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post #1 of 8 Old 02-16-2015, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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2000 WJ Jeep Build

Hey everyone, just thought I should start posting on here what I'm starting to do with my WJ, I'm halfway broke (college student) so its going to be a bit longer to finish my project, but anyhow... I'm going to be installing a dual antenna 4' CB radio, a bull bar with lights, a light bar, and a light in the back (almost done with that, just need to finish the wiring and the light is complete)

I have a draft of what I hope the final product looks like.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-17-2015, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Got most of the wiring complete for the rear light today, I thought using the roof rack as a ground would work but I was wrong, I'll find some other way to ground it after school tomorrow, took a bit of troubleshooting in -5 F out on street parking so that was a fun experience lol.

I'm using 16 gauge for this light, only 36 Watt Bulb in the system at the moment, not as bright as I hoped it would so I'll see what I come up with, maybe it will stay, I pulled the wires beneath the trim on the left side, by the drivers seat and I brought the wires into the center compartment, for my switches, I'm wiring them to go right in front of the shifters on the drivers side, I drilled a hole for the rear light today, I'll drill as I need more switches, I'm thinking 4 in total (cb, light bar, front lights, rear light) all will be coming directly from battery power, and the CB is the only one to be grounded directly to the battery.

I'll try and post images on what I did with my switch tomorrow if I can, was such a difficult task trying to figure out where to install switches on a WJ, but I really do like this spot though.

Later guys!
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-17-2015, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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To anyone who has installed a CB on a WJ, have you had any problems running mounts for the antennas? I have 3 ft of 1/8 inch flat stock steel and Ive been trying to find a way of installing the mount without too much of a squeeze, but the mount catches and drags between the tail light and the frame of the vehicle no matter what, would it be any bit advisable to hammer at the frame just a bit to make room for the mount?
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-18-2015, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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This is how I'm setting up my switches, it fits perfectly there and is extremely easy to gain access to, I highly recommend this to anyone who is confused about where to install them on the WJ

I'm going to run the CB and Rear lights running only 35 A switches and no relay, the other two lights(well 3 technically) I MIGHT run relays, I have not decided yet. Everything gets its own switch too I'd like to add.

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RB
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-23-2015, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered a Westin Safari bar with a black powder coat on Friday, waiting for arrival on that, I'll post pictures when I get the bar, I have some cheap square off road lights that I plan on installing, upgraded the bulbs from 55w to 100w;but depending on how they look on it I may go for a cheaper version of KC's (Harbor Freights' brand.)
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-23-2015, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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I had a problem with it yesterday, I found my ATF fluid to be down about 2 1/2 Qts... I have no idea what happened, it's like someone drained it while I was at work...

On Saturday I was in another town (an hour away from work) driving at 60 mph the engine/tranny was grand, when I drove home after work I noticed I wasn't shifting into overdrive no matter what, engine was warm, stopped and accelerated, turned overdrive off/on while driving to try and engage it, thought it was my tranny just was messing with me, but when I drove back to work yesterday, saw that my dipstick had about an 1/8th inch of fluid on it, I checked for leaks last night and saw some type of oil between the engine and transmission, but it was to dark to see what color, looks like motor oil to me though, I'll check it out again when I'm out of school, but even if it is leaking, there's no puddle beneath me I wonder if it couldn't have jettisoned itself out if I was working the engine too much on the way back to work.

No idea what's going on...

I'll keep you guys posted.

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-Ryan
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-10-2015, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of responding, here's what she looks like now, I had a big post last week but my school got shut down due to a natural gas leak.. I'll try and write something up sometime soon.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-11-2015, 05:22 PM
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Great start. Looks like a nice basic build that would serve you well in the snow, which you get a ton of in Minnesota I'm sure.
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