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08-13-2004 05:01 PM
S2 This isn't my car but a picture I found on here, shows what or where I am talking about when I said to mount your switches in the fuse panel door. I used 'silver' toggle switches on mine, not the push button light switch kind like this guy used...

http://www.focusfanatics.com/gallery...php?photo=2732
08-13-2004 02:35 PM
S2 A ring terminal looks like this....

See the 'ring' hence the name "ring" terminal.

A male terminal looks like this....

See the flat tab sticking out, hard to see cause it's inside that red shielding. It's basically just a flat blade off steel sticking out.

A female terminal looks like this....

See the slot for the flat tab for the male terminal to go in.

A butt connector looks like this....

Wire goes in each end to join wires, etc.

A inline fuse connector looks like this....

You use a butt connector on each end to connect the wire from (in this example) the LED power, into one end of the butt connector, then into the one wire from the inline fuse, to the fuse to the other wire from the inline fuse, to another butt connector to the other wire for the LED power. Make sense?

A switch (SPDT) looks like this....

See the two terminals in the back (with the flat head screws in the picture). That is how the wires go in and out of the switch.

You can also check out this website..... http://www.terminaltown.com/
08-13-2004 02:22 PM
S2 No those are quick connects.... those are perfect for splicing into a prerun power wire. You just need one that looks like this..... wait, read the next post.....
08-13-2004 02:04 PM
XfocusX tried to find male terminal at the parts store, they had mini male ford's and male for fords, but they looked nothing like a fuse. looked to heve a spot to clamp a wire in, then was like a flat piece of metal. posibly to fold in half. [-_-_-_]== kinda like that. is that what i want? how does that work then?
08-12-2004 06:59 PM
S2 Very close... you want to put the inline fuse in front of the switch between the fuse 52 for example and the switch not between the switch and the POS LED wire. Same goes for the one going right to the battery.

Nice work on the diagram above!
08-12-2004 06:51 PM
PreciousAngelJS25 Pos + Battery - Neg
^ (ring term.)
^-----Switch----(inline fuse) --------- Pos. LED wire>
Ground-----------(ring term.)---------- Neg LED wire>



Fuse 52 (female term.)
^(male term.)
^-----Switch----(inline fuse)--------- Pos. LED wire>
Ground-----------(ring term.)--------- Neg LED wire>


Is this a fairly accurate diagram???
08-12-2004 05:06 PM
S2
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Originally posted by PreciousAngelJS25
Sooo...

The negative wires from the LEDS just go to the actual ground of the car and the negative wires from the switch are connected to the negative wires from the LEDs and grounded too?? Then the positive wires from the LEDs are attached to the back of the switch and then the positive wires from the switch are attached to the fuse or the battery???
The negative wires from the LEDs go to a ground, YES......

The switch is on the positive side, not negative. So like I tried to show XfocusX that should explain that for you.

Let me know if it doesn't.....
08-12-2004 05:05 PM
S2 Also I need to correct myself from before..... if you run power from the fuse panel, you HAVE to install a inline fuse in that wire.....
08-12-2004 05:05 PM
XfocusX that is what i gather. sounds simple enough. my confidence is building.
08-12-2004 05:04 PM
S2
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Originally posted by XfocusX
so buy a male terminal, shove it and the pos wire into 52, pos from the switch to the led. neg from led to ground. nothing in between.

[led]---pos----[switch]-------[male term in 52]
\____neg__________[ground on car]
Yeah, for power, go like this..... (if your running power from the fuse panel)

52 to male terminal to wire to inline fuse to wire to switch then switch to LED positive wires (twisted together) to LED

and for the ground.......

car (existing ground if poss.) to ring terminal to LED negative wire (twisted together) to LED
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