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Old March 17th, 2005, 01:53 AM   #1
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Custom Ground Kit

Anyone do their own GROUND KIT? (not ground effects)

Me and my buddies are gonna do our cars this weekend, just wondering if anyone has done a custom setup or not. We're just gonna go out and buy some 4guage wires etc...

If so, pics pls? I'll post up my pics once mine is done.

btw: are there any downfalls of doing your own ground kit? my buddy owns a STI and we're gonna do his and mine the same day, cause it just looks like ground wiring. I don't see any reason why I would need to spend so much money on a "name" brand ground kit. or should i?
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Old March 17th, 2005, 08:35 AM   #2
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I'm sure somebody is going to tell you to buy the V6P grounding kit...so I'll get that out of the way....now on to business.

There are people here that have the V6P or other grounding kits installed. You should ask some of them if they can post up a picture showing some of the points they used to attatch the wires to, or there may be pictures available already. Try searching.

I think thats really the only thing you need to be careful of is where you attatch.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 12:06 PM   #3
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yah v6p has them, but 150 is over my budget for this project, think'n of just buying some 4 gauge wiring for like 40 bucks and work from there, just curious to see if anyone has a custom setup for this.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 04:47 PM   #4
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what does the groud kit do?
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Old March 17th, 2005, 04:55 PM   #5
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yah v6p has them, but 150 is over my budget for this project, think'n of just buying some 4 gauge wiring for like 40 bucks and work from there, just curious to see if anyone has a custom setup for this.
I know its been pointed out, and i'll get crucified for it, but...
You really should just save up for the v6p kit, the terminals are NICE, and the whole thing is cut to perfect length, no trial and error. I was lookin at the cheapies, but theyre not custom for our cars like the v6p is. Just my .02
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Old March 17th, 2005, 07:44 PM   #6
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i can't justify paying $100 more for just terminals when i can get some nice terminals somewhere else. "perfect length" there wont' be too much trial an error, take a string and measure where i want the wires to run, and Voila! $100 for trial and error that will take 5 mins, terminals where i can buy nice ones also for a fraction of the price...i think that's worth it for me... there is nothing really "custom" about the v6p wirings besides length/terminals but i can do the same for $40 minus the v6p logo.

Anyone got a setup they've done themselves?
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Old March 17th, 2005, 07:57 PM   #7
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I did mine myself for maybe a $100 usd and it took me about two hours to fabricate and install. I could of done it for less money but I bought the best wire and terminals I could get.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 09:43 PM   #8
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what gauge wires did u run? got any pics of the terminals? i'm gonna find some gold plated terminals prob.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 10:15 PM   #9
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How many grounding points are used stock, how many with the v6p.net kit, and how many potentially could you do? I think I have only found 3 or 4 points, but seen people put 5 or 6 or something. Anyone want to share the secret? Where are all the grounding points? Pics? Don't know if I would do it myself. I want the v6p kit, I'm just curious to see these DIY ground kits people have made.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 10:58 PM   #10
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5 wires are usually the generic one, u can ground it anywhere, if i do it this sun, i'll take some pics for you. As long as u ground it to your body where it can conduct, your prefectly fine. I'm giong with a 5 wire setup. U can customize and put your ground wires anywhere u want, there is no real secret, since u can slap it anywhere u can put a bolt pretty much, or if u want to be inventive, u could drill some holes, but i'm not gonna do any drill'n! I'm sure there are enough spots around the engine bay.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 11:18 PM   #11
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i used the firewall, intake manifold, throttle body, altenator, and the stock fender location as my grounding points. I used about 20 feet of street wires 4 gauge power wire and 1 street wires battery terminal and i think 9 street wires solder-on ring terminals for the mounting points. Don't forget to use heat shrink tubing on the ring terminals after you make the connection. To solder on the ring terminals i stripped the wire back about 3/4 of an inch and put the ring terminal in a table vice, Heat the ring terminal with a torch and fill the terminal with solder and push in the wire. Let the wire cool down for a few minutes and slide the piece of heat shrink over the terminal and heat carefully (so you dont melt the tubing) with the torch until it tightens around the wire and terminal.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 08:32 AM   #12
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I did a custom kit on my RSX-S and used 4 gauge wires and 5/16 gold plated terminal connectors and paid less than $40 to do the whole kit. All you need are the proper measurements and grounding points. The AV6 kit does look really nice and professional but I personally can't imagine paying $150 for something that you could piece together for $40. Just my .02
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Old March 18th, 2005, 04:42 PM   #13
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What does the grouding kit do for you why would I want to do this to my car?
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Old March 18th, 2005, 04:48 PM   #14
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What does the grouding kit do for you why would I want to do this to my car?

It creates a better electrical current for your car involving all of its electronic components, especially the A/C.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 04:53 PM   #15
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so that would help you out with better gas milage because the A/C is running more efficiently? or is it good for having like a system in your car and TV's and stuff.
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Is anyone going to post pics of grounding points? Please?
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 04:21 PM   #17
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can this work for an i4 too?
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 04:33 PM   #18
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Is anyone going to post pics of grounding points? Please?
why would u need a pic? find any place w/a bolt under the hood...it's different for every car...there are bolts on the body, intake manifold, etc...there are like a billion ground points under the hood.
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can this work for an i4 too?
It'll help with stereo sound, headlight output, a/c, etc on the i4, but the real benefit for the v6 is that it's a drive-by-wire throttle. The talk is that folks are getting better response out of their engine with a quality ground setup.
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why would u need a pic? find any place w/a bolt under the hood...it's different for every car...there are bolts on the body, intake manifold, etc...there are like a billion ground points under the hood.

Well, i can only find 3 of the stock ground wires and i want to replace all the stock ones before i do anything else, so i was wanting a pic of all the stock wire locations...
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 05:30 PM   #21
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since i'm bored on a sunday, lemme whip out my camera for you, will repost back soon.
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 05:44 PM   #22
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Behind this red console, there are 2 more grounding points FYI.
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:33 PM   #23
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Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Is there any way you could take a picture of the entire engine bay?
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:53 PM   #24
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that does help a lot
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:58 PM   #25
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That's a really nice job with the pics! Thanks!
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 07:05 PM   #26
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Thanks alot man! I just hope this isnt too much different from my 99 av6...
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hey so now that you have got the grounding wire kit? you notice any difference?
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 08:27 PM   #29
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i have no aftermarket system, so i can't notice any dif there. My buddy owns an accord 95, notice a dif w/his stereo.

I did notice smoother shifting for the auto, in regards to startup and idle, same thing, no dif. You won't get HUGE gains on this mod, but it's only gonna cost you $40 ish dollars to DIY, so any small tiny little gain is still worth it for that price.
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sounds like a fun way to spend $40 and 4 hours scraping some knuckles.

mind listing the tools needed for this job? dont want to be unprepared for this.

im mod hungry right now...
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