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Old 09-25-2004, 12:12 AM   #1
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Power source... which fuses do you use?

For all of you that have gauges, lights in your vents, stereo systems, and etc.., where do you get your power from?

Do you use the fuses from the fuse box, and which ones? or do you have an auxilary fuse block that you use? IN SHORT, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR POWER FROM WITH ALL THESE THINGS HOOKED UP, WITHOUT DRAINING THE BATTERY OR OVERLOADING FUSES?


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Old 09-25-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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most neon lighting doesnt use THAT much power..youd be surprised...

as for stereo systems...deep cycle batteries are good. if not a second battery. yes, with high wattage goin fuse holders for ANL fuses are helpful..with 100-300 amp fuses. my friend for example has 4 fuse holders..each hold 2 fuses..and he is using 250 amp fuses.(of course hes got 2 3600 watt high current amps running) line drivers help. bigger alternators. there are lots of ways to squeeze more power out.
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I'm not really wanting much, just to hook up a couple gauges, some neons inside the car in the footwells, and some security things. What do you suggest?
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i would say you would be fine with just your battery..but if you are really worried about it..get a deep cycle battery..like an optima. they have a reserve power source. though..unless you are running all this stuff without your car being on and charging...you really shouldnt have a problem
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Just go thru the fuse box. If you have a multimeter check the empty slots and see if any are hot. then buy some of and mabe these , if there is no fuse on what your adding. Just plug into the empty hot slot and run a ground.

I wouldn't worry about draining the battery, unless you are going to have everything on at once with the car off. Nothing you mentioned should put put too much a draw on it unless something is wrong.
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alright, thanks fellas
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oh i forgot something

FocuzdZX5 what if the empty slots aren't hot, then what do I use?
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I found something at PEP Boys.. its a fuse block that holds only 5 fuses, you could mount that someplace under your hood for extra fuses if needed... hook the power up to one side, and run a jumper to the rest of them... then as you need something, pop a fuse in and run a wire for it.
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go to autozone or another parts store and get a couple "ATO add-a-circuit". you remove an existing fuse, plug this in, then add two fuses, one for the fuse you took out, and one for the new accessory. this is the best way to do it.
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go to autozone or another parts store and get a couple "ATO add-a-circuit". you remove an existing fuse, plug this in, then add two fuses, one for the fuse you took out, and one for the new accessory. this is the best way to do it.
these are very inconvient for multiple hookups though... they won't work for all the things I want to hook up, plus they get in the way of other fuses i need to use... just my opinion - don't work for me
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