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|06-23-2019 07:34 AM|
In Cab Winch Control
Saturday I went to my local Midas Tire shop to see if they could mount my last 2 tires & rims. The store manager thought his tech could do it for me & when I asked how much, he said just toss the Tech $10 or so.
After running to the bank they were all mounted up & beads inside. I gave the Tech $20 and the store manager $20 for hooking me up.
Got home & mounted all the spacers & tires up. Pictures will come shortly.
Once that was done, I figured I'd work on the In Cab Winch Control, it was actually really easy & I'm surprised more people don't do this mod.
Pulled the cover off the Smittybilt Winch:
Now I had to look & decide where to drill the hole to get the wires up to the control module. There is a lot of room on the Left side of the plate:
I knew I needed a rubber Grommet so the wires wouldn't get cut on the sharp steel & found one in my electrical box. Got out my steel drill bits & started with a small bit & worked my way up to my largest. I then jumped to my step drill (love that thing):
Watched this video from Bleepin Jeep & it basically walks you right through it.
I used 3 wires (Red = Power, Blue = Winch Out, White = Winch In)
While I was doing all this the wife came out with a Margarita on the rocks.. (I knew she was good for something)
The Previous owner had a switch in the dash just below the gauge cluster, so I figured I'd use some LED's to let me know what I was doing with the winch. I had to make a plate to cover up the switch hole hold the LED's.
You can see the switch hole the previous guy put in.... I drilled the other 2 holes to the right for the LED's.
And mounted up. I made it fast & didn't make the holes exactly level. (kinda of pissed about that, but I can always remake the plate in no time down the road)
Here it is installed & nothing turned on:
Power Switch turned on: (first Red Light turns on)
Winch Out (Power Light stays on & Blue Light turns on)
Winch In (Power Light stays on & other Red Light turns on)
Works flawlessly! I thing it'll be a cool to have/use on the trails. One of my last rides I was on my winch cable had too much slack in it & was getting really close to my front drivers side tire.
If anyone has questions on how I did this let me know. Would recommend you guys do this. For $ less than $30 to do this, even less is you buy less expensive switches.
|06-21-2019 02:47 PM|
Getting Back on Track now......
I finished up the TJ's lift in the rear. After getting the Torx bolt out of the Rear Track Bar It was cake.
The last issue was getting the bolt back in for the Track Bar.......
Made up some new Curse Words....
But I got it done.
Ordered up some 5x4.5 to 5x5.5 x 1.5" wide wheel spacers off Amazon.
& some Spline Lugnuts
Test fitted one of my mounted tires & (Drum Roll Please!)
Plan for tomorrow is to 1) get the other 2 tires mounted & balanced, 2) install my motor mounts, 3) replace the Transmission Mount, 4) reinstall the Fan Schroud, 5) re-torque all the bolts for the lift kit, & 6) hopefully start it up & pull it out of the Garage.....
I also want to wire up the in-cab controls for the winch, get both front & rear axles in the garage & start tearing them down for sand blasting.
And the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and => well you get the picture<=
|06-21-2019 02:29 PM|
It's been a little while since I'd update the thread, so here you go. I took my WJ down to Bantam a few weekends ago. Great time. Trip was a little over 3 hours.
We didn't rush down, we weren't in any hurry so we took our time.
I went down with my buddy (YJ), he's got a Chevy V8 & Chevy drivetrain under the YJ.
First thing we did was setup our camp site @ Coopers Lake Camp Ground.
First run on Saturday Morning I heard a clicking noise coming from my front end. My buddy decided to jump on a BLACK trail since there was no line....
^^ thats on top of a Rock Step after going through a mud hole. He had to be winched up. His tires are horrible and he couldn't get any traction.
I was next & BOOM my front end let loose....... At that point it was my turn to get winched up......
The guides got me out & it ended up being my drivers side CV that cut loose.
Lucky for me, the local Jeep Dealership has the "Bantam Garage" where they will fix your JEEP for free if they can get the part. All you pay for is the part.
One call & they had a new front axle on its' way & it was fixed in less than 45 min.
We were back on the trails in no time.
Lots of Nice Jeeps @ the Jeep Carshow & in the Vendors area.
Quite a few ZJ's, WK's, & WJ's on the trails. Pretty good representation...
Some trail picts....
All in all, my WJ just performs! Really comfortable ride down & back. Besides my CV I had no issues at all. My takeaway from the weekend is, we should get down there on Thursday so we can have the whole weekend, use my front locker (ARB) a little less as I really didn't need it when I used it, spend a little cash & get RCV's or IRP Chromolly U joint axle shafts for my 30.
Next ride is going to be back at the ski lodge in September & hopefully I'll have my TJ done by then.
|05-28-2019 04:35 PM|
Didn't get much done over the last couple of days, but last weekend went on a wheelin' trip with my nephew. It was his first time out wheelin' EVER.
He had a blast & wants to go more often now. I think I've found my new wheelin' partner.
Don't have pictures of he day out, but after it all the WJ was a little muddy...
*********** Actually found photo's in my Camera **************
I've said it before, my WJ performs Excellent! With the ARB's locked in I was unstoppable & ended up winching out a few 4 door Rubi's......
Well yesterday I spend a few hours cleaning her up with the power washer & packing for next weeks road trip to Bantam PA for the Jeep Festival.
Since Monday was Memorial Day, I was playin around & Barnes4wd was having a 15% discount.
So bought this
About $50.00 off the price...
|05-16-2019 05:53 PM|
Originally Posted by 07wurubi View Post
|05-16-2019 09:46 AM|
|07wurubi||The bolt protector, never seen that before. Pretty cool idea to protect the head of the bolts from rocks on the skid plate.|
|05-15-2019 07:06 PM|
So got the front end buttoned up for now, still have to go through everything & double check that everything is tight.
Started working on the rear this afternoon after work, Mehhh, didn't have much luck, some bolts were seized up pretty good & I didn't have the correct sockets for my impact. I'll head over to Lowes tomorrow & buy what I need along with some more BP Blaster.
Just to get an idea of what it'll look like when she's all lifted
Some more goodies showed up today from Barnes4x4
New Track bar bolt & nut
Also picked up some of their 1/2" Bolt Protectors for the skid.
They are really nice. I think i'll go with the UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid so the protectors will work nice with that.
I added the Barnes 4x4 stickers to my pile, can't wait till I can use em..
My packet of info just came for Bantam next month. This will be my first time going down to Bantam for the festival.
***** anyone have any tips on getting the Torx bolt out of the rear Track Bar? Those Torx bolts are going to be the death of me! *****
|05-14-2019 07:14 PM|
Brown Santa showed up today;
My winch came in so I figured i'd go out after work & mount it up.
I ran the power & ground up under & through the grill & exited behind the passenger headlight. From there, I ran it right to the battery.
Plenty of clearance between the grill & the back of the winch. All I have to do now is zip-tie the wires together so they don't rub the grill.
Other goodies came if from Amazon.
RTIC Cooler, some tubs for dry storage, and other camping supplies. My buddy & I are heading down to the Bantam Jeep Festival in a couple of weeks.
|05-12-2019 09:35 AM|
Originally Posted by smccollamjr View Post
Thanks for the clarification!
Figured I'd better post some pictures of what I got done yesterday or ya'll might think it didn't happen...
Drivers side, Passengers side is basically the same (as I'd expect anyone reading this tread to know that...)
This puts in prospective the size of the control arms.
As I was taking the control arms off, I found more damage of the accident. The upper passenger side was bent up pretty good.
2 other small issues I came across (other than the track bar) with bolts were the upper passenger side bolt (frame side) hit the exhaust pipe. Super PIA along with the Drivers side lower (axle side) hit the differential. Again PIA, but finally got it all out.
It's now 10degrees cooler than yesterday (low 40's) so I really don't think I'll go outside today & do much of anything in the garage. I hate the cold!
Today will be Internet Shopping.
- Track Bar Nut & Bolt
- Spring retainer spring & bolt
- Extended front Brake lines
- Bump Stops
I will say as the build goes on, I will pass my $10,000 budget but as we all know as we get into our builds you find other things you need. I may also purchase the aluminum drop down tailgate.
Got this link from laxman1306 on here:
|05-11-2019 08:35 PM|
Project: Underestimated - 2001 TJ LCG Build
Originally Posted by caronaxtr2 View Post
To clarify, the gear shift is close to stock location horizontally, but it is taller.
|05-11-2019 07:16 PM|
Weather broke today, mid 50's...... Really sad for Mid May that mid 50's is good working weather........
Walked into the Garage & just stood there & looked at lil' ol' underestimated....
Figured I should really swap the hoods, the original hood just makes me sad.. so did this...
then as I looked at the hood, as it's lived it's whole life here in Buffalo NY it's got some rust spots. I started sanding some of the hood down with a Scotch Bright & sand paper where the rust was.
Did a little more, I know i'll be using the Monstaliner & you have to scuff it up anyways so I just made some slow progress on the bodywork..
After wasting an hour or so with all that, I figured I might as well dig into the lift kit. Laid everything out & honestly I'm pretty impressed with Rough Country with this kit. You really get a lot for the money. Now I know, I know it's still a Rough Country kit & as things break I'll replace parts with better parts, but this kit is not bad for a budge kit.
Front suspension parts:
Rear suspension parts:
Front Track Bar & Quick Disconnects:
I got the front all completed (except for putting the tires back on & double checking all bolts).
I am really happy with this TJ being from West Virginia. Just about every bolt came out without any problems. Although, those stupid Torx bolts.... Why does Jeep use those stupid things. The Track Bar mount (axle side) wouldn't come out. destroyed 2 torx bits trying & ended up taking the track bar out in pieces.
Now I have to buy a new track bar bolt & a Spring retainer clip & bolt. The hunt is on........
Tomorrow is another day, & I hope to get the rear done tomorrow.
|05-10-2019 04:09 PM|
Originally Posted by smccollamjr View Post
|05-09-2019 07:07 PM|
|smccollamjr||I’ve got the UCF skid with an 1.25” BL and a MML. Works great. I did the MML lift first and my shifter (NV3550) would hit the console in 2nd, 4th, and reverse. When I installed the UCF skid it put the shifter pretty close to where it was. If you install the skid without a MML the shifter may be close to the dash in 1st, 3rd, and 5th.|
|05-09-2019 03:37 PM|
So been himin' & hawin' about purchasing more parts, but figured what the hell...
Picked up my SYE, I've used an Advanced Adapters SYE on my Cherokee, but I liked what the JB Conversions have so I picked one up.
Also been looking at another Smittybilt 9500# winch with Synthetic Rope. I have the same one on my WJ & am very happy with it. I use it all the time on my WJ & it's worked flawlessly!
I am also looking at the UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid Plate (Steel). Wondering if anyone here is using this skid or not. It's not priced too bad & the only other skid plate I'm looking at as an option is the Barnes4x4 flat skid.....
UCF Ultra High Skid (Option#1)
Barnes4x4 Flat Skid (Option#2)
Anyone have any thoughts on skid plates? I believe I can run either one as I already have the 1" Body Lift installed I shouldn't have any clearance issues. Correct me if I'm wrong......
|05-06-2019 08:04 PM|
Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
One more step completed, I finished working on the replacement grill..
A little flashback, Started with this
Then got to this point...
Not happy with the blinkers, I changed to LED's with a flange so I bought these.
Painted the plastic housings
Pulled the tape off &....
Opened up the holes for the LED's, Sanded the grill down, & ground off the little bit of rust
Painted flat black (for now)
Cleaned up the "U" support bracket behind the grill
All bolted together......
Everything went together without an issue, except when you're bolting the fenders to the grill, make sure the headlight plug doesn't fall between the fender & the grill....... boy that was a surprise... don't know if you can see the wire but yep, its between the grill & fender....
I finished up the body lift once the grill was installed. Next step is to fit the new hood on, clean it up & spray the inside Black. I'll also start on the suspension lift this weekend if the weather holds out..
Comparison... Original ===> Banged out "fix" ===> New to me grill...
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