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Old 04-30-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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DIY Dome light switch

So in the new quadratec magazine I got I saw the "TJ Dome Light Switch" kit which is essentially an on-off switch with an in-line fuse running to the door switch fuse. It allows owners of TJ model jeeps to run with no doors and not have to pull a fuse everytime.

I decided to save a bit of money and try to build my own. I found several write ups but none really had what I wanted so I did my own.

First go out to an auto parts store and a hardware store and get

A switch, and in-line fuse, about 6 feet of 18/2 lamp wire, some fuse taps, and heat shrink tubing

I also needed a 10 amp fuse and L-bracket which I had laying around



Remove the glove box (obviously) and remove the fuse in the bottom right
connect the fuse taps to one side of the lamp wire and the in-line fuse with a fuse tap on it as well

use the heat shrink tubing to attach the in-line fuse to the lamp wire

should look like this (sorry for the crappy photo)



now the mounting location is what really made me

on the drivers side of the jeep find this



the torx bolt is removed using a t-30

now mount the switch to the L-bracket with a bolt and you will have to drill out a hole in the L-bracket for the torx bolt to fit through

place the bracket between the actual dash and metal on the jeep and put the torx bolt through the hole

after that place fuse taps on the back of the switch and crimp the wires into the taps

then run the wires behind the dash and zip tie it to the rest of the wires so it's out of the way. when everything is wired and ready the fuse box should resemble this



and this is the switch finished, wired up, and working




Sorry for some missing pictures, forgot to get a picture of the bracket but any standard L-bracket will do (mine was a little thick so I used a grinder to thin it up a little)

This whole setup cost around $10 for everything


Any questions feel free to ask.

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Old 04-30-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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Good write up. Also, you could have just spliced into the ground wire and added a switch there. It's a lot simpler.

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Old 04-30-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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Great write up. Just be careful. Doing the bypass this way disabled the warning chime for when u leave ur headlights on and such.
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Good write up. Also, you could have just spliced into the ground wire and added a switch there. It's a lot simpler.
That's the way I did mine. Very easy. Now can't wait for the weather to warm and dry so I can get the top down and the doors off.
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Great write up. Just be careful. Doing the bypass this way disabled the warning chime for when u leave ur headlights on and such.
I believe just pulling the fuse also disables the chime
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Good write up. Also, you could have just spliced into the ground wire and added a switch there. It's a lot simpler.
Well....I'm not that informed on this type of wiring so I just did what I knew
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Does your fuse box use mini fuses? What did you use for the ??fuse blades?? Hope my fuse blade description is adequate. I ordered a factory switch online for $15 but I don't want to cut any wires if I can help it and haven't figured out what to use that fits in the mini fuse slot.
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Does your fuse box use mini fuses? What did you use for the ??fuse blades?? Hope my fuse blade description is adequate. I ordered a factory switch online for $15 but I don't want to cut any wires if I can help it and haven't figured out what to use that fits in the mini fuse slot.
I use normal fuse blades but I did have to trim a little off the end that plugs into the fuse box but you should be able to find some blades for mini fuses
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Well....I'm not that informed on this type of wiring so I just did what I knew
Just throwing other suggestions out there, yours is still awesome and gets the job done.

The logic behind it is that if you dont allow energy to flow to the ground, then the circuit is not complete and thus no energy will flow through that fuse. So the lights will not turn on, door chime wont beep etc etc. But when you flip the switch to the on position, then energy is allowed to pass through allowing the circuit to be complete and energy to flow through yada yada bs bs.
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I'm not sure a lot of you guys are trying to get at, but all he did was put a switch on the fuse that's meant to be taken out when you have the doors off. Chrysler designed that circuit to work that way. So instead of pulling a fuse, he has a switch that acts the same way as pulling the fuse. I like the concept, it's simple and easier than pulling the fuse everytime.

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Good job OP.
Thank you

I mostly like how the switch looks like it was meant to be there. Doesn't look aftermarket like the quadratec one and isn't just flopping around in the glove box like some other DIY switches

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