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Old 08 Aug 2011, 10:08 pm
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When i added the stereo and lighting to the wifes 06' i relised real quickly the short comings off the factory wires. No power at the head unit and no good place to add stuff. So heres the SAFE solution i came up with.

First i bought the following items:
1) 30 amp relay and pigtail (pig tail is optional but much more secure than spade connectors)
**NOTE: You can use fog lite relays from just about any auto parts stores usually blazer brand but i couldnt find the pigtail harness. This is where i got mine and they run bulk orders cheaper to: Bosch Style OEM Relay and Harness 12 VDC 20-30 AMP NEW | eBay


2) Fuse tap (allows tapping into factory fuse no cut wires)Buy Bussmann ATC Fuse Tap BP/HHA at Advance Auto Parts


3) 30 amp fuse holder and fuse,Buy Bussmann In-Line Fuse Holder for ATC Fuses BP/HHG at Advance Auto Parts


4) 6 circuit fuse panel..Buy Bussmann Fuse Panel for ATC Fuses BP/15600-06-20 at Advance Auto Parts



5) 10 gauge wire (for battery to relay) and 10 gauge ring terminal for battery.


First unhook battery terminals before begining.

Then decide where you want to mount everything. I mounted the relay under the dash secured with tiewraps. I then mounted the fuse block under the dash to the left of the steering column. Make sure it doesnt interfere with anything nd you can get to it if you need to change fuses.

Run the 10 gauge wire from the battery to the relay pin 30 and crimp the ring connector secure on the battery side. Make sure you leave enough to route around everything and secure with tie wraps.

Run a ground wire from relay pin 85 to battery ground.

Run wire from relay pin 87 to input on fuse block.

And finally run a wire from relay pin 86 to the fuse tap that install in fuse #16 of the factory fuse block.

Now you have just added 6 new circuits that can power the radio, lights, etc...that will only be on IF the car is switched on. Since it comes from the factory fuse block, it will remain on after the car is switched off until a door is open or the factory timer runs out. Your only pulling a small amount of voltage from the factory fuses as the wire from battery to relay is handling the load.

See pic below for details.





**WARNING: If your uncomfortable wiring stuff loike this, get someone more experinced to help you as you can damage your car if its not done correctly**
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Old 08 Aug 2011, 10:14 pm
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that's awesome bro. Nice write up. Thanx.
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Very nice write up! Since so many 06-up owners ask that question, I think this should get a sticky.
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It is great for visual for people to understand what goes where and what it does. If you can might do an edit later for sources and part numbers.
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It is great for visual for people to understand what goes where and what it does. If you can might do an edit later for sources and part numbers.
I agree. I, for one, would be interested in where you found your fuse block.
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 06:45 pm
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Very cool

This can be used on alot of vehicles not just the PT, just have to find a similar fuse to use.

Where did you get the parts from?
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 08:05 pm
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Thanks, i got most everything from advance auto parts. Will get the part numbers and add to list. The fuse blocks come in bigger sizes as well ( i think up to 12 circuits)

The 6 circuit fits nicely under the knee bolster, drivers side.
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Old 09 Aug 2011, 08:36 pm
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Added links to everything. Let me know if theres anything i missed or wasnt clear on. Gonna try to get some pics of the wifes car installation by the weekend and update.
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Nice write up, I'm doing similar but going with a fancier DC sub panel from Abe's of Maine.



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  • Can be used for 24-hour circuits
  • Models available with or without a cover
  • Cover satisfies ABYC/USCG requirements for insulation, incorporates an easy to open push button latch providing easy access to fuses, storage for two spare fuses, and label recesses that accept Blue Sea Systems' Small Format Labels for circuit identification
  • Fuse blocks with covers include 20 write-on circuit labels
  • Tin-plated copper buses and fuse clips
  • Accepts ring or spade type terminals
  • Positive distribution bus with #10-32 stud
  • Accepts ATO® and ATC® fast acting blade fuses
Mounting it behind the dash on the passenger side, interior firewall. The 6-circuit fuse block comes with a cover as shown, spare fuse slots, fuse puller, and is only $29!!! Run with inline power to battery, and ground to frame, and now you have a new fuse sub panel!!!! Once I have it mounted I'll post photos.



You can also get a negative buss fuse panel, is just slightly larger than above, if you have concerns about good grounds. I'm likely to go with that negative buss panel so I don't have to worry about grounding issues.

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I really like those Chrome. This is becoming a great thread.
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