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I just picked up a 400 watt power inverter from Sam's club for $26.

I've seen a few threads where people have permanently mounted a power inverter directly to the battery... something about inlines fuses and stuff...

Does anyone have exact instructions and/or installation pictures of how I could do this?
 

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Here is what I did:

1. Run a positive power wire from the fuse box (at least 10 gauge).
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a. Connect the power wire to the same nut where the positive power lead
reaches the fuse box.


b. Install an inline fuse at this point (available at RadioShack or a local
car parts store).
http://www.radioshack.com/product.a...name=CTLG_011_004_004_000&product_id=270-1234

• in this picture I installed a relay so that power was not provided to the
inverter unless the ignition was on accessory (the yellow wire to the relay
comes from the accessory lead in the ignition harness)



c. Route the wire from the fuse box, around the firewall on the driver's
side through the grommet in the driver’s kick panel. From the factory
there is a hole that is covered with a plastic grommet above the driver's
side kick panel. Remove this grommet, cut a hole in it for the wire,
then re-install it. Getting the wire through the hole is a little tricky.


d. Run the positive wire along the driver's side kick panel, under the door
trim until you reach the seat. Make sure the wire is on the interior side
of the car while under the plastic trim.


e. When the wire reaches the seat, guide it under the resin floor material
to the point where the other wires emerge under the seat.
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2. Run a ground wire from under the dash, above the driver's kick panel in
the same way you ran the positive wire.

3. Install the inverter under the seat so that the outlets are accessible, or
mimic my install by adding an outlet to the center consol that connects
to the inverter. I used Velcro to hold my inverter in place.
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3535
 

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Shur Thanks for your reply... this is how I ended up doing it, as per the instructions included with the inverter (I should've looked before asking for help on the web!)





 

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Did you find a new, easy route through the firewall? That does not look like the place everyone has routed through.
 

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[quote:088a80fd0a="isketerol"]Did you find a new, easy route through the firewall? That does not look like the place everyone has routed through.[/quote:088a80fd0a]


i didn't go through the firewall... i went through the driver's side panel that leads right into the space between the side (metal) trim and chassis...

my friend found that path when he installed my alarm...
 

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Shurgomon, I really like the idea for the relay switch so the inverter doesn't get power when the keys are out. Can you tell me where you bought the relay, like you did with the inline fuse? Can you also detail how to wire it up? Pics would be great.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I know this is an old thread but this is the most relevant i can find, i just bought a 500 watt inverter and plan to install it, are there any more posts with step by step walk throughs? I tried using the links within this post but got a 404 :(
 
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