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Unread 12-15-2010, 06:09 PM   #31
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BL and MML...still not installed




I also bought the stuff to do the brakes...rotors and pads, and shoes. I figure I would rather start fresh with the rotors than attempt to have the current set machined.


I am getting the Alpine CDA-117 for Christmas. It's their flagship h/u. I had my Pioneer for 8 years before the faceplate was stollen a couple months ago. I kept it 8 years because I bought exactly the unit I wanted at the time rather than going for a cheaper model. I am keeping the same principle with this one.
While some might think a high quality h/u is a waste in a Jeep, I think they are that much more important because of the ability to highly fine tune the sound to fit the vehicle and conditions....plus Alpine has a superior iPod interface, so my iTouch will love it.


And possibly the Tuffy Conceal Carry to go under the driver's seat so I have a secure place to store the faceplate and iTouch when I'm not in the Jeep.
I was interested in the Quadratec iVault, but after researching it here on JF, I realize it would be a waste of money and only serve as a headache.

I cant tell you from my own experience that the CDA-117 sucks for an ipod. Its really really slow scrolling through songs and what not i had mine in my jeep for two days sent it back and got a pioneer. Good headunit but not worth the money IMO.

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Unread 12-15-2010, 07:15 PM   #32
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I cant tell you from my own experience that the CDA-117 sucks for an ipod. Its really really slow scrolling through songs and what not i had mine in my jeep for two days sent it back and got a pioneer. Good headunit but not worth the money IMO.
Not to threadjack...But I miss my Alpine for ipod purposes. I have a Pioneer, and it sucks!! Really tough to navigate. The Alpine was awesome.
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Unread 12-15-2010, 08:36 PM   #33
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At the same time, I turned to modifying my stock front bumper. It will be a while before I get the aftermarket bumper that I want, so 'chopping' mine was a good solution for a little edge.
Some quick measurements and the grinder with cutoff wheel made quick work of it.

How did you get the things that go out front of the bumper off? I want to take them off but I dont know how. Thanks!
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Unread 12-18-2010, 07:16 PM   #34
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Wow must say, your list is a veryyyy nice and long mod list!!! Subscribed for sure! Can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Unread 12-27-2010, 02:00 PM   #35
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How did you get the things that go out front of the bumper off? I want to take them off but I dont know how. Thanks!
Just unbolt and remove the bumper. That will expose the 4 nuts per rubber bump thing. I want to say they are 13mm nuts. Yank those and the bumps will come off.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 02:27 PM   #36
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You should rename the thread to the Bass Ackwards.

This is a really good idea, though. I can completely understand the need/desire to have the whole thing be your creation. I'll certainly be following along!
I think you're right on the name change. I actually thought of calling it: Too Tall TJ. It would've made sense from the way it started, and then it would've just been funny when it's done.

I am not 100% opposed to buying a modified Jeep (obviously, as I bought one), but someone else is not going to do things the same way I would. I just bought a decent year, great overall condition, low mileage, low priced TJ that just happened to have a lift.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 09:05 PM   #37
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Just unbolt and remove the bumper. That will expose the 4 nuts per rubber bump thing. I want to say they are 13mm nuts. Yank those and the bumps will come off.
Yeah I found out and removed them. I was skeptical to remove my bumper because I didnt want to break any rusty bolts.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 09:35 PM   #38
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I have the Alpine you speak of & it is GREAT! It flips thru songs on my iPhone with no problems. I also have the small amp under the dash...the stereo & all the other components I bought to go with it were the first ANYTHING I did to my jeep...and I'm super happy with the outcome. Good choice!
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Unread 12-28-2010, 08:19 AM   #39
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I got the Alpine and a pair of Kicker KS5250 5.25" speakers for Christmas. The speakers are for the soundbar. I already have a set in the dash.

I also got a collective $130 in giftcards to 4wd.com. Yesterday, I ordered the Tuffy Conceal Carry drawer and the KC windshield light brackets. They should be here
I don't have the IPFs for the windshield yet, but after the drawer there was just about enough to take care of the mounts and they are on the list for this phase, so why not.

4wd.com had free shipping. The tracking info says the packages will be here tomorrow.

I picked up a new radio harness yesterday during lunch and joined that and the Alpine harness. It will be ready for install this evening.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 08:25 AM   #40
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I have the Alpine you speak of & it is GREAT! It flips thru songs on my iPhone with no problems. I also have the small amp under the dash...the stereo & all the other components I bought to go with it were the first ANYTHING I did to my jeep...and I'm super happy with the outcome. Good choice!
That's great to hear! I have always had Pioneer headunits, but I don't care for their current style. I thought the Alpine had a more appealing appearance and I have always heard great things about their performance.

I am anxious to get the "Power Pack". It should fit the bill nicely. I hope to get it ordered fairly soon. We're an all cash family, so I have to plan everything out before I start buying.
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Unread 12-30-2010, 07:11 AM   #41
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The Tuffy Conceal Carry drawer and KC light brackets came in yesterday.
Everything is getting installed this weekend.

I am VERY impressed with the Tuffy box....not that I am surprised. It is bigger/longer than I thought it would be (that's what she said). There is tons of storage space in this thing.


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Unread 01-01-2011, 01:15 PM   #42
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I took a few moments this morning and installed the new Alpine deck. I've got a lot to learn with it, but I am already loving it!







I also installed the Kicker KS5250 5.25" speakers in the soundbar. It's hard to express how much better these sound than the 6.5" Pioneers they replaced.





These are the slightly older model of Kicker KS5250s that I have been running in the dash. It's because of these that I decided to go with another pair for the soundbar. I plan to swap these out for the newer model (same as the soundbar) just for the sake of starting fresh with both pair....and because they are only $50 right now @ crutchfield.com.

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Unread 01-01-2011, 01:30 PM   #43
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I like the new deck!
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Unread 01-03-2011, 06:51 AM   #44
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I went to install my "flip seat" Tuffy Conceal/Carry drawer this weekend. Turns out I have a flip and fold/tumble seat bracket. DOH!
I never bothered to look; the seat never tumbled so I didn't figure I had that bracket. Turns out I do, it just doesn't work.

After talking to a friend, I think I am going to keep the Tuffy drawer and swap my bracket out for a non-tumble version. I don't need my driver's seat to fold into the dash as no one will sit behind me (I'm 6'5"), and I would rather have the larger Tuffy drawer version.

So now I need to fix this bracket so I can fold the seat forward to access the rear bolts, and I need to find a standard seat bracket.

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Unread 01-03-2011, 08:56 AM   #45
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Glad you like the speakers, I'm thinking that I'll replace my sound bar woofers this summer because they're still the stock $hitty ones. I run a dual 8" sub in the back by the tailgate with a wickedly configured EQ setting in order to feel full spectrum audio in ANY way. Might need to go junk yard hunting to get the dash speaker brackets back though cause I think I threw mine out. I'd be nice to get rid of the big sub box if I didn't need it.
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