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Old 02-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #391
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Here were my ideas:

I started out big with a quad monitor and then 4 of these cameras. They are CMOS not CCD but have gotten great reviews and are pretty cheap.

That came to about $175 and would give me 4 cameras (front,back,left,right). Why? Well just because its cool! The neat thing with this is you are not limited to 1 camera at a time and the monitor has pretty good resolution for each camera.

The second way I thought I could go was to get an "integrated" rearview mirror monitor and then probably 2 of the same these cameras. This way though one may be reversed or not reversed as the case may be!

This setup is about $75 and requires you to switch between inputs. Although I don't have to mount a monitor and worry about it getting stolen ...

I tossed around doing a double din conversion to get a screen but I have an awesome stereo system and don't want to go down that rabbit hole!

Really I would like to use my iPad as the monitor and access the cameras through wifi etc but there aren't any car + wifi cameras that I could find and you can't get RCA into an iPad without some kind of converter box which gets expensive and annoying ...

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I am stressed about a good place for the 4.3" screen, haha. That 7" quad monitor would be a nightmare to mount cleanly, other than a full center bezel rebuild.

I have found some cameras that I like the look of, but I am trying to make sure they don't have the distance grid lines built-in.

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I am stressed about a good place for the 4.3" screen, haha. That 7" quad monitor would be a nightmare to mount cleanly, other than a full center bezel rebuild.

I have found some cameras that I like the look of, but I am trying to make sure they don't have the distance grid lines built-in.
Okay so I'm assuming you don't want the cameras to further your ability to park in parking lots like most people, so what is the real advantage that I am missing here? Is it so you can more clearly see the obstacles in front of you that your hood/grille blocks?
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:31 PM   #394
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Think of the setup as modern era 'curb feelers'. Hahahahahaha.

It's just to see around the front of the Jeep...perhaps coming over a ledge or something. Honestly, like I said initially, it's just the electronics nerd in me trying to play. Nothing really important, but fun.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:32 PM   #395
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Hella E-Code housings and DDM Tuning HIDs finally installed. Still need to aim them.


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Old 02-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #396
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Skid Row radiator skid installed. Took a whopping 3 minutes.

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #397
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I finally got the hood pins installed this weekend. I am not moving at lightning speeds with anything Jeep related these days.


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Old 02-25-2013, 08:24 PM   #398
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Flares yanked for the last time. My steel came in to build the rockers. Hope to get those started tomorrow.


.....that back end is kinda tall, huh? and the front bumper/winch are not on there in the pic.


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Old 03-05-2013, 10:32 PM   #399
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So one of my many small projects it making a tailgate license plate/third brake light/cb antenna mount. There are a couple options out there for this, but I had the sheet steel, so why not make my own....not to mention, the version I am copying does not have much room to add a 3rd brake light as I am wanting.


For reference, this TNT version is the design I am working off of....





I cut the sheet to the basic size I needed to work with. Next the four main bolt holes were lined up and drilled. With the plate hanging, I was able to line up the license plate, which determines where the 3rd brake light and cb antenna will go.







To keep 5-0 happy, I bought a set of plate LED light bolts on ebay for a couple bucks. From what I have seen, they are plenty bright.
For the 3rd brake light, I found a short LED bar. I have 4" round LED tail lights to go in, so I wanted to keep all of the rear lights LED for the same intensity and look.
The CB antenna mount will go in about the same place as with the TNT version.






Once the 3rd brake light is located for good, I can determine how high I will cut the bottom radius. I will also do the side curves at the same time.
Since there is no need for all of the material behind the license plate, I will cut out most of the plate behind it.
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So one of my many small projects it making a tailgate license plate/third brake light/cb antenna mount. There are a couple options out there for this, but I had the sheet steel, so why not make my own....not to mention, the version I am copying does not have much room to add a 3rd brake light as I am wanting.


For reference, this TNT version is the design I am working off of....





I cut the sheet to the basic size I needed to work with. Next the four main bolt holes were lined up and drilled. With the plate hanging, I was able to line up the license plate, which determines where the 3rd brake light and cb antenna will go.







To keep 5-0 happy, I bought a set of plate LED light bolts on ebay for a couple bucks. From what I have seen, they are plenty bright.
For the 3rd brake light, I found a short LED bar. I have 4" round LED tail lights to go in, so I wanted to keep all of the rear lights LED for the same intensity and look.
The CB antenna mount will go in about the same place as with the TNT version.






Once the 3rd brake light is located for good, I can determine how high I will cut the bottom radius. I will also do the side curves at the same time.
Since there is no need for all of the material behind the license plate, I will cut out most of the plate behind it.
That is REALLY sweet!
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:26 AM   #401
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thanks! I actually would like to get the Poison Spyder tailgate at some point, but this is something I had been wanting to do for a while anyway.
I had the steel and it was about $10 shipped for the bolt lights and 3rd brake light, so even if this gets scrapped when the PSC gate comes along, I'm not out much other than time.

Oh, I also have a backup camera I will be mounting on there.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #402
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thanks! I actually would like to get the Poison Spyder tailgate at some point, but this is something I had been wanting to do for a while anyway.
I love mine looking good. Putting all synthetic fluids in mine right now and then I get to drive it again.
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TXST8tj,

Looks like you have been very busy Sir.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #404
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TXST8tj,

Looks like you have been very busy Sir.
I am trying to be! Trying is the key word.
I wish 'spring break' still meant something to me (other than working as usual). The weather is perfect for getting some projects done.

I did get started on the rockers. The guys in the shop at work cut the plate to the basic length, and then used the plasma to make some cuts where I could come back and bend it where needed.
When I am done with my bends (just need to hit the correct angles), I will bring it back up to the shop to be welded, blasted, and primered.


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Old 03-21-2013, 04:32 PM   #405
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I pulled it out of the garage and washed it yesterday. I also pulled the center caps off the wheels....looking much better.

Oh, and I actually drove it to work today!!





...and I love the hood pins. ZERO hood flutter.


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Old 03-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #406
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That looks REALLY sharp!

I will keep an eye out for you next week when I get back in town.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:46 PM   #407
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Haha...hopefully it will be in the garage with the front fenders pulled and rockers being bolted on. Thanks though! Don't look too hard; the paint is awful.

Just look out for the F-250 beast with the Texas State alumni decal on the back window.

I haven't completely made up my mind yet, but the eff two-fiddy might be getting a 3" lift.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:06 PM   #408
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I haven't decided if I will trim it some more, or keep it like this......

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Old 03-25-2013, 10:52 AM   #409
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Going to leave it like that. There is just enough material left on either side of the license plate.



I picked up an angle finder the other day and was able to lock in the angles on the mini-boatside rockers. Next step is to notch the underside piece for the body mounts so I can get the basic fitment done, and then bring them in for final welding. Then back to be bolted on.
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Ordered a Tom Woods SYE and CV rear ds. No telling when they will get installed, but I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. The DS might need to be modified since I am only going to be running 2" of suspension lift, but I'll take care of that when it's time.

For now, one more thing off the check list.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:50 AM   #411
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Got a few more goodies ordered from Genright.

These will serve multiple purpose.



Those windshield guards will be getting these added, as well as something else fun. More to come on that later.





It's also time to add some rear corner armor. I am making good progress on my rocker guards, but I want the corner armor in so I precisely mount the rockers.
I decided to go with a standard location and opening for the wheel well. At some point, I would expect to do some sort of stretch, but I would rather not wait until then to get corner armor (made for a stretch). At that time, I can either modify these to facilitate a stretch, or sell them and start over.

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Oh, my SYE and CV ds came in the other day.
Again, not sure when I will be ready to install them, but the first step is having them on hand.

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What SYE/DS did you go with? I went with the teraflex extreme super short and a place near my house called power train built my DS
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It ended up being the Rugged Ridge SYE. It shares the same parts as come from Advanced Adapters, so I am ok with that.
The driveshaft is made by a Rough Country out-sourced shop in their area.

I ordered both through RC. They distribute Advanced Adapters and Rugged Ridge SYEs and Tom Woods and their 3rd part maker of CV driveshafts. When I called to ask why I got the ones I did, it went something like....it's luck of the draw based on what they have in stock. They feel the parts are equal and everything is warrantied through RC, so I am really not concerned.
I had ordered a CV ds for a buddy from them a while back and it was a Tom Woods shaft. That's the only reason I even thought to ask.
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Just curious cuz your shaft was so short still
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Ahhhh. That's just because it's compressed. It extends out quite a bit.
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Stopped by Best Buy this evening. I've been keeping an eye on the previous year Alpine amps. The new models have been out for a little while now and the previous year model has been on sale. I need/wanted a new sub amp and the MRP-M500 is just the ticket. I picked it up for $150 out the door with 4-year warranty. Not that it is necessary at all, but this stays in my Jeep's Alpine family....Alpine headunit, Alpine Power Pack 4-channel amp. This perfectly matches my JL Audio 10w0v2 sub (300w RMS).
I will be working up an under-the-steering column mount for it.

*In case anyone is in the market, the 4-channel Alpine V-Power (MRP-M300 I think) is on clearance for $130. Hard to beat the prices on these. Great amps for super cheap....and they are small.



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Since the Jeep will be in and out of commission, I wanted to be able to easily move it around the garage to work on it. While I have a 3-car garage and the Jeep has it's own space, sometimes it's just nice to work on it in the middle of the garage.
So I picked up some wheel dollies from Harbor Freight. Each one is good for 1500 lbs, and the Jeeps moves around the garage with ease. It's pretty cool to be able to turn the Jeep in all directions if needed, and shove it all the way to one side if I need it out of the way. Ideally it won't be parked for too long, but I have a lot of projects to get moving on.


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.....and so it begins.


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Ahh, I remember those days of the nekkid Jeep. Don't miss em! LOL Hope your project goes faster than mine.

Too bad you can't take it to work and weld up the kit tubes there and test fit w/o having to go home to do it...

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