So after sitting around with a battery pack under my seat, I figure it was about time to tap into the Dash/IP dimmer circuit to light up my LED's I installed back in January.
I called Autometer, they said the lights were probably on the CAN signal and I wouldn't be able to find the feed... but I figured, if there are little lights ON the switch that light up at night, there has to be a "raw" power feed.
After I searched through ther service manual and found the wiring diagram, I came to the conclusion that the Orange wire with the Gray (or is it grey) stripe was my feed. I grabed a 22-18 Ga wire tap and broke out my trusy DMM. Sure enough, it was the right wire!
(Note: Use any metal surface for ground (-). There's a metal support bar that runs just under the "knee" panel on the lowest part of the dashboard, that's what I used for my negative terminal)
To take off the switch, I stuck my Border's Rewards Card in the seam between dash and switch and used a dinner knife to pop out the tabs:
There are 2 tabs on top and one on bottom.
Next, isolate the ORANGE with GRAY stripe and use a wire crimp to tap into the feed.
At high dimmer setting, it puts out 12-13 volts and at low setting it is around 4 volts - perfect for aftermarket gauges, etc.
As for my LED's... I didnt get that far. I've got my feed from the IP and my wire to my LED's, I just need to pick the right resistor so they aren't too bright at night - they ARE accent lights, you know.
Stay posted for Phase 3 when I finally connect them both!
Thanks to sccharger for sending me a PM about this... I've actually had this done for about 3 months and haden't gotten around to posting this yet. Sorry to all for keeping this a secret!