Auto Rod Controls – Switch Console

I know, I’m the total geek with all the electronics that I have in our Toyota FJ Cruiser. To control all these devices in our last FJ I built a switch console using rocker switches that I mounted in the celling. Though this system worked fine it required lots of wires being run to the switches and I was limited to 8 circuits.

This time around I wanted to simplify things and I started looking for other switch console solutions. I found Auto Rod Controls.

ARC builds a system that uses a master console attached to a relay module with a ribbon cable or in our case 2 ribbon cables. The system is available in a 4, 8 or 12 circuit model. The switch console controls the relays act as the actual switches for the devices. The nice thing about this configuration is no additional relays are required for high amp circuits. I chose the 12 circuit model for my installation.

I mounted the control module under the hood using a custom bracket the I built.

The relay module is built using high quality components and water should not cause any problems.

The switch module is mounted to the ceiling using Velcro. The 2 ribbon cables are run through firewall to the relay module.

The system has made it really easy to add additional switched circuits to the FJ. I still have 4 open switches that will be used for expansion. For me the simplification that this system provides makes it worth the expense.

Cost: $262.95

Time: 3.5 hours



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  5 comments for “Auto Rod Controls – Switch Console

  1. dale durham
    November 1, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Looks great!

    Three questions. First question: I couldn’t tell from the pictures which side of the engine compartment it was mounted in I believe it is on the passenger side close to the firewall. This brings me to my second question: Are you planning on mounting an auxillery battery? If so, where would you mount the second battery?

    Final thought. If the switch module were to be submerged in water or get momentarily flooded, it may short out the exposed wiring. So, question number 3 is: Are you planning on covering the exposed wiring or switches?

    Your overall build is very impressive! I look forward to seeing your continued progress!

    • November 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

      The switch module is mounted on the right side of the engine. I already have the AUX battery mounted in front of the air box where the washer bottle is in the 2007-2009 FJs. I am not worried about water. I discussed this with the manufacture and he said it would not be a problem. The relays are all sealed and the 12 volt low voltage should not have a problem with water. I may add a cover at some point to keep the replay modules from getting grungy, however, this is low on the list right now.

  2. eldad
    May 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    Can you tell what you already plugged into the console?

  3. Greg
    February 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Hey this is Greg, I had the Sun Fusion FJ and matching trailer across from you at Overland Expo down at the dust bowl Amado. Do you still have this system on our rig? What’s your long term opinion?

    • February 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      The switch h console is still performing well. No problems.

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