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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2003, 08:58 PM
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fuse block or power strip wiring suggestions

Starting to look like a real rats nest on the positive battery terminal, I would like to mount a fuse block or power strip or something to unload the mess on the battery.

No serious power draws yet but additional conections will be needed down the road.

Couldn't a heavy gauge wire from the positive side be run to such a device and make the connection there to avoid the clutter?

I have the day free tomorrow and autozone is open expense isn't a big concern it's cheaper than fires!!


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Re: fuse block or power strip wiring suggestions

Go to a heavy truck bone yard , or shop and get a supply strip from a semi . The one I use came from the '85 series Freightliner cabovers , these are super common since almost all truck manufacturers used them . The panels are in the cab , either on the left kick panel or under the center divider in these trucks, they use breakers and sometimes fuse holders . The breakers are cheap to replace if they go bad, usually like $3 each for the 25 amp or smaller . Simple stud hookups for the wire , and the strip is insulated . Just used a cheap replacement battery cable to power it , all my accessories run off this setup, including the relays . About the safest way to do it ....

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Re: fuse block or power strip wiring suggestions

I used a similar approach on mine when I did some wiring in my Amigo.

Started with a trip to radio shack. Picked up an inline fuse holder (30A) and ran that from the battery to a fuse block. RS also sells terminal strips, simple screw-down holders that use spade connectors for the wiring. I picked up the 8 terminal block.

Also pick up a plastic project box. Drill a couple holes for the wires and mount the bottom to the body. The top screws down and protects the whole wiring mess from moisture, plus helps it look pretty.

My project ended up just a simple black box with a small red wire (12 guage) leading into it (the power lead) and a larger bundle wrapped in loom leading out. Sorry, no pics, camera was stolen.

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