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Old 04-11-2009, 08:38 PM   #889 (permalink)
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Oh come on! An OPRAH must be bigger than a Cougar, but not nearly as fast.

Paul, I stopped over at Brian's house today. After working on a new feature for my car, I quizzed him on a few things about his controller.

He has a Zilla controller in his S10. I got to drive it a week or two ago. One thing I remembered is that you turn on the manual disconnect, turn the key to on, then you have to push in the clutch and turn the key to the START position to activate the main contactor.

Apparently, the Zilla controller is what actually turns the main contactor on.

If you controller had a bit of circuitry in it to control the main contactor, the issue of what order you turn things on could be almost moot. Just put the controller in charge of it all.
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