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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2016, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Help! Route a cable from grill to cockpit?

This one goes to all of you who know the insides of our cars better than I do!
I have searched all over this place to find out how to route some wires from the front (grill area) to inside the cockpit (foot area).
There were some threads as to which grommets to use for the back, but I couldn't find anything for the front.

If somebody knows what would be an easy way, I would be forever grateful!

Thank you in advance.
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Behind the wiper motor on the passenger side (federal) there is a grommet that feeds into the passenger footwell and goes to the small fuse block there

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When you say "behind" the wiper motor, do you mean that's a clam-off job?
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When you say "behind" the wiper motor, do you mean that's a clam-off job?
No, it is pretty easy to get to once you remove the passenger side access panel and fuse block

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thanks!
When I take the cover panel of the wiper motor off, I can see a pretty large grommet with a large cable stem going through.
Is that the exact same grommet that is in the passenger footwell?
Is it ok to cut a little hole next to the cable stem? Because I don't think there's any way I could squeeze anything else through there.
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thanks!
When I take the cover panel of the wiper motor off, I can see a pretty large grommet with a large cable stem going through.
Is that the exact same grommet that is in the passenger footwell?
Is it ok to cut a little hole next to the cable stem? Because I don't think there's any way I could squeeze anything else through there.
Yup, that's the one. I just lifted the edge of the grommet up and slid the wire in there. You might want to slap some tap over whatever you do though just to keep any water from seeping in.

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That big cable stem actually goes through a thin plastic panel!
I just made another small grommet next to that big one.
Problem solved!
Routing the cable from behind the grill to the service panel area was also easier than I thought: just take the same route the radiator fan cables take.

My Elise now has a laser operated park assistant with the sensor inside the grill!

Thank you for your help!
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Hi,
Sounds like a great modification. Can you tell us more?
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I am really pleased with the result.
This modification is invisible (from the outside and the inside) and completely reversible!
The whole thing took half a day, mainly because these cars are so extremely user friendly to work on. I mean, which other car lets you take the front grill off just by pushing four clips?

I bought an antilaser G9 parking assistant, which you can program for three different distances, all of which have three different speeds of beeping depending on how close you're getting to the obstacle.

The main unit was piggy-backed to the stereo fuse underneath the dash, so it turns on and off with the car, and everything disappears over the passenger footwell on the side. A little on-off switch was also attached to one of the existing holes under the dash (that switch is also invisible).

The sensor unit is attached inside the front grill and the cable goes through that radiator feeding air box (behind the grill), and follows the radiator fan cables into the area underneath the service panel.
From there, it goes into the passenger footwell through the new hole/grommet next to the main cable stem and attaches to the main unit of the G9 parking assistant.

Simple, invisible and reversible!
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