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Unread 01-16-2011, 10:54 PM   #226
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(not to mention the trailer hitch in my trunk
wow, i never considered that...maybe ill start using my cargo cover thing or something...

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Unread 01-17-2011, 05:46 PM   #227
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Cargo cover wont help you. Put it under the back seat in the storage well.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 01:01 AM   #228
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Cargo cover wont help you. Put it under the back seat in the storage well.
good point
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Unread 01-23-2011, 12:35 PM   #229
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For those that wheel at night, this might help out your terrain visibility.

Items needed for install:
*Two - 2 packs of "cateye" style light kits from Wallyworld (4 lights total). $24.99 a pair. $50 total. Kit includes wiring, toggles, a couple zip-ties, connectors, and some basic instructions.
*Basic hand tools (tape measure, box knife, drill w.3/16" metal drill bit, wire strippers, needlenose, wrenches, screwdrivers, stand-light, good tunes, etc.)
*10 or so self-tapping pan/wafer head 1/2" screws.
*A few more zip ties.
*A few small wire nuts.
*10-12 feet of 14guage wire (insulation color is up to you, just needs to be copper and conductive).
*Basic electrical know-how.
*Patience and about two hours (if you know your way around your Jeep and are staying busy).

Sorry for the filthy pictures, there's snow on the ground here, and MO is generous with the salt. You get the idea though.

Finished product.

Front Wheel Wells

Rear Wheel Wells - Note: Cracked lense (talked about later).

Grommet hole penetration through firewall I used. High in the front passenger floorboard. Under carpet "sub-pad".

Red operating toggles are next to shifter on the right.


I grounded each individual light and toggle switch to bare metal on the body somewhere; meaning, the only wire that I had to run and wire up throughout the entire Jeep was the positive lead. Again...negatives are all terminated to bare metal on the body. Yes, I had to scratch a tiny bit of paint off here and there to get to bare metal. That's how it goes.
All wires are fished under carpet. It was a PITA in a couple places, but it's very worth it in the end and a MUCH cleaner looking install. Don't wuss out and do a crappy job. You'll kick yourself later.
Grommet usage through the firewall is entirely up to you. Yes, I realize that I ran my wire behind the grommet instead of through it. Yes, I realize the firewall could cut the wiring eventually. However, I wrapped those sections (not well seen) with electrical tape, and it's held up for 2+ years. Not that big of a deal to me.
The lights do take a beating. I've had some gravel shrapnel nail a few of the lenses of the cateyes. All it's done is crack the lense, but they still keep out water, and function just like new. If one finally decides to break, it's easy to purchase another cheap $25 pair at Wally World.

The process and order I used to install was mount and ground all lights in wheel wells, mount toggles in console, run my positive lead off the battery through the firewall to the positive terminal on the toggles, fish under carpet and hook up all wiring to individual lights, connect to toggles, ground toggles.

Figured I'd share my cheap and easy Cherokee mod with fellow forum users. Good luck!

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Unread 02-01-2011, 05:58 PM   #230
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that seems like it would be awesome in case of a break down at night as well. light one or the other and it will allow you to see the parts much better than just a maglite. i might have to do that mod. great idea
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Unread 02-15-2011, 01:16 PM   #231
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heres one, and it literally cost me $0 and 0 cents. (this is Tim_XJ by the way, i changed my username)

Drilled holes in the doorhandles, i think it gives it a nice custom look. anyone have an opinion?
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Unread 02-15-2011, 01:17 PM   #232
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heres one more pic
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Unread 02-15-2011, 01:21 PM   #233
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and for my next cheap mod... it improves nighttime visibility by a lot. I will post more pics when it get darker.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 03:59 PM   #234
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Not sure what I think about the door handles. Looks like something you'd pick up for a honda at autozone.

That said, it DOES look like a kit from a box, nice work.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 03:10 PM   #235
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Eh not a fan but to each his own. If you like it thats all that matters
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Unread 02-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #236
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Talking with a friend of mine gave me this idea for a cheap bumper mount lightbar. All this is, is a stainless grab bar from a glass shower door painted satin black. I installed it on my stock 01' XJ front bumper on the 45ish degree pitched part. Simple install. Rock solid. Good looks. Here are the steps.

-Obtain grab bar, (hardware store, construction jobsite, glass company, junkyard, in-law's house , etc.).
-Purchase fastening harware (I chose stainless).
-Paint the grab bar the color of your choice (I used rattle can and it worked fine).
-Measure and mark your pilot holes on your front bumper with a Sharpie.
-Make sure there's nothing of importance behind where you're going to drill.
-Drill small pilot holes so your bigger drill bit doesn't "walk" across the bumper .
-Using a drill bit matching the diameter hole you want drilled for your hardware, drill again through pilot hole.
-Using a drill and a LONG; apex, tip, shaft, whatever you want to call it, with the fastener head you need to tighten, fasten the shower bar to your bumper. Mine happened to be 7/16". Yours may vary.
-I used an impact drill/driver for tighter results. Worked great for me.

End result.

Happy wheeling!

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Unread 03-01-2011, 03:35 PM   #237
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Rear Diff vent extension (especially for stock cherokees that go offroad)
(write-up here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/h...-vent-1137497/)




Rear Soundbar Mod to look better and fit bigger speakers:
(write-up here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/r...heavy-1104865/)




Cowl Snorkle!
(write-up here: http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f67/my-...snorkle-67919/)

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Unread 03-06-2011, 12:46 AM   #238
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i have the same idea about the door handles can u tell what size bit u used and can u get a close up?
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Unread 03-06-2011, 01:18 AM   #239
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i have the same idea about the door handles can u tell what size bit u used and can u get a close up?
i used a 1/2" bit. i haven't finished it yet cause i misplaced my countersink.

to start it, I measured the door handle and marked a dot at even intervals. i took a small bit with a sharp tip and started the hole to prevent the 1/2" bit from traveling. then a took a piece of wood and put it behind the door handle so i wouldn't **** up the door when it punched through. then i drilled away! easy project takes about 30 mins.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 02:37 PM   #240
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Got a potentially free one for the renix people here:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/p...-knee-1177811/
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