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Gaybait
08-08-2006, 04:12 PM
Wanna try and wire up some lights myself on my cherokee but i have no wiring experience.. is it hard?? just a ground.. and a power wire no? and then hook up a switch n crap?. Unless someone can install em fo rme... i was gonna do 2 big ones upfront on the bumper then like 4 under my jeep so i can see the ground for night runs up at my cabin

FINGERS
08-08-2006, 04:23 PM
2 fuckin wires ,how much brains do you really have?

you shouldnt be driving if ya cant even figure out a lite kid,go back to school

Gaybait
08-08-2006, 04:29 PM
i am going back to school leave me alone :( haha

hilander
08-08-2006, 04:36 PM
we all had to learn somehow so be nice to the kid even if he is a little slow.
remember he coulda been your offspring

UU
08-08-2006, 04:50 PM
RED is positive (live)

BLACK is negative (ground)

don't forget your relays and fuses

Gaelen
08-08-2006, 05:32 PM
and dont touch them both once you hooked them up

Pudge
08-08-2006, 05:35 PM
any decent light or relay if not both will come with a wiring diagram on the back or in the box.

there
dummy


j/k, good luck

DirtyComanche
08-08-2006, 05:36 PM
Shouldn't we be telling him that he better use relays because switches are RARELY rated for the amperage lights pull?

bakelite
08-08-2006, 05:41 PM
http://www.carcentral.net/content/guides/HowToInstallAuxiliaryLights.php [cheers]

kamloopsyota
08-08-2006, 05:50 PM
just go buy a crappy kit from canadian tire or lordco, i got a good one for 10 bucks and i ran 4 lights

sj-x 500
08-08-2006, 06:37 PM
run a relay. or the lights will be dim.

BeerBaron Sr.
08-08-2006, 07:49 PM
Unlike a lot of story's here, remember,unlike a house or comercial wiring,
in a vehicle, the ground is switchedfor power[so your ground is open until grounded] by your switch

epic3
08-08-2006, 07:53 PM
If ya drive out to me I'll help ya I got switches wiring relays and fuses and can help ya do it safely

waggie
08-08-2006, 09:36 PM
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J20
08-08-2006, 09:51 PM
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kamloopsyota
08-08-2006, 10:01 PM
our old electronics teacher taught thats, eagle flies over the indian reserve

sj-x 500
08-08-2006, 10:06 PM
Unlike a lot of story's here, remember,unlike a house or comercial wiring,
in a vehicle, the ground is switchedfor power[so your ground is open until grounded] by your switch

not always, nor usually... relays are more often then not switched on the power side of the control side of the relay. but it doesn't matter they both work.

epic3
08-08-2006, 10:52 PM
our old electronics teacher taught thats, eagle flies over the indian reserve
do explain

UU
08-08-2006, 10:54 PM
Panda flew over the Pagoda

does that help [wako]

Grantman
08-08-2006, 10:55 PM
[QUOTE][Unlike a lot of story's here, remember,unlike a house or comercial wiring,
in a vehicle, the ground is switchedfor power[so your ground is open until grounded] by your switch/QUOTE]
The only circuit this applies to is the horn, anything else is switched power.

Nutbar
08-08-2006, 11:07 PM
[QUOTE][Unlike a lot of story's here, remember,unlike a house or comercial wiring,
in a vehicle, the ground is switchedfor power[so your ground is open until grounded] by your switch/QUOTE]
The only circuit this applies to is the horn, anything else is switched power.


You can find either switched grd or switched power it all depends on the manufacturer and the circut the horn switches usually are a grd switch circut so are the dome lights but not all ways and a lot of other circuts these days are grd switched

epic3
08-08-2006, 11:20 PM
Panda flew over the Pagoda

does that help [wako]

Whats a pagoda

BC_4RUNNER
08-08-2006, 11:24 PM
Whats a pagoda

Japeniese Patio Arch Thingy:D

kamloopsyota
08-09-2006, 02:39 AM
how does e/i r work, i cant remember much from grade 10 and lower haha

trailburban
08-09-2006, 08:01 PM
the only reason grounds get switched is to save on wiring by only running one wire, then a short ground.
if you switch negative there will be no voltage on the switch, only amperage. If this is done the switch will not last as long because the carbon buildup on the internal contacts of the switch cannot be arc'd off with no voltage present.
If you switch the positive, then you will have voltage present to burn off the carbon deposits.

run power through a 5 amp fuse to the switch, then to the relays coil. ground the other side of the coil.
run power through a 30 amp fuse to the relays contacts, then to the lights. ground the other side of the lights.
use a 30 amp relay or better. always have a relay or relay bank rated higher than the total amperage draw of the lights.
have a fuse rated at 15% or so higher than the total amp draw of the lights.
(2 lights is usually a 30amp fuse)

Gaybait
08-10-2006, 01:53 AM
there done :) took us forever but 2 big rounds ontop then 2 under my truck so ican see the ground

MikeWild
08-11-2006, 10:21 PM
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took me few seconds to figure it out, after I stopped playing wheel of fortune with it, I realized it was a formula I learned back when I was a sparky!

Good one![15]

MikeWild
08-11-2006, 10:26 PM
how does e/i r work, i cant remember much from grade 10 and lower haha


Ohm's Law:

voltage = current times resistance

Wanderingone
09-03-2006, 08:14 PM
CanadianPsycho

You’re an idiot