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Unread 09-07-2012, 04:16 AM   #511
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chris87xj this is one mod I've been thinking about for a while but haven't been able to pull the trigger. Mainly because I've never seen anyone else do it and put anything on the net about it.

How hard was it? Would you do it again? Changes you would make?
the steering wheel? - purely bolt on, quick and easy. I don't think it gets much easier than on an older model without airbag or electronic steering wheel controls.
I'll rate it towards the top on the list of my mods with best return for the $ and effort as far as actually drivability. Bigger tires bring on more steering wheel action which can get to be a lot of arms flinging around lol. The smaller wheel keeps all the action tighter, closer, faster; more in control. I was worried I'd give up so much leverage from the larger wheel that turning the tires would be difficult, but not the case. Stock power steering provides adequate power and this wheel is really grippy in hand. It gives me much better/tighter control on and off road.
The added bonus for me with my long legs is that it gives quite a bit more clearance when jumping in and out. Might be good for beer bellies too.
I don't think you'd regret it.

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Unread 09-07-2012, 04:43 AM   #512
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Thanks for the reply. One more question, is it quick release?

Well there goes my "work" day. I'll be shopping steering wheels of hours now.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 04:53 AM   #513
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no, that would only get me in trouble when my mates pranked me by releasing it every time I wasn't looking.
I'm a skinny guy so wouldn't have much use for a release.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 04:59 AM   #514
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My jeep is a little out of place where I live, so I'm slightly nervous about theft. I chain the steering wheel to the seat riser when it's not parked on my gated property. The removable steering wheel would be a way to stop people from liberating my jeep from me.
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ah that makes sense. I'm having trouble imagining a quick release mechanism that would mate well with the factory column. Maybe a bolt-on quick release connector that stayed on the column for the wheel to slip off of. I'd have to laugh at anyone trying to drive it off with a giant pair of visegrips on the shaft.

Just checked out your build thread and now understand the concern. I feel the same way at times and have taken steps to really slow down anyone with nefarious intentions. Nice work on the XJ.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 06:09 AM   #516
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These are the ones I have been eyeballing: http://new.getnrg.com/products/quick-release My wife calls it making love with Jeep parts, I call it window shopping.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 11:14 PM   #517
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I give you the I-like-being-doorless-in-my-XJ-but-I-also-like-my-front-speakers soundbar and switch panel



And red LED gauge lighting
i have to have this. any moe details on it?
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My jeep is a little out of place where I live, so I'm slightly nervous about theft. I chain the steering wheel to the seat riser when it's not parked on my gated property. The removable steering wheel would be a way to stop people from liberating my jeep from me.
Have you considered other options? I have one of these installed in mine:

http://www.mul-t-lock-online.com/sto...product_id=222
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More details on the front sound bar. Now.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #520
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i have to have this. any moe details on it?
How did you do all that?lol I want mine like that.
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Unread 09-10-2012, 08:37 AM   #521
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i have to have this. any moe details on it?
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How did you do all that?lol I want mine like that.
Its the rear sound bar out of a pre-97 XJ, fiber-glassed to the headliner board, then covered in foam backed fabric.

The speakers are standard depth infinity 6.5in 2-ways with polyfill inside the cavity.

The switches are running a 10 circuit relay box mounted under the passenger seat via two cat5 cables, the second switch panel hasn't been built yet but goes where the passenger side aluminum cover plate is, the wires are already ran to it.

The key switch allows for the switched devices to run either on accessory power (only while the engine is running) in the right position, or run from the battery (anytime) in the left position, or be locked out entirely by removing the key in the off/center position, the key is only removable in the off/center position.

The red LED gauge cluster lights are #74 LED drop-ins, from SuperBrightLEDs.com, theses specificaly, you'll need 5 total to do the gauges. The stock dome light also has an LED in it, this one, with wire leads soldered to the pins to attach to the OEM connections.

The sound bar was done so i'd have music while the doors are off, and to give an overhead mounting area for switches, it works well for that. Car audio snobs will say the imaging sucks, which it does, but for 99% of the people that doesn't matter or they don't know why it matters, its a loud door-less XJ not a movie theater.

Some people also hit their heads on the bar while getting in the vehicle, once they remember its there the problem fixes itself. I'm 6'1" and have no issues with hitting my head while driving or getting in and out.
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Its the rear sound bar out of a pre-97 XJ, fiber-glassed to the headliner board, then covered in foam backed fabric.

The speakers are standard depth infinity 6.5in 2-ways with polyfill inside the cavity.

The switches are running a 10 circuit relay box mounted under the passenger seat via two cat5 cables, the second switch panel hasn't been built yet but goes where the passenger side aluminum cover plate is, the wires are already ran to it.

The key switch allows for the switched devices to run either on accessory power (only while the engine is running) in the right position, or run from the battery (anytime) in the left position, or be locked out entirely by removing the key in the off/center position, the key is only removable in the off/center position.

The red LED gauge cluster lights are #74 LED drop-ins, from SuperBrightLEDs.com, theses specificaly, you'll need 5 total to do the gauges. The stock dome light also has an LED in it, this one, with wire leads soldered to the pins to attach to the OEM connections.

The sound bar was done so i'd have music while the doors are off, and to give an overhead mounting area for switches, it works well for that. Car audio snobs will say the imaging sucks, which it does, but for 99% of the people that doesn't matter or they don't know why it matters, its a loud door-less XJ not a movie theater.

Some people also hit their heads on the bar while getting in the vehicle, once they remember its there the problem fixes itself. I'm 6'1" and have no issues with hitting my head while driving or getting in and out.
thanks alot man
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