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While I was working out in the shop, this thing shows up. Man, I could'a used it about a week ago!

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Next up was to tackle the sub. First step - pull the console. I always use Weatherpack connectors when I need something to be removeable, and the console is no exception. I have a winch controlled mounted in the front, and that is that second connector. I'll add a connector for the new sub wire as well.

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I pulled apart the console to get to the sub, and I can't imagine why that sub needs so many wires, and a 12 pin connector!

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Oh yeah, that's it...

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That goes as well. Good riddense. Anyway, I rewired the sub in series as @skrelnik recommended. This should give me 4 ohms resistance. But again, not trusting my wiring abilities I pulled out the multi-meter. 3.8 ohms - so I'm good.

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Tomorrow I'll complete the final connections to the amplifier, mount the amp in its new home, and test it all out.

Meanwhile, I pulled the crate off of the new toy. I'll miss my big old Laguna, but I'll get over it...:)

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This thing is a beast. It was too tall to bring into the shop through the overhead door. I had to get my neighbor to come over and help me tip it over at an angle and drag it in. Which was no small feat as it was 628 pounds sitting on the pallet.
 

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Well, I spent a few days chasing some static issues, but I finally figured it out.

Along the way, I took the time to go through and disconnect all the connections from the amp, and then slowly started reconnecting things double checking everything as I went. Still static.

But then a little positive progress. I read through an article that a buddy passed along, and one thing caught my eye. It said to set the volume to normal listening level with the music on pause, and if you hear static reduce the gain and increase the volume until you and find a balance between the two.

So I adjusted the gain knob (increased it, according to the markings) and sure enough the static was markedly reduced. Now in the documentation on the amp it said to set the gain to the voltage output on the head unit - 4 volts in my case. The documentation was clear: Do not set the gain by ear - set it to the proper voltage, which is what I had done.

The 3 gain adjustment dials are marked with voltage from 12 - .5 volts, clockwise, so I had originally set it at where 4 volts should have been according to the markings. I played with the gain a bit and found a setting which balanced the static and the volume. Funny, it wound up about where the 8 volt mark would be according to the markings - or at about where the 4 volt mark would be if the markings were reversed - which I'm thinking they are...

Well, the gain adjustment did the trick. Adjusted it to about +8 volts according to the knob, +4 volts in the real world, and it pretty much took care of all of the static. The damned markings on the gain control definitely sent me on a wild goose chase for a couple of days. But, it's done. To my untrained ear, at this gain setting the sound is better as well.

Let this be a lesson to you kids - don't follow the directions!

I tucked the amp up into its final resting spot (remember that bracket I made like six months ago??? :rolleyes:), secured all the cables, and buttoned everything back up. Turned out to be a bigger project than planned, but I'm happy with the results.

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And now I get to go play with the new band saw.... :cool:
 

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Spent some time today assembling and truing up the new band saw. Variable speed, wood and metal. 220 volt, 2 HP. It's a beast.

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Now I just need something to cut!
 

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A quick project for the rig today. I picked up an LED backup light set recently from a dude name Claytone over on wrangler TJ Forum, and took a few minutes today to get them installed.

Clay builds a nice set - very well done.

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Popping them in took only a few minutes per side. To properly locate the mounting holes in the separation plate, Claytone was thoughtful enough to drop a proper sized nail in the package to use as a transfer punch - but I just used an actual transfer punch.

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Drilled the holes and tightened down the screws...

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...removed the original backup bulb, plugged the unit in, slid the separation plate back into the light housing...

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...reinstalled the lens...

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...and Boom!

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I think it took me longer to make this post then to complete the project. A nice upgrade for a reasonable cost.
 

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Since I know there are a few woodworkers out there watching, I thought I’d post a current project. It’s a cherry sofa table, and a match to a few other pieces I’ve done for our family room. It will get a hand rubbed oil finish.

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All the joinery is dovetail, except for the lower shelf which is a floating dado to allow for wood movement.

When I do one of these, I’m always reminded how crazy sharp my carving chisels are - I went through a couple dozen bandaids…

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No one can say I don't put my blood into my work...

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Took a run down to Hawk Pride yesterday to wheel with Chris ('92VegasYJ) and a couple of buddies.

For anyone who wheels with me, be aware that this is what happens when I'm spotting for you:


In my defense, I said "bump it," not "flop it."

We pounded the rigs pretty hard, and here is the damage report. Trashed the top and the door surround while using a tree for a pivot point:

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And also lost a mirror...

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Also a few more deep dents in the armor, and a little bit of body damage, so all in all a great day of wheelin' in perfect weather.

Fortunately, I have a spare door surround:

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...and a spare old top which will hold me over until I can find a new replacement. The section of the main top which was damaged is in fine condition on this old top,

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So no harm, no foul.

Also had a cooling fan power wire come loose and get cut by the belt, causing an overheat and requiring a quick trail repair. I'll pull it all back apart for a permanent repair when I get the chance.
 

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And one more problem which started yesterday as well, and I'm hoping for some insight.

I'm suddenly having trouble starting the rig. What happens is on the first attempt, I will turn over for 5 seconds or so and it does not start. I hit it again and it starts right up, and then runs fine.

Chris said maybe a crankshaft position sensor. Anyone have any other ideas as to where to look?
 

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And one more problem which started yesterday as well, and I'm hoping for some insight.

I'm suddenly having trouble starting the rig. What happens is on the first attempt, I will turn over for 5 seconds or so and it does not start. I hit it again and it starts right up, and then runs fine.

Chris said maybe a crankshaft position sensor. Anyone have any other ideas as to where to look?
What happens if you prime the fuel system for a couple seconds before trying to start it?
 

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What happens if you prime the fuel system for a couple seconds before trying to start it?
It, ahhh, tells me what the problem is????

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You got it, 'Score. If I cycle the key a few times before starting, it fires right up. Tells me I've most likely got an issue with the pressure valve on the fuel pump. I was not crazy about the pump when I did the Hemi. I got it from Red Rock, it was all plastic, and did not look even as sturdy as the stock unit. It will not surprise me at all if that is the problem.
 

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My buddy Victor Gasior, whom I wheeled with yesterday, put together this video. He got some cool shots.

 

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A quick project for the rig today. I picked up an LED backup light set recently from a dude name Claytone over on wrangler TJ Forum, and took a few minutes today to get them installed.

Clay builds a nice set - very well done.

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Popping them in took only a few minutes per side. To properly locate the mounting holes in the separation plate, Claytone was thoughtful enough to drop a proper sized nail in the package to use as a transfer punch - but I just used an actual transfer punch.

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Drilled the holes and tightened down the screws...

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...removed the original backup bulb, plugged the unit in, slid the separation plate back into the light housing...

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...reinstalled the lens...

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...and Boom!

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I think it took me longer to make this post then to complete the project. A nice upgrade for a reasonable cost.

I can tell you for a fact that these things are bright, even during the day. Coming from someone who spent a day wheeling behind you.
 

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Crazy weather here. Yesterday, I’m out on the big KTM in 75 degrees.

Then 4 or 5 inches of this stuff last night, and not going above freezing today.

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I mentioned that at one point on Saturday the rig overheated - always seems to happen when wheelin' with Victor :rolleyes:. It turned out that the e-fan wire harness came loose, contacted the serpentine belt, which then cut the 10 gauge power wire - but none of the other 3 wires in the harness, strangely enough - necessitating a quick trail repair.

Here are Victor and Brian saying, "Will you hurry up already??? Man, we hate wheelin' with newbies..."

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So today I turned that trail repair into a permanent repair. I did not have any 10 gauge wire with me on the trail, only 14 gauge, so I doubled it up to make it work which was fine for the rest of the day.

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I cut the repair out, and replaced it with some actual 10 gauge and a couple of shrink crimps.

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On inspection, I found the original cause. The retention clip on the fan which holds the wire harness in place (and away from the belt...:sneaky:) had cracked, allowing the harness to come loose. Damn cheap-*** Spal fan...

So I added a few zip ties to keep that from happening again:

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Back in, tested, and done:

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Note to self: Carry some heavier gauge wire, Newbie!
 

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It, ahhh, tells me what the problem is????

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You got it, 'Score. If I cycle the key a few times before starting, it fires right up. Tells me I've most likely got an issue with the pressure valve on the fuel pump. I was not crazy about the pump when I did the Hemi. I got it from Red Rock, it was all plastic, and did not look even as sturdy as the stock unit. It will not surprise me at all if that is the problem.
A quick follow-up note to my post above about the fuel pump issue.

Here is the original '04 pump on the left, and the pump I picked up from Red Rock when I did the Hemi install on the right. This was an Autobest pump, and I was never happy with how it looked compared to the OEM version - all plastic, and a little bit cheapo looking. I guess it proved me right by failing (well, the check valve anyway) after just under four years.

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I reached out to Jim Beebe over at Red Rock for more info on the pump, but heard absolutely nothing in return.

So after a good bit of research, I ordered a new Bosch fuel pump for an '05 TJ. In '05 and '06 Jeep changed over to a 59 psi pump which is what the Hemi needs. Everything I've read, and the input I've gotten from others, says that the Bosch pump is the way to go, should work fine with just a bit of trimming to fit the '04 tank, and be very reliable. Bosch, right?

It showed up today - here it is:

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Damn, it looks exactly like the Autobest unit which failed on me. Hopefully the components are a bit better, but it sure looks like it was made in the same place. Oh well, we shall see.
 
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