your boat removing them. I think the plastic part is the same for most brands, just different adhesive tape, i'll look and see if the good ones say 3M or whatever on the peel off. I have used a couple on my quad, and I run that thing completely under the water so deep I hafta stand on the rack to keep the back tires from floating, and they haven't let go yet. All the factory installed clamps and wire guides didn't last long once I put a snorkel on it, but these are more likely to cause me grief because I need to remove one than one falling off allowing a wire to get cooked. They are such a dumb little thing, but I don't know how I never knew about them until a year ago, I was shooting screws thru everything like you were saying.
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The other thing they introduced me to is those little squares with double sided tape on the back. The ones you stick to the firewall (or wherever) and it gives you a nice point made for a wire-tie, without messing with anything else by pulling on it so hard to tighten the tie, those are great too! I had been using the wire-ties with the loop above the 'head' to shoot a screw thru, how dumb was that, shootn screws thru stuff when there are wonderful sticky squares out there..
i have used a ton of those on projects and have had mixed results with the adhesive/foam-- in cases of stressing the connection, the foam can tear apart from the adhesive.. so i always run a screw through the middle just to be sure.