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Old 08-16-2018, 2:24 AM
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Hi. I'm getting ready to add another radio to my collection. (I already have installed two Yaesu FT-8800s, and "Converta Coms" for Motorola a MX-350s, an Astro Saber III and a B-K portable.) Neither the Yaesus nor the B/K care about ignition sense. So I just turn them off when I get out of the car.

However, Motorolas have that wire (and the 110w Astro Spectra coming has a line for TX ignition sense also). For the low-power MX350 and ASVA, I've just pulled the 12V from a switched cigarette lighter, fused at 5A. (My Fusion, for some reason, has one switched and one un-switched cigarette lighter jack.)

So...my question is: Where's a good place to grab switched 12-volt? Something more elegant (and more robust) than a cigarette lighter jack. Is there a wiring harness I can butt splice into?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 08-16-2018, 2:51 AM
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:55 AM
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I did a quick search over on the Ford Fleet upfitter page, but no luck on 2013 Fusions.

What I've done on some vehicles is to find a powered option that the vehicle does NOT have. We had a few Chevy Colorado's a work and needed to install radios in them. Power feed always goes to the battery, but I still needed an ignition switched circuit for the radios. I don't like tapping into existing wiring if I don't have to.
What I did was use the sun roof circuit. Since these were work trucks, they didn't have that option. The sun roof power wire was taped off in the A pillar. I tracked it down with the help of a wiring schematic. I extended that wire (it was simply taped off to the wiring harness) down to the radios. I put a 3 amp fuse in the "sun roof" slot in the fuse panel.
That was 11 years ago, no issues.
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[QUOTE=KD4CSO;2982413]Hi. I'm getting ready to add another radio to my collection. (I already have installed two Yaesu FT-8800s, and "Converta Coms" for Motorola a MX-350s, an Astro Saber III and a B-K portable.) Neither the Yaesus nor the B/K care about ignition sense. So I just turn them off when I get out of the car.

However, Motorolas have that wire (and the 110w Astro Spectra coming has a line for TX ignition sense also). For the low-power MX350 and ASVA, I've just pulled the 12V from a switched cigarette lighter, fused at 5A. (My Fusion, for some reason, has one switched and one un-switched cigarette lighter jack.)

So...my question is: Where's a good place to grab switched 12-volt? Something more elegant (and more robust) than a cigarette lighter jack. Is there a wiring harness I can butt splice into?

Thanks for any help.



Butt splice...? Please no. Solder and Super 33+ or solder and heat shrink . Never those scotch locks. Terrible connections. .
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