Birdman's 308 fuseblock retrofit ROCKS!!!

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  1. spiderseeker

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    DN35- I took several close-up digital photos of the fuse blocks before removing any wires, as a back-up. I just spapped the wires one at a time, so it was pretty fool-proof. Just do it, your Ferrari will love you for it !
    Steve
     
  2. spiderseeker

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    #27 spiderseeker, Jan 20, 2006
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    Birdman- I found that the factory screws were too long with the "NAPA" style fix, so I added spacers to mine so the factory screws work perfectly. Do yours require shorter screws ?
    Steve
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  3. BigTex

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    That's the key, IMO...one wire at a time, top side up, basic stuff.....

    I have done both my 308s and it's pretty easy..

    Being a total spendthrift, I went OEM, which are up to $400, for both blocks now.......I had so many extra fuses though, it came out about the same......NOT!

    Nice work Birdman!
     
  4. Birdman

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    Steve,
    Yes, the factory screws will be way too long and may pinch a wire behind the panel. (Ask me how I discovered that!!) I supply the right length mounting screws with my kit (12 mm long, 4 mm diameter, .7 mm thread). It comes with everything you need except the actual fuses, because the values are slightly different for different model 308s.

    Birdman
     
  5. Jagbuff

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    Very nice work, just ordered my!
     
  6. Mike C

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    I've got one of Jonathan's early ones... I guess you could call it a prototype compared to the CNC'd new ones! Regardless, it's a great upgrade, and I'm glad I did it.
     
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  8. jwise

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    Hey- mine don't look that cool....what gives? Seriously- these replacement fuse blocks are rare in the world of Ferrari: easy to install, perfectly functional, and inexpensive. Thanks again Birdman!

    jwise
     
  9. andy308

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    I just got my Birdman fuse kit last night and put it in right away.

    Very easy and looks great, thanks Birdman!
     
  10. Birdman

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    John and Mike,
    Don't feel bad, I don't have the newfangled ones on my car either! Too lazy! The protoype style work just as well, and you can't actually see the anodized part once its installed anyway.

    Andy,
    Glad they made it!

    Jonathan
     
  11. D.Mauro

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    Finally installed Birdman's fuseblock today in less than an hour, which I do not like working on electrical, Dash lights & head lights a little brighter, and wipers better Thank's Birdman.
     
  12. John Harry

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    DN35: My electrical abilities are pathetic but I was able to install Birdman’s fuseblocks with no problems. Believe me, if I could do it you can too.
     
  13. mike308gts

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    My fuse blocks came today. I will install as soon as i get time. I will also try to post pictures.

    Mike
     
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  15. Birdman

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    Glad they are there! Post pictures!!

    In new news....someone with a Boxer finally sent me the little 2-fuse block that the Boxers have in addition to the two large fuseblocks that they share with the 308. I was able to come up with a nice replacement for that too. So now I have a complete Boxer solution as well.

    Birdman
     
  16. jeanlucco

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    Dear All, received the fuse boxes last week from Birdman, I am still fighting to found appropriate AGC fuses in Denmark. Most of American website do not ship over USA. Any clue or advise will be helpful, I cannot wait to replace my original one. Will post few pics later on, in any case the quality of the product inspire a lot of respect vs the original one.
     
  17. spiderseeker

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    You might try these guys, they ship Worldwide.
    http://www.littelfuse.com/cgi-bin/r.cgi/en/prod_index.html
     
  18. TGF

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    This upgrade is definately on my to do list. :) It's a long list, though!
     
  19. dromer

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    I had by B man block done by the dealer when i had the Major performed. now the car is 100%.. My days of carying a pair of needle nose plyers to pinch the contacts are gone forever. !

    Happy, happy, joy, joy.
     
  20. Birdman

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    Don't worry, once you get stranded someplace, it will move up the list quickly!! ;)

    Birdman
     
  21. spiderseeker

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    For a "bullet proof" electrical system, be sure to replace all of the relays too.
    (about $100 - Rockauto.com)
     
  22. Mike C

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    If you get stuck, PM me and I will get you the fuses you want and mail them to you.
     
  23. jeanlucco

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    Thanks Mike, yesterday I went from gas station to gas station and succeded to recover enough glass fuses to install during the weekend the new one.
    I will post some pics later on.
     
  24. Seidmanrob

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    I finally got around to installing Birdman's fuse blocks. The windows move at a faster clip (6 seconds down, 4 seconds up). The fans seem to also move more air over the radiator. Thanks for coming up with your mod.

    Bob Seidman
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  25. Birdman

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    What, no NAPA over there?? Sheesh!
     
  26. Birdman

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    Hey Bob, is that a typo, or do your windows go up faster than they go down? That is a new one on me. Mine need all the gravity they can get! ;)
     
  27. Seidmanrob

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    That was a typo. I was just so excited that they moved at a pace that was somewhat more normal. Thanks again for your great ideas.

    Bob

    ps. all you midsouth folks, come to the Memphis Exotic Car Show on Father's Day. "www.mcicars.com"
     

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