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Old 09-05-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Doorless dome light

YAY! FAll is here (finally) and its cool enough to shuck my doors for the first time. SWEET!!!!!

I've done my homework. I know there is a fuse in the glove-box that will allow me to drop the dome-light and buzzer out of the circuit so that I can run doorless without draining the battery.

But.... ya see.... I'm lazy (I prefer the term "energy conservative") and I dont wanna have to mess with that dang fuse whenever I want to feel breezy.

So I'm wanting to put me a switch in that circuit. Take the doors off....flip the switch to open the circuit (same effect as removing the fuse) Put the doors on...flip the switch to close the circuit. Yall get the idea.

My question is.....does anybody know which one of that big ole gagle of wires goes to the circuit in question?

Yeah... I know I can figure it out. But remember: I'm "energy conservative"

So if one of yall already knows the answer....that means I get to lay around that much longer enjoy my coffee and sunday morning.

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Old 09-05-2010, 11:12 AM   #2
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I just left the J.C. Whitney site and saw some clips that goes over the door switch for just this occasion. Wish I had copied the link for you now.

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Quadratec sells a "kit" for $30 to do just that...or if you're not electrical stupid, just run two wires off the terminals from fuse #4 behind the glove box and put a switch along one of the wires...don't forget to run an inline fuse on one wire the same size as fuse #4 is since you'll be removing that fuse, but still need one in the circuit.

Edit...there's also nothing wrong with the clips, but in this day and age, you'll probably find your clips missing on multiple occasions.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:32 AM   #4
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Awsome!!!!


Thanks for pointing me the right direction.

I can take it from here.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:14 PM   #5
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Sweet.

Fuse #4 did the trick, just as yall predicted.

I think I got the wrong harley mirrors. They are a bit small and the right side hides behind the AC vent

But I'm too desperate to go doorless to care.

I'll check out the options yall mentioned and keep everyone posted on my noob adventure.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:26 PM   #6
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you gotta make sure you get the long-stem mirrors!
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:09 PM   #7
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Dude, why mess with fuses or with installing of new switches. All you have to do, is pull the push button switch out of the door frame, and unplug the switch from the wire. fast, simple, no hassle with cutting or wires....

best of all, it leaves your interior lights working by the steering column switch
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... no hassle with cutting or wires....

best of all, it leaves your interior lights working by the steering column switch
If you remove the fuse or use something similar to the Quadratec kit, the light switch on the dash still works. Also, there would be no cut wires.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:57 PM   #9
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Yup..... shoulda go the long stem mirrors.

Mine.....arent

But they'll do for now.

Luuuuuuuuuuuuv bein' doorless.
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If you remove the fuse or use something similar to the Quadratec kit, the light switch on the dash still works. Also, there would be no cut wires.
As mentioned, the switch on the dash still works...however, that method might be a good one as then you can keep the fuse in and the chime for leaving your headlights on or keys in the ignition will still work. I'll have to try that out...

I have the stock short stem mirrors from a friend's Harley and they are 100% visible on both sides...though I stopped installing the pass. side mirror because it was a bit more time consuming to aim every time I installed it.
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YAY! FAll is here (finally) and its cool enough to shuck my doors for the first time. SWEET!!!!!

I've done my homework. I know there is a fuse in the glove-box that will allow me to drop the dome-light and buzzer out of the circuit so that I can run doorless without draining the battery.

But.... ya see.... I'm lazy (I prefer the term "energy conservative") and I dont wanna have to mess with that dang fuse whenever I want to feel breezy.

So I'm wanting to put me a switch in that circuit. Take the doors off....flip the switch to open the circuit (same effect as removing the fuse) Put the doors on...flip the switch to close the circuit. Yall get the idea.

My question is.....does anybody know which one of that big ole gagle of wires goes to the circuit in question?

Yeah... I know I can figure it out. But remember: I'm "energy conservative"

So if one of yall already knows the answer....that means I get to lay around that much longer enjoy my coffee and sunday morning.
I just pull the button in the door jam out and unplug it then shove it back in. Works great and it's really free. Pull them out and plug them back in when you put the doors back on. Takes about 10 sec.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:53 PM   #12
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I pulled the fuse last year and have yet to replace it. I just keep it out even when the doors are on. If I need the dome light I just use the switch on the dash...the only thing I missing is the reminder that I left the headlights on....only a problem on rainy days which are few and far between here in Raleigh, NC.
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As mentioned, the switch on the dash still works...however, that method might be a good one as then you can keep the fuse in and the chime for leaving your headlights on or keys in the ignition will still work. I'll have to try that out...

I have the stock short stem mirrors from a friend's Harley and they are 100% visible on both sides...though I stopped installing the pass. side mirror because it was a bit more time consuming to aim every time I installed it.
So this idea was total fail...I totally forgot the headlights left on/keys in the ignition chime isn't activated until the door opens...however, if you break/smash the tabs off the harness, the switches are much faster to disconnect than pulling fuse #4 if you're like me and always have a cram packed glove box. The first time pulling them was a biatch cuz the little tab to lock em together really locks them together tight and it doesn't push in very well. It took two people to disconnect em so I didn't rip the wire out...I broke the locking piece on one (won't affect it any) and cut the tab off the other. So now they connect and disconnect super quickly.
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Dude, why mess with fuses or with installing of new switches. All you have to do, is pull the push button switch out of the door frame, and unplug the switch from the wire. fast, simple, no hassle with cutting or wires....

best of all, it leaves your interior lights working by the steering column switch
I think the previous owner of my wrangler did this....is there a way to replace that push button switch you are talking about?
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Here is a nice write up on how to do it your self on the cheap and many more awsome write ups. http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrica.../domelight.htm
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Dude, why mess with fuses or with installing of new switches. All you have to do, is pull the push button switch out of the door frame, and unplug the switch from the wire. fast, simple, no hassle with cutting or wires....

best of all, it leaves your interior lights working by the steering column switch


I think the previous owner of my wrangler did this....is there a way to replace that push button switch you are talking about?
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Help!!!!

Hello guys, wondering if anyone could help. I just purchased a 2000 wrangler sahara. My interior light does not work when doors are open but works with dash switch. Any suggestions??????
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Check if fuse #4 behind the glove box is missing. The switch on the stalk will always work regardless of the fuse.

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