So, with much trials and tribulations, my Smartbar module is officially a paper weight and has been fully removed from my truck.
Rausch Creek's water crossings and Jersey Pine Barren's bog holes ended in frying my Smartbar module this year. The source of water incursion being the OE wire harness connection.
This literally fried the internals. When I removed the main connector, nasty burnt electronics flavored water poured out. Yes, I got a slight taste of it because I wasn't expecting it to flow out.
Enter Abel Components. I already had his originally designed system that overrides the nannies built into the system, but still relies on the Smartbar connection for the lockers, and a separate system for the swaybar disco. Note that the separate swaybar system was unharmed but required a separate switch to operate.
I worked directly with David at Abel Components. He came up with a system to install his control box inside the safety of the cab, but also to control lockers and swaybar disco with the OE dash controls, but totally circumventing the Smartbar and faulty designed connectors.
The following photos display where I mounted the control box under my dash panel (4th gen). The wire harness connects directly to the dash control and the remainder of the harness routes through the clutch block off plate to ground, battery, fuse panel, front locker, rear locker and swaybar actuator.
First, is the fried Smartbar module:
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