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Old January 6th, 2016, 10:54 PM
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Fuse Box Replacement for Defender Style ROW Vehicles

Over the years, have spent way too much time trying to correct the short comings of the round glass fuses behind the center dash cover on ROW Defender style vehicles.

After spending hours cleaning, sanding, spraying the fuse clips without contiguous reliability I have been replacing the fuse boxes for years with various 6 X mini-fuse boxes.
The mini fuses are easier to install and replace than the glass fuses.

This month, I finally found a fuse box that will fit in the original space and take a soldered spade connector from underneath.
This makes replacement very easy.
You clip the wire(s) on each position, strip the wire, attach the wire(s) to the spade connector, solder the connection and slide the spade into the underside of the new mini-fuse box.
The result is that all the wires reach and the replacement is 1 to 1 for the original, so the original fuse legend is still identical to the fuse positions on the new fuse box.
When I get a little time, will remove the metal fuse box surround and install 2 of these fuse boxes, replacing the original ones. There is also loads of room to trim the surround to make room to add additional fuse boxes for auxiliary custom wiring.

Will update this thread when I get more time to conduct an install.
The fuse boxes are made in Italy and not sold to individuals, but think I can supply a kit with fuse boxes and solder on connectors for about $49.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 11:08 PM
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Old January 6th, 2016, 11:15 PM
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Old January 6th, 2016, 11:21 PM
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You are re-inventing the wheel. Here's what I use. PRC 4826-The factory 300 tdi vintage box. By using the correct fuse box you can get the correct fuse box label for a clean correct install. The special crimper for the connectors ads to the cost but makes perfect factory type crimps.
20 Way Bulkhead Blade Fuse Holder Box And Terminals - Land Rover - PRC4826 | eBay

Old thread here on the same subject
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If we order within the next 5 min, will you throw in a set of Mercedes engine mount adapters (Mercedes engine mounts sold separately)?
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If we order within the next 5 min, will you throw in a set of Mercedes engine mount adapters (Mercedes engine mounts sold separately)?

All you pay is shipping of $19.99.....
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Robert,
You are re-inventing the wheel. Here's what I use. PRC 4826-The factory 300 tdi vintage box. By using the correct fuse box you can get the correct fuse box label for a clean correct install. The special crimper for the connectors ads to the cost but makes perfect factory type crimps.
20 Way Bulkhead Blade Fuse Holder Box And Terminals - Land Rover - PRC4826 | eBay

Old thread here on the same subject
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Uncle Doug, what crimper should be used for this? Also this fuse box needs cutting the panel I guess? Probably mount it horizontal on the top of the panel? Thanks.
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Uncle Doug, what crimper should be used for this? Also this fuse box needs cutting the panel I guess? Probably mount it horizontal on the top of the panel? Thanks.
Yes, I need a new crimper, too.

Not for my fuse box but for all around good crimps as I no longer solder.


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I have bought some ok tools from HF for wire stripping and crimping. Its always been a struggle to get the work done efficiently. Would this be a good all around stripper?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

And a good all around crimper?

https://www.amazon.com/Titan-Tools-1...DMERSKZ89E08F4
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I like the old fashion multitool.
https://www.amazon.com/VISE-GRIP-Mul...ttl_B000JNNWQ2

Does almost everything. Get a special crimper when you need to do special terminals.
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Uncle Doug, what crimper should be used for this? Also this fuse box needs cutting the panel I guess? Probably mount it horizontal on the top of the panel? Thanks.
This is the one I have Ratcheting Crimping Tool for Terminals
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I use a slightly different one. If you happen to re-pin some connectors this does them all even the very small ones.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ds=hozan+p-706
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Thanks. Looks like its out of stock. Would this be the same or was the one you suggested specific for the LR application?

https://www.amazon.com/Tool-Aid-1890...g+wire+crimper

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I use a slightly different one. If you happen to re-pin some connectors this does them all even the very small ones.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ds=hozan+p-706
I have two of those and could never get adapted to it for some reason. Need a dumb user version!!

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I like the old fashion multitool.
https://www.amazon.com/VISE-GRIP-Mul...ttl_B000JNNWQ2

Does almost everything. Get a special crimper when you need to do special terminals.
Same as above!
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I have used it a lot and wouldn't do with out it anymore. It did take a while and trashed some connectors before I got use to it.
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