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Old 05-05-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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IPF 968 CS Light Install Questions...

I am not very well versed in anything electrical on a vehicle (even after owning many, many British steel over the years). For those that have installed IPF's...
I have installed the lights and the wiring. However, in the install directions it asks you to take the yellow wire (from inside the cabin) and tap it into the highbeam headlight wire. I do NOT want to tap this line. What are my options for bypassing this (that are easy, reliable, safe )?
Thanks for the tips and recommendations.

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Are you running them as your head lights or just offroad lights?

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I am not very well versed in anything electrical on a vehicle (even after owning many, many British steel over the years). For those that have installed IPF's...
I have installed the lights and the wiring. However, in the install directions it asks you to take the yellow wire (from inside the cabin) and tap it into the highbeam headlight wire. I do NOT want to tap this line. What are my options for bypassing this (that are easy, reliable, safe )?
Thanks for the tips and recommendations.
If you're t-tapping the highbeam wire and running that to trip a relay, go ahead; that's the correct (legal) way to do it.
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Running as off-road only (secondary to headlights/OEM driving lights).
I'd like to avoid using the headlight wires altogether.
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simple- you run a new switch. Run two wires from your battery to your relay-- hot and ground. then from the relay you run wires from that to your switch and then to the new lights. Takes about a hour to do. Hardest part is figuring out were to put the switches and also were to put the wires so they look like they were meant to be there. Also on the power lin going to the relay toss a 15-20 amp fuse inline just for kicks. Then you can turn them on when you feel like it at night.
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JD... thanks for the feedback. But I am a total wiring noob when it comes to this stuff.
Attached is the set-up I have right now. Except I do not have the yellow wire tapped to the highbeam (righthand corner of the diagram). To do what you describe, how would I change this diagram? Thanks again for your feedback (and patience with me).
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Ape,
I ran a separate switch, relay, fuse, etc. and take power from the battery.
I trip the relay with a t-tap off of my LF parking light ---- I do this so I won't leave the aux. lights on by mistake.
I can run my lights with parking lights on, lowbeams, or highbeams. But if I shut off my parking lights, the HIDs go off as well.

Caveat time.
Legally, and some states will check this, enforce it, ticket it, my lights need to be covered when on-road since they are "driving lights" and need to be relayed by the highbeam circuit.
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Thanks Hill. So, just to keep it simple, I don't have an issue taping the parking lights and that may be the way to go. I need to take a closer look at those lights... I take it that is a single wire?
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Thanks Hill. So, just to keep it simple, I don't have an issue taping the parking lights and that may be the way to go. I need to take a closer look at those lights... I take it that is a single wire?
The parking lights have 3 wires; don't tap the blinker circuit. Just use a multimeter to figure out which is which.
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Thanks again.
Can you also use the sidemaker lights? I noticed there is a white and black wire for those and they are easy access.
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Can you also use the sidemarker lights? I noticed there is a white and black wire for those and they are easy access.
Sure. Just protect the wiring.
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BTW you really don't need to tap them into anything if you leave your lights on well trust you wont!!! Have you seen how bright they are? At night it will look like day lol
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BTW you really don't need to tap them into anything if you leave your lights on well trust you wont!!! l
I'm embarrassed to say I am confused once again. Can I take the yellow wire intended for the tap and hook directly to the battery? Ideally, I want to avoid any taps if possible. These lights will be used rarely, so I will know that I need to turn off manually.
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no worries. Run a hot to the relay. from the Relay it goes- hot to the switch -- one to the ground one to the lights and one from the switch. Then you have it's own switch that is always hot. Let me find you the diagram.

Actually going to your diagram of your harness. Take the yellow from your relay and hook it to the battery and the yellow that is on the right side of the picture that goes to the head light switch just tape the end of it (electrical tape) and zip tie it out of the way. Then your set.
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Actually going to your diagram of your harness. Take the yellow from your relay and hook it to the battery and the yellow that is on the right side of the picture that goes to the head light switch just tape the end of it (electrical tape) and zip tie it out of the way. Then your set.
That was my initial plan... and what I have done so far, but I have no power to the switch. I am thinking that the second yellow need to be wired.
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I'm embarrassed to say I am confused once again. Can I take the yellow wire intended for the tap and hook directly to the battery? Ideally, I want to avoid any taps if possible. These lights will be used rarely, so I will know that I need to turn off manually.
That would obviate the need/benefit of using a relay; don't use it.
Just use a fused switch that is rated for the amperage you're pulling. Nothing wrong with that, per se, given your criteria.


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That was my initial plan... and what I have done so far, but I have no power to the switch. I am thinking that the second yellow need to be wired.
It does; that's to the terminal on the relay that tells the relay to close. If you have a normally-open circuit, it will remain open.
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Ended up wiring to an vacant spot in the fuse box (found a slot that is only hot when the key is on... so no draw off the battery). Question for you guys, I am told that I can buy a fuse 'blank' that will allow me to plug my wire into it, and then it plugs into the box. Do they make such a 'blank' fuse?
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Ended up wiring to an vacant spot in the fuse box (found a slot that is only hot when the key is on... so no draw off the battery). Question for you guys, I am told that I can buy a fuse 'blank' that will allow me to plug my wire into it, and then it plugs into the box. Do they make such a 'blank' fuse?
Yes; by lots of names.
Get a good one, like Painless or something.

Look on this page for some high quality gizmos that can stand up to our environment. Andy has put together a pretty decent catalog that's dedicated to hardcore motorcyclists.
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thx Hill. I looked at Painless and I am not finding what I need. Any place specific you guys shop?
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If you haven't resolved this...

I installed the 968's on my TJ as well. I ran that yellow wire to a wire by my fuse box. It is the one for switched power. Since that yellow wire runs to the switch itself, I wasn't worried about overloading it. I tapped that wire and the yellow wire is now attached. I can use my IPF's whenever my ignition is switched on and are NOT relying upon my high beams being on.

The wire by the fusebox that I mention SHOULD be labeled.
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erickpl... did something similar but ran the wire into the actual fusebox (empty 'key on' hot fuse slot). You mentioned you connected to a wire near the fuse box. Not certain which one you tapped. Have any pics?

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