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Old 08-22-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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Finally saw a little action in the TJ... also a question.

Today my wife and I ran up and down some of the backroads here in rural Arkansas. Lots of nice mud-pits and a few levee trails later my TJ looks like this:







Had a blast... I've been converted for life.

Now for the next part: to and from my job I drive up and down a rather hilly stretch of road and lots of deer like to jump out in front of me. As it gets darker I'm afraid the factory lighting isn't going to be able to light up enough road for me to notice the deer before it's too late.

I was planning some aux. lighting for my first mod, and I've narrowed it down to some KC HiLiGHTS (unless they don't offer the kind of light I need) and a front light bar. So my real question is, what's the best kind of lights for my situation? Short-range or long-range driving, fog lights, etc?

There are other people on this road too, so I don't want to blind anyone.

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Old 08-22-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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nice!! now get it even dirtier next time!!

as for the lights i would start by upgrading your stock headlights to an h4 style. delta makes a good one and so does ipf.
delta: Delta Tech 1-1199-50X - Delta 7" Round Quad Bar Xenon Headlamp Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
ipf: IPF 920H - IPF H4 Round Headlamp Upgrade for 45-86 & 97-06 Jeep CJ & Wrangler TJ, Unlimited - Each - Quadratec

ipf also make a bulb that i like called the fatboy. quadratc has it but im sure you can find it other places too. i would check the local laws before putting offroad lights on there and trying to run them on the street, most places dont like them and require that there covered.

FYI: check that left front tire and ball joints, looks to be wearing more on the outside edge.

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Good stuff - careful this is addicting! And I bet you cant get it muddier !
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:37 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. People I know people that run a bunch of lights while on road up here. I do want to do the headlight conversion tho.
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well if you can run offroad lights then get two flood lights, the brighter the better, and two spot lights. point the flood dead ahead, mounted to the front bumper, and the spots off to the side, mounted to the windshield hinges, so that they light up the trees, thats how you see the fuckers. if you really want to see get a windshield bar and mount 2 more floods up there with 2 more spots pointed dead ahead, you will be able to see everything with that but all that aint cheap. as for the other drivers on the road, the ones behind you will love it and id just turn them off if someone was coming toward me.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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Haha, I am a fan of overkill, but I think that's a bit much for my needs.

I think I may take the advice mentioned earlier and grab those Delta conversion headlights and I may also go ahead and grab a light bar for the bumper and a couple of other lights.

I'm off to do a search now, but has anyone used those Delta H4 conversions with good success?
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:35 PM   #7
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I'm off to do a search now, but has anyone used those Delta H4 conversions with good success?
Check this out: (The before and after pictures will convince you!)


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Old 08-23-2009, 10:59 PM   #8
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Thanks, marc!

EDIT: Upon reviewing the link... I only have this to say.

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Old 08-23-2009, 11:02 PM   #9
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Oh, and 350, the ball joints are fine, it had a bad steering damper and still has a bad track bar, so it gets horrible death wobble at highway speeds... going to take care of that this week, I suspect that should clear up that "out of alignment" wear. New tires when scholarship money comes in soon.

Thanks for looking out though.
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Thanks, marc!

EDIT: Upon reviewing the link... I only have this to say.

LOL Yeah I got that on my list of mods. Between Jeeps and guitars it's always a toss up. Just need things to pick up at work, and my first mod will be putting steps on my LJ (the wife and kids complain too much LOL)
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How do you get a scholarship for your Jeep! I need one too.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:45 PM   #12
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Haha, its just excess money that comes back from college. It goes to me when my grants and scholarships go over tuition and fees.

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