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Old 11-28-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Amp Research PowerStep Switching

Hi all,

There may be a more appropriate area for this thread. If so, I apologize in advance and kindly ask to be moved to the correct discussion.

I just bought a 2013 Sport that has Amp Research PowerStep running boards installed. They are a great product (for non-extreme crawling) with a really funny drawback when installed on a Wrangler: they close (or go up) when the doors are off. You can get them to stay down by stepping on them while you disconnect the door wiring. But, that's WAY TOO SIMPLE for me. Half the fun of buying my Jeep was so I could make it my own (mods, add-ons, etc).



The bottom line is that I'm hoping there are some electrical switch modding pros who can tell me if I'm on the right track or not with my proposed switching setup:

One DPDT rocker switch that routes between the door ajar wiring (chassis side) and one SPST rocker switch that simulates the door state (open or closed). The DPDT would be located down by the door wiring connector while the SPST would be located on the side of the dash facing outward. The SPST could be easily reached while sitting in order to step out and while entering in order to step up.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Found more information on the wiring. Looks like I can simply change the DPDT to a SPDT.

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Found more information on the wiring. Looks like I can simply change the DPDT to a SPDT.
At this point, I'm confusing myself...so I'll just hold off on thinking any more until I get some sleep!
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So... any new updates on this front in the past 9 months? I just ordered up a set of power steps and want to do a manual override for doors off (or non powered half doors).
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So... any new updates on this front in the past 9 months? I just ordered up a set of power steps and want to do a manual override for doors off (or non powered half doors).
i put them on mine recently and never found any switch setup. they work through the cars computer and open when the car senses a door open... when the doors are off the car acts like they are all closed
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:23 AM   #6
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i put them on mine recently and never found any switch setup. they work through the cars computer and open when the car senses a door open... when the doors are off the car acts like they are all closed
The steps are ground activated so you can just install a toggle between the battery and the step motor.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:33 AM   #7
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The steps are ground activated so you can just install a toggle between the battery and the step motor.
Just like the lights in our Jeep. The door switch grounds the circuit when the door is open, thus turning on the lights. This is what I did...

I have a 3 way toggle switch.



Power for the lights come in the switch.

In position I power is sent out and to the door switch. It closes the circuit when the door is opened.

In position O they are off all the time, open circuit.

In position II they are always on. position II is grounded so I can turn the lights on at anytime.

You could do this same thing with your steps. Maybe when you are doorless run in position O. when you stop put it in position II and leave the Jeep. When you get back, back to position O.

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