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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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floor mount dimmer install

I was wondering if some of you electrical wizards in here could give a step by step for installing a floor mount dimmer switch, if it is at all possible? Would a 3 prong floor dimmer switch work? Any info would be much appreciated, it's on a 95 caprice sedan no HID's or twighlight sentinal
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I came across a product recently that used some things that I think would be great for this project if some of the more electrically inclined would like to make a kit for people. Idea is to use an air actuator hidden under the carpet to activate your high beams. Would take a relay in there as well I suppose if you are still running full headlight wattage through the switch. Switch and relay enclosed in a nice little box would be a neat little mod!

Switch: http://www.mamcoswitches.com/pressur...s/lf40-01.html
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Actuator: http://www.presair.com/foot_pedal_actuators.asp
The model Below:F800BA
Foot Pedal Black Domed Soft w/tubing F800BA $19.95 (Replacement part price probably do better with OEM sales)

(Pres Air also makes similar switches to example in first link above)

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I was wondering if some of you electrical wizards in here could give a step by step for installing a floor mount dimmer switch, if it is at all possible? Would a 3 prong floor dimmer switch work? Any info would be much appreciated, it's on a 95 caprice sedan no HID's or twighlight sentinal
Some floor dimmer switch will work since it most probable be functioning a relay anyway. You need to redirect the wires that go to the present dimmer switch and connect them to the new. To do any of this you need to get a color wiring diagram and figure it out, something like this.


3-way dimmer switch wiring diagram

You also need to get underneath the car to observe the proposed spot is clear. You will need a body punch to make the hole or else a drill and ream it out. Plus mounting holes.

Good Luck!
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I used an old GM 3 plug switch to wire my KC's on my Dodge Ram recently. Amazingly handy. But I have never seen the advantage of moving the dimmer to the stalk from the floor.

One of the worst ideas to come along in the 70's and still is. Leave the left foot with nothing to do and give the left hand even more to do, usually in the dark, in a curve, with oncoming traffic also trying to dim their lights...


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Some floor dimmer switch will work since it most probable be functioning a relay anyway. You need to redirect the wires that go to the present dimmer switch and connect them to the new. To do any of this you need to get a color wiring diagram and figure it out, something like this.


3-way dimmer switch wiring diagram

You also need to get underneath the car to observe the proposed spot is clear. You will need a body punch to make the hole or else a drill and ream it out. Plus mounting holes.

Good Luck!
i dont think you should use a house wire diagram for a car

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Thinking about this more I would like to keep the function of the origional stalk (Since I put a flash to pass in there) but have the floor mount be a flash to pass as well. Meaning high beams stay on as long as you hold down the foot pedal. The actuators above have momentary or on off models.

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Put a factory switch in a box with a foot lever to push it.

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