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Is there anyway to hard wire my ignition in my 1989 camaro rs

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Yes, there is a way for you to hard wire the ignition. First, make sure that the power wire is taken off of the positive terminal on your battery. You can connect one end of a 16 gauge wire to the positive terminal on the starter soleniod. On the other end of the wire install either a fusible link or a circuit breaker. Then, connect another wire from the fusible link or circuit breaker to a toggle switch inside the car. Make sure to test the toggle switch to identify which prong to use for the power and which one to use for the ground. Also, make sure that the toggle switch is what is called a 2 way rocker switch. Now, once that is taken care go back to the starter and find the ground stud on the solenoid. Connect a wire here that runs all the way to the toggle switch. Locate the toggle switch where you want it, and install it there. When going from the engine bay to the inside, I would go through the same opening that the wires for the dash come through. It has a rubber seal that will prevent the wires from fraying and rubbing. All you have to do is push the wires through close to the other ones. If you can't, then poke a small hole next to the other wires carefully, run them through there.
You will still need your key to turn the ignition on, but not start the Camaro.

Posted on May 06, 2010

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Sure. Not sure what you mean by "hard wire", but if you don't like the ecu control over the timing and spark advance, you can simply revert to distributer that either has points or a self contained electronic ignition that uses a standard coil. One way to do that is to buy a distributer for a boat that uses the same engine. Marine applications don't use a separate ecu, so all you need is a marine distributer and an ignition coil. Cost about $275. I have done it many times when the whole ecu, harness, etc., is too much of a mess to work with.

If you are speaking of the ignition switch, that is also easy. You can just buy a universal ignition switch for $5 and run the basic power, ignition, starter, and accessory wires to that.

Posted on May 06, 2010

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