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Unread 02-20-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Hi everyone newbe here. I have a 2001 club car ds 48 volt. Im adding some accessories, radio horn, lights, fan etc. I know im gonna add a extra battery for all this. My question is the radio hook up it says i have to have it wired to a pos leaad and to the ignition also, how do i do this with just a 12 volt battery with no ignition. alsoi I want to use a fuse block so everything is nice and neat and protected, what is the best way to install. thanks to all who will respond.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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The "ACC" wire on the back of the stereo is the wired being referred to as the "ignition" wire. It's designed to be powered up only when the keyswitch is on. That's why your stereo in your car won't turn on until you turn on the key. The easiest way to accomplish this task is to install a toggle switch to serve as the keyswitch.
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The second positive lead for hookup is probably a constant supply for radio memory . . .
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I'm going to take it as we're working with a newer radio here without a touch screen or video playback, and it has the standardized wiring colors.

Red Wire - Hook it to the positive side of the extra battery. A toggle switch can be used in line to turn the power off when you don't want it running or you can do like I'm going to do and just switch it off with the radio's power button.

Yellow Wire - Hook it to the positive side of the extra battery. This wire is for the radio's memory and settings, it should be constantly powered without a switch.

Black Wire - Hook it to the negative side of the extra battery.

IF it has an Orange Wire - This is usually an illumination wire that hooks to your dash lights to dim the display at night when your head lights are on. Just tape it up into the harness. Please check your radio's instructions to confirm this.

Blue Wire - This is an amp turn on lead or power antenna lead. Unless you have one of these, just tape it up into the harness.

All the other wires are for the speakers, hook them up as per the radio's instructions.


For the Fuse Block, just run a heavy gauge wire from the positive side of your extra battery to the positive connection of the fuse block. After everything is mounted and checked, just hook your Red and Yellow wires to seperate fuses on the fuse block.

If the fuse block has a grounding point, run it to the negative side of the extra battery. DO NOT GROUND IT TO THE CART'S FRAME!!!

I hope this answers your question,
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so the toggle switch acts like the ignition ?
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so the toggle switch acts like the ignition ?
Yes.

All the ignition switch basically does when the key is turned off is cut off the power to the electrical system. The toggle switch does the same thing, but without a removable key.

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which fuse block is the best to buy for my needs and thanks for all the input guys i will post pics when cart is done
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I agree with Scott H. no need for a toggle switch. I just power my radio off and have had no problems. Here is a link to the 8 gang fuse block that I bought off of ebay . I ran a 6 gauge positive and ground wire to it then everything is wired to the fuse block.....very clean Probably overkill on the wire size, but I had it laying around.

I put the fuse block underneath in the front that way it was close to the dash as I added accessories. I will try to get a pic of it tomorrow night.

By the way the auxiliary battery is the way to go

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Thanks for all your input you guys made my install alot easier

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