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Unread 06-04-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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CJ7 Grill Turn Signal TABS?

I have these metal tabs with holes that stick out on the inside of the grill just above the turn signals. Does anybody have these and know what they are exactly for?

It looks as if the bulb shaft should slide into it if I bend it more or maybe where the harness wires are supposed to run through to keep them organized.

Also, do the turn signals mount with the bulb shaft up or down? Right now the bulb shaft is pointing down so maybe if up, the TABS make sense. I don't know.

Anyone?

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Unread 06-04-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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Dunno about the tabs, but I put mine so the sockets were pointing up out the back. I figured this would help allow water to run out if it leaked in. My sockets were rusty from water leaking or condensation.
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Hmmm, that makes sense.

If they are up, it looks as if the tabs will bent to wrap around the rubber grommet at the end of the shaft as well.
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Got a picture?
All I can visualize of the hood prop right now but there is only 1 of those.

Of course there is a funny notch cut into the TS opening I was never quite sure it was about.
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All I can visualize of the hood prop right now but there is only 1 of those.

Of course there is a funny notch cut into the TS opening I was never quite sure it was about.

You know, I am again in this area which brings up my old post question about these tabs. I still don't know what they are for. Attached is a photo to better understand the tabs I am speaking of. They look like the turn signal wires should run through them but I have not figured out for the life of me how to remove the wires from the turn signal harness at rubber grommet. Perhaps just a zip-tie to secure those wires?

It's not a big deal but I would like to run the wires to clean up the loose wires that seem too close to the radiator.
grill-overlay-tabs.jpg

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Is that a chrome overlay? Maybe the tabs have something to do with that.
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Is that a chrome overlay? Maybe the tabs have something to do with that.
Hmmm, never thought of that.

This image is not mine, mine is in great shape but this is a chrome overlay and an image I grabbed off the internet to simply show the tabs better. So yes, it is CHROME!
Are you thinking the tabs might have been used for dipping purposes for the chrome application?

The thing is, the tabs are perfect for running the wires through them if I can somehow get the plug harness terminals off to route them through. It would help keep the wiring away from the radiator.
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..Are you thinking the tabs might have been used for dipping purposes for the chrome application?
I've never owned or seen that part in person, so I'm purely speculating, but it seems like they would be used to somehow hold the overlay onto the grill itself.
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I've never owned or seen that part in person, so I'm purely speculating, but it seems like they would be used to somehow hold the overlay onto the grill itself.
The overlay is secured by screws at top and by the screws of the headlights and turn signals. So, they are not meant for hold down purposes.

If the turn signals are mounted where the bulb base is pointing upward, then these tabs can be bent to actually house the bulb base and the wires. At least, thats what I want to do if I can get the wires free.

The issue for me is that I cannot figure out how to remove the wires or that rubber grommet at turn signal bulb base on the actual turn signal housing. It almost appears as; if you can somehow remove that rubber grommet, remove the wires, run them through those tabs, feed the grommet back over the wires, that you can work the grommet back into the tab holes along with the bulb base housing. This would not only secure the wires away from the radiator but also GROUND the housings at the tabs.

It is just an odd dilemma that has puzzled me for a while.
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You could use wire ties to those tabs. Jeep used plastic wire clips that poke through holes to hold them solid with a split circle for running the loom through.
You don't want wires themselves running through metal holes, vibrations will get to them.
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You could use wire ties to those tabs. Jeep used plastic wire clips that poke through holes to hold them solid with a split circle for running the loom through.
You don't want wires themselves running through metal holes, vibrations will get to them.
Yes, I may lean toward those loom tabs.

I am aware of metal up against wiring so my thoughts were to install a ring grommet; like a firewall grommet, prior to running any wires through the tab holes. This will keep them protected.

Theses tabs are like trying to read a personalized license plate that you can't figure out, lol .... it drives you nuts!
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