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mudtruck easy wiring
« on: September 11, 2008, 07:03:38 PM »
I am switching to a 90s Dakota body on my mudtruck and was wondering if some one has a simple wiring diagram to do it. I want to strip all the wiring in the Dakota and start over. Kinda like a race car set up. The drivetrain the Dakota is going on is 70s with a 360 with electronic ignition, the one thats on my avatar. Help would be greatly appreciated.
1976 Powerwagon Mudtruck '360'  40" Boggers 60s frt and rear
1984 RC 4x4 Show truck '360 mopar crate engine' 300HP.
1985 D150 '70' 318
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 07:53:47 PM »
The only wiring you need for the body is your choice in lighting, any aftermarket gauges you add, and maybe wipers, if you choose to keep those.

I highly doubt you will care about radios, door chimes, factory instruments, or dome lights.
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008, 06:08:58 PM »
whta do you exactly need for wiring diagrams / just the ECM and the ALT so it charges
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2008, 09:42:58 AM »
whta do you exactly need for wiring diagrams / just the ECM and the ALT so it charges
Yes that should be it, im running no lights and i should be able to figure the wipers out, I think.
1976 Powerwagon Mudtruck '360'  40" Boggers 60s frt and rear
1984 RC 4x4 Show truck '360 mopar crate engine' 300HP.
1985 D150 '70' 318
1996 Dodge neon (work beater)  
2004 1-ton diesel 4.10s
2004 Durango Hemi

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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 09:02:52 PM »
Does anyone have a link for a "simple" Mopar wiring diagram?? Let's say if wanted to strip all the wiring out of my RC and just use what I actually need? Say the engine needs and also the lights/heater stuff..aftermarket gauges though....
I still be searching.....
Thanks....
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2008, 10:49:56 PM »
I'm doing the same thing with a 89 Dakota, on a 76 shortbed with a stroked 400 (499).  Gut the whole thing out, to just an outer skin.  No lights, alt, or anything else unecessary (for a mud truck).  I have a main, a push button start, and a togle for the electric fan.  Dual batteries feed the msd, which goes to the main as well as the electric water and fuel pumps.  Add a tach and thats bout it.

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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2008, 10:19:05 PM »
when i did my power wagon over i ripped all the wiring out (89 cab going on a carbureted drivetrain) so rather than wrestle with the wires I invested in a painless universal 12 circuit harness.  Because its a reg cab/short bed i got away without having to buy the truck harness, which is essentially the same harness with longer taillight harnesses. 

So glad I did. 

Go Painless.

Even I figured it out.
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2008, 05:33:11 AM »
heres the charging system
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2008, 08:15:05 PM »
in the above photo..where is that wire going that is attached to the top wire leading from the alternator to the voltage regulator?
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2008, 09:09:01 PM »
That should be ignition-activated 12v power.
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2008, 09:19:28 PM »
OK...I'm not to great on this electrical aspect...
when I can figure out how to explain my next questions I'll be back...
thanks Doc...
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2008, 09:22:47 PM »
the 2 wires that are hooked to the ignition switch...
how are they connected at the "point" ,at the lower left by the amps gauge?
Hope that makes sense.....thanks
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2008, 09:35:32 PM »
Also..going by the 2 photos Dodge Boys posted....
where would the solenoid and starter wires come into play??
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Re: mudtruck easy wiring
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2008, 09:42:06 PM »
The diagram (and I'm assuming your original truck) is for an '84, which used a "shunted" ammeter, not a voltmeter as labelled.  Although it really is more of a voltmeter in it's design.  From '81 forward (until they went to a true voltmeter somewhere around '90 I think) it used this type of 'ammeter' where only a portion of the current went through the circuit instead of the whole thing. Before '81 there was a risk of fire from a true ammeter running inside the cab.

Now, as for your question, the connections in the stock harness are just two wire splices with 20 gauge wires.  Both of them are from + sources, but the ditance between them creates enough of a current change that it makes the meter's needle swing.

I don't know how a Dakota is wired.  I only know the Ram to some degree, but my harness was pretty messed up when I got it.  I converted to a Ford-style starter relay - nice and simple.
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