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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

I actually put that where the dimmer slot is. I'm out of slots and never used the dimmer any way. You could do a clean square slot with a dremel if you were very careful, and very patient.

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So now your truck is dimmerless. Very creative way to install a switch, the dual battery control switch? I really like the relay mounting plate you installed under the hood; another great idea for me to steal and use.

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Just watch where your hood closes around the relay mount plate. If you look close I had to take the back corner off.
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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

The dual battery kit installation is almost done with the addition of the dual voltage monitoring gauge. Switch left = primary, switch right = auxillary, center = off. Works great. Switch came from Radio Shack, gauge is a Stinger. [IMG][/IMG]

The Stinger is pretty bright in the dark, even after I applied a black felt tip marker to the logo (under the cover). [IMG][/IMG]

I haven't quite figured out what do do about adding a battery conditioner (or 2) yet, so I'll order some more LEDs from Oznium and brighten up the outside while I mull it over with a cold one.

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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

Where do you run the wiring for the 4 under dash lights? I would like to do the same thing.
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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

This is where I tied in, careful soldering to the circuit that powers the existing LEDs in the dash. I'm sure there are other places, but this was convenient since I had the console off and wanted to avoid any additional wires to/from the console. [IMG][/IMG]

The original thread where Sunshine described his method starts out real good, but takes a very long journey through experimentation and chaos until some real creative ideas evolve. https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...ights-mod.html

There are a ton of threads along these lines, but the main thrust seems to be that LEDs are great. I have become a fan of Oznium because everything I ordered was shipped fast and the stuff works. Just remember that LEDs require a resistor if you hook 'em to 12v. I solder everything and use heat shrink. (TV repairman in a former life.)

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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

Decide to just get 2 Battery Tenders http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-0123-Junior-Charger/dp/B000CITK8S/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1304875162&sr=1-2and attach the included ring connector cables to each battery. I have to lift the hood to plug these in, but that will keep me from driving away without disconnecting. I am considering a lift-up license plate frame for the front so I can locate the plugs behind the plate, but that project is for the future. This week I upgraded the mirror lights to Oznium 1 Watt amber LEDs and took a picture of the dome light LEDs while parked next to a Honda CR-V for comparison.
That group buy on the dual battery kit wound up costing me more in time and money than originally planned, and I don't think it's over yet. Suspension and bumpers are next on the list. Hey, that extra battery is heavy.
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Can you even tell the Honda's dome light is on?

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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

It's funny how that happens. I get to poking around the truck and all-a-sudden there are more tools out and I'm doing something I hadn't considered earlier. These episode are usually acconpanied by an adult beverage or three. It's been part of the fun of FJ ownership!

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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

I'll drink to that!
Beer seems to lead to mods, I just ordered an ANL fuse holder and 100 amp fuse to use right at the battery. I pulled 8 ga wires to a fuse panel under the dash and today realized that if there was a short between the fuse block and the battery the truck would probably burn down, along with the house (and all of my beer). Unlikely that there would be a short unless some idiot with a wrench or a screwdriver was messing around... Or a wreck scenario, or any of the Murphy's Law things that haunt my existence. Aux battery is getting a nice fuse this week.

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Re: It started with the dual battery kit switch install...

The fuse holder with a 100 amp ANL fuse fit perfectly on the battery hold-down bar. I flipped it over and added a couple sliced pieces of fuel line as cushions against the Die Hard.


Since the tools were out I added the DRL switch, nicely documented here https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...isconnect.html

The switch has an LED that faintly lights when the DRLs are on.

OK, I think that's about it. There was some sort of mojo/voodoo in the Dual Battery Kit from Dirty Parts that spawned a lot of seemingly unrelated projects. I blame the weird switch. But it all seemed necessary at the time...

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