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Old 01-08-2009, 07:28 PM
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Custom Switch Panel

I needed a place to put a couple switches because my number of accessories outgrew my number of switches. So I looked around for a place to put them. I wanted to put them all together instead of having a few switches here and there... but I also want it to look like it's part of the vehicle... not just a random panel that doesn't fit in. I also wanted expandability, in case I needed to add more switches later. So I needed a large unused space; which doesn't really exist in our vehicle.

So I decided to make my own panel. I started with a paper mock up which was easy to trim, then I transferred the outline to a sheet of aluminum and shaped it to the proper fit:



Lots of test fitting:



Wiring and foam vibration dampening:



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So, with a little ingenuity and some sweat equity, I think it turned out okay. Let me know what you think.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:37 PM
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that does look pretty sweet..

nice job
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i like that.. i never thought bout that location... hmmm good place.. looks great..
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:57 PM
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Inventive use of space.

You might consider door or panel U-channel edge molding to finish off that upper edge, as I did on part of my Jeep Liberty grab handle. You can move it slightly to totally fill the gap.

And maybe one of those $5 gooseneck USB-powered LED lights to shine on the switches? Or some LED strip-lamps?



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I gotta say that I LOVE IT! I have been thinking of some way to do mine too. Front fogs, front roof rack lights, rear basket lights (when I get it from Vartz) and I'm gonna add a set of small fogs on either side of my tow package. My idea was ok, but this looks WAY better. How much to make me one, and ship?? LOL! I send you my switches, you make it happen, and I pay for it?? How's that sound?? lol! I'm sure I can do it, but I like that look.
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Looks clean!!! Nice Job!
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that's awesome....i wish i had that kind of ability
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Very neat and good looking install!
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That looks great. I tried to do something similar (in the same spot) for the switches for my emergency lights. That is still a work in progress. After seeing that, I am going to retry the idea. Definitely awesome.
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Hey thanks guys. It wasn't too expensive either. The switches were the most expensive part at $7 per (ouch). Overall less than $50 went into the whole thing.

I may look into a way to fill in the gap at the bottom of the panel... but its really not that noticeable when in the car. I think because we're staring at a photo the flaws kinda scream out at ya.

Again, thanks for the compliments and suggestions.
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