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Adding Trail Rocker Switch Kit System Without Drilling a Hole

Painless Performance’s New Trail Rocker Switch Kit Can Control Six Devices

Jerrod JonesPhotographer, Writer

It’s tough cutting into a new vehicle. For those that own something made in the 21st century, we can understand getting squeamish when you have to start cutting holes in something like a pristine Wrangler dash, while wallowing out firewall holes to pass wires and bulky connectors through for whatever accessories you want to run in your JK. Not only can things get messy, but it can get crowded under that dash as more and more wires are run and you slowly build what electrician’s like to refer to as a “rat’s nest.”

Having a main control center and fuse box would be the most ideal situation, but there isn’t a lot of room under the hood, so fabing and wiring it up on your own might prove difficult. So when the guys at Painless Performance saw the new Wrangler, they started tinkering to see what they could do about adding multiple accessories all in one unit, the Trail Rocker for JK Wranglers was born.

With a central fuse and relay center that bolts just over the battery, the Trail Rocker kit feeds one single harness into the cabin that hooks up to a direct-fit replacement interior panel that is adorned with five toggle switches that can control six accessories. Each switch feeds power through a 30-amp fuse and relay that can power most DC-powered auto accessories. Should more power be needed, Painless Performance added two extra fuses and relays that can be doubled up to give a maximum fused link of 60 amps on one toggle switch.

We enlisted Dirty Parts in Los Angeles, California, to take care of the install since they specialize in wiring up off-road accessories. With no previous Tail Rocker installation experience, they had most of the kit done within a couple hours. Total installation time will vary, depending on where you need to run power wires to feed your accessories. We chose to have our Trail Rocker’s power available full time, which meant hooking straight to the battery instead of a switched ignition lead behind the dash. After Dirty Parts was done with the installation, we had a set of toggle switches (one of them a double-throw) in a centralized, easy-to-access control center that eliminated a lot of wiring harnesses and relays that would otherwise be bolted under the dash and hood.