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Old 06-19-2012, 10:27 PM
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$600 is a pretty good price. I just had to replace a single relay and noted the solid state system listed at one vendor (don't remember where) for $800 I believe.
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I'm going to stick my neck out and maybe lose some friends, but...
Please don't do solid state relays. Your mechanical relays lasted over fifty years. Can you name one solid state device that lasted even twenty years outside?

Mechanical relays are very hearty and practically bulletproof. They still operate in the coldest and hottest environments. They don't care about spikes and surges but they don't like dirt. So, to keep relays going strong, USE THEM. Frequent use actually cleans the contacts.

OEM's use mechanical relays in modern cars. They pass up to 40-amps without heatsinks and are very compact. There's nothing wrong with constructing a relay panel using modern plug-in relays. These relays are easy to troubleshoot. Just my two cents. - Dave
You can buy new mechanical 12-volt, 40-amp relays with sockets: 10 for $25 including free shipping.

Charging $600 for solid state relays is nothing short of being downright immoral. They won't last as long, are sensitive to static electricity, and are harder to troubleshoot. I love all things electrical and electronic but this is plain wrong. - Dave
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:54 AM
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my 2 cents worth, I agree with Dave, I was looking at that modernized replacement set on internet too, never the intention to buy it because the relays themselves are not expensive to buy, but you just have to wire them. But I know how sensitive that type of relays are and they will not last more than maybe 5 or 6 years.
I am more of 'sticking with original' type of guy unless it is better, safer and a big (necessary) improvement.
Those old mechanical relays have been in there since the factory and most of them still work so that is over 50 years. Few days ago I bought a complete original tray with 12 relays on fleabay for about 60 dollars just to have some spares.
Some relays that came with my car I have 'operated on'. Carefully you are able to open them and clean the contacts inside if needed with contact cleaner and/or very fine sand paper. A problem might be if the outside connector tabs are broken of, they are not easy to replace/fix but it is possible. Only part in the relay that is not easy replaceable is if the coil is burned.
Everything is working fine in my car now with the old relays, hopefully for another 50 years.....
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