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compcrasher86 06-28-2011 09:12 PM

Saquaro 4x4 Switch Panel w/ Custom Bass Knob
 
Hey all, I'll keep the talk short and the pics plentiful. First, this is not my WK, I have a WJ. This is my best friend's Jeep, I do alot of work for him, this was just a project that turned out really clean so I figured I'd post it up. Feel free to ask me any questions on this.

You need:
Saguaro 4x4 panel http://www.saguaro4xcomponents.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_ id=56

Contura Style Rocker switches http://otrattw.com/ just so you know, the blue lens is an almost perfect match for the factory illumination. It makes it look like a dealer option it matches so well!

Custom bass knob for parts: Scosche RLC universal bass knob http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_10092_Scosche-RLC.html

Blank filler plug: http://otrattw.com/proddetail.php?prod=VHP-CAR

First, get your WK like this. The side trim panel pops off with clips and the front trim pops down on a hinge. The cubby pulls out, grasp firmly and pull out on it while prying the bottom of the cubby edge, itll come out with enough force.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/09abe408.jpg

The saguaro switch panel is cool, it works by sandwiching the trim between two metal plates, heres the back one in place
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/9467a508.jpg

Then put on the front one and thread the four hex screws in
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/bc096127.jpg

Tighten bottom screws first while lining it up to sit in flush then tighten the top ones
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/45c3ba79.jpg

Dissassemble the bass knob, its pretty intuitive, bottom snaps off and knob pulls straight off and theres a small nut holding the pcb in the housing
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/90555441.jpg

Take your blank and drill a hole sized like the one in the bass knob's old housing and make whatever clearance necessary on the back side, I went at it with my dremel to remove unnecessary plastic
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/53df5809.jpg

Mount the PCB to the back side and tighten the nut hand tight and then a little bit, too much will warp the plastic slightly
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/e7bdb3ee.jpg

I put some tape over the pcb then popped the knob back on. The bass control has a soft click when its centered (50% volume) so put your knob back accordingly. I had it so 50% the indicator was pointed straight up. If you imagine a clock, 0% was ~7:00 50% was 12:00 and 100% was at ~5:00

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/d2f1b389.jpg

I wired the bottom light to the dash lighting, spliced into the orange wire with grey stripe coming out of the HVAC:
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/3ca1746e.jpg

Run all your wiring!
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/cfe9f478.jpg

Then cable manage it!
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/acf539d7.jpg

And click the switches into place, beautiful!
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/760c4f02.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/65a4a8d5.jpg

Dash lighting is great and responds well to dimmer
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/41ab6769.jpg

All switches on
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f8...6/bae34d96.jpg

My iphone camera overexposed that last picture they are not annoyingly bright when the switches are on. If you stare at them, yes... but not distracting at all during the night time. If it bothers you than you can just not connect the ground for the top light and it wont light up.

Enjoy!

Acidcold 06-28-2011 09:31 PM

Very nice!

bumzo1 06-28-2011 09:38 PM

Wow that looks great, I love how it looks factory :2thumbsup: I hate chop jobs that make my jeep look like it was attacked my rats.

08Hemiwk 06-28-2011 09:44 PM

Bookmarked.

compcrasher86 06-28-2011 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bumzo1 (Post 11781259)
Wow that looks great, I love how it looks factory :2thumbsup: I hate chop jobs that make my jeep look like it was attacked my rats.

Hence the cable management and clean hex-head bolts from saguaro, its very organized and no cutting or drilling is involved whatsoever... the sandwich design was pretty smart on saguaro's part.

The bass knob idea was a mutual thing, my friend had the "what if we could do this?" question and I thought of the switch blank and taking the old knob apart.

sk8rcj 06-28-2011 11:16 PM

Sick. Just sick.

AJeepZJ 06-29-2011 06:06 AM

very clean... Nice.

norwaywj 08-30-2013 02:44 PM

Thanks for this great thread. Im also doing this switchpanel with switches. What is the best way to route the cabels from the engine bay to the switch panel ??


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