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Old 11-22-2014, 04:19 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I fabricated the whole thing in one piece. I'll post the whole process in the DIY section in a minute.

Turned out awesome, I'm pretty sure it'll give me 20 more horsepower and a 10 mpg boost! And of course Harry will get himself some much-deserved free advertizing if I ever flip Turtle!

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Old 11-22-2014, 11:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ugh...some stuff was a little off, definite BS, but as long as the car is in decent shape, it seems like a fair deal.

Since the ad will eventually get pulled, can you copy the advert and an image or two?

Any progress or ideas on the switch idea? Might just jump into it tomorrow. None of those PDFs worked on Drive.

So, if a camera has a positive and negative, can I just cut the wire and hook those camera cords in place? Like snip it, and insert the positive to the beginning side, and negative to the exiting side?
Does anyone know? I really don't want to set my Insight on fire.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:30 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Does anyone know? I really don't want to set my Insight on fire.
I'll probably find out this weekend, it's on my to-do list! I also have to rotate the tires, and I'm also gonna swap out a bunch of LEDs Ecky gave me, and then hook the grid charger up and charge it tonight.
Soon as I get off work I'm going to dig in to it. It'll be 70 degrees today, so a perfect day to work on the car!
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I suspect you're already getting well-read on the subject, but here's a guide that I roughly followed when grid charging my car:

Hybrid Automotive - Grid Charger User Guide

^ It seems to cover the basics pretty well. In my case, the voltage tops out around 170, give or take, and talk over on IC suggests that it's probably a good idea to let the batteries soak for a day or two after a full grid charge.

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Thanks, man!

I'm getting ready to Google installation videos again just so I know what to expect before I tear it open. It would be pretty sweet if there's already a harness in place, but that's not how it usually goes, lol!
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Even if there is, you'll need to adapt it to the plug I put on my charger. Installation is easy enough (IMO) that you're probably best off just using the harness I provided.

EDIT: When you run the harness out of the battery box, I suggest wrapping electrical tape around the wires a few times to prevent chafing.

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Does anyone know? I really don't want to set my Insight on fire.
Well, I hooked permanent power up to my back-up camera yesterday and it works perfectly as a rear view mirror! (no fires so far, Ultarc). (1)I used the power from the rear defroster, which I have never used before and wasn't even sure worked. Had some wire laying around and a box full of spade connectors, that's pretty much all it took.(2)(3)Ran the wires through the channel over to the passenger corner where I originally had ran the back-up camera wiring. (4)Hooked the wiring up, electrical taped the connections and tucked it in.

All done! (5)Now when I click the Navi over to the rear camera and hit the power button for the rear defroster I get continuous feed for the camera (ILO only when in reverse like when I powered it through the reverse light). Road tested it for about half an hour, and I can see 180 degrees off the back of the car, day and night. As a car comes up behind me, I get a pretty clear view of them once they're close. As they're passing, I can still see them in the rear view camera even though they're already in my blind spot on the side view mirrors! As a bonus, I can still play the stereo at the same time.


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Kind of funny but the camera kicks off after like twenty minutes, I assume because the defroster automatically does that! I hit the button again and it comes right back on.

This of course was a simple process since I already have a back-up camera input on my Kenwood DDX512 double din Navi system, and I already had the back-up camera installed. All I had to do was find permanent power to it.

Ecky, I'm going to wait to do the grid charger until next weekend, since I'm off work the week after that and I'll have enough time where I don't have to rush through it. I did manage to change out some of the LED bulbs (interior lights and license plate light so far), all of them look awesome, they're not too much different from the old bulbs, not like a stark white. Thanks for those!

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EDIT: When you run the harness out of the battery box, I suggest wrapping electrical tape around the wires a few times to prevent chafing.
I bought one of those incremental drill bits and a bag of assorted rubber grommets to drill the hole in the box with









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Old 12-06-2014, 01:13 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Preparing to install the grid charger harness finally!

I have to run to Tampa first, but I'll have it hooked up by this afternoon. Think I'll watch the you tube video one more time first, lol.

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Take a look at my thread too, before you dig into it:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...-29288-10.html
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Will do! Thanks for letting me use it!

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