I'm thinking about getting a pair of the Ridgid Duallys and mount them on the windshield and possibly a bar for my bumper. I hear people using the sPod and the dBox5 for all there aux lighting and accessories. I really don't have the budget for the sPod is there any other products similar but for a lower price?
If you pop the side pannel off your dash you will see a foam filled hole that runs into the engine compartment just above the trail rated badge, a coat hanger pushed through the foam with a hook on the end makes wiring a breeze.
Well I can't help you with that, It took me less than a hour to add a set of lights to the A-pillar pod, I guess if you really need that kind of convenience your only option I know of is to spend the coin. If it were me I would rather spend a little more time wiring and put the extra money towards your lighting, but YMMV
I see the convenience of the spod but I learned a great deal about wiring by building it myself. I bought the RR A-pillar and wired it into a waterproof box. All circuits are switched and relayed. Pretty simple to wire things in without having to go back to the dash and I was able to clean up a whole lot of wiring. All of the materials and tools that I bought were probably more than what it would have cost to purchase the spod but the knowledge I gained by doing it myself was worth much much more.
I also used rugged ridge a-pillar switch panel and pre wired up all my switches. However I did not want power to go to them so I used them as a ground side switches to control relays for my accessories. I ran the wires through weather pack connectors just inside firewall so I could disconnect them if I had to remove dash or diagnose a wiring problem with my accessory circuits.
If you are looking to do what an sPod does with the Rugged Ridge, Daystar, or even if you put a bunch of switches above your speaker, then you need to mount and wire a bunch or relays/fuses in your engine bay. When the time comes to add an accessory, you would power them from the relay. It's really not rocket science. The sPod makes it nice and neat, but it can be duplicated if you understand automotive electronics.
I used a Daystar switch panel. I ran all switches at one time and dead ended to ones I donít use yet on the other side of the fire wall. So if I add anything new Iím not going in the dash again.
I did the same in my 08. I've used three of the switches now and the forth is getting hooked up this weekend. Ran all the wiring at one time, hooked up all the switches and grounds and dead headed the ones not used at the time. It really makes adding things later much easier and quicker.