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Old 10-30-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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Routing power cable from battery to cabin

Anyone have any suggestions on this? I need to run a cable directly from van battery on my Ford 2001 directly to the passenger side. It's gonna be 6 gauge wire (very short piece of 4 gauge from terminal to fuse block, 60 amp fuse, then a few feet of 6 gauge to inverter on passenger side).

I'd prefer not to go through the doghouse. I looked at it, and it seemed to be problematic: there didn't seem to be good points to secure the cable on the way without getting close to stuff that would either heat up or move. I could go in near the steering column on the driver's side, where I've already routed wire for a relay for driving lights. But that means a longer run, and routing over the air filter, etc.

What looks good is going a short distance over the wall near the passenger side where the AM/FM antenna is; you can drop between the external body work and the internal metal in the engine compartment. Then behind the kick panel on the passenger's right. There's an unused rubber grommet I could possibly used (painted on so probably a pain to remove, but I might just punch through. This gets me to all the wire loom in that place, and then I'm home free (it's near what I guess is the fuel cutoff dingus).

Any other ideas? Suggestions?
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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What looks good is going a short distance over the wall near the passenger side where the AM/FM antenna is; you can drop between the external body work and the internal metal in the engine compartment. Then behind the kick panel on the passenger's right. There's an unused rubber grommet I could possibly used (painted on so probably a pain to remove, but I might just punch through. This gets me to all the wire loom in that place, and then I'm home free (it's near what I guess is the fuel cutoff dingus).

Any other ideas? Suggestions?
That would be my choice if you want to run from a battery in the engine compartment. Depending on your engine if you want to run from the frame battery or the startermotor, there is a whole host of holes you can use in the passenger step area. B pillar is hollow to the ground / frame, so that also gives you some other options depending on where you want to drill and how good you are with a fiche/snake.
BTW, I ran a large wire from my frame batteries in the body at the passenger B pillar and drilled a hole into the B piller from the step area. The black plastic step hides everything and has a ton of room under it. Just look at the drivers side for ideas, Ford runs a load of wires (and brake cable) through that area.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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Re: Routing power cable from battery to cabin

Somebody also mentioned a rubber gromet for a shifter cable under the driver side carpet that's not used on some vans. Said a mouse could get through it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:22 PM   #4
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Somebody also mentioned a rubber gromet for a shifter cable under the driver side carpet that's not used on some vans. Said a mouse could get through it.
This may be the one Dave is describing. I used it to route electrical cable for auxillary lights.

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Old 10-30-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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Re: Routing power cable from battery to cabin

Thanks for the ideas!

I had mice in the van for a couple weeks once...guess they never found those holes. Probably got too fat on the food they were eating....
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Re: Routing power cable from battery to cabin

Another location for you to check-out.
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Re: Routing power cable from battery to cabin

How big is the inverter? What do you need to run from it?
Are you sure about going directly to your starter battery?

Even if you're not adding a 2nd battery and separator, you could run outside to the passenger side framerail, then make a hole up through the floor- in the future you could add a separator and come back out to a frame mounted house battery.

Seems like running the wire is a lot of work, and unless the inverter is going to be on the firewall side, you might consider preparing for the future.
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