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Lenco Trim Tab Orange Wire
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posted 06-29-2013 11:35 AM ET (US)
My 2006 235 Conquest with Gen 1 Verado 250 came with the standard tactile trim tab switch. I'm upgrading it to the LED kit 15070-001 which has an orange wire that must be connected to a power source for the auto retract feature to work on the trim tabs. I'd like to connect it to a switch powered by the ignition so that when I turn the ignition off, the tabs will auto retract. I prefer not to connect it directly to the ignition switch.
Has anyone performed this upgrade before? If so, please advise as to what switch you wired the orange wire.
posted 06-29-2013 05:53 PM ET (US)
I'm not sure if your wiring harness is similar to mine or not, but if I recall there is a blue wire that has a label that says something like mercruiser/stern drive on it. On mine the ends of it were connected with bullet style connectors. They have to remain connected to provide power the gages when the key is turned on. It is a switched power wire. I created a jumper wire with a male bullet connector on one end and a female on the other, which I spliced the orange wire from the tabs into, as I didn't want to make any cuts on my engine wiring harness itself.
posted 06-30-2013 08:46 AM ET (US)
I wired it to a fused switch on my 12 volt accessory panel. Turn switch on trim tabs turn on. Turn switch off and the tabs auto retract and turn off. I don't like using the key switch to power 12 volt accessories.
posted 06-30-2013 06:55 PM ET (US)
Thanks guys. I went ahead and wired it to the spare Accessory switch. It wasn't used for anything else so I just crimped a wire connector on the orange and plugged it right into the Accessory switch.
The starboard and port tab wires came with plug and play connectors but unfortunately I had to snip them off because the original harness didn't have the male plugs--no big deal.
All works great, I can't believe I waited a year to for this upgrade. Thanks again.
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