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About to go on a chassis wiring kit: opinions

I asked this on the Facebook page, but wanted one more go on opinions.

"Painless Performance 22-Circuit 1967-68 Mustang Chassis Harnesses 20121"
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"American Autowire Complete Wiring Harness Classic Update Kit 1967-1968."

Which would or did you buy? I'd prefer the best product!

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Should mention I'll be using the Ford Performance harness for a Coyote, too.

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I think it depends on gauges, etc. I don't like the fuse on painless so I think I am going American, I have auto meter gauges, etc


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when I rewire my '67, I am going refurbished
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There's one more option, not trying to make it more difficult. You may want to also look at RonFrancis wiring. I don't have it installed yet, so I can't speak to that, but I did like the options that they offer for future add-ons.

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I went with the Mr. Mustang wiring harness as it was all stock. If mine wasn't so butchered up, I would have used Midlife. Based on your comments, I would go with Midlife, he's brilliant on wiring and can probably help on your customization.
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I have to replace every piece of the wiring in my 69 Coupe & I am leaning towards using the AAW kit.

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Most of the people I've talked to were pro-AAW over the Painless version, which was surprising to me.

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I've done both albeit on older rides. I used the AAW on a '40 and it was perfect- wires were all marked about every foot, plenty of length, very nice fuse block that was user friendly and could be added to easily. The Painless I used on a '31, and while I really don't have any major complaints about it other than the fuses, I'd probably go with the AAW on my next one. I can't swear to it, but I think the AAW was slightly less expensive as compared to Painless and a few other brands (at least for my application anyway). During my '40 build, the Summit Racing brand column that I'd installed turned out to be a total POS- it fell apart before I'd even started the car! I'd already crimped the wiring harness with the proper connections to that column, and didn't want to butt splice it all back together on the replacement. When I called AAW I explained what happened and asked about a ordering a second wiring plug- they said no problem, then actually sent me a complete new column harness at no charge! Since I didn't buy the kit from them in the first place (and told them that), I'm somewhat biased to buy from them again!
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I went with AAW on my 67 coupe. I was looking at Painless as well. The mustang restoration shop I am working with recommended AAW as their current choice, having done both a number of times. In the end, I don't see any reason to consider anything different when I do it again.
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I just remembered this, and it may not apply to the Mustangs, but- the kit for my '40 when I did it came with all the possible plugs/connectors that I'd need for about 3 different column choices, and various connectors for different sensor options. As I recall, similar parts were available from Painless but I'd have to order/buy them separately if they weren't in the base kit. Something to look into anyways...

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If you're doing the work, calibrate your ability, tools and knowledge in electronics, then make a decision. The wiring schematics for the aftermarket designs are simply pdf's and basic wiring. If you want to change it up, or troubleshoot an issue, you better understand what you're doing, or plan on paying someone else to do it for you. If a shop is doing the work, let them decide which design they use.
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I have a Painless harness and I couldn't be more happy with the materials. I had an expert assisting me and I really don't know that as a novice, if I could have done it myself. I would not characterize it as plug-and-play. That said, I used a non-model/year specific kit as it offered more flexibility, which is what my wiring-expert friend preferred.

So in conclusion for Painless: Materials and quality, A+. Ease of install, ?.

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Anyone with a good attention to detail and organization can do an AAW kit. It really comes down to making sure you have the pins right in your connectors. Other than that it's about as easy as wiring gets. I would order AAW again in a heartbeat.
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I've done both albeit on older rides. I used the AAW on a '40 and it was perfect- wires were all marked about every foot, plenty of length, very nice fuse block that was user friendly and could be added to easily. The Painless I used on a '31, and while I really don't have any major complaints about it other than the fuses, I'd probably go with the AAW on my next one. I can't swear to it, but I think the AAW was slightly less expensive as compared to Painless and a few other brands (at least for my application anyway). During my '40 build, the Summit Racing brand column that I'd installed turned out to be a total POS- it fell apart before I'd even started the car! I'd already crimped the wiring harness with the proper connections to that column, and didn't want to butt splice it all back together on the replacement. When I called AAW I explained what happened and asked about a ordering a second wiring plug- they said no problem, then actually sent me a complete new column harness at no charge! Since I didn't buy the kit from them in the first place (and told them that), I'm somewhat biased to buy from them again!
That's what I was looking for - someone that's done both kits, and on top of that, had an issue that was resolved by the company. Excellent info!

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