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Old 04-30-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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SoCal What was done to your rig this week!?

Seen threads like this on other sites and even this one but this one is for the Cali bunch. It's nice seeing what people do to there rigs and actually get to wheel with them too!!

No mod or project to big or to small.

Show us what you got!


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Old 04-30-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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Replace my busted/kinked front brake lines Haven't done it yet but it's on my to do list for this week

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Old 04-30-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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Replace my busted/kinked front brake lines Haven't done it yet but it's on my to do list for this week
I have some stock ones that are about to go in the trash, or some new aftermarket extended ones I can give you a smoker deal on if ya need??
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:28 AM   #4
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OK here is what I did on Saturday

After about killing myself trying to get my 35 spare back on the tire swing and the fact I dont want to get another hernia, Ive had 3 in the last 5 years, I have been thinking of a way to lift my spare using a winch of some sort. So I buy a 2000 LB, 12VDC ATV winch with a wired remote and start kicking around ways to make this work.

So I get together with a fellow club member this past Saturday and we kick a few ideas around and before you know it we were cutting steel and welding parts together, its good to know people that were machinists before they retired, that and he can weld.

The first thing we did was cut a piece of receiver stock and weld it to the tire swing, then figure out how tall of a piece of 2 stock we would need, then we added another piece of receiver stock to the top of the upright in a T and cut another piece of 2 for the arm above the tire.

Then George asks how were you going to mount the winch? So we kick a few ideas around and decide on a piece of flat stock welded to the end of the arm and we also decide to make the winch removable by using keyhole slots! How cool is that?

We get everything cut, drilled, keyholes made and welded together then its on the lathe to make the buttons for the keyhole slots. George take a piece of aluminum round stock and puts it in the lathe and a few minutes he has made the buttons and we bolt them to the winch and test fit it to the mounting plate, perfect fit.

Now I put all the parts together, mount the winch, connect the remote and run the leads to the battery and give it a test, and it works perfectly! No more lifting my spare! Woo hoo I am very happy.

Here are a few pics showing the parts and how it looks all together, so what do you think?
Thanks for looking!
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:30 AM   #5
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One more pic

Here is the final pic.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:40 AM   #6
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I feel your pain... I almost blew my @$$ out trying to lift my 37 into my tire carrier by myself.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:44 AM   #7
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Here was my projects for last weekend...

Finished up my C/O install, and started on my RockHard Sport cage install

Still patiently waiting for my front housing tho





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Well Monday night after work I found myself with a little bit of time so I finally wired up my backup lights. I never hooked them back up after I did the aw-4 automatic transmission conversion from the ax-15.
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Removed Crome Jeep emblem and replaced with black one yesterday .. Likening it

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I beat some dents out with a large hammer and started messing with a hitch rack I bought to get all my camping gear out on our trips. Any thoughts on lights and license plate after I load this thing with camping gear? Think I'll get hassled in our great state?

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Question, do you have trailer lights on your Jeep? If yes then how about a cheap set of trailer lights mounted to the rack and connected to the trailer light plug using the 4 wire flat connector?

Or you could get the mounting bracket and light that moves your license plate to the spare tire? It all depends on how high you will stack stuff on the rack of course.

Just a couple of ideas but you get the idea.
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Removed Crome Jeep emblem and replaced with black one yesterday .. Likening it

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I need to do that! I bought the black emblem about a year ago and it's sitting on my desk

I'm just hoping to find the time to vacuum the dog hair out today, the boats in the shop so I've got a few hours of space in the garage
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[QUOTE=TNT 02TJ;10298954]I beat some dents out with a large hammer and started messing with a hitch rack I bought to get all my camping gear out on our trips. Any thoughts on lights and license plate after I load this thing with camping gear? Think I'll get hassled in our great state?

I doubt you'll get hassled I see lots of rigs going north on 395 with same type of setup with camping gear, suit cases, lots of coolers with no extra lights and blocking license plates.

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Here was my projects for last weekend...

Finished up my C/O install, and started on my RockHard Sport cage install

Still patiently waiting for my front housing tho





Same C/O setup here. Not a bad setup.
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Here is the final pic.
That's sweet Jeff. I know your pain. I did that a couple of times and decided there were young guys around to help. LOL
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I just did some deferred maintenance I have been putting off. Checking all the torque stripe nuts and bolts to make sure things still line up and some things needed lubing from the last trip thru the water. Other than that my mod money is going to the kids right now.
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That's sweet Jeff. I know your pain. I did that a couple of times and decided there were young guys around to help. LOL
Thanks Bob! I sometimes go out alone or with the guys my age so I don't always have a young guy around for the heavy lifting!
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I beat some dents out with a large hammer and started messing with a hitch rack I bought to get all my camping gear out on our trips. Any thoughts on lights and license plate after I load this thing with camping gear? Think I'll get hassled in our great state?

I doubt you'll get hassled I see lots of rigs going north on 395 with same type of setup with camping gear, suit cases, lots of coolers with no extra lights and blocking license plates.

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Yeah, I'm going to run it as is and see what happens. If I think I'll be running at night I may run some reflective tape along the rear.
Time to go wheel!!!!
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I need to do that! I bought the black emblem about a year ago and it's sitting on my desk

DOoooooooooooo IT

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I know, at least I did get the dog hair vacuumed out of it yesterday.

Now I have to get the TJ into Dennis so he can go over it and make sure everything's good. My list never ends!!
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This week I put on a 2013 premium soft top on my 2012 JKU and also installed a Q-tec rt side mirror. These replaced the ones I damaged after this.
Special thanks to Balius79 and Jeepin Jesse for selling me some parts!
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EJ How you like that premium soft top??

I'm still waiting for my Twill Supertop nx to get here so I can try it out.
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EJ How you like that premium soft top??

I'm still waiting for my Twill Supertop nx to get here so I can try it out.
It's a higher quaility top. Quieter for sure. Jeep stepped up and raised the bar for soft tops. Very pleased with this.
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Looking at what you guys are doing, I feel like an amateur just replacing the transfer case shift linkage.....
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I made a bracket and relocated my third brake light. Got rid of the extra wiring. Painted with rustoleum truck bed liner to match the tire carrier. Still looking for fuel tanks to finish the rack above the tire. Then I spent a few hours rotating my driveshaft in the rear to no avail. I still have vibes at 60 miles an hour plus.
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Change that last picture to this.
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Nothing special this week, cut back the factory rock rails in prep for even larger tires going on next week at JeePerformance. Was way easier than expected and took about 30 min. total.
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Nothing big. Replaced the handle assembly on my tire carrier and put some touch up paint on a couple spots that had a little rust.

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