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Blue Sea panel and Breaker

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Leggo, May 25, 2012.

  1. May 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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    Leggo

    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    So I figured I would install a Blue Sea fuse panel and resettable 100 amp breaker in my truck. My panel under the dash is getting full of add a fuses. Figured I'd show how it went.
    The first thing I did was to go about mounting the panel and breaker to a piece of 1/4 " ABS sheet(cut down a bit) I bought from McMaster-Carr. I marked, then drilled and tapped the holes for the panel and breaker (1/4" x 20 ) and used stainless screws
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    The second thing was to mount that panel to the fuse box cover of my truck with all stainless steel hardware.

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    The next thing was to install it and hook up the cables. I bought the cable and then the lugs and made them to length, I used the marine shrink tube with the glue inside. Done!
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  2. May 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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    ItalynStylion

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    I have a breaker for all my audio stuff in the truck. Best decision I ever made.
     
  3. May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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    Looks great! That's how I want to mount my aux fuse panel since my winch solenoid box is takin up space behind the fuse box. One question tho, is it difficult to access the fuse box now?
     
  4. May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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    I am running a similar setup on my Yamaha Rhino. Holds up well to the elements.
     
  5. May 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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  6. May 25, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    no the fuse box opens the way it always did. just open and tilt towards the battery. Presto! I plan to run all power leads from the battery side so I can still lift and tilt the whole panel towards the battery to access the fuse box. I do however need to loosen the 10mm ground screw to let the ground cable pivot. All the cables are connected in this photo.
    It works just fine, I started hooking things up today
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  7. May 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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    I really like how you've set this up. One other question tho, have you lost some of the easy access to the fuse box now that you've ran some wiring into the fuse panel?
     
  8. May 29, 2012 at 7:12 AM
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    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Not the slightest. The wires are minimal compared to the power and ground cables. Really very simple,. I am pretty much a fussy prick about functionality.
     
  9. May 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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    I have a Blue Sea panel in my truck as well, but I nounted mine in the cab. If you mount in the engine bay you still end up running a ton of wire through a crowded firewall. I have an ignition switched relay under the hood thhat feeds the power supply to the panel. By far most of my aux power needs are in the cab.
     
  10. May 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    Where did you get the cables?
     
  11. May 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Great idea about the relay. I worry about leaving things on without knowing, then finding a dead battery later. Not sure how that works with a 100 amp breaker tho.
     
  12. May 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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    I bought all cables from amazon.com, lugs from Grainger, Sheet ABS from Mcaster-Carr, and panel and breaker from West Marine Inc.
     
  13. Jun 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    Do you have this running off of ign power or is it hot all the time?
     
  14. Jun 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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    looks good . the bluesea stuff is great and lasts for years . heres how i did mine a few years ago.

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    Nice ^
    Details on that setup ?
     
  16. Jun 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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    like? it runs lights , trans fan, ham radio, and still have a spot or two left for future stuff
     
  17. Jun 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    for now it's hot constant. I am going to get a high amp relay to make it ignition only.
     
  18. Jun 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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    Sorry for the delayed reply. I used a 12v continous duty starter relay. Not all starter relays are continous duty, so check the box. I found a keyed hot wire in the factory fuse box to trigger the relay. I would probably mount the breaker that you have before the relay. Pretty simple.
     
  19. Jun 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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    I think I have that same Blue Sea panel and mine is rated for 80amps. I saw you are using a 100amp breaker. I'm wondering if you have the same panel and if so, is your breaker at too high an amperage?
     
  20. Jun 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    perfect, thanx.
     
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