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i just bought a 96 ranger r70 and i got new fist/depth finders for bow and transom, there is an accessory switch on the bow that dosnt seem to turn anything on. my question is can i wire the fish finder to that instead of going all the way back to the battery 

 

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I'm not an electronics expert, but my guess would be call Ranger and ask what that switch does.  Is there a Ranger dealer anywhere near you?  The guys I know who have Rangers speak highly of Ranger customer support.

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I would not wire to a switch, those accessories switches should have a terminal board they get power from. On the terminal board there is usually empty spots. If you need help message me, I have done a lot of re-wiring on my 98 ranger.

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Don't wire your electronics to your accessory switch and don't use the house power on your boat. Run dedicated 10-12g wire for each unit directly to the battery and fuse the hot wire on each connection or run them through their own fuse block i.e blueseas. Always do this /w your electronics. 

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The switch could be for your bow running lights. Have you tested the circuit to see if it's powered?

Running clean dedicated wire is a good idea and you can switch it on/off. Dedicated  circuit isn't necessary for simple flasher/sonar units if it's clean power.

Tom

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Just run the new power. On the R70 the easiest way run the wire it is to remove the seat which is only two screws.

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