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Unread 08-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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floorboard dimmer switch to run offroad lights

So I was thinking of using a floor mounted dimmer switch (think 80's era pickups) to run my offroad lights. Will use the switch to run a relay that runs the lights.

anyone on here done that? search didnt reveal what i wanted.

if so, how do you like it? any troubles with the switch getting fouled up by mud, dirt?

I like the fact that the switch is super cheap and available at any parts store in the country for the most part.

that is all.

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Unread 08-25-2013, 08:18 AM   #2
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So I was thinking of using a floor mounted dimmer switch (think 80's era pickups) to run my offroad lights. Will use the switch to run a relay that runs the lights.

anyone on here done that? search didnt reveal what i wanted.

if so, how do you like it? any troubles with the switch getting fouled up by mud, dirt?

I like the fact that the switch is super cheap and available at any parts store in the country for the most part.

that is all.
I used to love those floor mounted hi beam switches

Good idea, I like it
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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I'd say go for it. I started driving in `69 when this was in all vehicles. Those switches are pretty tough.


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Unread 09-07-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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It would work. You would just need to probe the terminals to see which ones are to the lights and wich is power. There is one power in and 2 power outs only one side will work at a time. Napa part number 725147 is for Packard 56 connectors. They are the ones that are used in the plastic connectors. You can find the same connectors in any gm cars with the same style switch or in yj's xj's and zj's. it's the same plug that goes to the column mounted switch. If you can't find the plug or terminals let me know. I have a box of connectors in the shop and I'm pretty sure there's atleast one of those connectors out there I can wire you something up if you'd like.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #5
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I got them at auto zone. $9 for the switch & pigtail. Im still waiting on the relays and the lights to come in. I was wondering why there was 3 tabs, but if its just an A/B switch and not an ON/OFF switch, that makes sense.

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Unread 09-08-2013, 06:55 AM   #6
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Great and convenient idea. The only issue I might see is off you are ever offloading at night, using the offloading lights, be careful getting water in your floorboard.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 06:59 AM   #7
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Great and convenient idea. The only issue I might see is off you are ever offloading at night, using the offloading lights, be careful getting water in your floorboard.
Floor switches are made to get wet/dirty/dusty.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 06:48 PM   #8
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Marking this for future reference. Great idea.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 03:53 AM   #9
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Did you install this in your jeep? If so did you run into any problems?
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Unread 09-24-2013, 04:12 AM   #10
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Did you install this in your jeep? If so did you run into any problems?
I did get it installed, no problems. The available real estate to mount switch is a little limited. Finding a spot thats out of the way while driving but still easy for me to access, but does not impede on or get pushed when parking brake gets pushed. In an auto would be easier i bet.

Ill try and snap some pics of the switch when the sun comes up. Dunno why i never did lol

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Unread 10-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #11
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Sorry took so long

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Unread 10-01-2013, 05:26 PM   #12
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Looks good, reminds me of an old ford pick up I had. I didn't know YJs had a foot operated park brake.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #13
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Looks good, reminds me of an old ford pick up I had. I didn't know YJs had a foot operated park brake.
That was my inspiration for the foot pedal.

Yea they went to hand brake in TJs

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