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ECGS Black Friday Sale!!6th Annual, Beat Your Wife to the Credit Card Sale!50 in light bar /A pillar mount less than 500 at JeepHut.c

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Unread 12-20-2010, 08:59 AM   #46
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it's OK, sometimes you just have to paint. thats part of life i guess, because almost every part these days seems to be chrome. they look awesome, i don't think i could spend $30 on brackets either. i like the DIY method anyways

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Unread 12-20-2010, 11:21 PM   #47
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Got started on my brackets today. Measured the hinges on the windshield and decided I'd want a 3.25" x 4" bracket in order to meet the width/height requirements of the bolts, hood, and hinges. Grabbed my trusty Milwaukee Sawzall, and went to work on my old TJ bumper. Simple 10" cut out allowed me enough room to bend and work with it.

Once I cut it out, I sawed it in half, and proceeded to use a vice grip and my weight to bend these suckers into shape. I managed to get them almost identical, and used a metal file to make the edges smoother and less sharp. By the time I had finished, it was snowing out (first snow of the year in Boston) and I couldn't continue measuring up the drilling holes. That will have to wait until later this week, but my girlfriend's dad said I could use their heated garage instead of working outside in the freezing weather.

Last pic is of the black brush guards attached to the light, and the hinge brackets as they sit now. Drilling and black painting to come!






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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 12-21-2010, 06:50 AM   #48
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Really nice. I like the bumper light. Where did you get it?
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Unread 12-21-2010, 07:01 AM   #49
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Jeep looks great so far! I'm right in Tewksbury, so if you ever need a hand with your Jeep, let me know.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 07:17 AM   #50
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I made the same type brackets for my lights.But my steel was to thin and the lights would vibrate.So I bought some very,very heavy fence brackets to cut down and use.Your jeep looks great,Nice rocker panels and sounds like ya got a good deal to.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 07:32 AM   #51
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Really nice. I like the bumper light. Where did you get it?
If you're referring to the lights I'm currently working with (as opposed to the ones actually built into my front bumper, they were a great deal on eBay... $39.99 with shipping, the lights, switch, and wiring harness. Here's a link.

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Jeep looks great so far! I'm right in Tewksbury, so if you ever need a hand with your Jeep, let me know.
Thanks! I'll be sure to keep that in mind! I live in Florida and visit up here every month or so to see my parents, but I'll be moving back in June. Same offer goes to you!

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I made the same type brackets for my lights.But my steel was to thin and the lights would vibrate.So I bought some very,very heavy fence brackets to cut down and use.Your jeep looks great,Nice rocker panels and sounds like ya got a good deal to.
I believe it. I was hesitant to use this, but I'll tell you, it took my ENTIRE body weight force to get this steel to even think about bending, so I have faith that they'll do a good job. And thank you for the compliment, I'm pretty happy with how she's come along since I bought her... and the rocker panels well- rock!

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Unread 12-21-2010, 12:24 PM   #52
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Got up this morning and continued work on the brackets. I used a piece of paper to poke holes in the position of the windshield screws so that they would match on the bracket steel. Drilled out the holes with a 3/8th inch bit as I'm not sure what thickness the windshield frame screws are. Drilled out holes for the lights as well, filed the rough steel again, and painted them Rustoleum black! Mock shot with the light was also taken while still in the vice.

They're sitting in front of the fire drying, and I'm off to do some more Christmas shopping! Might be able to get these wired up tomorrow.





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Unread 12-21-2010, 11:04 PM   #53
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Minor update, I stopped by Home Depot tonight and got a drill bet set of hex keys sizes 15 thru 40. Fitting it to the windshield, size 40 works on the holding hinge, as well as the brace to keep the glass upright. I have heard about getting these windshield brackets off being a pain in the you know what, but I guess we'll see. Figured maybe a hair dryer and some time in my girlfriend's garage will warm it up and make it happier about backing out.

Also received some Northern Industrial lights, and am now on a search for 2 x 2" aluminum posts to put these lights into.

More pics to come tomorrow.
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Unread 12-22-2010, 09:38 AM   #54
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i would also try PB blaster, that stuff can help a lot. try soaking it 2 or 3 times a day. those torx bolts are a real booger to get out. i tried removing my door hinges to paint them, i stripped 2 of the 3 out on one side, then i decided to just mask it off and paint it while on the jeep. turned out ok. i think it would also help if you had a small impact wrench or something other then 100% pure man-muscle power LOL!!
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Unread 12-22-2010, 07:38 PM   #55
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Ordered the tube for the hood bar from Home Depot, and attempted an install of these lights/brackets. I was able to get one side out easily, and stopped the other side before stripping anything, I'll use a friend's impact wrench tomorrow. I wasn't able to install them because the wiring harness is WAY TOO SHORT for any Jeep. I find this ironic because it's sold as a "Jeep Kit" but there's no way it could get through the engine compartment, seeing as it couldn't get from one side of the windshield to the other. I'll debate just re-doing it myself.

Here's a picture of Veda waiting to be added to! Needless to say 3 hours later, she looked the same.




I did have some fun though as the dome light wouldn't shut off. I checked the relay, checked the doors, checked the fuse, checked it all! Ended up being a problem that the spring wasn't extending out far enough to the door anymore (dont know what changed..?) and it wasn't being switched off. I removed the 3 torx bolts, folded a piece of paper and placed it under the plastic paneling between the screws, positioned over the switch. Then bolted everything back down. Now the driver's door is the only one to control the dome lights being turned on. This will only be a temporary fix, I lost access to the garage for the night and it was 25 degrees and snowing, didn't need to spend much time outside trying to do more than jury-rig a fix.
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Unread 12-22-2010, 10:46 PM   #56
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That picture of the Jeep in the goal = Perfect!

Gotta find a place to do that with mine, put my two loves together
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Unread 12-22-2010, 11:11 PM   #57
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That picture of the Jeep in the goal = Perfect!

Gotta find a place to do that with mine, put my two loves together
I just thought it was a funny picture/place for it to be! Be careful to abide by laws for property/driving... I may have been naughty by taking that picture, it was a few years back. Don't want to be shunned by the forum lurkers that be for reppin' bad driving practices.

That being said, find a legal way to go take your cool picture!
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Unread 12-24-2010, 06:56 AM   #58
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So I PB-Blasted the hell out of the front, and got those brackets on! Mock mounted the lights, and am back inside extending all of the electrical wiring. I picked up another wiring kit at AutoZone, and am splicing everything together. I bought tubing for the windshield --> light housing, and should have this ready for installation tomorrow. I also went back outside last night and shot some silicone into the holes / between the brackets and windshield frame in order to prevent any rust or water leakage into the cabin. Hopefully it will work. I'll be painting the heads of the hex screws black because this being the only "silver/chrome" on the car, my eyes are killing me looking at it.

Here are some pictures... including my electrical splicing festival on the dining room table.










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Unread 12-24-2010, 08:31 AM   #59
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Lookin good....
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Unread 12-24-2010, 01:04 PM   #60
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AWESOME!

Got them wired fully. I had never folded the windshield before, so it took a little extra love to get her folding. I ran the housing and wires through the grommet, and ran the cable back down through the dashboard. A quick hook up to the switch (which I dremmeled into where the fog light switch would go on TJs with that option) and small drilling through the firewall plug. I cleaned up a lot of my engine compartment cabling, and ran them through the plastic housing as well.

I'll take pictures tonight of them illuminated so the comparison is visible.





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