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Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- POWERCELL Locations

Over the next few videos, we’re going to continue our theme on good planning.  Specifically, we’re going to talk about picking the best locations for the major components that come with your Infinitybox system.  We’re installing our 20-Circuit Kit with inLINK and inRESERVE in our 1979 CJ7.  To get the most out of our install, we want to pick the best locations for the MASTERCELL, the front & rear POWERCELLs, the MEGA fuse holder and the inRESERVE solenoid.  We’ve broken this up into 5 different videos, talking about what you need to consider for each part.  This video covers picking the best locations for your front & rear POWERCELLs.

You get two POWERCELLs in your 20-Circuit Kit.  One for the front of your car and one for the rear.  The POWERCELLs are the remote fuse & relay boxes for your system.  They get commands sent to them from the MASTERCELL and they do the actual switching for all of your lights, ignition, starter, fuel pump, cooling fan, horn and other accessories.  You can learn more about the POWERCELL by clicking this link.

There are two important things to consider when you’re picking the best locations for your POWERCELLs.  First, you want the POWERCELLs as close to your electrical loads as possible.  This keeps the wiring short and makes it easy to install.  Your front POWERCELL is going to power your headlights, high-beams, turn signals, parking lights, ignition, starter, horn and dash.  You want to keep the front POWERCELL close to these loads to keep the wiring short.  Your rear POWERCELL is going to power your brake lights, turn signals, reverse lights, running lights, fuel pump and any audio that you have in the back of your car.

The other thing to consider when you pick your POWERCELL locations is that your POWERCELLs are the remote fuse boxes.  You need to have reasonable access to the POWERCELL to remove the protective cover and change the fuses.

In our 1979 Jeep CJ7, we’re going to mount the front POWERCELL on the inner driver’s fender.  There is a nice flat spot there to make mounting easy.  It is accessible for maintenance.  The 8-AWG power cables can be easily routed across the firewall to connect to the battery and the runs of wires to the loads are all relatively short.  Check out more detail on the location in this video.

We’re going to mount the front POWERCELL inside the rear passenger fender.  We will fabricate an enclosure inside the fender that is outside the travel for the suspension.  We’ll make a sealed cover over the enclosure so we can get to it easily for maintenance.  We can easily run the 8-AWG power feeds and the CAN cable down the passenger side of the Jeep.  Finally, the runs of wires to the brake lights, turn signals, running lights, reverse lights and fuel pump are all relatively short.  Check out more detail on the location in this video.

Picking the best locations for your POWERCELLs will make your wiring simple and efficient.  It will also make troubleshooting and diagnostics easier.  Keep watching for more in our 1979 Jeep CJ7 Install Series.

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Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- MASTERCELL Location

Over the next few videos, we’re going to continue our theme on good planning.  Specifically, we’re going to talk about picking the best locations for the major components that come with your Infinitybox system.  We’re installing our 20-Circuit Kit with inLINK and inRESERVE in our 1979 CJ7.  To get the most out of our install, we want to pick the best locations for the MASTERCELL, the front & rear POWERCELLs, the MEGA fuse holder and the inRESERVE solenoid.  We’ve broken this up into 5 different videos, talking about what you need to consider for each part.  This video covers picking the best location for your MASTERCELL.

The MASTERCELL is the brain of your 20-Circuit Kit.  It connects to all of your switches.  These include your ignition switch, turn signal stalk, brake pedal switch, headlight switch, fuel pump & cooling fan trigger and any other accessory switches that you may have in your car or truck.  The MASTERCELL sends commands to the POWERCELLs when you turn a switch on or off.  You can learn more about the MASTERCELL and what it does by clicking this link.

There are two important things to consider when you’re picking the location for your MASTERCELL.  First, you want the MASTERCELL as close to your switches as possible.  This keeps the wiring short and makes it easy to install.  Second, you want to have easy access to the MASTERCELL for troubleshooting and diagnostics.  There are tons of diagnostic features built into the MASTERCELL.  You can learn about them at this link.  To access these features, you need to be able to get to the MASTERCELL, remove the protective cover, press the buttons and read the inSIGHT LCD screen.

In our 1979 Jeep CJ7, we’re going to mount the MASTERCELL in the glove compartment.  There is a convenient open pocket behind the door for the glove compartment.  This puts the MASTERCELL close to all of the switches on the dash.  That will make the dash wiring short and efficient.  With the door open, we can easily take off the MASTERCELL cover, press the buttons and read the inSIGHT screen.  When we close the door, the MASTERCELL disappears.

Picking the best location for your MASTERCELL will make your switch wiring simple and efficient.  It will also make troubleshooting and diagnostics easier if you need them.  Keep watching for more in our 1979 Jeep CJ7 Install Series.

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You can also click here to contact our technical support team with any questions about your car or truck wiring project.  

Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- inRESERVE Location

Over the next few videos, we’re going to continue our theme on good planning.  Specifically, we’re going to talk about picking the best locations for the major components that come with your Infinitybox system.  We’re installing our 20-Circuit Kit with inLINK and inRESERVE in our 1979 CJ7.  To get the most out of our install, we want to pick the best locations for the MASTERCELL, the front & rear POWERCELLs, the MEGA fuse holder and the inRESERVE solenoid.  We’ve broken this up into multiple, talking about what you need to consider for each part.  This video covers picking the best location for the main parts in the inRESERVE Active Battery Management System.

inRESERVE is our Active Battery Management System.  It is an accessory to our 20-Circuit Kit.  inRESERVE works with your MASTERCELL and POWERCELL to monitor your battery voltage and actively disconnect the battery if it gets too lot.  You can click here to get to another video that goes through inRESERVE in more detail.  There are two main parts of the inRESERVE Kit that need to be planned for in your install.  The first is the inRESERVE latching solenoid.  The second is the manual reset button.

The heart of the inRESERVE kit is a special latching solenoid.  It takes a pulse from a POWERCELL output to latch open, disconnecting all power from the battery to minimize battery drain.  The inRESERVE solenoid needs to be located between the positive terminal of your battery and the block of 4 MEGA fuses that distribute power to your POWERCELLs.  The best location that we found in our Jeep is right in front of the battery, under the hood.  We’ll mount this solenoid on the same plate as the MEGA fuses.

The location of the inRESERVE reset button is really important.  When inRESERVE does its job, it completely shuts down the Infinitybox system.  You need to be able to get to your reset button from outside of your car of truck.  If you have it inside and you have electric poppers, you won’t be able to access it to reset your system.  We’re going to mount our reset button next to the battery and the solenoid under the hood.  Check out the details in the video below.

Keep watching for more in our 1979 Jeep CJ7 Install Series.

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You can also click here to contact our technical support team with any questions about your car or truck wiring project.  

Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- MEGA Fuse Location

Over the next few videos, we’re going to continue our theme on good planning.  Specifically, we’re going to talk about picking the best locations for the major components that come with your Infinitybox system.  We’re installing our 20-Circuit Kit with inLINK and inRESERVE in our 1979 CJ7.  To get the most out of our install, we want to pick the best locations for the MASTERCELL, the front & rear POWERCELLs, the MEGA fuse holder and the inRESERVE solenoid.  We’ve broken this up into 5 different videos, talking about what you need to consider for each part.  This video covers picking the best location for the block of MEGA fuses that comes with your 20-Circuit Kit.

 

 

Everything starts with running primary power from the battery.  The POWERCELLs get powered by cables that connect back to the positive terminal of the battery.  These cables need to be protected against short circuits by fuses.  Your 20-Circuit Kit includes a block of 4 high-current MEGA fuses to protect the four 8-AWG cables that bring battery power to the POWERCELLs.  If one of these cables was to short to ground, the MEGA fuse becomes the weakest link in the electrical chain.  The fuse opens to protect the cable from damage.  You want the MEGA holder to be mounted as close to the battery as possible to minimize the length of unprotected cable.

We’re going to mount the MEGA fuse block right in front of the battery, under the hood.  There is a flat spot on the inner passenger fender that would be a great place.  It is a short run of cable from the positive terminal to this location and we can easily route the 8-AWG power cables to the front & rear POWERCELLs.  Watch this video to learn more about these and see where we’re mounting the MEGA fuses in the Jeep.

Picking the best location for the MEGA fuse holder will get you a safe and reliable electrical system in your car or truck.  It will also make running the power cables to your POWERCELLs easier if you plan in advance.  Keep watching for more in our 1979 Jeep CJ7 Install Series.

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Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- Project Planning

This is a pretty boring video but the message is very important.

This is the next video in our 1979 Jeep CJ7 install video series.  In this video, Jay talks about project planning. He goes through the manuals and documentation. He also talks about reviewing the configuration sheet that came with your kit. Here’s the message: the better you plan up front, the better the job is going to go. This applies to wiring your car or truck, just like it does for installing an EFI system, or upholstering a seat or painting a car. The Infinitybox website is full of resources to help you wire your restomod, street rod, hot rod, race car, kit car or Pro-Touring build. You can get to our Resources page at this link.   You can also access our Blog at this link. This is full of tips, tricks and customer examples.

The most important message here is to ask questions.  If you don’t understand something, give our team a call.  You can reach us at (847) 232-1991.

You can check out the project planning video here.

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Click on this link to get to the main page for the 1979 Jeep CJ7 wiring project.  You can find all of the videos on one place there.  

You can also click here to contact our technical support team with any questions about your car or truck wiring project.  

Jeep CJ7 Wiring Series- Introduction

We’re excited to announce a new project at Infinitybox. We’re doing a full install of our Infinitybox system into this Jeep. Check out the step-by-step videos showing you the power and simplicity of the Infinitybox system for your resto-mod, street rod, hot rod, kit car or Pro-Touring build.  We’re doing this install in three phases.

In the first phase, we’ll get the core wiring done.  We’re going to install our 20-Circuit Kit with inLINK and inRESERVE.  We’ll take you through all of the details of wiring your car or truck with these products.

In the second phase, we’re going to expand the system to control power locks and power windows.  These will be controlled by our inMOTION motor controller.

In the last phase, we’re going to accessorize the Jeep.  We’re going to add trail lights, audio and other electrical accessories.  We’ll also install our inTOUCH NET to show how you can control your car or truck with a smart phone or tablet.

This is a 1979 Jeep CJ7.  It is a beast.  It is powered by a well-built Chevy 350.  It has a 2″ suspension lift and a 2″ body lift.  It rides comfortably on a set of 33″ tires.  The shop that built it did a great job.  There is no rust on the body or chassis.  The interior is nicely done.  Mechanically, it is in great shape.

The wiring is another story.  It has been through a few owners since it was restored.  It seems that every owner hacked into the wiring in their own special way.  You can see where lighting was added, then removed.  There was an amplifier and a subwoofer in the back but they are long gone.  The wiring is just dangling there for these.  The gauge and dash wiring is a mess.  Some of the connections are butt-spliced, some are soldered, some use fast-on terminals.  There are wires under the hood and behind the dash that serve purpose.  We are going to gut the wiring and show you how easy it is to wire anything with our Infinitybox system.

You can check out the introductory video in the series here.

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Click on this link to get to the main page for the 1979 Jeep CJ7 wiring project.  You can find all of the videos on one place there.  

You can also click here to contact our technical support team with any questions about your car or truck wiring project.  

Infinitybox Cell Outline Drawings

This blog post has the outline drawings for our Infinitybox MASTERCELL, POWERCELL and inMOTION Cell.  You can use these drawings to plan the layout of these cells in your car or truck project.  All of the dimensions on these drawings are in inches.

The basic footprint for the MASTERCELL, POWERCELL and inMOTION cell is exactly the same.  The mounting tabs for all three cells are identical.  The holes in the mounting tabs are designed for a 1/4″ X 5/8″ shoulder bolt.

You can download PDF versions of these drawings at these links.

MASTERCELL

POWERCELL

inMOTION Cell

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20-Circuit Kit Power Up Video

This blog post has a simple video that shows you what to expect on your Infinitybox MASTERCELL when you power up your 20-Circuit Kit.  The Infinitybox system is full of simple tools to help you troubleshoot and diagnose your electrical system.  You can download a complete troubleshooting and diagnostic guide by clicking here.

This video shows you the start up messages that you will see on your MASTERCELL inSIGHT LCD module.  It also shows you the different indicator lights on the MASTERCELL and describes what they mean.  This video also shows you how to take an inventory of all of cells connected to the MASTERCELL including your POWERCELLs, inMOTION Cells, inVIRONMENT and inTOUCH NET.  By simply pressing the HOME button on the MASTERCELL, you get a real-time confirmation that the MASTERCELL is communicating with all of the accessories in your system.

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inMOTION Video

We just released a new video that covers the features and benefits of our inMOTION Motor Controller Cell.

Infinitybox inMOTION Motor Controller Cell

inMOTION is a unique module that connects to the CAN network of your 20-Circuit Kit.  It looks like a POWERCELL but acts differently.  Instead of turning 10 things on and off like a POWERCELL, it reverses the polarity to 5 things.  We originally designed inMOTION to control power windows and power lock actuators.  Instead of relying on a switch, inMOTION has special h-bridge relays that reverse the polarity.  This lets you change direction of things like power windows, power locks, linear actuators and valves.

That is just the beginning.  inMOTION is smarter than a POWERCELL which means that you can get express features on your windows with no limit switches.  You can also get wireless control through inLINK or a smart phone attached to inTOUCH NET.

Check out this video for a deeper dive into what inMOTION can do.

We have the solid model for the inMOTION cell available to our customers to help with their planning and mocking up process.  Click on this link to get more details.  

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Picture of the Nu-Relics Nu-Crank System

Nu-Crank Master Power Window Switch

Nu-Relics has been manufacturing power windows solutions for restorations since 2005.  They pride themselves in making direct drop-in electric power windows for classic cars and trucks.  Their products use the highest quality materials and are designed with the exact bolt pattern required for your project.  They also use the exact same geometry for smooth and reliable power window action.  They also make a very clever product called Nu-Crank.  This is a switch assembly that they developed to control your power windows.  The big difference from other window switches is that Nu-Crank uses the original window crank to drive the power windows up and down.  You get the look of the original interior in your classic car with the convenience of power windows.   The Nu-Crank mounts in the location where the original crank was located.  You lift the crank to raise the power window and push down on the crank to lower it.  It is very simple and elegant.

You can very easily integrate the Nu-Crank switches into our Infinitybox system to control your power windows with our inMOTION Motor Controller Cell.  With our 20-Circuit Kit and inMOTION, you can control your power windows from any switch, that includes the Nu-Crank switches.  The MASTERCELL inputs wire to the switches and inMOTION reverses the polarity going to the motors.  It is very easy.

A customer asked us recently how if there was a way to control both the driver and passenger power windows from the driver’s side of the car without reaching over to the passenger side.  The answer is yes.  This can be done easily by adding a Double Pole, Double Throw (DPDT) switch to your harness.  A DPDT switch has two different sets of contacts inside.  It also has two switched positions.  Using this DPDT switch, you can route the driver’s Nu-Crank switch contacts to two different pairs of MASTERCELL inputs.  See the wiring diagram below.

The wire colors shown in this diagram may not match the MASTERCELL inputs or inMOTION outputs for your specific system.  Please reference the configuration sheet that came with your kit for exact wire colors.

You can easily hide this DPDT switch on the drivers side of the car.  By flipping the switch between the driver and passenger position, you get the ability to control either power window from the driver’s switch.  That way, you can control the passenger window without having to reach across the car to move the Nu-Crank switch.

Since the MASTERCELL inputs require so little current to trigger the input, you can use practically any DPDT switch.  The MASTERCELL inputs require less than 1 milliamp so you do not have to worry about damaging the contacts of your DPDT switch of the contacts in the Nu-Crank switch after repeated operation.

You can download a PDF of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.

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