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post #1 of 6 Old 09-28-2014, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Wiring the sPod to the dash lights

I have one of the sPods that has a pushbutton to turn on the bottom array of LEDs, thus allowing easy visibility at night. What I wanted to do was wire this bottom array to a dimmable dash light circuit so when I turn on the dash lights, the array comes on and can be dimmed along with the dash lights. Also, since my sPod is mounted over the windshield, I wanted to be able to shut the array off at night if it becomes annoying when driving around town so I left the push button in the circuit.

Pic 1. The sPod removed from its bracket.

Pic 2. The wire that feeds the switch in the sPod. It is black and is fed from the middle pin of the last switch. This is where you need to cut.

Pic 3. In order to remove the sPod in the future, a connector should be attached to the new feed wire. I used Weather Pack connectors since the sPod is not water-tight and I go topless sometimes.

Pic 4. I added heat shrink tubing to the end of the unused wire. You can also see the completed weather pack connector. The other side of the connector feeds about 6 feet of 18 gauge wire which I will snake down to the drivers foot well.

Pic 5. I snaked the new wire (blue) along the same path as the interceptor wire, which is behind the header trim and down the a pillar trim and then out at the foot well. I managed to tuck the wire behind the sun visor trim by just loosening it.
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Pic 6. I covered the wire with plastic sheathing because I'm kind of a stickler like that, especially when it is running against metal.

Pic 7. I used a quick tap to tap into the dimmable wire since it is under the dash, not likely to get wet, and I am lazy. The wire I used was the orange with gray stripe on the 4 pin connector that feeds the foot well light when you open your door. To make it easier to work on, simply remove the connector from the light assembly. Mine just slid off with no tabs to be depressed.

Pic 8. Ready to re-install the sPod switch assembly. You can see the sPod connector, the Interceptor gauge connector, and the new weather pack connector for the push button switch.

Pic 9. Installation complete. This shows the bottom array of LEDS with the dash lights on and the dimmer switch in the full brightness position.

Pic 10. This is with the dash lights on and the dimmer switch in its lowest position before turning off. I lit up the red top led by turning on the switch so you could see the contrast.

That's it. It took about one and a half hours including taking all the pics. Pretty straightforward.
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Followed this step by step and it didn't work. All connections are good. Any ideas?
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Followed this step by step and it didn't work. All connections are good. Any ideas?
different year jeeps? might be different wires.
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So it ended up being the wrong wire. When I installed my sPod I ran two wires, well when I wired it up I connected different ends. So each wire was a dead end. Its all working now.
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Can this be done to the sPods that were sold before they added the cool button?
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