How can I splice in power from an AUX unit to 12v without stripping wires?

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  1. Urinal Mint

    Urinal Mint bourbon afficionado

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    Does anybody make a quick-connect splicer?

    My issue: I want to hardwire an XM car kit into my AUX port and hardwire power into the 12V line I have on my cigarette lighter. I'm assuming the cigarette lighter probably has a quick-connect going to it. I'm wondering if I can disconnect that and buy a splicer that will allow me to run two power sources from that one line (both power and ground) without having to mangle the wiring behind my dash.

    Thanks.
     
  2. unrealii

    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    Have you looked at T-Taps?
     
  3. moocat

    moocat hello there OT Supporter

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    Which XM unit do you have? The Skyfi and Skyfi2 operate on 6 volts so if you tap it into your 12 volt power, you're going to fry it, which is why it comes with a converter.
     
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    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Radioshack sells little splices that fit over an existing wire and clamp down into it. They generally come in Red and Blue depending on the gauge.
     
  5. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    yeah, called a t-tap.

    not really a great solution as they don't make the best connection -- but sometimes it suites the job.
     
  6. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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  7. moocat

    moocat hello there OT Supporter

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    It would be cheaper (albeit sloppy) to install a second cigarette lighter behind the dash (tapped into the factory cigarette lighter) and then plug the original plug into that.
     

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