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Old 06-02-2011, 07:10 AM
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Im adding a secondary fuse block off of the battery to control the lights and accessories on my soon to be made switch box. Anyone have any tips or know of a tutorial?
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:03 AM
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Im adding a secondary fuse block off of the battery to control the lights and accessories on my soon to be made switch box. Anyone have any tips or know of a tutorial?
I am going to be doing this shortly
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:26 AM
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Take a good look at what your local auto-store has.

Oreilly by me has a sweeeeeet battery terminal set for making a new fuse block under the hood. Has half a dozen tap-offs with fuses already on it so you just swap the batteery terminal/connections and your good to go
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:52 AM
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Autozone has one where you can run 6dif things on it and they each got their own fuse, I'm looking into getting that and take all my stuff off off my battery
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:02 AM
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GG, you should prob do a tutorial on this for us electrical misfits
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:11 AM
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When I get my panel I will. I will post a pic in a second of the fuse box I will be getting. Very simple fuse box and will be fairly easy to work with

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This is the actual panel that I will be getting (8 fuses)

Here is a picture with less fuses, but it is a better pic to show an example

It is as simple as taking the hotwire that is going from the batter to the switch, putting one end of the wire to one pin on this panel, and putting the other part of the wire right after the fuse that you just connected on the other side. I can draw a picture on Paint on my computer for an example if you want

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I think this picture I just drew (with my beautiful artwork) explains how this works

All the colored wires (lines) are the hot wires coming directly from the battery
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:12 AM
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It's pretty straight forward. If you can plug in a toaster oven, you can do one of these.

Big wire from the battery to the fuse block's input. This should be sized to handle the maximum current of all the fuses in the fuse block. Then your wires for each device plug into to fuse block outputs. Done. This is not what is a pictured above. The one pictures above has an input and output for each fuse. I wouldn't suggest that.

I have one that even has a voltage display built in. I don't use it anymore since I moved and don't need all the lights and sirens anymore. But it makes life much easier.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:40 AM
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That's the same fuse block that I got also. Seems like a lot of wires have to be ran from the battery. Should the wires from the battery still have a inline fuse? I read that there should be a fuse no further then 18 inches from the battery
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:41 AM
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The fuse box eliminates the need for individual inline fuses. That is the point of having a fuse block
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:49 AM
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That's the same fuse block that I got also. Seems like a lot of wires have to be ran from the battery. Should the wires from the battery still have a inline fuse? I read that there should be a fuse no further then 18 inches from the battery
You got the wrong type of fuse block. You want one that has a single input wire and individual output wires.

You are correct about the fuse. That rule applies regardless of what is attached to the end of the wire (but I use 12" rather than 18"). If that new fuse panel is being mounted in the cab for example, that is a lot more than 18" of wire feeding it. You absolutely must have an inline fuse at the battery for that kind of arrangement.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:55 AM
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This is the block I am running, works great and it will actually handle some amperage (150) the inline style pictured above can't handle much draw.





I just ran a lead from the distribution block to the fuse block and then ran out from there.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:12 PM
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I only need at most 20a per fuse so that one that I am going to get is perfect
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:30 PM
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I only need at most 20a per fuse so that one that I am going to get is perfect
it looks like your message was interrupted by a network glitch while you were typing out the phrase "perfectly wrong for this application."

...as FireRanger (and others) pointed out, the problem with the unit you selected is the individual feeds to each circuit -- requiring a handful of individual wires to tie into the battery or existing distribution panel. It is a much better idea, from a parts/materials standpoint as well as from a safety standpoint, to obtain a "single feed" fuse block that requires only one (large gauge) feed from the battery/distribution block. ...and, again as FireRanger points out, if the run to this new fuse block is longer than 12-18", you'd probably want to put a large fuse in that large wire as well (nearest to the battery and or distribution block).


all that aside, you're free to set your truck on fire in any manner you wish! ...it would just be safer, more professional, and well.. more of what I'd expect to see on a "mobile HID lighting specialist's" vehicle, if you followed the safety/wiring advice already given, above.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:36 PM
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Thanks guys, I think im going to pick up the single feed fuse block as it seems like a easier and neater mod. Here is a link to what i'm doing

http://www.therangerstation.com/Maga...ccessories.htm
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:39 PM
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it looks like your message was interrupted by a network glitch while you were typing out the phrase "perfectly wrong for this application."

...as FireRanger (and others) pointed out, the problem with the unit you selected is the individual feeds to each circuit -- requiring a handful of individual wires to tie into the battery or existing distribution panel. It is a much better idea, from a parts/materials standpoint as well as from a safety standpoint, to obtain a "single feed" fuse block that requires only one (large gauge) feed from the battery/distribution block. ...and, again as FireRanger points out, if the run to this new fuse block is longer than 12-18", you'd probably want to put a large fuse in that large wire as well (nearest to the battery and or distribution block).


all that aside, you're free to set your truck on fire in any manner you wish! ...it would just be safer, more professional, and well.. more of what I'd expect to see on a "mobile HID lighting specialist's" vehicle, if you followed the safety/wiring advice already given, above.
This fuse block will be placed inside my engine bay about 6-8" away from the battery.
I am still contemplating on getting a single feed fuse block or the one that I posted.
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