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Unread 01-11-2012, 05:14 PM   #136
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Looks like you get to repaint your skid! Nice thread though, it's nice to be able to drool over everything you've done to your WK in one spot!

Haha! Ya, it has been repainted almost every time I get back from a trip. I guess if you venture into here too often you should bring a rag with you!

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Unread 01-11-2012, 05:21 PM   #137
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So once I got home from that trip I washed the Jeep. I noticed that the only spot that still looked liked crap was my exhaust tip. So I took it off and gave it a good shine! You can see the rest of the tip that I did not shine is quite caked. The whole thing looked that way when I started.





I have scraped it a few times too!




And once it was back on. Much better

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Unread 01-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #138
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Then I had a major find on Craigslist! I found a guy selling a Rigid Industries E-series 20" for $300. It looked a little beat, but was in perfect working condition. I wasn't quite sure where I was going to put it. I decided to go out on a limb and mod the Matrix to house the light. It was a very tight fit, but it worked and I was thrilled with how it turned out!












And BOOM! 7900 Lumens!!!



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Unread 01-11-2012, 06:30 PM   #139
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Except now you can't push with the Matrix...
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I could if I needed to. These lights are retardedly strong! If I used the Matrix to push often then I would bolt some rubber bumpers on there, but I never use it for pushing. All it is used for is to mount lights, recovery points, and a little extra protection.
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Went out for an afternoon of wheeling and shooting!


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I took a little trip up to Rowher Flats to meet up with Hoaxci5 and JeepCoop (for the first time )! Nothing too difficult, but it was some good fun.







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And here are some vids courtesy of Coop!


http://youtu.be/2wY-CpzyVUk

http://youtu.be/JBeax7tWWFg

http://youtu.be/HFG6TNah5I8

http://youtu.be/ZHiTQj-gz_E


My personal favorite!

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Then some shots of the carnage












Nothing more than a flesh wound
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This is about when I did this:


Today I took care of a little beauty mark that was more of an eye sore. I didn't go all out and do a professional job, because lets face it, this won't be the last time this happens! But it does look much better now and doesn't draw the eye anymore.


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I also decided to finally paint my washer fluid tank. Without the inner fenders it was quite noticeable and it was annoying me. I painter it flat black, but I left one strip so I can still see the fluid level.

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Next up was the rear cargo lighting upgrade. I used some leftover LED strips I had from my rock lights to better illuminate the cargo area. This was a very pleasant upgrade because lets face it, the little bulb in the hatch is worthless!


I popped the rear ceiling molding off and linked 3 sections of LEDs together to stretch over the 3 openings.






I tested them out with a 9V battery to make sure they worked properly.






I totally forgot to take a picture of it, but I trimmed the two slats that are on each side of the LEDs. I wanted them to sit as low as possible for max light output without shadows from the slats. Once I got them positioned just right I used hot glue to secure them in place.






With light shinning through you can see them, but once they are up in place you can't unless you are looking for them.










Now for the instal. I was lazy and didn't feel like wiring in a switch at the time. So I just tapped into the interior lights. Once you remove the molding to instal the LEDs you can see the wire harness that comes from the ceiling and goes into the hatch. The (+) is the RED with a WHITE stripe and the (-) is YELLOW with an ORANGE stripe. Splice the LEDs into those two wires and pop the molding back into place. And there you have it!





Here you can see the light difference between the LEDs and the rest of the interior lights




As you can see the light output is greatly increased! I am happy with the results. The light cuts off right at the rear seat so I won't disturb my kids at night. I originally wanted to convert all the interior lights to LEDs, but the cargo area is really the only spot I needed more light. So I think I will only swap out the one in the rear hatch and maybe instal some in the foot wells.
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I LOVE them! Best tires I have ever used!
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