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Aux Fuse Block Install (with clutch fluid reservoir)

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by qnyla, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Jan 23, 2016 at 8:38 PM
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    qnyla

    qnyla [OP] Well-Known Member

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    As part of the preparation for installing a LED light bar, I installed a aux fuse block in my 2016 3rd Gen today. I went simple with a Blue Sea 12 circuit ST Blade fuse block. I really like the features of the Bussman RTMR fuse blocks, but it seemed like overkill for my needs of running a few lights and radios. I have run the Blue Sea fuse block on my 2006 for 200k + miles in all conditions without any issues.

    Because locating the fuse block on the drivers side of a manual transmission truck is complicated by the clutch fluid reservoir, I followed a similar approach as I used on my 2006 2nd Gen back in 2011 which is discussed in this thread:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/aux-fuse-block-install-with-separate-clutch-reservoir.152254/

    Many people on TW have made similar fuse block installations long before I did. Mine is a bit different because of the clutch reservoir. The 3rd Gen layout and dimensions are slightly different, so I made a few minor modifications to the design I had used for the 2nd Gen. I used 0.125" 5054 Aluminum sheet for this mounting panel whereas I had used 0.062" sheet for the 2nd Gen panel. The thickness matters very little.

    Here is the fuse block I used:

    $36 Blue Sea Systems ST Blade Fuse Block - 12 Circuits with Negative Bus & Coverhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P6FTHC

    Here is the 100A breaker I used:

    $49 Blue Sea Systems 187 Series, 285 Series & Klixon Circuit Breakershttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KOTALG

    this breaker is overkill for this application, and there are cheaper options available, but I like the ability to easily throw a lever switch to kill power when needed.





     
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  2. Jan 23, 2016 at 8:50 PM
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    What equipment do you use to bend your metal sheets?
     
  3. Jan 23, 2016 at 8:52 PM
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    On this one (with thicker sheet) a had a friend that has a nice brake do it. On the thinner sheet for the 2nd Gen, I used a vise.
     
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  4. Jan 23, 2016 at 8:56 PM
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    Thanks. I'm trying to fab something myself, but don't have the tools to do a proper bend.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2016 at 9:15 PM
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    Damn that's nice. Wanna make another one of those mounting panels?
     
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  6. Jan 24, 2016 at 6:10 AM
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    Thanks. No, don't have enough time as it is.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2016 at 6:53 AM
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    what gauge are you using
     
  8. Jan 24, 2016 at 7:03 AM
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    I used 0.125" Aluminum, which I do not believe has a gauge designation. Any sheet stiff enough to hold the lightweight breaker and fuse block could be used.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2016 at 7:05 AM
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    Make sure you do not use a 6000 series Aluminum or it will break when you bend it.
     
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    Looking good. With this type of set up where will you mount your relays?
     
  11. Jan 24, 2016 at 8:02 AM
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    Relays mounted behind breaker toward firewall.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2016 at 8:38 AM
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    So are they on the bottom of your aluminum piece or mounted to the firewall? I took a different approach with my aux fuse block so I am curious to see how others are doing it. Thanks.
     
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    Link ?
     
  14. Jan 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM
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    Relays can be mounted on the bottom, but since I only need a few, I will mount them out of the way in these areas.

     
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    Nice work!
     
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    I like the "color matching" too. Nice work. Did something similar on my 4runner
     
  18. Jan 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM
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    Aux fuse block with Northstar AGM battery.

     
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    Any chance you might be willing to share the dimensions of your plate?
     
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    Clean install.
     

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