I know this has been covered but I extended this mod to suit me and my psycho needs
When i take the doors off, the pesky dome light likes to stay on. Now I have pulled the plunger, pulled the bulbs, even pulled the fuse. Now pulling the fuse and the door plunger was nice but then it disabled the chimes.(some of you may say that the chimes still work. Well, on my TJ, they do not. I tried it many times)
So being who I am, and knowing i would leave the headlights on without the chime, i did my own mod. Basically, I put two swithes next to the driver door, one is in-line feeding the dome lights directly, the other is in-line with the door plunger switch. Why both? Well one to control just the lights, and one if i want to sit somewhere with the doors off, engine off, but radio on.
Anyways, the first thing I did was research wire color codes for my jeep along with finding a electrical schematic to make sure i would not cross any wire or what not.
After that, i followed the wires to I know where they ran. The dome light on my jeep runs under the padding from the speaker pod, down next to the driver, then runs under the drivers door jam and then into the dash. And right here, where the wire starts going up into the dash is where i am going to splice into the wire feeding the dome light.
I then opened up the speaker pod to confirm wire color.
After I confirmed wire color, i did my splicing... (I did the splicing of connectors in a way that if I wanted to, i could remove the added switches if desired)
In this case, i added an extra empty connector to allow me to add lights under the dash in the future.
So now it is time to mount the switchs... I choose to mount them on the black bezel that goes up from the dash to the top of the windshield.
I removed the piece and drilled my holes...
i then wired my switches...
And mounted the switches in the bezel
I then ran the wires in the dash (It was simple, they just dropped down), and connected the connectors into the splice i made to the dome light and reinstalled the bezel
Now I was not able to get any good pictures of the splice i did to the door plunger, but I did, and everything works great.
The top switch is the dome light switch, and the bottom switch is for the drivers door plunger.
now, I also added a bypass switch to the passenger door plunger and mounted it in the same location on the passenger side.
Anyways, this is just my two cents. Please be nice, this is the first write up i have done