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    Wiring Issue

    Hey guys, another question for the pro's.

    I am going to be installing this on my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Lmt. I want the pc to be in the back seeing as how that will require the least amount of fab skills, and won't be protruding anywhere, but i'm not sure about running the wires. To be safe I will have the stereo store install my 8 AWG going to the Battery, oh and the 12 AWG going to the Ignition, but as far as my USB, VGA, and RCA(Personal Audio Setup) I am not sure how to get the wires unseen to the back.

    I really dont want to go through the hassle of pulling up the carpet, but I saw another guy put his along the door seal or something like that, along the floor by the door, yet it's unseen. Any ideas? What did you all do that worked well and wasn't too labor intensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imdbombboarder View Post
    I am not sure how to get the wires unseen to the back.
    I really dont want to go through the hassle of pulling up the carpet,
    You know. You just don't want to make that effort.

    but I saw another guy put his along the door seal or something like that, along the floor by the door, yet it's unseen. Any ideas? What did you all do that worked well and wasn't too labor intensive?
    I pulled up carpet.
    Really, it's not as labor-intensive as you might think. Placing the seats is easier w/ two people, but it's not absolutely necessary.
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    Pulling up the carpet really isn't labor intensive.

    If you're going to be putting a PC in your car, you're going to be doing some work in the first place. Why not do it right to begin with?

    Putting it under the carpet and even just taping it down with duct tape to hold it in place is a much better option than routing wiring in places where you risk pinching it and cutting into it.
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    I know I dont want to make the effort, which is why I posted first, " I really dont want to go through the hassle of pulling up the carpet", so I was trying to find an alternative With power/heated seats, is there are module I will have to pull out or is it pretty straight forward, I.E just a few bolts and such.

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    It's just going to be a harness. No different than a seat with airbags.

    In my VW (which are heated and have side impact air bags)...it's two plugs...one for each item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imdbombboarder View Post
    I know I dont want to make the effort, which is why I posted first, " I really dont want to go through the hassle of pulling up the carpet", so I was trying to find an alternative With power/heated seats, is there are module I will have to pull out or is it pretty straight forward, I.E just a few bolts and such.
    The carpet is so simple..... especially on the Grand Cherokee.... I owned one, before the engine exploded..... I drive a Dodge Durango with a very complicated wiring system, filled with fuses, circuit breakers, distrobution boxes, and alot of cabling..... you can either have the wires showing, or you can put them under the carpet.... unless you want to have the wires wraped in split loom which will still look odd. My CarPC setup has everything running into the main center console, then it goes out the side, under the passenger seat, then to the PC that is installed on the back seat. There really is no way around it. If you want a clean look, under the carpet it goes....... Most cars you simply remove the door jam plastic, which on most cars is a snap on piece, and the carpet lifts right up, especially on the cherokee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    I drive a Dodge Durango with a very complicated wiring system, filled with fuses, circuit breakers, distrobution boxes, and alot of cabling
    domestic cars are have notoriously easy wiring systems. EVERY vehicle out there has fuses, breakers, distribution, and a 'lot' of cabling.

    You should dive head first into a European vehicle, it will send you packing in a heart beat.

    Point of my post is that no matter what, pulling up the carpet is a simple and effective way to ensure you're installing your wiring properly and safely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    domestic cars are have notoriously easy wiring systems. EVERY vehicle out there has fuses, breakers, distribution, and a 'lot' of cabling.

    You should dive head first into a European vehicle, it will send you packing in a heart beat.

    Point of my post is that no matter what, pulling up the carpet is a simple and effective way to ensure you're installing your wiring properly and safely.
    lol i had a european car, and yes the wiring is awkward, but I guess since I learned on that first it was super easy when doing it to my truck. What I meant to say Red is that the CarPC will add considerable more to the already large amount of cabling. Lately I have started to miss my Porsche :-(. The fact that I drive my friends all the time doesnt help. The things we give up for family!
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    Ya gotta be careful 'till you get the knack, but yes the moldings along the thresholds can be popped off, and if you're blessed like I have been, there's some space under 'em for cabling.

    Also, with a molding popped up, the carpet can be partially pulled away, sometimes enuff to carefully tuck cables in.

    I have used a screwdriver in the past to help push the cabling in or under carpet, moldings, but ther's a chance they could get pinched or cut...so I fashined a rounded wood piece to ease the wiring in place. A scavebged wooden sppon works good, too.

    Everybody has their own tolerance level; some must hide all wires, like a stock install, some don't mind the tech look of a few wire looms visable - but at least cable tie 'em neatly!

    Just remember that cabling isn't just some plastic tube; it houses wiring that carries the audio and video signals and shouldn't be pinched or bent at extreme angles.

    Best idea; just dive in and DO IT. Learning occurs, and pride develops...


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    Great last sentence there brucedog. The only thing I dont want to be responsible for is the wiring to the battery and the ignition. My local car shop quoted me around $180, for wiring an 8 awg from the battery to the trunk, a 20 amp fuse by the battery, wiring a 12 awg into the igntion to the back, and wiring usb, vga, and rca from the trunk to the dash. Not too bad, though i'll see what I can do. If it wont cost me that much more in labor, and they already are pulling up the carpet, I might as well let them do it. I much longer can it take for them to just string a couple more wires before putting the carpet back in?

    I dont know, I really want to do some things myself, just for a bit more of accomplishment and pride, but i'm trying to make sure I dont mix that with stupidity, and blow something that will cost me $ because a lack of understanding of exactly what I was doing if you can understand. I guess i'm in a slight pickle

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