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Old 06-17-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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Windshield mount thingy for switches

Hi All,
I'm not sure what you call the hook in the middle of the windshield, inside the jeep. It is where the SPOD sits.

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I'm trying to make a custom mount for my switches. SPOD has a nice mount, but don't sell it separate( which is obvious ). Does anyone have any ideas on a mount or will I have to fab a sheet metal enclosure?

Any ideas are appreciated. I'd love a plastic enclosure which will be easy to dremel, but I won't get the slope that the spod provides.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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lol

I don't know what Jeep calls it officially, but I can tell you what it is. It's a windshield tie-down point. If you were to fold your windshield forward, it would sit on the two rubber stoppers on your hood that you can see in your 2nd picture. You could then run a strap from the latchpoint on the interior top center of your windshield (the 'thingy') and the reciprocal latch point on the hood (barely visible in your picture between the mirror mount and the Jeep logo on your windshield. This was once done on the original Jeep with a cotton strap and buckle. I haven't seen anyone actually try folding the windshield down in a long time. But we were still using Jeeps when I joined the Army.

As an aside...the start button was on the floorboard where your left foot could press it when it reached the bottom while depressing the clutch pedal. That was the Army's way of making sure you had the clutch in before you tried to start it. :-)

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I get it now. Thanks.

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lol

As an aside...the start button was on the floorboard where your left foot could press it when it reached the bottom while depressing the clutch pedal. That was the Army's way of making sure you had the clutch in before you tried to start it. :-)
Nice trivia on the start button. Nifty!

I'm an embedded engineer by trade and have hooked up to vehicle CAN buses using custom code on an ARM. I just need some mechanical help on the mount, so I can hook it to an LCD.

Thanks again.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:18 AM   #4
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Doesn't mount on top of windshield, but on side instead.

Rugged Ridge 17235.58 - Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Switch Pod for 11-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I have my light switches mounted on one.

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:24 AM   #5
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Thanks MJP. That is a nice place, but it would be tough to put a small LCD there.

Some more digging bought me to this.
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Did you install the switch pod yourself? How difficult was the installation?
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Hi All,
I'm not sure what you call the hook in the middle of the windshield, inside the jeep. It is where the SPOD sits.
If you care about terminology, they are called "footman's loop" or "footman loop". I don't know the origin of the term.
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Did you install the switch pod yourself? How difficult was the installation?
Just an example. Not mine.

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If you care about terminology, they are called "footman's loop" or "footman loop". I don't know the origin of the term.
Thanks! Good to know the correct terminology.

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