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Old 05-15-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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I'd like to run some accessories using the factory switch locations. I understand that the OE "blank" switches are unobtanium, and I don't like the idea of having a bunch of REAR DEMIST switches. Is there an aftermarket or Volvo alternative from another model that fits in the factory blanks?

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Old 05-15-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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The later 240 A/C switch can work too...just find one that has the white marking rubbed off so it's just a "blue-lighted" switch.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:04 PM   #3
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I'd like to run some accessories using the factory switch locations. I understand that the OE "blank" switches are unobtanium, and I don't like the idea of having a bunch of REAR DEMIST switches. Is there an aftermarket or Volvo alternative from another model that fits in the factory blanks?

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Check out the rockers offered at waytekwire.com as an alternative if you can't find another drop in (snap in) substitute. These folks cater to the custom vehicle wiring market. School buses, and ambulances come to mind.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:28 PM   #4
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The blank switches appear to available still for $44.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:39 PM   #5
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The later 240 A/C switch can work too...just find one that has the white marking rubbed off so it's just a "blue-lighted" switch.
I have a few of these spare if you are interested. PM me.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:39 PM   #6
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The later 240 A/C switch can work too...just find one that has the white marking rubbed off so it's just a "blue-lighted" switch.
I've got one that fits the bill if you want to PM me.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:44 PM   #7
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Yeah, I think a worn AC switch is about as blank as you can get cheaply. Or you could just make stickers.
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:37 PM   #8
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I've installed smaller aftermarket switches into blanks (not a Volvo in the pictures but works the same)



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Old 05-16-2017, 02:20 AM   #9
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If I remember correctly, a lot of big rigs and construction equipment use them as well. They're usually the ones like the 1973-80 switches, so the whole switch is a certain color. Alternatively, search for "Mera rocker switch" and they may come up. Mera is the brand name of most of the switches used in the late 140's and the 240's, etc.

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Old 05-16-2017, 07:32 PM   #10
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Late model seat heater,ac, and fog light switch. Then get the custom stickers from someone on this board. I forget his name.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:52 AM   #11
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A little solvent will take the triangle clean off a hazard switch. Discovered quite on accident.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:39 PM   #12
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I've installed smaller aftermarket switches into blanks (not a Volvo in the pictures but works the same)



I've done this as well, found some small rocker switches with LEDs in them, just dremeled a hole in faceplate and installed.
I paid couple bucks each for them, I do keep a spare or two for when they go bad, but so far so good, couple of years
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:07 PM   #13
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Yeah somebody was making little stickers for volvo switches that looked awesome. They had all sorts of icons and labels
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:08 PM   #14
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Volvo used crappy ink all over the place, it's pretty easy to clean it off the switches, especially when you don't want to. You can get transparent waterslide film on which you can print anything you want using an ordinary laser printer. I use the stuff to make decals for my RC airplanes.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:39 PM   #15
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~90's DAF truck switches look to be an almost match - just slightly more roundy looking and grey colour instead of black.

They nearly fit in - just would need a sand on the sides I think.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:59 PM   #16
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I have a nice late snowflake AC switch and rare early style narrow lit amber rocker switch for $30 shipped.
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