This is a write up and tech review/tips for the SPOD 4x4 SPOD Since 2005 - The ORIGINAL JEEP Over The Windshield Switch Console - Jeep Power Distribution System
and the OTRATTW OTRATTW
aftermarket switches for the SPOD.
First I will start with the SPod This is a fabulous switching system that is very easy to install and is available for the TJ/LJ and JK models. It is a modular switching system that allows up 6 items to be controlled.
Specs The Source 6 Circuit power distribution system includes:
12 position terminal block for accessory attachment
6 Bosch style cube style relays (SPST 40amp) (plug-in style)
6 ATO style automotive fuses 3 15 amp and 3 30 amp supplied
6 Diodes to protect sensitive accessories such as LED lights from "field collapse"
Inline 50amp manual resetting circuit breaker
8 gauge power leads with crimped and soldered terminal for connection to the battery
Integrated LVCO (Low-Voltage-Cut-Off) circuit that detects the battery voltage and will cut-off at 10.6VDC and cuts-back in at 12.4VDC so there is enough juice to start your vehicle in case you left an accessory on!!!
Fuse for LVCO which can be removed to bypass the LVCO Mounting bracket for Jeep Wranglers
There are 4 basic models to choose from:
The basic single color switch
The basic dual light switch. This provides night time illumination by pressing the small round on/off switch on the bottom left corner of the panel.
Close up of the on/off switch
The basic single color switch with center mounted Air gauge
The basic dual light switch with center mounted Air Gauge. This provides “night time illumination” by pressing the small round on/off switch on the bottom left corner of the panel.
NOTE they SPOD may be ordered without the air gauge if you wish.
The SPods come with complete COLOR easy to follow instructions. It takes about an hour to install the SPOD (not including you running all of your wiring for you lights air compressors or what ever to the Spod) The Spod has 3 wires to run, Power, Ground and the modular wiring harness that connects the switches to the black box and 1 air line if running the air gauge
There are only 2 components to mount the Switches and the source unit
Switch overhead mount. This mount does not interfere with the hard top or soft top. However if are going to try to use an overhead console or CB mount the you may issues. I installed an overhead CB mount with the SPod on Sincityjets jeep and we had to do alot of fabricating of the CB mount to make it work.
The source unit in the engine compartment.
This is a very solid mount, easy to install and to run all of your accessories to.
I am not going to get into the actual installation of the SPod because it is really easy and the instructions are some of the best I have seen.
Some things to note:
The Integrated LVCO (Low-Voltage-Cut-Off) will activate if you have the engine off and try to run a compressor thru it. Once the LVCO has been activated you must start the Jeep to reset it.
With the dual light switch, the illumination is only activated by the switch on the SPod panel on the lower left. So it is either an ON/OFF of the illumination. It will not Dim with your dash lights. Also it does not turn ON/OFF with your ignition either. This can be overridden and wired to a dash light circuit (See Below for OTRATTW wiring)
Also the switch colors on the factory SPod switches come from the switch cover. The LED behind the cover is only available in WHITE.