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Rugged Ridge Black A-Pillar Switch Pod w/ 4 Rocker Switches - Left Hand Drive (11-17 Wrangler JK)

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  • Left Hand A-Pillar Switch Pod Kit
  • Textured to Match OEM Interior
  • Four Rocker Switches Included
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • Fits 2011 - 2017 JK Wranglers

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.

Construction. Rugged Ridge provides an excellent alternative for mounting multi-purpose switches in this A-pillar mounting kit. The switch pod is textured to match the interior of the 2011 - 2017 JKs, and has pre-molded cut outs to mount four rocker switches.

Specs. Having the switches on the A-pillar as opposed to near the shifter makes them easier to access so you won't have to fumble around while on the road or out on the trails. No cutting or alteration to the stock interior needed for this install.

Accessories & More. This kit comes with four rocker switches in addition to the switch pod. One blue, one red, one orange, and one green. Rugged Ridge backs this kit with a 3 year limited warranty.

Application. This Rugged Ridge  A-Pillar Switch Pod with 4 Rocker Switches is designed to fit the driver/left side A-Pillar on the 2011 - 2017 JK Wranglers.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Switch Pod
  • (4) Rocker Switches
Installation Info
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
Awesome

It mounts easily. The instructions are simple and easy to follow. I bought the pod to save my interior panel of my brand new JK. I say it is worth every penny just for that reason.

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5/5
Great product!

It fits perfectly! Looks like a stock piece! The directions aren't the best, but just using some common sense the install went smoothly!

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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What is the amperage rating?

JeffA

  • The Rugged Ridge Black A-Pillar Switch Pod w/ 4 Rocker Switches have a 20 amp rating.

    TerriB

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Are the switch lights supposed to remain on? The instructions don't give a schematic.

A1doggie

  • The Rugged Ridge Rocker Switches are only supposed to be illuminated when the switch is in the On position.

    TerriB

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Are the switched SPST or SPDT?

LarryC

  • All of the switches are a Single pole, Single throw type.

    TerriB

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Where can I find an A pillar switch pod for a TJ?

RandyH

  • Hello, unfortunately we do not have an A-Pillar Switch Pod like this one for the TJ.

    XTNunoP

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Where do you you pull you main power from

Rags

  • Hello, you should be able to pull your main power from the battery, using a wiring harness.

    XTNunoP

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What else do I need to buy to hook my lights up to this pillar switch pod kit

JD

  • Hello, the only other thing you would need would be the wiring harness for whatever lights you may have or will purchase, some light kits come with their own wiring harness already.

    XTNunoP

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Customer Reviews (68) Write a Review

Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Fit 4.602941 4.6
  • Appearance 4.808824 4.8
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.761194 4.8



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 09, 2013

    Awesome

    It mounts easily. The instructions are simple and easy to follow. I bought the pod to save my interior panel of my brand new JK. I say it is worth every penny just for that reason.

    heltondk1

    Year: 2013Florida, USA

    Helpful (3)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 07, 2016

    Great product!

    It fits perfectly! Looks like a stock piece! The directions aren't the best, but just using some common sense the install went smoothly!

    Smitty

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 14, 2016

    Worth it

    Looks great, texture and color is as close as it gets. I am very happy. The fit takes some to get right there is some room for improvement here. The plastic is strong which is good but makes cutting the opening for the switches difficult.

    MonkeyTango

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 11, 2016

    Nice Pillar Switch

    Easy install and great fit! Take your time cutting out for switches. I used an exacto razor knife and heated it. Makes the job go easier. Use a file to clean up edges. Lights on switches not to bright as to blind you at night.

    Cables

    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 11, 2016

    Rentless

    Love the look matches the interior only thing I did not like is that I had to cut out the spots for the switches. I used a dremel tool to cut them out but still nick the pillar a little.

    Jasper

    Year: 2012Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 20, 2016

    Great Product

    This is a great product. However, I took away a star from the overall rating due to two things. First, it takes quite a bit of effort to cut out the spots with an exacto knife as the instructions describe. Plus if it slips, you mark up the pod itself (happened to me twice). I'd highly recommend using a dremmel. Second, I wish they would have included the phillips screw to securely put back on the upper trim. After pulling out the original, it doesn't want to go back in. Other than that, this product works as advertised and I'd recommend it to others.

    mitchk19

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedCalifornia, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 20, 2016

    Nice Switch Panel

    The switch panel is very nice and easy to install. Looks factory made and was great for 4 different items.

    BruK

    Year: 2015Atlanta

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 30, 2015

    Great product for a low price

    Took me about 20 minutes to install this item on my Jeep! Fits perfectly into where the stock one is and looks amazing! Great product, great price and functional! Would highly recommend it

    Bobby7638

    Year: 2015Manchester, NH, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 01, 2015

    Works great

    I am a paid on call firefighter and I put this in for my lights and siren. It works great and it fits almost as good as the factory trim. I have got a lot of compliments on the look. This is definitely worth the money.

    FF721

    Year: 2015Jackson, MI, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 14, 2015

    A Pillar Switch Pod Kit LH

    matched interior nicely. A little tricky cutting out the switch holes but over all made a nice neat addition for extra accessories.

    Waterman63

    Year: 2014Clearwater, FL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 12, 2014

    Install tip

    Cut the holes needed with a red hot utility knife, heat blade with a propane torch, then cut the holes smaller than needed, then trim with a cold knife. Lite switches are not a distraction!

    Fredski

    Year: 2014Phoenix area

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 01, 2016

    Careful with the knife!

    Yep... Careful with the knife when cutting out the switches or your scar it up. Otherwise, easy install and great fit. No issues.

    PerfessorM

    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 11, 2016

    Looks great and easy set up

    I bought some new headlights with a halo ring, but instead of using it as a turn signal i wired the lights to the switch, so i can turn on and off when I want. Switch was easy to install. Like everyone is saying take your time to cut out the tabs. I like having the 4 switches so close. Right now I'm only using one switch, but I'm going to wire up some ground effect lights.

    Charminjen

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: 0-$100

    January 15, 2016

    Great look

    The pillar switch adds a great look to the Jeep and it's easy to reach when needing to turn on/off the lighting

    Malutes

    Year: 2016Brownsburg, IN, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 12, 2016

    Perfect Fit & Awesome Look

    This product was the perfect solution when installing 4 light bars on my JK. Installation went very smooth and it allows easy access for flipping switches. Looks great too.

    Buck62

    Year: 2014Georgia, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 15, 2015

    Great priduct

    Was a great product due to it look good when I install it on my 2015 jeep. The texture match my interior . Took about 1 hr to cut out the slot and install

    Jwcolliv

    Year: 2015Olive branch ms

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 13, 2015

    Looks great

    Looks really good once installed. You do have to cut out the slots where the switches go yourself. Fits very well and have gotten many compliments on it.

    Rader59

    Year: 2012Jackson. Tn

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 09, 2015

    Perfect Fit

    Easy install and a perfect fit to the original a pillar trim. Came with detailed instruction for install. Great look too, not too bulky and shares similar plastic texture to rest of the interior trim.

    KLike

    Year: 2011Ohio, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 19, 2015

    excellent product

    Fits just like orginal..color..perfect match...texture again perfec match...easy install, I'm a female 56 never did anything like this..but hey a few hour and bang it was done even the cut out where easy use a heated razor knife..it looks factory installed...I have to pat myself on the back I did a good job...lol

    bingo

    Year: 2014Graham wa

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 19, 2015

    Looks great and works as expected

    I was very happy with this switch pod! It is very sturdy and matches the rest of the trim panels perfectly. Get it!

    zanderman111

    Year: 2011ohio

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