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Old 02-03-2003, 09:16 AM   #1
willguidry
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Question Getting wires from engine bay to cabin.

Just finished my driving lamp install this weekend, but didn't get a chance to run the wires the correct way. (I. E through the firewall)

Had to run them ghetto style for the time being, through the door jam. *YUCK*

So my question, do any of you guys know how to get the wires I need into my cabin through the firewall? Any pictures to show me where the area is etc? Or perhaps a website that shows this process?

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Old 02-03-2003, 10:16 AM   #2
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One way into the cabin from the engine bay is a small grommet located in the driver side footwell behind the brake pedal. Poke your head down there and you should find a flap that you can pull back to reveal the grommet.
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Old 02-03-2003, 10:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for the input Zola,

You have a WRX though, do you know, or does anyone know if this holds true to the old school body style GC8?

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Old 02-03-2003, 11:20 AM   #4
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Doh...sorry about that, Will...it's Monday morning and I'm asleep at the switch.
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Old 02-03-2003, 11:22 AM   #5
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Threre's a small rubber grommet located in the middle about two or three inches down on the fire wall. That was on my 2001 RS
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Old 02-03-2003, 11:28 AM   #6
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..., or does anyone know if this holds true to the old school body style GC8?
Whatever chassis you have, it's probably easy to find the right wiring passage if you start from the engine compartment. Looking at the lower side of the firewall from the engine compartment, look for any grommet or blind plugs. If you have a front tower strut bar, you may need to remove it to get a better view.

From the blind plugs and grommets that are situated on the lower side of the firewall, see which ones will be best for you by poking through using a bent metal clothes hanger (or any stiff wire), taking care not to puncture anything. Then look from the cabin, under the dash to see if you like where the hanger /stiff wire ends up. If it's a grommet instead of a blind plug, then it may be possible to poke the hanger/stiff wire through without pulling the grommet from the firewall (from the engine bay side).
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Old 02-03-2003, 11:33 AM   #7
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So it's pretty much all about poking and prodding around till I find it eh?
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:09 PM   #8
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So it's pretty much all about poking and prodding around till I find it eh?
I believe it's fastest that way. Be careful not to short any wires while doing it. If you could find a non metallic, somewhat flexible rod (e.g. plastic vacuum hose), that would be preferrable as a precaution.
Happy poking.

On a side note, on my GDA, when poking through one of the holes (the one right behind the intercooler) covered by a blind plug from the engine compartment side, there is an additional foam insulation that is located on the passenger cabin side. So, even after removing the plug from the engine compartment side, you wouldn't be able to see through the hole. You'd have to poke your way through to see where it ends up in the cabin. You might encounter something similar on your GC/GM.
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:50 PM   #9
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One way into the cabin from the engine bay is a small grommet located in the driver side footwell behind the brake pedal. Poke your head down there and you should find a flap that you can pull back to reveal the grommet.
That's pretty much where it is on our cars also. If yo uare trying to find it from the engine bay, it's below the brake Master cylindera couple inches.

The Way I do it when I run wires is to cut an "X" in the rubber and pass wires through it. It still seals very well , you have wire protection from sharp corners, and it allows you to expand for more wires or take the wires out.

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Old 02-03-2003, 08:47 PM   #10
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Cool, I will have a look at it tomorrow, thanks!

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Old 02-04-2003, 01:37 PM   #11
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That's pretty much where it is on our cars also. If yo uare trying to find it from the engine bay, it's below the brake Master cylindera couple inches.

The Way I do it when I run wires is to cut an "X" in the rubber and pass wires through it. It still seals very well , you have wire protection from sharp corners, and it allows you to expand for more wires or take the wires out.

Eric

That's the same way I did it..but eventually, I had too many wires running through the grommet... the wires just eventually sealed the hole..


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Old 02-04-2003, 01:39 PM   #12
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That's the same way I did it..but eventually, I had too many wires running through the grommet... the wires just eventually sealed the hole..


-vic
Did you at least put duct tape or something else around the metal so it doesn;t chew through the wires sheilding?

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