How to Wire a VW Dune Buggy

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Wiring a Volkswagon dune buggy uses a different method of grounding accessories and headlights because the vehicle is made of fibreglass. Wiring a VW dune buggy can be quite simple using remote grounding principals. Without remote grounding, twice the quantity of wire is needed and there is an increasing odds of equipment failure, due to poor grounds. Dune buggies are built on Volkswagen floor pans and do not use conventional frames.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 3 fuse block buss bars (rectangular plastic card with multiple fuse blocks and two or more ground stations)
  • 2 buss bars (a metal block with one main ground or positive wire from the battery terminals and three terminals for power or ground wires to the fuse blocks)
  • Drill
  • Assorted drill bits
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Common screwdriver
  • Wire crimper tool
  • Assorted wire terminals

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  1. 1

    Place one fuse block in the front close to the headlights, one under the dash and one on either side of the engine against the body. These fuse blocks can be purchased at most auto parts stores or through most automotive magazines. Painless wiring is one that carries several different types and is found in most magazines. Painless wiring has its own separate grounding stations and the ability to fusibly link five to 10 accessories.

  2. 2

    Connect two 10mm wires with the appropriate terminals to the battery positive and negative terminals and to their respective buss bar near the engine.

  3. 3

    Connect three 10mm wires to the positive buss bar and then one wire to each of the fuse blocks. Attach the wire to the positive side of the fuse block. Do the same for the negative buss bar. Attach these wires to the negative side of the fuse blocks.

  4. 4

    Connect all the desired components to their closest fuse block. Install the positive wire to a fuse terminal and the ground from the component to the common ground on the block.

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