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Old 05-16-2004, 12:27 PM
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Where to Buy Relays

I went to Auto Zone today to buy a relay ... jeeze! They have so many different versions, I had to just bow out and leave.

Is there a particular car/year/model to ask for that will get me the relay (male & female) I want?



Where do you guys buy yours?

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I completely rewired my 240Z from scratch (to accept the LT1/T56). None of the OEM wiring remains. I got my fuse block, relays, connectors etc from www.waytekwire.com. great prices, excellent service and just about anything you could possible want.
Their website is kinda confusing to order from, so I would recommend getting a paper catalogue.

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Old 05-16-2004, 01:12 PM
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Thanks, Tim

I'm hoping to buy locally, so I don't have to wait a week ... maybe the part numbers (from your site link above) will get me there.

PS -- Check out THIS place ... prices are less than half of Waytek's:
Parts Express

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Radio Shack sells a 30 amp automotive relay under part number 275-226.

Go into to any automotive parts store with a relay part number and have them cross reference to whatever brand they carry.

A Bosch 40 amp relay is part number 0 332 019 150 (SPST) with mount bracket and 0 332 019 151 (SPST) without mount bracket.
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Hmmm ... I went to Radio Shack today and their stock was crappo; nothing I wanted in a relay.

Then I called Pep Boys and they couldn't cross reference my Bosch part number -- they could only find a part according to year, make and model (can you believe it?) -- what a pain in the neck!

I'll try Auto Zone tomorrow -- the Bosch relays I've been using are #0-332-209-150 ... also the relays I saw today at Auto Zone were like $15 each and the link I posted above hooks me up for $2; worth waiting for, eh?

Thanks for your post 32Vicky.

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The Bosch part number you listed is a SPDT 40 amp relay. This gives you the NC set of contacts in addition to the NO contacts. If you aren't using the NC contacts, the part numbers I listed will do the same job.

I have also been looking at relay availability and pricing. I've come the the conclusion that I'll be ordering mine versus picking them up locally. I hate to not support the local boys, but they want 4 to 5 times the price of mail order.
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I agree. I wanted to buy locally, mostly because I'm impatient ... but when I can buy a half dozen relays (male and female) for the price of ONE (male only), I'm happy to wait!

PS - What are the "NC set of contacts"???

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NC is normally closed. So with no power applied to the relay coil, the NC contacts will be live. It is the post in the center labeled 87A.
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Ahhh ... I've wondered about that bugger. I haven't used it in any applications so far; headlights, electric radiator fan, AC/Heat blower, backup lights, and now my dome light.

I've learned a lot about relays this month - pretty cool additions to my truck's electrical system!

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Do you have a truck supply store nearby? They sell a relay kit for truck lighting that I've seen used on a lot of cars and is a quality part.
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junk yard

go to the junk yard and on most 80 chevys there are a couple relays by the right front headlight.cut the wires and take the relay and cut lead, and from there it should have a digram on the side of it and you can splice it in.
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cheap and quick and in my younger days the junk yard was open all night and it was free.
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Thanks, again ... no truck supply stores around here, but I'll remember that one.

And, oh, for the days when junk yards were free and open 24/7!!

PS - I ordered a half dozen Bosch relays from Parts Express (see link above) ... they only carry the SPDT relay and it's $1.99; the female component is $1.50, so the whole relay is $3.49. Not bad, eh?

You can order them here: 1-800-338-0531
Male Part #330-070
Female Part #330-075

Alan
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