okay, so it has been a while since i wrote here. i was embroiled in a battle with best buy over replacing the speakers i had displayed up there (i was sold an open box unit without being told.)
the cone in one of the speakers rotated freely, there were metal shavings on the magnets, and everything that was supposed to come with them was gone from the package.
hell was raised, and chaos ensued and eventually i did fell the titans of best buy. they gave unto me the updated version of the same product for the same price, though not without incident.
worth noting is that when i installed them, positive and negative did not seem to be an issue?
i had no reliable way to confirm positive/negative wires coming from the sending unit, and thought i got lucky to get a signal the first time i touched the wires to the terminals of the speaker. just to be sure, i did it the other way and had an identical result.
at this point i shrugged, said **** it, and crimped some quick connects to the wires.
i think i mentioned before that the speaker housings in the jeep must have been put in my a drunk man with parkinsons. the holes for the screws are SERIOUSLY all out of sync, and getting the housing back on is nothing short of a fine art mixed with a bit of brutality. nonetheless, mission accomplished.
now i can irritate people with the music i enjoy again.
at some point i shall need to redo the front speakers, as now i cannot even tell they exist by contrast. (well, one doesn't... to be fair.)
also of note, crawley and i had an excursion!
a friend of mine (the one i mentioned that has her own jeep and was inspiration for my desire for the aux lights) was trying to show me some homes she was interested in buying. they are only accessible with a 4wd vehicle. she wanted to hop along in mine, because while she loves her yj, i hazard to say i think she's a bit jealous of how awesome crawley is.
as can be expected, we got distracted when we saw little trails that seemed to go nowhere.
we happened down this one particular trail that at points let me to being almost 45 degrees off-camber. normally, this kind of thing would only alarm me a wee bit, but this day was worse because of further environmental factors. namely: a thick layer of slick dead leaves and heavy rain.
let me say this: people think mud is slick? you have no idea until you have a metric ****-ton of dead wet leaves.
i seriously thought i was going to have one of those moments where you slide sideways into a tree. my passenger noted that at least the tress would stop us from sliding further down or heaven forbid: teaching crawley how to roll over and play dead
nonetheless, we made it. no sliding.
unfortunately, we did not plan for what was ahead. the trail terminated into a ton of dense foliage of the large wooden variety. worse yet, i was stupid enough to pull further into that mess than i should have. to be fair, it's not like the trail was terribly wide, and backing down the way we came was *NOT* an option.
so i tried to turn around.
sadly, this resulted in crawley being placed between two trees, as though i were parallel parking in manhattan. there was literally about three inches of space between each tree and my bumpers on either end.
at this point i executed what i call a "jeep-rotation" or what the common man would call a "21 point turn". basically moving the jeep an inch or two at a time, back and forth until i could fully escape. this is where the slickness of those leaves really paid off, as it allowed me to fully turn my steering wheel both directions repeatedly without digging a hole.
on one of the final "points" of my turn, or jeep-rotation, i looked at my brother and said "you know why they call it a bumper?" before i perhaps got a little more exuberant with the skinny pedal than i needed to. pictures of the result will follow.
caveat: the entire time i was making small love-taps with the bumpers against the trees behind and in front of me. i really had no option, because i assure you i am not exaggerating how tight this was.
so eventually we managed to rotate our way out and go back the way we came. these are pics of the results:
"THIS IS WHY THEY CALL IT A BUMPER!"
i just realized there's STILL bark there.
also managed to get a wee bit of trail rash here
nothing some touch up paint can't fix, right?
so these are crawley's first war-wounds with me. i am debating between removing the jug entirely, or pulling it off and shaping it back since it actually did what it was supposed to for once.
after that, my friend wanted to take some pics of her jeep and my jeep hanging out and being friends. this is the result.
i did mention she inspired the lights, right?
thanks for reading along guys. more to come