Introducing the 2nd Gen Auxbeam 8-Gang Switch Panel: General Overview for the 5th Gen 4Runner
If you are like me (and probably many others out there), spending $600-$1,000 on a modular power supply like the Switch Pro and/or sPOD for lights and accessories simply isn’t feasible. With so many options out there, finding the right budget-friendly power supply was no small task.
The Auxbeam 8 Gang Modular power distribution and switch panel was my first choice; it was easy on the wallet, coming in under the $200 mark, and boasted quality construction and materials. Like most, I didn’t want a ton of switches in place of my OEM switches in the dash. After all, there are only so many blanks to fill and mine were already full! With lights, a fridge, the 110v outlet, and lights galore, my options were pretty slim (I needed close to seven switches to power all of these accessories individually).
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Installing the Switch Panel
Pictured throughout, you’ll notice that I only have two of the stickers that come with the kit; I am in the process of re-wiring some of the switches and needed to change around the indicators. However, the kit comes with a very nice set of options for icons. What’s even better is, the stickers are reusable.
The install was pretty straightforward and after 2 years, I have had no issues with the kit. In fact, the relay box has been soaked 3 times and the relay box and switch panel are working like the day they were installed.
The 2nd generation Auxbeam switch comes with hardware for more options to mount your switch panel as well as auto-dimming led backlighting. The older models, like mine, have a white “signal” wire that you apply power to in order to dim the backlighting to your preference.
Now, let’s get into the fun part!
Tools and Materials:
- 10mm-14mm sockets
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- ⅜-inch or ¼-inch ratchet
- Four (4) self-tapping 10mm screws
- Trim tools (depending on how clean you want the install to look)
- 3M double-sided tape
- Wire strippers
- Wire crimpers
- Butt connectors
- Electrical tape (if you make a mistake while installing)
Step 1. Install the Distribution Box
Out of the box, the installation is pretty straightforward. The mounting hardware that Auxbeam included is for mounting the relay box to the bracket as well as assembling the switch panel itself. I used some simple self-tapping 10mm head bolts to mount my bracket in the engine bay.
With plenty of room behind my fuse box, I decided this would be the best option as my onboard air was already mounted in the rear of my 4Runner. There are two (2) holes that these bolts will almost perfectly thread into, providing a very tight and almost perfectly level mount.
Step 2. Install the Relay Switch
Once your mounting bracket is installed in the engine bay, you will want to check the instructions provided to mount your relay box to the support bracket. The support bracket that you just installed in the engine bay has various different holes pre-drilled for different orientations.
Once the relay box is mounted securely to the bracket, it is time to wire in your controller/switch panel and power inputs. Now, it will show Amp ratings for each of the possible circuits/switches you can use, so there shouldn’t be much confusion there.
When wiring up to power and ground, run your ground to either the battery ground or a standard body ground (either works just fine). When wiring up the power wire, you will need to connect one section of the wiring to the inline fuse to the battery and the other section from the inline fuse to the distribution box. You can secure the inline fuse assembly however you would like. Personally, I used double-sided 3M tape.
Step 3. Install/Mount Your Switch Panel
I have had my 4Runner for quite a while and am no stranger to pulling panels, routing harnesses, and drilling. I will explain how to mount it with drilling and without.
First, you need to get the harness routed from your distribution box through the grommet in your firewall and then route it to wherever you want to mount your switch panel.
I routed the harness through the firewall, zip-tied the excess wiring to the existing harnesses in the vehicle, and then cut a small notch into my plastic panel where the vent housing the corner cap of the dash met (hence why I included trim tools in the “Tools Needed” section).
The harness has a braided shroud all the way to the connector for the switch and is very sturdy. The connector is an odd one, as you connect the two parts by lining up the arrows, pressing them together, and then once they are seated you spin the collar on to fully secure them to one another.
As for mounting the small metal plate that holds my switch panel, I decided to use some small screws to fasten the plate down. I will be changing this soon to double-sided tape as well.
Step 4. Running Wiring Harness
Here you can see the notch that I cut and the location I chose to mount the switch panel in.
From here you are finished with the installation. All that is left is for you to wire up your accessories and put the corresponding icons over which switch that accessory is on.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly option to control all your accessories on a safe and isolated set of circuits and relays, look no further. The Auxbeam 2nd Gen comes in under $200 and the construction and quality feel as if it was priced like the competition.
I can’t get over this switch and relay system. It has made life and modifying so much easier. I would give this product 4.8-5 stars, any day of the week.
As of now, my opinion of the Auxbeam 8 Gang Switch is very high.
The construction is great, the installation was easy, and powering lights, fridge, etc. has never been easier. There is no hassle with installs, and I have plenty of options. I have yet to find anything I don’t like other than the older generation’s dimming process. I would buy this again in a heartbeat and never look back. So far, I love the company and have used a number of their products from their lights to this switch panel and have had no complaints.