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Rugged Ridge Black A-Pillar Switch Pod - Left Hand Drive (11-18 Wrangler JK)

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Features, Video & Details

  • 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

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install 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.

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 Details

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  • (1) Switch Pod
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Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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5/5
Great Switch Pod!

I installed this Rugged Ridge A Pillar Switch Pod for my light bar, light pods and my ARB twin air compressor rocker switches. The texture is similar to the OEM A Pillar and you can't tell the difference ...

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5/5
Looks great

I've done quite q bit of work like this in past ..need to be careful when cutting out panel for switches but all and all easy install

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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?

Grant

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

    TerriB

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

Blaster

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

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Overall Rating 4.7

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Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Fit 4.585366 4.6
  • Appearance 4.731707 4.7
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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 09, 2017

    Great Switch Pod!

    I installed this Rugged Ridge A Pillar Switch Pod for my light bar, light pods and my ARB twin air compressor rocker switches. The texture is similar to the OEM A Pillar and you can't tell the difference looking at it. Feels absolutely solid! And the one I got comes with both clips, so you don't have to obtain one from the tailgate like the previous ones that they sold, at least from the reviews I've read and a YouTube video I saw. I used a utility knife to cut out the holes and a file to smooth it all out. Doesn't stick out too much. Looks like it belongs there and looks great!

    BobbyMD

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 09, 2016

    Looks great

    I've done quite q bit of work like this in past ..need to be careful when cutting out panel for switches but all and all easy install

    Reverendproctor

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 08, 2016

    Easy to Install, Works Great

    Fit my '12 JK great, and the finish looks stock, even with a few cutouts still in place, The switches fit well and are easy to get to without being in the way. I like that it gives me the option to add more later.

    Michae1

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    March 31, 2016

    Switch pod

    I do like this product & it's made for a convenient location for use & wiring up... I only have 2 minor complaints.. 1.. After installing there is a slight gap between the pod & dash... You can only see it when the door is open.. 2.. The plastic that you have to cut out at the switch locations is SUPER THICK !! Which makes it super difficult to cut out !! Had to use a dremel tool.. Other than that it's a product with the exact same finish as OEM.

    Racerx395

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedLowell, IN 46356, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 13, 2015

    Great switch panel !

    Fit and looks great need some more lighting now . Almost looks factory

    Jwilso

    Year: 2015Texas

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 15, 2015

    switch pod

    Had to wire some off road lights and a lightbar to the switches panel was extremely easy to install and the instructions were very clear.

    Aid119

    Year: 2015

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 16, 2017

    As advertised, durable solid piece.

    Very heavy weight plastic. It makes cutting the blanks a little more difficult though. The texture is not a perfect match, but it's very close. Getting all the trim panel edges to line up is difficult during installation. Overall a great piece.

    StephenH

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 05, 2017

    Switch pod

    Nice product. Looks like it came factory installed and the position is perfect

    MelissaH

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 05, 2017

    Works Great

    Works great for running accessory lights. Easy to install just make sure you heat the blade when you cut out the switch sockets.

    RobertT

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 16, 2016

    A pillar switch pod - love it

    Fits and looks great. Installation was easy and fast. Looks factory.

    Dezi

    Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 09, 2016

    Great Product!!!

    This is a great product and is very well made. If you don't have the right tools the cut outs could give you a ruff time.

    SilverFox

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 29, 2017

    It's alright

    The cutouts are a pain to work with. The fit is fairly tight. The whole piece moves left when the driver's door is opened, and back into place when the door is closed. The finish is nice as well.

    NicF

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 20, 2017

    Great product easy install

    This product is great, looks awesome and easy install. It fits numerous different switches too since you cut out the spaces yourself, get a dremil or heat knife ready.

    Todd

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 17, 2017

    Nice addition

    take your time cutting the holes out. Cut holes a little smaller and shave off a little as you go for the switch to fit nice and tight

    TravisH

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 23, 2017

    Solid Cool Product

    Definitely a cool spot to put your switches, the finish is pretty spot on to the factory plastic. It’s key to first score your cut outs and then heat up the knife to cut out the slots. As long as you take your time you’ll be fine. I went and bought the Rugged Ridge switch as well even though my KC HiLites came with one, the RR switch obviously fits much more snug. Getting the pillar in takes a little working just to make it centered but all the necessary hardware is included, no need to grab a metal clip out of the tailgate like some videos online show. Only downside I have is the fitment along the outside of the door frame is just slightly shorter than the stock pillar edge, but with the door on or when you’re not looking for it you’ll cease to notice.

    JimmyA

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 10, 2017

    Amazing

    This pillar switch pod fit perfectly, was super easy to install, and although I only have 1 switch at the moment, its held up to me constantly pushing on it and stuff. Also, it looks like it came in the car from Jeep, so its super nice to have.

    Mason

    Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 23, 2017

    Organization

    i bought this pod so my wires and switches can be nice and neat, looks great, easy install.

    LouisA

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 13, 2017

    pure awesomeness

    great service great part, you cannot go wrong with Extreme terrain outfitters, hope to see everyone at the Smokey Mt Jeep invasion, aug 24

    DonB

    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 03, 2017

    Very pleased!

    This product fit into place perfectly with existing OE clip locations. The material used for the pod is an exact identical match with the factory texture and color of the interior plastics. Super durable material that will hold up for many years to come. Doesn't feel like a cheap "piece of plastic". Switches stay firmly into the cutouts with no wobble. Would recommend very sharp blade for cutouts or heat the blade a bit to cut very smooth and also make you a score line around the cut out before penetrating through for a clean finish. Couldn't be more satisfied with the purchase!

    MattC

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 03, 2017

    Clean and easy

    I ordered custom switches but wanted the panel to look factory it took me only a few minutes to put it, it looks like it should be there and i get all kinds of complement as it showcases my custom switches

    Tmonstah

    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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