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Unread 09-07-2015, 09:33 PM   #1
TuckerTerra
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New jeep; switch and radio mounts

I am the proud owner of my buddie's old 2002 TJ, and I am getting rid of my 1974 CJ5.

It's a great jeep, quite an upgrade for sure. Something I am not used to though is a modern dash in my wheeling rig. We run VHF radios in our group. I can't find any clean spot to mount the radio where it is safe from mud/weather and out of the way.

Anyone can just bolt it to the top of the dash, I don't like that.

The other thing I don't like about the dash is there is no spot to easily add switches. My CJ5 had a custom dash insert that had 20 spots for carlin switches, so it was all set up for anything in the future. I have no idea where to install switches and gauges.

I need at least 5-6 switches. OBA compressor, Front ARB, Rear ARB, Front aux lighting #1, Front aux lighting #2, rear Aux light.

An OBA pressure gauge is pretty nice too.

I had such an awesome gauge/switch/radio setup in the CJ and I don't see how I am going to make it all work

I have looked into S-Pods and the Tuffy overhead consoles (maybe get the double, mount the VHF in one and a switch panel in the other. Doesnt help with the PSI gauge though).

Any Ideas?

Yes I have searched, but most people are just mounting 3 switches or a single cb radio, ect.

Thanks!

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Unread 09-09-2015, 08:00 PM   #2
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I don't know what kind of radio you're mounting, but I mounted a Yaesu FT-7800R under the steering column, then bent a piece of sheet metal to put the head just over the steering wheel on the dash. It's a no-drill mount, and all of the wiring routes through the dash, existing looms (for the antenna, passenger side rear corner) or roll cage (speaker). Everything is reasonably well shielded, as the head is in a pocket between the dash and windshield and the body is pretty far up under the dash below.

For switches, the four factory spaces above the 12V power in the center column of the dash and the ashtray blank to the right of that are the most obvious locations; and if you remove that panel entirely and replace it with a piece of sheet metal you have tons of space. You'll also see a lot of photos on the forum of switches mounted to the trim piece under the steering column or in various places on the center console (particularly the tray forward of the cupholders/e-brake).

For the gauges, there are aftermarket pods that replace the trim piece on the A pillar, as well as that mount to the change tray area above the dash. Search Quadratec/JCW/etc.
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Unread 09-10-2015, 11:55 AM   #3
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I don't know what kind of radio you're mounting, but I mounted a Yaesu FT-7800R under the steering column, then bent a piece of sheet metal to put the head just over the steering wheel on the dash. It's a no-drill mount, and all of the wiring routes through the dash, existing looms (for the antenna, passenger side rear corner) or roll cage (speaker). Everything is reasonably well shielded, as the head is in a pocket between the dash and windshield and the body is pretty far up under the dash below.

For switches, the four factory spaces above the 12V power in the center column of the dash and the ashtray blank to the right of that are the most obvious locations; and if you remove that panel entirely and replace it with a piece of sheet metal you have tons of space. You'll also see a lot of photos on the forum of switches mounted to the trim piece under the steering column or in various places on the center console (particularly the tray forward of the cupholders/e-brake).

For the gauges, there are aftermarket pods that replace the trim piece on the A pillar, as well as that mount to the change tray area above the dash. Search Quadratec/JCW/etc.
Slightly off topic.... does anyone knof of a replacement swith pillar for a WK? I'd love to have my switches up where I can easily see them. I tried searching but could not find any for my '07 Grand Cherokee. Any help woud be appreciated.
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Unread 09-23-2015, 09:09 PM   #4
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This is what I ended up doing...
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Unread 09-23-2015, 10:30 PM   #5
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Looks good!
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