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Old 08-17-2015, 08:39 AM
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I think so... I'm going to run the output (18Ga) wires from the bussman box to one side of the terminal strip, and the adjacent side of that terminal strip will be the lead out to an accessory? On the grounding terminal strip once it is jumped (wired from terminal post to terminal post and then to a ground on the vehicle) the negative wire from an accessory gets ran back to one of the grounding strip terminals?
Exactly.

Why are you using 18ga output wires from the relay? That's a pretty light wire unless you're only running very low draw accessories.
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Oops! That was my Lexdyslia kicking in... I meant to say the 14 Ga Wires going to the terminal block. Thanks again for the quick answers! Hoping to wrap this project up this week!

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FINALLY! Thank you very much for the post, and for helping out with my questions. This project took me a while and part of it was because I wanted to install these angel eye switches and I'm glad that I did. They turned out awesome, even though my template slipped a little bit. So glad I have this installed now it will make adding new accessories a breeze!

Thanks again!
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What size mini-fuzes did you decide on? I'm thinking of running 20A for safety, but I guess I could just run 30A.

By the way, love this thread and I'm enjoying the hell out of the build itself!
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Great job Hooz!
Where exactly and how did you connect the orange cable (of your switches)?
Thanks a lot for sharing...
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Great job Hooz!
Where exactly and how did you connect the orange cable (of your switches)?
Thanks a lot for sharing...
I have an aftermarket headunit in my JKU, so I tied it in to the wiring harness for the stereo.
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Thank you very much for your answer, Hooz!
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The switches came in today. I got 5 green/red switches and OTRATTW's modular switch panel things (technical term ).



So I put them all together.



And then I started making the harness/pigtails for them.



The red wire will be hooked-up to an ignition switched source, so the power to the switches (and the relays) will only be active when the ignition is on. I won't be able to use lights, etc. without the ignition on, but people won't be able to turn my stuff on when I leave the top/windows down or have the doors off.

The orange wire will be hooked to one of the dash illumination sources in the Jeep. That way the top LED in the switches will light-up when the headlights/dash lights are on (the lower red LED will light-up any time the switch is activated).

The black wire is a common ground for both LEDs in the switches.

The remaining tabs on the switches will be the trigger wires for the relays.
What gauge wire did you use to connect all of these switches? Also, you got the switches that were green on top and red on bottom, correct? That's the setup I'm looking to do as well.

Great job on all of this!
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What gauge wire did you use to connect all of these switches? Also, you got the switches that were green on top and red on bottom, correct? That's the setup I'm looking to do as well.

Great job on all of this!
I used 18ga wire for all the switch related runs. There is almost no current draw, so no need for heavy wire.
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This is another great thread ... I have been looking at this setup for some time ... first found it on wayalife, then here and the earlier linked to youtube videos. Here is an additional thread to complement this setup -- a setup of 6 rocker switches by WillyRockIt

Rocker Switch Panel

here is another article on a different site by CPO
http://4wheelsandamotor.com/general/...eview-install/

For those that like the setup but just want the finished product ... here is link to purchase for $130 - https://www.facebook.com/Waterproof-...=page_internal
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Hey Hooz, did you have any issues with the metri-pak terminals not snapping in place? I don't have the actual crimper but I did carefully crimp the terminal to the wire.
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Thanks for the idea on the switch location. Finished mine today.





Can you tell me where you got the extensions for the battery terminals?
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As an interesting data point, it turns out automotive quality relays are some of the most expensive components in a system such as this.

As a rough guide, a simple relay-only PCB (like a basic sPOD) is about $75 to produce in low volumes for ~4 relays.

You can reduce the cost greatly by varying quality levels of relays, and if you don't need all of the relays to handle high current (big difference in price between a 15a relay and a 30a relay).

Sadly solid state relays are still crazy expensive for any current over about 2a.
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Can you tell me where you got the extensions for the battery terminals? Best, Dean
Look like the ones sold by Quadratec. Nice to have, but they fill up quicker than you'd expect.
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Look like the ones sold by Quadratec. Nice to have, but they fill up quicker than you'd expect.
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Thanks for the info. The connection points do seem to get used up rather quickly.
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Thanks for the idea on the switch location. Finished mine today.





Looks great man... Would you happen to have an autocad drawing for the relay box bracket that mounts over the brake booster?
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Nope. Sorry. I made it the same way I make all the stuff like that (with the help of my Dad who knows a thing or two about making brackets ). Made it out of cardboard than transferred it to a sheet of aluminum. Drill holes, cut and bend.



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Nope. Sorry. I made it the same way I make all the stuff like that (with the help of my Dad who knows a thing or two about making brackets ). Made it out of cardboard than transferred it to a sheet of aluminum. Drill holes, cut and bend.



If you can reproduce that you might be able sell them fairly well on here. I would very interested.
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I can barely find the time to work on my own projects. But, I would encourage anyone interested to make their own. Make as many cardboard templates as it takes until you have a nice fit. Transfer the design to a sheet of aluminum/steel, drill mounting holes and cut it out.Carefully bend using a vise with a couple appropriate length L Channels to keep the bend uniform. Paint and mount. Super satisfying. Soon you'll be looking around at what other things you can make brackets for.
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I can show you this pic of the hole I cut. I basically measured the inner bezel and than used a pencil to draw the square on the dash, keeping in mind the bezel lip width so it ended up just above the speaker area.Than cut the hole Very carefully with a utility knife making several passes deeper and deeper into the plastic. I even switched the blade half way through to keep as sharp of a blade as possible. The plastic is actually pretty soft. I cut the hole a little smaller than I thought it should be than trimmed it a little at a time until the bezel was a tight fit. The hardest part for me was running the wiring harness to it. I have a manual transmission so I couldn't use the plug where the clutch pedal normally goes. I had to use a hole in the firewall right behind the battery. It is behind the firewall insulation. than ran it along the dashboard to the switches. I used a piece of tubing I slit to go around the firewall hole since it is a sharp edge that could eventually wear through the insulation of the wires. Hope that helps.

and a wire tap for the dimmer circuit


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Do you or anyone else know of a place to tap for the dimmer that doesn't require removing the dash?

I'm putting my switches where you did. I can do everything with just removing the driverside panel to fish wires and install the switches but I can't figure out where to hit the dimmer.
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I just wanted to compliment you both on your work.
You guys do awesome work, and incredible attention to detail!!!
I just finished my switch panel and wiring harness for my front locker today, and I do know how tedious wiring projects from scratch can be!!
Again, awesome work.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year
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Nice right-up, lots of good info here.. For some of you guys struggling on the switch controllers, i would like to introduce to to a neat little electronic controller i found on a Police Equipment site. The controller, Feniex 4200 Mini was intended to operate Police lights, Sirens etc... However, it's a switch controller and can be used for anything, i.e. driving lights, winches, etc.. And it comes with a programmable flashing option if you want to set something up with emergency lights etc.. I mounted my above the rear view mirror and to me,, its a perfect spot.

here is a neat video on the controller

https://youtu.be/tcYvELyeMyw
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Do you or anyone else know of a place to tap for the dimmer that doesn't require removing the dash?

I'm putting my switches where you did. I can do everything with just removing the driverside panel to fish wires and install the switches but I can't figure out where to hit the dimmer.
If you have power windows, you can get a tap off the switches. I want to say it was orange, but I'm not 100% on that. You can use a volt meter on the wires and find the right one.
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Sub'd. This thread is great. All the info for the wiring and the ideas for location. Thanks Hooz for starting this and everyone else for their contributions.

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