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how to install power explorer seats in a ranger? how do u wire therm up

i have some power explorer seats i would like to install. how do you wire them up? there are just 2 wires right? where is the connection under the dash? is there an auxillary plug i can just plug into?

i looked in the "how to" section and didnt see anything on this.. any help appreciated
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i have some power explorer seats i would like to install. how do you wire them up? there are just 2 wires right? where is the connection under the dash? is there an auxillary plug i can just plug into?

i looked in the "how to" section and didnt see anything on this.. any help appreciated
run a power wire from the battery with a 30amp inline fuse to go to the seats then split it in 2 inside the cab and run 1 lead to each seat
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^ Pretty much what I did.

I ran a 30a fuse less than 12" from the battery, into the cab-through a grommet, split it into 2 wires, each with 25a fuses one to each seat. (probably a little overkill, but I'd rather be safe than sorry)

For a ground, I crimped & soldered a ring terminal to the ground wire & bolted it to one of the seat bracket holes.

Works like a charm for me.

The only thing I might change is connect a relay to a +12v keyed source & then to relays to the seat power. This way the seats will only have power when the truck is running or the key is in the acc. position.

Another idea I had was to hide a mini toggle switch to control the +12v relay so nobody can move my seats. (don't you hate it when the fat guy at the dealership moves your seat so far back that you can't even SEE the steering wheel, let alone grab it?!?!)
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ok i am a electrical moron, so let me get this straight.

run ONE wire from the positive terminal on the battery and put a inline 30 amp fuse in it..
then run it thru a hole in the firewall, and split it and run one wire to each seat.. put another inline 25 amp fuse before each seat.

then connect it to the positive wire coming out the seatbottom

then take the negative wire coming out the seatbottom and ground it to one of the bolts that holds the seat to the floor.

is this correct??


i just want to get it right and not start my truck on fire..
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yep thats how mine are set up. one wire going to a fuse box terminal actually. then it splits inside the truck. each seat is grounded seperately. the wire coming from the fuse box has a fuse. and after it splits there is a fuse in each wire. the guy i bought them from wired it up great!
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I ran 12ga or 10ga (I forget which size at the moment) wire from the battery (30a fused) inside the cab.
From there I split off to two wires 12ga (probably...I don't remember, but I know I used a larger wire than required). I then put a 25a fuse under each seat to make life easier if one of the fuses blows. I know if one seat quits working & the other still works to check the fuse under the non-working seat first. If both seats quit working at the same time, I'll check the fuse under the hood, then each inside fuse.

If you have the wire & fuse holders (I'd guess 14ga wire would be ok if you run one to each seat), you could instead run two wires from the battery (fused 25a each) inside the cab, then on to each seat, instead of the single wire & splitting it. I had the larger wire & fuse holders in my electrical parts box, so that's what I used.

The negative wire from the seat just needs to go to the body for ground somewhere. For me, it was a snap to put a ring terminal on the ground wire & run the seat mounting bolt through it. When the seat bolt is tightened down, you have a pretty good ground. It would be a good idea to sand the underside of the bolt head & some of the paint from the seat bracket where the ring terminal is going to be, just to make sure there's a good contact.

As long as you use a wire that's larger than the seat wiring & a fuse rated less than the wire is rated for, the fuse will blow before the wire heats up & melts the insulation. Also, make sure you run the wire(s) so they don't get pinched or scraped so that the insulation gets damaged.

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I did all the same except I only ran 1 inline fuse directly from the battery less than 12 inches away from battery itself. I do agree 100% that you should use a thicker gauge wire like we did going from battery til the split inside the cab. I think i did 10g from battery til before the split then 12g to the seats. Its quite easy to do. Just don't overthink it like i did and you'll be fine lol
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don't you hate it when the fat guy at the dealership moves your seat so far back that you can't even SEE the steering wheel, let alone grab it?!?!
Yes! lol if you end up doing this down the road, let me know. Everytime i bring my truck in for an alignment they crush the seat up against my sub box and leaves a mark on the seat for a few days...damn them
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