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Old 06-08-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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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:


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The basic single color switch



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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.



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Close up of the on/off switch

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The basic single color switch with center mounted Air gauge



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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.


Installation:
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


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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.

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The source unit in the engine compartment.



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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.

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Old 06-08-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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OTRATTW switch replacement and wiring.

OTRATTW makes a TON of different switches available for the SPod. SPod does not sell these switches you must order them straight from OTRATTW.

When ordering your switches, beside the type of logo or wording you chose for the switch, there are a few options to safe you some money.
1. You can just order the switch cover itself. They just pop on and off. The only issue with this option is that that the LED behind the factory SPod cover is only available in WHITE.
2. You can order the FULL switch and get it in any color combination you would like


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The full switch replacement is just plug and play for the “single” color switches. If you are going to run a dual color switch the you will either need to run a jumper wire to ground out the 2nd light on the switch or solder a jumper.



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If you hold the switch upright and then turn it around to the back , this will place the to side by side pins at the top, and the group of three at the bottom. See pic above


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This is the pins soldered

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Next you will need to add a jumper wire to the bottom right pin which will go to your dash light circuit


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Here are the switches installed and wired.

For the dash light dimmer wire there are 2 methods to get it

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First My method: if you pull the dash and the instrument cluster, behind the cluster are 2 plugs. The BLACK plug has an orange wire coming out of it. That wire is the dash light wire (see photo above)



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Next method (Kramer2k) if you remove the window controller from the center of the dash, the 2nd wire over is Orange with a silver strip. That is the dash light wire.

Tap into either of those wires and run them to the Spod switch.



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Dimmer light on


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Dimmer on the bottom, switch activated on top



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Kramer2 s lights activated



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And with both activated

If you are interested in these products please contact:

Cindy at Spod 661-755-8139 http://www.4x4spod.com

And

James at OTRATTW (408) 253-5337 http://www.otrattw.com

And be sure to tell them I sent you

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This helps, thanks.
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Great job on the write up... Making both these mods very soon!
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Great job as always this should be a sticky MODS
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This is fantastic work. Nice job DF, I'm sure many, many folks will get use of this tutorial.

I second the motion to add this to the "Write-Ups & Tutorials" sticky section.
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Best explanation and write-up on this I've seen. Great work Darkfire! Thank you!
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Great writeup! One quick question - are the switches used the Green upper dependent, Amber lower independent?

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Thanks for the write up. I was going to mount a CB up there between the sun visers, but was trying to decide where to mount some switches also. But, I have water leak in there so not sure that is a good place to mount anything. Probably need to take it the dealer to look at. Water leaking in 3 places. In this day an age, there shouldn't be any water leaks, especialy with the hard top.
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Great writeup! One quick question - are the switches used the Green upper dependent, Amber lower independent?

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Yes it is although in hind site I would have flipped it so that the green was on and matched the dash lights.
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I love these button options! Definitely a must!
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What gauge wire to use for the orange wire to the dimmer wire?
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What gauge wire to use for the orange wire to the dimmer wire?
14 is fine it's a low power draw
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14 is fine it's a low power draw
Did you just use a vampire tap?
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Nice write up, I have the same setup but green bottom and red upper
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Nice write up. Very helpful. Both mods are definitely in my future.
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I've this this thread bookmarked for a LONG time. Finally ordered my spod this week. Gonna run it stock for a while but will eventually tackle this mod.
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"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."

Do you have pics of the install on Sincityjets jeep? I have an overhead mount CB and want to install the SPod as well. Thanks!
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"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."

Do you have pics of the install on Sincityjets jeep? I have an overhead mount CB and want to install the SPod as well. Thanks!
I have to look back thru my pictures let me see what I can find
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Another great thread! Very helpful!
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Just to clarify, do you need to get the basic dual switch setup to run the two led otrattw?? or is it all in the switch and both share the same pin pattern on the back??
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Just to clarify, do you need to get the basic dual switch setup to run the two led otrattw?? or is it all in the switch and both share the same pin pattern on the back??
You have to get the dual switch option. Have mine on order.
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You have to get the dual switch option. Have mine on order.
Got it thanks! Let us see when your finished.
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is, or can the guage be illuminted with the dual light unit wired to the dash lights?
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Got it thanks! Let us see when your finished.
Will so. Spod is behind in orders of this model. I ordered a week ago and still not sure when it will ship.

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