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    Looking good. I am eager to finish my setup, but I can't really do anything until this semester ends (beginning of May). I am just so damn busy with school it's not even funny. But once I'm done, the vanputer is next.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    Sweet, you can see I do not have much time also. My wiring is correct, secure and well insulated but my wiring management is not so great. You can tell that in the most recent pictures. I think sub-counciously I took advantage of the fact I could hide it all away. Honestly it is like I have it to a point where I am satisfied with it and I am affraid to touch it. Thanks for the compliment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo_bergamo View Post
    Sweet, you can see I do not have much time also. My wiring is correct, secure and well insulated but my wiring management is not so great. You can tell that in the most recent pictures. I think sub-counciously I took advantage of the fact I could hide it all away. Honestly it is like I have it to a point where I am satisfied with it and I am affraid to touch it. Thanks for the compliment!
    Plus when you get done splicing performing like 40 CAT5 to USB splices to extend componet cables from the front to the back of the vehicle. The last thing you want to do is make it neat. I have done it twice and by the time I finish I am just aggervated with the time it took to do the splicing. I wish I still had a bunch of those little fastners telephone techs called "beans". They were invaluable when it came to splicing very small guage wire.

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    I am OCD about the appearance/quality/safety of my installation, and it shows in my work. I haven't done much to my installation yet because of school, but I did manage to run a few wires during spring break. Check it out:

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/fabr...cd-fb-amp.html
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    I am OCD about the appearance/quality/safety of my installation, and it shows in my work. I haven't done much to my installation yet because of school, but I did manage to run a few wires during spring break. Check it out:

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/fabr...cd-fb-amp.html
    Man that setup looks great. It is obvious you have more funds and are a notch above me when it comes to this type of setup in a vahicle. I really appreciated your use of proper terminal connectors and wiring. I am taking notes!

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    Once I'm done with this semester I'd love to collaborate with you on your setup if you want.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
    - Edit skin to liking.
    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    Once I'm done with this semester I'd love to collaborate with you on your setup if you want.
    Sounds good. I would love to apply a little elegance to my setup. I have it where I want it but it is a little chaotic.

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    The single most important issue is safety. You want to overrate your wires instead of under rate them. Fuse them as close to the battery as possible. If you're running any wires through the firewall or through any opening in metal, make sure you grommet that hole or otherwise somehow guard the wire from chafing on the metal.

    The rest is just prettying it up
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
    - Edit skin to liking.
    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    The single most important issue is safety. You want to overrate your wires instead of under rate them. Fuse them as close to the battery as possible. If you're running any wires through the firewall or through any opening in metal, make sure you grommet that hole or otherwise somehow guard the wire from chafing on the metal.

    The rest is just prettying it up
    i agree-- i always like to tell people to run much larger wires than what they need, and then just fuse it to the load--if you upgrade like me, you will be saving a huge amount of time not haveing to constantly re-run wire.

    the biggest reason for fusing power cables is to prevent defective parts from blowing up(too bad), and to prevent the cable from starting a fire in the event that it gets partially severed in a accident.

    in a perfect world, where you never got in an accident, and never had parts go bad, then you do away completely with the fuse..

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    The single most important issue is safety. You want to overrate your wires instead of under rate them. Fuse them as close to the battery as possible. If you're running any wires through the firewall or through any opening in metal, make sure you grommet that hole or otherwise somehow guard the wire from chafing on the metal.

    The rest is just prettying it up
    Yes some of my setup looks Mcgyver'ish but I assure you I had safety in mind. I have good cause, I tote around my girls in my van and in the past while learning the reasons to be cautious with electricity no matter high or low voltage etc. I set an Astro van on fire because I had the great idead to use solid strand wire instead of multi-strand wire when installing an inverter. Put it this way, I have never seen white hot wire till then!

    As far as bushings and good fastners it is a must. I have a very restricted budget when it comes to this so if I do not have what I need it's off to the lab (garage) and I will build what I need. I am pretty anal so when I am done (9 hours later) it is good quality componet.

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