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    I am finally starting to install the AAW harness that my family got me for my Birthday last year. After a month of studying the diagrams, both for the old and the new, it is time to make some connections. As suggested in the AAW manual I am using a GM alternator that I rebuilt and have modified to fit, a pretty simple job if I may say so. The harness on the other hand is daunting. I believe I have figured out the system using the information provided but have been unable to contact anyone at AAW to answer some of the questions that I have. I'm going to take a bunch of pics and will post them. Anyone with any experience installing this harness please feel free to chime in with any suggestions!
    Thanks
    1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
    Frame off resto started May 2015
    Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
    Diff braced and reinforced
    Engine and head rebuilt
    Header and Intake ported
    SS exhaust
    Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
    New Rockers
    AAW wiring - GM alternator
    Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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    Great to hear your're diving into the AAW install, you'll be very happy with the results. I completed mine just last month and now enjoying fully functional electrical accessories and great peace-of-mind. Before you get started I would suggest checking the presence of both the hazard indicator lead and the turn signal lead, both were missing from mine. Thankfully, these are easily added.

    Good luck!

    -Jon
    1974 Triumph TR6

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    • #3
      Thanks, It took me a while to realize they were missing. I was wondering if they needed to be added or if they had been addressed by some other part of the harness and not documented. Thanks for clearing that up! It's one of the bigger jobs left on the restoration and I can't wait to get it going.
      1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
      Frame off resto started May 2015
      Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
      Diff braced and reinforced
      Engine and head rebuilt
      Header and Intake ported
      SS exhaust
      Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
      New Rockers
      AAW wiring - GM alternator
      Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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      • #4
        I installed one of the first AAW TR6 harnesses back in 2004 when Dan Masters ran the whole business. Here's how I did it http://tr6.danielsonfamily.org/Wire_Harness_1.htm
        1975 Mimosa with a few upgrades/mods:
        Patton TBI
        HVDA Toyota 5 speed
        Goodparts Nissan Diff
        Goodparts CVJs
        AAW Wire Harness
        Miata Seats
        Boyd Welding Custom 15 gallon aluminum gas tank

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Anthony View Post
          Thanks, It took me a while to realize they were missing. I was wondering if they needed to be added or if they had been addressed by some other part of the harness and not documented. Thanks for clearing that up! It's one of the bigger jobs left on the restoration and I can't wait to get it going.
          Please create a signature line that includes the year of your car. This is especially important when answering electrical questions as wiring may have changed from year to year
          1975 Mimosa with a few upgrades/mods:
          Patton TBI
          HVDA Toyota 5 speed
          Goodparts Nissan Diff
          Goodparts CVJs
          AAW Wire Harness
          Miata Seats
          Boyd Welding Custom 15 gallon aluminum gas tank

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          • #6
            I also completed the AAW install last year. Take your time and buy a good bottle of scotch. I tinned every connection for my piece of mind and installed three grounding bars. Best of luck and enjoy the journey.

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            • #7
              I am very happy with the AAW system and was able to add a subwoofer, amplifier and seat heaters.

              The AAW system includes wiring for cooling fan override and electric fuel pump, I don't use either but it's nice to know they are available.

              -Jon
              1974 Triumph TR6

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              • #8
                As you can see I have a sort of hybrid car, the wiring was shot hence the decision to go to the AAW harness. Jon or Bob, if either of you know where those 2 missing wires connect on the relevant relays I would greatly appreciate it if you could advise me. I am also figuring out where the 2 wires connect on the starter solenoid. 1 goes to a spade connection and one goes to a post connection on my solenoid and I can't tell which goes where. Any info or pics would be great. I have a post called Build or Bust 2015 in the mechanical forum with some other pics showing the rebuild so far, if curious.

                Thanks for the help.



                1976 TR6 - Porche Voodoo Blue
                1969 Engine Rebuilt in 2015, Fired up April of 2017
                New T shirts and TA boxes installed
                Differential mounts braced and reinforced
                SS exhaust
                AAW wiring in progress
                Frame off restoration in progress
                1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                Frame off resto started May 2015
                Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                Diff braced and reinforced
                Engine and head rebuilt
                Header and Intake ported
                SS exhaust
                Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                New Rockers
                AAW wiring - GM alternator
                Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                • #9
                  Today I finished wiring the ignition switch and everything to do with the engine and fan. I spent most of the day trying to figure out why the run circuit from the coil was not energized until I took a closer look at the "optional" anti theft switch part of the diagram. It turns out that this must be wired directly to ground or through a switch to ground or the car will not run. I have sent several email and phone messages to the folks at AAW but have yet to receive a response. Anybody know anything?
                  1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                  Frame off resto started May 2015
                  Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                  Diff braced and reinforced
                  Engine and head rebuilt
                  Header and Intake ported
                  SS exhaust
                  Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                  New Rockers
                  AAW wiring - GM alternator
                  Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                  • #10
                    PS It started and runs with my new dash mounted ignition switch!!
                    1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                    Frame off resto started May 2015
                    Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                    Diff braced and reinforced
                    Engine and head rebuilt
                    Header and Intake ported
                    SS exhaust
                    Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                    New Rockers
                    AAW wiring - GM alternator
                    Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                    • #11
                      Anthony, it looks like you are a couple of weeks ahead of me with the same challenge. I am getting my ‘72 tub back from the painter in about a week and will start wiring the AAW kit as well. I, too, have not had any response from Steve at AAW and wonder if he is providing any technical support anymore.
                      i also want to move my ignition to the center plynth like the ‘69 model and will be using a Tuff Stuff brand 140 amp 12G alternator to support my large puller fan and aftermarket AC.
                      i would appreciate any documentation that you can provide from your experience and I should do the same if tech support is no longer available.
                      ‘I have an additional challenge in that I gave my original wiring harness away and don’t have that to refer to, but it looks like the installation instructions do have some pretty good references to the wiring colors for all the gauges and dash lights.
                      i have done a couple of previous, non triumph, cars using the Painless brand harness with the GM column, and the AAW system seems so far superior.
                      I hope it will continue to be offered and the tech support issue can be resolved.
                      thanks,
                      jim

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                      • #12
                        Jim I'm glad to help out. I am using a 10si GM 63 amp alternator. I've been told by a friend who is a former professional engine builder and race driver that this is more than enough for anything in a car. These powered GM cars with all of the bells and whistles and are supposed to be bullet proof. That aside I have found that you have to trust the wiring diagram from AAW. The old harness will help somewhat but not as much as you think. Because of the use of more fuses and relays the wire lay out is more simple with less chaining of devices. I have a lot of pics and at least in my harness it appears that one or two of the wires that should be attached to the module are not there. I have my complete harness from my car if you need pics of anything. I placed my module in the engine compartment over the passenger foot well using rivet nuts, great tool for this type of thing. However it is a long run for the wire loom to get to the original firewall hole and into the cabin. I think it just makes it but time will tell. If need be, British Wiring has color coded wire for sale by the meter. Also try to source some extra connectors, 4 way, 6 way and the like and make sure they can take the wire size in the harness. Most of the wire is 14 ga. but there is a lot of 12 ga. and if you want to bundle various things like instrument light wire or grounds it will be convenient. I have done nothing with the other circuits because all of the exterior panels are off the car. I have some dated pics of the project that were taken in May.
                        Good Luck!!
                        1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                        Frame off resto started May 2015
                        Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                        Diff braced and reinforced
                        Engine and head rebuilt
                        Header and Intake ported
                        SS exhaust
                        Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                        New Rockers
                        AAW wiring - GM alternator
                        Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                        • #13
                          Beautiful job Anthony! I meant to say my alternator is a 12si, not 12G. I also read that 63 amps is plenty, but I went with the Tuff Stuff one because it promised no less than 75 amps at idle, which may help with my AC in traffic.
                          i am mounting my fuse block in the same place as you are doing and enclosing it like Bob Danielson did with his, although I am doing it with a body colored solid box enclosure. . My thought was to run the harness for the dash and rear through the firewall right behind the power module. I have removed my heater box since my AC will function also as a heater, so I thought it would be easy to conceal most of those wires behind the dash. I thought I might even run the engine wires through the same place and have them come back through the firewall on the driver’s side.
                          thanks for the tip on color coded wire from British Wire. I will also make sure I have extra connectors.
                          please take pictures of your dash connections when you get there since this will become a really good reference for those of us behind you.
                          jim

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                          • #14
                            I was also trying to avoid any extra holes in the firewall, as well as guessing about available space behind the heater. I never even thought to consider AC. I am using a TR250 ignition switch and found some good info on connecting it. Only 3 wires to get the engine to turn over and run. These pics were taken yesterday after the engine started and ran.
                            1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                            Frame off resto started May 2015
                            Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                            Diff braced and reinforced
                            Engine and head rebuilt
                            Header and Intake ported
                            SS exhaust
                            Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                            New Rockers
                            AAW wiring - GM alternator
                            Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                            • #15
                              Anthony, it looks like the wiring diagram for your ignition switch is in the picture next to the tranny. It is too blurred to read and it gets worse when you try to enlarge it. If that is what it is, could you take a picture of it and post it? Also, if you have a reference to the information you mentioned about converting the ‘69 switch over, it would also be appreciated. I read that the primary reason the switch was located under the steering column after 1969 was to accommodate the locking steering wheel as an anti-theft protection, but it is not very effective. Now is the perfect time to change its location.
                              jim

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