I know the PICs are down, no need to email me about it. please bear with me as I am a very busy guy lately. I will try to get all the pictures back up and running when I have free time here and there.
I’ve always loved the clean shaved bay look on a lot of the imports I've seen and have been dead set on doing one since my first DA.
So there are many wire tuck threads I’ve been digging through, but no real good ones for us g2 guys and girls on G2ic in general. So you hear you go,
My wire tuck write up from Start to Finish.
First off, I would recommend that if you’re not familiar with the removal of the dashboard fan and other main components of the car, as well as the main harness and its location, routing, and different plugs. That you spend a little time to get to know these things and not attempt to rush this project, take a visit to your local junk yard with a pair of wire dykes and cut a couple of plugs to practice to process depining connectors and puling apart a dash board all the way to the firewall. It’s pretty strait forward as long as you take your time and keep track of what is what, where it came from and where it ultimately goes in the end.
Here a couple of links that gave me a lot of info and good ideas to work with take the time read them through. Well maybe you can skim through the 700 page Honda tech thread
Honda Tech’s Shaved, Tucked, Customized Engine Bays - Pics, Theory, Discussion thread
Honda Swap thread
A couple of good links MRpenny turned me on to
There aren’t many but here are a couple of good g2ic threads
Teggietunners slow build. A Great build but doesn’t go too much in the actual tuck.
acuraocd’s 3 year build. time for the wire tuck/bay shave thread
I don’t plan on cutting any wires that aren’t necessary to cut, but it worked for him
there a couple little thread floating around as well that you will just have to search for.
Let’s start with the things you will need and where they can be found
Basic hand tools (needle nose pliers, screw drivers, socket, wrenches, ect, ect)
Helms manual (Wiring schematics)
A couple of small flathead screwdrivers. I like to refer to them as old yeller
Dremil tool with a with a metal cutting wheel
1 and 1/8 inch metal hole saw
Metal fill (not necessary, but helps)
Black nail polish or pant of some sort
1 ft, model car or airplane fuel line (can be found and purchased by the foot at model and hobby shop)
1 foot of 1/8 inch 90 degree aluminum stripping(lowes, homedepot, ect)
Electrical tape(at least 6 rolls) and loom
A couple of oem fire wall grommets
Well let’s get started. I decided to tackle the passenger side first. Even thought you would think that would be the hard side, being that it has the under hood fuse box. If you ever pulled a teg apart, the space to work with is a lot tighter to work in with all the add ional bracing for the steering column all on top of it basically being the wiring hub of the car and that’s the last thing I want to drill into.
First is First, organization is key. Invest in some wire numbers and go through the hood and label and write down every plug so you have something to look at as a reference. I started at the horn plug and worked my way back towards the Fire wall
After that was said and done I set out to remove the dashboard, I’m not going into details on that because you can easily search or find it in you service manual. Next up I set out to mark and document wire connectors for the blower unit and service connectors and then proceeded to remove the blower and Fan ducting
From here we(Key term, Aggazi and Craig gotta get props for this project) pulled the pass main harness back trough the firewall and started pulling the loom off all the way back to the main loom that spans the cab side of the firewall and started rerouting wire. Here is what had to be rerouted
The ending harness connectors (2) had to be separated and set to the side will go back out the A/C port in the firewall
The windshield wiper has to come out of the under hood fuse box loom and join the rest of the wires that will exit the side of the frame. While where on the subject even thought this will be done later on as your running the harness along the apron. These where the only five wires that I needed to extend. Instead of cutting the harness, adding wire and having to solder in 2 spots on each of the five wires. I cut a plug for a Junker with about 2 feet of extra wire. This way I'll only have one connection per wire. Here your also going to have to have to drill a whole threw the side apron in order to run the wires through, there is already a hole in the outer piece but your going to need on threw the inner as well
this makes a great spot to drill a hole a whole threw the chassis/firewall. It’s a nice flat spot, single layer of metal and free and clear on the inside, After drilling the whole out, I tried to paint it with the nail polish, which was really thin, so I ended up hitting it with a quick shot of spray paint. I then took the fuel hose and cut it down to size and then cut a slit up the entire length of it. Install is as simple as gluing and pressing on the hose around the diameter of the whole.
I also had to relocate my distribution block, right now it will sit on the floor under the carpet until I move it to where the seatbelt computer resides. Then I ran the fuse box wire and discovered I was going to make a new starter wire
I took the piece of aluminum and drilled two holes that where appropriately marked for the fuse box mounting holes and I took 2 lip mounting bolts to hold the fuse box in place, after that was done, I marked my first hole for the knee bolster support and drilled it out. Then I marked where it need to bend, as you can see the predrilled hole almost lined up, but not close enough, I cleaned it up mark where to cut of the excess and Done
As for running a knee bolster this setup might require some slight trimming of the metal. Nothing a grinder and a cut off wheel couldn’t handle. Not a problem for me cause i am not running either of mine.
After getting the fuse box mounted, I proceeded to wire it up and then loom the wires in black loom.