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Anybody have experience hooking up after market gauges through the dimmer switch on a 91' Ranger?
 


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Yeah. I tapped power for the gauge lights off the blue and red wire under the dash.
 

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My Explorer had a wire in the stereo harness I tapped in to. Should be a light blue wire with a red stripe, IIRC. But it's been a while... may be a different color.


EDIT: Adsm beat me to it. If he says that's the color, it for sure is.
 
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My Explorer had a wire in the stereo harness I tapped in to. Should be a light blue wire with a red stripe, IIRC. But it's been a while... may be a different color.


EDIT: Adsm beat me to it. If he says that's the color, it for sure is.
Normally I wouldn't know that, but I just had my whole dash apart and that wire still has the scotch-lock on it. I didn't even remember why I had but it in there until I read this question.
 

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10-4! Does the b/r wire come off the dimmer? And I have 3 or 4 guages, (tach, oil, water, wideband, ???) Should I use a distribution block?
 

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It isn't necessary. Just make a good connection and protect it well, and you'll be fine.

Sent from the can
 

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I had mine and all my gauges wired into the back of the headlight switch. Reverse-glow dash and HVAC panel, and 3 Autometer gauges.

Dunno the wire color, I just used an incandescent test light and found the wire that dims. 3M Scotchlock worked perfectly.
 

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Awesome. Thanks guys.
 


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