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you'll have to pop out the clock... take the wire that is the dimmer (Red w/ Black stripe if i am not mistaken) , cut it, and wire from there to the other side of the dimmer switch, the side w/o dimming

If this sounds confusing, it is sorta.. regardless, whether you know what you are doing or not, testing the wires is an absolute must as you run the risk of smoking the dimmer switch
 

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this is gonna sound stupid, but what if you don't re-wire the dimmer wire... no illumination? I just installed an amber clock I bought on e-bay. Looks great, but too dim in day time (I drive with parking lights on).

if it is a must that I wire from where I cut the clock harness, to behind the dimmer switch, what is the best way to run this wire?!

oh yea, lastly... "testing" the wire? I'm no electrician, and I've been lucky and installed numerous car stereos, amps, subs, components... as well as did customs on my alarm system (door leds) and hard wired my radar detector to the fuse box with female adaptors and grouding where I can find good locations. what do you mean by testing this "new" wire I will run? correct guage? sorry for being so ignorant!

oh yea, and sorry for digging up the past!! gotta love the search function!
 

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If you simply cut the RED/BLK wire at the clock (insulate the part that is not connected to the clock after you cut the wire), the clock will never dim. It will still go on and off with the ignition.

12V at the RED/BLK wire is what tells the clock to dim. With this wire cut, it will never dim. There is no need to do anything more.
 

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kelly on Mar/06/06 said:
If you simply cut the RED/BLK wire at the clock (insulate the part that is not connected to the clock after you cut the wire),
i plan on doing this since i did the DIY amber clock, but i just need some clarification on what this user means when you have to " INSULATE THE PART THAT IS NOT CoNNECTED TO THE CLOCK AFTER YOU CUT THE WIRE "

how do you " insulate "

and will this cause any electrical problems ?
 

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Hes probably saying insulate so it doesnt touch something else and short itself out.
 

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illicitstylz on Oct/10/08 said:
i plan on doing this since i did the DIY amber clock, but i just need some clarification on what this user means when you have to " INSULATE THE PART THAT IS NOT CoNNECTED TO THE CLOCK AFTER YOU CUT THE WIRE "

how do you " insulate "

and will this cause any electrical problems ?
Something tells me you shouldn't be cutting wires.

But in any case, he means to wrap some electrical tape, or put a crimp cap, or something else to keep the left over bare wire (the one that fed the "dimmed power" to the clock from touching something in your dash and shorting out.
 

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It was in my mind to just wrap electrical tape around the wires but i wasn't completely confident with it and it's always safer to ask especially when there's knowledgeable and helpful people on here.

I also know if i shorted something out, and it's on the factory harness, it'd cost a lot to replace that harness as well as the trouble it'd case.

snippy snippy to the red with black stripe wire tomorrow.
 

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illicitstylz on Oct/10/08 said:
Quote: kelly on Mar/06/06If you simply cut the RED/BLK wire at the clock (insulate the part that is not connected to the clock after you cut the wire),

i plan on doing this since i did the DIY amber clock, but i just need some clarification on what this user means when you have to " INSULATE THE PART THAT IS NOT CoNNECTED TO THE CLOCK AFTER YOU CUT THE WIRE "

how do you " insulate "

and will this cause any electrical problems ?
Any time you cut a wire on your car and do not remove it, you must insure that if it comes into contact with a metal part, electricity cannot flow and do bad things like blow fuses or destroy delicate electronics.

The easiest way to insulate a cut wire is to tak a 1/2" length of good old black electrical tape and fold it over the end of the cut wire. Then take 2" and wrap it tightly around the little piece as tight as possible. Now no current can flow.

I preferr to take the appropriate size of shrink tubing and heat shrink it into place. Doesn't work any better, just ends up with a neater job.

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Yeah so i ended up going through with this DIY.

used electrical tape to tape up BOTH ends that were cut and made sure they were sealed off so they can't make any contact.

Will post pictures of the clock soon (= in amber that is.
 
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