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Old 02-11-2006, 07:07 PM   #1
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A few new minor additions to the Jeep

Ok; well the past week I've done a few minor things to the Jeep.

I was getting tired of freezing my butt off in the chilly 80*F mornings so I decided to add a heater. It's a Flexalite Mojave (And the J is not silent, it sound cooler ) unit, 12000 BTUs and I think 170something CFMs. Not the most powerfull, but PLENTY for my little Jeep. A welcome change to the usual ski-jacket and pants scenario.



Installation in general was easy - but the spot I picked to put it made routing the hoses tricky as they required making some sharp turns which would kink them. A few stops at Home Depot and Lowe's later and I came up with some elbow fittings and adapters that did the trick. It blows LOTS of hot air, nice and relaxing on those chilly days and frosty nights here (about 1 or 2 months out of the year)

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I finally got a new laptop a few weeks ago; so I decided to upgrade my navigational abilities a bit. I loaded my old laptop with the most detailed topographical maps you can get of the entire state, and loaded several GPS management programs and radio repeater atlas programs on as well. I've also loaded it with packet radio sound card software, meaning I now have the ability for digital computerized radio modes such as standard emailing (from the middle of NOWHERE) and position beacon broadcasting. Makes finding my spot and new trails a real piece of cake. I cut up and old laptop bag so that to charge it the only thing I need to do is pull out the power cord and plug it in - it fits perfectly behind the seats and is easily transported anywhere. I also made room for my handheld 2m ham radio, my GPS (which is dash mounted when I'm using it), and all my atlas and trail guide books. Everything I need for navigation in one small package:



Next mod:

Moved my radios around (Icom IC-2100H 55w 2m VHF transceiver, and Cobra 18WX-STII), nothing major; but I like the spot. Out of easy sight, stable mount, and easily controllable. Yes I know I need to clean my floor and firewall



I've also fabbed up a 'rough draft' wire terminal cover to cover the stock interior wiring distribution block (a friggin jungle of a mess); going from this:



to this:



Looks MUCH cleaner!

(continued - damnit Dave remove the 10 image limit! )

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And since my toolbox was ripped of a month or so ago (which prompted my install of a car alarm, new top, and hard glass half doors) I found this deal for 15 bucks at walmart. Yes you need MANY more tools (which I have in a separate box), but the set contains all the 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive shallow and deep well sockets and drivers you'll ever need. Typical korean tools - but works GREAT for a trail tool set.





Well, that's my report for today

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Sounds like you have been a busy guy! LOVE the navigation pack idea... Don't know if the wife would buy the "but I need 2 laptops so I have one for the Jeep" argument right now though... Glad that you won't freeze anymore! Yesterday when I got in my car to go to work it was 16*, so I don't feel that bad for you! .
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So how's the new engine build going? Are you running it yet?
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I was getting tired of freezing my butt off in the chilly 80*F mornings so I decided to add a heater. It's a Flexalite Mojave (And the J is not silent, it sound cooler ) unit, 12000 BTUs and I think 170something CFMs. Not the most powerfull, but PLENTY for my little Jeep. A welcome change to the usual ski-jacket and pants scenario.

I am with jeeperman, i would love 80*F i would take the top off in this weather, the past week i have been going to work in 10-20*F weather and i stay in the 20's till about 11:00 or noon. and I have a soft top and soft half door.
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so you guys freeze in your soft tops and soft doors then?
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so you guys freeze in your soft tops and soft doors then?
I promise you'll stay warm....if the heater works! My 2003 TJ (full doors/soft top) will make you sweat and even my CJ (rag top/doors) keeps me toasty.

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