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Jonny15 12-25-2007 10:57 PM

Starting a thread for my jeep...
 
Well its not really a "build up thread" yet but i figured i'd start it now cause i'm adding a few mods and hopefully I'll really be "building" it up sometime soon too.

For now im just starting to really put some mods on it since i got it last April. For christmas my jeep got an olympic auxiliary light bar, new IPF 968 auxiliary lights, and a clear corner signal kit....also bought myself a christmas present earlier this week which was a set of rubi wheels and tires, gonna step up from stock 27's to 31" mt/r's :punk:

I'm also planning on painting my flares so their black again and so they'll accent the clear signal kit better.

A kilby steering box skid should also be coming in the near future after i order it with some extra funds i picked up from christmas

I'm going to start bolting stuff on this week if i can ever get the garage to warm up out here in NH. I'll be sure to post up plenty of pics along the way! :D

debruins 12-25-2007 11:06 PM

eh its not that cold i mean it just rained!!!!
dont let the garage be your excuse!

Jonny15 01-06-2008 02:09 AM

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Originally Posted by debruins (Post 175634)
eh its not that cold i mean it just rained!!!!
dont let the garage be your excuse!


Haha well i didnt let that be my excuse tonight...I went to pick up a T-55 torx driver tonight, had my buddy over, fired up the kerosene heater. and started installing some stuff...

I started by removing the bumper bolts and tow hooks and installing the Olympic 4x4 auxiliary bar...at first the bolts wouldnt budge but leaving the torx driver in the bolt and giving them a good few raps with a hammer loosend them right up...the nice thing about this bar is that i could keep my tow hooks by just installing them right on top of the mounting holes on the bar. Overall this was a quick project, done in about 15 minutes...


Next i began to install my IPF 968 driving lights on the auxiliary bar. I was extremely impressed by the quality of the wiring harness included with the IPF's, they did a great job making it as easy as possibly to wire up the lights, much easier than the Hella 500's i put on...The harness came with things like weatherproof covering already installed over the wires exposed to the elements, rubber sealed connectors, and excellent easy to follow instructions...

The wiring harness made the whole installation alot easier, and except for a grounding problem i had for about an hour (im not the best when it comes to electronics lol) everything went in quick and easy. I still have to run the switch into the cab, put some wire loom on, and zip tie some stuff tomorrow morning, but for the most part its all done. I can't wait to take them out to see how they light everything up!

I'll post some pics up tomorrow after im completely done the installation.

Triple88a 01-06-2008 02:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Jonny15 (Post 179207)
and except for a grounding problem i had for about an hour

For ground find any bolt connected to the chassis. Undo it a bit and put the wire underneath it.. then tighten it and thats your ground right there...:punk:

Smeghead 01-06-2008 02:37 AM

....and scrape the paint off it first if it has any

Jonny15 01-06-2008 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 179209)
For ground find any bolt connected to the chassis. Undo it a bit and put the wire underneath it.. then tighten it and thats your ground right there...:punk:

Actually my problem was i connected 2 grounds to the same bolt because that bolt was the easiest to get at...one of those grounds was for the headlamp and the other was for my lights...turns out connecting both to the same bolt made it a bad ground and it made my headlamp dim. Eventually after about an hour or trial and error on many different things i tried connecting the IPF ground to another bolt and and left the headlamp ground on that bolt and it worked perfectly :doh:

I'm great when it comes to mechanical things but electricity is not my strong point :rolleyes:

Triple88a 01-06-2008 12:55 PM

the "same" bolt doesn't matter, as long as its getting good connection you should be good. also keep in mind if you did scrape some paint off make sure you give it a spray job on top to give it a shield against rust.

Jonny15 01-06-2008 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 179297)
the "same" bolt doesn't matter, as long as its getting good connection you should be good. also keep in mind if you did scrape some paint off make sure you give it a spray job on top to give it a shield against rust.



Again i suck with electricity, i really dont know why it worked when i connected it to another bolt but it did, i must have had a bad connection. I know it was crappy ground cause thats usually what causes dim lights but thats all.

And i didnt remove any paint so thats all good

jeeperx2 01-06-2008 10:23 PM

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I'll be sure to post up plenty of pics along the way!:D

wheres da pics????????????????/

Jonny15 01-06-2008 11:11 PM

3 Attachment(s)
Right here! :D

This is a pic taken right after i mounted the Olympic auxiliary bar...it was a 15 minute project and it was very easy to put on, and i got to keep my tow hooks too by reinstalling the hooks over the mounts on the bar.

Attachment 3185




Heres a pic as i was finishing up with the install for the IPF 968's. The install for the lights only took me a couple hours thanks to the great wiring harness that came with the 968's. I did run into a grounding problem that had me clueless for an hour or so but i eventually figured it out...did i mention i suck with electronics lol :doh:

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Here the finished product...i really like the look, i think it looks pretty badass, and the IPF's throw a great light pattern. Overall im very pleased with the 968's, there are real high quality light, much higher quality then those hella 500's on there, and the price was great for such a nice light.

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Well my baby is getting built up from a stocker slowly but surely. Soon i'll be putting the rubi wheels and tires on too. I'll probably be ordering a Kilby steering box skid sometime this week and putting that on as well. In the spring when the weather is more tolerant to spray painting i'll be painting my flares, and installing my clear corner and turn signal kit. Hopefully this summer i'll also be adding a lift, and im sure i'll be adding plently of other stuff along the way. But for now this is the first part thats completed on my long list of future mods...

I'll post up more pics up when i install something else!

solo97tj 01-07-2008 11:40 AM

jonny15 so in your case what would be a better bang for your buck hella 500 driving or the IPF 968's i'am getting ready to buy some 500's for some windshield lights but after reading about the IPF's i think i might changer my mine so whats your opp. between the 2 as far as instal and over all should i go IPF or HELLA 500's any input be great thanks

solo97tj 01-07-2008 11:59 AM

also I'm sorry i didn't ask b4 but jonny 15 did you change the bulbs to i higher watt or are those just 55w?

Jonny15 01-07-2008 12:40 PM

Both the Hella's and the IPF's have 55 watt bulbs in them. If i decide i want more light i can just change the IPF bulbs to 100 watts cause they came with two 100 watt bulbs in the kit as well.

As far as which one is better, i would have to give the edge to the IPF's. I mean right now there is really no difference in the light output cause they have the same bulb wattage as the Hella's, but they have a different reflector inside that throws light out to the sides right near the jeep and then the beam narrows as it gets further away. The Hella's just throw it straight out.

The overall build quality is also much better with the IPF's, the wiring harness is excellent and makes it alot easier to to install, there is rubber weather stripping already installed over the wires that are exposed outside the jeep, the connections are rubber sealed, and the instrutions are very easy to follow. They also include a pair of 100 watt bulbs with the 968's which is nice if i decide i want more light.

Don't get me wrong the Hella's arnt a bad light, they'll work fine and they have worked fine for me for almost a year, but they're just not on the same quality level as the IPF's. But if i would have known how nice the IPF lights and components are before i bought the Hella's, i would have bought the IPF's instead.

You mentioned install specifically also and if you're looking for easy installation deffinitely go with the 968's...the wiring harness is so much better then the one that came with the Hella's, and the directions are excellent and easy to follow unlike the Hella's where i just ditched the directions and started wiring on my own cause they were pretty much useless.

If money is an issue they Hella's are probably a better choice as i believe they only cost about 60 for a set. The 968's are about double that, i believe they're around 120 for a set. But if you can afford the 968's i think you'll be alot happier with them. Hope this helped!!

JCS05Rubi 01-07-2008 07:56 PM

Hey Jonny15. If you get a chance, would you mind tossing a 100 watt into the Hella 500, and a 100 watt into the 968s? I have 100 watts in my Hella 500s (I used a relay/switch setup..amperage is ok with the wiring harness wire size) and I have been eyeing those 968s. I just dont want to waste 120 bucks. Ill end up buying a set later on anyway, i just dont want to spend 120 bucks on lights that arent that much better, when I could spend it on something else now, and get them later on :) Thanks bud.

Jonny15 01-08-2008 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by JCS05Rubi (Post 179780)
Hey Jonny15. If you get a chance, would you mind tossing a 100 watt into the Hella 500, and a 100 watt into the 968s? I have 100 watts in my Hella 500s (I used a relay/switch setup..amperage is ok with the wiring harness wire size) and I have been eyeing those 968s. I just dont want to waste 120 bucks. Ill end up buying a set later on anyway, i just dont want to spend 120 bucks on lights that arent that much better, when I could spend it on something else now, and get them later on :) Thanks bud.


Yeah no problem JCS...when i get a chance in the next couple days i'll toss a 100 watt bulb in each one and compare. You're just looking for a comparison of the light beam pattern to see if the IPF's are actually that much better then the Hella's right?

JCS05Rubi 01-09-2008 11:24 AM

Yessir. I just want to see if the beam/output is worth 65bucks more. Thanks

solo97tj 01-09-2008 11:40 AM

jonny15 thanks for all the great info it really helped out

Jonny15 01-09-2008 04:55 PM

No problem solo glad it helped!

On a side note i ordered some Inifinity Reference Series speakers from crutchfield for the dash and roll bar today to upgrade the terrible stock speakers...should be here in a couple days!

Jonny15 01-16-2008 01:24 AM

Got the Infinity's installed in the jeep last Saturday. They sound great! Well worth the money. Installation was simple except the self tapping screws i got with the mounting plate were too small so i have to improvise a little with some bolts, nuts, and lock washers. Much better and clearer highs, improved lows, and no crackling. Not much bass though considering they're only 4x6's and 5 1/4's, but im eventually gonna put a powered sub in anyway. I'd take some pics but there isnt much to take pics of considering they're only speakers.

Anyone need some stock speakers?


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