Wiring Up the Jeep Gladiator for Accessories – Overland Build

Wiring Up the Jeep Gladiator for Accessories – Overland Build

It’s time to start adding some electical accessories to the Jeep Glaidaotr, but first I decided to build a custom hub using an sPOD system to keep all the wiring clean and organized. In this video, I install the sPOD Bantam with HD, wire up and ARB compressor and show you how I built a custom plate in one of the Leitner pods. Let’s run some wires!

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  1. Michael Young on May 16, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Is that an ANGLICO paddle? S/F

  2. di557 Diane Britson on May 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    When you mounted compressor under hood on wife’s rig, why pod here?

  3. Mark Page Jr on May 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I think all of your videos are great. Have been curious how you handle wire management inside the cabin of your vehicles (Wrangler and Gladiator).

  4. SLZ RC on May 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Instead of running a ground all the way back to the battery, why not just take it to the chassis?

  5. Cameron McGinn on May 16, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Totally of the topic, but, wanted to get your opinion on an issue I am having with the installation of a 28" Chase light from KC Light. Support from KC has been shall we say useless (in the kindest way)… Installation is on a 2019 Jeep Wrangler JLU (non-LED lighting system). I have a Vos Switch installed, using to control both the Amber flashing lights and White Spotlights on the bar, working as designed. The issue I am having is with the Brake Light on the bar. Followed the installation directions to the "T", direct black/red wire connection to the battery, etc. Activation of the 4 way flashers, thumbs up functioning. Only when using the Brake and or Turn signal… the appropriate lights activate and work correctly for about 25 seconds then do a double flash, double flash, and then quit working totally. Flashers/Spotlight still work though. Is there something (part/component) I need to correct this. KC’s answer is to have it professionally installed, my reply is that the installer would use the very same set of instructions to do the installation (costing me a butt load of money in the process). Suggestions?

  6. James Perron on May 16, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    As UnusualWarrior pointed out. You are going to need significant cooling because the heat the compressor will generate is trapped inside that enclosure. I would set the fan up to come on with the compressor.

  7. Mike on May 16, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Great job Brad. When is the Alaska video coming out, or did I miss it? Mike

  8. Robert Tucker on May 16, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Just wondering if you thought about 3d printing a vent for the box? Custom one of. I think it would be a great project.

  9. Damon Mallott on May 16, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    I would suggest a breaker over fuse close to the battery.

  10. Kevin Murphy on May 16, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Small one way vent, add a small computer fan and Violá!

  11. OverlandTrax on May 16, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Nice video, thanks for sharing ✌

  12. Greg Hincke on May 16, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome info!

  13. Derek Marquardt on May 16, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Brad, would you please do a comparison between the stock LED fog lights and the KC Hilights fog lights? Been contemplating them but have not seen a comparison with the stock LED fog lights for brightness, beam pattern, etc. How well do they fit. The factory steel bumper? Thank you.

  14. dayton munk on May 16, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Love the attention to detail brad, covering the cables in that nice mesh covering really looks awesome!

  15. Canyon Overland on May 16, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Are you sure that was the real Marco and not Marco’s evil twin brother? I mean, c’mon, where’s the skottle???

  16. Jason on May 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Hummingbird takes shelter from an eagle.
    Brad kicks him out of his garage…. gulp‼️👍🏻😂🤣😅

  17. Kenneth Halverson on May 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I can see the sparkle in your eye.

  18. Nima Taradji Photography on May 16, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I am curious about what did the UPS truck bring at minute 10:06 😛

  19. JROD on May 16, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Gore Tex membrane vent, lets air transfer not moisture. You could get them in SD from a SUP manufacturer. Mc MasterCarr may have them.

  20. Karl-Johan Maitus on May 16, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Where is xj?😀

  21. patrick fowler on May 16, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Hope ya see this. I’m putting a compressor in my Leitner box also. How did the 80 amp breaker work out for ya? I also was going to add one today. “Just incase”

  22. Hermit620 on May 16, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Jeepiator. I can feel my T levels rising.

  23. Scott Weber on May 16, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    For heat removal when running the compressor, connect a computer fan to the bottom of the box. It’ll be a simple and clean solution.

  24. simplemanduke on May 16, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Great ideas and great mods too

  25. Twisted Hippie on May 16, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    This was a good one. Put it in my Favorites!

  26. kamm cannon on May 16, 2022 at 8:40 pm


  27. Randy Farnes on May 16, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Hey Brad, always love the videos. Question: why did you go back to a compressor? You seemed pretty excited about the C02 tank you mounted in the JLU.

  28. silknfeathers on May 16, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    If you wanted to easily remove the pod, why didn’t you use Anderson Plugs on the outside?

  29. John Shipman on May 16, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Glad you mentioned the primary fuse. A quick disconnect comes in handy too. Less likely to short out if you need to work in the box. Plus, you don’t have to break terminal connection.

  30. Gold Diamond on May 16, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    We need more Marco’s in this world

  31. Aryan Birajdar on May 16, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I am just making a guess, I think Marco has made more appearances on your channel than his own

  32. Terry Shaw on May 16, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Hey Brad. Do you have any ideas about cb radio antenna locations for Jeep Gladiators?

  33. Todd Waller on May 16, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Brad, Surprised the Gladiator does not have drain holes coming up through the bottom of the bed. Have not seriously looked at the truck yet, but it would have been cleaner to run the up from the bottom rather than between the bed and the cab. Anyway, looks really great…

  34. Chris Mulliner on May 16, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Will you need a dual battery if you run a fridge?

  35. flynbenny on May 16, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    As a former aircraft electrician who is now an electrical engineer, I find no fault with your work in this video, the two things I was concerned about (cables entering/exiting frame rail holes, and the uncovered buss) you addressed at the end. 👍🏼

  36. Patrick Grahn on May 16, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Im so happy you are back in the garage and mounting stuff. I think this kind of uploads are the best.

  37. Keith Rosenkranz on May 16, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Not sure if you’ve already tackled this problem, but as for preventing the cable sheath from rubbing on the chassis I believe you should do it a different way. You mentioned putting a rubber seal around the holes in the chassis – instead of that, I think you should put a stronger sheath on that segment of cable. The problem with putting a rubber seal on the chassis itself is the "Honda Problem": Putting a rubber seal around steal will trap moisture and cause the metal to rust quickly and badly. The reason you see old Hondas with a lot of rust around the fender lips is because Honda put a rubber seal around the pinch weld. It had a more finished look and feel, but it trapped moisture and caused rust in virtually every application. The solution on a clean example is to simply remove the rubber seal, preventing future rust. A truck chassis is typically even more rust-prone due to lacking primer and paint so the problem could be even worse in the future. Adding some sort of thick sheath to the cables, such as very thick heat wrap, or perhaps a hard wrap like PVC or something, might be a better option.

  38. cubbiemalone49 on May 16, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I need a Marco in my life‼️ 😩

  39. Jason Lyijnen on May 16, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I would get a high amp thermal circuit breaker at the battery to box in back. And put a blue sea fuse box in to, for thing that need no switch to use.

  40. Tony Gardner on May 16, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you for your service!!!!! Love your videos immensely

  41. C_INSAYN on May 16, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Very cool install. That box will make life on the trail super smooth.

    One thing to consider though. The wires that you ran up between the cab and bed are in a precarious location if you were to get rear-ended and have the bed meet the cab. Although a long shot, they could be pinched and positive could short out to the ground, bed, or cab. Might want to pull them down and reroute them up into the bed itself through an insulated hole.

  42. Bob Jackson on May 16, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I love the UPS truck driving up at 10:04.
    Certainly that’s more parts? haha!!!!!

  43. metalmover 1974 on May 16, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Seems like the gladiator is kinda a bust. Doesn’t seem like you are getting any more out of it’s bed than you did from your standard 4-door. No room in the setup for toys…just seems like a waste.

  44. bookemdano100 on May 16, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    If you add an insulating layer (thin closed cell foam?) it will quiet that compressor. I bet 1/8" stuff glued in would work wonders.

  45. Patrick Nolan on May 16, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Those Pro 6 lights — they have the universal mounts? I just ordered some for my JL steel OEM bumper and the bolt seems bigger than the hole. And, did you remove the bracket underneath the hole? Thanks.

  46. thomas560_71 on May 16, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Marco needs to have a youtube channel and if he has one someone should link it.

  47. Soul Surfer on May 16, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Put a sugar H2O feeder outside and the birds will stay outside. Have several in my back yard too. Hope this works.

  48. Aidan Parker on May 16, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Love when you do how to’s man

  49. TJ Shine on May 16, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Brad, great job! You mentioned the HD Controllers in the beginning but then didn’t go over them later. Are they like "Multiple Station Switches"? Are they limited on how much power can go through them? Are they limited to just 12volt? Thanks buddy.

  50. Matthew R on May 16, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Do you recommend going into major debt to buy a gladiator, like you did?

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