i need help installing switch in jk dash - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 11-18-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
greenenvy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: north dakota
Posts: 300
i need help installing switch in jk dash

i just got my kc lights and my husband is going to do the wireing, im not at home with the jeep now to look at it to decide were we are going to install the switch, so can some one please tell me the best place to run the wire through the fire wall , also does the end piece come off the dash so we can drill hole and install the switch? thank you for any imfo

__________________
2010 natural green pearl rubicon heated wet okoleys. underseat lock box. 295x70x17 trail grapplers. xd addicts. Elite front winch bumper. 12000lb mile marker winch. 130 watt kc daylighters. mopar slush mats. mopar mud gaurds. mopar entry gaurds.drake billet hood hold downs.quadratec ultimate cargo liner.trektop nx.
greenenvy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-18-2010, 08:28 PM   #2
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
RB-10rubicon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Princeton area in new jersey
Posts: 1,664
Yes the end piece comes off . There is a whole there with that expanable foam just use a coat hanger poke through tape wire on ( its a little tight) then just fill in hole with silicone or insulation

RB-10rubicon is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-18-2010, 11:00 PM   #3
The Bad Guy

WF Supporting Member
 
daggo66's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NJ exile living in Baltimore
Posts: 22,292
The side panel pops right off. Here's a picture with it off and where the wires go through the foam filled hole.



Here's a picture of the installed switch.

__________________
Tom

"I've got two things in this world, my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
daggo66 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 09:16 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
greenenvy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: north dakota
Posts: 300
Perfect thank you guys. I'll get to work on it now.
__________________
2010 natural green pearl rubicon heated wet okoleys. underseat lock box. 295x70x17 trail grapplers. xd addicts. Elite front winch bumper. 12000lb mile marker winch. 130 watt kc daylighters. mopar slush mats. mopar mud gaurds. mopar entry gaurds.drake billet hood hold downs.quadratec ultimate cargo liner.trektop nx.
greenenvy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 01:02 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
trentsjk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: omaha
Posts: 124
Thats what I did and It works nice.
__________________
This country is full move on
trentsjk is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 01:21 PM   #6
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Ibuildembig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fruitland, Missouri
Posts: 8,482
Daggo....not a wirenut on a jeep install
Ibuildembig is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 02:13 PM   #7
The Bad Guy

WF Supporting Member
 
daggo66's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NJ exile living in Baltimore
Posts: 22,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibuildembig View Post
Daggo....not a wirenut on a jeep install
Here's what happened. I couldn't get the wire with the connector to stay on the effing coat hanger. I tried every way you could imagine, but kept pulling through an emty cost hanger. So I ended up cutting the connector off, pulling the wire through, and splicing them back together.
__________________
Tom

"I've got two things in this world, my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
daggo66 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 02:16 PM   #8
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Ibuildembig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fruitland, Missouri
Posts: 8,482
Hehehe, I can mail you a butt connector
Ibuildembig is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 02:18 PM   #9
The Bad Guy

WF Supporting Member
 
daggo66's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NJ exile living in Baltimore
Posts: 22,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibuildembig View Post
Hehehe, I can mail you a butt connector
As cleanly as possible in this forum, please explain what a "butt" connector is. My son is an electrician so wire nuts are practically everywhere.
__________________
Tom

"I've got two things in this world, my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
daggo66 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 02:21 PM   #10
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Ibuildembig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fruitland, Missouri
Posts: 8,482
Its a wiring connector that is open on both ends and gauge specific. Basically it joins the wire back together and the connector gets crimped on both sides to hold the wire in place.
Ibuildembig is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 02:23 PM   #11
The Bad Guy

WF Supporting Member
 
daggo66's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NJ exile living in Baltimore
Posts: 22,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibuildembig View Post
Its a wiring connector that is open on both ends and gauge specific. Basically it joins the wire back together and the connector gets crimped on both sides to hold the wire in place.
Hmmm, I think I have some of those. Thanks.
__________________
Tom

"I've got two things in this world, my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
daggo66 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 02:28 PM   #12
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Ibuildembig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fruitland, Missouri
Posts: 8,482
I just grabbed some and took some pics for ya



They are all industry standard colors for specific sizes...

left to right...16-18, 14-16, 10-12, 8, 6
Ibuildembig is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 03:06 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
KooL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SW Indiana
Posts: 495
Yelp, butt connectors are the way to go. I normally heat shrink 'em down too.
KooL is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 03:31 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
OregonTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Willamette Valley
Posts: 794
Solder and heat shrink are really the way to go..........
__________________
2005 Wrangler Sport, I6, Auto
17" Incubus Poltergeist Wheels
Cooper LT 265/70/R17 Discoverer SST 32"
RC 3.25" Suspension Lift
AFTB

OregonTJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 04:43 PM   #15
Just a kid at heart...

WF Supporting Member
 
seadog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Almost where I belong...
Posts: 14,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by oregontj View Post
solder and heat shrink are really the way to go..........
x 2
__________________
Brian



I tried to be good, but I got bored...
seadog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 04:47 PM   #16
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Ibuildembig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fruitland, Missouri
Posts: 8,482
I agree too a certain extent, but here in the professional relm butt connectors are just fine if the correct tool is used to crimp um. I've been using them for over 30 years with no issues.
Ibuildembig is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 04:55 PM   #17
Just a kid at heart...

WF Supporting Member
 
seadog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Almost where I belong...
Posts: 14,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibuildembig View Post
I agree too a certain extent, but here in the professional relm butt connectors are just fine if the correct tool is used to crimp um. I've been using them for over 30 years with no issues.

I use them, too. Depending on location, i use the plain ones, or the silicone filled ones for damp locations. But, solder and heatshrink is the best way to go, just not always practical.
__________________
Brian



I tried to be good, but I got bored...
seadog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 04:59 PM   #18
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Ibuildembig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fruitland, Missouri
Posts: 8,482
Actually the best way to go is don't have a broken connection The problem I see alot with soldering connections like that is most people don't know how to solder correctly and either use the wrong solder or create a bad solder joint. Also, if the shrink is not thick enough it could allow a frayed wire to poke through and short to ground.
Ibuildembig is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 06:51 PM   #19
Just a kid at heart...

WF Supporting Member
 
seadog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Almost where I belong...
Posts: 14,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibuildembig View Post
Actually the best way to go is don't have a broken connection The problem I see alot with soldering connections like that is most people don't know how to solder correctly and either use the wrong solder or create a bad solder joint. Also, if the shrink is not thick enough it could allow a frayed wire to poke through and short to ground.
I use a spiral wrap and at least 2Xcut heat shrink. Again, it depends where it is going. I also tin and flux the connections.

I'm also using a PACE soldering station, so I know what my specs are. If I have to use a quick splice to get something going, I use it. Then go back and fix it later for a permanent fix.
__________________
Brian



I tried to be good, but I got bored...
seadog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-19-2010, 06:53 PM   #20
Just a kid at heart...

WF Supporting Member
 
seadog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Almost where I belong...
Posts: 14,143
I launch rockets for a living.
__________________
Brian



I tried to be good, but I got bored...
seadog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-20-2010, 01:14 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
Raidue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 189
You can get some pretty nice butt connectors now too that are coated with reflowable solder with a heat shrink tube already on the outside. All you need to do is crimp the wires as you mormally would and with a decent heat gun reflow the solder pasted connector while at the same time curing the heat shrink and voilą you have a environmental (hermetic) seal on the connection.

I work in the avionics industry. Lol. Lots of cool stuff.

__________________
2010 JK Sport - 2.5" TF coil lift || 35" x 12.5" BFG KOs || 7" IPF 968s || LP10k Superwinch || XRC Front Bumper || XRC Sliders || XRC Rear bumper with Tire carrier|| JKS Quicker Discos

"Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?... He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!"
www.northridge4x4.ca || 4WD Hardware
Raidue is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Auxillary Lighting Install Writeup erickpl General Jeep FAQ/Stickies 15 09-20-2013 10:28 AM
Auxilary Lighting Writeup erickpl TJ Tech Forum 2 01-06-2011 08:50 PM
Dash switch source? Ray - San Jose TJ Tech Forum 5 06-08-2010 01:05 PM
Adding some lights, dash switch question GA_TJ TJ Tech Forum 2 01-25-2010 12:49 PM
Lower Dash/ Switch Panel OEM '05 sandos17 TJ Tech Forum 1 09-15-2008 10:49 AM



Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:30 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC