Originally Posted by TJ-Newbie
Howdy, Skoogee. Welcome aboard.
Let's hear some of your questions.
The van next to your jeep had deep tint to the windows. If that's legal, there, I'd STRONGLY recommend it. The Jeep hard top isnt insulated, and at 115 "in the box" the IR radiation is gonna BAKE the inside. Deep tinting will cut that by about 20%.
Is it possible to invert your spot lights so that they hang BELOW the top of your stinger (push) bar? I think that might offer them more protection. Just a thought.
Thats a pretty cool front bumper. I've heard it referred to as a european bumper in the past.....since the bumper caps meld into the fender flairs.
I had assumed (always dangerous) that theft would not be too much of a problem in Saudi Arabia since my minimal understanding of the culture is that they despise thieves even more than we do. But I see you are parked in front of a set of windows with security bars. If those are there for function and not for decoration, you MIGHT wanna think about a hood lock to keep whatcha got under the hood. There is a tiny glint of metal coming off the gas cap which makes me think you already have a locking gas cap. Never a bad idea.
In all, you have a mighty-fine looking jeep, there.
What questions do you have?
Ohhhh yeah.... just another thought.... Under the hood, on the left side is your air filter box. On the front of that box is what I've learned is called a "trumpet" which acts as an intake for air into the box before it goes through the filter. In your case, I'd suggest making sure that trumper inlet is oriented as far DOWNWARD as possible. Your part of the world get hellacious sand storms and pointing that intake downward MIGHT help minimize how much of that gets sucked into the filter box....and it might be able to drain back out (to some degree). Again.....just thoughts.
Oh Man you have good eyes. Thanks for the prescious advice.
The Van next to the Jeep is mine as well a GMC Safari 1998 that is running great. the window tinting i have on it is old and Dark and its legal as long as it it not on the front windows. But on the Jeep i have this fancy layers that offset heat and IR/UV by %70 with lighter shade. its from 3M. the famous sticy notes maker. i even installed a %30 layer on the windshield that is transparent from the inside.
Temprature here in the desert vary widely from above 120" to 80" daily in the summer which breaks things down. Almost anything melts ancluding People!! and i have to say that the hard top is one thing i do hate because its as you said not insluated and the hot air keep building up when driving in the sun quite fast. driving with both windows open just about 2 inchs does reduce the effect but noise in the highway and sand while on desert is a killer so i have to depend on the AC to negate the effect.
About the Spot lights before buying the push bar i installed it on the front bumper but they were low while driving in the desert roads i had to tilt them upward and that caused it to deflect worse on the dunes and dust and when i get back to the streets drivers do hate me for beaming them up so i had to re-adjust it or trun it off if anyone is driving infront.
I had thought of installing the lights on the roof facing forward but then removing the top will become more complicated.
the (european) bumper is quite valuable to me because it keeps the dust from getting into the inner part of the car above the tires. and htey look cool don't they !?
Theft in Saudi Arabia is not widely common but some times it happens and since its easier to install some security measures so it becomes a norm for people to install it anyway. car theft on the other hand is fairly common in the capital that i am living in now for the last 4 years becase alot of young lads steal the cars to drift with them. then leave them behiend just youtube saudi drifters and see what i mean
the good thing is drifters don't like jeeps because the rollover (lucky me) so i am okay with that and honestly grabbing a battery is what they might be interested in. YET you are right i need to install the locks for safety so this will be added to me list for the next upgrade
Air Filter you just hit the sweet spot when i drove mine from i was not satisfied with the acceleration nor the heat geneated and taking it to the desert was laways a pain. so i ordered a "cool air intake" from Volant. got it delivered to me here from US. and installed it my self. 4 and half years now and its great. here are some photos:
these other photos with the 8" RIMS on it too bad i had to revert back to the stock rims because i could not find tires
Ok then here is my first question which i had in mind for some time now
what is this space for !!?
Extra Battery !?!? or a device !?