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Old 11-20-2013, 08:38 AM   #571
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Thanks for the write up! I am the same way...I already took the doors all apart and took the exterior handles out of the doors for painting. I also have a pressure washer (greatest invention ever) and I will wash the fenders down with that.

Now I have $400 to spend on my jeep and I am trying to figure out what I want to spend it on. I would like to get rid of the stock foglights and put rigid industries Dually D2s in there place. I also really like that tuff box under the seat...I also have a sound system in my jeep and 10" sub in back and I do not trust the stock glove box or center console. Any suggestions!

Again what a great inspiration to work on my rig! Thanks!
No problem at all, my pleasure.
The D2s are nice lights....all of the Rigid lights are. I decided not to drop that much coin per light for my Jeep, so I am running the Hanma brand of lights, which is what I sell. It is the best selling import LED light brand, and I have been more than pleased with them.

The Tuffy Conceal Carry drawer is awesome. It was a very good investment. That paired with the Tuffy glovebox would give you two secure storage spaces. I would love the Tuffy console. I just have not focused the funds toward one yet.
The great thing about Tuffy is you can get all of the locks keyed alike, so you only need one key for all of their products you might have.

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Here is a little snapshot of a project I am working on.
Just waiting for the threaded joints.

Upper rear control arms using Metal Cloak Duroflex joints.



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Patrick - I am thinking I am going to pick up some of the 3" lights...My question is....can you show a tutorial (can be private) on how to actually wire up the light bars and 3" lights..... and how you installed those nice switches? I am going to get the 50" light bar for christmas from my wife. In the meantime I think it is time to get rid of the stock fog lights.

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First, thank you for your contribution to the forum. I just finished reading your thread and greatly appreciate your time and dedication to updating us on progress.

Where did you end up getting your seats/brackets from?

Thank you again!
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Patrick - I am thinking I am going to pick up some of the 3" lights...My question is....can you show a tutorial (can be private) on how to actually wire up the light bars and 3" lights..... and how you installed those nice switches? I am going to get the 50" light bar for christmas from my wife. In the meantime I think it is time to get rid of the stock fog lights.

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Mike, I would be happy to show you some of my wiring techniques. I prefer not to use the wiring harnesses that you can order with some of these light bars. They include gobs more wire than necessary for our Jeeps (no big deal since they are universal kits), but they also come with cheesy switches. I like to run my own wiring, with my own switches, relays, and fuses. I feel it's actually much easier to keep the wiring neat that way.
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First, thank you for your contribution to the forum. I just finished reading your thread and greatly appreciate your time and dedication to updating us on progress.

Where did you end up getting your seats/brackets from?

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Mark, it's definitely my pleasure to have people actually read through it. It's fun to go back almost four years to see what I started with, compared to where I am headed.

I bought the front seats from quadratec, going through "Quadratec" on this forum to get free shipping. At the time, shipping was over $100. Qtec now offers free shipping on orders over $75....competing with others like 4wd.com, northridge4x4.com, etc. that already offer that. I also bought the brackets from qtec.

I got in touch with Nate over at Corbeau after installing the front seats, and ordered the rear Baja bench and bracket from him directly. I like making contacts in the industry where I can. I didn't mind taking the middle-man out.


I have mentioned this before, but I LOVE my seats; however, doing it again, I would've gone with the non-reclining version. My cage will have a harness bar right behind the seats making the reclining feature useless. On top of that, I NEVER adjust them. I would've saved a few bucks, but at the time it was worth the piece of mind.
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Mike, I would be happy to show you some of my wiring techniques. I prefer not to use the wiring harnesses that you can order with some of these light bars. They include gobs more wire than necessary for our Jeeps (no big deal since they are universal kits), but they also come with cheesy switches. I like to run my own wiring, with my own switches, relays, and fuses. I feel it's actually much easier to keep the wiring neat that way.
I would love it....which lights do you recommend? the 3x3 6-LED or the 3x3 4-LED? I am going to use them to replace my current stock fog lights on the bumper. Will I need to purchase any further brackets? How do I order them?

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Mike, I would be happy to show you some of my wiring techniques. I prefer not to use the wiring harnesses that you can order with some of these light bars. They include gobs more wire than necessary for our Jeeps (no big deal since they are universal kits), but they also come with cheesy switches. I like to run my own wiring, with my own switches, relays, and fuses. I feel it's actually much easier to keep the wiring neat that way.

Mark, it's definitely my pleasure to have people actually read through it. It's fun to go back almost four years to see what I started with, compared to where I am headed.

I bought the front seats from quadratec, going through "Quadratec" on this forum to get free shipping. At the time, shipping was over $100. Qtec now offers free shipping on orders over $75....competing with others like 4wd.com, northridge4x4.com, etc. that already offer that. I also bought the brackets from qtec.

I got in touch with Nate over at Corbeau after installing the front seats, and ordered the rear Baja bench and bracket from him directly. I like making contacts in the industry where I can. I didn't mind taking the middle-man out.

I have mentioned this before, but I LOVE my seats; however, doing it again, I would've gone with the non-reclining version. My cage will have a harness bar right behind the seats making the reclining feature useless. On top of that, I NEVER adjust them. I would've saved a few bucks, but at the time it was worth the piece of mind.
I hear you about the reclining feature as I was also struggling with the choice. This is my DD and on occasion I have have my girls with me (5 & 7) so I'm going with the recline feature as well as adding the heated seat option. The only thing I'm contemplating now is whether to get the Baja XRS or the RS. My wife and I are both fairly small (5'-5" #150 & 5' #125) and based on the dimensions I think the XRS will fit us better than the RS. any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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As long as you have the fold-n-tumble stock brackets and use the Corbeau adapters to keep the FNT, they will be able to get in the back the same as stock. The reclining seats tilt forward a decent amount (at least as much as stock), but even with sliding them forward (non-FNT brackets) there is not much room even for a kid to climb in the backseat.

I don't have the full replacement brackets, so my seats just slide forward and the backs tilt forward. We never have the top on, so my son just climbs in over the rear tire/tub.

The Baja RS is wide enough for a bigger frame dude, such as myself, but it's not too wide for normal sized folks. It's definitely not like you will slide around in the or anything. Paul, Erickpl on here, got his RS seats shortly after I did. Maybe I can get him to chime in as he is a 'normal' size guy.

The XRS definitely has a lot more upper side bolstering. It is really going to hug you while seated. I don't see much additional lower seat side bolstering compared to the RS model. With that said, just looking at the seat and dimensions, it looks like it is made more for a smaller framed person.
I wouldn't say the XRS is as rugged looking as the RS, but upgrading to seats like these, priority #1 is function, which equates to comfort. I think style is #2.
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I didn't get anything done on the Jeep, but I did get the in-ceiling speakers installed the master bath yesterday evening. Now my wife can jam out while she gets ready in the morning, and I can have backup music for shower singing.

Getting these new house projects knocked out!


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Just spent the last hour and a half going through and reading most of the posts, you have a sick build man.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:40 AM   #582
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Thanks!!!

I am off from work for the next couple of weeks so I hope to have some garage time to get some of this stuff installed on the Jeep and truck.

The PSC trail gate is up first. I pulled the stock tailgate yesterday.
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As long as you have the fold-n-tumble stock brackets and use the Corbeau adapters to keep the FNT, they will be able to get in the back the same as stock. The reclining seats tilt forward a decent amount (at least as much as stock), but even with sliding them forward (non-FNT brackets) there is not much room even for a kid to climb in the backseat.

I don't have the full replacement brackets, so my seats just slide forward and the backs tilt forward. We never have the top on, so my son just climbs in over the rear tire/tub.

The Baja RS is wide enough for a bigger frame dude, such as myself, but it's not too wide for normal sized folks. It's definitely not like you will slide around in the or anything. Paul, Erickpl on here, got his RS seats shortly after I did. Maybe I can get him to chime in as he is a 'normal' size guy.

The XRS definitely has a lot more upper side bolstering. It is really going to hug you while seated. I don't see much additional lower seat side bolstering compared to the RS model. With that said, just looking at the seat and dimensions, it looks like it is made more for a smaller framed person.
I wouldn't say the XRS is as rugged looking as the RS, but upgrading to seats like these, priority #1 is function, which equates to comfort. I think style is #2.
Yep, I have the RS seats too, along with the full replacement brackets from Corbeau. I didn't want to add more bolts to the setup with an adapter and the cost difference between the brackets and adapters is minimal. Sold off my FNT brackets.

As for fitment, I'm 5'10" and 170 lbs. Broad shoulders. The seats fit me like a glove. The bolsters are very supportive and keep me in place just fine offroad and on. My son is a bit shorter, but heavier than me (football player), and even with his frame, he fits fine in the RS seats. If you're 5'5" and 150, the bigger bolsters on the XRS seats would probably not be an issue for you and hold you in quite well.

But keep in mind, with the bigger bolsters and a lifted jeep... you'll be sliding over the outer bolster a LOT and may risk wearing that part down faster. The shorter bolster of the RS, while smaller, holds me in just fine even when bouncing on a steep uphill or downhill trail and secured with a seat belt.

So to make it short and sweet. Both should work just fine for you, but the XRS will be a deeper well to sit in. You may want to call Corbeau and talk to Nate, as Patrick mentioned, to see if the XRS is more for your and your wife's frames.

Here are mine in the TJ, when still clean.

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Didn't mean to hijack the thread, but thank you guys for the pics and info. After doing additional research i'm leaning towards the RS's vs. the XRS's. I hope to have them on order here in the next week or so.
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Thanks!!!

I am off from work for the next couple of weeks so I hope to have some garage time to get some of this stuff installed on the Jeep and truck.

The PSC trail gate is up first. I pulled the stock tailgate yesterday.
Patrick,

Can you post a few close up photos of how your ran your wiring from outside the hood to inside the hood for your 2x2 LEDs? I am trying to figure out how to run them....or what the best way is.

Thanks!
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PSC Trailgate is installed.
I really like it.
I really hate button head stainless hardware.
I really need to invest in a nutsert install tool.





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Patrick,

Can you post a few close up photos of how your ran your wiring from outside the hood to inside the hood for your 2x2 LEDs? I am trying to figure out how to run them....or what the best way is.

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Yes I definitely can. I will take some pics. I run the wires under the hinges and then under the cowl. Wires go from under the cowl, into the engine bay.

I will post some pics.
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Yes I definitely can. I will take some pics. I run the wires under the hinges and then under the cowl. Wires go from under the cowl, into the engine bay.

I will post some pics.
That would be great! I cant get the damn front bolt out from the top part of the hinge. I actually broke the T40 torx bit I had. I am not sure how else to get it out. I had it om the end of my impact gun and it still wouldn't work. I thoight about heating it up....but im hesitant. If you could really give me a slight tutorial I would be so greatful! BTW....those hanma lights are rediculously bright
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That PSC tailgate looks great!
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That PSC tailgate looks great!
Thanks! Other than the stainless hardware, I love it!


Time to get this garage in order so I can start getting some work done!

We took advantage of Sears' 30% and 50% off sale on Black Friday and picked up some cabinets and shelves. These are the pieces they had in stock. The rest we had to order and should be here in a week or so.
It's a good start, but after I get the rest of the ordered stuff, I am still going to need at least 3 more 72" tall cabinets.







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Well, last week I dropped it off at Lonestar Ring & Pinion to have some work done. Eric is installing:
- f/r 4.88 gears
- rear chromo shafts
- f/r brakes
- driver's side knuckle (thanks again Steve...finally getting installed)
- new ball joints
- new unit bearings
- front lockrite locker (was a last minute add, but knew I would regret it if I didn't have it done)


I also have a recovery device upgrade on the Way


I am going to try to make the rocker guards my next project. Frankly, I am tired of tripping over them on the floor in the garage. I'd rather trip over them getting in and out of the Jeep. hahaha.
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Which device did you go with? Which model that is?

You'll be SO happy you had the 4.88's installed. It'll feel new to ya.
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Which device did you go with? Which model that is?

You'll be SO happy you had the 4.88's installed. It'll feel new to ya.
Well, since you asked .... 9.5cti-s







I can't wait to drive it with the new gears. I picked Chad's up when I dropped mine off (same size tires and gears) and it really was like driving a different Jeep.
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Today was a good day for the Jeep.......even though it is not even here. It's still at the axle shop getting worked on. Ended up having bad rear spider gears, so they had to order those.

I picked up an 8.8 today for $200. 31 spline and disc brakes set up. It is ugly, but is getting completely stripped down anyway. All I really wanted/needed was a bare housing, but oh well. Super88 planned for this with an ARB. Will go with the Artec truss/bracket system. Axle guy says I don't need it, but I really like it and am excited to go into this axle knowing it will be built to its fullest potential before slinging under the Jeep.


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This guy also came home today.




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For your 8.8 just go ahead and get the wizard brackets and flip the calipers to the front. My e-brakes work so much better and I have room for the outboard now. Wish I would have done it from the start.
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Nice score on the 8.8. Just curious, are you going to run a wheel spacer to get your rear wider? since the 8.8 is like and inch or two shorter than Dana's
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The super 88 usually involves c-clip eliminator which does that as a by product. It is on my list also.
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88 is just under an inch narrower. Not noticeable or really a big deal unless you were tight before. Super 88 is a great mod and brings you out just under 2 inches wider along w eliminating the c clips (which aren't a big deal but nice) and beefing up the shafts/bearings. Ill be doing it down the road as well but no immediate need on mine.
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While the Jeep is away......I finally get one of five truck projects done.



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