Is there a relay seeing power switched on from the 12v and pulling from the battery or is the main power source through the 12v? If it's the latter, you've got a wonderful Zippo installed in your dash.
Oh crap.. no. That would really be bad. I spent a month designing, planning, prepping and executing my install. This is what I did.
Preface: My jeep didn't have fog lamps/tow hooks on the bumper. I replaced it with one I bought off a Rubicon owner. The aftermarket heated seats
were purchased 8 years ago. I never got around to installing them in my previous car. The windshield lights and front driving lights are ProComp 55s
. I mounted the front driving lights right onto the center of the plastic bumper by using AEV Front Bumper Light Brackets
Before starting I disconnected the battery. Duh, right!
1. I ran a 14" 8-gauge wire from the battery to a Bussman 100A breaker, which is mounted on the inner-right fender. From the breaker I ran it to my central wiring area.
2. I utilized the dead space under the glove box and made that my central wiring area. I mounted four Tyco 20A/40A mini-relays and a Bussman 6-slot fused block (all 30A fuses). Once wired and the panel is closed, you can't see any of it. This area is also very accessible.
For the relays, I followed their wiring diagram provided by ProComp.
- Pin 87 to 1 of 6 Bussman fused slots.
- Pin 86 to Carling switch (pin 3)
- Pin 30 to the Procomp 55 Off-road light.
I pigtailed all the grounds together to reduce the amount of wires.
3. I installed four Carling Contura II rocker switches with custom faceplates that I picked up from Sierra Expedition
(fog lights, driving lights, windshield lights & back-up lights). Switches were installed on a Daystar lower dash panel.
I followed the instructions from Carling and wired up these dual lighted switches.
- Pin 7 and 8 are grounded.
- Pin 2 and 6 go to an accessory wire.
I pigtailed all the grounds together to reduce the number of wires. I also did the same for the accessory wire.
For the switches I tapped the Accy cigarette lighter.
Wires were all zip-tied. Running wires are in wire looms and the ends were sealed with 3M cloth friction tape. Grounds were attached to factory grounding points.
Most wires were soldered and shrink-wrapped. Some had butt-connectors but all connection were shrunk-wrapped.
I made custom wiring harnesses for each set of lights, including T-angles. the harnesses are zip-tied to factory harnesses.
All this extra effort was too maintain the "factory look".
The heated seats are also tapped to the Accessory Cig lighter. I mounted the switches on the armrest console. Came in handy since we had SNOW in Glendale, AZ yesterday and it's 28-degrees right now! Ahhh... toasty buns!
Everything seems to work just fine. When the jeep is running, I can turn on all the lights. When I turn the car off, all the lights go off, including the switch lights.
It took me 4 days to do the install. It would have been faster but I didn't have any air tools to assist in removing the bumper or the seats.
I'm planning on installing two additional cigarette lighter ports. On in the armrest and one somewhere in the back cargo area. These will go straight to the Bussman fuse block. The backup lights
are on order and I'm following the write-up posted on another forum.
Other than what's listed here, I have no immediate intention to install anything else that requires power (knock on wood). If I screwed up anything on the wiring, let me know.
Let There Be Light!