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What 'dis do?

This weekend, I sudden realized that it's almost spring and needed to do some work on the Light Truck. I stripped the plastic to replace the radio unit. Luckily for me it was just the fuse.

I also decided to drop the front and the lower spoilers to replace the plugs and drain/fill the transmission fluid. As I was opening the tranny fill plug, I saw this wire dangling in the air:


It is just a few inches above the footpeg and directly above the rear brake.



Judging by the green build up on the plug connectors, I don't think I screwed something up. It looks like it has been unplugged for a while.

My question, could this be a switched power source?

Could I tap into this for my fuse box? I'm very nervous about cutting the wire to the heated seat.

How should I test to see if this is a 'live" wire?

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Re: What 'dis do?

It's been a while since I've been in there but I think it may be another lead for a 12 volt accessory outlet like the one on the left.

No worries about cutting the wire to the heated seat as long as the motor is off. A couple of butt connectors that are used for telephone wire (available in a small package at Rat Shack) and some heat shrink tubing over top would be the preferred way to reconnect them.


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Re: What 'dis do?

it would plug in to another outlet if you had one on that side, like you have on the left
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Re: What 'dis do?

To test it use a multimeter or go to your auto zone type store and get a 12v test light. Then turn your key on/off to see if it is switched or not.

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If it is another accessory outlet, then the downside to using it as a switched powersource is that you have to wait for it to become active. Something like a minute after igition?

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If it is another accessory outlet, then the downside to using it as a switched powersource is that you have to wait for it to become active. Something like a minute after igition?
Never heard of that - the fact that is has some green deposits on it would tend to make me believe that it is currently (sometimes I just kill myself) "live". (only with the motor running)

Stick your tongue on it with the motor running - you don't need no steeenking multimeter! WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS, THIS SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY A TRAINED MOTORCYCLE MECHANIC WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER NEARBY.
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If it is another accessory outlet, then the downside to using it as a switched powersource is that you have to wait for it to become active. Something like a minute after igition?
It will be the exact second you turn the key - no delay.

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If that's the case, then why is it preferred to tap into the heated seat. Isn't that on immediately too?

I'm sooooooo confused!

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You can get to the seat connector (rear) with out removing any tupperware! That is why they recommend it over the right side accessory connector.

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If that's the case, then why is it preferred to tap into the heated seat. Isn't that on immediately too?

I'm sooooooo confused!
I would not use the heated seat wires, they are fused for relatively light load - the wires for the 12V accessory plug (and fuse) are designed for much higher loading, they can handle just about anything you can throw at it - like a 12 volt blender for making margaritas!

Just by taking a look at the relative thickness of the wires should be enough to verify this...


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I would not use the heated seat wires, they are fused for relatively light load - the wires for the 12V accessory plug (and fuse) are designed for much higher loading, they can handle just about anything you can throw at it - like a 12 volt blender for making margaritas!

Just by taking a look at the relative thickness of the wires should be enough to verify this...
I assume that using this power source to trigger a relay (to a Blue Sea or other power distribution block) would not draw excessive current . . .

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Re: What 'dis do?

It's just another accessory plug. I wired my GPS to it. Works great.

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