Cars are often compared to the human body in the simple fact that we all tend to be fascinated with our outer appearance – at least when we’re younger. Yet as time passes we realize that what’s really important are the inner workings, which are responsible for all the intricacies.
That said, a lowrider with straight lines and a perfect paintjob is pretty much useless if you can’t get it rolling which is why the “heart” of the vehicle (aka the engine) becomes a major point of interest and upgrade. But what good is dropping in a new supercharged 6.2L LS crate motor if your electrical system is shot? So going back to our analogy of the human body, the heart is no good without the special group of cells that help generate the electrical activity and impulses necessary to get the heart pumping and the same can be said of a poor or outdated electrical system in your car.
Luckily for us, ISIS Power makes what could simply be called a pacemaker for your car. When the hours spent diagnosing a bad electrical system are taking away from the enjoyment of actually driving your car then ISIS systems can not only be the answer, but an advanced solution. These products were originally designed for off-road equipment for both commercial and motor sports applications and collectively incorporates decades of experience when it comes to electrical distribution, circuit protection, and electrical architecture.
But if all the wordiness has you lost, then the easiest way explain it is actually quite simple. ISIS Power systems have been used in drag racing, Baja, rally, road racing, military, and tractor pulling so it’s safe to say that it can handle just about anything on the street. All the ISIS Power hardware is designed to endure and perform in the harshest environments and has been designed to withstand vibration, mechanical shock, temperature extremes, and chemical exposure. Its multiplexed architecture lets you put the hardware where you need it in the vehicle, eliminating a significant amount of wiring harness weight. Its power processing capability lets you build in timing, delays, and staging, eliminating the need for external modules in the vehicle.
The multitude of options found within their units are incredible, the time savings it requires to install it is an added bonus, and the fact that it can self diagnose and troubleshoot is simply incredible, thus making it an absolute must for anyone serious about building a lowrider. In this tech article we’ll be providing you with the basic steps to install the system. Of course, the tech article is void of some of the mundane and obvious steps that includes running new wires throughout your car. In short, do your homework or ask you local qualified mechanic about the system and we’re positive that you’ll be as impressed as we were.
Here are the main components for the system. Please note that you don’t need a high level of experience working with electrical systems to get it done. Just plug in the power cables, hook them up to your loads, and the system tests itself to make sure everything is working.
Master Cell & Fuse Box Mount.
Since this vehicle was void of the factory wiring harness, Jesse from Custom Dimensions began by installing the ISIS Mastercell inside the driver-side kick panel beneath the dash. For an added touch, Jesse also chose to use stainless steel hex bolts to mount all units.
The first Powercell was then mounted inside the engine bay on the firewall, while the four fuse battery protection kit was mounted on the side of the battery tray just behind the driver side headlight.
The second Powercell was mounted inside a cavity located on the driver side rear quarter panel. It is also important to make sure that all mounting locations are free from obstructing any movements by moving parts.
Once all mounting locations have been determined it’s now time to wire up the system and link up the units. Since the wiring is minimal, it’s fairly easy to run the wires. Here is a picture of the strand of cables that will control all lights for the rear of the vehicle.
Since project Helldorado sports a minimalist dash void of buttons, Jesse mocked up a switch panel mounted beneath the dash. Please note that this mounting plate is a mockup for a carbon-fiber unit panel constructed after the shoot. Auxiliary and power window buttons have been upgraded to modern units, while the push-button start works in conjunction with a proximity sensor, meaning all you have to do is have the key fob in your pocket. A fresh touch to the install was the use of the original light switch, seen to the right of the panel.
Testing & Programming:
Once all units have been linked and wires have been run to all necessary components requiring power, it is time to test the unit and program all functions. It is also important to note that the instructions are very thorough and should you have any questions they have a customer service department more than happy to help.
-ISIS Power systems are capable of controlling not only basic functions such as windows and light, but also alarms, security, delays, patterns, motor control, heating, and air conditioning just to name a few.
-You can program up to 20 circuits to control any electrical function.
-Each of the systems can be configured to operate basic functions through the remote key fob, thus giving operators a chance to rid the dashboard on custom builds of an influx of switches.
-Because of it’s advanced technology, ISIS Intelligent Multiplex systems allow owners to cut up to 50 percent of the weight typically found in traditional factory wiring harnesses.
-The self-diagnosing system, will allow users to pinpoint problems in your wiring harness with no additional tools.
-Typical wiring harnesses can take up to 40 hours to install. With the new ISIS Intelligent Multiplexed Electrical System you can cut that time in half.
-ISIS Power hardware has been designed, implemented, and tested in the harshest off-road and military applications thus ensuring that you will always have a flawless operation in your prized restoration, custom build, or race car.
-With additional modules, the ISIS units can also be controlled with your smartphone so long as you have a local Wi-Fi connection.
Axalta Paint Tip of the Month
By Axalta Coatings Systems
This month’s paint tech tip is brought to you by the experts at Axalta Coating Systems. This tip is in regard to the hot and humid weather conditions and how all painters have to adjust and change their techniques and styles of painting to acclimate the paint spraying system to their liking. Most painters out there know what we are discussing here when it comes to painting a car in 100 to 110-degree weather conditions along with 10 percent humidity. If you have sprayed in this climate before and are wondering why your clearcoat is drying faster than the time it takes to spray it, there is a pretty simple solution! We need to let the product do the work for us by simply changing out the hardener over to a slower hardening material. This simple technique will save you a lot of headaches and time when it comes to buffing your vehicles and also save you the countless hours of correcting that finish that should be laying out for you like glass. For instance, if you are using Axalta’s LE8300 clearcoat product, you want to change your hardener over to LE 1009s. This hardener from Axalta Coating Systems works well in temperatures of 90 degrees and above. This is a simple paint tip that will solve your hot and humid painting condition needs. For further technical advice please feel free to contact Steven Chaparro at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thanks to Custom Dimensions