Episode 7 - sPOD 8 Circuit SE System

We have numerous accessories planned for this build and we needed a system that was both easy to install and allowed for the flexibility to add-on up to 8 components that would be controlled from a central panel. This system lives up to its ease of installation, getting everything installed in just a couple of hours without having to do extensive modifications to the Jeep. The upgraded control box has pilot light and dual lit rocker switches which make it easy to find the right switch at night.  The system utilizes automotive grade approved high-power, high-temp, ultra-reliable components with a maximum 100 amp capacity! The sPOD Source SE is a fully programmable digital CAN-Bus controlled system utilizing state-of-the-art technologies. OEM vehicle specific simple installation hardware, engineered and 100% manufactured in the United States.

Some additional features and benefits of this system:

  • Fully programmable Digital controlled system
  • Eight circuits rated @30amps @12.5vdc per circuit that are End-User friendly terminal block for attaching accessories.
  • Expandable (Daisy Chained selectable) to up to 32 circuits with simple plug-n-play features!
  • Low voltage cutoff (LVCO) battery protection circuit has spec voltage cutoff at 11.2 VDC with a two-minute delay before shutting down the SourceSE. This is useful when you have accessories turned on while the vehicle is not running. When the vehicle starts, the accessories can then be used again. The low voltage battery protection circuit can be turned off with the DIP switches.
  • No more worrying about what rated fuse to install! The system will protect from 1.5 amps to 30 amps automatically. The SourceSE incorporates a failsafe self-healing fault protection system. Fuses have been eliminated (for all accessory outputs) and replaced with current-sensing MOSFETs controlled by a microprocessor. This is a great feature for low maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Shield receptacle for the optional Bluetooth module for a plug-n-play end-user upgrade. This creates a scalable platform for future optional enhancements.
  • One single ATM mini-style fuse for LVCO protection and reset.
  • Mix-N-Match with the touchscreen.

Installation Notes:

     Products Used

The following are the sPOD components that were used in this installation

  • sPOD 8 Circuit SE System - Link

 

     Tools/Items Used

The sPOD unit comes with great installation instructions, making it super easy to install. Only a few tools are required:

  • Phillips Head screwdriver
  • 10 MM Socket / Wrench
  • 12 MM Socket / Wrench
  • T-20 TORX Bit
  • T-25 TORX Bit
  • Dremel or snip tool (for notching out the header trim piece)

 

     Suggestions/Gotchas

While it is great to have a few buddies assist, this system really is a breeze to install and can be done in just a few hours after work or on the weekend. When you are notching out the header trim piece, take your time. You can use a Dremel or a snip tool (or a combination of both) to get the right cut. Its OK if it is not perfectly square on each side as the switch panel will cover the cut area. When running the cable from the switch box to the source unit, you can run the cable along the side of the fender and inside some of the trim pieces, this will allow you to zip tie up and hide your cables. You can also do this for all of the lead wires that you will be running to the source. It makes it very nice and clean in your engine bay.

 

Additional information on this sPOD system as well as other Jeep and Universal products by sPOD can be found on their website

 

SDJC Members get a discount when purchasing a sPOD system. Check out our Forum for the code and to ask any questions you have.

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