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Old 02-16-2014, 05:59 AM   #31
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wow ! great story thanks for sharing - has prompted me to get on with mine and get some pics out . Have to finish the transmission swap first though
thanks for the reply! Good luck with yours. I know how much fun the transmission is.. Had mine in and out a few times over the course of a couple of months.

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Old 02-22-2014, 11:55 AM   #32
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Today I ordered a new 12" LED lightbar to mount on the winch fairlead. I then plan on flush mounting one set of my LED cubes (from the front bumper) in the rear tub, above the flush mount taillights. I plan on doing this as I am going to eventually comp cut the rear to accommodate the rear stretch way down the road... When I comp cut it though, I will lose at least 2 of my little flush mount reverse LEDs since they're at the bottom of the rear of the tub and I even wrapped them around the bend in the tub..

As for my 12" LED bar, I've tossed this idea around a lot over the last year and did a TON of research on different bars. I almost pulled the trigger on the new 10" E2-series hyperspot from Rigid because I do love my Rigid duallys, but the price/lumens was holding me back. $475 was the cheapest I could find this bar for and it puts out 7,500 lumens, but has a good range (hence the name hyperspot).. Of course there's a ton of companies offering their knock offs but I've tried that route previously and wasn't satisfied, in the least bit.. I could've spent $40 more and had another set of Rigid duallys but I figured I'd give it a shot. Well, they'll be good for my reverse lights needless to say lol.

I'm also a member on Pirate and one of their members who I also follow on Instagram works at Olympus Offroad and they offer Zeus Lighting LEDs. After reading lots of threads and seeing lots of pictures (and their lifetime no questions asked warranty), I decided I'd buy their 12" Pro Series spot/flood combo bar. The pro series is more pricey than others, but still less than Rigid. $265 with free shipping and it puts out a whopping 12,000 lumens..almost double the amount of the Rigid $500 10" bar (retail price used). Again, pair that with their awesome warranty and it was a no brainer.. Will post updated pics when I receive the light and after install.

Here's a quote from Olympus: All Zeus Lights come with a no questions asked life time warranty. You break it we replace it. No questions asked other that what you did. If you break it we want to see how you did it. We are constantly improving our quality to ensure the best possible lights.

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Nice work! Where did you order the plastic dye/paint from? I'm needing to paint my center console from tan to sahara green and can't find any place locally that has what I need. Thanks!
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:05 AM   #34
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Nice work! Where did you order the plastic dye/paint from? I'm needing to paint my center console from tan to sahara green and can't find any place locally that has what I need. Thanks!
thanks man. it's hard for me to get it local too. The few places that carry it charge $15-$20 a can so I found it on amazon. I ordered a few cans because I did my back seat too and got free shipping. I got VHT brand and love it. Here's a pic to show it and the previously mentioned plastic prep spray. I've used this stuff for over 10 years.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:08 AM   #35
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I've slowly been gathering parts for my exhaust. The factory header is cracked of course... I've got a replacement header with the flex pieces on #1 tube & # 6 tube. After lots and lots of research and wanting to go with an expensive "performance" header, I stuck with this as I've read enough pissed off cracked header reviews. Even if you spend $500 for your header, if you wheel it, it'll eventually crack from the flex/vibrations. I've read a lot of reviews of cracking in the first year! I'd be pissed.. Plus the amount of performance you get from it is minimal. So you can spend $100-$130 on one with the flex pieces and it will outlast the latter..



I also ordered a front pipe for a TJ, to reroute the exhaust around the front of the oil pan. I'm going to heat wrap the header and the front pipe to minimize heat exchange, especially since it'll now be running right under the oil pan.. I've read that routing the exhaust like this prolongs the life of the header due to stress points.
I know it also makes it easier to access the trans and all and raises it up out of the way a little compared to the factory YJ routing.

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My wife got me the heat wrap, stainless straps, and the silicone sealer for it for my Valentines day present. I love my wife haha



Once I get the muffler, I'm going to install the header and front pipe, then take it to my buddy that owns an exhaust shop and have him extend the front pipe to the muffler and throw on a turn down right after the muffler.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:29 AM   #36
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My YJ didn't come with the factory jack or even the mounting plate for it under the hood.. I had an old Yankee flare box my dad gave me years and years ago and it filled the space nicely, rather than spending over $100 for the "vault" that you can buy to go there. And let's face it, that thing is made of 16 or 18 gauge mild steel and could very easily be broken into, so there's no benefit of spending that kind of dough if you don't have to. After a little googling on the interwebs to make sure this box I have wasn't actually worth anything or rare or whatever, I found that you can actually still purchase them online ranging from about $10 - $30.. So I drilled two holes in the bottom of it to match the factory jack mounting bolts on the inner fender, cut a coozie in half and layed in the bottom for rattles and to cover the bolts.. It's nice to have a little extra storage on these things since there's such limited space. I carry quite a few hand tools and things in it.


Speaking of limited storage.. I also used an old toolbox also passed down years ago and mounted it behind the back seat with four bolts through the floor. I keep things like tire plug kit, folding 4-way, straps, snatch block, zip ties, gloves, and other things in it.



perfect fit with room to reach behind it and fold the seat down if needed. Also has room to the right for anything else I need to take with me.
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Also a while back, I removed all the vacuum junk for the old CAD since I have a TJ axle shaft for the passenger side.
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Just checked my mail from yesterday...got a postcard from Summit saying my wheels haven't made it in and are due to ship from Aero on March 6th... they were supposed to be in on 2/20..
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:51 AM   #39
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As mentioned above, I know that soon I'll be comp cutting the rear tub and losing most of my reverse lights.
Last night I started on my flush mount LED cubes in the rear. Got the passenger side done and wired up before dinner. Will complete the driver side this afternoon.

Mounted to the wheel well and pancaked between the tub
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Had to put LEDs in the dash to change/brighten up the dim yellowish backlights.. Also got those from Amazon for less than $10 shipped. Had enough left over to do the front side markers as well.
did you wire these into the factory wiring
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Getting ready to have to change the header myself... can you plz post up pics of the install? And what kinda header is the one there? badass jeep man. How did you get that cube to sit flush with the tub?
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did you wire these into the factory wiring
Yep. Since they only draw about 1.2 amps max, it's fine. They work great.

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Getting ready to have to change the header myself... can you plz post up pics of the install? And what kinda header is the one there? badass jeep man. How did you get that cube to sit flush with the tub?
I'll post what I can.. Just to warn you though once my hands get dirty, I don't like reaching for my phone to take pics lol. As for the cube, I just cut out the square just smaller than the cube and removed the front surround of the light and got some longer stainless screws and sandwiched it together. Also mounted through the wheel well so they don't move/can't be stolen.
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Do you recall where you got them or what you searched for
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Do you recall where you got them or what you searched for
for the lights? or something else? Sorry not sure what you're talking about
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Yeah sorry meant to quote your post but messed it up. For the in dash LED's
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Yeah sorry meant to quote your post but messed it up. For the in dash LED's
No worries.. The in dash LEDs I got through Amazon. If you want red, here's the link.. Otherwise just search "194 LED (color of your choice)"
Zone Tech 10x 194 168 2825 5-smd RED High Power SUPER BRIGHT LED Car Lights Bulb : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Thank you man just ordered some blue LED dash lights and found some taillights
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Getting ready to have to change the header myself... can you plz post up pics of the install? And what kinda header is the one there? badass jeep man. How did you get that cube to sit flush with the tub?
Sorry just realized I didn't answer your question... It's a rugged ridge header that I got through EAD offroad.
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So you just trimmed the stock fenders to look like that? Did you have to add anything for the inner wheel skirt? I really like that look
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So you just trimmed the stock fenders to look like that? Did you have to add anything for the inner wheel skirt? I really like that look
Yep just trimmed them sanded and painted them. I didn't add any support under them and I actually removed a piece of support. When you look under them, there's about a .5" round, 12" long support rod towards the front that really sticks out as an eye sore once trimmed. I took that out from each side because right behind that, there's about a 4" wide flat support piece. It holds them well enough for me to carefully sit on them and if I dent/bend them I just bend em back lol.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:55 AM   #52
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My Olympus Offroad Zeus Lighting Pro Series Dual Row 12" LED bar showed up yesterday evening

Unfortunately I had to be up at 0200 this morning for work, so I unboxed it and tested it to make sure everything was good. Also quickly mounted it to my fairlead, but I'm going to make a better mount for it soon, when I actually have time.

First off, this thing is a whopper lol. Feels very heavy duty and looks great. The guys at Olympus were nice enough to throw in a complimentary set of rock lights ($30) (thrilled since I needed one more set for the rear of my jeep). The shipping was very quick and came well packaged. Very pleased so far..

They say this thing puts out 12,000 lumens and I believe it! Nothing from Rigid Industries compares, without going to an E-Series 28" bar, which is about $1k, compared to less than $300. The obvious reason I chose this bar. Small package, huge output, low cost..

Opened the box, removed light to check for any damage - none.
Box includes- Light bar with waterproof connectors \ wire harness with switch, relay, and waterproof connectors \ mounts \ set of rock lights

Sorry, all these pictures were taken with my iphone.. once I make a good mount I'll get the jeep out and take some shots with my DSLR and then I'll get some night shots too..






You can see my set of Rigid Duallys on either side, but they're facing out at an angle, so they don't look bright at all in this shot.. Well they are, but nothing like this bad boy. It's stupid bright!
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My D2S HID bulbs and harnesses came in yesterday as well. Now I just have to finish mounting the projectors to the housings and reseal the lens to the housing and my headlights will be done
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:30 AM   #54
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Ordered my Brown Dog 1" MML so I'm one step closer to completing my tummy tuck. 1" BL - check, SYE - check, MML - in production, high clearance skid - only thing left
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What size is the rigid dually lights? Looking to replace my round 7" lights with square lights
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You can see my set of Rigid Duallys on either side, but they're facing out at an angle, so they don't look bright at all in this shot.. Well they are, but nothing like this bad boy. It's stupid bright!
Damn those are bright. Hurts my eyes looking at the pic, I would hate to encounter those on the road.
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What size is the rigid dually lights? Looking to replace my round 7" lights with square lights
They're like 3 or 4" square. The Rigid's are absolutely awesome, but check out Olympus Offroad. They make some very bright lights.
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Damn those are bright. Hurts my eyes looking at the pic, I would hate to encounter those on the road.
Hehe yeah it's surprisingly bright. Supposedly puts out the same light as the $1,000 28" Rigid light bar.
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My beadlocks FINALLY came in.. I was beginning to worry but now I'm happy again. Now I just need to figure out if I'm going to paint the jeep black or Monstaline it black... decisions decisions..

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My beadlocks FINALLY came in.. I was beginning to worry but now I'm happy again. Now I just need to figure out if I'm going to paint the jeep black or Monstaline it black... decisions decisions..
Are those DOT approved? I was looking into some aero rims but they say not DOT approved on the website just curious if the bead locks are?

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