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post #1 of 54 Old 07-08-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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2012 OEM Switch Panel Blanks SOLVED

Hey guys, should quick introduce myself, Ive been a keeper for just about 3 years when I bought a 98 TJ. It only took me a couple months before I started modifying it and ended up making the "Jeeputer" automated Arduino system for it.

Well I just bought a brand new 2012 Orange Crush JK Unlimited... LOVE IT! Its my first new vehicle ever! But the negative side to a new vehicle is having caution about modifying it as you don't want to ruin anything. So my first thing I looked up was where to purchase switches to replace the blanks in the OEM switch panel, and to my discovery everyone said it is not possible and to stay away. Well.. I decided to give it a look myself and came up with this...

Its basic for now and nothing to permanent was done. I removed a blank, sanded down one side of it to give it room to pivot on the hinge and then add a momentary pushbutton underneath (does not affect circuit board). It worked perfectly the first time. This is going to be used as a switch wired to my garage door opener and some other wireless transmitters I have. I like the stock look here.. at least for now!

Im sure a pushbutton ON/OFF switch can be easily added as well.



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post #2 of 54 Old 07-08-2012, 10:19 PM
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Very ingenuous, something that I haven’t seen yet. Thanks for sharing.
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post #3 of 54 Old 07-08-2012, 10:34 PM
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this is simply the best mod i have seen on this site

thank you sir!!!!!



can you post how to remove that switch box (penal)

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Very nice thanks for taking the time to share this!

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Hey guys, should quick introduce myself, Ive been a keeper for just about 3 years when I bought a 98 TJ. It only took me a couple months before I started modifying it and ended up making the "Jeeputer" automated Arduino system for it.
Nice switch but can I ask about what the Jeeputer was. I am a bit of a maker/hacker myself and have always wante to mess with the Arduino. My new '12 JKU Crush might just be the project.
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PERFECT!!! I've been flabbergasted that nobody offers switches for that panel yet. Of course, I guess the only downside to getting a "well-equipped" Jeep is that my panel is taken up by the buttons for the seat heaters, ESC off, electrical outlet, and emergency flashers.

For the record, I'm probably judging you for your bad grammar or spelling.
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You should also pick up some labels for your newly-functioning switches. I put these on my Jeep last night.


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Subscribed! Looking forward to seeing what else happens with this. Maybe wire up an led backlight?
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post #9 of 54 Old 07-10-2012, 07:20 PM
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Other than the garage door opener, what do you plan to switch?

Arduino is a neat idea, relay board for switching?

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post #10 of 54 Old 07-10-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Guys, here is the Arduino Jeeputer I made with full write up...

Arduino Jeeputer

I am going to use it to control two garage doors and also i have my flouresent lights in my garage wired to a wireless transmitter that will also be wired up to one of the switches. Only reason I am hesitant on doing this, I'm guessing that Chrysler will void my electrical warranty if they see that switch bank modded.. thats why I'm keeping my eye out for another stock switch bank with blanks.
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Oh wow, hey!

Nice.

I'm a microcontroller tinker/ Controls engineer myself. This is a pretty neat idea. Looks good too.

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Wow that is pretty insane. Bookmarked your page. I am going to have to get an arduino.
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I cant wait to see how this works out. I would love to be able to use those buttons instead of adding switches.
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I'm going to start a new thread for a new jeeputer. Version 2 us going to include a inclometer and other nifty sensors. Not going to do the push to start right away to avoid screwing my warranty, but I got lots of ideas for a new one
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I'm going to start a new thread for a new jeeputer. Version 2 us going to include a inclometer and other nifty sensors. Not going to do the push to start right away to avoid screwing my warranty, but I got lots of ideas for a new one
You know that you can, very easily, make the arduino talk to an actual computer via usb?

Then you can develop software using Visual Basic to display graphical data or a gauges based on that data via a small touch TFT touch screen.

I built a small security robot that could be controlled and viewed over the web that worked like this, several years ago.

Or, even better, buy a microcontroller with a built in wireless web server and serve the data wirelessly to a small Linux or Windows based car computer.

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