Connected to two AP-1's I have wiring for the following devices:
- Motolights with relay
- PIAA halogen lights with relay
- Hyperlite brake flashers
- Heat Troller
- and probably some I've forgotten.
It's simply embarrassing to look at my jumble of wires, even though I've tried my best to make it look neat. I need to be able to route the wires neatly in a common bundle and wrap it all in a nice loom. Some of the wires need extending. In the past I've used crimp connectors, but had lousy results. Maybe I need a better crimp tool? I've also used solder and shrink wrap. That works better but I've noticed that this makes the wires stiff and I worry about durability. I've read about butt splices but never tried them. Also, some of the wires have varying thicknesses. The common positive wire that feeds the PIAAs is really thick. The power harness that comes with the Garmin is really thin and delicate. I currently use Rat Shack wrapping stuff for a loom but I think it looks cheesy and is hard to work with. So:
What's the best way to make a wire longer?
How do you deal with connecting wires of different gauges?
What's the best wire loom and where do you get it?
How do you label your wires? (or do you eschew labeling the pairs and just use a master diagram?)
When a device comes with an inline fuse, but you're already connecting it to a fuse block, do you eliminate the inline fuse?
Do you tin the bare end of a wire that you're screwing into an aux fuse block?
Who's got photos? I know some of you BMW folks are really good at this. I'm really hoping you can share some expertise. Thanks.