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post #16 of 21 Old 05-14-2020, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I got a few things done. First off I sprayed KBS Coating on the inside of my frame. I should have ordered another can as I was pushing it to get it all.

I had ordered up a touch up kit as I have quite a few scratched on my Jeep most noteably the hood which Canadian Tire managed to mess up and long story short I didn't get it fixed on their dime, which was my fault. I was just testing out a few of the bigger spots, not the whole thing in the comparison photo.

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Its a pretty cool kit in my opinion as it comes with pretty much everything you need to do some small touch-ups.
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I also decided to install the my 5.25" component speakers since my speaker pods finally arrived. I didn't manage to take a shot of the speaker pods but it is a really great upgrade IMO. I used some double sided adhesive meant to seal speaker boxes to mount the crossovers behind the speakers.

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I really want to mount the amp under the steering dash area like I've seen a couple places but for the life of me I can't figure out what to attach it to to keep it there. I didn't get any answers when I asked.

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post #17 of 21 Old 05-16-2020, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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I grabbed a newer model switch bezel off ebay with the intent of modernizing the IO of the Jeep, specifically the stereo inputs and ability to charge phones. I removed the center console bezel (super easy) and removed the old switch bezel and cigarette ash tray.

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I installed two ports, one dual USB ports for charging where the old cig lighter was, and then a USB and AUX input that will plug into the back of the stereo where the empty space is.

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But there is a significant issue. The Power Outlet is too deep to install in my model of Jeep. You would have to cut into the ducts for the HVAC. Thus I need to swap the power outlet and the dual USB. Anyone know an easy way to remove the power outlet or cigarette lighter without ruining them? I butchered the cig lighter to get that one out.
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Work things had me preoccupied the last few.

Anyone know what this is from? I noticed it when I managed to remove the stock stereo. PITA that was to reach the back of the stock unit through the glove box opening to unscrew the 10mm anti-theft bolt. Did it come off the back the stereo? Looks like a ground. Or maybe off the attenna?

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It looks like my attempt to put the dual USB port on the right to fit in the stock spot of my '02 didn't work. It is too deep still. Guess I'll loose the power port, oh well.

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post #19 of 21 Old 05-21-2020, 05:48 AM
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That's the radio ground. Good build I like your mods and detail. I just put a hand throttle on my TJ (4.56 with 33's with manual) and it is really nice. I did want an auto for anything lumpy, but now I don't think it matters.
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Almost finished my stereo install, but alas the amp install didn't work out quite right, I suspect the grounding isn't sufficient but I wanted to do a bit of digging before ripping back in there.

I did end up doing the under steering column amp install. While I was utterly perplexed at first to how one would mount an amp or the bracket up in that space the answer came from doing more googling. The steering column bracket has some very useful attachment points. I think @toximus did his amp here and provided photos in his thread but here is some from my install.

Here is a couple more perspective shots on how the amp is mounted to the steering column bracket (SCB).

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I made an aluminum mounting plate with L brackets to mount SCB like many others before me.

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I removed the amp from the mounting plate once everything was installed to make it much easier to wire, but used nuts on each bolt in the amp's mounting to retain the bolts to make it easier to mount to the plate underneath the column area. This really helped a great deal.

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Here is a bit of perspective looking up underneath to see that the brake pedal clears and the gas pedal also. It is hard to capture this angle with a phone.

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I thought I'd add how I was able to hold the nut to attach the bolt through the hole in the bottom of the SCB. I just used the old tape trick. A couple of small give-me wrenches from past kits did the trick.

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I have to figure out how to flip the photos here....
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