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Unread 10-16-2011, 06:49 AM   #16
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Dayum. Never seen that color Cherokee. I like! Wife has a BMW X3 (wee SUV) in Habanero Red, and it is THE best color for the X3. Love the Jeep. Very nice.

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Unread 10-16-2011, 06:10 PM   #17
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Alright well another successful mod day. The mother-in-law came into town, so you can imagine how much of my weekend was spent wrenching in the garage

I cleaned my throttle body with a rag and some brake clean. Basically just got down as deep as i could and made it shine again. I then did half of a can of seafoam through the brake booster vacuum line while it was running. Shut it down, and poured the rest in the fuel tank. Waited 5 minutes and enjoyed the magic trick of making my house disappear. My neighbors must think my jeep is a total POS.

I got a chance to install my maglite mount.


I also checked my voltage on the stock wiring harness to the lights, while the vehicle was running. Dismal.


The install of the upgrade harness is super straight forward. I'm not stoked on the yellow, and didn't have a better way of hiding it that wouldn't take pulling half of the front end apart, so...i have yellow accents now.


A quick check after to confirm:


Much better!
So successful weekend overall. I'll be putting it on the insurance this week and hopefully taking it out soon for a test run. More to come
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Unread 10-16-2011, 06:32 PM   #18
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Sick XJ bro
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Unread 10-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #19
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Looks really nice man. G/L on the sale of the vette.
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Unread 10-16-2011, 09:05 PM   #20
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The corvette sold this weekend ^

Just a quick preview on what's in store for next weekends project. This isn't the end product, as I'm thinking of a few revisions..but a basic drawer system in the back to hold all my tools/recovery equipment.



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Unread 10-17-2011, 10:47 AM   #21
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Thanks for the posts........I just noticed an issue with the reverse lights and you've provided a likely fix. I had similar results with the headlight wiring upgrade, though I used wiring/connectors pulled out of a truck in the wrecking yard for the kit.
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Unread 10-17-2011, 11:03 AM   #22
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Thanks for the posts........I just noticed an issue with the reverse lights and you've provided a likely fix. I had similar results with the headlight wiring upgrade, though I used wiring/connectors pulled out of a truck in the wrecking yard for the kit.
You're right, this could be built a bit cheaper if you source components in a junkyard, or if you build it from scratch. It's an extremely easy circuit to construct too. This product was clearly chinese made, even the protective yellow condom over all the wires had chinese names all over it. So hopefully it holds up.
I think after the time sorting through parts, and the work building a harness myself...the money was justified for me just buying a premade unit.
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Unread 10-17-2011, 11:04 AM   #23
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90% of getting a good weld is surface preperation, 5% is skill, 5% is equipment 5% is experience. Yup 105%.
That is one nice jeep you got there, I'll be looking forward to the build thread of this one!
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Unread 10-17-2011, 11:13 AM   #24
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You're right, this could be built a bit cheaper if you source components in a junkyard, or if you build it from scratch. It's an extremely easy circuit to construct too. This product was clearly chinese made, even the protective yellow condom over all the wires had chinese names all over it. So hopefully it holds up.
I think after the time sorting through parts, and the work building a harness myself...the money was justified for me just buying a premade unit.

Copy that.........

I used the project as an excuse to upgrade my soldering gun. ....always best to have a rationale for an impulse credit card purchase when the other half asks.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 09:57 PM   #25
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Helped my buddy pick up this cherokee yesterday. It's on 37's. Made mine look a little wimpy.




Ordered a few more parts...And have started thinking about a front bumper build, but after i get this rear cargo box constructed.

The tires were at 15psi when i bought the truck, and the steering felt a little loose on the highway. So i filled them to 24lbs and that didn't improve much. I don't think i have much slop in all my components since they are heim joints, but something feels...off. Perhaps it's the lack of sway bar? Could my box be moving around...there seems like there could be compliance somewhere. My friends jeep has the same sort of response. Maybe that's just how a lifted jeep feels. I've been used to driving fast cars with tight handling for awhile..... It's not terrible, but to get it to turn in you have to give the wheel a good amount of input before it goes. It can be a little dicey in traffic at 60mph.

On another note i have to do emissions, and the prior owner hacked the exhaust off after the cat....So i'll be replacing that soon before i go in.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:08 AM   #26
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I like the Maglite mount - I put mine more towards the left (closer to the dash) because I didn't know you could drill in right there next to the transfer case shifter! Did you just drill right into it? Wish I had done that, maybe I'll move mine and just ignore the old holes, haha
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:17 AM   #27
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Yes, i just drilled right in. You can pull the plastic back on the bottom and stick your fingers up in there to see if there are things behind it. There was no interference so i just drilled in using the supplied hardware. It feels fairly solid, but I'll be aware of not to yank too hard on that when removing my maglite. :P
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:20 AM   #28
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Yes, i just drilled right in. You can pull the plastic back on the bottom and stick your fingers up in there to see if there are things behind it. There was no interference so i just drilled in using the supplied hardware. It feels fairly solid, but I'll be aware of not to yank too hard on that when removing my maglite. :P
Believe me I know! Haha. Next time you're in your Cherokee, check the spot I mounted mine on...



It's very flimsy
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:29 AM   #29
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Yah, i chose to mount closer to the drivers seat since the section area is not as wide as it is forward, as your is, giving it a bit more strength. We'll see how it holds up ...
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:38 AM   #30
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Ya, you were smart in doing that. Wish me luck haha
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