Virus Escapee
4x4 Magazine Australia|December 2020
Wiring woes couldn’t stop woody from escaping the virus, to enjoy the uncrowded charms of queensland’s fraser island.
Matt Wood

SOME people should not be allowed to have the internet. There’s the usual crowd of 5G-contrail, COVIDis-a-conspiracy-tinfoil-hat-wearing types who lurk in the darker recesses of your favourite social media community. And then there’s me who should not be allowed to buy cheap, crappy automotive electrical products online.

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say the recent lockdown posed an opportunity to catch up on some garage jobs; in my case, the niggling and, for the most part, self-inflicted electrical woes that were plaguing my Perentie. I was missing a RHS park light, main beam lights and wipers, and it had an intermittent indicator fault.

Then there was the fact I’d mixed up cheap, crappy LED products with old school filament globes. I’d also added relays and lots of nice, new wiring harnesses to power the Narva 255s and the Big Red light bar on the snout of the Landy. But all that nice, new wiring still had to get its energy from the old dodgy Lucas wiring that powers the rest of the car. I’d like to be able to tell you I completely rewired the Perentie to ensure maximum reliability, but I didn’t; I just fixed stuff and patched where needed.

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