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post #1 of 14 Old 01-09-2011, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Talking JK Pillar Switch POD

So i have been seeking out Switch PODs for the A pillar on our JK.

We've had lights on the rig for almost 6 months without them being hooked up because i just could not decide on a switch location and solution.

Well this weekend I ( the wife) put the hammer down and came up with a solution.

I like a good challenge to do something I have not seen on anywhere else...so last night I was staring at an aftermarket rocker switch panel from DAYSTAR I bought some many months ago and while it would have been an easy install and basically an snap in application I just did not care for the location or the look of the switch down low in front of the 4WD and and transmission shifter....so while we've had lights on the JK for about 6 months just waiting for the switch pod i figured it was either going to go to the yard sale or it would be "modified" to suit a new location.

I have seen a few pending designs from the SEMA show which a few companies promise a pillar mount switch pod however I do not expect to see these for months or even another year if at all. So I figured i would investigate for myself what was actually going on on the pillars. After removing the plastic pillar panel I thought that I might be able to make a mod for the pillar with the daystar switch pod. There was an preformed indention in the windshield frame right where a wiring harness could be made to sit and fit into local switch panel.

So the pics below are the results...I LOVE IT even better i have not seen anyone else with anything like it. This is the DAYSTAR switch pod panel, four DAYSTAR rocker switches, and the OEM pillar molding.

The last pic is my helper for the day..he made a hammock out of bungee cords and handed me a tool every once in a while...or flipped the switch to see if the lights worked.

We even wired in a spare switch out to the engine housing for something else in the future. This is the one that is unlit in the glowing switch pic.

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-09-2011, 06:24 PM
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Nice work
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I agree awesome hammok.

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Looks good! Nice hammock too!
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Was thinkin the same thing but trying to mount it in between the sunvisors glad to see it worked looks good now I feel good about puting it where I want it and need it good job

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Looks good! A bit confused about the hammock though...

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Was thinkin the same thing but trying to mount it in between the sunvisors glad to see it worked looks good now I feel good about puting it where I want it and need it good job
There's a write up here (or on JKF) about doing that.


To the OP. You don't think the red lights right around eye level will bother you ? Otherwise looks great.

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Thats where sPOD mounts their switchboard-rioght between the visors !!


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Thanks all!

RE: the hammock - one of my boys hooked bungee cords from the front windshield to under the rollbar sound bar and up to the rear (second row) rollbar. Then he proceeded to lay down on them and stretch out between the front seats...

Looking to run the CB next weekend and instal this into the overhead cross panel in some way or at least too it as I have seen on the forum with others.

We'll see - installed an Or-Fab tire carrier yesterday - that was like going through brain surgery....especially when it comes to drilling the holes in blind for the most part. Came out OK still have a few parts that i am scratching my head on where they go. The directions left a bit to be desired.
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There's a write up here (or on JKF) about doing that.


To the OP. You don't think the red lights right around eye level will bother you ? Otherwise looks great.
The good part is the switch lights remain off until you engage the equipment they power up.

The amber glow that we picked didn't seem bad at all last night. I assume they will be on for trail running and during storms in the dark if needed at lower speeds. During the day I could hardly tell they are on. Time will tell.

The other nice part is if they do bother us while in use the switch light can be disengaged by pulling the separate ground run just to the switch. The on/off function remains intact and opperational without issue. The ground wire I speak of is separate to that of the equipment ground that each individual switch operates.
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Diggin the supervisor kicked back in the hammock!

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Nice job... The red might be too bright for me... Green seems to be a little easier on the eyes.

I also noticed you have your top off....

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Nice job... The red might be too bright for me... Green seems to be a little easier on the eyes.

I also noticed you have your top off....
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