Got with Joe again with Quadratec and got the seat brackets ordered today. They said I should have them in 4-5 days. They called Corbeau for me while placing the order to verify shipment, since they are drop shipped from Corbeau.
Radiator took a dump today. The OEM made it 108k miles and 11 years, so I guess it's not all bad. Ordered a new one this morning. Hoping it will be here QUICKLY.
I am probably going to replace the water pump, t-stat, serp. belt (and possibly hoses) at the same time.
I was about to order the Hella E-Codes, but I guess they will have to wait a little longer.
Haha...Paul, you are correct! You beat me to it this morning.
The Corbeau seat brackets arrived yesterday...on my neighbor's front porch (third time UPS has done that; at least I know where to look now!!).
The seats bolted up like a dream. The brackets are simple, but very effective and very precise. The seats JUST clear the rollbar and the door. Corbeau definitely did what they could to ensure the seats stay as far apart as possible while still maintaining function and clearance.
The drive in to work this morning was great! I do sit up a little higher, but it is within a manageable height for my wife and I. It is much lower than if I used the adapaters, so I am completely satisfied there. I do give some of that credit to the seats having brand new foam compared to my 11 year old seats.
The Tuffy "Conceal Carry Drawer" still fits under the driver's seat. That was one concern I had with going this route, but it worked out just fine.
You can see the brackets for it in the second pic just above. I didn't have time and light to get the drawer back in there last night, so I'll take care of that today.
Using the Corbeau brackets, I do loose the fold and tumble feature on the passenger side. It does make it a little more difficult getting my son in the backseat (not hard, just more difficult than basically having the seat all the way in the dash to do it), but it is completely workable. When it warms up, the top/windows are off full-time, so he doesn't even get in through the front door 80% of the time.
The only thing I think I will change/modify is the slider lever. It sticks out quite a bit. They are new, so I have been conscious of it, but I think they could become a pain to always avoid.
I might try heating up the lever and bending them so they don't stick out too far.
Oh, I also finally got around to wiring up my Hella windshield lights. Knowing my seats would be installed soon got me motivated to finish up a couple old projects.
They are definitely more for looks, but I'm ok with that...especially since I got them during the $10 clearance a while back. I can use them out at the ranch or camping, so they will eventually be put to use.
honk, I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black on them. I've used it on the flares of all three of my TJs and it works awesome. If you prep and paint them well (TAKE YOUR TIME), it should last about 2 years before needing a repaint. I personally don't think that's bad for the cost of roughly 3 cans of spray paint.
Luckily mine isn't gushing or anything of that nature, but it does have a leak at the top. It's made it 104k miles, so I think it did its job. I am anxious to get to some wheeling and the last thing I need is a major cooling issue out in the middle of a trail. I'm happy to replace it now while I'm doing preventative maintenance instead of a scramble to 'repair' the Jeep.
The Jeep is finally going to official "toy" status here at my house. I am taking the Suburban back as my DD.
This past Saturday, my wife and I flew up to Dallas to buy and drive home a new Tahoe for her.
This should make working on my Jeep much easier as there won't always be such a rush to get everything put back together. I do still plan to drive it a lot, but it will be nice having something with A/C when it gets hot in like two weeks here....haha.
If you don't mind my asking where in tx are you. I just found out im moving to the dallas/ft worth area and was wondering what its like jeep wise.
We live in Katy. It's a 'suburb' of Houston on the west side.
You will have no shortage of places to wheel up there in north Texas. There are a couple parks within an hour-->couple hours of Dallas. You're only about 3-4 hours to hill country offroading, and only a couple hours to wheeling in OK and Arkansas.
I'm about an hour from any wheeling and about 3-4 hours from some really nice parks in the hill country.
Got another little goodie for the Jeep this past weekend. I've been working on a TJ for a buddy of mine and replaced the headunit with a newer model. In taking the old stuff out, we came across this Alpine Power Pack. It was hard wired to the Pioneer h/u that was in the Jeep.
He had no interest in keeping it, so he gave it to me.
Since the Alpine connectors were cut off to make it work with the Pioneer, I had to hard wire it so I could use it with my Alpine. No worries there. Just some solder, heat shrink, and time!
I installed it last night, but it was too late to test it out and make tuning adjustments.
Other than moving my sub amp under the steering column, the stereo is done.
Well, I have to say that they came out nice IMO. I have no idea how they will hold up to any abuse, but I let them cure for more than 12 hours before mounting up. I still plan to run a Soft 8 in the future...probably next spring...but I think this will certainly hold me over.