Casting Out Satan
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EZ Rhino - Casting Out Satan

The Centech harness comes with a nice waterproof firewall connector, visible in this picture to the right of the red power brake booster.

Wiring Harnesses - Chassis
While the paint dried, I got started on the wiring harness. After a lot of research of companies that make harnesses, I selected Centech Wire. Why? A few reasons. First, the way they treated me when calling and asking questions. Second, the highest quality product you can get. When comparing the thickness of the stock wire insulation with Centech's, it was very easy to see that Centech's is much thicker, as well as being rated at a higher temperature for fire resistance. Third, the harness is custom-made to vehicle year and type, not a one-size-fits-all assembly. Every wire was terminated with the appropriate connector and was the correct length. It was a plug-and-play ordeal. Centech also carries kit harnesses that are universal, but I decided in the interest of time and effort that a few extra bucks would be well worth the time and hassle saved by avoiding soldering every wire myself. Third, take a look at this stainless steel fuse panel, it is a work of art!


No more squinting under the dash trying to figure out which fuse is which. All are clearly labeled. The harness came in three sections: a rear harness, dash harness, and engine compartment harness. Each was bagged separately and the instructions were easy to follow.

I was TOTALLY impressed with this product. Every wire was individually labeled every few inches as to its purpose and destination. It's impossible to get lost! Attention to details really sets this one above the rest. For example, cruddy push-on terminals for the gauges are replaced with ring terminals and Nyloc nuts...nearly impossible to have fall off. Even new bulbs are included for the gauge lamps and side marker lights on the fenders!

Aggggggghh!! What a rat's nest! What a mess. In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't try to make the old harnesses work. The mess in the top of the picture is the old Jeep harness and the bottom pile of spaghetti is the donor Blazer's harness. The old Jeep harness had dead-end wires, cuts, splices, unraveling tape, and more burnt wire than I cared to try to reuse. I plan on keeping the Jeep for a while, so I found no point in adapting this old junk to the newer drivetrain. It was a good insurance policy.

Installation pretty much required either pulling the dash back or getting a really sore neck. I chose the former.

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