I wish more people did their homework like this before doing any purchases or modifications to their Jeep!
Doing it yourself is a great idea and I think you will get a lot of satisfaction from it as well. I encourage people to do it yourself as much as possible so if they ever have to fix it themselves on the trail, they know how to tackle it.
Please call me any time if you need any advice or assistance with your project Abendx.
Painless makes fantastic products and is well versed in the automotive industry and their parts when combined will do what the sPOD system will do. Also DayStar and CoolTech LLC have great alternatives for switches and switch locations.
Let’s compare apples to apples here though when costs "quote" (Cost is a huge difference. ), and completeness are involved:
There are a few items left off your list to complete a system from the items described compared to the sPOD system:
Relays, Relay holders / sockets or the Painless Part# 30108 6-Pack Relay Bank
Diodes (some are built into the relays)
Ring terminals, push on terminals, and spade terminals
Mounting brackets / hardware
Wire covering of some sort
A box or housing for the power distribution system to house your relays fuses
"NOTE" shipping costs, fuel and time are not included in any of the cost comparisons here.
Now we have a “apples to apples” comparison for cost.
One of the interesting features of Jeep modifications is the high-level of execution of electrical modifications. While everyone should strive for a top-notch design and installation, it's scarily common to see hacked-up electrical jobs (search the forums), mostly on trailered rigs but sometimes on daily drivers as well. For folks that depend on their rig's reliability in remote locations, that is not an option!
All of our harnesses are individually wrapped by a specialized piece of equipment that is normally used in the race and aircraft industry with abrasion / heat resistant nylon: see below"
Our circuit breaker includes a boot to protect against shorting (CirKit Boss does not include this)
All your accessories power components will be attached in one place.
Behind our switch console:
Looking at switch solutions for wiring lights, lockers, etc..
On one hand, the sPOD
solution looks good. The aesthetics look to be well integrated into the Jeep and it's clean under the hood. Talking with John from sPOD in another tread seem to show the guy is on top of things, which is a huge credit to him and his company... but money is also a big deal these days. Plus he is a forum sponsor.
On the other hand, I was looking at something like a Painless CirKit Boss
fuse block along with a Cool Tech Switch Panel
or Daystar Switch Panel
which seems to give everything the sPOD does for less than half the cost.
Cons for the Painless and Cool Tech vs sPOD seem to be aesthetics (subjective) and the loss of one switch. Cons for the Painless and Daystar vs sPOD seem to be the loss of two switches and slightly less as nice looking.
Cost is a huge difference.
Is there anything I am missing that the sPOD does that the Painless w/ other switches don't?