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cmgrant 03-29-2012 10:12 PM

Remote Controlled(RF) Jeep Accessory Install
 
I posted this elsewhere but though I should share here as well

Well here is my first major mod to my Jeep. I decided to install an ARB CKMA12 compressor so I could Air up at the beech without needing to wait in line, or use the access points that had no air up station.

I ordered the compressor as well as the 2012 bracket from Northridge 4x4. The install of the compressor went smoothly and I ran the wire loom across the top of the firewall right next to the factory one.

After testing the compressor to make sure all was well it, it was time to decide where to put the switch. I looked at the lower dash panel replacement but it didnít seem to work with a stick shift. I looked at some other options, but they were pricey. Finally I decided I would just mount a switch in the dash, so I ordered a few rocker switches.

While I was waiting for the switches to come in I was looking through my recent Jeep accessory catalogs and noticed there were Warn lights that were remote controlled, and required none of the fun of running wires through the firewall and finding places to mount switches.. That got me thinking there might be a way to the same from my compressor. After poking around for a while I found www . rfcontrolsystem . com.

I found a 4 channel DC RF controller for about $40 at ran off of 12V. I contacted the manufacture to see if it could handle being in an automotive environment and if it could take the 14.4V as a power source. They confirmed it could and I ordered one. I ended up ordering the one with a magnetic external antenna by accident when I finally placed the order, but it wasn't so bad as the
antenna screws off of the base and I needed a water tight box to put it in anyways. The RF module comes with 2 remotes each having 4 buttons on it and can operate in 4 different modes.

Once the module came in I hooked it up for a brief test. With the antenna unscrewed and the hood closed I was able to turn the compressor on/off from at least 50 feet away. It probably would have gone further but I didnít try.

I ordered a water tight box from polycase and need to pick up a fuse tap from autozone as I only want the module to be on when the Jeep is running.

Here is a quick schematic of how the RF receiver gets wired up. I showed it wired to my compressor but it could drive any relay to turn on an accessory.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--...00/output2.png

Well the polycase box was a little too bulky to fit where I wanted it so I ordered a standard project box from mouser. Seeing that the box was big enough i use automotive adheasive to mount the board on its original mounting piece right in the box.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-w...327_184856.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-r...327_184906.jpg

I decided to mount the box on the plastic shield next to the battery where I would have easy access to add more accessories when I get them. Here are some pictures of everything mounted up.

Cover Off
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-D...328_180523.jpg

Cover On

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5...328_180816.jpg

Compressor

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-A...328_180532.jpg

Autozone was out of fuse taps so its hard wired to the battery for now.

So now I have 3 spare spots for RF controlled accessories which are operable within 40 feet of the Jeep.


CG

sclui56 03-29-2012 11:26 PM

I plan on finishing the wiring of the aux light this weekend using a remote 1-channel switch. I was looking for a water-tight case for the receiver and ended up getting one of these Lock-n-Lock container at a local market for $2.50, but I still have to use a grommet after drilling and seal it later.

I also have the fuse tap (add-a-circuit) but that means I have to drill a small hole in the fuse box, which I am not too keen on doing at the moment, may be I just use a tap to the side-marker light as a trigger.

Credit on the remote goes to 1stwrangler's thread here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/kc-...ff-143664.html

cmgrant 03-29-2012 11:36 PM

I ended up using one of these for running the cable through. hxxp:// www polycase com/cg-series

The rest of the box isn't exactly water tight as I had hoped for but it certainly is water resistant and I don't really expect any submerging that high up. I wasn't really keen on drilling the fuse box either and am still looking for other possible places to tap, but don't want to mess with the main harnesses now that everything is computer monitored.

Aux lights are probably my next install :D

LBrito 03-29-2012 11:52 PM

Very nice work. That looks like a handy controller, will book mark it in case my wiring starts getting a little too out of control some day.

I am curious of what you used to mount the compressor? I'm planning on the same one, and like how it fits there. Did the hose with the pump up kit make it all the way to the spare tire?

strider_mt2k 03-30-2012 03:44 AM

Interesting project and nice work!

Thank you for posting this.

BroderickMi 03-30-2012 04:08 AM

I ended up using one of these for running the cable through
http://www.australialuxe.info/013-1.jpg

cmgrant 03-30-2012 07:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LBrito (Post 2198971)
Very nice work. That looks like a handy controller, will book mark it in case my wiring starts getting a little too out of control some day.

I am curious of what you used to mount the compressor? I'm planning on the same one, and like how it fits there. Did the hose with the pump up kit make it all the way to the spare tire?


I used the Offroad Evolution bracket and I got it from Northridge 4x4 along with the compressor. I haven't tried getting it to the spare tire I can check tonight for you.

cmgrant 03-30-2012 07:54 AM

Here is just some other info I had posted elsewhere too

So here is a brief update and some picture of the RF transmitter/reciever

I contacted the manufacturer about removing the magnetic antenna and they said it would still work but was unsure of the range. So I removed the external antenna and tested it out.
Hooked up with the hood closed I got 40-45 feet. There is also an antenna on the transmitter and with that extended I was getting about 100ish feet. With the antenna installed it is supposed to go 300-600 feet (for anyone looking to run a winch from FAR away :))

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-f...320_231134.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f...320_231108.jpg

CG

cmgrant 03-30-2012 06:22 PM

To answer the question I can get to all 4 tires and the spare without any issues.

sclui56 03-31-2012 08:13 PM

Rain let up a bit so I finished my RF receiver install for the aux lights. As much as I didn't want to drill a hole in the fuse box to run the add-a-circuit, I gave in and did. Still didn't want to use the RTV silicone, I went through my parts bin (junk drawer) and found some brake cable dust boots from my bicycles, I used one of them and it turned out ok, thought I would share it here.

Still don't have a good way to tie down the lock-n-lock due to raised bottom, for now I just use zip ties. One less lock-n-lock from my better-half collection but I bet she will never find it ;).

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...56/JK/Boot.jpghttp://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../JK/Remote.jpg

LBrito 04-01-2012 02:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cmgrant (Post 2201374)
To answer the question I can get to all 4 tires and the spare without any issues.

Awesome, thanks for all the info!

cmgrant 04-01-2012 08:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sclui56 (Post 2204821)
Rain let up a bit so I finished my RF receiver install for the aux lights. As much as I didn't want to drill a hole in the fuse box to run the add-a-circuit, I gave in and did. Still didn't want to use the RTV silicone, I went through my parts bin (junk drawer) and found some brake cable dust boots from my bicycles, I used one of them and it turned out ok, thought I would share it here.

Still don't have a good way to tie down the lock-n-lock due to raised bottom, for now I just use zip ties. One less lock-n-lock from my better-half collection but I bet she will never find it ;).

Looks good. They finally had the fuse tap in yesterday so I finished up the install. I used a 7/64 bit to drill a whole in the side. This allowed for a almost snug fit. I filled the small gap with black RVT (although I like the grommet idea a lot). With such a snug fit I will check for any chaffing in a few hundred miles to make sure the casing doesn't get cut.

Here are a couple images of the fuse tap in

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Y...401_122311.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-G...401_122258.jpg

When looking for a place to mount I toyed around with many various container I had plus a few I ordered. I also found it hard to find a good spot to mount it that allowed access and fit. I considered mounting it to the top of the fuse box but that wasn't ideal. You might be able to slip it down next to the battery, but I found that the be a hard place to access it.

sclui56 04-01-2012 10:36 PM

cmgrant, glad you were able to finish the install up. I was really surprised that I had such a hard time looking for grommets, at least the sizes I needed.

I may still look for another box for the receiver(don't really like having the box atop the battery) and may do away with the barrier strip, it is only a 1-channel unit. I don't think I need to protect it that well, if it ever get that mosit up at that level, I would be dealing with much bigger problems.

paleh0rse 01-05-2013 12:43 AM

Sclui56 - do you have a simple wiring diagram for the one-channel switch, the tap, and your auxiliary lights? I'm about to do the same thing, using the same switch, so any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks ahead of time!


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