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Old 01-31-2006, 12:12 AM   #1
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Hey guys, did some searching around and can't really find anything. What im looking for is a dash switch that matches the "cruise control" and "Fog Light" switches. I would like to install an on/off ABS switch in my car for some winter driving conditions, without having the hack-job feel and without having to pull the fuse every time.

Im sure someone has something made up that looks nice.

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Old 01-31-2006, 12:45 AM   #2
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That's a good idea. I'd say go to the used parts forum and find someone that is parting a car. Purchase the fog switch with a plug and a bit of wiring. Then you can take your new switch and wire it in as necessary. Some acetone on a rag will make short work of the label on the switch. You could probably even make a nice stencil to re-label it as ABS or some such similar marking.
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:53 AM   #3
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you know what you can try... is something like the turbo xs switch.

or look for dash part on ebay that has a fog light on it or something.
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Old 01-31-2006, 01:12 AM   #4
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I've been giving thought to making a small PCB that would switch off ABS, but would reset when I turn the car off. Something like that for track conditions or or snow/gravel/sand would be perfect. So long as it resets when I turn the car off & then on again.

The cruise button would be better suited for this purpose, because it does not hold it's 'on' position.

I didn't look as closely at the fog/cruise buttons as I did the speedo dials, but it seems to me as if the gray color is on the face, and the testure is printed on top of that, and the plastic is just a little bit milky-white for daytime non-lit visibility, and the green tint is printed on the back (this part I know for sure). This seems to be the pattern for things like this, so you'd have a bit of trouble removing the texture, and the gray in order to replace the icon with something else.

Just an observation.

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Old 01-31-2006, 06:17 PM   #5
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I have a normal rocker switch in one of the blanks by my ebrake that turns on and off the abs without restarting the car. IIRC I wired it into the ABS motor fuse so it can be turned on and off without having to turn off and restart the car. Works like a dream. Im not sure why you would want a PCB to do this? Please elaborate.
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:19 PM   #6
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So you don't forget that you had it turned off when it happens that you need it.

Just like the cruise function, it resets itself to off every time you start the car. Not that you can't switch it on and off while the car is on, but if you happen to forget, and end up needing it, then it's there. If you're doing a track day, it's easy to remember to push the button to turn off the ABS, and admittedly, might be a pain to turn it off on a regular basis for inclement weather, but I'm one who would seldom use this function, so I'd rather have it on by default when I start the car, and have the ability to turn it off and then on again, but don't want to have to remember to turn ABS back on when I hit the street again. Just a safety thing.

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Old 02-01-2006, 10:39 AM   #7
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I have a normal rocker switch in one of the blanks by my ebrake that turns on and off the abs without restarting the car. IIRC I wired it into the ABS motor fuse so it can be turned on and off without having to turn off and restart the car. Works like a dream. Im not sure why you would want a PCB to do this? Please elaborate.

This is excatly what I want to avoid... I dont like that kinda look, I want something that looks stock and like it SHOULD be there. Hell, maybe I would even replace the lightbulb condom to another color so the fogs, cruise and abs switch would show diff colors when the switch was engaged.

I like the idea of auto reset, but it seems that could be attibuted to the ecu of the cruise control. Similar to the Cruise vs Fogs... the fogs dont reset when you turn your car off but cruise does.

It would be very easy for me to drill a hole in a blank and fit a switch, but I want to do it differently...
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:45 AM   #8
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do the 02's have the blank switch immediately to the right of the cruise/fog/ic spray buttons that is filled with the headlight leveler in the STi? I had this spot blank in my 04 WRX so i bought a heated seat switch from Jamie that fit the location. Now I have a perfectly stock switch there to turn my sub amp on/off. works like a charm and, as i said, looks perfectly stock...just my $.02
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:51 AM   #9
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I have a cruise button for sale if you want to try that. Pic:


http://gallery13273.fotopic.net/p11645156.html
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