sPOD - modified with backlit air gauge and map lights
We purchased the sPOD with Air Gauge from 4x4s-POD.com and then TOGM modified it to add map lights and replaced the air pressure gauge. The project was temporarily stalled while we looked for an automotive style backlit replacement 1 ˝” diameter air pressure gauge (0 – 150 psig min). This was a very difficult quest so we went with a slightly larger one.
Finally found an ISSPRO 2" backlit gauge at Diesel Manor that is low profile and made it work. Spatial design notwithstanding, the gauge looks completely different than original. Improvement is a matter of opinion but I like the look a lot better.
The map lights are a 3 LED unit fitted into black Delrin housing. The housing was fabricated from 1 ˝” diameter solid stock Delrin. TOGM drilled, cut, sanded and buffed it for a finished look.
Comparison of gauges:
Profile view ... had to put a spacer to raise it over the switches:
TOGM ordered a 500 Amp Continuous Duty relay from Concept Customs for power to the winch. He likes to isolate the power to all leads to the winch when not in use. sPOD switch controls the relay. TOGM fabbed a bracket for mounting.
We’ve had PIAA fog lights on a number of vehicles so I wanted to stick with a brand I know and love. The 5461 540 Series are a perfect fit atop the winch fair lead while being protected by the bumper brawler bar. They are wired through the sPOD. Sticking with the blacked out theme we painted over the white lettering on the black guards.
I take it you have been collecting pics Durring your jeep adventure and finally got around to posting
I also like how you take advantage of each post subject line - not many folks do that so again
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Yes, have been dumping pictures up to Photobucket for many months but just finally got around to the write up and posting. I'm trying to keep in sequence by dates but I noticed in the pictures I'm out of order on a few items.
I was invited to drive my Jeep in the Somerville Memorial Day Parade (the largest in the state) flying the POW-MIA flag. TOGM fabricated a custom flag holder. He didn’t want me to take pictures of it … something about his welds looking like seagull poop!
Mother’s Day Gift was just what I asked for … kinda! So Bubba Rope’s marketing is top notch … I have bought into the whole kinetic energy recovery rope (KERR) logic and decided I wanted to replace the generic recovery straps we carry for off roading. The fact that the original Bubba is black with red accents does not hurt!
In typical husband fashion, TOGM was listening with only one ear. He heard Bubba Rope, heard black and red, and heard Mother’s Day. So when I opened my gift on Sunday morning there was a black and red Bubba Rope in the box but it was HUGE! It looks like a coil of dock rope for a friggin cruise ship. I could barely carry the 30’ length! He even had them coat the ends in red color (that size normally comes in a different color) but it was just way too big for Jeep wheeling! He promptly ordered the regular Bubba in 7/8” and I received it in a couple of days. Instead of returning the big rope, it got quietly moved to his deuce and half military truck. Maybe that was his plan all along?
Got a virtual hand slap by ENH for posting this picture. While I’m a firm believer in the tread lightly philosophy, I have mixed feelings about which is worse for the environment, staying on the trail and going through mud or going off trail to avoid it. The Jeep in front of us stalled out and had to be towed so we went through the mud probably faster and harder than necessary. Apparently, it wasn’t the driving in the mud that was the offense, it was the posting of pictures.
However, I did learn a new appreciation for mud cleanup. TOGM had to leave town for business after the ride so I had to do the cleanup, what a mess! Now I avoid mud when possible. That is not an easy thing for someone who grew up muddin’ in the Tennessee Mountains!
Years ago, TOGM started using Father's Day as vehicle maintenance & cleanup day. The kids would "help" Dad, starting with toddling around wiping wax off with a chamois, manning the water hose & vacuum, and eventually using real tools. All four girls can change their own oil and know a five tire rotation pattern.
Twenty years later, that is still the routine but now they bring their own vehicles for pampering!
Patriot Jeepers July ride was on some awesome power line trails!
And yes, the front passenger side tire is mounted backwards. We had tire trail damage a few months earlier, had it repaired and remounted but it wasn’t until these pictures that we noticed it. Oops, looking back at the pictures, we should have noticed long before we did!