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Old 01-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #31
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Fitted this $35 DDM Tuning LED light to my reverse lights. Only draws 1.25 amps, and I hooked it into the reverse light circuit on the passenger tail light. 3x as bright as before and can easily see with my scratched up rear window.

110mm Spot style light (more like a directed flood light):

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/LED-Work-Lamp

Took me 15 mins to do and I just bolted the light to an existing hole. Relatively cheap IMO and pretty easy to do.

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Old 01-11-2012, 11:26 AM   #32
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Took both of my Jerry cans and sprayed them both with rustoleum bed liner. They look good!!

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:53 AM   #33
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placed an led light on my hard top dome light, really lights up the entire cabin
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:26 PM   #34
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Most build threads are filled with stories of rust and stuck bolts. A lot of the bolts on your YJ frame are floating nuts you can't get to to clean up the rust. But you can get a drill close enough to do this. Depending on the size of the bolt find a corresponding pistol or rifle bore and use the cleaning brush. Load it into your drill lubricate and clean the threads. Saves the time of tapping all the threads again and with some lubricant you cant clean the rust and leave lube film at thhe same time. You will finnd a brush that fits tight may be dificult to reverse and come out sometimes run the brush all the way through aand then reverse. It has saved me hours. At your local gun shop bore brushes are relatively cheap cleaning tools for the YJ.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #35
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Those are DIY, 5 LED's soldered together then sealed up with glue. Plan on replacing with inexpensive LED modules soon..

LED dash lights:



LED accent's in my dome lights:



Parachord flashlight holster:



Parachord grab handles:



Found the parachord at a garage sale for $5, big spool of it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:12 PM   #36
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So any more non lights cheap fun or easy mods?

I don't have any done yet as I haven't picked up my jeep yet but, I do plan on trying a few of these.

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:29 AM   #37
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I took a needle and thread to keep them up there
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #38
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As soon as I get some free time I'm gonna cut my stock fenders and flares to look like this...
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:46 AM   #39
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a pretty easy sounding upgrade I was told about was increasing the size of the yj's gas tank. Not totally sure how to do it though.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #40
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a pretty easy sounding upgrade I was told about was increasing the size of the yj's gas tank. Not totally sure how to do it though.
Jus search "yj gas tank mod".
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:15 AM   #41
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I trimmed my fenders as well because free is the best kind of mod (especially when it's a functional mod).. I've since trimmed my rears as well and removed the TJ flares, just don't have a pic.



Also, for you guys who do the flush mount LED taillights, I found these little LEDs for reverse lights that are cheap and work great. Amazon.com: 2x Custom Black Anodized Aluminum 6500K Xenon White 4.5W SMD LED Eagle Eye Lamps Back Up Backup Reverse Parking Light For Car Van SUV Coupe Sedan: Automotive You can find the same ones on ebay for even less $ too, I just don't feel like searching for them lol. The LED flush mount tails are cheap on Amazon as well.. I think I paid about $25 total after shipping for the set. Just search AutoSmart.





Here's a night shot of the reverse lights with no edits/filters..


I also used a few of them under the jeep for rock lights.

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:40 AM   #42
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I wanted a shadecloth bikini for my jeep so I got some shade screen for your patio doors in your house from lowes and measured inside the bars and windshield frame. I cut out the shade cloth and added a 1.5" to my measurment. Fold the extra length and stitch it together with a 2" strip of weatherproof material like boat interior is made from so it makes a loop. Then all you need is some wooden dowels or cut down fiberglass tent poles out of a dome tent. You will need to cut a half circul out of the loops to run velcro strips around the dowel rods to strap around the bars.

If you can find a friend with a jeep and they will split the cost of the shade cloth it will only be around 20 bucks each.

When I first bought my jeep back in 2002 I wanted to put more lift on it but i needed tires and only had enuff cash for 1 or the other not both. It had about 2" when I bought it and 31x12x50s and I wanted to bump it up th 33s so I put a 1" body lift on it. Cheap and easy. Gonna do the 1" motor mounts next then on to the springs.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:06 PM   #43
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I wanted a shadecloth bikini for my jeep so I got some shade screen for your patio doors in your house from lowes and measured inside the bars and windshield frame. I cut out the shade cloth and added a 1.5" to my measurment. Fold the extra length and stitch it together with a 2" strip of weatherproof material like boat interior is made from so it makes a loop. Then all you need is some wooden dowels or cut down fiberglass tent poles out of a dome tent. You will need to cut a half circul out of the loops to run velcro strips around the dowel rods to strap around the bars. If you can find a friend with a jeep and they will split the cost of the shade cloth it will only be around 20 bucks each. When I first bought my jeep back in 2002 I wanted to put more lift on it but i needed tires and only had enuff cash for 1 or the other not both. It had about 2" when I bought it and 31x12x50s and I wanted to bump it up th 33s so I put a 1" body lift on it. Cheap and easy. Gonna do the 1" motor mounts next then on to the springs. I
Could you post some pics? Sounds interesting.
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Took a $14 headlamp (used for hunting and camping) and cut the straps, then with adhesive backed velcro, I stuck it to the windshield frame just above and the right of the rearview mirror - instant dome light. And, using the velcro, I have an emergency flashlight if I need one.

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This is an awesome idea. I borrowed it from Cubby and it works real well. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:35 AM   #45
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Flush mount LED Taillights, LED gauges lights, TJ Flares, CAD Bypass...... Maintenance
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:07 PM   #46
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being a newly purchased YJ owner. This thread is freaking perfect for me. Please keep this up.
I will be buying some cans of plasti dip to have fun with.
I need a cup holder, some interior lights, speaker box/bar ideas and I realllly need an idea to get my Shifter knob to be higher an closer to me as it drills the dash and can get hard for me to reach at times.
Lighting stuff is really cool, lets please keep em coming
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:52 PM   #47
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BTW: 4cyl XJ leaf springs and 6cyl XJ springs seem to be the same. And if you wanted to go cheap, just buy 1 set of rear XJ springs and use the main leaves up front and the 2nds in the back.
Good info to know. My factory YJ springs are saggin and need perkin up. Good thread you started.

I used a set of cheap LED lights from Kmart. Tore apart a junk computer hard drive to get the massive strong magnets out. Used E6000 craft glue to glue the magnets to the LED lights. I have a movable dome light and a work light if needed

Here is the "How I did it" video
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:56 PM   #48
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$500 winch to mount on the front? Or a $50 "come-along" winch puller to keep in the trunk? I feel as though the come-along can do the same things, save you money, and give you a some extra arm strength
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Ive broken come-a-longs that way. They work ok for some things but if you are really stuck they aren't much of a help.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:05 AM   #50
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That's good to know. I'm probably end up getting a winch eventually
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:06 PM   #51
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One of the first things my husband grabbed was a CB Speaker. Quickly found that speeds above 40mph means there is no way to hear the stock CB. Mounted it right to the center of the roll bar.

Also got a PA Speaker. It fits perfectly under the hood mounted to the fender, now we can yell at people on the road/trail. Or as my husband enjoys, blast Ride of the Valkyries.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:54 AM   #52
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Idk if people do this bit i havent seen it yet..I turned the wipers down a bit to sit lower on the windshield. Its no tj wiper conversion but its free.
I turned my windshield wipers because my girlfriend kept bitching because she is short and go tired of trying to look around them lol
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:28 AM   #53
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Cobra knot door handles and oh s#*t handles $3.00

(Cobra Knot | How to tie the Cobra Knot (Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) | Decorative Knots)

Digi Camo duct tape dash board $3.79 from Wal-Mart it may be redneck but it looks way better than my trashed factory dash cover until I find a replacement or do a CJ dash

I'll post some pics soon

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Old 06-07-2014, 09:27 AM   #54
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best free mod I've ever done is pull my rear panhard. Ride is now as good as any TJ I've been in.
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best free mod I've ever done is pull my rear panhard. Ride is now as good as any TJ I've been in.
I'm a noob. What's a panhard?
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I'm a noob. What's a panhard?
Sounds like the trackbar to me.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:45 PM   #57
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Sounds like the trackbar to me.
Yep track bar
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a pretty easy sounding upgrade I was told about was increasing the size of the yj's gas tank. Not totally sure how to do it though.
I did mine several years ago. The gas tank is actually 20 gal but there's a nozzle stuck into the top of the tank that only allows 15 gal to be put into the tank. Go to the link and see how to make the tank hold 20 gallons. Basically it's just pulling the filler neck piece out.

The only problem I have (not a problem really) is the gauge reads FULL until I'm down to 3/4 tank then it starts reading correctly. I guess it would be possible to adjust the float valve inside the tank but I never bothered.
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Speaking of lighting ...

Took some $10 flexible LED's for interior lighting, cut out the cheap battery it's hooked up to and connected it to my side marker lights. I kept the push button and drilled a little opening in my dash for it ... now I have cool, white interior lighting in my YJ's dash at the push of a button.
Sounds sweeeet!!
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I'm a little confused in measurement of cheap upgrade/mod. What is the actual window of "cheap" price range? There plenty of other modes that are fairly cheap. For me personally "cheap" is in range of free to 100$ per mod, so i will list few below.

1. remove both track backs front and rear, and get a telescopic track bar for front. around 80-100$ (for the telescopic track bar)
2. Rhino-liner/rustolem oil based industrial paint. - double coat whole frame and under carriage, sticks well to rust. 30$ per gallon i believe.
3. pair of new seats off junk yard for usually 100$. get electrical, hook them up, will require some drilling.
and many more others that can fit into that category of cheapness, like new bumpers and etc.

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