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Unread 29th March 2012, 10:38 PM
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Default Accessory plug consant 12V power - incl a walkthru

Wombat had posted this link in 'what have you done to your car today'.
As others have said it looks both easy and useful.

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/make-all-12v-outlets-constantly-hot-78169.html?amp (no longer recommended - see below)

Thought it justified a thread in the Electrical section, so it is easy to find when members are looking for it later.
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Thanks Barry - there are 2 other solutions here:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-outlets-1679/

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...737-post9.html

It's a common question so I'll stick it (for a while at least)
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It's very easy even for a novice like me, it took about 15 mins all up including soldering the "add-a-fuse" and reading the book to work out which fuse powers the outlets.
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Spoke too soon, the add a fuse is starting to cause havoc with my relays, the AC relay keeps kicking off if the add a fuse isnt pushed in on a specific angle, im doing the relay jump method now, will do a writeup for outback owners.
Did a writeup, perhaps sticky that and remove this? I would not recommend using the add a fuse anymore it was proving to be too much of a load on the fuses and cutting the relays somehow.

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Default Walkthrough: Making cargo area 12v outlet constantly on

This is a guide for making ONLY the rear cargo area 12v outlet constantly on. Works on Outbacks/Foresters
Experience Needed: None (I did it)

Tools Required:
Screwdriver
Wire Strippers/Crimpers
Electrical Tape
10 centimetres of 2.5mm or equivelant electrical wire.
2 male spade electrical terminals.

Steps:
The idea of this mod is to remove the relay that controls the power received to the rear 12v outlet, and wire a bridge onto its wiring plug that allows the wiring to be on all the time. The relay that controls the power to the plug is located on the side of the kickpanel fusebox near where your feet normally are.

Step 1:
Remove the lower trim below the steering wheel, on my car (2000 Outback) this is achieved by using a screwdriver on this bolt in the corner of the trim:

And these 2 plugs on the side are unscrewed and pulled out, after this the trim unclips and slides off.

It will reveal this underneath:


You can see on the side of the box there is space for 2 relays. The relays are removed by unclipping the white clip that holds them in their holder.
In this photo i have removed the relay that controls the power to the rear outlet on my model and highlighted it, it may be different on your model of car, the easiest way to tell if you have the right one is to unplug it and turn your car on and see if the outlet in the back works or not.

Step 2:
Once you have figured out which relay it is, unplug it, it is not longer required, you may feed it to your enemies if need be, but first on the side of the relay itself it has its wiring diagram, it uses numbers to tell you what pin does what on the circuit, for my car the pins that need bridging the provide constant power are 3 and 4, this is the same for foresters aswell, when you look under the relay at the 4 pins coming off it it is the 2 COPPER coloured pins that need bridging. Simply line the relay up with the plug it was plugged into, work out which holes on the PLUG the COPPER pins on the relay plugged into and remember them.

Step 3:
Using the length of electrical wire and the 2 male spade connectors make a bridge using the wire crimmper to use in the plug that was plugged into the relay.

Step 4:
Insert the bridge into the holes on the plug that corresponded with 3 and 4 on the relay.
Heres what mine looks like:


Step 5:
Test that the outlet is working without the ignition on, electrical tape the connection up and reassemble your trim, your done!
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Well done!
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Great write up wombat
Well done mate

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Great idea to write this up & thanks for making it a sticky so its easy to find

I wanted to add a hard-wired accessories point in the front while keeping the cig lighter ignition-switched & at the same time making the rear accessories point always on. So I did the (easy) mod described below but added an extra power wire (in blue) routed behind the dash. A couple of pop rivets to hold the accessories point in place on the side of the centre console & an earth up behind the dash & I was done

Installed (always on):


Relay bypass plus extra power wire:


The only prob I had was when I put the wire in the connector the free end of the bypass loop momentarily touched the metal frame, blowing the fuse. Solution...put in the free end first, then the power end.
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Cool, looks good Nachaluva :D I put mine in my glove box, where you have put yours my UHF mic is mounted there..
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Gidday Taza & All

I want to make all my 12V sockets live all the time.

I also want to install a multi-outlet + USB charger in the dash top bin. I have tried to get the clock trim off, but got to a point where I thought something was going to break ...

So I could do with a bit of advice ... . TIA.
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