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Unread 05-07-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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Replace Key ignition with bad *** toggle switch


So currently my jeep does not require a key to start. The cylinder is so worn that it turns no matter what. I'd like to replace the key ignition with a toggle switch and a momentary switch for mostly aesthetic reasons.

in addition I'll be wiring in a kill switch for security. The kill switch is not a big deal but does anyone have a good color list for the wiring going into the steering column on an 89 YJ so I can properly wire in the ignition and starter switches? I poked through a few guides but the wiring diagrams dont' give enough detail for me to find the correct wire in the morass under my dash. Any help is appreciated.

89 YJ/2.5L/2.5" Springs/1.5" shackles/Brown Dog motor mounts/33x12.50x15MT/15x8 alloy rims/es9000 shocks/skyjackter 1" tcase drop/soda bottle seat mount
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Unread 05-07-2007, 05:08 PM   #2
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I installed a switch pannel from Painless ( that has an ignition toggle, acc toggle, and momentary push button start. After staring at wiring diagrams until my brain hurt i decided to do it the old fashioned way. I disconnected the ignition switch harness that's on top of the steering colum (way up under the dash) and used a jumper wire from the hot lead (the larger gauge red wire) to figure out which wires were ign, acc, and starter. After i figured out how to hook everything up, i ended up mounting the pannel in the cup holder on my tuffy console- it was a near perfect fit. Now my key stays in the ignition to prevent the steering wheel from locking, but serves no purpose other than that.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #3
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How do you find out which wires are which? And then how would you wire all the toggle switches to have piwer. Sorry.. newbie alert newbie alert..
1990 yj 4.2l
90 yj- somehow fits 33x12's and 220k miles.. Shes slowin down.
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