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Old 04-09-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Spod vs rugged ridge a pillar switches

After reading endless threads on the spod it is clear it is the preferred choice for this forum. My issue is that time of install I will only have a need for two switches (rear fogs and d2s on the windshield) on my 2013 rubi. That being said, the 400 plus bucks for the spod seems like overkill considering I don't see myself ever needing more than three. Yes, I say that now. Aesthetically, I definitely prefer the look and placement of the spod. Mechanically, we all know it is superior. Economically, I am having issues justifying it. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Could always try a Daystar switch panel and make a Dbox yourself. I think you can even get the sPod source separately as well

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The SPOD definitely is more convenient and cleans up the extra wiring under the hood. I don't have one though because my brake vacuum canister has been relocated from the front bumper to the SPOD mounting location under the hood.

I like the pillar mount that you are talking about, but I can't use it because my RockHard Sports Cage blocks access to where the buttons would be located.

I'm using the Daystar switch panel on my 2012 that puts the switches at the bottom of the center console. The picture below is not from my JK, but it looks similar to what I have installed. I'm using 4 of the 5 button locations for ARB compressor, ARB front and rear lockers, and lights on the front bumper.

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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I was having the same thought, but went spod. I wanted the clean install, and the ease of adding things. My other thought was that if this jeep-itis gets worse, I'll already have the spod to add stuff to and won't have to worry about running out of buttons. As they say, I'm not rich enough to be cheap. Might as well do it once and do it right.

The stories of the a-pillar rugged ridge not fitting right and the daystar panel not working with manual transmissions also made the choice easier
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #5
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The stories of the a-pillar rugged ridge not fitting right and the daystar panel not working with manual transmissions also made the choice easier
If I had an automatic I'd have the daystar panel. Very happy with the SPod though, almost feels like cheating with how easy it is to wire things in now.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:31 AM   #6
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The SPOD is nice I really like mine but yes is pricy but pays for itself later on how quick to wire add on's and more switches is better than less.
I have my CB, OBA, Rock Lights, spot lights.
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Depends what you need and the time you can invest to Mae your own. I went the make my own route, and I am still in the process. The a pillar have a peculiar fit. Meaning, they don't fit that well as the factory pillars. The bottom has a completely different design, not sure why they didn't follow factory exactly. I wanted my switches on he pillar though, I like that spot the best. I only have one aux light and seat heaters to add right now, but i am wiring it so i just have to attach the primary power wire for the accessory and ground it. Here's what I have done thus far.



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I was having the same thought, but went spod. I wanted the clean install, and the ease of adding things. My other thought was that if this jeep-itis gets worse, I'll already have the spod to add stuff to and won't have to worry about running out of buttons. As they say, I'm not rich enough to be cheap. Might as well do it once and do it right.

The stories of the a-pillar rugged ridge not fitting right and the daystar panel not working with manual transmissions also made the choice easier
exactly....

Lets not forget the low voltage shut off built in. The first time you kill your battery on the trail or out exploring by yourself the cost of the spod will seem like a steal
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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sPod all the way. Expensive but worth it. Northridge4x4 got a special on it now if I am not mistaken.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #10
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if you love your Jeep......Spod.

If you don't care, go with one of the others.

You will find use for the extra switches. I ran my spod with one switch for a year. Tacked on the Leds, and now I use 5.

So many possibilities. You cant say for certain that you will only want 2 switches.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:47 PM   #11
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Solid points all around. I can't argue any of it. Sounds like spod is the way to go if its only for two switches or all 6. That being said has anyone moved their front fogs off the turn signal and onto the spod? That could make 3.
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Just installed my sPod this weekend. Only using two switches, but I'll add more. Was a snap adding my fogs and CB to it. Definitely a good clean solution.
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Well, if you have the time and patience I think what oOoYTSEJAMoOo did is an excellent choice that can be made to suit your needs. It is easy to add a Low Voltage Cutoff to that solution, too. LVCO's aren't some complex magical thing, you can get some pretty cheap and wire them to the main power line going to a relay box like the Bussman.
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I went with the sPod. I fab EVERYTHING for my CJ and very little for my JK.

I figured that if I could afford the cost of a new JK then I could afford to put some nice things in it.

I looked at both the A pillar mounted switch pod and the sPod unit. I was against having switches at the A pillar because when the doors are off the tires have a tendency to kick mud up in this location and I didn't like having switches in a very visible location. I also knew I would use more than 4 switches eventually.

Items getting switched by the sPod: Front Aux Lights, Rear Aux Lights, CB, Winch cutoff, Air compressor, and Air Horn.... and I have the air pressure gauge in the sPod... rather convenient.
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I really didn't want to spend the money on the SPOD, but after my accessories started to pile up, I broke down and got it, and boy am I glad I did. First rate quality and installation is a breeze...not to mention, a super clean install.
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I had the same feelings, is it really worth it?? ABSOLUTELY!! I am so glad I went with it, I came up with my own lay-a-way program, I decided where I would buy the SPOD from and bought gift certificates as I had the money come available, took a little while, but I have it and have had it installed for a while now. I had 1 switch used when I bought it, I am now up to 3 as I have the windshield lights, rear bumper lights and my CB hooked up. There is a thread around here somewhere, the SPOD GUY, the one that builds them lists the specs of the SPOD and some differences between it and other options, that helped convince me. Do it once, do it right.
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I went with the spod. Should be here this friday.
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We have been a sPod dealer for a few years now and love them! We run them in both our JK's. So easy to install and yes, almost feels like your cheating! LOL. We also carry the Daystar and Rugged Ridge options but the sPod is a complete package. Easy to install as well. Then, just wire what you need right to it! It handles all the fusing and relays for you.

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Depends what you need and the time you can invest to Mae your own. I went the make my own route, and I am still in the process. The a pillar have a peculiar fit. Meaning, they don't fit that well as the factory pillars. The bottom has a completely different design, not sure why they didn't follow factory exactly. I wanted my switches on he pillar though, I like that spot the best. I only have one aux light and seat heaters to add right now, but i am wiring it so i just have to attach the primary power wire for the accessory and ground it. Here's what I have done thus far.



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Whats passenger eject and zombie targeting system do? Do i want to know? Whered you get the switch labels?
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:42 AM   #20
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These are really just place holders until I get an accessory to put into place. The replacement switch covers for he actual accessory would only be five bucks to match whatever accessory I put on that circuit. However, I told my wife the passenger eject does work in case she acts up.....

Get the switches from otrattw.com. They are fantastic, and can even customize a switch for you.
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I currently have the "A" pillar switches. But I am planning to put in a PSC cage; and it looks to me like I will no longer have access to that location. So I will be going with the SPOD when the time comes. You might want to take that into consideration when installing your switch panel.
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I'm having a lot of trouble making this decision myself. I'm trying to stay budget friendly with any mods right now and the Rugged ridge A-Pillar switch certainly meets that criteria. Maybe I don't fully understand what it takes to wire accessories to it, anyone have a link handy or a quick explanation of what is involved so that a more informed decision can be made? I was originally thinking that I'd pre-wire all the switches when I get the pod, but it just occurred to me that I'd then have to go out and buy all the wire, relays, etc. ahead of time instead of just using what comes with each accessory as I buy it.
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Greg, you are on the right track. The Rugged Ridge piller is just that. You can get it with or without the switches. Everything else you will need. You will need, wires, conectors, relays, and fuses. Then you will have to wire this all up.

The sPod does all that for you. You just connect your "accesories" positive and negative to the source unit and make sure you have the right size fuse in there and your done!

Also, I think you have to cut with the Rugged Ridge one, I am not sure. With the sPod you can take it out and never know it was in there! The 2012-13's you DO have to notch the plastic just a hair but if you do it clean, you would never know.

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With the sPod you can take it out and never know it was in there! The 2012-13's you DO have to notch the plastic just a hair but if you do it clean, you would never know.
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Just got the sPod from Jason. Took about an hour to install and was real easy to hook up my first device. I definitely would not want to deal with wire routing, switches and such every time I add a new device.

Easy solution. The notched part of the header sits behind the switch box. You'll never see it. I notched mine with a pocket knife.
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I love my spod, really well made and I think made in USA. I only have 3 switches used so far but I'm sure I'll fill them up eventually. Worth the investment IMO.
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Dang it, you guys are talking me into dropping more coin!
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LOL you should! Honestly, it was the FIRST thing we put in our new JK!

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You always read about people who try something else and end up switching to a spod, but never seem to read anything about anyone switching away from the spod.
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Dang it, you guys are talking me into dropping more coin!
I thought it was too expensive, but I'm glad I paid the extra for it. Saves me a lot of troubles.
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I'm getting an spod and don't even have anything to wire to it yet.

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