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: added a power inverter so I have AC in-cab


venom
10-02-2007, 08:08 PM
http://reptilogic.com/Jeep/inverter.jpg
400/800 watt inverter - $20 at Harbor Freight
12' of 8G power cable - $10
Leftover high amp fuse holder from my old stereo install
so $30 for electric on tap :D

-V

MichaelW
10-02-2007, 09:32 PM
Nice. When does the fridge go in? Or is that for the blender? :D

BigO
10-03-2007, 08:01 AM
Sweet. I threw my inverter in the storage area in the back. I think you may have inspired me to get it out and make a permanent mount.

FzyPChz
10-04-2007, 09:41 AM
Venom, did you hardwire the inverter or is it plugged it to your cigarette lighter?

MichaelW
10-04-2007, 09:53 AM
Venom, did you hardwire the inverter or is it plugged it to your cigarette lighter?Speaking out of turn... I'd say no he didn't. He said he used 8ga wire and hopefully no one plugs something using 8ga wire into the power port that comes stock on a JK, or any other vehicle for that matter. You might let all the smoke out of the port and then it won't work. :grinpimp:

FzyPChz
10-04-2007, 09:56 AM
Thanks for the clarification MichaelW. Do you know if anyone has attempted to hardwire one? I'd be interested in that set up....

venom
10-04-2007, 01:08 PM
yeah Michael is right on the money
mine is hardwired - inverters draw a lot of current so big cables and good connections are a must.
I routed an 8G wire under the carpet, up the trans console then up and out the foam filled hole behind the top right corner of the dash under the speaker panel straight to a fuse and the battery. Ground is an 8G run to one of the seat bolts.

Works great so far.
Used it for shop lights working on the bumper, laptop charger, stuff like that - nothing too big yet. Just nice to have it if I need/want it :mr-t:

FzyPChz
10-04-2007, 01:11 PM
venom, if it isn't too much trouble, could you post a picture of how it is hooked up at the battery? I'm not electronically inclined...thanks in advance!

venom
10-04-2007, 01:24 PM
ok, I'll try to grab a pic tonight after work
basically it runs through a big fuse holder for a car stereo amp he the cable has a ring terminal on it, the battery has a nice big attachment point on the terminal, I took the nut off, slipped the ring terminal over it and tightened it back down

venom
10-04-2007, 10:14 PM
as promised
http://www.reptilogic.com/Jeep/battery.jpg

FzyPChz
10-05-2007, 12:58 PM
Thanks Venom! At least now I have a visual reference.

MJS_Jeep_888
10-05-2007, 01:14 PM
Vehicle wiring is something I'm interested in as well, but have practically no experience doing... for those of you in the know, would you consider a "Wiring 101"-type technical write up for us wiring newbs? I'm sure it would be very helpful to more than just FzyPchs and myself, and it sure would be appreciated. Just a thought. :beer:

FzyPChz
10-05-2007, 01:42 PM
Vehicle wiring is something I'm interested in as well, but have practically no experience doing... for those of you in the know, would you consider a "Wiring 101"-type technical write up for us wiring newbs? I'm sure it would be very helpful to more than just FzyPchs and myself, and it sure would be appreciated. Just a thought. :beer:

x2! My first electronic mod was when I did the DVD monitor hookup to the HU (it was intimidating at first, but the step by step write ups I read on how to do it made it very easy for me). Those are the kinda write ups I hope people will start posting here as well!

venom
10-05-2007, 02:32 PM
that's a good idea
Probably one of the first should be on hooking up a relay to the stock fog light circuit.
If you want to upgrade your lights, the factory uses 35watt bulbs, most aftermarkets start at 55watts. BUT with our all knowing computer if you try to run a 55watt off of the stock circuit, it gets unhappy and shuts it down. So adding a relay is the only way to go.
If someone doesn't get to it first I'll try to do a basics of wiring thing and maybe a couple of specific deals.
I'm no guru by any stretch, but I've run a lot of wires and made a lot of crap work :bounce:

MJS_Jeep_888
10-06-2007, 03:25 PM
that's a good idea
Probably one of the first should be on hooking up a relay to the stock fog light circuit.
If you want to upgrade your lights, the factory uses 35watt bulbs, most aftermarkets start at 55watts. BUT with our all knowing computer if you try to run a 55watt off of the stock circuit, it gets unhappy and shuts it down. So adding a relay is the only way to go.
If someone doesn't get to it first I'll try to do a basics of wiring thing and maybe a couple of specific deals.
I'm no guru by any stretch, but I've run a lot of wires and made a lot of crap work :bounce:

That would be awesome, and that's one of the only things holding me back from installing bigger/badder lighting... Thanks in advance! :cool:

MichaelW
10-06-2007, 03:41 PM
I'm no guru by any stretch, but I've run a lot of wires and made a lot of crap work :bounce:Same here. I've done junk like this. (http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29) And this. (http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13) And this. (http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57)

I'd be glad to help out where I can. :)

BeerMonkeY
10-06-2007, 03:41 PM
if anyone has any electrical questions fell free to ask, ive been doin 12v install (stereo, video,remote starters/alarms,all kinds of stuff) for almost 8 years now (wow i need a new job) if i dont know the answer i know people who do

Rubi-Khu
10-06-2007, 07:02 PM
I'm waiting for my Rubi on order... I'm not sold on the MyGig but would like to install a GPS a la Garmin Trail Guide (GTG).

The brief web search conducted indicated that the GTG is only for Jeep up to 2006. Has anyone install the GTG in their 2007 or newer Jeep Wrangler, and does it fit aesthetically to the dashboard?

Thanks!

-- Remi