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Old 12-20-2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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Added a 12v outlet to my 2006 zx5 (pics)

The 12v cig outlet on the dashboard is in an inconvenient spot for accessories like a cell phone charger and dc-ac converter, so I added one under the arm rest.
Parts:
-12v heavy-duty outlet from wal mart auto section
-fuse holder from wal mart auto section
-one ring terminal for the ground wire
-10ft 8 gauge wire (I also added an amp off of this wire. 12 or 14 gauge would work fine)

There is a primary 40 amp fuse a few inches from the battery, and a 15 amp fuse a few inches away from the 12v outlet. (+ line of course)
The 12v outlet is grounded on one of the bolts securing the e-brake to the body.

Steps:
-Unhook + battery cable.
-Run wire from battery. How you do this and where is totally up to you.
-If this is the only item on the wire then add your fuse within inches from the battery, other wise use 2 fuses: one primary at the battery and one near your outlet. I'm aslo assuming you will fuse your additional electronic items.
-Remove arm rest: pop off plastic cover on rear, directly below arm rest. Remove 2 phillips screws. Pull arm rest toward back of car.
-Remove console: Take off shift knob and pull off leather boot (just to get it out of the way). Remove the screws under each rubber cup holder insert. Remove screw at rear cup holder.
-Pull off console.
-Determine exact position for outlet. Drill hole in console. I used a wood bit and cleaned it up with a multi-pupose bit.
-Reinstall the console and determine if any of the arm rest support needs to be removed for the 12v outlet clearance. (I had to remove about 1 square inch of mine with a dremel)
-Install 12v outlet in console.
-Reinstall console and attach power and ground wires at the same time.
-Reinstall screws for console, arm rest, and reattach leather shift boot and knob etc.
-MAKE SURE the wires are properly fused and grounded - then hook the battery back up.

I hope this helps somebody. I love having this extra outlet out of the way and no wires running across my shifter and stereo etc.


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Old 12-20-2005, 08:14 AM   #2
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more pics

Pic from the back seat.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:17 AM   #3
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Finished. Well minus the arm rest.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:20 AM   #4
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..and here's where I ran the 8 gauge wire.
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:46 PM   #5
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nice idea, my mission is to add those in my car and make all the wires from cell chargers, radar detecters, etc. so that they are the least noticeable.
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Very inventive dude.
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