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Old 07-31-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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Question Fuse bi-pass switch for toad

Hi All,
WHOA!!!! Am I missing something here? A company whose name I shall not mention is offering for sale fuse bi-pass switches for my new Buick Enclave that cost a total of over $350.00.

I went on line and bought all the parts to make up the necessary two switch systems for UNDER $50.00. The internet research to find the parts took longer than the time to assemble and solder up the two fuse/switch systems. One system is for a 15 amp mini fuse and the other is for a 50 amp jcase fuse.

All these things are is a two prong connector inserted in place of the original OEM fuse. The first prong has a wire soldered to it which leads to my switch which in turn is soldered to an in line fuse and back to my second prong in the fuse block. A simple loop from the fuse block containing a switch and a fuse.

I used #12 wire for the 15 amp loop and #8 for the 50 amp system, fuses, fuse holders and switches rated for these amprages. The 15 amp parts were $10.00 and the 50 amp parts were $35.00.

If anything my system is better as I used "Piggy back" plugs for the original fuse repacements rather than the "Facky" little inserts used by the very expensive loops being marketed. The fuse holders in the OEM Buick fuse block seemed a little "Shacky" to me. The good solid "Piggy back" plugs really works great leaving no chance of falling out or shorting.

This is a real "NO BRAINER" deal. Or am I missing something?

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Old 07-31-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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I have used bypass switches on my toad since the year 2000,,,got the parts at the local radio shack,,,cost less than $10.00....have worked great since then....also acts as a anti theft feature as the car will not start till the master switch is on...
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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Hey, if you overcharge for it some folks will think it is better.

Oh, and by the way I would NEVER buy anything from a company that calls it a Fuse Bypass Switch, you do not want to EVER bypass a fuse.

It is a disconnect switch, not a bypass.

But you know that, Right?
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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I built my own fuse disconnect switch for my 2007 GMC Acadia. Have to disconnect a 50A fuse in that year, so the parts to make mine cost almost $15. I'll be happy to make up something similar and sell it for only $150 instead of $350.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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Bought a relay kit from PPL Motorhome Parts for $72 for Enclave and all GM products.
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