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Old 11-04-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Question seeking "illuminated rocker switch"

moving to install wiring harness today....want to mount illuminated fog switch in one of the unused spots in the bottom of the stock 08 JK instrument panel where the stock switches are located....none of my bank of 4 unused spots have 'illuminated rocker switch'. Do you have suggestion or part # or photograph to assist?

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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I did a recent search for those myself. Pretty slim pickin's, IMO.

Here are links to several rugged Rugged Ridge configurations, and a link to some Daystar switches.


Rugged Ridge 17235.55 - Rugged Ridge Lower Console Switch Panel for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Rugged Ridge 17235.04 - Rugged Ridge 2 Position Rocker Switch - Quadratec

Rugged Ridge 17235.20 - Rugged Ridge Rocker Switch Housing Mount - Quadratec

Daystar KU80011 - Daystar Rocker Switch - Quadratec

And a few other brands I found, might be more what you're looking for:


APEM Rocker Switches, Joysticks and Membranes

Rocker Switches

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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You can't use the factory slots. Not sure why Jeep made them the way they did but it is a circuit board behind them and you can't just add a switch to the panel.

Like mentioned there are other panels you can buy that adds switches either below the stock switches, above the rear view mirror or the front driver side window pillar

Many just add single switches to the panel to the left of the steering wheel and under the A/C vent. It is a easy location because you can pop out the side of the dash when you open the door for easy access.
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thanks for the links Wranglerites!!!

Sorry to learn the factory panel is 'otherwise preoccupied'.
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Don't eat lunch for a month and get the sPOD system-

It'll solve ALL your aux accessories switch/relay/fuse/placement problems-



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I am in the process of upgrading my lights and switches as well. I found the A-Pillar switches from Rugged Ridge and decided to go with them. The beauty of the pillar switches is the ease of installation. The panel below them removes easily and there is an unused firewall plug (at least on my -o7 JKU) just forward of the panel.
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I am in the process of upgrading my lights and switches as well. I found the A-Pillar switches from Rugged Ridge and decided to go with them. The beauty of the pillar switches is the ease of installation. The panel below them removes easily and there is an unused firewall plug (at least on my -o7 JKU) just forward of the panel.
That looks pretty good. I've been kind've on the fence about ordering that same setup. It just snaps into place on the A-pillar right?

Hopefully the firewall plug's still there on the '12. If not, I'll use a pickaxe (or something) to make one.
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re: m"Hopefully the firewall plug's still there on the '12. If not, I'll use a pickaxe (or something) to make one."

magazine full of 230 JHPs should do the trick....
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lol...a magazine?
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I got this LED one from Ebay. It fits perfectly into the cigarette lighter space. No drilling required.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:30 AM   #12
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I did the A pillar switch pod from Rugged Ridge.

Turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself
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Did the switches come with it?....

never mind, found my answer
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Did the switches come with it?
Yes, but multi-colored. If you want the same colored switches you can buy the pod and switches separately (for more $$).
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I went with the multi colored lights to help me remember what they control. Also helped when wiring it up...just matched wire to color of switch light.

All of these run to a different relay. I have it wired up so that the ignition has to be in the on position for the switches to work. That way I can't accidentally leave something on and run my battery down.

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On the pillar pod do those of you that have it fine the lighted switch bothering you while driving in dark areas at night? I want to add driving lights on it so the switch will be on most of the time and I am concerned about the light given off.
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On the pillar pod do those of you that have it fine the lighted switch bothering you while driving in dark areas at night? I want to add driving lights on it so the switch will be on most of the time and I am concerned about the light given off.
That's a good question. I don't have mine installed yet (picking up my new Jeep Monday), but I'd think if it's too bright, tiny tracing paper cutouts would dim them enough...

Or something along those lines. I wouldn't want it to look bush league.
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In my pick up I installed a blue rocker switch for the driving lights. It was a whole-switch sized illuminated area, which was more than I could have tolerated except by careful placement the steering wheel hides it very well during most use.

The switches with the small pin-head sized diode don't bother me, the ones the size of a small band aide are just too much.

There's way more choices for this stuff than years ago in olden times when the earth was still mostly mud. I once had a home-fabricated mini-toggle switch panel, and the smallest lights available then were the size of a pencil eraser.
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That looks pretty good. I've been kind've on the fence about ordering that same setup. It just snaps into place on the A-pillar right?

Hopefully the firewall plug's still there on the '12. If not, I'll use a pickaxe (or something) to make one.
By the time I was able to reply, it looks like some people have beaten me to it. But yes, rou remove a couple of bolts on an ajacent piece and then the old piece snaps out and the new piece with the switches snaps in (you re-use the snap clips).
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On the pillar pod do those of you that have it fine the lighted switch bothering you while driving in dark areas at night? I want to add driving lights on it so the switch will be on most of the time and I am concerned about the light given off.
I'm in the same boat as KBWWOLF answered. I've installed the switches for lights I am in the process of getting so I haven't powered them yet. I went with all blue lights for the very reason you mentioned, they should be easier on the eyes.
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I'm in the same boat as KBWWOLF answered. I've installed the switches for lights I am in the process of getting so I haven't powered them yet. I went with all blue lights for the very reason you mentioned, they should be easier on the eyes.
Let me know how it works out.
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Well, one more mod. I gotta do........

I keep looking at this 'A' piller set up in the Quadratec Book (THAT GD thing is costing me tons already in MUST HAVES) and now I'm convinced to go with this mod.

Thanks you SOB's........more moeny spent

How bright are the rockers at night?

I think also a good plan will be to wire all four and run dummys for later. I need to configure some kind of a rear area/ground work light for loading and unloading stuff and launching the boat early AM, late PM.

Any thoughts on that much appreciated.
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OH9JK, thanks for the pics, THAT really does look great. How easy is it to remove the A piller cover and do you just razor blade the switch slots on the replacement panel? Also do the rockers illuminate? I love using the four colours....VERY sharp. Mucho thanks for the post......now to sneek this one past the Bride
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I need to configure some kind of a rear area/ground work light for loading and unloading stuff and launching the boat early AM, late PM.
Any thoughts on that much appreciated.

Rear Lights?
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Somethig to light up the outside of the rear area. I have a basket rach in my hitch. If I load a deer into it its great to have lots of light in the back, also for launching my boat. Lot of very early Am trips fishing. The more light the better.
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OH9JK, thanks for the pics, THAT really does look great. How easy is it to remove the A piller cover and do you just razor blade the switch slots on the replacement panel? Also do the rockers illuminate? I love using the four colours....VERY sharp. Mucho thanks for the post......now to sneek this one past the Bride
The A pillar trim is held on with a couple of retaining clips.

Yes the switch pod comes un-punched but there are "knockouts" that you finish with a sharp razor blade or Dremel.

The rockers do illuminate. If you don't want them to you could just leave off the ground wire.

Thanks for the comments. This was one of my more enjoyable mods and really pleased with the results.

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