Mounting Electronics and Stuff in a JK

March 19, 2016

Before we acquired the 2013 Jeep Wrangler, we had an assortment of RAM balls, arms, and mounts for our dashboard gadgetry that we utilized in our old Cherokee. I wanted to transfer this equipment to the new Jeep re-using as much of it as possible. Fortunately, Vector Offroad manufactures a really sleek, highly functional solution for mounting electronics in a Wrangler JK using RAM hardware.

The Vector Offroad JKE-Dock, freshly unboxed. Not much to it. The bar itself, with two threaded stand-off posts and fasteners.

The Vector Offroad JKE-Dock is a textured metal bar that spans the top of the dashboard. It is approximately 1″ in diameter, and it is 100% bolt-on, utilizing two threaded stand-off posts and a screw located in the center dashboard tray.

Installation is a breeze. Just be very careful to not drop any of the provided washers or fasteners into the dashboard. That was fun. If you’re not clumsy like me, installation should take around fifteen minutes.

The installed product is very, very sturdy, and is ideal for navigational aids, cameras, tablets, and communication equipment. It accommodates any number of RAM handlebar mounts, and with RAM’s huge selection of accessories, there are no limits to what you can install.

Our favorite RAM mount is the X-Grip which securely holds devices utilizing spring-loaded metal arms. We have one that holds a mobile phone, and another that holds a small tablet. The X-Grip isn’t model specific, so as long as it’s the correct approximate size for your device, it’ll hold anything.

There is only one minor drawback to the JKE-Dock, and that is it very slightly diminishes my line-of-sight over the hood. The product itself is low-profile and very thoughtfully engineered. The problem is me. I’m relatively short at 5’7″.

The diminished line-of-site is very minor, and I only bring it up as a consideration, not as a complaint. As an alternative, Vector has a “stubby” version of the dock that doesn’t span the entire width of the dashboard, and wouldn’t hinder line-of-sight.

I could always sit on a pillow.

My iPhone 6 which I use to stream music and for turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation next to my iPad Mini 4 running Gaia GPS which I use predominantly for topographical maps, route planning, and off-highway navigation.