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Old 09-06-2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default 97-01 overhead console switch pod for OEM switches

I made a thing, again:






Direct link -> http://shpws.me/OUVP


A little background, first. I am a hobbyist, like you guys. This project came about due to frustration at the $200 price tag on police package 4-switch bezels, if you could even find them. The original plan was to make a couple with a home 3D printer but it turns out the design is too complex for that. Then I got a lot of "shut up and take my money" comments, so I uploaded the designs to Shapeways and now anyone can buy one.

This panel is a drop-in replacement for the garage door opener spot in overhead consoles from 97-01 Jeep Cherokees. Might work for ZJs and pre-97 models, too, but I don't have access to either of those so I can't check. You will need to run wiring down the passenger side A-Pillar to get power from the switches to your accessories, but you should be able to get 12v+ and ground from wiring already present in the console. If you are using factory switches, you will also need a dimmer input. That may or may not be in the overhead console--I can't find it in the wiring diagram, but the computer display sure as heck dims when you turn the lights on so I dunno.

You can either use factory switches or aftermarket OEM-style TJ/XJ switches, except the Rubicon Axle Lock switch--they are significantly wider than other switches. eBay and Amazon have several listings for aftermarket switches.

The bad news is that on-demand manufacturing is expensive. I would suggest hitting up http://retailmenot.com and looking for a current coupon code for Shapeways. The discounts can be significant. There's also a discount if you use a .edu email address.

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That's awesome, if I keep my xj I'll definitely be getting one
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I ordered one a few days ago!
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Now available for Contura/Carling/Daystar style switches, too.

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I just installed an overhead console in my '00. I wish I needed a place for extra switches. That is cool and figure turn the useless, to me, garage door opener section into something useful.

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Great idea for a switch panel. Is there a link for the Daystar switch option? I didn't see an option to select it in you link.
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Great idea for a switch panel. Is there a link for the Daystar switch option? I didn't see an option to select it in you link.
Whoops!

http://shpws.me/OXzK
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So are they $30 or $65-75 like on the site?
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So are they $30 or $65-75 like on the site?
You're not the first one to ask that, so I've updated the post to remove the confusing sentence. The daystar one is $65 and the OEM style is $75.

Last year, Shapeways did a 25% off sale for Black Friday. They don't give me any kind of heads-up or anything so I can't say for sure, but I imagine they'll do something similar this year.
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