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Old 02-21-2014, 03:11 PM   #691
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Cool build sir. Very nice read and I was looking for switches too and love the ones you have. I may just have to get some made.

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Old 02-21-2014, 05:28 PM   #692
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Cool build sir. Very nice read and I was looking for switches too and love the ones you have. I may just have to get some made.
Thanks! The OTRATTW switches are the best I know of. All of the options are great.....icons and light colors.




The princess in is getting big....almost 5 months already.



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Old 02-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #693
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Shes a cute jeep girl! Your gonna be in trouble when she wants the keys for your sons jeep lol oh I feel sorry for you!! But at least ya get to build a couple more jeeps!
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Great read! Just finished reading the entire thread. Pretty much spent the entire day in the garage reading it. Thank you...
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:40 AM   #695
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Shes a cute jeep girl! Your gonna be in trouble when she wants the keys for your sons jeep lol oh I feel sorry for you!! But at least ya get to build a couple more jeeps!
Hahaha. You are probably right.

This is actually Bryce's Jeep when he is 16 (of course we'll start on it well before then). It is my sister's JK. She loves it, but will eventually get a newer one. We will buy it from her whenever that occurs.
That is my second TJ in front of the JK.




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Great read! Just finished reading the entire thread. Pretty much spent the entire day in the garage reading it. Thank you...
Thank you! That means a lot!
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:43 AM   #696
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My new rock lights came in last week. There are 20 of the little pods in total. They are waterproof, very slim, have good light output, and allow a single screw to mount them.
I do have some other small cube LEDs that I sell for rock light use, but I wanted to give these a shot to see if they were something I want to add to my catalog.


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Old 02-24-2014, 08:58 AM   #697
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Bryce and I participated in our local Katy Rodeo parade this past Saturday. Two of our local groups joined up to ride in it.
My son will use any excuse to dress cowboy.



You can see the Factor 55 'Prolink' in this picture. I had also mounted up a 21" lightbar on the new Motobilt hood brackets to show off the setup at our group meeting this past week. Got that setup sold at the parade.




I also used this event as a chance to test out the new action camera. I drove 70+ with it right there on the way to the parade, and it took great video while cruising. It gives a pretty good vantage point from that location, but I think I will mount it lower while wheeling for better perspective. The wifi works flawlessly, and will be a great asset while wheeling.


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Old 02-24-2014, 11:33 AM   #698
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Very nice looking , He has to show off his roots dad! I miss it down there from (San Antonio)
What is the name on the rock lights you are using? Imblooking for something thin but bright!
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He loves rodeo time. HoustonLSR starts next week. We'll be there for Eli Young on Wed. We'll miss the next week while we're at Disney World, but will make a few more rodeo days when we get back.

I will have to look up where the rock lights are from. Superbright LEDs sells some that are similar, but have a plastic 'housing/plate' and these are alum....so I went with these. All of the pictures I've seen show plenty of light. They are very thin and very small, so they will fit just about anywhere.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:54 PM   #700
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The MetalCloak front trackbar showed up today. I really like the added touch of including a flag nut at the axle end......not everyone does!
Might try to get it installed this week, along with the new tie rod and ends.




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Thanks! Yea I prefer the metal back plates. Why I had asked I've seen the plastic if they get warm they could flex and come off. So prefer the metal
Enjoy mickey world! I'd love to take the kids also but not a easy thing to do with the Ex
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What corbeau seats are those and how do you like them?
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:52 AM   #703
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What corbeau seats are those and how do you like them?
They are the Baja RS model. I love them. The cloth has turned a bit purple, which I am not thrilled with (looks different in various lighting), but I am looking into that.
As far as comfort and performance....I couldn't be happier. They are extremely comfortable and very supportive. They really hold you in.

I mention this every time it comes up though.....doing it again, I would've gone with the Ultra SS (non-reclining) instead of the RS (reclining). My new cage has a harness bar behind the front seats that will make the reclining feature useless. That is only something to consider if you are ever going to have a harness bar. It's not like it's a problem for me, I just will not have use of the $30/seat added feature.
I should also mention that I NEVER adjust the seat. I set it the first time and it's been there ever since.
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The MetalCloak front trackbar showed up today. I really like the added touch of including a flag nut at the axle end......not everyone does!
Might try to get it installed this week, along with the new tie rod and ends.




Nice!!! I am thinking of getting the same trac bar plus the rear and all the control arms from MC.
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I have had great luck with my MC TBs.
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They are the Baja RS model. I love them. The cloth has turned a bit purple, which I am not thrilled with (looks different in various lighting), but I am looking into that.
As far as comfort and performance....I couldn't be happier. They are extremely comfortable and very supportive. They really hold you in.

I mention this every time it comes up though.....doing it again, I would've gone with the Ultra SS (non-reclining) instead of the RS (reclining). My new cage has a harness bar behind the front seats that will make the reclining feature useless. That is only something to consider if you are ever going to have a harness bar. It's not like it's a problem for me, I just will not have use of the $30/seat added feature.
I should also mention that I NEVER adjust the seat. I set it the first time and it's been there ever since.
Thanks. Yeah I was looking at the ss ones. I live on the beach so uv fading is something I worry about aswell. Let me know what you find out.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:24 PM   #707
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I'd love some more info about that hood light bar mount. I've been looking for one through Rigid but I've only seen it for the JK.
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Thanks, love that mount and it's not overly priced. I see their 20' light bar is pretty inexpensive. How bright is it? I have dually d2's on my a pillars now. Sorry for the hijack *hide*
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No hijack. I sell the Motobilt brackets, hahaha. Dan supplies all of my lightbar brackets. I am actually the one that has been harassing him to make this stuff.

Dan prices his products very fairly. You are paying for amazing fit and finish and custom designed products.

The 21" lightbar is 8800 lumens. Your D2s are about 1700 each.
That should give you a good idea of how crazy bright this thing is.


Here is a close up of that setup.


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No hijack. I sell the Motobilt brackets, hahaha. Dan supplies all of my lightbar brackets. I am actually the one that has been harassing him to make this stuff.

Dan prices his products very fairly. You are paying for amazing fit and finish and custom designed products.

The 21" lightbar is 8800 lumens. Your D2s are about 1700 each.
That should give you a good idea of how crazy bright this thing is.


Here is a close up of that setup.



Thanks for all of the info, i just ordered myself one.
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It'd be cool if you could swing that light bar around and use it under the hood for added illumination while working on it.

Looks great!

That light will be useless though if wheeling at night in a group and you're not in front. You'd blind the guy ahead of ya.
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It'd be cool if you could swing that light bar around and use it under the hood for added illumination while working on it.
Just put some louvers right below it then let the light shine in! if the angle is right.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:47 PM   #714
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That light will be useless though if wheeling at night in a group and you're not in front. You'd blind the guy ahead of ya.
This is 100% true. The same can be said about the 50". I really love the look of the lights, but in all honesty, I run most of them for promotional purposes to sell my lights. It's easier to sell something that people can touch and see turned on.

The cubes on the lower A pillar and the 13" bar on the bumper are probably the best/most functional lights on there. The 50" is AMAZING at night, and would be perfect if you are the lead driver, but if you are not, you won't be able to use it.
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WOW! That was truly an amazing read! Just finished reading your whole build thus far - ALL 24 pages of them! Truly inspiring and quite the documentation.

Now, I know where to go for my lights when the time comes - and who to check with on the mounts and other custom fab work.

I do have one question though - I know you mentioned several times, your plans for going to 37s at some point of the build. Did you have plans of replacing the drivetrain when that time comes or were you going to keep the stock 4-cyl?
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This is 100% true. The same can be said about the 50". I really love the look of the lights, but in all honesty, I run most of them for promotional purposes to sell my lights. It's easier to sell something that people can touch and see turned on.

The cubes on the lower A pillar and the 13" bar on the bumper are probably the best/most functional lights on there. The 50" is AMAZING at night, and would be perfect if you are the lead driver, but if you are not, you won't be able to use it.
I love the smaller lights I have from you on the back. Make great backup lights especially with tinted rear windows. They also make great anti-tailing devices.




The cube rock lights I mounted underneath work really well too. I just need to bet better photos and video of it.

I like the idea of the windshield top light since as a trail guide, I can see that being used a good bit. I tend to aim my windshield lights out and down on a night run while my fogs get aimed downwards for trail illumination. The rock lights finish lighting my way.
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I love the smaller lights I have from you on the back. Make great backup lights especially with tinted rear windows. They also make great anti-tailing devices.
How much is it for those 2 bars and how did you mount them on there? I've been trying to figure out how to do backup lights for a while now.
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Do you do mounts for the 20" or 21" hood light bars ?
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How much is it for those 2 bars and how did you mount them on there? I've been trying to figure out how to do backup lights for a while now.
Those 6 LED lights that erickpl has above are $35 each. They come with mounting brackets and hardware. At 1320 lumens, they make silly-bright reverse lights.
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Do you do mounts for the 20" or 21" hood light bars ?
Yes, I have hood mounts for the 21" bar (seen above). They come bare steel, but I can have them powder coated to your preference for an additional $10.

I also have universal mounts for the 13" and 21", as well as fairlead mounts for the 13".
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I love the smaller lights I have from you on the back. Make great backup lights especially with tinted rear windows. They also make great anti-tailing devices. The cube rock lights I mounted underneath work really well too. I just need to bet better photos and video of it. I like the idea of the windshield top light since as a trail guide, I can see that being used a good bit. I tend to aim my windshield lights out and down on a night run while my fogs get aimed downwards for trail illumination. The rock lights finish lighting my way.
What bumper is this? I like it!

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