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JDSpeed

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Hi all!

Just acquired a couple notches for a steal ('88/'92). The '88 is a 5.0 with 5 lug/4wheel disc, 373's on 17x9's w/ LTs. Body is rough, which is where the '92 plays nicely. It's a 4cyl w/black interior w/ 50k on the ticker and no structurally compromising rust! Some body damage but nothing hateful. The notorious 2.3 -> 5.0 swap will be going down, a couple other goodies and then a nice wrap to finish. I'll flip the '92 for another project but keep the '88 for a long-term build.

ALSO! I've been toying with some 'fox-specific' parts to make, so I'll need some input when time comes. Though, not a typical fabricator with a welder as my primary weapon of choice. Been 3D printing some designs (Solidworks) and plan to use them as plugs/molds for prepreg carbon fiber pieces (heat extractors, intake tubes, etc). Vacuum Infusion will be the route I take - neat process.
Anyhow I'm stoked. It's been years since I could post in this forum (as an owner) so here's a couple token pics of the beauts ('88 red hood/'92 broke a*& hood:rlaugh:)

Jeremy
 

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Whats your plans for getting the 88's main harness to work with the 92's body harness? I personally would just source a main harness from a 92 donor or second hand. Make sure if you do you take note of which 92 harness you have in the car.. an early one or later one
 

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Whats your plans for getting the 88's main harness to work with the 92's body harness? I personally would just source a main harness from a 92 donor or second hand. Make sure if you do you take note of which 92 harness you have in the car.. an early one or later one

Ah, forgot to mention. It has an A9L computer/harness. Was hoping there wouldn't be too many issues. Though you get my mind going - '92 it is an Auto, so may get a bit sticky?
 

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Ah, forgot to mention. It has an A9L computer/harness. Was hoping there wouldn't be too many issues. Though you get my mind going - '92 it is an Auto, so may get a bit sticky?

well 92 is a mass air air bag having car so the main harness is pretty different. Have people been able to go pin to pin and figure them out yeah but if wiring isn't your thing you may want to simplify the process and go the plug and play route. If your 92 has two relays by the airbox/mass air meter on the passenger side fender apron then it's a mid to late model year 92 and that means you'll have to find a main harness out of a 92 that has the same two relays or just a 93 harness. If it only has one relay their then it's a early 92 harness and you'll need to find a 91 or early 92 harness to use. That is if you want it just plug and play with all the other wiring in the 92. If your going from auto to five speed you'll have to use the correct manual trans harness and o2 sensor harness as well.
 
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well 92 is a mass air air bag having car so the main harness is pretty different. Have people been able to go pin to pin and figure them out yeah but if wiring isn't your thing you may want to simplify the process and go the plug and play route. If your 92 has two relays by the airbox/mass air meter on the passenger side fender apron then it's a mid to late model year 92 and that means you'll have to find a main harness out of a 92 that has the same two relays or just a 93 harness. If it only has one relay their then it's a early 92 harness and you'll need to find a 91 or early 92 harness to use. That is if you want it just plug and play with all the other wiring in the 92. If your going from auto to five speed you'll have to use the correct manual trans harness and o2 sensor harness as well.

Good information! Thanks for taking the time to explain that. I knew there were some nuances, but this helps clear it up. I am apart of the select few who enjoy tracing/running wire/making new connectors.As I replace the old burnt/chewed wires I'll take a stab at the pin out's to see what I am working with. I always love a challenge -- but you're right.. at the end of the day a plug-n-play's ease of installation may bode best.