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Discussion in 'FJ Cruiser' started by Cuerno Largo, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Cuerno Largo

    Cuerno Largo SILVER Star

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    Anyone else find it annoying that the lighter plug does not provide power when the key is not in the vehicle? Is there a way to fix this? My wife has her iPod charger plugged into the lighter plug, but forgets to turn her iPod off and it runs the iPod battery down when the vehicle is off.
     
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    I leave my Ipod pluged into the stock lighter plug and it powers it off when the key is turned off. I have however installed another always on plug under the dash on the passanger side for charging things when I am not driving.
     
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    would you mind posting any pics if able so I can see what you did?
     
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    Will take a few when I get home and post them for you.
     
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    Thanks. I appreciate it. :cheers:
     
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    Sorry, Had to work late. Here is what I did... I can take some pictures of how I got power to it this weekend if you would like.
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    I installed a second fuse box from the battery to install all my additional items
     
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    bc i would love to do this but i am electric stupid any more dtails or pics so i could do this?
     
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    Thanks for the pics. If you can, some pics of how you got power to it would be great. Again, any and all input is appreciated.
     
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    Just about to leave home now for the weekend but I will pull it a part and take some photos and post them ASAP
     
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    Corey's writeup is great.
    I prefer a seperate "system" for adding electrical. This way your stock electrics are not touched and potential electrical issues are avoided. Also makes it easier to diagnose future issues if they arise, and create a "beefier" aux. power source w/o dealing w/ OEM wiring.

    more:
    There is a rubber grommet on the driver's side firewall (green) that you can cut a 'nipple' off and feed wires thru for a clean install.

    Use a relatively thick wire (like 10g) from the battery + post. USE A FUSE (15A) or Fusebox as close to the battery as possible. A long, unfused line is potential fire hazard. Thicker wire helps prevent this, as does the fuse.

    You can place the fusebox anywhere you like: under dash, under seat, firewall, enginebay, etc, etc

    Adding a fusebox is very convienent b/c as you add other accessories, you simply add a fuse and wire to the new fusebox instead of having a bunch of wires & seperate fuses coming off your battery.

    Also check the outfitting section of the forum and search for fuseboxes, adding outlets, etc. There is a ton of great links and various setups. They are on different Cruisers but directly applicable in this case-

    Hope my little diagram helps
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    Thanks FirstToy.
    Another thing I should mention is to find a better box than the type I used.
    Although I never had a problem with it, the taps are exposed.

    There are better (more $$$ too) marine grade boxes with plastic covers to protect from water splashing on the aux box.

    There is a good electrical company that has a catalog you can order to see all kinds of boxes.
    On their site is a PDF file, but having the real catalog is better.

    I forget the name of the outfit, but it is listed elsewhere, and I can find it later.

    I will have to look at your links in the Outfitting area too.
    I do have a spare aux box like the one I put on the 4Runner, but I would prefer to get one of the closed ones.
     
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    Here are a few photos of how I routed the cables and my placement of the fuse pannel

    1st photo, Fuse box location Drivers side center console

    2nd photo, Ground from fuse box to Exsisting ground screw under the center console along with leads to lighter plug

    3ed photo, wire pass throw firewall
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    and last but not least connection to battery
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    There is one there between the battery and the relay/fuse box. I tucked it in there to keep everything looking clean. I know its not that easy to check but it looks clean.:beer:
     
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    From the pics your FJ looks dirty and well used, just th way it should be!!:beer:

    Zack
     
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