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Old 04-05-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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Whats so great with Spod

Is it not just switches? It's pretty ecpensive and I see jeeps with full tub decals promoting it, what's the big deal with them?

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:13 AM   #2
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They come with relays.. and looks like they integrate well/looks nice. Does seem way pricey, however that's how they pay sponsorship ;-)

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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They're totally worth it. Easy to install, looks great, almost looks OEM, works perfectly and wiring accessories takes minutes. And the icing on the cake - made in USA!
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:35 AM   #4
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Don't forget there system goes from battery to spod and does not hook in to your elec. sys of your jeep.
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What is your time worth? Time to wire a new switch, every time you add a pair of lights, a compressor, a winch cut-out, lockers, whatever. Time to run wires to the battery, over and over again? With an sPOD you do that ONCE, then simply attach your power and ground leads to the sPOD and you're done. No more multiple wire runs to the battery, no fuse links all over under the hood, no more headaches. I have one and I consider it worth every penny.
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And it can also become the beginning of thousands of dollars of mods!

sPod was one of my first accessories. Totally simplifies wiring and gives a finished, professional look. Second picture is the RR a-pillar mount. Switches custom-made by the good folks at OTTRATW. To give me that oem look had them configure the switches so backlighting would be green and when switched on they light up orange. These are wired in to the dash lighting circuit so brighten/dim with the other interior lights.

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Old 04-05-2014, 12:45 PM   #7
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And there ya go, the reason(s) for it's expense. Personally I'd rather be able to buy nicely fitting shell and build my own system to go in it. However most people aren't electronics geeks.

Thanks everyone for posting the details here.. seems like a pretty good overview of these.
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I looked at the Spod, but it was way overpriced. I bought the RR A-Pillar panel, OTRATTW switches, and a loaded 5 relay bussmann block from a member on another forum, totaling $200. No need to pay $200 more for wiring, and I will probably never need the 6 switch spots. The Spod is a very good looking, simple to use product though.
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I looked at the Spod, but it was way overpriced. I bought the RR A-Pillar panel, OTRATTW switches, and a loaded 5 relay bussmann block from a member on another forum, totaling $200. No need to pay $200 more for wiring, and I will probably never need the 6 switch spots. The Spod is a very good looking, simple to use product though.
You left out time. What do you value your time at? For me, my time is valuable. Looking at what you spent on parts and adding in the time to cobble it all up and install it I don't see you "saving" a whole lot of anything. Now, if you derive pleasure and relaxation from installing the switched and doing the wiring then for you it may have been time well spent but I am glad I had that time for other things. The sPOD is a bargain, all things considered.
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You left out time. What do you value your time at? For me, my time is valuable. Looking at what you spent on parts and adding in the time to cobble it all up and install it I don't see you "saving" a whole lot of anything. Now, if you derive pleasure and relaxation from installing the switched and doing the wiring then for you it may have been time well spent but I am glad I had that time for other things. The sPOD is a bargain, all things considered.
Funny you point out that for some it may be time well spent then state it's a bargain "all things considered".

All things considered it depends on what each person values, as well as tools/skills/supplies that person has available. Some people are more do-it-yourself than others.
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You left out time. What do you value your time at? For me, my time is valuable. Looking at what you spent on parts and adding in the time to cobble it all up and install it I don't see you "saving" a whole lot of anything. Now, if you derive pleasure and relaxation from installing the switched and doing the wiring then for you it may have been time well spent but I am glad I had that time for other things. The sPOD is a bargain, all things considered.
Valid point. I do enjoy working on my jeep, as many here do. I'd rather spend a Sarurday working on it and learning about it. All personal preference. My install is also with two 3-way switches that will require some custom wiring that would have been more aggravating to do with the Spod.
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Two reasons:

- CAN bus integration
- Factory looks
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Two reasons:

- CAN bus integration
- Factory looks
Does it plug into factory wiring? I thought you had to run a cable between the switches and the under hood box.
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Does it plug into factory wiring? I thought you had to run a cable between the switches and the under hood box.
One of the main points of the sPOD is to not have it connected into the CAN bus system so there's no issues with your factory electrical. That being said some people choose to wire in the panel to the dimmer controls of the Jeep so the rockers will dim as well.

The wiring is completed but he manufacturer so all you need to do is run the panel cable across the windshield, down the side, through the firewall to the engine bay and hook into the control box.

Here's my instal thread: 2013 Wrangler sPOD Install Model 600-12LT

Since then they've started using LED lights int he rocker switches which is a nice little upgrade.
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All great responses and are exactly the reasons why I bought mine. Worth it?... you bet!
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:49 AM   #16
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Do the SPOD switches turn on without ignition on?
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Thanks. I like to wire to ignition, did anyone do that or know where the ignition wire is?
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Since then they've started using LED lights int he rocker switches which is a nice little upgrade.
It is a nice upgrade took mine into SPOD to get the dual LED's upgrade.

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:22 PM   #20
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I really like everything I see about the spod except for it remaining hot while the ignition is shut off. (personal preference)

Has anybody used a winch isolator between the spod and battery while using the 12v accessory outlet below the radio to control the isolator thus controlling the spod? Would that work?
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I really like everything I see about the spod except for it remaining hot while the ignition is shut off. (personal preference)

Has anybody used a winch isolator between the spod and battery while using the 12v accessory outlet below the radio to control the isolator thus controlling the spod? Would that work?
Yes, using a solenoid (this is the isolator you are talking about, a special relay design that is capable of current draws over 100 amps) controlled by an ignition switched source would allow you to have your SPOD run only when the ignition is in the run or accessory position depending on where you get the control signal voltage from for the solenoid. Depending on the total current draw that you are using through your SPOD you can probably get a less expensive relay in the 50 to 75 amp range Like I am using and save yourself a few bucks.

From what I have read the SPOD includes a low voltage cutoff so it will turn itself and all of its attached accessories off before the battery voltage is too low to crank. Now the limit with that is that it only turns off the SPOD accessories. Not the Vehicles draw which could depending on what you have plugged in and wired to the battery separately then draw your battery down below its ability to turn over your engine.

In my Jeep. I tapped into the switched power outlet on the dash and have it controlling a 75amp relay behind the glovebox. That relay is going to feed my own version of an SPOD/fuse panel for all of my added low current electronics along with a few other neat little gadgets and trinkets to make jeeping easier. Then I am going to run a Solenoid above the battery for a Winch cutoff and maybe a second one if I ever add anything else that is a big current draw.

Yes I am an electronics nerd professionally so this is my added fun to driving over big rocks with my Jeep.



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so how does the solenoid get wired?
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Good info here. Will be getting one at a later date.
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so how does the solenoid get wired?
The Solenoid will have 4 posts on it usually sometimes just 3 depending on the manufacture. Check out this one for a visual What you would do is cut the main positive wire going from your battery to your SPOD and install the Solenoid in the place of that cut with the main power wire going to the two large posts. Then you would wire the two smaller posts that control the connection and disconnection of the main posts to an ignition switched source that could handle the current draw of solenoids coil and to ground.

Thats the quick version because its late. I can give you a drawing if you want maybe tomorrow night depending on how work goes tomorrow.

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As for me having SPOD connected to battery is a plus with the built in protection as insurance. I had CB wired so when ignition is off CB is off. To me that is inconvenient, lots of times needed to communicate while stopped, lunch, camp setup ect. Another needed lights or rock lights with out engine on. Have left CB on many times over night and SPOD done its thing no issues. I'm happy how SPOD is setup.
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As for me having SPOD connected to battery is a plus with the built in protection as insurance. I had CB wired so when ignition is off CB is off. To me that is inconvenient, lots of times needed to communicate while stopped, lunch, camp setup ect. Another needed lights or rock lights with out engine on. Have left CB on many times over night and SPOD done its thing no issues. I'm happy how SPOD is setup.
. so you have hit the low battery cutoff (via leaving an accessory on ) multiple times without issue? what battery do you have?
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. so you have hit the low battery cutoff (via leaving an accessory on ) multiple times without issue? what battery do you have?
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