How to Give Your 97+ XJ More Factory Toggle Switch Slots

Old 08-17-2014, 06:14 PM
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I had a problem with aftermarket toggle switches because they don't look anything like the rest and I want my interior to look nice, like the factory intended it. There's only one problem – the factory didn't give me enough.

In this tutorial, I'll show you a simple way to add more toggle switch slots to your existing toggle switch bezel.

Since I had 2 toggle switch bezels laying around, and since I wired my cigarette lighter to my CB radio, not only did I have enough bezels to go around and have no need for the cigarette lighter anymore, but I found that one cigarette lighter equals the length of two toggle switch bezel slots.

With that being said, I pulled a saw and a soldering iron out of my toolbox. The saw will cut through the bezel and the soldering iron will be used to "plastic weld" the parts back together.

For this tutorial you will need:

1. A saw of some kind
2. A soldering iron
3. Two 1997+ Jeep Cherokee toggle switch bezels
4. A metal file

You'll want to start by cutting (as straightly as possible) your toggle switch bezel. You will want two toggle switch slots since it's the same width as the cigarette lighter:



You will notice that I cut my donor bezel into FIVE parts. I cut two of the toggle switch slots because I'll be using them in the installation, I cut off the mounting tab on the left side because I'll be using it to attach the bezel back to the Jeep, and I cut a little off of the bottom of the two toggle switch slots to match the height of the cigarette lighter.

The points where I cut are critical to make this work, so observe carefully before cutting.

Next up, you will take your metal file and just kind of file the edges of your cut to make the edges nice and smooth so they'll attach together nicely.

Then, you will want to line them up the best you can, and start melting the plastic together with your soldering iron. It doesn't have to look perfect, since the plastic will hold it together very sturdy once it cools off:





If you really want this to look better, maybe try a little bondo and spray paint. I might try this in the future whenever I get bored, but for now, since it's sturdy, I'm going to leave it.

You'll also want to align the mounting tab on the edge so that it would match the mounting tab on the cigarette lighter. Once you align it right, start melting it to make a good plastic weld so that it looks like so:



And the finished product looks pretty professional if I do say so myself:



I took on this project because the police package 4-switch toggle bezels are just WAY TOO rare and WAY TOO expensive. The benefit to this project is that not only was it completely free for me, but I get one additional switch than even the police XJs had.

I hope this helps some of you like it helped me!

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Very nice....how about doing another and I will buy it from you

Quick question how do you secure the new toggles in?
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Very nice....how about doing another and I will buy it from you

Quick question how do you secure the new toggles in?
I very well wouldn't mind!

They just clip right in!
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friggin genius!
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Very nice! I will be using this when I re do my rear locker and install a front.
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Where did you get those switches? Like Axle lock for instance.

I will definitely be doing this. Good job! Genius approach.
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Very nice! I will be using this when I re do my rear locker and install a front.
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Where did you get those switches? Like Axle lock for instance.

I will definitely be doing this. Good job! Genius approach.
They can be had out of Rubicon TJ Wranglers, but you can also find them on Ebay. The R/L switch is an aftermarket roof light switch that I had for my LED light bar.
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Very nice job.
Really like the placement of the switches.
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Nice
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uses wasted space

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uses wasted space

I use that for spare change for toll roads :P

Like I said, this is an option for those looking for retain the factory look of things without modifying the existing interior anymore than you need to.
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uses wasted space

Awesome
What brand are the switches ?
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I'll have to find my receipt but I'll get back, keep an eye on this post. Also, there are different configurations, number of switches etc. I searched and searched and this seemed, to me, to be the best looking and easiest option.
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I got the switch panel from prime4x4-

http://www.prime4x4.com/shop/Switch-...l-x1431591.htm

Note they have them with different screw heads and w/wo wiring harness.
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uses wasted space

Very nice. What do they do? Also what do you have up above the 4x4 shifter besides the obvious ARB switches?
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