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post #1 of 14 Old 03-19-2008, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Howto make Upfitter switches live all the time

Hey guys, if you need your upfitter switches to have power all the time its really easy to do. I have some lights on these switches that need to be able to be run with the truck off.

All you need to do is cut the green wire that goes into the upfitter switches and wire it to a constant +12v source.

Not sure if anyone else needs this but I thought I would pass it along

Note: I know its a green wire on the 2008s but I am not sure if it was the same for other years.

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That's cool to know! I assume it doesn't create any power draw as long as the switches are off. Just make sure you use a heavy enough wire to feed the 12V supply since combined those switches are capable of drawing 80 amps!
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There is no draw when they are off and you don't have to worry about the wire size because this is before the relays. The wire itself was 16ga I think (dont recall). I just tapped a wire from the 12v socket in the dash and fed it from there.

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That's cool so it's just a relay wire and not the main power. I'm going to investigate on my 06 and see what I come up with. Thanks for the info.
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Yep. This is the low current trigger side of the relays so not much to it.

I expected to have to dig much deeper for this mod. Unfortunately I did have to pull out the dash panel because the harness was too short to work on through the little gap where the switches were on my truck.

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so where is this green wire at????

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Its in the harness that plugs into the back of the upfitter switches in the dash.

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I wonder where the green wire goes to, and if it would be possible to jump it at the other end...say the fuse box. That would make it an easy mod.
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I am using my first 2 upfitters. (30amps per) 1st one for my fuel heater and 2nd for my hydrogen generator. Took about 5 minutes per to hook up once you drop the fuse panel.

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I sm sure its pretty easy. I just had my dash open while doing a bunch of other stuff (stereo, alarm, etc) so I just went for it right there

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