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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 05:50 PM
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I think this one is less than 3" x 3"

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/marin...9?recordNum=45

Even though it's for dual batteries, you can still use it for your purpose.

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Thanks... that looks like a couple of options I can pursue. The smaller one would take up less real estate in the engine bay, but the reviews for it aren't kind. I guess if I can fit the larger unit, that's the way to go. And thank you for the tip regarding installing it on the negative side of the system. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up a bit, I'm getting antsy to get started on some projects (and I hope I didn't just jinx myself by making that comment).


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But also let's not forget there's an IC circuit board on the Negative connector to the battery, Very delicate and break the IC board. Like of our member broke the IC board.


Calvin do what I did to the Fiat 128, put a switch on the electric gas pump, and the thief would never know why the car stalled.


Don't forget if you switch off the battery, you're also deactivating the alarm system.

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Different purpose Frank. I'm not looking at this as a theft deterrent device. I'm looking at an electrical circuit kill tool, so that when I'm doing anything that requires disconnecting the battery that I have a clean and simple way of doing it that does not involve mucking around with the negative connection every time. That's kind of the point behind this. Ease of use and protecting that connection.

It might even be a good option for any of the folks who undertake long term winter storage and associated battery drainage issues.

I'm getting ready to tackle my rear fog light mod, so that, along with all the bulb replacements, etc. will be much easier with a kill switch in place.

My theft deterrent is a club steering wheel lock (and my gun club parking pass). :-)


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Looks to me that the disconnect switch with the green knob is the way to go. You may have to straighten the 90 degree bend on the negative cable because that disconnect switch needs to have that cable go straight up since the terminal will now be sideways relative to the battery. I've used those switches for years without issues.
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Looks to me that the disconnect switch with the green knob is the way to go. You may have to straighten the 90 degree bend on the negative cable because that disconnect switch needs to have that cable go straight up since the terminal will now be sideways relative to the battery. I've used those switches for years without issues.
Now that things have warmed up and I've gotten my head back in the engine bay, I can see what BillaVista meant when he talked about lack of available real estate to install something. This bar with the green knob might be the only potential thing that would fit in there. But man, aesthetically that thing kills me... and I'm not just talking about the knob being green. :-)
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They come in black too...if that eases the pain...
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Now that things have warmed up and I've gotten my head back in the engine bay, I can see what BillaVista meant when he talked about lack of available real estate to install something. This bar with the green knob might be the only potential thing that would fit in there. But man, aesthetically that thing kills me... and I'm not just talking about the knob being green. :-)
In the end you may conclude that although it's a great idea and would be super-convenient, it's just not a practical mod and you just have to resign yourself to carefully removing the negative terminal each time. I personally couldn't do the green knob...something about not being able to add anything that is uglier, cheesier, lower quality than the car.
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In the end you may conclude that although it's a great idea and would be super-convenient, it's just not a practical mod and you just have to resign yourself to carefully removing the negative terminal each time. I personally couldn't do the green knob...something about not being able to add anything that is uglier, cheesier, lower quality than the car.
Trust me, you're preaching to the choir. lol

It might work well enough, but when I looked at that item in Canadian Tire, it reminded me of something that I might have seen on a tractor on the farm when I was a kid. Yeah, it's just too bloody tight in there to fit anything of any size, and if I was going to do it, I was kind of fixated on going with a nice "red" switch that would look like it belonged in there. Yes, careful working of the neg term is going to be the rule of the day.

Thanks to all for suggestions and recommendations. Sometimes no matter how hard you plan something, execution doesn't occur for all the right reasons, and I think this is one of those cases.
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