Serious Explorations Ford Explorer and Ranger Message Board
#1 Resource for Ford Explorer and Ranger Owners - By Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts.


Ford Explorer Generation Guide

EF Swag Store 2016 Ford Explorer Forums Elite Membership Chat Room My Posts Reviews Explorer Photo Gallery
Go Back   Ford Explorer and Ranger Forums "Serious Explorations" > Ford Explorer Ranger Repair - Troubleshooting - Modifications & Detailing Forums > Performance Lighting

Notices

Performance Lighting Aftermarket lighting. Driving lights, fog lights, rock lights, HID, halogen. Make your Ford Explorer light up the night!!

5 pin relay wire guide

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-19-2008, 01:21 PM   #1
little x
SW VA
'91 XL
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,326

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
help-5 pin relay wire guide?

I'm in the middle of doing a direct relay to my headlights. I am using 2 5 pin relays. I've only ever used a 4 pin, so I wanted to double check this:

30-Power from Battery
85-'trip' wire
86-Ground
87-Power out #1
87a-Power out #2

Makes since, because the 4-pin has all the same #'s except for 87a. But, I wanted to double check.

Last edited by little x; 01-21-2008 at 01:22 PM.
little x is offline   Reply With Quote
( Join the Elite Explorers )

Join the Elite Explorers for only $20 a year. Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose and fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications really work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members can change the forum "styles" to eliminate most ads, including blue underlined links, and no ads on photos. Other benefits include the ability to store 1000 Private Messages, upload photo attachments directly to your posts and to our Photo Gallery and more. Join the Elite Explorers today.


Old 01-19-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
wood1
North of Edmonton
'93 XLT, Cayman Green RIP
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 2,928

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
30 and 87a are normally closed and become open when the relay is energized. 30 and 87 then become closed.

It doesn't matter if you use - or + on 85 and 86, it will work the same. You can read up on relays here:
http://www.commandocaralarms.com/info_spdt_relays.asp




__________________
Ribs. I had ribs for lunch, that's why I'm doing this.

List of useful TTB Threads
wood1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2008, 01:16 PM   #3
little x
SW VA
'91 XL
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,326

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Here is a pic of the relays I have:

And here is a pic of the wiring diagram I'm following:

The only changes I'm making to the diagram, is running 2 power wires to the battery, and two fuses. So that if the high beams blow the fuse, I can still use the low beams, or visa versa.
I'm still reading that page you posted, but I'm pretty sure the relays I have won't do what I want them to. Guess I'll head back up to NAPA.

Can anyone post a pic of the relay schematics I need? As well as tell me which numbers go to what? I understand wiring diagrams, like the one I posted, but all those switches and stuff on a relay confuse me.
little x is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2008, 01:55 PM   #4
little x
SW VA
'91 XL
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,326

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Here is a pic of the new relay. I think this will do, connected in such a fashion:
30 - battery
87 & 87a - to the lights
86 - trip wire (old headlight harness)
85 - ground

85 and 86 are interchangeable?

little x is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2008, 03:35 PM   #5
wood1
North of Edmonton
'93 XLT, Cayman Green RIP
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 2,928

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So the center post in the diagram is 86, ground is 85, hmmm, your relays are a bit different aren't they... Yeah is would seem from the diagram on your relay that that will work fine. They are not the conventional aftermarket relay that I have been using for years... but that will work. If you want to test the relay check the continuity of 87 and 87a, should be zero ohms, activate the relay, you can use a 9V or the battery in the car for that and you should have continuity with 30 and 87 and 87a. You are good to go.

85 and 86 are no different. It's the coil that generates the magnetic field to switch the relay. It would be like hooking up a light bulb backwards, doesn't matter...

Sorry for the confusion, I haven't seen relays like that. Probably common, just haven't used them before.

Let me know how it works, if the lights are that much brighter.

C.




__________________
Ribs. I had ribs for lunch, that's why I'm doing this.

List of useful TTB Threads
wood1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Suggest this thread to friends:



Join the "Elite Explorers" Today!



Search Explorer Forum


Top of Page

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 AM.



US Flag
We Support Our Troops!

Explore the site!


Copyright 2014 - 1996 Rick Horwitz Photography



Ford Motor Company is not involved in the management of this site in any way.



All tips on this site are for use at your own risk and discretion.

Modifying the suspension on any vehicle will cause changes to its handling characteristics.



Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.