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Picture of the IDIDIT id.TOUCH System

Wiring the IDIDIT idTOUCH

This blog post is going to show you how to wire the IDIDIT id.TOUCH PKE system to the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  The Infinitybox system is the electrical backbone for your restoration, resto-mod, street rod, kit car, or Pro-Touring build.  Our system is flexible enough to connect and power any external electrical accessory that you want to add.  In the case of wiring the IDIDIT id.TOUCH, your 20-Circuit Kit is already powering your ignition, starter solenoid and accessories.  You are going to use the id.TOUCH as the switches that connect to the MASTERCELL to control these functions.  Keep reading to learn more.

Before we go to far, please carefully read and understand all of the instructions that came with your IDIDIT id.TOUCH system.  You can access the manual from the IDIDIT website by clicking this link.  This blog post is only going to cover the wiring and connections related to the Infinitybox system.  Please follow their instructions for the complete wiring.

Wiring the IDIDIT id.TOUCH to the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit is pretty easy.  To the MASTERCELL, the id.TOUCH is just going to look like any ignition & starter switch.  This wiring diagram shows the details.

Wiring diagram showing how to connect the IDIDIT id.TOUCH PKE System to the Infinitybox System for Ignition and Starting Functions

Wiring diagram showing how to connect the IDIDIT id.TOUCH PKE System to the Infinitybox System for Ignition and Starting Functions

The connections that you are concerned about are the id.TOUCH outputs for the ignition, starter solenoid and the accessories.  You also need to wire the id.TOUCH input for the brake pedal signal.

For the id.TOUCH outputs for the ignition, starter solenoid and accessories, these are positive 12-volt signals.  Our MASTERCELL needs ground triggers.  Do not wire the outputs from the id.TOUCH directly to the MASTERCELL inputs.  This can potentially damage the MASTERCELL and will void your warranty.  You need to either use a small relay to invert these signals or use our inVERT  Minis.  The wiring diagram shows the correct wiring of the inVERT Mini.

Check the configuration sheet that came with your Infinitybox 20-Circuit for the correct wire colors for the inputs and outputs mentioned in this blog post.  You can learn more about the configuration sheet at this link.

The diagram from IDIDIT shows a neutral safety switch on the purple wire going to the starter solenoid.  You do not need to wire this with the Infinitybox system.  There is a separate neutral safety input that goes to the MASTERCELL.  See this link for more details.

The id.TOUCH has an accessory output wire on it.  That can be wired to the MASTERCELL to control any of the OPEN outputs on the system.  This can be used to control an output separate from the ignition to power your stereo or anything else that you want separate from the ignition.

You also need to connect the POWERCELL brake light output to the brake pedal input on the id.TOUCH.  The id.TOUCH needs a positive 12-volt signal to know that you foot is on the brake pedal.

Once you have the ignition, starter solenoid and accessories controlled by your IDIDIT id.TOUCH, you can add more optional features.  The id.TOUCH has a set of relays built in that can be used to control optional functions in the car.  For example, you could add a trunk popper.  Or you could control your door locks if you have our inMOTION cell as part of your Infinitybox system.  See the id.TOUCH manual for more details about setting this up.  This diagram shows how to wire the optional functions on the id.TOUCH to your MASTERCELL inputs.

Optional Wiring Harness Integration for IDIDIT id.TOUCH PKE System and the Infinitybox System

Optional Wiring Harness Integration for IDIDIT id.TOUCH PKE System and the Infinitybox System

The optional control relays on the id.TOUCH are not connected to power or ground, which makes wiring them very easy.  You simply need to ground the Green, Blue and Black/Wires in the optional harness.  The MASTERCELL inputs for lock and unlock on inMOTION would connect to the Green/Black and Blue/Black wires, respectively.  Any additional MASTERCELL inputs for accessories would connect to the Yellow and Orange wires.

The combination of the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit and the IDIDIT id.TOUCH gives you modern functionality in your restoration, restomod, street rod, kit car or Pro-Touring build.  You can download a PDF of these wiring diagrams by clicking this link.

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The VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller

Wiring VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller

We always say that our Infinitybox system plays nicely with other electrical accessories in your car.  This blog post is another great example of that.  We got a call from a customer asking about wiring the VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller with his Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  He was worried about having to wire in additional relays and run a lot of wire.  In reality, wiring the VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller is simple and easy with the Infinitybox system.

The VaporWorx guys make some very cool products.  Click here to get to their website.  You have to appreciate a company with the tagline “We Give You Gas”.  Their core products improve the delivery of fuel in your resto-mod, street rod, hot-rod or Pro-Touring build.  They have been innovating products for reliable fuel delivery in cars with EFI systems since 2009.

Their core products are designed for returnless fuel systems.  There is only one fuel line going from the in-tank pump to your fuel rail.  There is no fuel regulator on the rail and no return line that brings excess fuel back to the tank.  Their Fuel Pump Controller mounts in the rear of the car, near the fuel pump.  It actively monitors the fuel pressure in the line at the outlet of the pump.  Using pulse-width modulation (PWM), they vary the pump power to keep the fuel pressure within a tight window.  This reduces dead-heading of the fuel pump and also reduces the amount that the fuel gets heated.  We use PWM to control things like fan speed and light dimming from our POWERCELLs and have blogged about how that works before.  Click on this link to learn more about PWM.

This blog post is going to walk you through wiring the VaporWorx fuel pump controller with our Infinitybox system.  We are only going to cover the connections from the battery, from the POWERCELL and to ground.  See their manual for more details on the rest of the sensor wiring required for their controller.  You can access the manuals and installation instructions for their products by clicking this link.

Just like any other blog post where we talk about integrating the Infinitybox system with other products, please carefully read and understand all of the steps required to install the VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller.  You are messing with flammable fuel and electricity.  Make sure you are completely comfortable with doing this job.

For the sake of this blog post, there are three connections that we are going to cover: primary power from the battery, the fuel pump trigger from the POWERCELL and the grounds.

The primary power for the fuel pump controller is going to come directly from the battery.  This should be a simple connection since the controller should be mounted close to the pump in the tank and most guys are relocating their batteries to their trunks.  Follow the recommendations from VaporWorx for the gauge of wire going from the positive terminal on the battery to the BAT+ terminal on their module.  It is very important that this gauge of wire is sized correctly and that it is fused as close to the battery as possible.

Next, the fuel pump controller and the fuel pump need to be grounded.  The VaporWorx team recommends that you ground their pump controller and the fuel pump directly to the negative terminal of the battery.  This should be easy in most installs since guys are relocating the batteries to their trunks.

Last, the VaporWorx controller needs a fuel pump enable signal from the ECU.  When wired with the Infinitybox system, this signal is going to come from the fuel pump output on your rear POWERCELL.  In most 20-Circuit Kits, this is the TAN wire on the rear POWERCELL but check your configuration sheet for details on this output.  The POWERCELL output is going to connect to the blue wire in the GT150 connector.

The advantage of using the POWERCELL to supply the fuel pump enable signal is that you do not need to add any additional wiring.  You already have the POWERCELL located in the rear of your car.  You do not need to run a wire from the front of the car to the back.  You can simply use the POWERCELL to supply this signal.

Once you have power, ground and the fuel pump enable signal wired, you need to wire your EFI system to your Infinitybox MASTERCELL.  This is how the POWERCELL knows when to turn on the output for the fuel pump enable signal.  To do this properly, you need to understand if your EFI system uses a ground trigger for the fuel pump or a positive signal for the fuel pump.  The wiring diagram for your EFI system will define this.  Alternately, we have wiring diagrams for all of the popular EFI systems in the Resources section of our website.

If your EFI system sends a ground trigger for the fuel pump enable signal, you can wire the MASTERCELL fuel pump input to the EFI system’s fuel pump output.  We strongly recommend wiring a diode in series to buffer the MASTERCELL from the ECU.  As an example, the FAST XFI 2.0 sends a ground trigger for the fuel pump enable signal.  You can see how the recommended diode is wired at this link.

If your EFI system sends a positive trigger for the fuel pump enable signal, you need to flip this to a ground trigger.  You can use one of our inVERT Mini Buffers to do this easily.  The Holley Sniper EFI System uses a positive trigger for the fuel pump enable signal.  You can see how to wire in the inVERT Mini at this link.

This wiring diagram shows you all of the connections between our Infinitybox system and the VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller.  You can download a PDF version of it by clicking this link.

Wiring Diagram for VaporWorx PWM Fuel Pump Controller

How to wire the VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller with the Infinitybox System.

Please note that some wires are omitted from our diagrams to make them more clear.  Carefully follow the instructions that came with your Infinitybox system and the VaporWorx module for the full instructions.  Also note that the MASTERCELL input and POWERCELL output wire colors may vary depending on your specific kit and the options you have.  Always follow the configuration sheet that came with your kit.

Click on this link to contact our technical support team with any questions about wiring your VaporWorx Fuel Pump Controller with our Infinitybox system.

 

 

MASTERCELL Error Log

Our Infinitybox system is full of tools that help you wire your car or truck faster.  There are troubleshooting and diagnostic features built in that tell you simply what is going on in your car.  This link will take you to our Troubleshooting and Diagnostic manual.  This blog post covers the most sophisticated of the troubleshooting and diagnostic tools in the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  The MASTERCELL is always watching the critical parameters for the POWERCELLs and inMOTION cells that are attached on the Infinitybox CAN network.  The MASTERCELL Error Log holds any records of problems with these critical parameters and lets you easily access them for advanced troubleshooting.  This may sound really complicated for a wiring system used in hot-rods and resto-mods, but this powerful tool lets our technicians help you when things aren’t working correctly.

Each of the cells in the Infinitybox system monitors their own health.  Every second, they tell the MASTERCELL how they are doing and report if they’re having any problems.  If there are problems, they are kept in the MASTERCELL Error Log.  You can easily access the MASTERCELL Error Log by simply pressing the “HOME” and “SCROLL DOWN” buttons under the inSIGHT screen on the MASTERCELL.  You press these two buttons at the same time, hold them down for one second then release them at the same time.  After you do this, the MASTERCELL will display any errors that it recorded on the inSIGHT screen.  The MASTERCELL can hold 8 errors in memory and displays them in order.  This video will show you all of the details about the MASTERCELL Error Log.

There are three key values that are important to the Infinitybox system.

The first is battery voltage.   The system needs a minimum voltage to operate safely.  This is set at 7 volts.  There is also a safe maximum operating voltage.  That is 20 volts.  If your MASTERCELL or POWERCELLs measure their input voltages outside of this acceptable range, they will record it in the error log.

The second critical parameter is temperature.  Each Infinitybox cell has a temperature sensor built onto its printed circuit board.  If the temperature of that board exceeds a safety limit, the cells report it to the MASTERCELL and it is stored in the error log.

The last critical value is for the POWERCELL.  It is what we call the Charge Pump Voltage.  Every POWERCELL board has a part of its circuit called a Charge Pump.  It does what the name implies.  It pumps up charge to safely turn on and turn off the MOSFETs that control the POWERCELL outputs.  If the charge pump voltage falls below a set level, the POWERCELL sends a message to the MASTERCELL and this is recorded in the error log.

As we mentioned earlier, the MASTERCELL Error Log is an advanced diagnostic and troubleshooting feature built into the Infinitybox system.  It is rare that errors occur.  You are probably never going to need this feature.  It will help our team get your system going if you do have problems with the Infinitybox system in your hot rod, street rod, kit car, restomod, race car or Pro-Touring build.

Click on this link to get in touch with our team if you have additional questions.

 

 

MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

Our Infinitybox system has powerful diagnostic and troubleshooting features built into it.  The MASTERCELL in your 20-Circuit Kit includes our inSIGHT LCD Screen.  This screen is your window into the Infinitybox system and it gives you access to the MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics.  By pressing a few buttons on the MASTERCELL, you can put it into its Messaging Mode.  This blog post and the attached video will show you how the Messaging Mode can help you wire your car faster and identify problems easily.

All of your switches connect to the MASTERCELL.  These include your ignition and starter switches, your turn signal switches, your brake pedal switch, the switches for your lighting, your fuel pump and cooling fan triggers and any other switches that you have for your accessories.  The MASTERCELL continuously watches the state of your switches.  If it sees one of these inputs turn on or off, it sends commands to the POWERCELLs or inMOTION cells in your system and commands them to turn an output on or off.

The MASTERCELL can be put into its Messaging Mode.  This mode opens up the MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics feature in your Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  To put the MASTERCELL into Messaging Mode, you simply press and hold the “SCROLL UP” and “SELECT” buttons under the clear cover.  These are the two buttons on the right, under the inSIGHT LCD screen.  Press these buttons together, hold them for one second then let them go.  You will get a message on the screen that says “inSIGHT WILL DISPLAY ALL INPUT CHANGES FROM ANY SOURCE”.  You will also note that the back light of the inSIGHT LCD will turn on and stay on.

When you turn any MASTERCELL on or off, the inSIGHT screen will confirm that.  It will tell you which input the MASTERCELL say turn on or off.  It will also tell you which cell it is supposed to be controlling and which output.

The following video goes through this in detail.  You can see which buttons to press to put the MASTERCELL into Messaging Mode.  You will also see what the messages on the MASTERCELL screen look like when you turn inputs on and off.  Check out the video here.

Messaging Mode is a very powerful tool.  You can use it as you go through the process of wiring your car or truck with our Infinitybox system.  You can wire each switch, step by step, then use Messaging Mode to confirm that you have the correct input wired to the switch by following the details of your Configuration Sheet.  You can also use this to confirm that you switch is working correctly and that you have good grounds for each of your switches.

If you have problems on the road, you can easily put the MASTERCELL into its Messaging Mode and check for any issues with your switches or the wiring from the MASTERCELL.  No tools are needed.

If you have any additional questions about the MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics features of the Infinitybox system, click here to contact our team.

 

1955 Cadillac DeVille- Great 8 Winner

Congratulations to Frank Hinmon for being a Great 8 Winner at the 2020 Detroit Autorama.  Frank and his team have put a ton of effort into this car to make it the best and it shows.  In addition to making it to the Great 8 at the Detroit Autorama, his car was one of the Select Six at the Chicago World of Wheels.

The car is an engineering masterpiece.  It is full of detail.  They started with a 2-door and re-engineered it to make it a 4-door.  From there, the paint, the interior, the engine, the chassis are all integrated seamlessly to create this Great 8 Winner.  Check out this video to see the full details.

1955 Cadillac Deville: Great 8 Winner at Detroit Autorama from eclassicautos on Vimeo.

Thanks to EClassic Autos for the great video coverage at the show.

Frank wired the car with a complete Infinitybox system including our 20-Circuit Kit, 2 inMOTION cells, inTOUCH NET, inRESERVE and inVIRONMENT.

Beyond all of the body modifications and mechanical details in the car, this is a complicated car, electrically.  Using the Infinitybox system made creating a complicated wiring system very easy.  The car was wired with off-the shelf components from Infinitybox and configured through software to do what Frank wanted it to do.  The distributed architecture of the Infinitybox system made the runs of wire short and kept the bulk of the harness to a minimum.

Frank has inTOUCH NET as part of this system so he can control the entire car from his iPad tablet or a touch screen head unit mounted in the dash.  His windows can be controlled from the iPad so can the door poppers.  This also includes using our inMOTION motor controller cell to raise the hood and the trunk by pushing a button on his tablet.

We also customized the system to manage his fuel tank controller.  Frank has two different fuel tanks: one for pump gas and one for racing gas.  He has a special valve that flips between these two different tanks and their fuel pumps.  By using outputs from one of his inMOTION cells, we control the actuator that flips the valves between these two tanks.

The power, flexibility and versatility of the Infinitybox system gave Frank the control he needed to wire this winning car.  The entire Infinitybox team is proud to be a part of this project.  Congratulations again to Frank for an award well deserved.

Jay Harris and Frank Hinmon at the 2020 Detroit Autorama.

Jay Harris and Frank Hinmon at the 2020 Detroit Autorama. Frank’s Cadillac was awarded as one of the Great 8 winners for the 2020 Ridler Award.

Click on this link to contact the Infinitybox team to learn more about our full range of wiring and electrical products.

Dementor Camaro

Dementor Camaro at Detroit Autorama

Premier Motorworkz Logo

Premier Motorworkz Logo

We had a chance to wander thorough the 2020 Autorama at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  It was full of some amazing automotive engineering.  One of the best cars there was built by Chris Walker and his team at Premier Motorworkz in Louisville, KY.   They built this exceptional 1968 Camaro called Dementor.

The engine is a 6.2 liter LSA paired with a 6-speed automatic.  The exhaust is a piped through a Varex Variable Exhaust system.  The interior is spectacular and was done by Sewn Tight Custom Interiors.  The car is a slick silver with flake and a ton of pearl, all from House of Kolor.  It absolutely pops in the sunlight.

Chris wired the car with our 20-Circuit Kit, inMOTION, inRESERVE, inTOUCH NET and inVIRONMENT.

Chris mounted the front POWERCELL next to the driver’s core support under the hood.  This makes all of the wires going to the front of the car short and simple to run.  The rear POWERCELL and inMOTION are in the trunk.  The MASTERCELL is behind the dash, just forward of the head unit.

They are controlling the car primarily from the customer’s phone using inTOUCH NET.  They also have a head unit in the dash that gives them complete control of the car from the touch screen.  This includes controlling all of the functions of their Vintage Air Gen-IV with our inVIRONMENT module.

We worked with Chris and his team to customize the code on his Infinitybox system.  We’re controlling the headlight covers from inMOTION when he turns the headlights on and off.   We also customized his system to control the motors for this exhaust system so he has manual control.  We also tuned the way his interior and accent lights work.

Congratulations to Chris and his team for building an exceptional car.  We’re proud to be a part of this car.  You can learn more about Premier Motorworkz by visiting their website at www.premiermotorworkz.com or calling them at (502) 749-2324.

You can click on this link to contact our Infinitybox technical team if you have questions about how you can wire your car or truck with our Infinitybox system.

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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inVIRONMENT Video

Our Infinitybox system offers you the broadest level of electrical control for your hot-rod, street rod, resto mod, kit car, component car and Pro-Touring build. No other wiring harness can do what the Infinitybox system can do. One of our most popular accessories is inVIRONMENT.

Our inVIRONMENT module is a revolutionary connection between your Infinitybox system and a Gen IV climate control system from Vintage Air. Using our inTOUCH NET and inVIRONMENT, you can completely control your heating and air conditioning from a smart phone or tablet in your car. You can control the blower fan speed, the temperature and the blend from a simple and intuitive touch screen interface. You can learn more about the inVIRONMENT module by clicking this link.

This video will show you the features of the inVIRONMENT module.

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Fixing inCODE Software Driver

Our inCODE Programmer is the tool that you need to load custom configurations into your Infinitybox system.  It connects your computer to your MASTERCELL to let you make changes.  Our technical support team makes the changes for you.  You use inCODE to load these changes into your system.  This link will take you to the basics on using inCODE.

If you carefully read the instructions for using inCODE, you will see a big and bold message that says to not plug the inCODE programmer into your computer until after you have loaded the Embed Inc software.  When you plug the inCODE programmer into your computer, Windows automatically installs the drivers that it needs to make it work correctly.  When you install the Embed Inc software, it installs the drivers for inCODE and leaves instructions for Windows so it knows what to do with inCODE.  If you plug inCODE into your computer before you install the Embed Inc software, your computer takes a guess at what the inCODE programmer is and assigns a random driver to it.  You will get an error when you try to load code onto your system if this happens.

Reinstalling the Embed Inc software will not solve this issue since Windows has already assigned the wrong driver to the inCODE hardware.  You need to remove the inCODE programmer from your Device Manager and let Windows recognize it again.  This quick video will help you go through this process.

Please click on this link to contact our technical support team if you have any additional questions about setting up your inCODE programmer.

 

POWERCELL

Our 20-Circuit Kit is the core to the electrical system in your car.  It is more than just a wiring harness.  It is a universal wiring system that gets you the most advanced, functional and reliable electrical control on the market.  The 20-Circuit Kit starts with our MASTERCELL, which connects to your switches.  It also includes two of our POWERCELLs, which we call the muscles of your system.  The MASTERCELL sends commands to the POWERCELLs to locally power your lights, ignition, starter solenoid, cooling fans, fuel pumps, horn and other accessories.  We’ve talked about the MASTERCELL in more detail in a recent blog post.  You can link to that here.  This post is going to cover more details about our POWERCELL.

The 20-Circuit Kit includes 2 POWERCELLs.  Each POWERCELL can control 10-outputs.  One POWERCELL is for the front of the car, the second is for the rear of the car.  The front POWERCELL is set up to control your headlights, high-beams, turn signals, front running lights, horn, cooling fan, ignition power, starter solenoid and dash power.  The rear POWERCELL is set up to control your rear running lights, turn signals, brake lights, fuel pump, back-up lights, dome lights and other accessories.

Connecting your loads to the POWERCELL is very easy.  You run the output harness from the POWERCELL to your light, fan, pump or other accessory.  You cut our universal harness to length.  You connect our output wire to the wire on your load.  That’s it.  Click on this link to get more details on connecting your POWERCELL outputs to the electrical loads in your car or truck.

You put the POWERCELLs in the car were you need them.  This lets you eliminate size and weight of the wiring harness in your car.  The installation is simpler because the runs of wire are shorter and troubleshooting is easier.

The POWERCELL is a remote fuse and solid-state relay box.  The fuses that you need to properly protect your wiring harness are built into the POWERCELL.  You do not need to add separate fuses.  Also, the solid-state relays that control your loads are built into the POWERCELL.  Each output can carry up to 25-amps continuously so you do not need to add external relays to control your lights, fans, pumps and other accessories.  Also, we don’t use mechanical relays in our POWERCELLs.  Our outputs are controlled by solid-state MOSFETs.  This are rugged and reliable and give you tons of benefits over traditional relays.  Check out this link to learn about some of the advantages of a MOSFET.

This video walks through more of the details of the Infinitybox POWERCELL.

You can easily add extra POWERCELLs to your 20-Circuit Kit if you need to expand the output capacity beyond 20.  Each additional POWERCELL gives you 10 more outputs to your Infinitybox system.  The POWERCELL kit includes the POWERCELL plus all of the harnessing required to connect to your existing 20-Circuit Kit.  You can learn more about the POWERCELL kit by clicking this link.

If you want to purchase our Infinitybox system or have technical questions, you can click on this link to contact our team.