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    Best battery cut off switch?

    I've currently got the big red plastic key switch. It pokes the passenger seat preventing it from going back all the way. What's the slickest setup do that the seat goes back and I can still reach over and turn it off?
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    Here's what I did. I made an aluminum bracket that I attahced the swtich to. Then I bonded the assembly to the floor of the battery compartment. The brand of switch I went with is Pollack. See below.

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    Here's an example:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/291751788564
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    Here is the one I got:



    $7 or less on eBay. Here's an example:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/311845505780

    I put it on the recommended negative post to hide it but others have installed it on the positive side for easy access.

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    Thanks guys!
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    Spend a little bit more and get the one like Chris got but get it with a removable plastic key. Gives you more security, you can remove the plastic key and no one can make the car work even if they find the battery master switch. For the bracket, make it bigger and stick it under the battery to hold it in place, that way you don't have to bond it to the car permanently. If you don't want to lose the radio presets every time you shut the switch off, wire the power from the fuse in the fuseblock to the hot side of the master switch. Add an in-line fuse to the radio. I have seen where some owners drill a hole and let the plastic key protrude through the cover and the carpet so it is easier to turn the switch on and off and remove the key.
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    I was taking with rob the other day. He has a bunch of brackets to mount a rotary style switch available still. Worth looking into for sure.

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    My battery cut off switch

    I ended up going a bit of a different route with my battery cut off switch. Since I don't smoke and didn't want to constantly be in my battery compartment I replaced the cigg lighter with a latching power switch that controls a heavy current latching relay/isolator that connects the battery to the car. Now all I have to do to connect my battery is press a switch. Very easy and looks good. Also a very easy way to not drain my battery while at car shows with the doors open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trstno1 View Post
    I ended up going a bit of a different route with my battery cut off switch. Since I don't smoke and didn't want to constantly be in my battery compartment I replaced the cigg lighter with a latching power switch that controls a heavy current latching relay/isolator that connects the battery to the car. Now all I have to do to connect my battery is press a switch. Very easy and looks good. Also a very easy way to not drain my battery while at car shows with the doors open.
    I did the same.

    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?10...-Battery-Relay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trstno1 View Post
    I ended up going a bit of a different route with my battery cut off switch. Since I don't smoke and didn't want to constantly be in my battery compartment I replaced the cigg lighter with a latching power switch that controls a heavy current latching relay/isolator that connects the battery to the car. Now all I have to do to connect my battery is press a switch. Very easy and looks good. Also a very easy way to not drain my battery while at car shows with the doors open.
    Looks like a nice setup. Do you have links or info on the battery cut-off switch and the latching power switch.

    Thanks, Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    Dave,
    I was looking at your thread. Do you have a model number or link for the latching battery switch you used and is the latching mechanism impervious to road vibration?

    Thanks, Ron

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