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JeepnBlake 03-06-2010 09:23 PM

Just Another Build Thread
This is a build thread as well as a documentary for my 2004 Rubicon.

The day after I brought it home.

New Meats and my mug.

I ended up getting some 265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler Authority A/T's (Some Walmart only tire)

JeepnBlake 03-06-2010 09:23 PM

Some fun pics of me screwing around in the snow.

These are 33x12.5 Baja Claws on Mickey Thompson Classic Lock II's

That's about a 1/2" from the bump stops, and yes those front & rear tires are touching the flares. :rofl:

Needs some clipped out factory flares.

JeepnBlake 03-06-2010 09:24 PM

I blew out my factory sub, so I had to replace it.

Found some snacks.

Tasty :rofl:

I replaced the stock woofer with a Kicker CVT65. It's a pretty nice little unit for a 6.5" sub.

JeepnBlake 03-06-2010 09:29 PM

Time for education.

I decided I needed an extra bit of light for those long desolate highways when you're the only one on the road, and deer seem to love hiding in the ditches.

So I decided on the windshield mount location, and I wanted a clean install so factory fog light switch it is.

Factory Fog Light Switch: I added on some extra wire, in the factory colors.

Then i pulled the dash apart and took the switch mounting plate off to get me here:

Now I decided to pop out the plug for the auto transmission, its of no use to me with my 5 speed.

To get these out you pry at the top and bottom.

I did some testing on these wires to find the the wires at the far ends are for the dash illumination.

I stripped some of the insulation away to attach the switch illumination here.

So far so good

Illumination done.

Now that the switch lit up when I turned the lights on, I needed to make it functional.

I needed a switched 12v source, I found one, well a lot of them actually. I decided to carefully remove one of these power strips from the back of my fuse box to get some switched 12v sources.

Taking this thing out is a total PITA, so make it worth your while.

Bare in mind, those 12v Switched sources are NOT fused, so be sure to add a fuse, (In the picture it's a 15, Way over kill, I'm running a 3 in there now)

Now that purple wire goes from a switched 12v source to the purple wire on the switch, this is our 12v "In".

Now that we have an "In" we need an "Out".

I had to find a good way to get a wire through the firewall. I did so by poking a small hole in this rubber grommet.

The backside of the same grommet, (Driver side top left corner, where the windshield wiper wiring goes through the firewall.)

The wire that came through the grommet our "Out" wire connects to the LT BLUE wire on the switch. After I did that I bundled up the OD cut off plug and the fog light switch wires and taped them up.

Now the method to the madness.

The purple wire carries the electricity into the switch. When the switch is in the off position, electricity can't get past the switch itself. When you put the switch into the on position, electricity can come "In" and go "Out". So the electricity goes out on the Light Blue wire and up to the relay I added.

I picked this spot because it's easy to get to, and it's centrally located between the two lights. Not to mention this was an easy spot to drill a hole in, and know you're not going to have water leak in, or puncture something.

That is a 30 Amp Relay, I made a little rubber washer to go between the back of the relay and the metal, then screwed it down.

Now to get the "Feed" to the relay, I just went here. Easy to get to, and not attached to the battery.

I drilled a small hole in the fire wall pretty close to where the relay is. This gets a small rubber grommet of its own.

There you can see the hole, it's the one on the right side of the picture. You can also see I put a fuse for the relay in here, the goal here is to hide the wiring as best I can to give it a factory appearance.

JeepnBlake 03-06-2010 09:30 PM

This is how i split power from the relay to the two lights themselves. It's ugly and no I don't want to talk about it. :rofl:

Here's the harness I ended up with:

Here's the harness in place.

Grounded by the wiper motor bracket bolt.

Rubber Grommet through the firewall.

If you look close you can see the source wire.

The wiring diagram. The unfilled rectangles are just spots that the wires crossed IN THE DIAGRAM. The filled rectangles are labeled. The filled Square is the ground.

JeepnBlake 03-07-2010 05:06 PM

The Plans:

Hard Top Wiring + a Hard Top.

Replace my current soft top.

Eventually I'll add the KC Replace a light fog lights, or find another oem one to replace my cracked one.

I'll add set of the 130W driving lights.

Windshield hinge light mount brackets.

Also in the plans are some 33s or 35s, undecided yet, I'll also be shooting for somewhat of an LCOG theme here. If I go with the 33's I'll just do the factory flare trim/flat flare, and if I go 35s I'll add the 2.5" RC Lift. Somewhere way down the line I'll be putting a stroker in there the 4.5 or the 4.6, Mopar Cold Air Intake, etc. I'll get there when I get there.

Next up on the upgrade list is a Custom Front Winch Bumper. I'll post up pictures as it gets rolling.

Imped 03-07-2010 07:17 PM

Looks great man. Ever gonna remove the lame bumper floats?

SOLIDJP44 03-07-2010 07:42 PM

nice jeep man, when you get a chance check my build out, tell me what you think

JeepnBlake 03-07-2010 08:41 PM

I actually did remove them :rofl: Yeah they just blow plain and simple.

I also am running some of those mopar fog light mesh guards to cover up the cracks.

Light Lens Covers - Jeep Wrangler - Item # 82202585 & 82202586

It's definitely coming along, just takes time and money. I'll grab an "as is" picture tomorrow.

The pictures:

JeepnBlake 06-21-2010 10:35 PM

Well since no one has flamed me yet the story shall continue.

I noticed a leak in the transfer case awhile back and now it has finally bugged the crap out of me enough to fix it. After close examination it was determined by me that my 241 case is from a craptastic casting.

If you look close you'll see it in this picture, its on the right side of the notch.

From the front view where I saw red running down it.

and from inside the case.

Long story short I JB welded that crack on all 3 sides, in the middle where the seal goes I had it sanded and all nice and smooth. I notched the crack down slightly to get and adequate amount in there. After that was all said and done I put the two halves back together filled it up with fluid and low and behold it was a leaking SOB again.

Well come to find out it had TWO more places it was cracked. You can actually sort of see one in the second picture. Its right where that "strengthening" rib thing ends in that corner deal.

I just JB Welded the other two and it seems to be holding up great.

While I had the trans and tcase out it got a new clutch kit and a new rear main seal.

JeepnBlake 06-21-2010 10:39 PM

Not long after the tcase rear main fiasco I was feeling down on my luck with the jeep so I thought a change was in order. I was right and I decided to get one of these:

Just put it in today, the picture was taken at about 830-9 pm.

It's OEM and I got the "kit" from Davey's Jeeps. The "kit" for the 03-06 wranglers is the mirror itself, the wiring harness that goes from the mirror to the defrost area connection, and the sensor down in the clip. Pretty painless install. Who doesn't love a little "Jeep Bling"?

JeepnBlake 09-21-2010 05:25 PM

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So, changed a few things that weren't documented in here... Got a new soft top from an 06 with tinted windows, and I added the KC windshield hinge light brackets and moved the stock fogs up. All this happened sometime before June. Around the 18th of June the Jeep got a new clutch a new rear main seal and an oil change.

Headed out to Steamboat Springs Colorado that's what the pics are from.

Then in August after going to Steamboat I did the ZJ tie rod swap. I let the co-pilot drive and he hit a boulder in a river and crunched the tie rod and my front diff cover. :rofl:

kyle_craig 09-21-2010 05:32 PM

Where specifically are the wheelin pictures from? I'm in the 'boat!

JeepnBlake 09-21-2010 05:38 PM

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No its not stuck, not even on the bump stops, the winch is an XD8000I with synthetic line. It did get used getting through this:

One of the bridges was out and there was plenty of trees to be moved. We were the first ones in something that wasn't an ATV through this trail since it opened this year. :2thumbsup:

JeepnBlake 09-21-2010 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by kyle_craig (Post 10163077)
Where specifically are the wheelin pictures from? I'm in the 'boat!

The first batch is from Hahns peak area, the pics were on top of the peak with the giant solar panels, they're behind the jeep you can barely see them first pic. :cool:

Second batch snow picture is coming up the back side of that mountain with the solar panels, I'll try to edit in trail numbers if I can find the maps :rofl:

The last two were from Ellis Jeep Trail, which is also where the tie rod became toast. It was the stream in "the mud pits" area.

The time now is 05:06 AM.

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