View Full Version : Where do you use Access 1 and 2 wires under dash?

06-15-2005, 10:51 PM
I'm installing a depth finder and also a stereo on my 96 PS 205. When looking at the depth finder, I'm installing it where the clock is mounted. Since the clock is always on, I'm guessing that I don't want to use the same hot wire for the depth finder.

Are the "access 1" or "access 2" wires that are bundled with the stereo wires to be used if I want to "switch-on" the depth finder (assuming that these are for the 2 accessory switches on the dash)? Likewise, on the wiring for the stereo, do I want to also use the "access 1" or "access 2" wires instead of using the "radio" wire under the dash (which I'm assuming is a hot wire)?

Also, are these access switches only good when the key is turned on? My 90 PS 190 had the depth finder and stereo wired to a switch and the key needed to be on. Wondering if the same will be true for my 205.

Thank you!

06-15-2005, 11:19 PM
I've got a 93. My acc 1 and acc 2 switches work with the key turned off.

06-16-2005, 12:03 AM
Same here. If you have a clock on the stereo & turn the ACC1 switch off, then your clock won't work any more. I used the radio wire & have never had a problem on my 94. I used the ACC1 switch for the heater & the ACC2 switch for rope lighting throughout the interior, both work when the ignition is off. The radio wire works when your ignition switch is in accessory

06-16-2005, 01:22 AM
Not to hijack the thread or anything, but where do you get the rope light from? How much does it run $$$?

Do you need a second battery if you install it in the sides of the boat and under the drivers console? How difficult is the install?

06-16-2005, 07:31 AM
Most radios these days that have clocks have a power lead (could use ACC1 if you wanted to), then a "memory" lead which should be connected to a constant power source (fused battery line).

But - my boat is wired with onto the "radio" feed.

Depth finder on an acc switch sounds ok.

** Edit **
Be cautious of the amp draw on the ACC lines though. My '95 PS190 only has 5 amp breakers on the 2 acc switches.

06-16-2005, 07:38 AM
I installed my depth finder in the clock location a few weeks ago. I wired it to the key. My stereo is wire to the acc1 switch and I wanted to leave the acc2 free for a shower or heater someday.

06-16-2005, 10:23 AM
Hey erk,

Here's a rope light source - haven't bought yet but started doing a little research... maybe someone else? Seems like a pretty easy install using their clips, etc.



06-16-2005, 11:46 AM
Wired a cigarette lighter in the back of the boat and connected it to ACC1. Keep the fat sack pump plugged into the new lighter all the time and use the ACC1 to turn the pump on/off. Easier on the dash than constantly plugging in/out.

Like the idea of the rope lights...will need to investigate this also.

06-16-2005, 01:54 PM
I ordered my boat with a depth finder in place of the clock, and the factory wired it to the ACC-1 switch. I used the ACC-2 switch for my stereo so I could use the stereo without having to turn the ignition switch on, and also I can be sure the radio is off by turning the ACC switches off.

My newest stereo required a constant power source for the internal clock, so I used the power wire under the dash (I don't think it was the "radio" wire). I checked to make sure it was hot without the switch being on.