I was browsing through old threads on here and it appears a few of you have installed power inverters of various wattages. The one I'm looking at is a 1.2kw continuous/3kw peak, and it's about 9x9x3.
What I need to know is this:
Where does one put fuses/etc in the JK engine compartment? There's no room in there! I'm doing headlight relays too, so ideally I'd put them all in the same place. Pics would help immensely, as I just can't see where the hell anything will fit. I had a TJ a few years ago, and it has TONS of room to put whatever you want. This thing has a smaller motor and has NO room!
To calculate amps for a load like this, do you divide 3000 by 12, or 120? I would assume that it's 12 since that's what's going through the wires to feed it. That said, what gauge of wire is recommended, and what fuse size? I'm guessing it's a 4ga minimum. I generally buy all my electrical hardware from Parts Express, and they seem to have a good selection of wires for a decent price - along with fuses that are rated pretty high.
That brings me to this question: what size fuse do I need?
And finally, I was scouting two places: passenger side in the cargo compartment (isn't there a hole or someplace for taillight wiring I can use if I run the wiring down the length of the frame?), or under the passenger seat. Under the seat has two problems: slushy boots in the winter time, and some sort of sensor arrangement on a steel bracket that hogs a good amount of space under the seat! I don't know what to do about slushy boots - mount it far enough back I guess, or turn it around backwards (same problem in the rear, though), but that sensor unit has me thinking....can I fab up a bracket to hold the inverter AND the sensor pack? My concern here is heat being given off by the inverter during use, and that pack being in close proximity to it since it can't be relocated very far.
How does one go about doing this?
Be patient with me; I had my 97 TJ for 3 years, and have had this JK for 3 weeks. I have a pretty good understanding of things but I'm still learning on this one. So far I've learned that whomever put the oil filler cap on that valve cover with all the stuff in the way is an idiot; first time ever I found the need for a funnel when changing oil!