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Tape, bailing wire, etc. always come in handy for a quick fix.  When I installed my new headlights the new plug actually broke the tab that locks the plugs together so I basically did what you did, wrapped a shit ton of electrical tape around the wires up onto the plugs and down onto the other wires to make sure they wouldn't work themselves loose.

 

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You may want to add a little Di-electric grease in that connection, prevents corrosion and help to keep the water out. Add option "B", shrink tube the connector (non-glue type) it will never work loose and it's not to much of a pain to cut it off next time you have to replace the light.

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Using a cable tie between the wires of both connectors to draw the two insulators together is a good way to tighten a connector.

 

Quick, clean, easily removed, and can apply a lot of clamping force.

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19 hours ago, shellback91 said:

I will start by saying I love my rig most days but some days not so much, today(actually the last few weeks) she's on my s$%t list. 🤣

 

Here's the skinny as it were. I was checking my lights and noticed my passenger side headlamp with the new shiny bulb was out again. There was some wailing and gnashing of teeth along with a choice word or two thrown in for good measure. I removed the headlight and my connection into the wire harness was loose even with the tab locked in place. I was able to remove the H4 cable without unlocking it. So I tested with my stock headlamp and got the same result, loose connection and no light unless I held the connector down with my thumb. At this point I am wondering if something happened at the dealership when they washed out my engine bay. Highly unlikely but it still crossed my mind then I moved on.

 

After those steps I did what my Mexican ancestors taught me and got out my electrical tape then went to work.  Below is the result of that work. So far so good, we shall see what happens after a few pot holes and bumps will do. 🙂

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Using a cable tie between the wires of both connectors to draw the two insulators together is a good way to tighten a connector.

 

Quick, clean, easily removed, and can apply a lot of clamping force.

 
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29 minutes ago, jgaz said:

Using a cable tie between the wires of both connectors to draw the two insulators together is a good way to tighten a connector.

 

Quick, clean, easily removed, and can apply a lot of clamping force.

 

I'm glad you mentioned that!  I completely forgot that I actually did zip tie the connectors together before using the electrical tape.

 

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On 1/9/2021 at 9:07 AM, jgaz said:

 

 

Using a cable tie between the wires of both connectors to draw the two insulators together is a good way to tighten a connector.

 

Quick, clean, easily removed, and can apply a lot of clamping force.

 
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Thank you sir, next time i have to take it apart I will do that too. I tried this time but couldn't get my fat fingers to work enough to complete the task. Also I was in a hurry so I just taped it, which probably why I couldn't get it to work. 🤣

 

@Stacey and Scott I will give your suggestion of Di-electric grease as shot as well next time I take it apart.

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Added this little upgrade. Genesis dual battery set-up. Install took about 2 hours plus one more to reroute all my add-ons. A little pricey (about 1k w/Batts) but it adds to the piece of mind when we're out by our lonesome.

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During the process of the power upgrade I became a little disenchanted by the number of wires I've pulled through the fire wall. Solution! Found this nifty power distribution block, pulled all the leads into the cab to land on the block. Feed the block with a 4ga cable ( need to do a full load check and size a fusible link at the source). Thinking about doing a aircraft style breaker panel, where to put it and keep it out of the way and still accessible is a challenge for later. Still have a few more wires to land with room to spare.

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On 1/13/2021 at 11:22 AM, Stacey and Scott said:

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nice to see that you used loom around all the runners!

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i replaced one very worn-out tire

 

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