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ah ok well i have electricity class next sem so maybe that will help me come up with the best way for me to wire everything correctly. just wanna make sure i do it right the first time so its done with hahah but as for the lights my fronts are kc 100 watt and the off road ones are 130watt. not sure on amps id have to look at them i think ive heard average is about 9amps per light. the relays are just the standard automotive relays so if i remember correctly i think 30/40 amp
For 100 Watt Lights its recommended to run each pair off of its own relay, but, both relays can be triggered by the same Switch.

Fr 55/65 Watt bulbs, its recommended not t run over 4 per relay.
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For 100 Watt Lights its recommended to run each pair off of its own relay, but, both relays can be triggered by the same Switch.

Fr 55/65 Watt bulbs, its recommended not t run over 4 per relay.
ok cool thats what i thought. thanks!

so you think i should just wire it like that video but instead of 5 switches do 4 and have 2 of the five relays hooked to same switch on the panel? if i make that box from the video do you think the wires are heavy duty enough to have everything on at once? i already bought some of the supplies to build it.. the inline fuse cable for the box is 10 gauge so whats the best size fuse to run with it? im at work right now so cant look to see what it came with. think it was only 30amp fuse

or do you have any other video or diagram showing how you would wire it all together? will also be doing a dual battery setup with a battery isolator

thanks for all the help so far
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You are on the right track. Bellow is a chart that I reference for making wiring harnesses. Since I don't know where you are mounting your power distribution box (the box from your first video), I don't know what size your main input wire from the battery needs to be. If this were my project, I would try to mount it as close to the battery as I can, to limit the guage of wire feeding your fuses and relays.

For the switch wiring, CAT5 cable is sufficient as there is almost no amp draw on the switch itself and all they do is open and close the magnetic field on the relay. For the lights, 12-14 gauge wire should be good.

How are you adding in a second battery? Are you going to get a diesel right hand battery tray and all the cables?

The rest of your questions I will answer with a wiring diagram. If you need some more help on this feel free to PM me. I would like to know what exactly you already have purchased for the fuse block and relay block so I can help determine exactly what you need for input circuit protection and each circuit's fuse requirements.

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one more question before I finish the diagram for you... do you want the lights to work with the key off?


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Thanks!! yes i will try to mount the power distribution box as close to the battery as possible. as for the dual battery setup.. i already have it, have a regular battery under the hood(which im replacing with a kinetik HC2000 because that battery is bad) and then i have a 2nd kinetik battery(HC1400) mounted under my driver seat hooked in parallel with the first battery. My amps are then just connected right to the battery in my cab. So i already have dual batterys setup but dont have an isolater yet(gonna buy one soon) and also wanna do the big 3 upgrade(switching all the main power and ground cables to 0 guage).

and yes id like all the switches to work with truck on and off. i will be mounting 1 or 2 sets of backup lights so id like to wire them where that i can turn them on with switch but also so they come on automatic when putting truck in reverse
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The first diagram I posted would allow all of your switches to work without the key on, the fallowing diagram shows how to wire up your "Back Up" lights to work off of either a manual switch or the transmission.
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Yea I bet that box is really nice....oh and that thing she was building, thats pretty cool too
bahahaha now that cracked me up
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thanks!! looks like i have alot of work to do lol
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I messed up on the Aux Reverse Light Diagram. The factory reverse light wire needs to go to the same relay as the manual override switch for the reverse light.

This project wouldn't be that hard to do. The hard part is finding a set of waterproof connectors to make it all look good in the end. That is myy hang up on my Power door lock conversion.
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