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Old 08-26-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever installed a push button starter switch in their 05-06 rubicon before?

Has anyone ever installed a push button starter switch in their 05-06 rubicon before? Looking for a nice clean way to bypass the clutch interlock when needed but retain its origional functionality as well. I want it to install it within convenient reach but also stealthy to deter any thieves who think incorrectly that they will be able to start it without the key from breaking in. So any ideas for a good mounting location for the switch would be appreciated. I'm planning on tying into the factory starter relay signal using a couple of diodes to ensure one way signal flow. Any improvements on this idea would be welcomed.

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Old 08-27-2014, 08:50 AM   #2
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I forget which one, but there is a stock fuse you can add bypass the clutch. I think it's a 10amp. Popped that in a couple of years ago, VERY convenient.

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Old 08-27-2014, 09:57 AM   #3
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From page 186 of my 2005 owner's manual:

... to temporarily bypass this safety feature while off-road driving (4L range only), which will allow cranking the engine without depressing the clutch, follow these steps:
1. Locate the Power Distribution Center (PDC) in the engine compartment. Refer to "Fuse Panel" in Section 7 of this manual.

2. Put a 20 amp fuse in the PDC cavity (#28) marked as Clutch Override.

Note: A fuse is provided in fuseblock cavity (f19 of f20) msarked as spare.

3. Be sure to re-engage the clutch interlock safety feature by following these steps in reverse order when you are finished off-road driving.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:50 PM   #4
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I just did one in my 2002. If the wire colors didn't change most of what you need is in

Push Button Ignition Question

I left my clutch switch intact, but if you wanted to bypass it when using the push button and keep it intact while using the key without pulling the fuse, instead of running a switch to the yellow wire like u did, you would run it to the yellow with red tracer that comes out of the clutch switch instead.

The only other issue I had that I didn't update my thread with is the black with white tracer splits into two smaller wires with same color, I only tapped the one for the radio and missed the cigarette lighter, so either get both, or tap into it before it splits.

If you need any help, let me know, while it's all still fresh in my mind, lol

Mines a little over complicated, since I wanted an rf fob and a buzzer, and relays due to some switches being low all rating, but the basic idea is the same, and might get you some more ideas. I highly recommend drawing it all out on paper fist, even if it's quick and sloppy like mine, lol
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:02 PM   #5
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Here's my updated diagram that included the buzzer.

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Old 08-27-2014, 02:36 PM   #6
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I just did one in my 2002. If the wire colors didn't change most of what you need is in Push Button Ignition Question I left my clutch switch intact, but if you wanted to bypass it when using the push button and keep it intact while using the key without pulling the fuse, instead of running a switch to the yellow wire like u did, you would run it to the yellow with red tracer that comes out of the clutch switch instead. The only other issue I had that I didn't update my thread with is the black with white tracer splits into two smaller wires with same color, I only tapped the one for the radio and missed the cigarette lighter, so either get both, or tap into it before it splits. If you need any help, let me know, while it's all still fresh in my mind, lol Mines a little over complicated, since I wanted an rf fob and a buzzer, and relays due to some switches being low all rating, but the basic idea is the same, and might get you some more ideas. I highly recommend drawing it all out on paper fist, even if it's quick and sloppy like mine, lol
Thanks for the tips. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:05 PM   #7
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The only regret you will have is not doing it sooner, lol. Mine came out really slick and I love it. My only downside is having to remove the steering wheel lock. Most people will never notice, but if you rock crawl, and like posing on things to show off your flex, it makes it harder to just shut it off in gear and Park there, since gravity will usually pull your wheel off without the lock there to stop it from turning. I'm still managing it in some cases if I'm perfectly balanced, but more often or not I have to stay in the cab and let someone else grab the shots.

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