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Old 12-16-2004, 01:03 PM   #1
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I would like to wire an inverter and possibly a ham radio into my Forester. I wired my ham into a Camry and ran the wire directly from the battery, which was a pain in the arse. Can i splice into a DC wire in the cabin and run the power that way? Might have to get a higher power fuse as well for that.

I know of people that wire their fuzzbuster into the overhead lighting, but that doesnt draw much juice. A transmitter or inverter would draw a lot more juice than the fuzz I'm sure.

Any insight would be great. Getting ready for a x-country trip and want to get all the electronic goodies installed before hand.

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Old 12-16-2004, 01:21 PM   #2
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I have a dual-band Yaesu in my WRX, wired directly to the battery. I had the same unit in my previous car, also wired to the battery. Regardless of what car it's being installed in, any two-way radio should be wired this way, both because of the high current requirement and to avoid EMI/RFI to or from the radio. If the Forester is anything like the Impreza as far as running wires, it isn't that difficult. Look on Scoobymods and/or shoot a PM to Peaty, he has a Forester and has done some stuff on it.
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Old 12-16-2004, 01:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Would you do the same for an inverter as well, or could that be spliced into the cabin DC circuits?
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Old 12-16-2004, 01:55 PM   #4
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Actually I'd suggest the same for the inverter. Aside from the current draw (depending on the size of the inverter), they tend to be electrically "noisy" so you'd be better off with the direct battery connection which would isolate it somewhat from the rest of the electrical system. If you connected it inside the car it would be more likely to cause noise problems.
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Old 12-17-2004, 09:25 PM   #5
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There IS the rear 12v accessory plug that may be of some use to this project....and the one in the center armrest, no?.....what is the rating of those circuits and are they connected to any other ones....????
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