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Unread 01-09-2008, 09:48 PM   #91
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how do you like the twin tube shocks?
o sorry man i never saw ur post. I love em. They're real stiff. I don't know if most people would like that, but to me it feels much sturdier on the road. Especially becuase i have no rear sway bar. I'm curious to see what the hype is about with OME though...

Anyway, just a little update after i took care a few tiny eye sores..

-I finally replaced the missing fender flare. Painted it to match the rest.
-all black decals
-I filed down the threads on the stubby antenna a little bit to get rid of the gap between the connections
-drilled my license plate into the bumper rather than it hangin down
-matched the tint to the rear (if i havent posted that already)
-added some horsepower to the rear windows

and i put the ski rack up for the winter, too bad i was wearing shorts and flip flops today...NOVAs weather is crazy. It was 70 today, and their calling for snow showers on monday







and i can't remember if i posted, but i got a Reese hatch a while back



I wanna find some black "Jeep" emblems.

and I can't decided whether i wanna get a roof rack or not. I'm really gay about keeping a clean look, and worried about the finished product.

*mods i dont know if you can edit the pics i put up, but if you can, black out my license plate

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Unread 01-09-2008, 09:58 PM   #92
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I forgot to mention, I got a BigOffroad.com highlight wiring harness. Best 60 bucks you could spend. FitchVA made one himself and it supposedly works great too, but I was plesantly suprised by the convienence of this harness. The lighting difference from stock is like night and day.

Lighting Setup

-SS headlights with BigOffroad wiring harness
-fogs in stock location with matching SS bulbs

All will cost you only about 100 bucks and i can actually see stuff now


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Unread 01-09-2008, 10:02 PM   #93
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geez I just remembered this one too. I installed a hood lift setup. I got it in that JF group buy we had going from Redling Tuning. The installation went incredibly smooth and everything was spelled out. The only thing i didnt like was that i had to buy a rivet gun, which i didnt think had to be necessary.

excuse my sick ***, i had the flu at the time
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Unread 01-09-2008, 10:28 PM   #94
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man the jeep looks good and you have a few good ideas that i have to copy like the leds and the head lights wiring harness but i have a question on the leds, i want to get the guage cluster, 4x4 lever, climate control and shifter do you have numbers for these also what did you use to paint the needles on the guage cluster thanks
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Unread 01-09-2008, 10:36 PM   #95
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Lookin good man. Those headlights are awesome. I want some.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 10:42 PM   #96
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Higgs ftw!!
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Unread 01-09-2008, 10:42 PM   #97
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the lnik to my LED write up is in my sig.
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Unread 01-12-2008, 07:36 PM   #98
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I forgot to mention, I got a BigOffroad.com highlight wiring harness. Best 60 bucks you could spend. FitchVA made one himself and it supposedly works great too, but I was plesantly suprised by the convienence of this harness. The lighting difference from stock is like night and day.
Damn!! That's bright. I decided to stop being lazy and start ordering the LEDs.
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Unread 02-18-2008, 07:01 PM   #99
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wow i havent posted in a while. I guess i never said anything about the fender bender i got in.

My dumb *** was waiting to turn right on a highway with someone in front of me. There was a big gap in traffic, big enough for both of us to go, when the little old lady in front of me moved forward, I assumed she had gone and i looked at traffic on more time while i went. Well i hit that little old lady when she decided not to go after all. It was totally my fault and i felt really stupid, but luckily the lady was calm even though i trucked the whole rear end of her Lincoln Continental and the cop gave me a warning for not paying full attention.

Barely anything happened to the jeep, but i did do quite a number on hers. Here's the carnage...







It was really easy to fix it to the point where it didnt bother me. I just bent the fender back into position and moved the bumper forward. Not perfect but close enough for me.

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Unread 02-18-2008, 07:22 PM   #100
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Since that one fog light was KIA, i got some replacements on Ebay. I like them because they are a clear lensed FOG rather than driving light and it has the factory bracket for a good fit. They're basically a legit version (from Tiawan haha) of the poobuckets i made myself.





First I took out the bulbs and swapped in my Silverstars to match the headlights.



Then I got rid of the OEM hook ups because I dont have the stock fog wiring and didnt feel like paying for it. I rewired everything with different connectors by soldering, shrink wrapping, and insulating with fire retardant. The lights are actually sealed, I have a better ground setup, and all live wire is protected from water.







I was pretty disappointed to find that since the bumper was slightly bent underneath the plastic of the end cap, the mounting location for the fog is off. I'll have to heat up the bumper and bend it into place, but here is how it looks right now. All the wiring is neatly zip tied and out of sight.



you can see i still havent taken out the duct tape that held the old wires haha
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Unread 02-18-2008, 07:24 PM   #101
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I love all your mods. If I had the time and know how I would love to do these mods.
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Unread 02-20-2008, 08:07 PM   #102
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All done. I had to use some elbow grease to get the bumper in a bearable spot for the pass fog light. It's not %100 striaght but i dont care enough to tweak it even more than i already have. These new ones are a perfect white. They match the headlights exactly.

Here's a comparison of the regular halogen the company give me and the SS bulbs. Left is SS, right is stock. I hadn't aimed the lights at this point so the beams are facing in different directions, but you can still notice that the SS bulbs are a much whiter, crisper light.


and the result..


the only thing i dont like about them is, they send light much more forward like a flashlight than sideways. Even still, aimed correctly, they do the trick. I'll have to get some pictures in a big empty parking lot to see what they really look like.
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Unread 02-20-2008, 10:14 PM   #103
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Thats one tight jeep man! From the white lettered BFG's and black rims, backspacing, to the fogs, its all done to taste.

Good Job man!

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Unread 04-22-2008, 09:20 AM   #104
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Havent posted in a long time. Havent really done anything to the jeep, hasnt needed it. The thing is running so well. I just did a little bit of a tune up. Oil change, new pads, rotors, and calipers in the front, didnt wanna deal with the shoes in the back haha.

I need a new steering wheel though...

I AM actually starting a TJ project though. A friends mom just bought an 05 TJ X and wants me to hook it up. She gave two or three guildlines and said im free to do what ever i want as long as i follow em (and shes picking up the bill!). I gave her a few different price options for lift etc. She was all for the gold.

We're gonna start off with...

-2.5" OME lift
-Rubi wheels
-32" BGF A/t's
-wheel spacers
-lights
-aannd an ipod hook up, maybe some speakers.

That should have her pretty set up for her beach trips near their weekend house in Ocean City for the time being. Maybe later we'll get some Hanson or Warn front and rear bumpers.
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Unread 04-22-2008, 09:39 AM   #105
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You have basically the same jeep that i do except i have the manual trans version... I think yours look much better than mine. I'm totally jealous of your rear defrost scarping windows in the winter sucks.
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