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Unread 07-04-2012, 08:18 AM   #16
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Oh
Love your jeep. Coming along great. Miles on it?

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Unread 07-04-2012, 11:00 AM   #17
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Love your jeep. Coming along great. Miles on it?
Thanks. It's got a bunch of miles - 176k.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 05:06 PM   #18
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Thanks. It's got a bunch of miles - 176k.
Oh, just broke in. I have my checklist that I do to make them the way I want. You'll get it where you want and who cares about miles.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 07:26 PM   #19
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A few days ago I swapped out the bulbs in the instrument cluster and put in LED bulbs. My intentions were to replace the bulbs in the instrument cluster, the climate control display bulbs, and the bulbs in the switches for my rear wiper and defrost. I ordered these from www.superbrightleds.com :

---------- PRODUCT INFORMATION ----------

Qty | Product / Options | Price/ea |
================================================== ==========
5 | NEOx-xHP: NEOx LED Bulb - High Power Instrument Panel LED| $ 2.29 |
NEO4-WHP: 4mm NEO4-xHP Cool White
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5 | 74-xHP3: 74 LED Bulb - 3 SMD LED Wide Angle Wedge Base| $ 3.49 |
74-CWHP3: Cool White
------------------------------------------------------------

SUBTOTAL: 28.90
SHIPPING: 2.99 USPS - 1st Class (Estimated)
TOTAL: 31.89

The swap was pretty easy and only took about 30 minutes or so. Here is the before picture of the instrument cluster. The bulb at the temp. guage was burned out:



When I first got everything swapped and turned on the lights it was VERY bright, except in front of the temp. guage:



I decided to try turning the bulb around in the reverse direction from how I first put it in and that fixed the problem perfectly. Here it is after that:



This is when the dimmer is all the way down, just a little less intense:



So it did only take 5 bulbs and I'm very happy with the 3 SMD LED Wide Angle Wedge Base bulbs in cool white.



There was another bulb in the middle of the cluster that I believe is in front of either the seatbelt bulb or blinker bulb. It was different than the rest because the bulb was in a black plastic holder instead of brown like the rest:

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Unread 10-07-2012, 07:58 PM   #20
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Next up was to replace the bulbs for the climate control. They were all 3 previously burned out so here is my before photo:



Here are the High Power Neo4's in cool white: (3 are for the climate control, the other two are for the rear wiper & defrost switches)



Here is the after photo:

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Unread 10-07-2012, 08:12 PM   #21
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SWITCHING BULBS IN THE WIPER / DEFROST SWITCHES

BEFORE (left) AFTER (right)



When I removed the switches to replace those bulbs I discovered at the top of one of the switches there was a bulb that was not a NEO4, I'm guessing it was NEO3 (in the white circle below). I believe that bulb is the indicator bulb that lights up behind the amber colored lense to show when the rear defrost is on.



But if you flip it over on the other side is a NEO4 bulb so I swapped the LED into that spot.



I don't really feel like switching that bulb is necessary. So the 2 NEO4's worked perfectly and did what I was hoping they would. A much cleaner and brighter light. Now I can't wait to swap out the bulbs that light the floorboard and the interior light in the soundbar.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 08:32 PM   #22
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So after doing some night driving this past weekend I realized how poor the factory headlights are. I've been reading and looking into replacement options and I had pretty much decided to go with the Hella e-code housing and the Sylvania Silverstar Ultra H4 bulbs (or the IPF setup, they looked pretty similar to me).



The setup above is going to cost about $120 total.

Then I came across the Halo lights that look so cool on eBay and even found a couple of guys on the forum here that have them.



The ones on the left are about $95 with bulbs. The ones on the right are only $35 with two bulbs and shipping.

Or the Rampage H4 MSR Headlamp Conversion Kit for $90 w/ bulbs.



The halo's definitely look cool, but I think I need to find someone who has them and get their opinion on the light output compared to stock...That is the primary objective - better lighting from the headlights.
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Unread 10-14-2012, 09:25 PM   #23
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My check engine light has been on for a while now so I stopped by Advanced Auto Parts and borrowed their scanner and this is what I got:



Not exactly sure where to start...
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Unread 10-14-2012, 10:18 PM   #24
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love this color
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Unread 10-14-2012, 10:32 PM   #25
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love this color
Thank you, I like it too.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 06:31 AM   #26
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I believe I have decided I'm either going to go with the Hella e-codes, or save up for the Cibies. Haven't decided on bulbs yet...



The Halo's just look cheap & ricey and they probably don't perform near as well when it comes to light output/pattern & durability.
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Unread 10-22-2012, 04:39 AM   #27
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This weekend a group of local Jeep owners got together to do some backroads driving. We had a great time. It was the first 'jeep thing' I've done since selling my old YJ. Here are a few photos.



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Unread 10-24-2012, 05:48 AM   #28
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Milestone for the TJ today....
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Unread 01-21-2013, 12:42 AM   #29
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During the commercials of the Falcons v. 49er's game today I replaced both broken front swaybar end links with a brand new pair I still had lying around from 11 YEARS ago.

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I rocked the jeep back and forth to see if the popping was gone & discovered there is still noise coming from the rear swaybar end links. The nuts were tight so I'm not sure what's up with that. Maybe at some point the bolts were changed & the bolt diameter is too small.

I also ordered new led lights for the floorboards and dome light from www.superbrightleds.com . That will finish up the entire interior with LEDs. It looks much better.

My new floor liners should be here Tuesday.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #30
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I decided to compare the jeep's measurements to the Stock TJ Specifications thread in the TJ forum.

Stock: Ground clearance (at axle) = 9.3" front / 8.3" rear

My Jeep: Ground clearance (at axle) = 10" front / 9.75" rear

Other measurements:

19 5/8" to bottom of front bumper.

19 1/2" to side of tub at drivers door

17 3/4" to bottom of rear bumper (hitch sits lower)

12 1/8" to bottom of gas tank skid
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