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Unread 07-16-2013, 07:21 PM   #31
Rob K
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Hope this info helps someone. I ended up getting Caltrend DuraPlus seat covers. They are a tough back pack like material that is backed with an 1/8 inch of open cell foam. Should last a long time. They only had 4 colors to choose from so I had them do a custom color scheme using 2 of the colors. I had to place the order through one of their vendors. I talked to Jami at AutoAccessores4less and she was very pleasant to deal with and was on top of helping me put in a custom order.

The material does not seem to stretch at all so they are not the easiest to install. There are straps that go under the seats. The back ones are a pain since the seats don't come out and there's not much room to wedge you hands in and pull the straps through. Got it done though. They also show some wrinkles which are supposed to go away somewhat as you break them in. Fit is pretty good, but not perfect. Sprayed them down with a few coats of Camp Dry for more waterproofing and stain resistance.

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Unread 07-16-2013, 07:36 PM   #32
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Next thing is to tackle the custom canoe rack. Need to figure out a way to have a crossbar near the back window and one close to the front window. Would be nice if they are easily installed and removed.

Had it on the first camping trip this summer. Got to use 4low going up a steep rutted trail with loose rock and while pulling a trailer. Crawled up it without spinning a wheel. Also banged up the rear bumper which was inevitable. Got some scratches/gouges from the trailer tongue and a rock. lol All the more reason for me to paint them black or one step closer to getting some off road bumpers. Now that I think about it I should at least look into getting some tow hooks.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 07:48 PM   #33
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Did you get a ScanGauge2? I'm looking for something like that.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 10:11 PM   #34
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Never saw your thread before, I like what you're doing to the inside! Hope you are having some luck with your rack! Did you ever try talking to AtTheHelm? He has some great stuff that he's made, he might have some ideas for you.

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Check out Torque Pro if you're using an Android phone. I have a Bluetooth OBDII adapter hooked up to my KJ and it works great with my Galaxy Note. It has more gauges than the Space Shuttle.
What adapter did you go with? The link from the app store shows them ranging from dirt cheap up to 300?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 11:33 PM   #35
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Never saw your thread before, I like what you're doing to the inside! Hope you are having some luck with your rack! Did you ever try talking to AtTheHelm? He has some great stuff that he's made, he might have some ideas for you.

What adapter did you go with? The link from the app store shows them ranging from dirt cheap up to 300?
I bought mine on amazon. Little blue thing. Barely notice it when its plugged in. Works great.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 08:54 AM   #36
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I bought mine on amazon. Little blue thing. Barely notice it when its plugged in. Works great.
Thanks, went on amazon last night and bought one for about 25$ shipped. Found one with good reviews and some people even mentioning the Torque app. Also got one of those cigarette lighter phone mounts for better viewing, hopefully can handle my Note2! Might have to secure it better haha. Could you point me in the right direction to where this thing will plug in? I have no experience with doing anything to car computers!
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Unread 07-17-2013, 09:40 AM   #37
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Thanks, went on amazon last night and bought one for about 25$ shipped. Found one with good reviews and some people even mentioning the Torque app. Also got one of those cigarette lighter phone mounts for better viewing, hopefully can handle my Note2! Might have to secure it better haha. Could you point me in the right direction to where this thing will plug in? I have no experience with doing anything to car computers!
Underside of the dash on the drivers side
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Unread 07-17-2013, 12:42 PM   #38
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Underside of the dash on the drivers side
Thanks! Would've been my first thought haha, should be pretty obvious where it goes once your in there?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #39
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Did you get a ScanGauge2? I'm looking for something like that.
Didn't get a Scangauge yet. I'm looking for something with a bigger screen and able to display more data. Need to research some more and save up some money so it probably won't happen until this fall. I can't believe it, but work just got me an Kyocera Torque android phone so I'll have to look into the apps for it as well.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #40
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Never saw your thread before, I like what you're doing to the inside! Hope you are having some luck with your rack! Did you ever try talking to AtTheHelm? He has some great stuff that he's made, he might have some ideas for you.



What adapter did you go with? The link from the app store shows them ranging from dirt cheap up to 300?
Haven't had a chance to think about the rack. Probably will be a couple weeks before I can start working on it. Haven't talked to AtTheHelm. I likely can use the factory rails to make cross bars. At a glance they look long enough.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 01:48 AM   #41
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Haven't had a chance to think about the rack. Probably will be a couple weeks before I can start working on it. Haven't talked to AtTheHelm. I likely can use the factory rails to make cross bars. At a glance they look long enough.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f292/...rails-1543559/

ATH is making some pretty cool roof rails and racks. Remove the stock ones and these appear to bolt into the roof. Longer and much stronger. Although I haven't personally invested in his work I've seen a lot of the stuff he's built for other members jeeps and he seems to do great work.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 06:31 PM   #42
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gages are not worth the trouble

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Didn't get a Scangauge yet. I'm looking for something with a bigger screen and able to display more data. Need to research some more and save up some money so it probably won't happen until this fall. I can't believe it, but work just got me an Kyocera Torque android phone so I'll have to look into the apps for it as well.
gages other then temperature have never helped me, not once., ever, in 40 years.

Don't waste your time adding gages.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 07:51 PM   #43
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gages other then temperature have never helped me, not once., ever, in 40 years.

Don't waste your time adding gages.
Your experience is different than mine. Gauges have given me a heads up on problems and allowed me to monitor things until I could get back home and investigate further.

Not sure what I'm going to do yet. Would love to have a full set of gauges, but for what they cost I'm hoping to figure something else out. I've never used a scan tool, but I wondering if that would be a good alternative. If I get a warning light maybe I can stop and hook up the scan tool to monitor things as I limp it home. Not sure if this is possible. Monitoring a set of gauges would probably be safer.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 10:40 PM   #44
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Your experience is different than mine. Gauges have given me a heads up on problems and allowed me to monitor things until I could get back home and investigate further.

Not sure what I'm going to do yet. Would love to have a full set of gauges, but for what they cost I'm hoping to figure something else out. I've never used a scan tool, but I wondering if that would be a good alternative. If I get a warning light maybe I can stop and hook up the scan tool to monitor things as I limp it home. Not sure if this is possible. Monitoring a set of gauges would probably be safer.

A ScanGauge2 can read codes, too. Even a Hypertech programmer can read trouble codes.
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