After many sleepless nights debating about it, I have decided to start a build thread. My hope is that peer scrutiny might force me to undertake more projects and do a better job on them. Because my girlfreind finds it necessary to take our camera to work everyday and snap photos of blades of grass and silly cloud shapes, I rarely get a chance to document the projects I begin. BUT! I do have a few, so here's what I have done so far, in chronological order.
-Installed rear hitch, with bad-to-the-bone CSU cover
-2" Skyjacker BB, then mounted 245/75/16 Goodyear MT/R's
-Painted stock Timberline wheels black, omitting JEEP center cap
-Installed Rusty's air tube with Amsoil 6x9 filter and pre-filter
-Removed BB and replaced with 4" Rough Country X-series and steering stabilizer
-Deleted front bumper
-Painted grill graphite gray
-Installed 1 10" JL W0 subwoofer
-Replaced front rotors and pads with Stillen Cross-Drilled and NAPA Adaptive One pads
-Installed Tom Woods driveshaft
-Quick-disconnect rear seats (oddly enough, this is my most used mod.)
-Installed marine battery terminals
looks good man!
may i ask what made you take off your bumper? and are you still rocking 245/75/16 tires?...you could go bigger with that size lift
Thank you sir! Yea the pictures aren't that good, I need more! A suicidal deer jumped into my wheel well on the highway. It did an outlandish amount of damage for being a small doe. Smashed fender, bent axle, and ripped half of my bumper off. At first I just cut both sides off and left the middle piece to protect my radiator (I'll try and find some pics of how that looked, it was silly). Then I just decided to remove it when I painted the grill. As for the tires, I'm looking into 265's, but two things are delaying that. A lack of funds and I like the stuff-ability of the smaller tires. I'm sure I'll upgrade before the snow gets too heavy though.
Marine Battery Terminal write-up: After a recent off-road expedition, I returned home to clean out the engine bay, and realized how terrible my battery setup looked. Really unacceptable... So being inspired by Billzcat and a few others, I decided it would be a good time to upgrade connections in anticipation of a whole new battery as well. I haven't quite figured out how to type in between images, so i guess I'll let them speak for themselves...
Yessir... I got a little bit of jump in voltage, but it mostly just doesn't look like garbage anymore. Plus it'll be easy to add accessories (front hitch for portable winch and lights). I got my terminals at NAPA, for what that's worth. I wish I would have started this build thread along time ago, I've been working on the JEEP for 3 years, and have done quite a good number of small things to it, would have made some great write-ups.
My Jeep weakness is skipping class to work on small things that I otherwise wouldn't have time to do. I am currently skipping my thrilling Taxation class (actually, it is pretty cool) to fix a bothersome little issue, in preparation for a more bothersome big issue. Couple weeks ago, my windshield began to fog up a bit and smells of coolant were subtle, yet evident. Relax, I say, it can't be THAT... frequent checks of my coolant reservoir reveal constant levels... or so I thought. Finally, yesterday, my LOW COOLANT warning appears. Ridiculous I say, I just checked that, and yes it is half-full looking, BUT a flip of the cap shows that the half-full level is just sludge that has been there since the last flush I did about a year ago, and the actual level has been decreasing. Blame me for being busy, I guess... sorry WJ. So now I will clean the reservoir and replace the coolant (even though radiator should remain full until my heater core undertaking...if that ever happens)
I've been neglecting this build thread. So I made a new shovel. Have you ever had to decide between a scooping snow shovel and a pointy digger shovel? I know, it's the pits. No more worries with my new double-ended (stop thinking that), quick disconnect, all power wielding Shovelnator 2000!
What prefaced this act of ingenuity? Well, as the seasons change, I change shovels. But why? Here's my friends... I used them a bunch, but separately.
Well, I want them to work in unison, and stop collecting dust in the offseason.
So, I cut the rivets off each shovel head,
then drilled out a hole large enough for a 3/16" hitch pin.
Then, I ground down the metals shards.
Then I test fit to the back of my tire. I cut the shovel handle, which is really pvc pipe over a wooden dowel, down to size. I then polyurethaned the dowel to prevent rot (as can be seen in the picture)
and gorilla glued the dowels back into the pipe for reinforcement. Then I spray painted the shovelheads flat black, and mounted them to the handle using those hitch pins.
pretty sweet right? You can take each individual head off, but I also made the length ideal so that I can use the "neck" of one shovel head as a handle while using the other end to shovel.
I then mounted it to my tire carrier using 3" ubolts
No applause necessary. Just make one yourself!