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Blue Sea or Bussmann?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Voltron4x4, Jan 30, 2018.

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If money was no object...

  1. Blue Sea

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  2. Bussmann

    68.8%
  1. Jan 30, 2018 at 10:55 AM
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    Voltron4x4

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    Accessories are starting to add up and need to clean up my wiring under the hood. I've spent a lot of time researching the two versions people are choosing, both are quality setups, but why go with one rather than the other? I haven't been able to find any comparisons on the two. Relays are on both but seem more integrated on the Bussmann, but the Bussmann wiring definitely gets overwhelming for me with little electrical background. Any advice on either would be appreciated and pictures are always welcomed.

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  2. Jan 30, 2018 at 11:16 AM
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    I was under the impression that the Blue Sea units were fuses only? I can't find one with relays (do you have a part number?). If that's the case, then it will be apples to oranges with relays vs just fuses.

    Plus looks like the Bussman is more waterproof than the Blue Sea units pictured.
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2018 at 11:19 AM
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    Blue Sea is fuse only, but people then attach their relays next to it like the picture above. Just curious as to why that route instead of Bussmann...
     
  4. Jan 30, 2018 at 11:35 AM
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    I went with the bussman RFMR (10relay/40fuse) so
    • I could expand number of items I have plugged in down the road (futureproof)
    • I like having the relays and fuses in one enclosed box (looks cleaner when you're looking at it)
    • I went with the RFMR because it has two internal bussbars.
      • The how-to thread uses the RMTR and has an external ground bar (same way you would connect with the blue sea fuse box)
      • I wired mine so that one of the internal busses is pos and othe ris negative
    Overall, I think the bussman looks cleaner, just don't look under mine, I haven't cleaned that up yet. If you go with the bussman and do the DIY route, its not that difficult but it can be overwhelming with the amount of connections you're making but really, its super straight forward with a bunch of crimps.
     
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  5. Jan 30, 2018 at 11:39 AM
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    Ah, gotcha.

    Personally like the look and functionality of the Bussman compared to laying out relays, but that's a personal preference. Haven't done either yet as I have only one relay to use a the moment. I can see how it would be a little easier however to troubleshoot wiring if it's not all tucked up in a box though...
     
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  6. Jan 30, 2018 at 11:52 AM
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  7. Jan 30, 2018 at 1:22 PM
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  8. Jan 30, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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    They are through TacomaPros.com I believe. A bit cheaper on Amazon and EBay by $50 or so.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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