Where to Purchase Automotive Wire?
I'd like to get some automotive quality wire in a more complete range of color codes than I'm finding at local retailers.
I'm also not sure how to describe what I need. The retail stuff I'm finding has overly thick insulation, it seems "gross" compared to the OEM stuff even though the guage is nominally the same. What do I need to specify and look for?
Besides just the usual black, red, white, green I'd like to get:
Black and green
red and blue
green and black
and probably 10 more color combos.
I don't care about the specific color combos but I would like about 15 distinct codes. It's for an old car and OEM harnesses aren't available. Since I'm re-doing it I'd like to install something better than the array of crappy trailer wire, speaker wire, and miscellaneous junk that previous owner used.
american auto wire
the above poster is pointing out it will be more expensive to wire your own.
there are several hot rod type wiring harness makers. you just have to use your own ends and you get the majority of the harness for any car.
however, to answer your question, I source from several different places.
delcity carries 10 different colors, no tracers. I order the 100 foot spools. fairly cost effective.
I prefer to use the weather pack ends, so I try to buy in bulk from them or
which also carries wire.
this place for other connectors and wiring
just depends on if you are trying to go stock or what.
pepboys is actually pretty good for tail light connectors. Rebuild parts and such as well.
rebuilt my whole tail light harness from scratch ordering from most of these places.
Call my buddy, Rich at Affordable Street Rods. He'll fix you up with whatever you need. Great folks too!
Some Sources I use for electrical parts
- Everything Electrical
- Custom Switches
- Dual Battery Stuff (download the catalog) lots of stuff not on web
- More Custom Rocker Switches
- About any type of switch, relay one could need
I like to remove the main engine and under dash wire harness from a car before I scrap it. This leaves me with an excellent source when doing electrical work and harness repairs, and I also have a nice variety of connectors to splice in when needed.
I strip the harness down and cut off the connectors to make pig tails, then I cut out long sections of wire bundles and twist a simple loop knot on one end to hang it on a peg board. Now I have plenty of good automotive wire in many gauges -and colors- all ready to go. Most of the time I can match the factory wire color(s) exactly so the job comes out top notch.