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Old 03-30-2012, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by vintagez View Post
GP, a small question, instead of routing through the existing hole below the rear window, is it not possible to route the wires so they come from inside the trunk area to the trunk lid and use a plastic loom to keep them all together so there would not be so much tension on the harness, this would allow you to splice in extra length and it would just hang down in the trunk, just a thought
I suppose it would be technically feasible as long as the harness is properly supported and protected, and the passthroughs in the trunk lid and body are sealed. However, I'm a stickler for making repairs and modifications that look stock and, more importantly, don't introduce potential problems. The factory harness routing puts all of the wire behind the carpeted panel on the right side of the trunk. Objects in the trunk would snag an exposed harness and damage it, and its appearance would also turn away potential buyers who know what the stock harness routing should look like. Some might consider it a hack job and look for another car.

Running a new harness along the same route as the stock harness, with more durable wire, would be the better choice from aesthetic and functional standpoints.

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