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    Default Triton spotlight DIY install - long term project

    Hi all 8)

    So I want spots on my Triton the reason it is a long term project is that I am waiting until my birthday to actually buy the spots/lightbar....so in the mean time I am planning and scheming and getting prepared please feel free to leave comments and suggestions

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    So the idea is to get a light bar and mount it similar to the pics....
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    So now I had to decide where to put the light switch, because I don't want the spots to come with my brights....and because I don't like 'plugs' where there are supposed to be buttons and Mitsubishi conveniently plugged the button which disables the airbags (or at least that's what I think the missing button would be for)....I have decided to use that button space for my spots

    The pic below shows the button I'm talking about...it is the one opposite the hazard switch (on the left hand side)
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    I had my "button" to the right of the steering wheel, there where the diff-lock button is.

    Nicely hidden away
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    So I managed to find a Triton in a scrap yard and went there to buy the hazard light switch/button 8) it ended up costing me R250 (and I was able to also get the plug with wiring that plugs into the back of the switch). Just the switch would've just cost me R525 ex VAT from the stealers

    Now my plan is to get a blue button cover made up so that it doesn't look like I have two hazard light switches on my dash

    I will also need to solder on a new LED because the current one on the little circuit board is a red LED....and the switch is a momentary switch which posed another problem....
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    Here is a basic drawing of the circuit board for the switch

    Here's a table for the colours of the different wires that are on the standard plug for the hazard switch;
    (1) green/red
    (2) black
    (3) black/yellow
    (4) green/white
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    The problem with the momentary switch is that when I release the button, the signal turns off and the relay for the spots won't stay latched on...so I did some digging and found a drawing on the12V.com

    The drawing I found is for an impulse relay...not sure if you get automotive impulse relays? It would make my life a lot easier!
    So I redrew their drawing so that it is easier to understand and then also put it in PLC code just to double check that it works...and it works! You push the button and the lights come on...you push the same button again and the lights go off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    I had my "button" to the right of the steering wheel, there where the diff-lock button is.

    Nicely hidden away
    Thanks Nys, I'm guessing your switch was like a toggle switch? ie, when you switched it on, it stayed on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tintin_85 View Post
    Thanks Nys, I'm guessing your switch was like a toggle switch? ie, when you switched it on, it stayed on?
    Jip, on-off switch. Was linked to brights though i.e. you can only turn spots on when brights are on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Jip, on-off switch. Was linked to brights though i.e. you can only turn spots on when brights are on.
    Okidoki thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tintin_85 View Post
    So now I had to decide where to put the light switch, because I don't want the spots to come with my brights....and because I don't like 'plugs' where there are supposed to be buttons and Mitsubishi conveniently plugged the button which disables the airbags (or at least that's what I think the missing button would be for)....I have decided to use that button space for my spots

    The pic below shows the button I'm talking about...it is the one opposite the hazard switch (on the left hand side)
    If I'm not mistaken, your 'button' to the left, opposite the hazard switch is actually a warning light that indicates amber if and when your passenger airbag has been deactivated. When you start the vehicle up it should illuminate temporarily together with all your other dashboard lights so you can see whether it's working or not.

    To disable the airbag you have to open the passenger side door and turn the keyed switch (use your ignition key) that's located on the side of the dashboard. I'll have to double check on my Triton some time, but that's how I remember it working.
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    Is your Triton an import? I definitely have a plug there and no light

    Where do you insert your key to disable the passenger airbag? Is it in the passenger door?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tintin_85 View Post
    Is your Triton an import? I definitely have a plug there and no light

    Where do you insert your key to disable the passenger airbag? Is it in the passenger door?
    Sorry for the late reply Tintin, I didn't keep an eye on this thread.
    My Triton is an import yes, opposite from the hazard switch is definitely only a indication light and my 'switch' (operated with the ignition key) is located inside the cubbyhole. I was confusing the location of the 'switch' with that of my previous car but made sure of it a day after my previous post.
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    OK cool thanks Mine is the locally built 3.2....double checked and I only have a plug

    Now my only concern is getting the dash open without breaking anything

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    So I bought the relays yesterday
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    So I updated my circuit diagram 8)

    With Relay 6 wired up to the main head lamps, the spots will only work with the main headlamps on. If you switch the main headlamps off (or turn the car off) while the spots are on, then the spots will turn off as well. If the main headlamps are off and you push the button to turn the spots on, the spots will only be on for as long as you are pushing the button, much like flashing your brights

    Spots have been ordered....
    Next step is to put the circuit together, get a new button made, solder on a blue LED (for the switch) and then poke around my car and see what's what

    Edit: decided to wire "relay 6" off the brights instead of the mains because the Triton has separate relays for the headlights and the brights. The headlight relay doesn't stay on when switching to brights so what happened when switching to brights is that the spots would switch off
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    So I decided to help explain the circuit to those who are interested...

    I redrew the circuit in the Siemens LOGO PLC software to help visualize what happens. The relays are labeled with a 'M' for memory bit instead of a 'R' for relay.

    Below are the pics of the switch (I1) being off, with the mains (I2) off...and then a pic with the switch (I1) on with the mains (I2) off. In my previous schematic, I2 is actually R6.
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    The next 4 pics are all with the mains (I2) on. This shows the sequence with the momentary button used on the switch (I1).

    Pic 1. The mains is on...everything else is off

    Pic 2. The switch is pushed in (ie. it is on). This brings the lights on. Relay 'M3' is latched on to keep the lights on.

    Pic 3. The switch is released. The lights stay on because of relay 'M3' being latched.

    Pic 4. The switch is pushed in again. Relay 'M3' unlatches because relay 'M1' is now on.
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    The 6 relay wiring looks like a lot of overkill, but the asthetics of the switch in the vehicle with the momentary press button will be worth the effort..


    clever idea you have there.
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