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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 6:33 pm 
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I'm thinking of going with the newer blade type fuse panel. I saw a couple of different panel at Napa. The cheap one is $16 for 6 fuses (same number as the Luv). I'm wondering what other people have used. Also the ones at Napa don't have a cover. That might not be a big deal unless I'm doign river crossing. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 7:42 am 
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I've thought about it a lot too. But I'm thinking maybe I might want to relocate the fuse panel to inside the cab. I was even thinking about taking a covered fuse panel from another import truck and using it. Puting the fuse panel inside would eliminate a lot of corrosion on the contacts, plus blade fuses are a lot easier to find in almost any parts store than the old glass tube style regardless of where you are when one pops.

There was a real old thread started about a year or so ago where some guy made one and was thinking about selling a few...but he wandered off and the whole thing kinda fizzled.

The stock fusebox is one of the Luv's biggest source for electrical gremlins...so it would be a great thing to come up with a cheap-n-easy solution for.

Hmmm...maybe it's time for someone to put on their wizard hat and robe to invent a remedy.


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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:19 am 
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For my truck I bought a fuse panel off ebay for 2.99 and put inside. has 8 blade fuse slots. works fine and easy to mount.
i actually bought 2 and kept one for an extra.

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:32 pm 
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I use a fuse panel from an IH combine, they hold 4 fuses and were only a couple bucks. I work on combines at an IH dealer, so it was no big deal to get them.

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 5:19 pm 
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litemup wrote:
For my truck I bought a fuse panel off ebay for 2.99 and put inside. has 8 blade fuse slots. works fine and easy to mount.
i actually bought 2 and kept one for an extra.


Can you post a picture of yours? I've see quite a varitey of fuse panels on ebay. Just looking around first before I get myself one.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 7:51 pm 
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I bought a painless all new wiring harness and panel off ebay for 100.00 and it has extra fuse places for all the ad on's i am going to do later!!

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:03 pm 
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broddyman23 wrote:
I bought a painless all new wiring harness and panel off ebay for 100.00 and it has extra fuse places for all the ad on's i am going to do later!!

Sounds like a good deal, but I just want the fuse panel.

I'd like to hear from anyone that's pulled a fuse panel off another car or truck from a wrecking yard. If so, make and model please. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:48 pm 
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One out of a Trooper. The early one with a G200Z engine.

Its mounted on the drivers inner guard.

Its got a few fuses and i think two relays.

That would be sweet for a Luv. Its even got a clear plastic cover with whats what written on it.

I went and took a pic.
I think the relays are for the headlights as they are H4 on the Trooper.
The whole underbonnet loom unplugs at the fire wall, thats whats in the box.
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It would make sense to use the whole thing. Its got realys for (i assume) the headlights and the wiring is right for everything under the hood of you Luv except for the electric fuel pump.

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:40 pm 
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I thought it was a bad idea for fuse panels to be under the hood. Inside I thought was best. A lot of new cars are under the hood. My Saturn Vue and Chevy Equinox both are under the hood.... Times change. They do have nice covers over them where water shouldn't get them, unless you sink the car :eugeek

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 11:02 pm 
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One out of a Trooper. The early one with a G200Z engine.

Its mounted on the drivers inner guard.

Its got a few fuses and i think two relays.

That would be sweet for a Luv. Its even got a clear plastic cover with whats what written on it.

I went and took a pic.
I think the relays are for the headlights as they are H4 on the Trooper.
The whole underbonnet loom unplugs at the fire wall, thats whats in the box.
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It would make sense to use the whole thing. Its got realys for (i assume) the headlights and the wiring is right for everything under the hood of you Luv except for the electric fuel pump.

Cheers, Bob.


Thanks Bob! The trooper looks like a great donner for a fuse panel.
I'll have to post a pic when I get mine.

I agree with PapaG about having the fuse panel under the hood. I think it's much easier to get to verus under the dash. Interesting that some of the new cars like your Equinox have them under the hood as well.

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 6:29 am 
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I say that they are easier under the hood. You looking down at it and it is all pretty straight forward.
Under or in the dash you need a cover and quite often they are tilted over a bit more than horizontal and are not real easy to get at. You need to kneel on the ground and lean in through the door.

Some cars like the impulse have both, some are under the hood some are in under the dash.


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I thought about replacing mine, but decided to rebuild it. Here's a link to the thread that hopefully still has a working download. If not, send me a PM and I'll email you the pdf.

http://forums.luvtruck.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13931

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:23 pm 
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jeffklam wrote:
I thought about replacing mine, but decided to rebuild it. Here's a link to the thread that hopefully still has a working download. If not, send me a PM and I'll email you the pdf.

http://forums.luvtruck.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13931


Hey Jeff, Thanks for the link. That pdf was well put together. Amazing what lemon juice will do.
I may end up keeping my stock fuse panel. Thanks for your 2 cents. 8)


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No problem. FYI: I haven't had any electrical gremlins since the rebuild.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:52 am 
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i used jeff's method of cleaning the fuse box and it worked VERY WELL!!!!! mine was alittle nastier than his and i had to soak in lime juice twice but the end result was the same, excellent write up there jeff.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:08 pm 
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I tried Jeff's idea to soak the cooper in lemon juice. Here's a few pics. The very top pic is before. Then the bottom two are after soaking in lemon juice for an hour.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:13 pm 
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A few different companies make aresol spray cans of electrical contact cleaner. You could use them to the same effect.
I would say the citrus juice would be a lot more cost effective.


Would a citrus based degreaser work??? That could be worth a shot.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:31 pm 
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You can also use tomatoe juice - but it would be way more messy and cost a bit more....lol

Basically anything that is slightly acidic will clean the corrosion off if they are soaked in it for a while - even vinegar.

But it is a highly recommended thing to do as soon as you get your truck.

That is...unless of course you really love going blind from straining your eyes trying to read those lovely easy-to-understand wiring diagrams, while holding them in your greasy hands, as you are cussing your head off from trying endlessly to exorcise the demons out of your truck's electrical, charging, and ignition system.....lol


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That is...unless of course you really love going blind from straining your eyes trying to read those lovely easy-to-understand wiring diagrams, while holding them in your greasy hands, as you are cussing your head off from trying endlessly to exorcise the demons out of your truck's electrical, charging, and ignition system.....lol

You've worked with these wiring diagrams before, haven't you? J.K! :lol:


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I'm a fan of those self resetting circuit breakers. But I still have fuses and replacements in the glovebox... ya never know...

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