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Old 07-25-2011, 10:11 AM   #61
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Here is my mod completed not 20 minutes ago.
I have a wood cover over the rear of the jeep and attached my cooler to it.

Its an igloo marine cooler. Snugs down nice and tight. My girl will be able to grab me a soda while on our trip to Colorado this Friday.
Wood cover for bed - $50
6x9 speakers in the front bulk head of cover $20 (Craigslist)
150 watt amp mounted to the cover $35 (crappy boss audio amp)
Cooler - $20 (walmart)
Hardware for mounting cooler - $10

Not having to worry about losing your beer on the trail - priceless
That's sweet!

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Old 07-25-2011, 10:18 AM   #62
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This is awesome! Not bad at all if there is no reason to have the back seats in. I like it.

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:04 AM   #63
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I don't need the back seat and I have some shed latches that lock so when the tailgate is shut and locked the wood cover can be locked as well. Nice and secure. Plenty of storage, and it keeps stuff dry.
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This is my latest cheap mod. I modified an old cargo net, I find it very useful especialy since I drive w/o door most of the year. Laters
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Thats pretty cool, good place for trail maps, cell phones and what not
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:15 PM   #66
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Spray on bedliner for the handles ($8.99), Turned my slotted headlight covers into "Angry Eyes" ($0.00), DIY High lift jack holder with lock ($35.00), took off rollbar padding (not the ones near driver/pass heads tho). And that was just today More will come to me later, heres some pics to hold you over.
Just bought my liner to do this! Thanks man!
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:44 PM   #67
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Superbrightleds.com gauge cluster. Tri led's #74 wedge base. 5 for gauge cluster 3 for HVAC. The bulbs for the courtesy and dome lights are in the vid. For the shifter plate (auto only) I just painted the bulb with nail polish and pulled out the plastic tint strip from the bottom of the plate.

Search blue led on the tj section. It's the second thread that pops up. And the video on page 2 at the end I ordered the exact same bulbs.
Remember if they don't work take them out 180 them and put them back in.
I appreciate the help but can you be a bit more specific on the 74 bulb
There is a
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And a 74-xhp3
I'm sure I would know if I opened up the cluster but I don't want to open it until I get everything

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No idea. The part numbers are listed at the end of the video i was talking about.
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Oh ok cool I'll check when I get home I'm on my phone right now.

Thanks again
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:45 PM   #71
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Cool stuff. Too lazy to do anything anymore. Working 2 jobs @ 22 years old I feel like I am 80 years old when I move around. It's bad.

Loving the cooler mod, I would use fiberglass so it was see threw instead of wood. But great idea man... Might have to buy some thick fiberglass soon and ditto that design.
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Go to this thread: Dash Light Mod

You'll find the info you're looking for and the links.

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I appreciate the help but can you be a bit more specific on the 74 bulb
There is a
74-x
74-xhp
And a 74-xhp3
I'm sure I would know if I opened up the cluster but I don't want to open it until I get everything

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Nice license plate! I'm curious on how you mounted your front bumper? Did you leave it open in the back and formed like a C-frame and just drilled holes similar to the stock set up with the bolts right through to the frame?
Thanks! 3x3 angle and 2x2 angle finger joined on the back of the bumper to create a strongback of sorts. frame is 4" tall and my bumper center section is 4.5"... this allowed the 1/4" angle iron to be seam welded flush to the top and bottom and slide onto the framerails.

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Holy crap. How much do those bumpers weigh?
Can't give you an exact weight, but front is only about 30-40 lbs ( .120 wall) and the rear is close to 60-80 lbs (.250 wall)
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Thanks! 3x3 angle and 2x2 angle finger joined on the back of the bumper to create a strongback of sorts. frame is 4" tall and my bumper center section is 4.5"... this allowed the 1/4" angle iron to be seam welded flush to the top and bottom and slide onto the framerails.

Can't give you an exact weight, but front is only about 30-40 lbs ( .120 wall) and the rear is close to 60-80 lbs (.250 wall)
Oh very cool! I like it alot! I just bought me a welder today. Just gotta practice my welds a little then I'm off to fabbing
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:56 PM   #75
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Here is my mod completed not 20 minutes ago.
I have a wood cover over the rear of the jeep and attached my cooler to it.

Its an igloo marine cooler. Snugs down nice and tight. My girl will be able to grab me a soda while on our trip to Colorado this Friday.
Wood cover for bed - $50
6x9 speakers in the front bulk head of cover $20 (Craigslist)
150 watt amp mounted to the cover $35 (crappy boss audio amp)
Cooler - $20 (walmart)
Hardware for mounting cooler - $10

Not having to worry about losing your beer on the trail - priceless
That is definitely a "add to the to do list" for me!
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Rhino lining the door handles was mentioned above, I am definately going to do this, but what do you guys think about doing it to the front grill??? i have a dark green jeep, i saw a guy do it on a jk, and it looked pretty good.
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Rhino lining the door handles was mentioned above, I am definately going to do this, but what do you guys think about doing it to the front grill??? i have a dark green jeep, i saw a guy do it on a jk, and it looked pretty good.
Go for it... you only live once!!!! I have seen a few TJ's with the grille gone black.... it looks good. Look around.. you might see a few pics in here... or ask on a new thread... you'll see...
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Yesterday I hardwired a cell phone charger for my Jeep on top of the dash where I keep my cell phone. It is the perfect spot for when I need to use the GPS on my phone and charge it at the same time.

I got one of these (Amazon.com: Roadpro 12V Battery Clip-On and Cigarette Lighter Adapter: Automotive) for about $6 with free shipping and cut the clamps off. I wired it in parallel to the existing cig lighter and ran it up behind the dash. I then got this (Amazon.com: Motorola Vehicle Power Adapter micro-USB Rapid Rate Charger: Cell Phones & Accessories) for about $5 and hid it behind the dash as well and plugged it into my new socket. I put everything back together and had the tip sticking out of the top of my air vent on my dash.

Now my cell phone charger is always in the same spot and no one can ask to "borrow" it.

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Here is my mod completed not 20 minutes ago.
I have a wood cover over the rear of the jeep and attached my cooler to it.









Its an igloo marine cooler. Snugs down nice and tight. My girl will be able to grab me a soda while on our trip to Colorado this Friday.
Wood cover for bed - $50
6x9 speakers in the front bulk head of cover $20 (Craigslist)
150 watt amp mounted to the cover $35 (crappy boss audio amp)
Cooler - $20 (walmart)
Hardware for mounting cooler - $10

Not having to worry about losing your beer on the trail - priceless
I have something similar, but I am avoiding wood.

It will sag over time, especially with a full cooler. Perhaps a but of angle iron bolted side to side would reinforce it.

I did a ladder setup using angle iron to lay on the tub rails and box steel to run side to side.



I have holes drilled in the beams to support a trail rack.



Plans include expanded metal grating welded on to this (or sheet metal - haven't decided). With another bit of ladder work between the cage bars in back, it'd be rather secure. It is held in place by rounded head allen bolts that mount to the stock locations for the hard top bolts. The front end lines up with the point where the tub drops to the floor pans, so I'll be putting in a bulkhead in front as well. It's a living project.

The great thing about this is that for water proofing, I run my duster on top of the deck, but under the rack (I have 4 small holes for the bolts and the washers seal it up).

The rack can hold a cooler or it can hold my recovery gear while on the trail. I may add some additional tiedowns so I can use the entire surface area.

Total costs:
Metal from local scrap yard: $25.00
Welding and supplies: free (friend who welds)
Mounting bolts: $2.00
Rack: Already had, but can substitute cooler like above.
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this is my silver 65th ann. ed with the front grill painted black. i really like it. tailgate is black and soon to be black fenders. hope the pic helps
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Few cheap, easy mods I have done to my TJ.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:30 AM   #82
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Hi-Lift mounted to roll bar. 03+ TJ's have thicker padding. I ended up using a 4" muffler clamp and wing nuts. Soft top still folds back. Total $10

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Installed LED Instrument cluster and HVAC control bulbs. This is for 03 and up I believe or if your setup looks like mine. You will need Five, 74-xHP: Wedge Base LED Bulb-74BHP-BLUE for the instrument panel. Three, NEOx LED Instrument Bulb - NEO4-B: 4MM NEO4-x BLUE for the HVAC controls. Install took less then 30 minutes, and I was taking my time.
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Hard Top dolly. $20 with wheels. There are plans online somewhere. VERY easy to make.
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Rhino lining the door handles was mentioned above, I am definately going to do this, but what do you guys think about doing it to the front grill??? i have a dark green jeep, i saw a guy do it on a jk, and it looked pretty good.
Or, instead of the Rhino lining stuff...have you thought about using Plasti Dip? I bought a can of the dipping style and two cans of the spray on. I absolutely love the stuff! LOL I did my headlight bezels and antenna. Then, I did some of my tools that had no grip on them. Oh, and I did the lock nut key for my wheels so it won't scratch stuff up.

I guess, it all depends on application and the abuse that it will take in that location.

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