That will leave me with room to put 2 more fogs on the bumper at winch level if I so desired. My amperage in lighting is already going to be around 70 amps. At what point to I need to step up my alternator/battery? I think it will be a rare day that they're all turned on at the same time.
Bought the Blue Sea Systems fuse block today. $47 shipped, comes with the fuse box (with grounding bus) and the plastic cover. Awesomely, the dimensions of it will allow it to fit into the largest size of the Radio Shack Project boxes, along with the relays and their terminal connections. All of these things are in the mail now, so my electrical refurbish shall be completed soon. Other things I need to pay for this month are the light bar brackets, and the Teraflex CB antenna mount for the brake light so I can get my Firestik up and running when I'm home for a weekend next month.
Here's what's in the mail... Relays came with the connections from eBay, they're 30 Amp and I got them delivered (10 of each) for $23.
I'm glad you said this, it's been on my mind a lot recently. I won't be using all 10 relays, only 6. My total amperage (assuming all lights on at the same time) will be just under 60 amps if I add 2 100watters to the stinger, otherwise as of now she'll sit at about 40. I know that the winch will be a huge draw but only occasionally. I'll read up on the durango swap.
Edit: I've got the 117 amp alternator, information per my Chrysler build sheet specs.
Everything came in the mail today, so I've got some toys to play with before the next time I'm back in Boston. I'll be putting everything (relays and fuse block) into a Radio Shack project box, which will then be lined with silicone and mounted in the engine bay. I'll put 8 relays in the box, and each of them will have the relay harness on them, wired straight up to the fuse block + and - blocks. Each relay will be riveted to a small aluminum plate that comes with the radio shack box.
Disregard the sharpie writing on my dining room table
When are you coming back to Boston again? I'm hiring you to wire up my headlight harness. And you have no say in the matter.
Back for a quick 2 days in April, then moving back the first weekend in June for at least the summer... I promise I'll be around June/July to help you with any projects! I'll be throwing an 8.8 in and an LP/HP 30 with matching gearing in the front, and doing some rust maintenance.
Continued work on the engine bay fuse/relay box. Started with 4 relays only, because I only have 4 devices that need relays. I have more, and (limited) space for more in the future if necessary. The 4 relays are tied together and riveted to the aluminum panel, and then their power and grounds are hooked up to the fuse block with fuses of the appropriate rating. This means the only cables that will need to be connected are the power and grounds for each of the lights themselves. There will be one hole drilled into the box for the lights and their ground power to be run to the relays.
Just called East Coast Gear Supply and put a deposit down on a Ford 8.8 ... figured I can save the shipping and handling by picking it up in the U-Haul when I drive back to Boston in June. At the moment I'm going with 4.10 (hence the deposit 2 months in advanced, they sell out pretty quick) but I might change that to 4.56 or 4.88 between now and when I pick it up.
Travis from CT Custom Metal e-mailed me today and told me that the hood light bar brackets were being made today in his CNC machine. I also bought from him a teraflex style brake light CB mount (drivers side) for $15 shipped... not bad considering it's half the price of a Tera! He's shipping directly to Boston so when I'm home next I should have some nice small projects to get done. I'm also done with my relay wiring system, so I'm mailing that up north as well. Two more months and I'll have the Jeep full time to work on ... can't wait!
Silly little thing, but I ordered a 12" x 18" American flag to zip tie to the Firestik when I install it next weekend. Nothing like a little patriotism! Also, tax returns are coming soon... gotta figure out what to get with the cash! I've been spending a lot of time looking at UCF transfer skids, Adams CV shafts, Rokmen trail guard corners... other stuff. We'll see!