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Old 12-06-2011, 11:45 AM   #181
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Patrick you are def making long strides on your re-build of this Jeep. I'm thinking about tyring to fab a new light/Sound bar to hold 6.25 or maybe the 7.7 (don't htink they will fit but might try anyway) JL marine speakers. I have them in my boat and they really pump out sound. Would allow me to get good full range sound and not need a sub. I would power them with one of the JL HD amps, love how small they are, especailly in a space challenged wrangler.

I'm definetly getting one of those tuff boxes as well. That thing is awesome.

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Old 12-06-2011, 01:53 PM   #182
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I can honestly say that I love to drive my Jeep everyday. Some of my coworkers laugh at me wondering when I will "get something nicer." I figure I get to drive my favorite vehicle everyday, so who cares....that's not to say there might not be some German engineering in my future.

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Old 12-06-2011, 02:07 PM   #183
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Patrick you are def making long strides on your re-build of this Jeep. I'm thinking about tyring to fab a new light/Sound bar to hold 6.25 or maybe the 7.7 (don't htink they will fit but might try anyway) JL marine speakers. I have them in my boat and they really pump out sound. Would allow me to get good full range sound and not need a sub. I would power them with one of the JL HD amps, love how small they are, especailly in a space challenged wrangler.

I'm definetly getting one of those tuff boxes as well. That thing is awesome.
It seems to have taken some dramatic changes over the last year and a half. I am still in a battle about axles, but I think I have most of my plans nailed down pretty solid.

You could probably get the 6.25s to fit in your pods with some generous trimming, but you might have better luck starting with a pre-03 soundbar and modifying that. The 7.7s above your head might be pretty intense, but I like your thinking!!

I love having the Tuffy Conceal Carry drawer. It fits everything I need it to.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:14 AM   #184
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I have had some requests for dimensions of my trunk/enclosure. I built it one piece at a time, so I didn't have any original plans for it.
I put these together getting the measurements as accurate as I could. The dimensions represent each individual piece.....not the assembled dimensions.

(Naturally, using MS Paint, these are not to scale)














I did not illustrate the cutout for the sub because that can vary depending on sub. As you can see in the pic below, I did mount mine over toward the middle of the trunk to clear the cutout/box for the third brake light.





The bottom piece (where sub mounts) rests on the "back" and is secured there. On the inside of the enclosure, I attached a lip for the rest of the bottom piece to attach to. It is nailed and glued from all sides.

I did not include the dimensions of the little box for the brake light cover cutout, but that is easy to figure once those two sides are pieced together. Rather than trying to match the angle needed, I went with straight cuts and a rectangle piece. There is a very minimal loss of air space, and it is an incredibly shorter construction process.

Also, I decided not to add a piece to the driver's side against the side of the tub because it fits so tight, it would not be possible to install it if that piece was there. It is so ridgid otherwise, it's not an issue at all.
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Thanks for posting the dimensions. How's the sound been with that setup? Any rattles or other issues?
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:57 AM   #186
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The sound is awesome, but I'm not sure if that is because of the great sub (love JL) or the superior carpenter skills haha.

The bass is tight and luckily I don't have any rattles. I really have been enjoying my commute to and from work with a solid system.

As limited as the space is, the trunk portion has been handy.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:37 PM   #187
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The twins are home!!

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:40 AM   #188
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #189
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those look comfy
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #190
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They are crazy comfortable. My wife even let me keep them in the living room while the family is over for extra seating, because she is even impressed with them.

I am hoping to get started on the brackets this weekend after the family heads home.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:52 AM   #191
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They just mounted a set of those in an LJ on trucks a couple weeks ago and used stock seat brackets
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:11 AM   #192
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Yeah, I just looked it up. They were installing some Mastercraft Rubicon seats. They only needed one little bracket and some spacers to mount them to the stock brackets.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:40 AM   #193
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I had to tease myself.




I am going to work the passenger side first so I can still drive it. I have the Tuffy drawer to deal with on the driver's side, so I need to have my brackets pretty well ready by the time I get to that side.



You leave the door open in the garage for two minutes and the beast makes himself comfortable.

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Old 01-02-2012, 01:36 PM   #194
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The DDM Tuning HID kit came in a couple days ago.
Now I just have to wait for the new housings.

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Old 01-03-2012, 07:58 AM   #195
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I started on the first bracket yesterday. I need to shift the seat over a couple inches toward the center to clear the door and rollbar. It was enough work to see what I'm working with. If I don't get enough room from shifting it on the brackets I made, I think I'll just pony up and buy the Corbeau bracket.






I used a tcase drop kit that wasn't used on someone's lift install. The 1.5" x 1.5" square tube gave me something to clear the mechanisms on the OEM sliders and a little more width to offset mounting holes.






After sleeping on it, I realize that the tube by itself is not going to give me enough flexibility in width to shift the seat over the 2"-3" I need.
Two strips of flat steel across the tube would give me all the mounting surface I need to set the seat where it needs to be. That part will require welding so I will need to source some help there.
The "skyjacker" tcase drop is only being used for mock-up, so I need to get more tube and the flat steel. Whatever that costs (enough to make brackets for both seats), plus welding might make the Corbeau brackets worth it......


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Old 01-03-2012, 08:00 AM   #196
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On the upside, I did get some help from my 4-year old. I'm not sure what it was...something with the windshield he said...but he was happy to help.

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^^^safety first...or at least somewhere in the top five
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The DDM Tuning HID kit came in a couple days ago.
Now I just have to wait for the new housings.

Glad the Mrs. listened to me and got the wiring harness setup. Your Jeep will thank you for that, esp the 55W version.

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Old 01-03-2012, 12:45 PM   #199
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^^^safety first...or at least somewhere in the top five
That's right. He has his own set of real safety glasses (I have eleventymillion pair) but I guess he prefered his "black and decker" version.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:50 PM   #200
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Glad the Mrs. listened to me and got the wiring harness setup. Your Jeep will thank you for that, esp the 55W version.

I am too. Thanks!! I am all for the upgraded harness.
I am actually looking into the Hella E-Codes for the lenses. I am reading that they have a better cutoff than the IPFs. Still researching....
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So, have you decided on IPF or Hella?

Progress???
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I am going to go with the Hellas. I am finding that the E Codes were designed with more focus on proper cutoff.
My buddy with the IPF housings and HIDs is actually talking about removing them because he can't get them aimed. The light output is amazing, but it's kinda all over the place.

Progress = zero. I've been in San Antonio for work..with the Jeep..minus the passenger seat..haha (maybe I'm getting better gas mileage without it ). I really hope to get back to work on the brackets this weekend when I get home. I need to add some 'strips' to shift the seat toward the middle. I am thinking about bolting them on to get everything fit, and then taking them somewhere to be welded to the square tube......this would've been done by now if I had a welder.
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I picked up some new 1-1/4" square tube and some flat 3/16th x 2" strips to make some new brackets.
I used some self-tapping screws to hold the cross pieces in place so I could get it over to someone to weld it together. I got the seat set in place and test fitted in the Jeep.

End of the day....I am ordering full replacement brackets from Corbeau (not the adapters).

After my mockup today, and the chance to climb in and out with the seat in place, I don't want that extra 1-1/4" rise from my adapters (or the Corbeau adapters). The higher side bolsters, plus 1"+ of mounted height is not going to be ideal for passengers.

I was able to add some more leg room, which was nice (and my plan), but it is almost 'clumsy'....not sure how else to word that.






Unfortunately, I did buy the new steel to work with, but I only used one piece of each, so I can return the rest.
I was really trying to avoid buying the Corbeau brackets, but I am just not satisfied with the way mine were going to turn out. I was trying to avoid the $100 a piece cost for one, and I was also interested in keeping the fold-n-tumble of the passenger seat.
At least this way I'll have the chance to recoup some $ by selling brackets and seats (if anyone even wants them).

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Is your Tuffy underseat storage thing still gonna fit with the corbeau brackets? Dibs if not. lol
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I am hoping that it does. If not, we'll work out a deal...and swap seat brackets again .

I would then have to order the Tuffy glovebox so I would at least have something.
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great write-ups and reports.

Most people are so quick to lift their Jeeps without any thought, and before doing other beneficial mods. Here you are actually returning the suspension to stock, taking your time planning out your suspension, and doing functional mods first.
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I like the subwoofer enclosure!! Eventually I am going to attempt to shoehorn a 12" sub in a ported downfiring enclosure into the same rear area.. Wish me luck!
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great write-ups and reports.

Most people are so quick to lift their Jeeps without any thought, and before doing other beneficial mods. Here you are actually returning the suspension to stock, taking your time planning out your suspension, and doing functional mods first.
Thanks for looking in on my progress. I am dyin' to get some bigger meat under this thing, but I have a couple other things I want to tackle first. I figure all this time is giving me the chance to make up my mind as to what I want to do with the suspension....erickpl can attest to that.

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I like the subwoofer enclosure!! Eventually I am going to attempt to shoehorn a 12" sub in a ported downfiring enclosure into the same rear area.. Wish me luck!
Thanks. Another forum member is in the process of making one for his Jeep. You can fit a 12" in there with some careful measurements. The sealed vs ported deal is not something I get into, but I do prefer sealed and I think it's easier in an enclosure for the space we have.
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Thanks. Another forum member is in the process of making one for his Jeep. You can fit a 12" in there with some careful measurements. The sealed vs ported deal is not something I get into, but I do prefer sealed and I think it's easier in an enclosure for the space we have.

Sealed is definitely an easier design/build but I've always loved the sound of a well designed/tuned ported enclosure. All in personal preference.
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Sealed is definitely an easier design/build but I've always loved the sound of a well designed/tuned ported enclosure. All in personal preference.
Exactly....personal preference. More power to you, and good luck with yours!!! A proper ported enclosure can sound great.

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