Make a charge jack "dongle"

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Make a charge jack "dongle"

Post by sfgascott » Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:06 am

I thought I would share a neat way to make a charge jack dongle that is easy to use and simple to make. This is just another alternative for a charge jack without using a charge jack receptacle which sometimes can be a pain to use. A dongle is not as pretty as a nice receptacle, but it's cheaper and easier to use. Plus I just like the word dongle. :lol:

First off, disconnect your battery. It will make this whole process alot easier. :wink: If you do not disconnect your battery, make sure the two wires never touch! Now, locate a place along the bottom of the radio box lid and cut a notch for your dongle. I am demonstrating on a clear lid for illustration purposes, but it works the same with the stock plastic lid as well. You want the notch to be just big enough for a piece of fuel tubing to fit in and be able to keep the dirt out.
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Now take the charge jack and using a toothpick, scratch awl, or a pick like I have here, carefully lift up on the plastic retaining flap that holds the wires in and gently pull the wires out one at a time. Make a note as to where in the connector each wire came from, as you do NOT want to get these mixed up!
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Now cut a piece of fuel tubing like I have done in the pic making one an inch or so long, and two very short pieces.
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Now carefully slide each wire through the fuel tubing one at a time being very careful not damage the connectors.
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Now using needle nose pliars, stretch the short pieces over the fuel tubing you just installed over the wires.
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Now slide the connectors back into the connector housing exactly as they were before you started. Press down on the flaps to make sure the wires are secure.
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Now install the lid positioning the notch between the two short pieces of tubing on the new dongle as seen in the following pics.
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Now when it's time to recharge your battery, the charge jack is easy to get to. I have used this set up on my trucks without problems for over a year and a half.

Scott
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