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Old 12-16-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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Lightbulb 2012 Electrical question

Hello folks, looking for advice on the below link.
I have already had significant electrical issues with my 2012 JKU (factory originated). Additionally, I have read and been told by Jeep mechanics that the 2012 wiring harness is broken down into subsets, each controlled by a micro-processor, and therefore the 2012 wiring harness is super sensitive to being tapped into, etc., etc.
Now, I want to add additional exterior lights, a CB and possibly other electrical additions, so the part below looks like a life saver????
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I'm electrically challenged, so I bought this:

4x4 SPOD Since 2005 - The ORIGINAL JEEP Over The Windshield Switch Console - Jeep Power Distribution System

Expensive, but worth it. A chimp could hook up aux electricals with this thing, and I'm living proof of it!

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I'm electrically challenged, so I bought this:

4x4 SPOD Since 2005 - The ORIGINAL JEEP Over The Windshield Switch Console - Jeep Power Distribution System

Expensive, but worth it. A chimp could hook up aux electricals with this thing, and I'm living proof of it!
1. Where in the world did you mount the switch station inside the Jeep

2. Where/how did you penetrate the firewall

3. Does the kit come with detailed instructions

Others would enjoy pic's of the inside mounting

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1. Where in the world did you mount the switch station inside the Jeep

2. Where/how did you penetrate the firewall

3. Does the kit come with detailed instructions

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The switch station goes along the interior of the header rail @ the top of your windshield (I folded my soft top back so I could stand up and work).

Attachment 83534

You run the shielded cables from the switches, behind the cover along the top of your windshield, down through the A-pillar. On the driver's side you remove the side of the dashboard (pops out). You'll see a foam-filled hole with wire going through it. Remove the rubber stopper on the inside of the engine bay, then use a coathanger to fish the wires to the switches through. After that you attach the "Source" (the main switching box) to the screws that hold your ECU, plug in all of the wires, run one wire to the – terminal on your battery and zip tie it to the firewall so it's outta the way. After that, anything electronic you want to hook up to your Jeep attaches directly to the Source. One positive wire, one negative wire. No more having to run wires all over your engine bay, or messing with the battery.

I just realized how complex that may sound, lol. But it's really not that hard. As I've said, electricity and I are old enemies, like the Capulets and the Montagues. If I can do it, a Chia Pet can. Trust me. The instructions are very good.

A pic of the Source with the top off, and closed up after I installed my windshield mounted KC lites.

Attachment 83535

Attachment 83536

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alright I'm rather ignorant when it comes to this type of stuff, but it looks like its a clean install/setup so I'm interested. If I was to get these from Qtec

IPF 900XSD - IPF 900XS Xtreme Sport Series Driving Beam Light Kit - Quadratec

would I just cut the relay off the circuit and run my power and ground to the SPOD box? I try and stay away from vehicle electric systems.
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alright I'm rather ignorant when it comes to this type of stuff, but it looks like its a clean install/setup so I'm interested. If I was to get these from Qtec

IPF 900XSD - IPF 900XS Xtreme Sport Series Driving Beam Light Kit - Quadratec

would I just cut the relay off the circuit and run my power and ground to the SPOD box? I try and stay away from vehicle electric systems.
Exactly. Here's how I did my KC Lites install:

(Warning: I am extremely meticulous, and took steps that many sane humans would view as far too labor intensive.)

1. Made rough measurements from each mounted KC Lite to the sPOD source box, adding about 2 feet to make sure I wouldn't come up short.
2. Cut the black and red wires as close to the harness as possible to get the wire lengths I needed.
3. Wrapped electrical tape around both wires on each light (including the waterproof plug-ins on the back of each light), except for about the last 3 feet of wire, which I left loose.
4. Ran the taped wires behind and beneath the cowl on my Jeep, so they were out of sight when they entered the engine compartment.
5. Placed flame retardant wire conduit around the length of each wire bundle.
6. Zip-tied the conduit along the firewall of the engine compartment until I reached the sPOD source.
7. Cut the unneeded extra off the ends of the wires until I had only enough to reach the sPOD terminals.
8. Twisted the red wires together and place ONE spade terminal on the end, then did the same with the black, then sealed em with heat shrink, electrical tape, and the rest of the conduit.
9. Hooked up the positive and negative spade terminals, closed the sPOD box, flipped a switch inside my Jeep and marveled at my newfound electrical prowess!

Sometimes, meticulous and anal can be synonymous.
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Yep, exactly. The sPOD has six switches, each one with its own fuse, diode, and relay. The power comes straight from the battery, but is totally separate from the factory wiring, which is great for warranty issues and integrity of the factory wiring.

The instructions provided are great. Very easy to follow, especially for a novice. I have three vehicles, including my 2012, all with the sPOD. I use it on my JK for the ARB front and rear lockers, the compressor, and the auxiliary lights and I still have a couple extra. Best of all the sPOD is made in th USA by a Jeep enthusiast and is family-owned.

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One more thumbs up for the sPOD. I love it. Install is brainless.

There is really only one cable that goes from the switch box to the "source". Then power and ground from the battery. Very clean and well thought out.

I got mine mine with the optional switch labels and low voltage cutoff (kills the system if you were to leave something on so you have enough power to crank).

All you have to for any accessory is get your two wires power/ground to the source and land them on the terminals. Then go drink some more beer and start flipping switches.

John from sPOD is a great guy and might even give you a forum discount. He answered me on a weekend and even sent me a bunch of pics of badass prototype jeeps due to the fact he was at sema. The guy likes to play and it's apparent talking to him.

Don't think your locked into the switch colors on the website. He will do them in whatever configuration you want. He will also do custom switch panels if you need. Of all my mods the sPOD remains my favorite.
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I'm sold. This spring I'll pick one up and install for future use. Sounds painless and easy, which I'm all for when it comes to wiring.
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It's not just the 2012. All JK's (2007+) have a CANBus system. It doesn't play well with things spliced into the system so any additional lights should have their own relays. The system shown above is great for multiple acessories, but if you're just adding one or two sets of lights, it's over kill.

The JK makes it very easy to pass wires through the firewall. If you pop off the side panel of your dash (either side) you will notice a foam filled hole about the size of a nickel. Connect the wires to a coat hanger and push them through the foam.
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Ordered mine yesterday from sPOD directly $414 delivered with the low voltage cutoff.
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I'm electrically challenged, so I bought this:

4x4 SPOD Since 2005 - The ORIGINAL JEEP Over The Windshield Switch Console - Jeep Power Distribution System

Expensive, but worth it. A chimp could hook up aux electricals with this thing, and I'm living proof of it!
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1. Thanks so much, Wolfman, for all the detail.
2. I am sold on this unit
3. As daggo66 said, if adding only 1 or 2 items this Unit is over-kill, however, I am sure down the line somewhere, I will want to add more accessories, and when I do, I'll be ready having purchased this Unit. ("Be Prepared")
4. I am coping all the detail from this thread to Word, so I can use it when my Unit arrives.

5. One more question: Where in the engine-compartment did you find enough room to mount the exterior Unit!
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5. Perfection must be your/our Trademark.

Wolfman, your attention to detail is exactly what we have come to expect from you and are thankful for sharing it with us
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Wolfman, your Unit seems to be mounted up against and behind the "PCM" (?). The PCM has at least 2 13-pin connectors.

So my question, is if like my JK the PCM has to be replaced, how difficult is it going to be to get the sPOD out of the way
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Wolfman, your Unit seems to be mounted up against and behind the "PCM" (?). The PCM has at least 2 13-pin connectors.

So my question, is if like my JK the PCM has to be replaced, how difficult is it going to be to get the sPOD out of the way
The box is mounted on a plate, which is attached to two of the factory bolts on the ECU. I could have it off and out of the way in 2 minutes.
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The box is mounted on a plate, which is attached to two of the factory bolts on the ECU. I could have it off and out of the way in 2 minutes.
Truth. In fact I would say 2 minutes includes grabbing the tools and opening the hood with a possible beer break mid job.
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Truth. In fact I would say 2 minutes includes grabbing the tools and opening the hood with a possible beer break mid job.
LOL exactly!

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Thanks guys, I'm SOLD. Will order mine in a few days
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Thanks guys, I'm SOLD. Will order mine in a few days
You will love it. If you don't then there is no help for you.

The best part is months or even years after the short easy install and you are getting ready to add the latest and greatest electric device you will give yourself a big pat on the back for picking up the sPOD.
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Ordered mine yesterday from sPOD directly $414 delivered with the low voltage cutoff.

How did you get such a great price if you don't mind me asking?

Thanks!
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You will love it. If you don't then there is no help for you.

The best part is months or even years after the short easy install and you are getting ready to add the latest and greatest electric device you will give yourself a big pat on the back for picking up the sPOD.
Yup. I installed some lights in the cutouts on my rear Rampage bumper yesterday after working all day on my lift, tires, etc. REALLY didn't feel like doing any more work, but all I had to do was run the wires through some conduit, zip-tie the conduit along the driver's side of the frame, attach a couple of terminals and hook it up. Flipped the switch in the cab and, blammo, lights on the rear of my Jeep.

Probably my favorite mod (in terms of function) so far.
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How did you get such a great price if you don't mind me asking?

Thanks!
That is about what I paid.
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Thanks!
Called to ask a couple of questions and they offered it at that including delivery so I ordered on the spot
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Even with the LVCO, mine was +/– $450. Don't recall what the exact digits were.
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I'll have to call. It was around north of 450 when I just did it on the website.
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I'll have to call. It was around north of 450 when I just did it on the website.
Call John Angelastro directly. He's awesome to work with...great customer service. Mention WF and he'll more than likely knock some off the total.
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Yup. I installed some lights in the cutouts on my rear Rampage bumper yesterday after working all day on my lift, tires, etc. REALLY didn't feel like doing any more work, but all I had to do was run the wires through some conduit, zip-tie the conduit along the driver's side of the frame, attach a couple of terminals and hook it up. Flipped the switch in the cab and, blammo, lights on the rear of my Jeep.

Probably my favorite mod (in terms of function) so far.
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1. Did you add the lights to the R-bumper prior to install or did you remove the R-bumper later to install lights? (we seem to have the same R-bumper)

2. Does the sPOD inside unit interfer with the front latch of the removable hardtop
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Pricey but 'scribed to thread now--when it is time for Blu to get some acc.--will be going this route

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