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Adding a 15A circuit

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by jimsphoto, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Oct 18, 2011 at 8:20 PM
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    jimsphoto

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    I need to install a 2meter ham radio in my 2011 Tacoma 2wd SR5. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Oct 19, 2011 at 12:36 AM
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  3. Oct 19, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    I know nothing about CB's but if you need a new 15A circuit, you can tap off the fuse box under the hood and use an in-line fuse. If you pop the cover off the under-hood fuse panel, there's a bolt on the passenger side that is always 'hot'. Get a weather proof in-line fuse holder, crimp on a fitting so it slides over the bolt, tighten the nut down and then run the wire into the cab. Put a 15A fuse in the fuse holder and you now have a constant hot, 15A circuit. Oh, it's a good idea to disconnect the batter before messing with that bolt!

    If you want a circuit that is only on when the truck is on, you can use a relay. Let me know if you want to go this route and I can tell you how to do that also.

    Lastly, Welcome to TW!
     
  4. Oct 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM
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  5. Oct 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM
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    Run your power for the radio from the battery. You'll get the cleanest power and are able to run the correct sized cables that way.

    I used #6 to supply my rear fuse panel that powers my icom.

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  6. Oct 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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    Fused power from the battery if you're so inclined... FWIW, that bolt I mentioned above comes directly from the battery but keeps the battery terminals free of excess wires and leads.
     
  7. Oct 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    I take for granted people are intelligent enough to fuse within 8" of the battery or before passing through anything that can chafe the wire.

    Thanks for the catch!
     
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