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Old 08-11-2017, 03:01 AM   #1
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Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

We decided to pull the trigger and buy the classic update from American autowire the other day. I kept hearing how their instructions were very detailed and very informative. When I was looking through the instructions I noticed the template to cut out the firewall was printed vertically instead of horizontally. The measurements didn't match the hole size. After looking at it for a while I decided to print the template horizontally and the hole is much smaller (and measures correctly) than the one they provided with the kit. Can't imagine the frustration I would of had finding out I cut the whole the wrong size and too big to fit properly.
The question I have now is should I proceed with the install or just get the classic fit one. Really would appreciate some information if anyone has installed there kit and likes it.

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Just tested out the template I printed and looks like its a good tight fit. Hopefully it was a mistake only in this kit because I couldn't imagine the phone call they would get if someone didn't double check before cutting.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:25 AM   #2
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

Well .... your trucks name iiisss miss hackjob 😆
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:11 AM   #3
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

Call them up and tell them what happened. They probably had a printing error. You might be able to save another hobbyist a lot of headaches.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

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Well .... your trucks name iiisss miss hackjob 😆
Haha you got me there. Not by my efforts though. Whenever we work on it we find the little things the PO did. It's like a horrible Easter egg hunt. I'm sure a lot of our trucks are this way in some areas.

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Call them up and tell them what happened. They probably had a printing error. You might be able to save another hobbyist a lot of headaches.
Your probably right, I can't imagine that error. The worst part is what could be done about fixing the situation. Luckily ive been learning to look both ways when crossing a one way street in all aspects of the meaning. I almost decided to go for it though yesterday before looking it all over
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:20 PM   #5
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

I used their kit a couple years ago. Only problem I had was the headlight switch. And it was not really their fault. They want to provide you with everything. But there was, and may still only be, one manufacturer of the switches and they are of poor quality. Keep your old one on standby! Get good a automatic wire stripper and the proper crimping jaws. I did a fair amount of soldering too. Get lots heat shrink for your connections too.

Other than that, the kit is pretty dang good. It's a really fun busy work type project.

Have fun!
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:41 PM   #6
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

I would stick with the kit. It's really good that you caught their mistake. I installed the same kit a few years ago and think it is a great kit. Sometimes you have to read the instructions a few times to make sure you do it correct. Test fit things first, and get a good set of crimpers or rent theirs. I bought a set of crimpers with changeable jaws. It worked really well. Once in a while I had a bad crimp, but they give you enough extras that I was able to just try again.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:50 PM   #7
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

Thanks for the help guys, I bought a good set of crimpers with changeable jaws as well. Tested it out and seems to work well. I'm going to be mounting the panel tonight or tomorrow. It doesn't look too complicated but the template thing had me worried a little.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:25 PM   #8
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

I just received the same kit this week. In mine the sheet was printed correctly. Good catch though.

Where is a good place to buy "a good set of crimpers with changeable jaws"?
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I just received the same kit this week. In mine the sheet was printed correctly. Good catch though.

Where is a good place to buy "a good set of crimpers with changeable jaws"?
Glad to hear it. Hopefully I'm the only one.

I bought mine on Amazon, They seem well made.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

Include yourself one of these. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:09 PM   #11
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

When I did mine the hole was too small but it's easier to remove some than put it back. The thing that ticked me off the most was the head light switch that came with it was bad out of the box. The harness is still nice though.
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

[QUOTE=treveiger;8014301]Haha you got me there. Not by my efforts though. Whenever we work on it we find the little things the PO did. It's like a horrible Easter egg hunt. I'm sure a lot of our trucks are this way in some areas.


Lol man .... I was just kidding ... I figured it was named in honor of po 😆 ...
.. I got the same kit but haven't gotten around to it ..thanks for the heads up 👍🏼
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:33 PM   #13
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Haha you got me there. Not by my efforts though. Whenever we work on it we find the little things the PO did. It's like a horrible Easter egg hunt. I'm sure a lot of our trucks are this way in some areas.


Lol man .... I was just kidding ... I figured it was named in honor of po 😆 ...
.. I got the same kit but haven't gotten around to it ..thanks for the heads up 👍🏼
Ya I think the PO favorite thing was using as few bolts/screws as possible to hold it together.

I'll make sure to report back here as I go along. Hopefully it's smooth 👍.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:21 PM   #14
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Re: Not to impressed with AAW Classic Update and their "template"...

I USED A 68 KIT in mine, but I had converted my hand brake to a floor/foot brake assy, did not think of that and its one ugly retrofit, lesson learned hope you the best. and make sure you double check it alllllll
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:37 AM   #15
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I USED A 68 KIT in mine, but I had converted my hand brake to a floor/foot brake assy, did not think of that and its one ugly retrofit, lesson learned hope you the best. and make sure you double check it alllllll
Have any pictures? Would be interested to see what you mean.
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