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Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Switch Pod; Left Side (11-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Switch Pod, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. There are a couple of different versions of this switch pod. You can get just the pod itself and get your own switches, you can get the pod with an assortment of either four switches or, like we have here, three switches and two USB charging ports, and you can also get this pod for both the left and the right side of your Jeep. There are also different pods for the 2007-2010 JK and the '11 and up JK, so make sure you get the right one that fits your interior. Today we are going to talk through the installation of this switch panel, which is a very simple one-out-of-three wrenches, and we'll also talk about the construction and a few of the other features of this kit. These are going to be for those of you who have electronic accessories on your JK and want a easy-to-access and very clean-looking switch pod. If you get the version of this switch panel that comes with the switches, you'll have lighted switches that make it very easy to tell which switches are on and which ones are off. And, if you get the driver side version of this switch panel, the switches are very easy to access from the driver's position. You can also, as we mentioned before, get this without the switches if you decide to get custom switches. These are a standard size switch, but you can get any number of different types of switches to put in the switch panel. And something that is newer from Rugged Ridge is the version of this that has the dual USB charging ports. So that's certainly a great option if you're looking to be able to charge a cell phone or even a GPS unit without needing to take up your cigarette lighter adapter that you currently have in your Jeep. As far as construction goes, this is a really well-made switch panel. This is designed to look like factory. It will snap right in place of your factory trim that's already on your A-pillar. Again, it blends right in and looks really good. It actually looks like it was designed from the factory to be there, which is a nice feature. There are some other A-pillar switch panels like this one that aren't year-specific, and they don't quite fit as well as this one from Rugged Ridge. But, because this one does change when the interior changed from 2010 to 2011, there are two different versions of this kit. You get the right one for your Jeep and you know it's going to fit really, really well.Now, regardless of whether you get the version of this with four switches or with three switches and the USB charging port, or the left side or the right side, or what year it is you get. They're all going to come with a blank switch panel like this, with the blanks right in there. The first step is to actually cut these out and put in whatever switches or charging ports you're going to use, whether it be the ones from Rugged Ridge that come in the kit with the panel or your own switches of your choosing. But it is important to know that you will have to cut these out. That is a nice feature, though, because I've seen people who maybe only have two auxiliary lights that you want to switch through here but, if all four of these were cut out, you would have to buy four switches to fill in those holes. Otherwise, it would look unfinished. This way, you can cut out exactly as many switch holes as you need for the actual switches you're going to be using. And, again, you can really switch anything you want as long as you're wiring it correctly, from lights to refrigerators to winches. The possibilities are really endless with what you can switch. But, again, if you're looking for a really clean way to mount the switches, this is a great option for that.Getting the switch panel from Rugged Ridge installed is also going to be very, very simple. As I mentioned before, I'm gonna give this a one-out-of-three wrenches for install. All you need to do is remove a couple of pieces of trim from your Jeep, starting with, first, your sun visor on whichever side you're mounting the panel, and then there is a corner piece that connects your windshield frame to your support cage that will need to come down. And then, finally, there is the A pillar trim from the factory itself that you'll remove. After that, as I said before, you'll cut out the actual switch holes you're going to be using, install your switches, get the piece into location, do whatever wiring you need to do behind there, then snap this piece into place. Replace that corner piece and, finally, put your sun visor back on. It might sound like there are a lot of steps, but this is a very, very simple process. All you need are some torque bits and some screwdrivers, maybe a trim piece to help you remove that factory trim, and you'll probably need, maybe, a half hour of time to get everything apart and back together again. Now, that's not counting for your wiring which, of course, depending on what you're wiring and how you decide to wire it, that can take a little bit more time. But to install the actual switch panel with the switches is a very quick and easy process. As I mentioned before, the switches, if you do decide to go with the kit from Rugged Ridge, these are three terminal switches because they are lighted switches. The USB port just has two terminals, a positive and a negative. So the wiring for these is pretty traditional as far as automotive switch wiring goes. I think that this switch panel is really fairly priced for what you get, and that's without even looking at the kits you can get with the switches and the charging port. That's just looking at the panel itself. Even down to the detail, to the texture on the panel, it just looks factory. It looks really, really good in the Jeep. It's very easily accessible, especially, again, if you get that driver side version. The passenger side version is much more difficult to access from the driver side. But that driver side A pillar panel is very, very easy to access, it looks factory, and it's one of the best places to mount switches in your JK, in my opinion. I really like this location, and I think it's absolutely worth it. Even if you don't like these switches, you can always just get the panel and put whatever switches in there you'd like.So if you have some electronic accessories on your JK, whether it be lights, a winch, or any number of other electronics, and you're looking for a clean way to mount those switches, this switch panel, with our without the switches, is a really nice way to go. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Switch Panel, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Driver Side A-Pillar Switch Pod
      • Black Textured Plastic
      • Matches Interior Wrangler Trim
      • Allows You to Mount Four Switches
      • Constructed with Pre-Molded Cutouts
      • Snaps Into Place, No Cutting or Mods Necessary
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Fits 2011-2018 Wrangler JK Models

      Description

      Specs. The Left-Hand Black A-Pillar Switch Pod by Rugged Ridge is a sleek, easy to install accessory that adds four rocker switches to your driver's side A-pillar. Made to blend in with the Jeep's interior trim, this switch pod is made out of plastic and is black with an appropriate texture. The material is high quality and will stand up to ordinary use as well as any other part of interior trim.

      Construction. Constructed with pre-molded cutouts, Rugged Ridge's Left-Hand Black A-Pillar Switch Pod accommodates 4 rocker switches and associated wiring. All wiring should be installed prior to snapping the pod into place. The pod clicks onto the A-pillar and needs no cutting, drilling, or installation tools for fitment. This handy part is covered fully by Rugged Ridge's standard 5 year limited warranty against defects.

      Application. This Rugged Ridge Black A-Pillar Switch Pod is designed to be used in the 2011-2018 Left Hand Drive (LHD) Wrangler JK models.

      Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      MPN# 17235.58

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      4.5

      Customer Reviews (63)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 63 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Installation Cost: 0-$100





      • February 13, 2020

        5 2016 Wrangler - Dylanb123 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Awesome

        It is great! It looks good, looks professionally done! The only complaint I have is it’s difficult to cut the holes... but when you heat up the panel a bit it’s easy. I love it so much!

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      • February 08, 2020

        3 2015 Rubicon - DIYGuy Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Not exact fit but doable...

        These are nice but doe not fit exactly at the bottom. Easy to overlook but I am a bit OCD about such things. Given that there are no other options, I used it and functionally, it is fine.

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      • January 13, 2020

        4 2018 Rubicon - BuddyO Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        As Good As I thought

        This is a decent mount. Just be careful because there's not a lot of room between switches. The fit is fair, the outside edge doesn't fit well. Then again it's just a piece of plastic. Color matched well

        Helpful (1)
      • December 18, 2019

        3 2014 Wrangler - olPoke Installation Time: Afternoon

        Takes work, poor fit, but looks awesome!

        Cutting the holes for the switches takes work. Use a propane torch to heat of a box knife. Cut the hole smaller than needed, then go back with a fresh new blade to trim it up. Go slow and check the switch fitment often. Also, the fit to the A post is not ideal. Use a heat gun to warm it up and expand the opening to fit it correctly. Once in, it looks awesome!

        Helpful (1)
      • December 02, 2019

        5 2013 Wrangler - GoIrish620 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        quality

        Quality material and finish, fit perfect on the driver side A-Pilar. Would certainly recommend.

        Helpful (1)
      • May 16, 2019

        2 2013 Wrangler - JohnF Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Meh

        It works. Nothing exciting. It can be a pain to take on and off as you add switches.

        Helpful (1)
      • February 17, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - LaurieD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        A-Pillar Pod

        Easy instal in under 1 hour. Great for installing rocker switches to add auxiliary lighting.

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      • January 14, 2019

        4 2015 Wrangler - JamesM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks great not a perfect fit

        This looks great but the clips on the back aren't an exact match to stock and will need modified to mount properly.

        Helpful (3)
      • January 10, 2019

        5 2014 Wrangler - RichardL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        A Pilar switch pod

        Great part. Fit perfectly and easy install. Less than 30 minutes.

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      • January 09, 2019

        5 2016 Wrangler - JoeC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rugged Ridge Black A-Pillar Switch Pod

        Matches the original interior really well lot better than other ones I have seen

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      Questions & Answers (3 answers)

      3 Top Rated Questions

      What size switches fit in the pre-cut holes?

      • The Rugged Ridge Black A-Pillar Switch Pod is designed to accept standard rocker switches.

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      I see in some of the customer photos there are switches that are marked as, for example, " Windshield Lights" horizontally. This looks great because it makes it much easier to read, and I must ask where can I find those switches?

      • Unfortunately, we do not currently carry horizontally etched rocker switches.

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      I just installed GraBars in my Hard Rock Rubicon. Will the upper switch(es) be occluded from the GraBar? Thanks

      • Hello, this A Pillar Switch Pod will not obstruct the use of the GraBars.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Switch Pod

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