How-To: General Wiring

chuckamazuk Nov 1, 2011

  1. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    I've documented all the wiring I've done on my truck and have compiled it all in this thread. It is sufficiently detailed to serve as an educational guide for future installs. I'm no electrician so I can't be held responsible if you burn-up your rig. :D

    With that said, I started with a wiring diagram and have labeled each area with a number; I'll provide photos afterwards to explain.
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    1. Relay Mount Solution
    [All connectors should be insulated and shrink wrapped to prevent unintended connections. Thanks to Soccerbrace for making this clear.]
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    2. Backup Lights
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    3. Fog Lights
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    4. Driving and Flood Lights (roof)
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    5. Distribution Block
    [All connectors should be insulated and shrink wrapped to prevent unintended connections. Thanks to Soccerbrace for making this clear.]
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    6. CB Radio
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    7 & 10. Dash Switches
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    8. Distribution Block and Relay
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    9. Inverter
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    11. No pic right now. Its just a transformer; 12V > 5V, 1A to USB to charge my Garmin

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    There's always more to do so I'll update this thread after my next project.
     
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  2. NismoFire

    NismoFire Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I am bumping this because it's friggin GENIUS.



    I need to go to AutoZone for some wire....
     
  3. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I need to do this.. Much of my wiring is in the cab of the X..

    Great write up!
     
  4. Deltaphi216

    Deltaphi216 First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    great post!

    I tried to give you feedback and yet again, i got this "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to chuckamazuk again."
     
  5. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    HA! Thanks, Deltaphi!
     
  6. AnthonyS

    AnthonyS Test Drive Founding Member

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    I would definitely need help with a mod of this caliber. lol

    Great Job!!
     
  7. Livinloud69

    Livinloud69 <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Founding Member

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    Nice write up! Where did you buy that fuse panel from?
     
  8. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Amazon. There are a few different types of fuse boxes from BlueSea to fit your needs.
     
  9. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    This is great. I need to do this with my truck. So I have a reference and can help others.
     
  10. Airmapper

    Airmapper First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I've heard wiring described as it can either be a rats nest or a work of art.

    You got a work of art there.
     
  11. gamecock257

    gamecock257 Skid Plates

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    Yeah, good looking engine bay, I love seeing pretty wiring work like that. Kind of like when Barrett Jackson is on and my friends and I always look to see if the car has an original style battery lol.
     
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    NismoFire Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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  13. JGBimle

    JGBimle Bought an X Founding Member

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    Im looking for some kind of fuse box or terminal block like that. I have four all my roof lights and a ton of LEDs, plus my sub amp and a few other things so I have about 6 or 7 wires connected to my battery. They all have in line fuses on the but the stud on the battery cable they are feeding into is getting crowded.

    So to the point, how do you like that fuse box? you have one heavy gauge wire that feeds the box then its basically got a bunch of studs to individually feed your other wires? And obviously eliminates the inline fuses?
     
  14. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    I haven't had any problems with the fuse box; I like it.

    Yes, I think I actually used 8 gauge since it was such a short run. Make sure to get the heavy duty fuse and put that inline to the fuse box. The diagram shows a 100A fuse but I think I actually have an 80 in it right now. I never draw that much.

    Yes, you would just cut the existing power wires to eliminate the inline fuses you have and put a ring connector on them, attach them to the studs and insert the appropriate fuse in the appropriate slot for your power needs.
     
  15. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Rep sir. This will help the electrically challenged (like me)...
     
  16. shumanchu

    shumanchu Bought an X

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    Hey could you post links or model numbers to the regular relays and the switches (bank of 6 under stereo)? That would be really helpful. Also, where did you end up mounting the fuse box? I can see where you stuck the relays, but do you have a pic that shows the final location of the fusebox?

    Oh another thing, where did you get the wiring and in line fuses? All on amazon? If so, which brand did you stick with?
     
  17. shumanchu

    shumanchu Bought an X

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    If anyone is interested, I think I found just about every part you would need to do this kind of a setup, minus the 850W inverter. My alternator can't handle that kind of load anyways.

    For just the wiring, all coming from amazon, total comes to about $134.

    If you want to add some lights, it goes up. I have chosen to use the Tuff Stuff LED lightbars as replacements, because they are brighter than halogens. I figured a 40" 120W lightbar for the roof, 20" 60W lightbar for the bumper, 18W fog lights, and 18W reverse lights.

    Total with all this and wiring comes to 775. Call it about $800. I can share the amazon wishlist if anyone wants it.
     
  18. Diadaga

    Diadaga Suspension Lift Lifetime Member

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    Man just saw this thread, now I no what mine should look like when I redo it to get rid of the rats nest I have right now. Rep'd as well man
     
  19. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Thanks!
     
  20. ericcris10sen

    ericcris10sen First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Uhg, I really wanted to put a lightbar up and install some fog lights, but after seeing this....no friggen way :(
     
  21. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    You're focusing on the entire system, and not on the subsystem that's important. Switch, relay, fuse, light, wires. Duplicate that 5 more times and you have the system Chuck was getting toward.

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    ericcris10sen First Fill-Up (of many)

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    01XterraPhilly First Fill-Up (of many)

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    did you make that switch panel? im thinking of doing that for my switch setup and didnt know if that was custom or you got it somewhere.
     
  24. Haydenpete

    Haydenpete Test Drive

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    What size relays are used?


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  25. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    15 amp, usually
     
  26. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    The relays in the photo are 30 amp.
     
  27. Haydenpete

    Haydenpete Test Drive

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    I have extra 40's could I use those or are they too big?


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  28. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Nah, they'll be fine. It just means the can handle much more current than you will be throwing through them.
     
  29. emtmark

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    I'm getting ready to start my project and this is invaluable info. Thank you!


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  30. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    You're welcome!
     
  31. Tay-Lo

    Tay-Lo I'm the king of junk food! Supporting Member

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    Yeah its all easy, the hardest part is running wires. Everybody gets intimidated by how to hook it all up.

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  32. shumanchu

    shumanchu Bought an X

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    I just pulled the trigger on the amazon order. Everything should get here by Jan 4th. I will be emulating this wiring setup, just with less things connected. I will have:

    2x LED flush mount flood lights in rear for reverse lights
    2x LED 4" Spot lights on front bumper
    1x Dual USB charging port with Voltmeter
    5x Toggle switches (old school metal toggles, none of this fancy plastic LED stuff)
    1x Blue Sea Systems 5029 12 port fuse box
    1x Assorted fuses pack
    1x 100A inline fuse, reset-able
    10x 30/40A SPDT fully potted 5 pin relay

    At some point in the future i would like to add 2 fog lights, but this will require me to cut appropriate holes in my shrockworks bumper for them, which means I'll need to find someone with a plasma cutter.

    I'll try to throw up some pictures of the installation to supplement what chuckamazuk has provided.
     
  33. njnewb

    njnewb Test Drive

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    Might be a dumb question but are these boxes waterproof?

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  34. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Nope, the Blue Sea are completely open. I know Prime came across an E-Bay listing of a pre-wired 5 channel fuse box that is sealed. Gimme a minute to find...
     
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    njnewb Test Drive

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  37. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Mine is mounted under the back seat.
     

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