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Old 08-09-2018, 11:08 AM   #1
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HOW TO? Switch's and 12 volt source in side and rear doors.

I was wondering if anyone has run power and or switch's to the side or rear doors of their van. (I am sure someone has) I am looking to do this but am having a hard time figuring how the wires will not get pinched when opening and closing. There is almost no tolerance between the door and jam unlike the driver's and passenger doors. The side doors also open so much wider.
I have searched both here and google but am not finding anything.

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Old 08-09-2018, 11:39 AM   #2
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I have a switch on my rear door/passenger side. I ran the wire through the factory loom.

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Old 08-09-2018, 01:00 PM   #3
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:15 PM   #4
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The 60 side door should already have a wire boot. The 40 side door has a knockout to add one.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for all replies.

I have a 1990 Ford E250 with no looms. I found some looms on amazon but don't know how they will not get crushed. After work, I will look again and see. There must be some room somewhere.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:23 PM   #6
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My buddy added 4 switches in his 60 door utilizing the factory loom. His is a passenger van though. If yours doesn't have the loom, go to a salvage and get the loom off the passenger 60 door or the rear door with the license plate in it.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:35 AM   #7
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I've done this too using the factory boot, adding wires as needed for interior lights etc.

Removing the boots and any existing wiring harness from the door shell makes it infinitely easier to stuff extra wiring through the boot. Do be advised any factory-installed harnesses are somewhat secured to the boot itself, once you have one apart you'll see how this is accomplished. Good news is its easily defeated as that's somewhat necessary to run extra wiring through them.

Using a bit of silicone spray lube helps with reinstalling the boots in the door shells. After you've done one or two they actually seem easy.

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