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Are there any brands of relay(s) that one should steer clear of? SPDT to be specific.
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If you are going to be pulling a lot of current through them, a Bosch/nowTyco device will be your best bet.  If you are pulling small amounts of current through them, they will all be about the same for that application.
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I see now why I was having troubly finding "BOSCH" relays at any online suppliers. TYCO is everywhere. I tend to stick with the better end of products when it comes to this stuff thus, I was looking for Bosch now I've found them , TYCO.

Thanks once again!

May I ask one more question: What is the item called that you would run, let's say a #8 wire into it and then have multiple lugs/teminals coming off of it for #12/#16#18 wires.

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rollinsmoke wrote:

May I ask one more question: What is the item called that you would run, let's say a #8 wire into it and then have multiple lugs/teminals coming off of it for #12/#16#18 wires.

"distribution block", "junction block", or "junction box" are a few terms it's called

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That's was looking at but, all that Ive found are ones for the same size wire end to end. Is there such an animal that will accept a #6/#8 wire say coming in the end and then the junction block o attach everyhing else to or do you simple "neck down" the #8 and hook it up?
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Also look at the current capacity of the relay. Most SPST (4 terminal) relays will handle 30-40amps. Most changeover SPDT (5 terminal) will handle abpout 25% less.
Most OEM on anything but Japanese cars use Bosch or Tyco/Ampliversal*
Most Japanese use Omron or Panasonic. All those makes are good.
*Ampliversal (a.k.a. AMP) and Molex make most of the connectors on a car.

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