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Old 01-18-2011, 05:44 PM
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Where do you have your gauge power connected?

When I put my gauges in, I wired the switchable power to my headlights, so that when I turn the lights on, gauges are on, lights off gauges off. This is getting annoying, I want the gauges on all the time. Where can I run this wire to?
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:49 PM
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You wired the 12v power source to your light switch or the gauge lights themselves?

Not sure why one would wire the 12v there unless you run with your lights on all the time. Mine is tapped in to the ignition wire..
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Well I did. I have my lights on 99% of the time anyway.
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Well I did. I have my lights on 99% of the time anyway.
Gauge Installations at DieselManor- 1999-2003 7.3L Powerstroke

just find a source that is on when the ignition is and off when its off, those instructions should help.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:43 AM
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Thats what I did already, looking to see if anybody could tell me a wire i could go find real quick., I will just go out with a tester and find one. Thanks
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:29 AM
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I tapped into the remote power wire for my amp. Might not be the best but it works
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I used the red /with yellow trace right behind the panel under the steering wheel.
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I tapped into the remote power wire for my amp. Might not be the best but it works
Bad idea. Head units send out 0.5 amps on that line. You run the risk of frying that circuit on the deck minimum.

The wire you need is listed below. This is from Ken's Performance Shop's instructions

To the right of the steering column and at the bottom of the opening, you will see a round 4-pin connector. The red wire with a yellow tracer is the keyed hot.

To the right of the steering column, you will see a brown 6-wire
connector. The top center wire in that connector is a light blue wire with a red tracer. Take the long red lead and attach it here with a scotch lock so the gauge lights can be controlled by the dimmer switch. If your truck is a 2002, the connector could be gray instead of brown with a yellow wire. Regardless of color, it should always be the top center wire in that connector. This can be verified with the use of a test light before disconnecting the batteries.
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add-a-circuit here
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Ok, the power wire coming from the lights which has the fuse on it is hooked up to the lightblue/red trace wire. I already have another gauge wire going to the red/ yellow trace under the wheel. I followed the diesel manor directions. Trying to figure out what I mixed up. I want the gauges to be on regardless of the lights being on or not.
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