As many of you know there are many people out there with an additional fuse panel to accommodate all of their accessories. I decided before my wiring gets out of hand, I better come up with a way to keep everything organized before trouble strikes! (That's just my OCD tendencies kicking in). After doing some research I decided I was not going to pay mad amounts of money for an SPOD when I can easily install a fuse panel and a relay panel and it will essentially do the same thing!
I greatly appreciate two threads in particular because I pretty much jacked a bunch of their ideas and threw my own spin on it (remember, mimicking is the highest form of flattery!
) Before I start I should reference the threads that really helped me guide my train of thought!
12-Circuit "Switched" Fuse Block (Installation w/ pics)
CLEAN 12v Fuse Block Accessory Install w/Pics
So, to begin I purchased a 12 Circuit ST Blade Fuse Block w/ Negative Bus and Cover from amazon.com (PN 5026) and HELLA H84988007 4-Way Mini Relay Box (but I don't actually thing it was a Hella product??) from amazon. I decided that I wanted a switched circuit (meaning they can access power once the ignition is on) for most of my accessories but at the same time, I wanted some with constant 12V power from the battery (like my horns and such). I decided I didn't want my fuse panel in the engine bay to eliminate the cluster of wires out in the open. I decided to locate it exactly where Shadow-Warrior did using a fabricated steel plate. I used 22gauge sheet metal and gave it a quick coat of spray on bed liner I had laying around. Here's a pic before I sprayed it.
While waiting for it to dry I decided I was going to try and figure out how I was going to wire it up. I decided I was going to use an 8 gauge amp kit with an additional fuse (Stinger 8ga. Amp kit purchased at a local car audio shop). I decided I was going to essentially follow the same wiring as LandCruiserSteve but instead of running 2 relays with switched power, I would run 1 with switched power and 1 constant to the panel. I am modifying my fuse panel exactly the same as what he did but my relay/fuse configuration is a bit different under the hood.