Topic: DIY Grounding kit installation/tested & reviewed

Ok first before we start the discussion, it is very important to know & understand that the grounding kit & voltage stabilizer is NOT a performance enhancing mod! It merely improves: Cars electronics.
From that point on it leads to other attributes such as improved throttle response, improved audio quality, enhanced interior & exterior lighting of car, etc. this than leads to a 100-110% running car.

Ok let’s start.

Ah the basic kit comprises of:
-    a voltage stabilizer
-    Grounding point cables (5, 7 & 9 point. Mine is a 5 point)
-    fixings

Standard kits contain 5 grounding cables, with terminals at either end of the cables. All cables come in various lengths for easier installation. The really expensive kits have gold plated or anodized terminals & more grounding cables.
I’m using a basic kit with 5 points for now.

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step 1:
Positioning of the voltage stabilizer unit- The unit has to be fastened close to the battery as it connects to the battery. Ideally position it where the indication marks can be easily read & furthest away form the engine. As you can see I placed mine on top of my fuse box. Use double sided tape to fasten unit down.

*Important note: clean surface area onto which unit is to be fastened on.* 

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yes my engine bay is a bit dusty….  :mrgreen:

Step 2:
Connecting the terminals- Once the position is found connect the positive & negative terminals of the unit to the positive & negative terminals of the battery. Red for positive, & black for negative. We did the negative first. The negative terminal required the fixing of an adapter plate as well.
Adapter plates vary in size & shape, pending on kits. Mine had 3 mounting points for the grounding cables.

*Important note: ensure the car is switched off & car radio is switched off. Be careful when connecting & fastening terminals.*

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connect the positive terminal & Oooo a cool “riced-up” light comes on.

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Step 3:
Connect grounding points- Most kits come with a basic diagram layout. Follow it as best as possible. This is a universal ideal for position of grounding points, on your car it may be different. In the case of my D17 we opted for a slightly different setup. The basic grounding points are:
-    car’s body
-    fire wall
-    engine
-    alternator
-    distributor
you will find existing grounding points on these parts (pending car model). Instead of connecting to the distributor Greg connected it to the Lead wires.

* Important note: ensure the engine bay is cooled, before working on it. Again ensure all fixing points are clean/ed.*
   
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Step 4:
Checking- check all connection, fixing & fastening points thoroughly. 

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Step 5:
Tidying up- all I can say is, cable tires are your best friend! I know its not the prettiest sight in the world & with a 9 point grounding kit your Honda engine bay may end looking like a Subaru’s or the inside of a PC hahahaaaaa. We made everything look as neat as possible on my car. Good thing, Myz the King of cable tires was around to help…

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Well all is done and the end result:

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# Disclaimer: this was the ideal layout for my car, on your car it may differ. This is just a guide line to follow. Read & follow the instruction accompanying your kit first before attempting to install. Kits may differ. When unsure about anything, consult professional help #


My verdict on the product:

So I had it on for just less than 2 days & I noticed the following:
-    The headlights on the car were brighter, especially the brights.
-    My audio system is more clearer & crisp sounding
-    The electric windows run better than previously
-    The idle is smoother
-    I can feel my vtec change over more than before. (for sohc vtec motors that’s great)
-    Throttle response has increased a bit as well.

Again I will state that this is NOT a performance gain mod so do not expect an extra kw or 2. It’s a unit that improves the overall running of one’s car.

I highly recommend this for guys with older model cars & those who have done engine transplants & Frankenstein conversions, you will defiantly notice the difference!
Kits start at R325.00 so it’s well worth it!

Special thanks goes to:

Greg & SSC for installing my grounding kit
& Myz for the help
Thanks guys it was much appreciated!

Last edited by Bradlee (2008-08-26 10:28:45)

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Thanks for the comprehensive guidelines Brad.

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Good one man

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nice install there bradleeeeee....

one quick question, whats the reason for grounding the firewal?

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Shot Dv-san! well i would guess that it helps to ground with what ever electronics that come through from the cabin.

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thanks 1flyrsi ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

Shot Dv-san! well i would guess that it helps to ground with what ever electronics that come through from the cabin.

Good thinking Watson..... looks like i needta buy more blue cables now ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/cool

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Bradlee wrote:

thanks 1flyrsi ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

Shot Dv-san! well i would guess that it helps to ground with what ever electronics that come through from the cabin.

Good thinking Watson..... looks like i needta buy more blue cables now ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/cool

cool man! what are you doing this Thursday?

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Bradlee wrote:
Dv 20v wrote:
Bradlee wrote:

thanks 1flyrsi ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

Shot Dv-san! well i would guess that it helps to ground with what ever electronics that come through from the cabin.

Good thinking Watson..... looks like i needta buy more blue cables now ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/cool

cool man! what are you doing this Thursday?

not sure dude..... mite just be home...

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I don't believe it, I say its placebo effect

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Sam_Q wrote:

I don't believe it, I say its placebo effect

Could be bru, but most electricals like lights and stuff rely heavily on a solid ground to function 100%. Sometimes I think that a bulb is fused but when I actually open up the bulb housing and play around with the bulb in the fitting it starts workin - poor grounding possibly?

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Where can we get this kit & whats the estimate price of it?

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KamZ wrote:
Sam_Q wrote:

I don't believe it, I say its placebo effect

Could be bru, but most electricals like lights and stuff rely heavily on a solid ground to function 100%. Sometimes I think that a bulb is fused but when I actually open up the bulb housing and play around with the bulb in the fitting it starts workin - poor grounding possibly?

that may be the earth pin of the globe and in this cause your technically right but it cant be with the ECU in any way that I see it. This is because the ECU has its own regulated power supply of 5 volts and just about every sensor has its own independant ECU grounded earth. So I dont know how its meant to do anything power wise. I can definately help with the starter motor though.

Oh also although I am not an electronics person I am a liecenced industrial electrican

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So I dont know how its meant to do anything power wise

it's not meant to improve power, read the 1st 2/3 lines of my post.
it's to do with efficiency bro...  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/wink

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Bradlee wrote:

So I dont know how its meant to do anything power wise

it's not meant to improve power, read the 1st 2/3 lines of my post.
it's to do with efficiency bro...  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/wink

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@Bradlee: Good post bru!
Toyos are synonymous with bad elect stuff, esp lights. Will have to hook myself up, in the near future.
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no probs dude. where i can help i will.
with age & wear & tear things are bound to not work as well as they should. my moto is before you start doing perfomance mods...get your car running to max potential in stock form first.

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define efficiancy in relation to the power supply for me

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Sam_Q wrote:

define efficiancy in relation to the power supply for me

lol i would not know off hand figures dude & each car reacts differently to the kit.
eg a well grounded car may not see similar improvements as a car thats not as well grounded.

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no I mean what efficiency do you mean, fuel efficiency? or power efficiency?

now I read your post before but you said "improved throttle response", in other words more power in a short time frame/ ie: performance

this kit you show grounds out various engine parts, how is this meant to help anything inside the cabin?

You guys have valid points about electrical systems degrading but a grounding kit is not what can fix it, just about all auto devices are earth switched and unless a new earth is hooked up right at that point I see now way it can be helped.

I am happy to be proven wrong

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OK i can tell you this for certain...... I fitted my grounding Kit with the suppressor unit to my car and the electric windows roll up and down faster......visibly faster....

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ok how can i put this in simple terms...

for a car to run 100% there are various systems which contribute to a car running...from fuel system to electronic control of timing & so forth. now the grounding kit purpose is to improve the response of the electronic system. an improved electronic system can thereby improve all the other systems that is directly or indirectly related. hence the better throttle response as noted.

Installing a grounding kit is a safe and reliable way of creating a low resistance ground path for your car. The kit provides direct ground paths from battery negative to body, chassis, and specific engine components to give a noticeable improvement in electrical circulation. Reduced electrical “noise” can improve ECU signals and throttle response resulting in better performance and reduction in flat spots, and many more benefits associated with improved grounding.
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thanks dude, only a pleasure to help.

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