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post #1 of 22 Old 08-11-2020, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Compass in a YJ?

OK I want to add a compass in my YJ.
I like the analog style compass and really want that.
But also considering a simple rear view mirror type.

Doing some testing it looks like the spot I'd like to put an analog is
on the windshield in the bottom center, However the wiper motor seems
to be too close at that location, causing error.

So, if you have installed a compass, give me some input and show me what you have.


Whats over that next ridge?
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Hmm...you got me thinking about what to put in that empty 2" gauge hole I have in my dash.

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Yes, but, close to the heater or wiper motors, speakers will skew readings.
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Whats over that next ridge?
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Here is what was offered when the Wrangler was released

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lhk4gnpzp...8a0toCk8a?dl=0


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Why settle for JUST a compass?
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You could grab a rear view mirror from the yard that shows direction and temp.

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You could grab a rear view mirror from the yard that shows direction and temp.
I have one of those sitting in my to-do pile for about 6 years

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You could grab a rear view mirror from the yard that shows direction and temp.
yeah, that is an option, I'd just rather have one that I can get an actual heading from.

Whats over that next ridge?
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Probably the most useful speedo /gps /black box /triplogger out there. Runs on iPhone 4, 5, 6, the latest iPhone, and other platforms so you can use it dedicated on an old phone which is nice. Especially when it shows that you took the YJ to 87 on the highway...
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The wife has a Compass. I have two YJ's. Normally I prefer the YJ over the compass but if you want to go somewhere all dressed up on a hot day the AC in the compass and driving with the windows up is preferable. I know for sure that the compass would never fit in the YJ nor would either YJ ever fit in the compass.

I guess that I am saying that a Compass AND a YJ are nice to have.

BTW. The Compass has a compass which is nice. The YJ has no such device which is cool. If we are in the Compass we are going A to B. If we are in the YJ I don't think we care if we get lost and wander around a little longer.
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The old style floating ball compasses were pretty tricky to try to set up with the vehicle's magnetic field. The Electronic ones are much better.

The phone presents some problems because in/out of the Jeep, position in the jeep require different compensation. You theoretically can callibrate the phone compass for inside your Jeep but it will not be accurate outside (phone compasses use magnetic field, GPS based phone apps use GPS data which is unaffected by magnetic field but you must be moving at least slow speed for them to work--they go by changes in location, 20 feet or so at a time). Digital automobile compasses are cheap. That's your best bet even if you also use your phone.

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just pack a flare gun with ample flare loads and toss it under the seat. Much easier install.

For everything else, there will shortly be 9G networks towers everywhere.

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As a meaningless but true tidbit to throw into the discussion, the navy is once again teaching ships officers to use celestial navigation (like the old days) under the possibility that in military conflict, GPS signals might be jammed.

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As a meaningless but true tidbit to throw into the discussion, the navy is once again teaching ships officers to use celestial navigation (like the old days) under the possibility that in military conflict, GPS signals might be jammed.
A ship’s captain should have that clue anyways. Good to hear. Jamming isn’t the only issue. Anti- “star wars” missiles/rockets can take out the satellites and don’t need gps for nav. Who really knows who else besides Russia has the technology to reach a satellite.

There’s a whole crop of a generation of big-ton captains now that would be lost and wouldn’t know what to do with loran even if it was still highly implemented.

The navy should be getting up to speed. With computer power what it is now, instrument navigation doesn’t even need to be as complex as in the past! Compass heading, currents, wind, and surface speed are easy enough to computerize and just use sextant nav to correct.

What the heck anyway. The pilgrims made it here from England, and 2000 years ago the Greeks could go anywhere they chose or knew about.

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