Custom 'factory' switches... - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions

Join the Defender Source Community Today

Thread Tools
Old December 30th, 2015, 11:50 PM
Ash's Avatar
Status: Offline
Ash Heller
6.0 LS 110
D-90 Source Vendor
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 598
Custom 'factory' switches...

Just another weird little project I've been tinkering with.

I recently set up a 20W fiber laser in the garage at the house and have been learning the ropes with it...mostly through error but occasionally I'll get something right. I did a pretty sweet engraving on my new Yeti cup that I shared in Zack's thread, but this has me a little more excited.

Most of you guys aren't running the Td5 or Puma dashes, but they're definitely becoming more commonplace among us builders and from the looks of things they're soon going to be the only options available. My biggest gripe, especially with the Td5 stuff, is that you get this awesome dash bezel with a million switches, but more often than not we end up using blank, non-functional dummy switches in many of the locations since not everyone gets power windows, heated seats, heated glass, or some of the other options found on the late model trucks.

But then you get things like ARB's, or auxiliary lights, or other aftermarket accessories whose switches you have to find a home for...and of course they don't fit in the factory switch locations, so they get mounted somewhere else on the dash, and it all just ends up looking busy.

This evening, after much trial and error (I think I cooked 8 switch faces) I discovered that I can safely burn logos into the blank dummy switch faces, and then transplant them onto functioning switch bodies to control aftermarket accessories in a much cleaner fashion. The power window switch, for instance, is a DPDT momentary rocker that can control something like a winch, or a power folding antenna. The heated seat switches are SPST which are perfect for fog lights, compressors, or anything with an on/off function.

Here's my first, albeit kind of ugly and off-center, mostly successful burn. I'm pretty excited about the possibilities with this. Hope you guys enjoy.



Geared Restoration Co.
Reply With Quote
Old December 30th, 2015, 11:59 PM
fishEH's Avatar
Status: Offline
Brett Fritzler
1998 Discovery
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Lake Villa, IL
Posts: 1,013
That's definitely awesome.

Reply With Quote
Old December 31st, 2015, 09:35 AM
RiftRover's Avatar
Status: Online
Mike Barnett
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Posts: 738
Very cool.
Reply With Quote
Old January 3rd, 2016, 03:00 PM
Fielies's Avatar
Status: Offline
2005 Defender Td5
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Posts: 4
Have you had better luck? Have you thinking about selling them?
Reply With Quote

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions

ac, factory, switch

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DI switches bezel with switches RoverPaisa For Sale - Parts 2 February 12th, 2015 07:49 PM
skid plates, jate rings, tires, factory steps, factory sills draaronr For Sale - Parts 4 September 21st, 2006 08:47 PM
Cool Switches steinhnj Misc. Chit-Chat 2 June 14th, 2006 09:58 PM
air intake hose?? / source for cheap switches NASD90 Defender Technical Discussions 15 July 6th, 2005 01:40 PM
arb switches - where to put scoloco Defender Technical Discussions 8 January 10th, 2005 09:25 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:08 PM.