June 21, 2019
Almost perfect. (Unless you have a stick shift)
Installed on a 2018 JKU
The fitment of the two metal boxes is great.
I do question if the switch pod will sag in time due to the lack of mass in the mounting bracket.
Fairly simple install (if you have an automatic)
Sleek, it does not impair the view through the window
Well made, feels solid.
The simplicity this gives to wiring is worth everything.
Does not add a bulky clumsy piece on the A pillar.
Toggle button on the side to kill switch backlights.
Does not require any mods under the hood.
The fuses are standard blade fuses and easy access.
The terminals are big enough for wire to fit into easy.
The relays are standard plug in relays, easy replace.
The backlights are not too bright, when on.
Only a low control current is needed for the switches, so the cable is smaller and more flexible. This also minimizes fire risk.
The relay box wires enter the box from the bottom.
Requires cutting the pre made cable for installs on a manual transmission jeep. The instructions conveniently omit the one step that would indicate the need to run the cable through the clutch cable hole in the fire wall. The alternative is to cut the connector off, and route the cable through a small portal hose that goes under the Cowl. For me this meant going down the passenger side, around behind the battery, along the top of the firewall (engine side), and around to the switch box. I had to splice in additional multi conductor wire for this (Antenna rotor control cable works well).
The relay box is not water prof, but is as high as it can get under the hood. Be careful when washing your engine.
The edges of the metal hood are not insulated other than paint. So I cringe a little every time I lift or lower it.
The connector pair that fit inside the windshield trim is large, but is water tight, so it is a little snug.
The connector for under the hood is not waterproof.
The relay box latches are a little weak and finicky.
The backlight toggle button on the side is a little flakey
All-in-all I am very happy with it. it is 90 of what I would want if I were designing this kit myself. I do not believe I could manufacture this for less than the price. I have and will suggest this kit to others.
This does not have a volt meter. I am glad, I didn't want a bright blue LED object in proximity to my rear view mirror. I would rather have something informational like that in a lower angle view.
I did run an additional DC cable to the switch pod and added a small bracket on top. I then mounted a 2A USB power port to the right of the switch pod. This is fused and connected to the battery. To be used for GPS or backup camera display in the future.
Do be careful when you reinstall the trim. There are some pointed tabs that get bent easy. And if you bend them it's hard to get the trim to look right after.
I do be believe the switches are standard switches that can be replaced with aftermarket switches.
The fuses can be replaced with lower current fuses to protect smaller wire/circuits per switch/channel.
The master fuse is 30A.
The main power wire from the battery is 6 or 8 gauge (I forget which, but I was satisfied), so it is big enough for the current
I suggest using oxguard of similar electrical grease on the under hood connections. A few mildly messy moments will save the life of the equipment and minimize corrosion as the relay box is not air tight. There are slotted holes in the bottom of the box.