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Old 11-16-2017, 04:38 PM   #1  
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I have been planning a lot of electrical work on my cherokee for a while now. I was working on my wiring diagram and got to thinking which I should use, a Bus Bar with inline fuses, or a fuse tap?

This guy I work with (hardcore wrangler unlimited, prob $100k build) is an advocate for fuse taps, even for his winch.

The cop cars I work on (2011+ Imapalas) all have bus bars and inline fuses from the factory.

Which is better?

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Bus bar here direct feed from battery post. Each accesory has its own feed.
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I used a fuse tap for my CB it works well and I don't get too much noise from it. I could see fuse taps being an issue once you start adding multiple taps, its already very crowded in there from one tap.
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There are fused bus bars in boxes available. Amazon is one place to find them. Ones with covers and labels. I would much rather do something like that. Cleaner and more professional looking.
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This is probably my favorite modification I've done.
with this, I built a switch box for the inside of my XJ out of a pic lighting/switch gangbox from Menards, it's ugly, but effective. All of my accessories are on relays, all of the relays are fused, the only wire I had to run into the cab of my Jeep was a couple foot length of cat5e, the cat5e has 1 wire powered to light the 4 LEDs in my switch panel, the rest just ground the relays in the fuse box.
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I ended up getting these. Fuse tap was fine when I had 1 thing custom wired, but now I will be having multiple.

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Fuse tap for 1 or 2 things. A bar if you have multiple accessories. I did a bar on my old jeep and it worked fine.
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This guy I work with (hardcore wrangler unlimited, prob $100k build) is an advocate for fuse taps, even for his winch.
Must not have built it himself.

Fuse taps are "ok" for small amperage things, but are really for someone too lazy to do it right.

Not sure how he's using it on his winch, since fuse taps would be too small.

Bus Bars and fuse holders like those above are the way to go.

Bus bars are a little better for several higher draw items.

Otherwise feeding one power to the fuse block and going from there is much cleaner and easier to deal with.
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Must not have built it himself.

Fuse taps are "ok" for small amperage things, but are really for someone too lazy to do it right.

Not sure how he's using it on his winch, since fuse taps would be too small.

Bus Bars and fuse holders like those above are the way to go.

Bus bars are a little better for several higher draw items.

Otherwise feeding one power to the fuse block and going from there is much cleaner and easier to deal with.

Yep. All of the above.
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Must not have built it himself.

Fuse taps are "ok" for small amperage things, but are really for someone too lazy to do it right.

Not sure how he's using it on his winch, since fuse taps would be too small.

Bus Bars and fuse holders like those above are the way to go.

Bus bars are a little better for several higher draw items.

Otherwise feeding one power to the fuse block and going from there is much cleaner and easier to deal with.
Its self built, but He's more of a parts changer.

I went with them because I want a central point where I'm not disassembling half the body panels to change a fuse, or just disconnect a lead.
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