How to Get to Cigarette Lighter Wires
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    How to Get to Cigarette Lighter Wires

    I'd like to tap my cigarette lighter wires for power. Trouble is, I can't seem to get at them.

    Can someone describe what needs to come off, and how to get it off? Pictures would be great if you've got 'em. I don't want to break anything by forcing panels.

    Thanks!
    02 WRX Sedan, Silver ("Bugeye")
    TXS Up-pipe, Turbo-back w/cat, Cobb AccessECU Stage 2.
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    I'm wondering this question too.
    '03 white rex

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    1. Pull out drink holder.
    2. remove two screws it was hiding.
    3. pull out bezel around stereo/temp controls, just pull out from the top.
    4. remove head unit (remove CDs first).
    5. remove screws holding temperature controls.
    6. slide/twist temperature controls upwards.
    7. the wires are now exposed.
    8. the plug leading from the harness to the lighter is mounted to a metal piece, just pull and twist it until it pops out.
    or you could use quick-splices to tap into the wires where they are.

    I did this when i spliced in a 3-port lighter adapter. i mounted it behind the glove box for semi-permanent things that need less than 12v (XM, GPS).

    I got the idea from this mod:
    Scoobymods - 12v
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    '03 Blue sedan.
    Pretty much it.

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    Thanks! I was hoping it would be easier than that. I hate to go in and disconnect the head unit and HVAC controls just for this. (I love that smiley.)

    Maybe I'll find a different power source. Fuse taps or something.

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    Just pull it all out. I didn't want to either. It's not that big of a deal. If i had to do it again it would only take 5-10 minutes.
    I'm glad i did it because now i have no fear of dismantling my dash/console.

    You don't need to disconnect the temperature stuff, just remove two screws and push the module up.
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