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post #1 of 9 Old 08-28-2014, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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TIPM and Heated Seats

So, I've got a set of Warmseats waterproof seat warmers on the way.

The instructions direct you to wire the supply for them into the cigarette lighter circuit, and while I know that will work, I'm a little anal-retentive about my electrical work. (Occupational hazard)

So, for those of you more familiar with the inner workings of a TIPM, I have a question.

I was looking at running my power directly from the TIPM by adding a wire to the harness at plug C6, pin 14. (Found the data on a couple of threads, but planning to continuity check it since the 2011s can be screwy.)

Will the TIPM allow the current draw through that path, even though I don't have the factory heated seats, or am I thinking that the TIPM is smarter than it actually is?

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If you put a 20 amp fuse in position M8, and a minimum 16 awg wire with appropriate pin connector into C6, pin 14, the new wire will be hot when the ignition key in in the RUN position.

Here is a picture of some other fuse locations with connector and pin numbers.



Here is another way to do it. https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57703
Not as clean as going under the TIPM, but still better than tapping onto the cig lighter socket.

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If you put a 20 amp fuse in position M8, and a minimum 16 awg wire with appropriate pin connector into C6, pin 14, the new wire will be hot when the ignition key in in the RUN position.

Here is a picture of some other fuse locations with connector and pin numbers.



Here is another way to do it. https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57703
Not as clean as going under the TIPM, but still better than tapping onto the cig lighter socket.
That's what I was hoping for. I just wasn't sure how much computing took place in the TIPM.

Thanks for the writeups on the TIPM, by the way. They've been extremely helpful. Have you had any luck sourcing the terminal lugs that go in the plugs to the TIPM? I've been looking, but I can only find them in lots of 2000, which may be a little more than I need...
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I didn't think there was a problem with tapping into the AUX cig lighter circuit. It is keyed, and certainly rated for more than enough amperage to run seat heaters. Seems to work fine.
I think the Warmseats inst actually suggest that option.
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I didn't think there was a problem with tapping into the AUX cig lighter circuit. It is keyed, and certainly rated for more than enough amperage to run seat heaters. Seems to work fine.
I think the Warmseats inst actually suggest that option.
A soldered connection is fine. It's the squeeze taps that are less than desirable.
Better to have the seats on a "RUN" circuit rather than an "ACC" circuit.

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Yeah, those squeeze taps make me cringe.

Running the wires from the TIPM will be more of a pain, but I think I'll have a little more peace of mind knowing that there's no chance of overloading the lighter circuit.
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I found the lugs from a Jeep in a junk yard. Any late model Jeep vehicle should have the lugs you need.
Be careful, though. Each connector can have several different types of wire lugs in it.

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Wheres the pinout diagram for those connectors?

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I haven't found a pinout diagram, but Ronjenx has some TIPM writeups that provide some information. That's where I drew my data from.
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