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roosterst 04-17-2011 08:02 AM

Installing power points into rear of armrest.
 
This was done on a '05 ZX3. Other years, and models may be similar.
Radio, seats, and center console were removed, but are not included in this write up.

Tools needed:

7mm socket
Phillips screwdriver
pick tool
Trim removal tool
Dremel
Soldering iron

Parts needed:

Power point socket
Wire
Heat shrink
Wire loom
Misc connectors

This diagram is from a '04 SVT. The diagram shows a OG/BK wire for the power side of the rear PP, and OG/YE for the front. My '05 had a OG/YE wire. We used orange without a tracer. Your wire color maybe different, as well as the fuse location.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...dlighter-1.jpg

Got a few parts from the dealer, but they started getting costly, so we used Napa power points instead.(not all parts were used).

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1936.jpg

The Napa parts came with covers; we used these instead.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1934.jpg

Made up a harness, fished it through, and soldered it to the front power point.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1814.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1812.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1817.jpg

...and put the PP sockets into this piece. We used the bracket that came with the PP as a template for cutting the holes.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1931.jpg

...while my 10yo cut into the armrest support. (Wasn't rough looking when he was finished.) And, hooked up the other end of our harness. The metal bracket on the armrest had to be trimmed up a little, but we forgot to take pics, sorry. You'll see what needs to be cut when you try to put the rear cover back on.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1810.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1809.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1815.jpg

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1937.jpg

Finished.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/100_1939.jpg

The armrest is still sturdy, even after half of the support was cut away. And, now I don't have to listen to the kids complain that they can't play their DSs.

speedyg 04-17-2011 10:19 AM

Great write up. I did the same thing in my focus after I got it, but put them in the front for my phone and ipod chargers. I tied my power source tho into the fuse for the radio, this way when I turn my car off the devices loose power and I'm not at risk of running my battery down at night.

RazziRick 04-17-2011 01:56 PM

Thats a good job you did right there..I like it..Good to see todays youth taking pride in cars and working on em..Future Foci dude right there..

SvviftSVT 04-21-2011 02:29 PM

That is awesome. I was thinking of doing something kinda similar.. switches instead of power points. the same process should work though, right?

roosterst 04-21-2011 02:45 PM

I would think so, yes. Switches should be smaller, so you wouldn't have to cut as much away from the arm rest support.

daidie 04-21-2011 03:44 PM

uk spec 2001 to 2005 foci already have an aux power point there. it comes in really handy for keeping the kiddies quiet with their games consoles. didnt realise this wasnt in the us spec foci

miragesmack 04-21-2011 07:51 PM

Yup, you guys and girls get all the good stuff over there. I have one in back too, but had to buy an ST170 console to get it!

daidie 04-22-2011 11:42 AM

we dont got the 2.3 duratec lump. in the 2000 to 2005 foci the biggest engine we could have was a 2.0 duratec st170.

Sniper Focus 04-22-2011 01:09 PM

I didnt know that the SVT only had a power point, and here it is I was thinking about adding a rear one like on the euro consoles. I might as well since I have the console in the house.

Good job nonetheless, I like the little mods like these.

Puke 12-23-2012 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by daidie (Post 3643461)
uk spec 2001 to 2005 foci already have an aux power point there. it comes in really handy for keeping the kiddies quiet with their games consoles. didnt realise this wasnt in the us spec foci

Do you have any pictures of the UK setup that you might be able to post or email to me?
Thanks,
Puke

svtpuke@gmail.com


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