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Unread 11-24-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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How To Hotwire A Jeep?

My ignition switch is broke again. Maybe the slider. Is there a way to install a pushbutton switch by using the wires in the ignition switch? If so, which wires?

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Unread 11-24-2009, 12:31 AM   #2
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autozone.
Duralast Ignition Switch.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 07:36 AM   #3
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Hrm... On the ignition switch plug, there is a main supply wire. There should also be outgoing wires for the ignition power, acc power, etc. The blue outgoing wire should run to the starter solenoid. If I were you and I just flat out didn't worry about the Jeep being keyless (which is a long shot- what if a kid climbs in and flips the switch?), I would wire the ignition/acc/etc circuits to a switch fed by the main power supply. Switch on, ignition/truck live. Would have to be a HEAVY switch, be sure and check amp ratings and use proper connections. Then, I would mount a horn button on the dash with a supply wire from the acc circuit (hooked to main switch so that starter won't turn without ignition on) and the outgoing wire as the blue starter solenoid wire. That way, to start it up you just flip your toggle switch then press your button.

Does that make any sense? Feel free to try it, but again, fixing the factory lock cyl would be a safer option for anything but a dedicated farm truck.

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Unread 11-24-2009, 04:10 PM   #4
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Yeap, thats what I want. The push button will be under the dash not seen when sitting in the seat! My dad had one on his 1948 Willys Stationwagon. I'll give it a try!

I want to turn the key switch to the "on" position and then push a button to engage the starter.
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Unread 11-24-2009, 06:10 PM   #5
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That is how my willys is setup. Turn key on ignitioin, dash mounted push button. I really like it, except when I forget to turn the key and push the button and nothing happens. I usually panic for about 5 seconds.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 08:53 AM   #6
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I got it. No problem. On the ignition switch I cut the blue starter wire and connected it to the pushbutton switch. Found a battery source directly from the battery and connected it to the switch.

Thanks for the photo for comparison John!
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Unread 11-25-2009, 10:18 AM   #7
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... Found a battery source directly from the battery and connected it to the switch. ...
I'd be concerned that that switch could be activated with the ignition in the off position.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 10:42 AM   #8
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I'd be concerned that that switch could be activated with the ignition in the off position.
It can be, but the engine wont start unless the ignition switch is on.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 12:31 PM   #9
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If it has to go thru the ignition switch anyways, why bother with the toggle/pushbuttons?? Over-complicating things that way? Other than hiding the toggle/button for security, but then you are just making it a hassle to drive.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 02:22 PM   #10
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It can be, but the engine wont start unless the ignition switch is on.
Still. Bumping that starter button while in gear is a hazard. Not a risk I'd want while doing work on mine.
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If it has to go thru the ignition switch anyways, why bother with the toggle/pushbuttons?? Over-complicating things that way? Other than hiding the toggle/button for security, but then you are just making it a hassle to drive.
If you think that is a hassle, please stay away from airplanes!

No, its not a hassle. The "slider" sucks and is "broke"...again! No more screwing with disassembling the steering wheel! THAT is a hassle!!!

I could make it like an airplane...probably like race cars too! Replace existing garbage with two solenoids. Install a Master Switch, Ignition switch, circuit breaker buss along with some accessory switches. But then again if I wanted an airplane....I would not have sold mine!
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Unread 11-25-2009, 03:38 PM   #12
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Still. Bumping that starter button while in gear is a hazard. Not a risk I'd want while doing work on mine.
Nope, gear shift safety switch prevents this.
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Unread 11-26-2009, 12:14 AM   #13
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Nope, gear shift safety switch prevents this.
Wow, CJs have starter safety switches?? Mine don't..
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Unread 11-26-2009, 07:05 AM   #14
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Wow, CJs have starter safety switches?? Mine don't..
Mine does, B&M Ratchet Shifter that I welded up to make a normal shifter cause I ain't got no mo $$$$ to get a Lokar....lol
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Unread 11-26-2009, 08:00 AM   #15
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LUBRICATION!

Correct alignment and lubrication will keep that switch working 20 years or so with NO maintinance.

If you put in a 'Steal Me' switch, then you are asking for bad things to happen.
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