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Old March 13th, 2017, 10:00 AM   #1
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Shutoff switch

The Gen2 Viper battery is somewhat of a chore to access, and I have never been keen on not having access to it for quick disconnect, so I decided to put a shutoff switch on the car.

I haven't seen one done on a Viper, but I knew I didn't want a pull-lever sticking out the back like on a race car. So I looked into some alternative switches and found a "push-off" switch from Flaming River.

Combination Battery & Alternator Kill Switch - FR1013 - 584 - 5463

I mounted it in the passenger side rear fender well, through the fender liner, just above the frame rail. Discreet yet easy to access, it's also waterproof in case I get into a rain shower. A firm push and it "clicks" to disconnect the circuit. Twisting reconnects it. Pretty straightforward and only needed about 4 feet of 2 AWG to "splice" it in.



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Old March 13th, 2017, 10:03 AM   #2
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Pretty cool. Just be sure and get one of those 9v cig lighter memory savers so you don't lose your LTFT during extended off times.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 12:00 AM   #3
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Is it connected to any critical operating functions when the car is driving? The next cat you mow down will probably hit it on the first spin cycle.

Turning off the ignition on the freeway didn't work out too well for GM.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 12:08 AM   #4
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Lol. It takes a pretty firm push to disconnect. This switch allows you to wire in something to stay connected (like memory), and also to wire in the alternator to shut off as well since some cars stay running without battery connected. I'm not using it for anything other than a quick disconnect.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 08:02 AM   #5
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Turning off the ignition on the freeway didn't work out too well for GM.
Toyota could have used it when their cars were accelerating for no apparent reason.
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..The next cat you mow down will probably hit it on the first spin cycle..
Kitty is not pleased with this scenario.
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Actually that's a great idea!
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I've used a Battery Brain on several of my cars. It's a pretty cool device, it comes with 2 remote controls. You can push a button on the remote and disconnect the battery and leave certain electrical devices hooked up. I had an electrical draw, on my '61 corvette, that would kill the battery in a week. It took me a while to find the problem, so I just learned to hit the button on the remote, every time I got out of the
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I've used a Battery Brain on several of my cars. It's a pretty cool device, it comes with 2 remote controls. You can push a button on the remote and disconnect the battery and leave certain electrical devices hooked up. I had an electrical draw, on my '61 corvette, that would kill the battery in a week. It took me a while to find the problem, so I just learned to hit the button on the remote, every time I got out of the
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Old March 14th, 2017, 07:34 PM   #11
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Lol. It takes a pretty firm push to disconnect. This switch allows you to wire in something to stay connected (like memory), and also to wire in the alternator to shut off as well since some cars stay running without battery connected. I'm not using it for anything other than a quick disconnect.
I am planning to install something very similar to that quick disconnect switch in the trunk compartment. Is it better/safer to "splice" the switch into the positive or the negative wire of the battery? Thanks for any advice in advance.
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I am planning to install something very similar to that quick disconnect switch in the trunk compartment. Is it better/safer to "splice" the switch into the positive or the negative wire of the battery? Thanks for any advice in advance.
The most effective wiring method is to take the negative battery cable and run it to terminal #1 on the battery switch. Then take the positive battery cable and run it to terminal #2 on the battery switch.

So yes, you use BOTH battery cables. It's a very effective setup.
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I am planning to install something very similar to that quick disconnect switch in the trunk compartment. Is it better/safer to "splice" the switch into the positive or the negative wire of the battery? Thanks for any advice in advance.
Either works. Because of where I did the switch, I spliced into the "hot" wire that goes to the starter. but if you're using the trunk, you could use the shorter negative wire in back of the battery.

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The most effective wiring method is to take the negative battery cable and run it to terminal #1 on the battery switch. Then take the positive battery cable and run it to terminal #2 on the battery switch.

So yes, you use BOTH battery cables. It's a very effective setup.
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[QUOTE=coupe;4293569]Either works. Because of where I did the switch, I spliced into the "hot" wire that goes to the starter. but if you're using the trunk, you could use the shorter negative wire in back of the battery.


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