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PostSubject: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 11:51 am

Disconnect the ground terminal on the battery.
Don't blame me for any :explosive: if you do not do this.


Remove the side panel, insert a straightened coat hanger straight through the foam sealant, it may take a few tries.




The coat hanger comes out here, sorry the photo is a bit blurry. Embarassed




Attach the wires for the switch to the coat hanger. I used a crimp-on connector and electrical tape.



Carefully pull the coat hanger and wires through the foam sealant.



Drill a hole in the dash panel and install the switch.
Terminate the wires with crimp-on connectors.
Connect the terminated wires to the switch.
Connect the other ends of the wires to what ever device(s) the switch will control. In my case it was a relay for a pair of off-road lights.
Re-connect the ground terminal on the battery.
Test your installed device(s)



This install required three wires because I used a switch with an indicator light. Typical switches may only require two wires.

Hope this helps. Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 12:28 pm

I did pretty much the same thing.

But Geo pointed something out to me this past weekend, and that is that you only need to run one wire thru the firewall. You just need to run the wire that feeds the relay. For the wire that feeds the light on the switch, you can just tap into any "keyed" hot wire (like the cigarette lighter) because that tiny little light is not going to draw enough power to worry about. And then the ground wire from the switch can go to any ground inside the cabin.

When Geo pointed this out to me, I realized that he was dead on. That little bit will definitely be helpful for me when I go to wire up switches for Shannon's massive amount of lights.
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PostSubject: Re: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 12:37 pm

Great write up. When I have my lights I might have to invite you over for a drink or two. Heck you live in my neighbourhood anyway!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 12:45 pm

N2rock wrote:
I did pretty much the same thing.

But Geo pointed something out to me this past weekend, and that is that you only need to run one wire thru the firewall. You just need to run the wire that feeds the relay. For the wire that feeds the light on the switch, you can just tap into any "keyed" hot wire (like the cigarette lighter) because that tiny little light is not going to draw enough power to worry about. And then the ground wire from the switch can go to any ground inside the cabin.

When Geo pointed this out to me, I realized that he was dead on. That little bit will definitely be helpful for me when I go to wire up switches for Shannon's massive amount of lights.

Good tip, I saw a "one wire" schematic to use the switch to close the ground circuit but I was not sure about the indicator light.
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PostSubject: Re: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 12:49 pm

Dutchboy101 wrote:
Great write up. When I have my lights I might have to invite you over for a drink or two. Heck you live in my neighbourhood anyway!!!

It would be my pleasure to lend you a hand. PM me when you get them. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 2:54 pm

It will be a little while. But nice to know someone close by that has done this before.
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PostSubject: Re: Switch install   Tue 19 Aug 2008, 7:07 pm

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