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I'm looking to install 4 cathode tubes inside my xB. Where is the best place to buy them and how is it that I go about wiring them up? Can someone please explain to me, in English, about invertors and restrictors? Thanks guys! and girls!
Do a search for CCFL if you feel comfortable doing some basic wiring do it yourself. It's not that hard and a lot cheaper. If you don't feel comfortable I would get one of Randode's kits. I did mine for about $20 PM me if you have any questions.
Originally Posted by 2_tC
I smelled Doug's box and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!
I like SVC because it's mostly 1 stop shopping, but oznium is pretty sweet.
Here's how to wire them up:
Pull off the upper dash after removing the screws behind the AC *****. Unplug the 3 connectors that keep it on (one of them is a real thrash to undo, but it does disconnect).
Now remove the lower dash by pulling straight out. There will be a 2-prong plug behind the cigarette lighter. Unplug it.
If you look at the wires going into that 2 prong plug there is a black wire (it might have a white line, i'm not sure) and a white wire with a black line. The black wire supplies 12v power when the car is on. The white wire is a ground wire.
The inverter for your cathodes has a red wire and a black wire coming out of it. The red wire is for 12v power. The black wire is for ground.
Splice a red wire into the black wire that goes into the cigarette lighter. Run that to a switch. Run a red wire from the other prong of the switch to the red wires on your cathodes. Now you have power for you cathodes.
You're not done yet. You need to connect the black wire on your cathodes to the white wire on the cigarette lighter plug. Don't put a switch here; just run the wire directly.
3m tape works good for mounting too (WALMART by the spray paint. comes in a roll)... just some info...
I followed the tutorial found on this site with 1 mod....I did NOT drill any holes in the dash.
I used some "christmas light holders". Got 26 for $1.50. They snap right on the plastic tube and have double sided tape on the other end. I used 4 holders per tube (two on each end), which I now believe to be overkill.
As a strength test, I mounted one on my small wet/dry vac (about 4 lbs) and held the vacum from the holder with my fingers for about 5 minutes. Absolutly showed no signs of coming off. As a matter of fact, I really had to put some effort into getting it off.
This allows easy removal of tubes so you can switch out colors and what not.