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I have car audio equip and 2 sets of accessory lights. My battery posi terminal starting to ger crowded. Is there another place i can connect accessories to?
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You could put more fuses in the fuse block.
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Or put in another fuse block.
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Come off the starter solenoid on the battery side.
Not sure on yours but my 03 has posts on the distribution box that connect to the battery.
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Do they already have power going to the fuse block inside the truck?
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Unfused , direct from the battery.
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So jus add the power wire to a unused fused location to the accessory, and fuse it.
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Ok im looking at fuse blocks. Some have relays included and some dont. So turn on or constant hot. Since there lights i think constant hot would be nice since u can turn em on with the key right? Anything else i wana have included?
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I believe your battery pos cable runs to the RH side of the Power Distribution Box Megafuse. You can either tap off there or what I did was run another cable (with fusible link inline) from the PDB to an auxiliary bus bar that I mounted on the firewall.


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oh is that the one with the 175 megafuse. I like what you did. i wana keep it organized. i too many wires going to my battery as it is. haha. im going to try that. where can i get one of those? i feel i seen them at home depot

and its the RH side when standing on the drivers side looking at it correct?
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Some of the auto parts stores may carry them. I got mine at a marine supply co locally. You can order them through mouser electronics.
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I added this Hella 6-circuit auxilliary fuse block this past summer. Great for lights, etc.,-probably wouldn't be heavy enough for serious audio equipment, but it works great for me.

I have 2 sets of Hella driving lights, my KC back-up lights, my aftermarket dual horns, and the electronic rust deterrent all running into it, each with a separate fuse. Extremely clean install.
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yea i have my hellas up front and kc's in the back and planning on adding some fogs up front this summer so just looking for something to clean up my positive post at my battery-tooo many wires right now.

are all those wires going into the battery or do you have one main power from battery to fuse block and from there distributes power to your accessories?
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The red wires at the top of the pic all hook to the positive battery post with one ring terminal--all soldered and heat-shrunk. Going this route definitely cleaned things up underhood.
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You can also get new battery terminals with more outputs. Also my optima and some other batteries have an extra set of posts. Just be sure to fuse anything you add, but I guess you already know that.

If you want you can see some pics of my battery here:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/snapshots-69/not-small-3-a-116807/

Didn't really get an ideal placement on my distribution block, but oh well.
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yea i got those battery connectors- they look like this
http://www.jlaudio.com/xb-btu-marine...nnectors-91659

so thers 3 holes-one for my audio, one from the alternator, and then one that splits into two that were the stock connections that i just kept connected.
and now i got 2 extra wires sharing with a 4awg so its getting tight. think im going to take a 8awg wire-connect it to one of those distribution fuse blocks and off that go to my lights and etc.
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If your old battery terminals are past their prime, why not upgrade to something like mine:


Mine out of space so I ran a small distribution block off the positive terminal so I gained 4 extra 8ga connections.

I still have 2 or 3 sets of those battery terminals & maybe one extra distribution block too.
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ill have to get some pics of mine-its kinda messy- and yea they could use a replacement
yours is really nice and orderly! i like it. there very similar to yours only they dont have the 2 4awg hooks ups on the side just 2 4awg and 1 1awg inputs.

dam im gunna be embarrased to show you my setup haha ill get pics tomoro
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HA!
Mine started off with 1x 1/0ga, 2x 4ga & 2x 8ga... when I did the alternator upgrade I drilled the 4ga out to 1/0ga & the 8ga out to 4ga.

I got extras 'cause I thought I'd mess one up or someone else would want a set.
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yea for sure! how much?
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If your old battery terminals are past their prime, why not upgrade to something like mine:


Mine out of space so I ran a small distribution block off the positive terminal so I gained 4 extra 8ga connections.

I still have 2 or 3 sets of those battery terminals & maybe one extra distribution block too.
I think we have the same terminals. I think we actually might have talked about that previously though haha.

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yea i really like those! you were able to drill out the 8awg inputs to fit 4awg?
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We did great minds think alike.

Increasing the size of the holes wasn't that bad... just clamped it in my drill press vise & gradually increased the size of bit until the 4ga & 1/0ga wires fit snugly. Just make sure to remove the set screws first
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