Reverse Lockout Solenoid

A customer just sent us pictures showing how he wired a switch into his transmission shifter to control his reverse lockout solenoid.  He wanted to make sure that he couldn’t accidentally shift into reverse when he was in the upper gears.  By using our Infinitybox wiring system, he was able to easily control this solenoid.

Ed K. is building a 1968 Pro-Touring Mustang fastback.  He has transplanted a Coyote engine from a 2014 Mustang and mated it to a Tremec T56 6 speed transmission  feeding a Ford 9 inch rear end for the drivetrain.  He is using our 20-Circuit Kit with inLINK, inRESERVE and inMOTION to wire his car.

The Tremec transmission is outfitted with a solenoid lockout feature that further pre-loads an already compressed spring acting on the shift gate to prevent accidentally engaging reverse while downshifting from 6th gear to 5th gear, which would be catastrophic. In order to engage reverse, when desired, this solenoid must be energized to remove this extra spring pre-load. Typically, this solenoid is energized by a body controller when the car is moving at 5 miles per hour or less to allow a shift into reverse. Ed wanted a more simple way to engage this reverse lockout solenoid in his 1968 Mustang.Ed wanted a simple way to engage the reverse lockout solenoid in his 1968 Mustang.

Ed modified the shift lever to add a microswitch to it.  When he pulls up on the shifter handle, the switch closes.  He can use this switch to control his reverse lockout solenoid.

Ed picked the OPEN output on his front POWERCELL to power his reverse lockout solenoid.  The OPEN outputs on your configuration sheet can be used for practically anything.  They are auxiliary outputs for any additional electrical accessories that you may have on your car.  Click on this link to learn more about OPEN outputs.

Ed connected this open POWERCELL output wire to the solenoid, then grounded the other side of the solenoid wiring.

Next, Ed found the MASTERCELL input that corresponds to the OPEN output that he used.  Your configuration sheet shows you which input and output wire colors go together.  Ed connected this MASTERCELL input to the normally open terminal on his shifter switch.  Then he connected the common terminal of the switch to ground.  When he pulls up on the reverse handle, the switch closes.  This connects the MASTERCELL input to ground.  The MASTERCELL sends a command to the front POWERCELL to turn on the output, which energizes the reverse lockout solenoid.  This pulls back the reverse gate, which lets him shift into reverse.  Here is a simple wiring diagram showing how this was connected.

Picture of simple schematic showing how to control a reverse lockout solenoid with the Infinitybox system.

Picture of simple schematic showing how to control a reverse lockout solenoid with the Infinitybox system.

Ed was able to wire his reverse lockout solenoid easily with our Infinitybox system.  He didn’t have to add any relays to his car to do this.  He was able to use the flexibility and expandability of our system to get what he needed in his car.

You can download a PDF version of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.

Click on this link to learn more about what the Infinitybox system can do for your restoration, street rod, resto-mod, kit car or pro-touring build.

 

 

 

Side shot of RCR SL-C wired with the Infinitybox System

Race Car Replicas SL-C Steering Column Wiring

This blog post is going to give you the details for wiring the steering column connector on your Race Car Replicas Superlite Coupe.  Fran and his team at RCR have been engineering and manufacturing one of the highest performance and most complete kits to build super cars.  Their chassis are engineered to perfection, the body styling is top notch and they give you everything that you need to build you own masterpiece.

They include a General Motors steering column with each kit.  This post and wiring diagram are specific to the Oldsmobile column.  If you have the older Cadillac steering column with power tilt & telescoping, give our team a call for specifics on the wiring

There is a connector on the Oldsmobile column that interfaces with the multi-function turn signal stalk.  This has the signals for the parking lights, head lights, high-beams and turn signals.  The connections between the steering column connector and the inputs on your MASTERCELL are simple.  Here are the details.

First, you need to have a good way to make the connection between our MASTERCELL inputs and the wires going to the steering column.  You could cut off the connector on the column and splice these wires together.  We recommend a much easier way.  You can purchase the mating connector and terminals to make this connection.  You can purchase these components from Mouser.  These parts are made by Aptiv, formerly Delphi.  The part number for the connector is 12092248 and the terminals is 12092345.  You will need 9 terminals.

You will need to splice the MASTERCELL input wires for your grounds, turn signals, parking lights, head lights and high beams to these terminals and insert them into the corresponding cavities on the mating connector.  The cavity letters are molded into the plastic on the side of the connector.  For your grounds, you can use the black ground wires in the MASTERCELL input harness.  This list shows you which wire colors correspond to the different mating connector cavities.

Grounds- Black Wire- Cavities D, Q, X & Z

Right Turn Signal- Yellow/Red Wire- Cavity F

Left Turn Signal- Yellow/Black Wire- Cavity G

High-Beam- Blue/Red Wire- Cavity K

Head Light- White/Green Wire- Cavity L

Parking Lights- Blue/Black- Cavity R

This picture shows the wires from the MASTERCELL and their different cavity locations.

Picture of wiring diagram showing how to connect Infinitybox MASTERCELL inputs to steering column connector for Race Car Replicas SL-C

Picture of wiring diagram showing how to connect Infinitybox MASTERCELL inputs to steering column connector for Race Car Replicas SL-C

It is also important that you install a diode between the inputs for the head lights and high-beams.  This should be a 1N4001 diode which can be purchased from Amazon or any other on-line electronics store.  The orientation of this diode is very important.  The cathode or the stripe on the diode must be connected to the high-beam input going to the MASTERCELL.  This is the blue/red wire going into cavity K.  You can crimp the leads of this diode to the terminals with the MASTERCELL wires to make this easier.

That is all you need to know to connect your MASTERCELL input wires to your steering column connector for your Race Car Replicas SL-C.  You can download a PDF version of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.  If you have any questions, you can call our team directly at (847) 232-1991 or click here to contact us directly.

System Current Draw

When you wire your car or truck with our Infinitybox system, you are adding a powerful electrical management system to your build.  We do so much more than a traditional wiring harness.  Our system has the power and intelligence to get you modern electrical control of your muscle car, restoration, street-rod, hot-rod, resto-mod, pro-touring car or race car.  Your Infinitybox system is awake and alive continuously so that it can respond immediately when you want to start the car, pop your trunk from our inLINK key fobs or control the system from your smart phone.

Wiring your car with the Infinitybox system gets you features that you cannot get from any traditional wiring harness but it does require more care & feeding.  Our system does have a parasitic draw on your battery when the car is sitting idle.  This is different than a traditional box of fuses and relays that has no active electronics in it.  We strongly recommend that you have a way to manage your battery for when you are not driving your car or truck.  There are three ways you can do this.

First, we always recommend a disconnect switch at the battery.  This is a quick and reliable way to disconnect the battery from your car’s electrical system.  This is a good idea for any car, even if you are not using the Infinitybox system to wire your car.  Other electronics systems that you add to your car, like electronic fuel injection systems, stereo equipment, will have parasitic draws from the battery.  A disconnect will help to keep your battery voltage up when you’re not driving the car.

Second, we always recommend some kind of trickle charger or maintainer for your battery for when your car is sitting idle.  This is true for any car, not just cars wired with our Infinitybox system.  You have many options for maintainer chargers from brands like Battery Tender, CTEK  and Schumacher.  Battery maintainers keep your battery voltage at its optimum level when the car is idle.  This will dramatically increase the life and reliability of your battery.

Lastly, our Infinitybox system has a unique accessory called inRESERVE.  inRESERVE is our active battery management feature.  The core of inRESERVE is a special latching solenoid that connects to a POWERCELL output.  The Infinitybox system is always watching and monitoring the battery voltage.  If the system sees the voltage start to get low, the POWERCELL sends a pulse to the special inRESERVE solenoid and disconnects all of the drain from the battery.  We build a lot of safety features into this system.  inRESERVE actively does its job if the battery drops below 12.3 volts, with the ignition off and stays at that level for 15 minutes.  This video talks through inRESERVE in more detail.

inRESERVE also gets you the disconnect feature that we mentioned in our first point above.  You can simply press the button included with your inRESERVE kit to disconnect the battery.  This adds a great security feature and lets you shut down power if the car is going to be sitting for extended periods of time.

We get a lot of questions about how much current the different components in the Infinitybox system draw when idle.  The MASTERCELL, POWERCELL and inMOTION cell each draw approximately 30 milliamps (0.03 amps) when they are powered up.  Adding the inLINK option adds approximately 10 milliamps to the MASTERCELL draw.  inVIRONMENT is in the range of 25 milliamps.  inTOUCH NET will draw 200 to 250 milliamps.

Please contact our team with any questions about the idle current draw of our Infinitybox system.  You can call us directly at (847) 232-1991 or you can click here to contact our team directly.

 

E-Stopp Emergency Brake System Wiring

Here is another installment in our series showing how the Infinitybox system plays nicely with other electronics systems.  A lot of you have asked how to wire the E-Stopp Push-Button Emergency Brake System so here’s the answer.  It is really easy.  Learn how to do it in this blog post plus download a wiring diagram showing what connections that you need to make.  The E-Stopp Push-Button Emergency Brake System gives you a slick way to control the emergency or parking brakes in your muscle car, restoration, street-rod, resto-mod or pro-touring build.  From a single push button, you can engage and disengage your emergency brakes.  Their kit gets you a linear actuator that tensions the brake cable and a control module that manages the push button and the linear actuator.  You can learn more about their products at their website by clicking this link.

Just like any other project, you must carefully read and understand the instructions before you start to install it.  Please review the manual that came with your E-Stopp System or download it from their website by clicking here.

This blog post is going to describe the wiring details between the E-Stopp controller and the Infinitybox system.  Follow their instructions for details on how to connect the linear actuator to their controller.  Also, follow their instructions for connecting battery power and ground to their controller.

The connections between your Infinitybox system and your E-Stopp controller are very simple.  Their controller needs a signal that lets it know if the ignition is on.  If the ignition is on, their controller will not let you engage or disengage the emergency brake.  This is a very important safety feature.  This picture shows the connection between the Infinitybox ignition output and the Blue “Safety to Ignition” wire going to the E-Stopp controller.

Picture of wiring diagram showing how to wire the E-Stopp Push-Button Emergency Brake System with the Infinitybox system.

Picture of wiring diagram showing how to wire the E-Stopp Push-Button Emergency Brake System with the Infinitybox system.

You can get this ignition signal from the Ignition output on your Infinitybox system.  In most systems, this output 3, which is the light green output on the front POWERCELL.  Please check your specific configuration sheet that came with your Infinitybox kit.  You are going tap off your ignition output to get this safety signal.  Your ignition output is also powering you coil, ECU, EFI system, gauges and other key-on accessories.  You can simply splice into this wire to connect it to the E-Stopp.  You can also use our Splice Saver Kit to make this connection.   This picture shows you how you’d make this connection with the Splice Saver.

Wiring ignition key-on power with the Infinitybox Splice Saver Kit

Wiring ignition key-on power with the Infinitybox Splice Saver Kit

Outside of that, wiring the E-Stopp Emergency Brake System with the Infinitybox system is easy.  You can download a PDF version of the wiring diagram by clicking here.

Give our team a call at (847) 232-1991 with any questions about this wiring diagram.  You can also contact us directly by clicking this link.

 

 

AM Equipment Windshield Wiper Motor

Wipers

We get a lot of questions about wiring windshield wipers and washer pumps with our Infinitybox system.  There can be a lot of complexity with windshield wiper kits because of the functions that need to be managed.  There are multiple speeds, which are usually different windings on the wiper motor.  There can be intermittent features, which can be controlled by a separate module or by electronics in the switch.  There is the park function that is usually controlled mechanically by a cam inside the wiper motor.  To compound the complexity, different OEMs managed wipers differently.  To make wiring your windshield wipers as easy as possible, we encourage you to think of the switch, the motor and the washer pump as a single system.  You are going to power this single system from your Infinitybox system and let the switch manage the windshield wiper functions.

Almost all aftermarket wiper systems work the same way.  They include a wiper motor with two separate windings for low and high-speed.  The motor also includes a wire that manages the park position of the wipers.  These systems may include a washer pump that needs 12-volts to spray windshield solvent on to the window.  Lastly, they include a switch that turns on the different speeds, controls the washer pump and controls the park.  In general, all of these wiper systems wire the same way.  This post is going to look at a universal wiper system.  Please read the instructions that came with your kit and contact us if yours looks different.  This diagram shows a universal wiring schematic for a windshield wiper kit.

Picture of a wiring diagram showing how to wire a windshield wiper switch to the Infinitybox system.

Picture of a wiring diagram showing how to wire a windshield wiper switch to the Infinitybox system.

As we mentioned above, you need to think of this kit as a full system.  You are going to power it and let it control itself.

Your wiper switch is designed to take in power from the battery and route that to the different terminals on the wiper motor and the washer pump.  To start, there should be a terminal on the switch that connects to ignition or key-on power.  In most cases, it is identified with a “B” for battery.  You are going to connect this “B” terminal to your POWERCELL ignition output.  In most kits, this is the light-green wire on your front POWERCELL but check your specific configuration sheet.  You are going to tap into your ignition output to get this power for the wiper switch.  You can simply splice into the ignition output wire or you can use our Splice Saver to create an ignition buss bar.  Check out this picture to see how you would use the Splice Saver to get your ignition power for your wiper switch.

Wiring ignition key-on power with the Infinitybox Splice Saver Kit

Wiring ignition key-on power with the Infinitybox Splice Saver Kit

By using the ignition output on your POWERCELL, your wiper switch will have power when you key is in the ON position.  You wipers will not work when the ignition is off.  You can also use one of the OPEN outputs in your kit to create an accessory buss bar that would be separate from your ignition output.  Click on this link for more details on creating a separate accessory buss.  

Once you have the power wired to your wiper switch, follow their instructions for making the connections from the switch to the wiper motor and the washer pump.  There are usually connections for the low-speed and high speed windings plus the washer pump.  When you turn the switch to the low-speed position, the switch takes ignition power and directs that to the low-speed windings on the motor.  It does the same for the high-speed.  When you push in on the switch, it sends ignition power to the washer pump.

When you turn the switch off, it puts ignition power on the park wire that goes to the motor.  The wiper motor has a cam inside its mechanism that routes power to the low-speed windings until the wipers return to the park position.  When they get home, the cam in the mechanism opens a switch that stops the motion of the wipers.

You can download a PDF version of the wiper switch wiring diagram by clicking this link.

Give our team a call at (847) 232-1991 if you have any questions about powering your windshield wipers with our Infinitybox system.  You can also contact our team directly by clicking this link.

The Dakota Digital PAC-2800BT

Dakota Digital PAC-2800BT Cooling Fan Controller

This blog post is going to show you how to use the Dakota Digital PAC-2800BT to control your cooling fan with the Infinitybox system.  The PAC-2800BT is a powerful controller that lets you program the temperatures that turn on and turn off your cooling fans.  You have the flexibility to use any temperature sender, take in OBDII data from a modern ECU, even interface with the VHX & RTX gauges.  We’ve blogged before about wiring the VHX and RTX gauges with the Infinitybox system.  Click on the links to learn more.

There are multiple advantages to using the Infinitybox system with the Dakota Digital PAC-2800BT controller.  First, you can eliminate the external relay and the fuse.  These are built into the POWERCELL.  Next, you can streamline your wiring.  The PAC-2800BT would be located behind your dash, near the MASTERCELL.  The power for the fans comes from the front POWERCELL, which is located strategically where you need it in the car.  Lastly, the POWERCELL has the ability to soft-start the cooling fan.  This decreases the in-rush current to the fan and lets you drive a larger fan with a smaller gauge of wire.  You can read more about this at this link.

As always, we strongly encourage you to read and understand the manuals for anything that you are installing in your car.  Dakota Digital has a very detailed manual for the PAC-2800BT.  You can access it by clicking this link.  Also, this blog post is going to cover the wiring between the Infinitybox system and the PAC-2800BT.  This includes ignition power, the cooling fan triggers to the MASTERCELL and the cooling fan output from the POWERCELL.  Follow the Dakota Digital instructions for wiring battery power, ground, the temperature sender and the other optional features of the PAC-2800BT.

The following picture shows the connections between the Infinitybox MASTERCELL and the POWERCELL for the PAC-2800BT.

Picture of a wiring diagram showing how to wire the Dakota Digital PAC-2800 BT with the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit

Picture of a wiring diagram showing how to wire the Dakota Digital PAC-2800 BT with the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit

First, you need to get ignition or key-on  power to the PAC-2800BT.  This is going to come from the POWERCELL output for the ignition.  This is output 3, the light-green wire on the front POWERCELL in most systems, .  Please check your specific configuration sheet to confirm.  You can going to bring this ignition power to the IGNITION terminal on the PAC-2800BT module.  You are going to tap off your POWERCELL ignition output to get this power.  You can splice into this wire or you can use our Splice Saver kit to create an ignition junction point.

Next, you are going to connect your MASTERCELL cooling fan inputs to the triggers on the PAC-2800BT.  In most systems, your cooling fan is input 10, which is the blue wire with the green tracer.  Check your configuration sheet to confirm.  If you are using only one cooling fan, Dakota Digital tells you to use the FAN LOW terminal on the PAC-2800BT.  We strongly recommend that you install a diode in-line between the MASTERCELL and the PAC-2800BT.  This should be a 1N4001 diode that can be purchased easily from Amazon.  The orientation of this diode is critical and the system will not work correctly if it is wired backwards.  The diode lead on the side with the stripe should be connected to the PAC-2800BT.

Lastly, you are going to connect your POWERCELL output for the cooling fan to the wires on the fan motor.  The other wire on the fan motor should be connected to a good chassis ground.   This link will get you more details on wiring the cooling fan with the POWERCELL output.

The PAC-2800BT gives you the option to control two separate cooling fans.  If you want to use a second cooling fan, you would simply repeat wiring an unused MASTERCELL input to the PAC-2800BT and an OPEN POWERCELL output to your second cooling fan.  In most of our kits, output 8 on the front POWERCELL can be used as an auxiliary output.  You can use this one to power your second cooling fan.  See your specific configuration sheet for more details.

Here is how all of this works.  The PAC-2800BT takes in the temperature data from the temperature sender, the Dakota Digital gauge controller or the ECU via OBDII.  If the temperature it reads goes higher than the value that you programmed in it, it grounds the MASTERCELL input for the cooling fan.  This turns on the cooling fan input.  The MASTERCELL sends a command to the POWERCELL in the front of the car to turn on the output for the cooling fan.  When the temperature drops below the set point that you programmed in the PAC-2800BT, it turns off the MASTERCELL input for the cooling fan.  The MASTERCELL sends a command to the front POWERCELL to turn off the fan.  It is that easy.

If you choose the option to use two cooling fans, the PAC-2800BT will manage both fans together to control the engine temperature.

There is a PDF copy of this wiring diagram available on our website.  Click this link to download it.

Give our team a call at (847) 232-1991 if you have any questions about wiring the Dakota Digital PAC-2800BT with our Infinitybox system.  You can also contact our team directly by clicking this link.

Unisteer Electra-Steer Controller

Unisteer Wiring

Unisteer has been selling easy-to-install electrical power steering systems since 2004.  They sell bolt-on replacement rack & pinion kits for classics, restorations, custom cars, muscle cars and resto-mods.  They have an innovative line of electric power steering kits that are powerful and easy to install in any car or truck.  This blog post is going to show you how simple it is to wire their Electra-Steer electric power steering kit with our Infinitybox system.

Before we get too far, it is important that you always read and understand the instructions that come with anything that you’re going to install in your car.  You can get to the Unisteer documents and instructions by clicking this link.  They have detailed instructions showing you how to mechanically install their power steering kits and how to wire them.

There are two main parts to the wiring.  The first is getting the main power and ground to their controller.  Follow their recommendations carefully.  There is a large red cable that needs to go directly to the battery.  This provides primary power to their module and does the heavy lifting for the power steering motor.  They recommend fusing this primary power feed at 30-amps with a slo-blow fuse.  You want to keep this fuse as close to the positive terminal on the battery as possible to minimize the length of unprotected cable.  You also need to ground the large black wire in their harness.  They prefer a direct connection to the negative terminal on the battery but a good metal-to-metal connection to the chassis will work too.

There are several other wires in their harness that are used for troubleshooting and diagnostics.  Please follow their instructions for more details on these wires.

This wiring diagram shows the connections between the Infinitybox POWERCELL and the Unisteer Electra-Steer controller.  Please note that the power, ground and diagnostic wiring is not shown.  Please see the Unisteer instructions for these connections.

Picture of Infinitybox wiring diagram showing how to wire the Unisteer Electra-Steer with the 20-Circuit Kit.

Our Infinitybox system is going to provide the key-on power to the Electra-Steer controller.  This is what turns on their controller when you turn on your ignition.  The small red-wire in their harness needs to connect to your key-on power source.  With our Infinitybox system, this is the ignition output.  In most of our systems, this is the light-green wire on your front POWERCELL but check your configuration sheet for the specific wiring details.

Your Ignition output is going to be used for several different things in your car.  You are going to use it to power your ignition or EFI system, your gauges and other accessories like your Unisteer.  You can create an ignition buss bar behind your dash to make this junction point or you can use our Splice Saver kit to make a clean, sealed and reliable connection.  This picture shows an example of how to create an ignition junction point with the Splice Saver.

Wiring ignition key-on power with the Infinitybox Splice Saver Kit

Wiring ignition key-on power with the Infinitybox Splice Saver Kit

The last connection required is for an indicator LED.  This is used as part of the diagnostics that are built into the Electra-Steer.  The LED goes between the ignition power fed to the small red wire and the orange wire in their harness.  The orientation of this LED is important.  If it is backwards, it will not work correctly.  See the orientation in the wiring diagram above.

Also note that you will need to add a resistor to limit to current flowing through the LED.  As an example, most LED’s should be current limited to 10 to 20 milliamps.  More current than this limit will damage the LED.  Assuming that your alternator is charging up to 15 volts, this puts this resistor value in the range of 1,500 Ohms.  (Divide the maximum voltage by the maximum current to get the resistance needed.)  Check with the specs on your LED to determine the maximum current allowed.

Outside of that, your wiring for the Unisteer Spectra-Steer is easy with the Infinitybox system.  You can download a PDF of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.

If you have any questions about wiring your Unisteer with the Infinitybox system or anything else, you can contact our team directly by clicking this link.  

 

Floor dimmer switch

Floor Mounted Dimmer Switch

When it comes to controlling lights with our Infinitybox system, you have many different options.  This is especially true for your headlights and high-beams.  You can see earlier blog posts about wiring headlights and high-beams by clicking these links.  In most cases, you are going to use the headlight and high-beam outputs on the front POWERCELL.  These are controlled by their own inputs connected to different switches on your dash or the steering column.  You can also use a floor-mounted headlight dimmer switch to switch between the headlights and high-beams in your car.  This blog post will show you the details.

The floor dimmer switch is designed to toggle between the headlights and high-beams.  The headlight switch brought power to a common terminal on the switch.  The headlights and the high-beams wired to their respective output terminals on the switch.  When you turn on the headlight switch, power is applied to the dimmer switch on the floor.  Pressing this switch with your foot toggles between the headlights and high-beams.  When you turn off the headlight switch, there is no power at the switch so your headlights and high-beams turn off.

Floor dimmer switch

Picture of a floor headlight dimmer switch

Wiring a floor dimmer switch is simple with the Infinitybox system.  First, you are going to wire your headlight switch to the headlight input going to the MASTERCELL.  Remember that the MASTERCELL inputs are ground switched.  When the headlight input is switched to ground, the MASTERCELL will tell the front POWERCELL to turn on the output for the headlights.  We have many different wiring diagrams showing different how to wire different headlight switches in the Resources section of our website.  This link will take you to the wiring details for the most common GM-style headlight switch.

If you are going to use a dimmer switch on floor to switch between headlights and high-beams, you will not need to use the high-beam output on your front POWERCELL.  This opens up this output to be used for other accessories or auxiliary functions.

Next, you are going to connect the headlight output from your front POWERCELL to the common terminal on your dimmer switch.  In most cases, this is the center terminal on the switch.  It may also be labeled as “From Headlight Switch”.  Check the wiring diagram for your specific switch.

Next, you are going to connect the output terminals from your dimmer switch to your headlight bulbs and high-beam bulbs.  The terminals on your switch should be labeled for the headlights and high-beams.  Check the wiring diagram for your specific switch for more details.

Lastly, you can tap off the high-beam terminal on the dimmer switch with a wire for the high-beam indicator on your dash.

This wiring diagram shows the connection from the MASTERCELL to the headlight switch, the headlight output from the POWERCELL to the dimmer switch, the connections from the dimmer switch to the headlights & high-beams and the connection for the high-beam indicator on the dash.

Floor dimmer switch wiring diagram image

Picture showing wiring diagram for a floor mounted headlight dimmer switch.

You can download a PDF version of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.

Reach out to our team if you have any questions about wiring a floor dimmer switch to control your headlights and high-beams with the Infinitybox system.  You can call us at (847) 232-1991 or click on this link to contact our team directly.

New Infinitybox Website

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We doing a complete overhaul to the Infinitybox website.  Most of the improvements are in the background and will improve speed and responsiveness.  We’re also going through all of our documentation and blog posts to clean up and organize.  Please be patient with us as we make this transition.  If there is content that you don’t see, give our team a call and we’ll get it to you.  You can contact us by clicking this link.

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The Infinitybox Team!

Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- Mounting MASTERCELL

We’re progressing on wiring our 1979 Jeep CJ7 with our Infinitybox system.  We spent some time this weekend fabricating the mounts to hold the MASTERCELL.  In a previous update, we found the best location for the MASTERCELL.  We wanted it in a location that was close to our switches.  That makes the input wires short and easy to run.  We also wanted it located in a place that was easy to access for troubleshooting.  Locating the MASTERCELL behind the glovebox door was the ideal location.  You can catch that earlier video update at this link.  

Location of MASTERCELL behind dash of 1979 Jeep CJ7

Location of MASTERCELL behind dash of 1979 Jeep CJ7

The glovebox is small and generally useless in the Jeep.  It is also unsecure.  We’re going to be installing a locking center console for security later in the project.  When you take out the plastic glovebox, there is a good amount of space between the dash and the heater box.  That is a perfect location for the MASTERCELL.  We can simply open the glovebox door to access the MASTERCELL for troubleshooting and any updates that we’d want to make.

We bought a new dash panel from Quadratech.  They’ve been a great resource for a lot of the Jeep-related parts that we’ve needed over the project.  We have the dash on a bench in our lab and we’re going to do most of the wiring remotely.  Once the dash is done, we’ll drop that into the Jeep and make the connections to the POWERCELLs and other things with simple connectors.

Infinitybox MASTERCELL temporarily mounted behind dash in 1979 Jeep CJ7

Infinitybox MASTERCELL temporarily mounted behind dash in 1979 Jeep CJ7

We fabricated a few simple straps from 1/16″ low-carbon steel.  The two vertical straps bolt into the existing dash holes for the deleted glovebox.  The two horizontal straps are riveted to the vertical straps.  The MASTERCELL mounting plate will be riveted to these horizontal straps.

Mounting bracket to hold Infinitybox MASTERCELL behind dash in 1979 Jeep CJ7

Mounting bracket to hold Infinitybox MASTERCELL behind dash in 1979 Jeep CJ7

Mounting bracket to hold Infinitybox MASTERCELL behind dash in 1979 Jeep CJ7

Mounting bracket to hold Infinitybox MASTERCELL behind dash in 1979 Jeep CJ7

For now, we have the MASTERCELL mounting plate held to the horizontal straps with double-sided tape.  We’ll permanently mount these parts together after we paint the straps and double-check the clearances behind the dash.

The end product is clean, rock solid and will properly support the MASTERCELL under all driving conditions.  All of the dash and switch wiring will be clean and short.  The MASTERCELL will be accessible for anything that we need.  Keep checking back for updates.  In our next steps, we’re going to be wiring the rest of the things on the dash.  This includes the headlight switch wiring, the gauges and the wiring going to the steering column.

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