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hello there.. I have a question for you.. do you happen to know where I can find an ignition ran HOT spot for hardwiring a power inverter to turn on and off w/ the ignition?? fues box? fuse slot number? whatever helps
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great info, thxs
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Hey I bought a foglight wiring kit from autozone and it has me doing some things different:

First, no relay. Maybe it is part of the switch?

It has me ground the switch, which you don't instead of tapping a fuse for the switch, maybe the fuse is also part of the switch?

I am going the independent switch setup BTW.

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55W lights
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Many cheap aftermarket kits are like the one you bought. It will work ok, but know that the 12v power runs through the switch to the lights. This causes the switch to run hot and shortens its life, and reduces the power actually reaching the lights. It is always better to have a relay trigger power to go directly to the lights from the battery, even if they are 55 watt ones.
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Yeah I went out and bought relays and through out the kit. I am just going to fap up a switch box and do it all by hand. All my wiring, relays, fuses, junction box, and the works was like $100. I still can't find any fuse taps. None at Autozone or Advance. None at Lowe's either. Maybe a hardware store?
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What the heck did you buy that cost 100 dollars? All the autopart stores here carry the fuse taps.
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What the heck did you buy that cost 100 dollars? All the autopart stores here carry the fuse taps.
I bought three setups worth of wiring, relays, switches and connectors. 3 of everything. alot of wire. plus 2 work boxes. I am doing stock fogs, aftermarket fogs, and a reverse work light.
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Oh haha, I thought you just bought 1 thing.
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hahaha no. not that dumb. found the fuse taps at napa btw. i was kinda surprised that AZ and advance didn't have them. i was about to hit up summit racing.
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Ok, finished my wiring today. 2 stock foglights and a reverse light plus the wiring for a future set that I don't have hooked up to the battery but the switch is still hooked in. I plug everything in and flip all the switches. One of the switch indicators lights up but nothing else happens. I disconnect everything, plug just the reverse light in and nothing. I can hear the relays clicking when I turn the switches off.

I did everything to spec, I was going to tap a fuse for the switches in the dash but my fuse taps didn't fit. I spliced to my 12v outlet instead. I've never spliced before so I'm not sure I did it right. Could that affect it?

While I was troubleshooting it I managed to get all three indicators lights to go on but they flickered and glowed weakly depending on what combination I had on.

I tried to keep all three setups separate but the relay grounds, switch grounds, and my switch fuses that run into the 12v are connected. Does each switch need to be on it's own circuit?

Help me out please.

If you need anymore info let me know.
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Old 12-14-2010
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If I already have my foglights wired to a switch inside, how would I make it to go through my headlights? Just splice it? And also which is the regular headlight wire and which is the brights?
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Help me out please.
I know it has a few months butů did you get this figured out ?

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If I already have my foglights wired to a switch inside, how would I make it to go through my headlights? Just splice it? And also which is the regular headlight wire and which is the brights?
Tap either the high or low beam wires is the easiest way.

Use a probe to check, turn on the low beams and check out the wires as close to the head lights as possible and trace backwards from there once you located the correct wire.

Orů open the bundle of wires going from the firewall to the radiator support and probe wires until you find something.

Check your state codes, some states do not want the fogs on with the high beams.
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Hello

It's a nice graphics and good job on the right up.The signal wires are fine,but I don't like the run power wires.
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I have a quick question. do you guys use 4 prong relays or 5? i can only find 5 prong relays online but the picture has 4 numbers so is it still possible to use a 5 prong?
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The five pin relays have pin 87A, which is normally close (NC).
Pin 87A will be hot when the lights are turned off and no voltage when the lights are turned on.
You can use that type of relay but cover the extra pin with heat shrink or a Spade Lug w/heat shrink over it.
That said, I would try to find the four pin type, try on line that is where I find mine.
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alright thanks for the help!
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Just get the 5 pin and cover it up. I have only used the 5 pins cause they are way easier to find and just cover the extra pin with heat shrink like Grev said.
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Help

I have a 2001 Ranger XLT extended cab RWD, I am looking to install afermarket lights but can not find a place to come through the fire wall, can anyone help?
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I have a 2001 Ranger XLT extended cab RWD, I am looking to install afermarket lights but can not find a place to come through the fire wall, can anyone help?
On my 98 I slipped mine in through the rubber groment that is around the steering shaft. This is easiestly done from inside the cab. Take a small screw driver and pull the grommet to the side and slide the wires through. This works if you have a couple small wires to run.

if you have several wires to run it is probably best to take one of the rubber drain plugs out of the floor pan and run the wiris through there.
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