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Old 01-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #61
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So, so true! Touché.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:14 PM   #63
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Mounting a LifeHammer
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Just mounted mine today
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Just mounted mine today
That is one practical item that I hope you never have to use.

Going to add it to my list. Thanks!
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That is one practical item that I hope you never have to use.

Going to add it to my list. Thanks!
Yea man. Be prepared is the Scouts motto. I figured since we have such great roll bars, in case we do flip and the belt gets stuck, I can reach for this on the dash and get out unharmed.
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So today was a good day for my Birthday! The Metalcrafters mesh grill insert came in and my loving Wife got me the Mopar slush mats. while I still hold my nose on the price of the insert, at first glance it is rock solid with a pleasant surprise to find that it's molded to fit each slat on the grill instead of sitting flat behind it. The kit also includes all new push pins in case the "old" ones do not come out too well.

The slush mats are really nice. Certainly nicer than the crap carpet that is in there now. They are thick, have rubbery spikes on the bottom to prevent movement and have the hole to fit the peg in the floor board. The Jeep logo with the tire track are nice touches. Anyway, I know what I will be doing tomorrow!
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #67
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Just mounted mine today
Do you have a picture of it mounted? I have never seen this before but I like it. Wondering where best to mount?
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:45 PM   #68
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Anyway, I know what I will be doing tomorrow!
Don't forget to post some pics of the finished project.

And remember, if you're careful on removing those 6 factory push pins they'll still look like new after you extract them and you'll have some spares if you ever need any.
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Do you have a picture of it mounted? I have never seen this before but I like it. Wondering where best to mount?
Maybe just some velcro around the rollbar? Not sure though...
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In my original post, I mentioned the paracord grab handles. Here is the pic of those. Notice how the $36.5k accessory seems to compliment the red/black grab handles.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:09 PM   #71
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Got around to the Metalcrafters mesh grill insert. As I previously mentioned, I hold my nose at the price. That said, it is solid and I like that that its molded to each slat on the grill. The directions are pretty ,ugh straight forward. Thanks to the tips by RoadiJeff, installation went smoothly. I guess the only rough patch would have been aligning the supplied clips with the wholes on the mesh. The kit also contains new push pins for your grill and the relocation of your temp sensor. Drilling was no problem in the obscure bar. What I did was use a hammer and tap to put a small dent so the drill bit didn't travel. I also opened up a pilot hole and enlarged it in steps until I got to 1/4". The tip that RoadiJeff supplied about not needing to disconnect the temp is right on. See his pic above.

This is what it looked like before:
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This is after. Overall I am very pleased with how fast the installation went and how it looks. It really does look like it came from the factory. Again notice the big red accessory surrounding it seems to compliment it.

Next on the list of functional upgrades? The highly debated and rather spirited debate(s) on headlights.

No real surprise that JK lighting sucks. Right now, the Cibies seem to be winning me over on price and performance although I really really really like the looks and performance of the JW Speaker LED solution. Price is brutal though. Truck Lite LED a distant third. Living in NE Pa., the weather is usually crap in the winter and I like the idea of even a little meting of snow/ice as the lamps heat up. Anyway, that's where I am at in that dilemma.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #73
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Don't forget your spiderweb shade. I did the stubby antenna and I think I'm going to get the ol mast one out of my garage and plasti dip it and put it back on the jeep. I am not happy with the reception. I really want to get the mopar fuel door but now extra money for the jeep is going to taxes now......
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Next on the list of functional upgrades? The highly debated and rather spirited debate(s) on headlights.
Your Metalcrafters insert looks very nice.

On the weak headlights, I also noticed this very early one morning when my wife let me borrow it to drive to work. On a back road I switched on the high beams and I thought my headlights had gone completely out! The low beam setting illuminated the road better.

My driveway has a slight uphill grade to it but on my garage door it appears that the headlights, especially the high beams, are aimed higher than the height of the lights themselves off the ground. If this is the case then it would explain why the lights get worse when I switch them on high.

I'm going to find a level parking lot with a wall 25' away and do some measuring and possible adjustments to the lights before I decide on whether I want to spend any money on upgrading the lights. The manual says I need a #15 Torx screwdriver and it's fairly easy to do.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:19 AM   #75
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Your Metalcrafters insert looks very nice.

On the weak headlights, I also noticed this very early one morning when my wife let me borrow it to drive to work. On a back road I switched on the high beams and I thought my headlights had gone completely out! The low beam setting illuminated the road better.

My driveway has a slight uphill grade to it but on my garage door it appears that the headlights, especially the high beams, are aimed higher than the height of the lights themselves off the ground. If this is the case then it would explain why the lights get worse when I switch them on high.

I'm going to find a level parking lot with a wall 25' away and do some measuring and possible adjustments to the lights before I decide on whether I want to spend any money on upgrading the lights. The manual says I need a #15 Torx screwdriver and it's fairly easy to do.
Hey, thanks for the tips!

I may do the same to try and figure out where to go. Although, I fear the results will be the same. I did hear back from Dan Stern about the Cibies. I just have to go though the extremely detailed email and decipher what I would need if I go that route and not LEDs.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #76
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I bought a smittybilt maglite flashlight holder and mounted it to the roll bar right beside the driver's seat. (just mounts with velcro straps and is rock solid)

That way if I ever need a club for whatever reason I can just reach up and grab my maglite that holds 3 D-sized batteries.

Comes in handy in case I need a flashlight as well.
I used an elastic loop and ran it around the seat support on the drivers side and made a loop for the Maglite. I can also grab it while driving. It cost about $0.15.
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After an hour in the day old Jeep with my wife and two boys (1 and 4) I think this is going to have to be my first upgrade:

Vertically Driven Products 31600 - VDP Trash Can with Cup Holders for 11-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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After an hour in the day old Jeep with my wife and two boys (1 and 4) I think this is going to have to be my first upgrade:

Vertically Driven Products 31600 - VDP Trash Can with Cup Holders for 11-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
LOL, nice choice! I eventually turned mine into a CB mount...


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I think my first "mod" was flipping the rear view mirror upside down. Then filling the soundbar with the stuffing from an old pillow....
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Do you have a picture of it mounted? I have never seen this before but I like it. Wondering where best to mount?
Hey it took me long enough to reply but I seriously sat in my JK for 20 minutes contemplating where to mount it.

I used Velcro industrial strips from a fabric store and super glue. I used super glue because high temperatures will ruin the Velcro bond. I lined the back of the LifeHammer mount with super glue then attached Velcro after.

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The only place out of the way with easy access that will actually hold that I found was the side of the sound bar facing the windshield. I lined the back of the other side of Velcro with superglue and mounted it up.

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I tied it down to the sound bar after for about a day to keep all the glue mounted well. In case I ever need to use it I can just reach up and pull it easily.

There is also a good place right above the windshield for it but you would have to use stronger velcro because it has a rounded edge and LifeHammer mount wouldn't be able to grab it.
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Oh i saw this on another thread today but i am pretty sure this classifies as a functional mod. especially if you like tailgating with your DD!

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Oh i saw this on another thread today but i am pretty sure this classifies as a functional mod. especially if you like tailgating with your DD!
Search for "Jeep MOLLE tailgate" on eBay. The guy who makes them is pretty cool. If you order one, be sure to send him a message asking him to cut whatever word you want in the top.

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:42 AM   #83
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Hillman hole plugs from Lowe's. $1.04 for a two pack. They are either 1/2" or 3'8"....I can't remember. Or you can go with UFO's as well....but they are much more expensive.
Anyone paint their Hillman hole plugs to match the body color? Pics??
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:45 PM   #84
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Finally some decent weather (if you call 35* decent). I was able to install my new Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catches. I am not going to go too much into detail because the installation is well covered by fellow Member Creepin_Jeeper. Here He did an outstanding job reviewing them and providing a pictorial of his installation. If you reading this, thanks!

My installation went ok. There were a couple of parts that slowed me down. Took me a little more than an hour. All in all, they appear to be rock solid and they look like they belong, straight from the factory.

Here are the rubber-bands:
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Here is the new latch side by side with the rubber band.
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They look great. Definitely on my list!
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Can I ask how they latch closed? Is there a cam of some sort to take place of the rubber band? Thanks
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Can I ask how they latch closed? Is there a cam of some sort to take place of the rubber band? Thanks
It's a simple hook and pin type catch.
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I was also one of those fearing to drill or cut my Jeep. Now I have no problem doing it. Just make sure the hole you make is the correct one

Most functional mods were the oh shat handles, paracord wrapped the passenger handle above the glove box, and the $600 stereo/speakers upgrade that I did.

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