1. Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Hi All,
    I'm stuck and am banging my head against a wall looking for a solution. Hoping you all can help. I bought my wife a light bar and floods for Christmas for her 2017 JK. I also purchased upgraded wiring harnesses for each set. I'm good with the wiring and installation, but can't figure out where to put the additional switches. Do I need to purchase a new plate and cut holes into the console, or can I drop them into the spare slots of the factory console (don't think they fit)? I'm fairly handy, but don't want to operate unless I have to. Any advice is welcome, except the "throw it out and bring it to a shop" .

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    There are aftermarket switched that fit empty slots or entire rows of switches.
    Quadratec.com
    4wD.com
    And others have them. Search JK switch panel


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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    I would shy away from cutting the console. I'd probably try and use an open (blanked out) switch panel. That's what I did on my TJ - I bought a switch for a hardtop rear wiper, and mounted in my soft-top TJ, in one of the unused switch spots.

    I see a few cool ones on Ebay for your Jeep:


    On the A pillar - Hooke Road Left A Pillar Switch Pod 4 Rocker Switches Fit 11-18 Jeep Wrangler JK | eBay





    or one that mounts under the console - Lower Console Switch Panel 2011 to 2017 For Jeep Wrangler JK JKU X 17235.54 | eBay



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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Aftermarket Switch Installation-img_20180422_020917_edit.jpgAftermarket Switch Installation-img_20180421_100857.jpgAftermarket Switch Installation-img_20180422_022709_edit.jpgAftermarket Switch Installation-img_20180516_095553.jpg
    The S-Tech switch system organized and simplified all my 12V accessories that I want in my JK. The S-Tech is affordable and simple to install as only one bundled cable enters the Jeep and all future 12V accessory are connected under the hood. Only one rectangle cut out of the windshield trim is needed and this inexpensive trim is replaceable.

    • S-Tech switch pod mounts directly into the plastic trim above the mirror. Other competitive units mount onto the footman loop with brackets and tape which can reduce access to the hard top latches and most have an open area on top of the unit
    • Made-in-USA
    • 3 yr warranty
    • OEM look and style
    • Custom rockers available
    • Power control module box is smaller than competitive units

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    That looks pretty sharp.
    Is that a stock rear view mirror? I'm guessing there's something like a backup camera in there right?
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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    If you’re referring to my mirror that’s OEM auto dim map lights only

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    [QUOTE=JPNinPA;356004]There are aftermarket switched that fit empty slots or entire rows of switches.
    Quadratec.com
    4wD.com
    And others have them. Search JK switch panel

    Thank You!

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Thank you!

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Aftermarket Switch Installation-console-zoom-1.jpg This is on my other rig but what I did was get this panel from Wish.com for $10 and sacrificed a cupholder
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Aftermarket Switch Installation-console-installed-1.jpg  

    Quick fixes are so named for how long they stay fixed.
    If you run out of gas, no matter which way you decide to push, the closest gas station will always be uphill and in the other direction. Corollary: The likelihood of running out increases when all of the nearby gas stations are closed.
    The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep.
    We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch).

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    My switches came with labels, but no instructions on installation. Does the central square light lens lift up?
    Quick fixes are so named for how long they stay fixed.
    If you run out of gas, no matter which way you decide to push, the closest gas station will always be uphill and in the other direction. Corollary: The likelihood of running out increases when all of the nearby gas stations are closed.
    The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep.
    We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch).

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Bump
    Quick fixes are so named for how long they stay fixed.
    If you run out of gas, no matter which way you decide to push, the closest gas station will always be uphill and in the other direction. Corollary: The likelihood of running out increases when all of the nearby gas stations are closed.
    The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep.
    We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch).

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    What do you mean Turbogus? Post a photo of the "central square light lens"
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    Aftermarket Switch Installation

    I think he means these
    Aftermarket Switch Installation-img_2160.jpg


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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    hmm. I'm not much help for that...
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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Yes JPN, those square lens, they came with faint labels but I don't want to bust the lens
    Quick fixes are so named for how long they stay fixed.
    If you run out of gas, no matter which way you decide to push, the closest gas station will always be uphill and in the other direction. Corollary: The likelihood of running out increases when all of the nearby gas stations are closed.
    The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep.
    We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch).

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    Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Link the website or mfg and part number

    These look cool.

    Cover your dash in switches. You know you are in deep if you need the bilge pump switch for your jeep.

    Blue Dual LED Light Bar Rocker Switch Waterproof 12/24V 5P Car Boat/Caravan/4x4 Blue | Wish

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    That's quite a load of switches, I have the labels just need to know how to lift up those little squares to put the labels underneath, or are they intended to apply over the lens?
    Quick fixes are so named for how long they stay fixed.
    If you run out of gas, no matter which way you decide to push, the closest gas station will always be uphill and in the other direction. Corollary: The likelihood of running out increases when all of the nearby gas stations are closed.
    The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep.
    We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch).

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by Turbogus View Post
    That's quite a load of switches, I have the labels just need to know how to lift up those little squares to put the labels underneath, or are they intended to apply over the lens?
    Check out the custom switch covers at this site. Labels tend to fall off or not illuminate properly. These are neat and snap on easily.

    https://www.otrattw.net/home.php

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    Re: Aftermarket Switch Installation

    Thanks aggreX, I noticed a Backup Alarm Disable dedicated switch which is just what I'd need if I ran more than a four gang switch panel. I did see those rocker parts with the custom text, pretty slick.
    Quick fixes are so named for how long they stay fixed.
    If you run out of gas, no matter which way you decide to push, the closest gas station will always be uphill and in the other direction. Corollary: The likelihood of running out increases when all of the nearby gas stations are closed.
    The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep.
    We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch).

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