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How to Install a Rugged Ridge A Pillar Switch Pod Kit in black for the Right Side in your Wrangler

Installation Time

1 hours

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HARDWARE NOTE: Switch Pod has been designed to reuse factory metal retainer clips located on the back of factory trim and rear tailgate wire cover. DO NOT DISCARD clip removed from factory A-pillar trim.


Item List:
(1) A-Pillar Switch Pod


Important! Please read instructions completely before installing Switch Pod.

Step 1. Using T20 Torx head screw driver remove sun visor mounting screws (pic.1). Remove side plastic Phillips head retainer clip from upper side windhield trim (Pic.2). DO NOT
DISCARD. Clip will be reused.


Step 2. Remove upper trim from windshield frame (Pic.3). Trim is held in place by a barbed white retainer clip. DO NOT DISCARD OR BREAK. Clip will be reused. P/N: 17235.58 LH JK A-pillar Switch Pod

Step 3. Pop lower A-pillar trim from windshield frame (pic.4). Using a small flat head screw driver remove metal retainer clip from factory trim panel (Pic.5).


Step 4. A second metal retainer clip will be needed for new A-Pillar Pod. Open rear tailgate and remove plastic rear wire cover plate (pic.6). Remove center clip using a flat head screw driver (pic.7). Reinstall rear cover.

Step 5. Reinstall metal retainer clips onto new A-Pillar Switch Pod (Pic.8). Make sure clip is aligned with plastic tabs before pressing into place.


Step 5. Cut openings for switches. NOTE: Switch pods have been designed to match original trim thickness. Care must be taken while cutting switch openings. Score cut lines before cutting through plastic. Score inbound of outer edge towards center block. This will insure opening is not cut too large for switch housing (pic.7).


Step 7. Run box knife over cut lines several times before pressing blade through plastic.

CAUTION: ALWAYS CUT AWAY FROM BODY. If needed the cutting blade can be heated to aid in cutting plastic (pic.8).

Step 8. Insert switch into cut opening. Trim opening as needed. Only remove enough material to allow switch to be installed. If too much material is removed switch will be loose and result in a poor fit (pic. 9 & 10).


Step 9. Place new switch pod to windshield frame making sure to align lower metal retainer clip first (pic.11). With lower clip slightly inserted into frame align upper clip and alignment peg into frame (pic.12). Snap switch pod into place. 17235.59 RH

Step10. Check fitment of new switch pod. Trim should fit just to the outside and inside edge of the windshield frame. Reinstall upper windshield trim (reversal of steps #1 - 2). Inspect fitment with upper trim in place. Open and close door. If Pod moves reposition pod to frame until movement has stopped.




2. Wiring when used with Rugged Ridge Fog Lights.


A. Connect black wire (85) from relay directly to ground.
B. Cut black wire on relay (86).
C. Connect black wire (86) to (A2) on switch.