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Old 01-06-2008, 06:57 PM   #21
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That'* a nice Delphi module in your glove box compartment. Your wiring must have taken a long, long time! Good job on the working light. It'* great you're doing this since I probably would have given up and ghetto'd it. Might I request video footage of your visit to the dealership about your "heated windshield washer fluid" question? It would be awesome!
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To me it seems like a lot of work to get warm washer fluid, but damn you do great work!
Other that the JB weld, everything looks like OEM. I am amazed at your attention to detail.
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To me it seems like a lot of work to get warm washer fluid, but damn you do great work!
Other that the JB weld, everything looks like OEM. I am amazed at your attention to detail.
Thank you for the compliments!

You're right, this is a huge amount of work for heated washer fluid. If it was a case of only wanting the option, it would have been much easier. I probably wouldn't have worried about the indicator, etc. My car is well, my hobby. Every time I consider an option I thoroughly research it. This gives me knowledge about the option, more in depth knowledge of the Bonneville (when I look at possible integration) and also keeps me in the loop on engineering/production changes with newer vehicles. I really enjoy this sort of thing and the knowledge I'm gaining is fantastic.

I may clean up the JB Weld a little, but I'm not sure. I'm currently working on another mod which may result in me removing this switch altogether. The knowledge I gained working on this switch (and with the plastics) will be really helpful for what I currently have on the drawing board. If I end up keeping this switch, I'll probably re-do the plastics later and make a custom printed circuit board. I'll have to see how things develop.
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What is it you do for work if you don't mind me asking?
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What is it you do for work if you don't mind me asking?
I'm a paramedic by occupation. I'm also the fleet maintenance coordinator. I have significant input into the specification of new vehicles. I perform some maintenance, mostly electrical and some mechanical to the conversion portion of the ambulances (anything from the cab rearward which is non-chassis). I'm also responsible for the installation of some communications and other types of equipment.
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That is an awesome job! I can see how you're interested in your car now.
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Impressive work!
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If I may add to this to make it easier for others to follow in these footsteps.....

I really admire all the work involved in making this mod....it'* top notch and the attention to detail requires kudos, along with the dedication to do it right. This level of work isn't done often.

Now, the part to maybe make this easier. There is a system in the aftermarket called HotShots. It'* this identical unit "dumbed down" to not require a dic, or other displays. It'* included switch is self contained, no modification necessary to have a visual indication of the system operation. This means the great amount of time and effort put forth here may be greatly reduced and this mod may be much closer to more people'* skill level. I know not many will have the skills, time, or patience to do this mod like ddalder did.

If I get a chance to take a photo of the aftermarket unit and the switch and wiring setup, I will take pics and get them posted here for comparison. The main unit is identical to this one, including the mounting bracket. The aftermarket one uses simpler wiring (no metrix connectors) and a simplified 2 wire hookup to the switch. The worst part about the aftermarket one will be the switch will look nowhere near as integrated as this, but the switch is small, so for a little compromise, you can get get it working if the switch isn't a big concern.
I plan on examining the aftermarket switch and how it works to see if I want to undertake the laser modification...if it'* even possible. I have the laser engraver, so that part is easy if I decide to do it.

OK, back under my rock....pics coming maybe next week. This week I'm busy daily till midnight and no time to do them.
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Microheat talks about the aftermarket version on their website here:

http://www.microheat.com/afterMarket.asp

It may not be completely up to date because they say it will be available in 2008 but make no mention that it actually is.
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Yes, that'* it. It is available to the distributors. It must be, that'* how I got mine.

As you'll notice, it'* not showing the wiring. When I get pics, you'll see the aftermarket one will have more "generic" wiring. Not as stock looking as what you have.

This weekend I'll have time to get pics. Then folks can see what the difference is. And better appreciate how you are da man for being able to make a stock unit work. I couldn't do that. Not enough time nor patience.
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