Main Wiring Harness
I finished adding all the needed wires to the main electrical harness. Now, I can begin adding terminals to the wire ends, and for some of the connectors, putting the terminals into the connectors. I have to leave some connectors off until the harness is installed in the fuselage because the harness passes through some lightening holes that are too small for a connector body to fit through.
I will have two major harnesses – the first one, which I am calling a “spider” harness, has all of the power and data signal lines. The second harness is just the analog audio lines that run to the center armrest for the headsets. RF coax lines for the comm and transponder antennas will be run separately.
The next few photos show some detail of building up the connector for the roll servo. Because the servos are daisy-chained, there are several splices to make: CAN, power, AP disconnect. The two shielded wires (CAN, trim servo out) are supposed to be grounded to the backshell. I spliced in pigtails for this, but I don’t have the hardware in stock yet; crimp ring terminals and #8 screws will be arriving some time this week. Garmin also recommends using silicone fusion tape around the wire bundle underneath the strain relief, so I ordered a roll from Aircraft Spruce and will touch up the connector when it arrives.
As I add the connectors, I’ll also be removing the zip ties and replacing them with lacing cord, as you can see in the last photo below.
It looks like your short About 8000 wires if my RV8 is a good example. (It’s probably not, you’re probably smarter than I was.). 🙂