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Old 01-23-2013, 11:28 PM   #271
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Wal-Mart has that flashlight with batteries and the mini led light for $29. Just make sure you get the LED as they sell both like that.
Got a link? I can't see that package deal anywhere in their site.

Edit: I looked into it, and the key is to be sure you get the PRO model in order to get the 274 lumens. Their older LED version was only 134 lumens.

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Not sure if you can get it online or not. My wal mart had all the colors but the old ones were mixed in so you had to double check the box.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #273
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I ordered the Accessory Pack along with the Maglite.

I simply drilled holes in the seat frame using a 9/64" bit and attached the clips with supplied screws.

It's the two clips that hold the light in.

Mounting mine this weekend using the same brackets. Haven't decided on the location yet but I like this option a lot.

Do you have to open the door to remove the light?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #274
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Mounting mine this weekend using the same brackets. Haven't decided on the location yet but I like this option a lot.

Do you have to open the door to remove the light?
I'm not because I don't have doors on right now. lol

I'd guess yes though. Which shouldn't be a problem because I don't foresee needing it if I'm in the cab.
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Hey Kramer, planning on ordering the skinny pedal door hangers. Are they a good quality product.
Got my bushwhacker front flares on just the back to do. Unfortunately they shorted me all of the pan head screws so have to go to auto store in the morning to finish. U were right they look awesome.
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The Skinny Pedal door hangers are very good quality. Be forewarned that they take a long time to arrive after ordering though. My set and my dad's set took about 6 weeks and 5 weeks, respectively. But it's worth the wait, they rock.
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thought you might like a pic of the arctec truss kit.
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Man, I wish I had your talent
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Looks badass jeepinit!


Is that your garage? What a sweet workspace you've got there.
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Is that your garage? What a sweet workspace you've got there.
That is the understatement of the year.

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Looks badass jeepinit!


Is that your garage? What a sweet workspace you've got there.

+1. Does that double as an airplane hangar?
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That is one end of it. Built it myself as an add on to the house with a full man cave two years ago (tornado room, bar, big screen tv, outdoor kitchen etc). Finished that now on to building a jeep.



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I wish I had your Budget!
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I wish I had your Budget!
Mine or Kramer's?
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Alrighty then, I'm giddy over this project today.

Since changing out my sound bar speakers to Polk db651 my system seemed to reveal a major weakness in the front mids. They'd pop and distort pretty easily with even a moderately bass-heavy song. The tweeters sucked too.

I ultimately decided to swap out the front 4 speakers for the Polk MM6501 component set. I did some reading and this is supposed to be their "Mobile Monitors." They're flagship line of speakers.



They look different than any speakers I've had before. I've never really got into anything exotic as far as build materials go on speakers. The run-of-the-mill upgrade set is all I've ever bought. These things look great upon first inspection. Counterintuitively, the mid woofers are also light. I was expecting something pretty substantial. But then I remember this from the product literature:

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Neodymium is a rare earth material we use in all MM driver magnets, excluding 461P, that are about 1/10 the weight of a comparable ceramic magnet and much more powerful. The smaller magnet means the MM6501 components fit easily into more applications.
Here's a comparison shot of the POS "premium" Alpine speakers I removed. I tore off the protective film to reveal the speaker cone.



Comparison showing the magnets.





They installed easily into the speaker tubs that hold the stock speakers. The speakers came with an adapter bracket that was required to mount the new speakers. I applied a line of extruded butyl rope between the speaker box and bracket, then tightened down the speaker. I also filled the box with polyfil.

Here's the two speakers ready to go back in.



I then needed to move to the tweeters. I knew this wouldn't simply be a remove and replace due to the size of the new tweeters.

Here's a comparison of the stock unit and the Polk tweeters.



I enlarged the tweeter pods using my RotoZip tool and a sanding bit.



The rough edges and odd shape don't matter because the new tweeters mount in a flush mount with a beauty ring which hides that mess.

Here's the flush mount ready to accept the tweeter.



Here's the pretty tweeter all mounted inside the pod.



I then mounted the crossovers using double sided tape to the back side of the lower dash panel. There's enough room at the bottom of those panels to hide everything neatly.

I wired these front components directly to my Pioneer AVH-X4500BT head unit. The sound bar speakers and sub are still wired to the factory Alpine amplifier.

A big thanks to b.lister for his detailed tutorial on how to remove the front speakers. That made this job a breeze.

The result of this incredibly pleasing!

The sound is so rich and the bass hits so much harder and clearer. I was worried because I read a review somewhere on the internet that these lack good bass. Boy was that guy wrong, or screwed something up. I love my sound system so much better now.

The next step will be to replace the factory sub and wire it to a mono amp.
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A $400 front soundstage? Ok, I'm officially jealous now...
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A $400 front soundstage? Ok, I'm officially jealous now...
A $212 front soundstage.
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A $212 front soundstage.
Ah, much better! Do you think it would still be worth it with the stock HU and amp?
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Ah, much better! Do you think it would still be worth it with the stock HU and amp?
Hmm, I can't say. I have a feeling the stock amp wouldn't push enough to these speakers. My HU pushes 50W per channel. I doubt the crappy amp even does that.

But also you'd have to think about the crossover. Sending a signal from the amp to the crossover would likely kill a lot of the benefit since the signal is supposedly already filtered for the high and lows, respectively from the amp.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:23 PM   #290
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nice jeep! and awesome sound system. Hopefully ill see you at jeep beach and can hear it

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Heard someone mention relocating the vacume pump.Even though some bumpers do not need the pump to be relocated I read on some other forums where because of the location, the pumps were corroding and the likes.I decided to move mine,just a kind of PM measure.After looking at the various relocation kits available I went with the OR-FAB model.It wasnt the cheapest or most expensive, but is really built well,sturdy with a near 10ga.bracket and moves the pump up and inside the engine compartment on drivers side between the PCM and the ABS UNIT.The kit is#87046 and is around 30 bucks.Hope this helps!!!Great build thread,keep it going!!!
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Heard someone mention relocating the vacume pump.Even though some bumpers do not need the pump to be relocated I read on some other forums where because of the location, the pumps were corroding and the likes.I decided to move mine,just a kind of PM measure.After looking at the various relocation kits available I went with the OR-FAB model.It wasnt the cheapest or most expensive, but is really built well,sturdy with a near 10ga.bracket and moves the pump up and inside the engine compartment on drivers side between the PCM and the ABS UNIT.The kit is#87046 and is around 30 bucks.Hope this helps!!!Great build thread,keep it going!!!
The only thing you have to consider with that kit is that it puts the pump in the standard location for the sPod source box if you ever decide to add one of those.

That's the reason I had to go with a different vacuum pump relocation kit that places it up against the firewall instead. Just something to keep in mind...
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The only thing you have to consider with that kit is that it puts the pump in the standard location for the sPod source box if you ever decide to add one of those.

That's the reason I had to go with a different vacuum pump relocation kit that places it up against the firewall instead. Just something to keep in mind...
How about adding OBA? Does your method of mounting the vacuum pump preclude OBA now for that popular location?
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How about adding OBA? Does your method of mounting the vacuum pump preclude OBA now for that popular location?
With or without the sPOD?

The sPOD source box blocks the space that is often used for OBA systems.

However, there is a new OBA system that is close to release that actually goes underneath the Jeep next to the evap!

Info here:
http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.php?t=252017

The other option would be to move the sPOD source box on/near the battery (perhaps with velcro?)
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My complaint with the factory Alpines was the clarity. It was just muddy and lacked any crispness. Well that has been resolved.

As far as volume, it didn't lose any. The weak spot in the system now is the factory amp. The Polk speakers can handle a ton of power (60 RMS). I'll likely leave the amp and front speakers alone for now. I'd like to now replace the factory sub with a JL 8" sub and a small mono amp to power it.

Kramer, your jeep is unreal, absolutely awesome! That being said, forgive my ignorance, but i'm new to Jeepin' and I'm thinking about eventually replacing my stock Sahara speakers. I was under the impression the Jeep can get rained and everything is waterproof. Is that a correct statement? Do your new Polks affect that?

Its possible that is a really dumb question, but I'm tryin to get my facts straight. haha
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I can't speak on how "marine-grade" the speakers are. But that's what they're rated at. I mean, there's no paper in my upgraded speakers, so there's that. I'd imagine they'd be fine getting a little wet. But at the same time it's not really a concern of mine because I'll do my best to keep it from getting dumped on.

The Polks do nothing as far as degrading the weatherproof nature of a stock Jeep. If anything they're a step up because they use a lot of synthetic materials versus paper comes. I can't remember what the stockers were made with. They're junk, I do know that!
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As an update to the thread, I do have some things in the works for my Jeep.

My JCR sliders are at powder coating. I have a Dynomax Evolution Off-Road exhaust arriving tomorrow. I know, I know. I'm not doing it for HP gains. I just want some more growl out of the engine and to ditch the hideous can from behind my Jeep. This new one tucks up tight and exits in front of the rear axle. And I ordered a 42" Hi-Lift to go on my Teraflex tailgate hinge. I need to find in stock or preorder the accessory mount from Tesaflex.
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Great thread and a really good job on your Jeep. I have the the same Evo exhaust system on my jeep. I'm interested to hear how you like it.....but give it at least 3 weeks in break in. Party On!
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If I didn't think of it..you did....keep it up.
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Been on that ferry many times, my wife is from Jacksonville. That was the jetties you were at? correct.

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