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Old 08-25-2017, 05:22 AM   #83971
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Today, I washed off some of Black Bear Pass and Imogene Pass off the Jeep...


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No. I'm going to try coating them with UV protectant to preserve the color. I'm not sure how effective it will be, but it's worth a try.

I plan on doing this as well. Love the look and want to keep them red.

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I made my white JK Cher's butt look cleaner today. Getting ready to order that bumper/tire carrier.
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Ordered a terraflex tire carrier and some morimoto fogs for my 10A bumper. After I get the carrier installed I'll be finally getting a full size spare


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Old 08-25-2017, 10:32 AM   #83977
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tonight after i got home from work, i welded on my lower c-gussets, then painted them. i welded the uppers last saturday before going to tin teepee.








my $99 harbor freight welder is not exactly designed to weld metal that thick, but it got the job done. a little grinding to smooth the welds out and it looks decent with paint on. but the most important thing is that the c's are reinforced now!
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I picked up a roll of 14 gauge wire in red and black to wire the CB directly to the battery.
As you know the wire in back of the CB isn't long enough.
It's more than I need, but I will find use for it at some point.
Two questions, is this the correct wire?
And the quick disconnect, do I cut that in half to wire it into the CB, than to the battery? I know I have to use heat shrink butt splicers. I just want to make sure I don't fry anything, including my Jeep. Thanks!
Edit: I returned one of the rolls of wire, I am not using my noodle.
Red or black, both rolls are the same. As long as I pay attention to which is red, and which is black when running through the firewall. Thanks

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Old 08-25-2017, 10:38 AM   #83979
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Since the weekend, we've been adding a few things.


Got a backup camera from Amazon. Hard to see, but it's mounted under the bumper between the trailer wiring harness and hitch. Should be mildly protected.
No offense, but being a retired owner / operator truck driver I can not under stand why people have back up cameras, when the have two perfectly good mirrors. I watched as one of our members on the fire Dept. backed our emergency response unit off the road and into a ditch because he decided using the back up camera was easier then looking into the mirrors.
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A couple of days ago I installed a set of Kicker speakers in the sound bar, front dash pods and the tweeters. Polyfilled the sound bar and the dash pods.

Sounds much better than the factory speakers. But.... the 430N I have is less than great for sound quality and power. I went and looked at some aftermarket head units.
I'm getting a Pioneer 8201NEX installed next week. I'll see how good that sounds before I think about adding an amp.

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Added the springtail mpac to the tailgate of my jeep and couldn't be any happier with the outcome. I'll give this thing a 10/10 all day long. Sturdy materials were used in the making of this product and the customer service was amazing when I called and asked specifics on the item. Will recommend to friends!
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No offense, but being a retired owner / operator truck driver I can not under stand why people have back up cameras, when the have two perfectly good mirrors. I watched as one of our members on the fire Dept. backed our emergency response unit off the road and into a ditch because he decided using the back up camera was easier then looking into the mirrors.


Because it allows us to see kids running behind my vehicle when leaving my sons baseball practice. Back-up cameras are not a replacement to good old fashioned techniques, simply an enhancement.


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No offense, but being a retired owner / operator truck driver I can not under stand why people have back up cameras, when the have two perfectly good mirrors. I watched as one of our members on the fire Dept. backed our emergency response unit off the road and into a ditch because he decided using the back up camera was easier then looking into the mirrors.


No offense, but doing something one way just because that's the way it's always been done doesn't mean it's the best way.

I still use my mirrors but use my back up camera too.

Pretty sure there have been plenty of accidents cause people couldn't see out their mirrors.




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Added the springtail mpac to the tailgate of my jeep and couldn't be any happier with the outcome. I'll give this thing a 10/10 all day long. Sturdy materials were used in the making of this product and the customer service was amazing when I called and asked specifics on the item. Will recommend to friends!
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Since the weekend, we've been adding a few things.


Got a backup camera from Amazon. Hard to see, but it's mounted under the bumper between the trailer wiring harness and hitch. Should be mildly protected.
No offense, but being a retired owner / operator truck driver I can not under stand why people have back up cameras, when the have two perfectly good mirrors. I watched as one of our members on the fire Dept. backed our emergency response unit off the road and into a ditch because he decided using the back up camera was easier then looking into the mirrors.
Back-up cameras are just an additional way to check clearance in blind spots (such as kids toys or kids themselves). A guy I worked with thought they were all that was needed and the learned the hard way that mirrors are the primary tool for reversing. He backed into a pole.
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If you run it directly to the Batt. make sure you use a fuse as close to the batt as you can.


The fuse is as close to the battery as I can get it. My question is, the inline fuse came with a 25amp fuse.
Should I use the same amp fuse that came with the CB which is 10? Thanks.
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The old fashioned walk around does wonders also
The walk-around doesn't help when someone runs behind you one you start backing up.

Are backup cameras replacements for mirrors? Hell no. Anyone that thinks that is an idiot. I tend to only look at mine when I back into a parking space and then only to make sure I back up to the line. But it is nice to have and my eye has caught movement in the screen when I'm using my mirrors.

As a 20 year FD veteran, I'm more than comfortable backing large vehicles into tight places using only mirrors. I cringe when I see the younger generation relying too much on cameras and then wondering how I can turn them off and still hit my marks. I also have a nurse friend that has taken off TWO drivers side mirrors backing into her garage using the backup camera on her SUV. I don't get it.

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Mind taking the time to elaborate on that? What exactly is not safe about welding on a set of c gussets?
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No offense, but being a retired owner / operator truck driver I can not under stand why people have back up cameras, when the have two perfectly good mirrors. I watched as one of our members on the fire Dept. backed our emergency response unit off the road and into a ditch because he decided using the back up camera was easier then looking into the mirrors.


Being an ex claims adjuster backing up claims in the parking lot were the worst. Everyone relies on those things. When you ask them if they looked in their mirrors and turned and looked around them before backing, they'd almost always say yes. Some would admit to backup camera only. They you ask them when they realized they hit them. Most would answer when we hit, and rarely some would say I stopped and honked my horn yelling!!! Mm hmm.


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Because it allows us to see kids running behind my vehicle when leaving my sons baseball practice. Back-up cameras are not a replacement to good old fashioned techniques, simply an enhancement.


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Glad to hear that! My wife asks why I turn around when using her Jeep. I only look at the backup to check exactly what you mentioned.


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I got spoiled with a camera on my fullsize truck. Makes backing up to a trailer tongue a one step process!
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Added the springtail mpac to the tailgate of my jeep and couldn't be any happier with the outcome. I'll give this thing a 10/10 all day long. Sturdy materials were used in the making of this product and the customer service was amazing when I called and asked specifics on the item. Will recommend to friends!


That's a really cool setup. Wondering how you typically use it - packing/unpacking gear for camping? I like the efficient space use.


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Mind taking the time to elaborate on that? What exactly is not safe about welding on a set of c gussets?


He may have been referring to the jeep being in the air only supported by jack stands under the axle not the frame


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The walk-around doesn't help when someone runs behind you one you start backing up.

Are backup cameras replacements for mirrors? Hell no. Anyone that thinks that is an idiot. I tend to only look at mine when I back into a parking space and then only to make sure I back up to the line. But it is nice to have and my eye has caught movement in the screen when I'm using my mirrors.

As a 20 year FD veteran, I'm more than comfortable backing large vehicles into tight places using only mirrors. I cringe when I see the younger generation relying too much on cameras and then wondering how I can turn them off and still hit my marks. I also have a nurse friend that has taken off TWO drivers side mirrors backing into her garage using the backup camera on her SUV. I don't get it.

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Very true.

My point is. Today, people rely on the simple and easiest way of doing things. No one wants to look and see what is around there vehicle. If the camera doesn't see it, it must not be there.

I commend you for your FD work. But you know as well as i do. With the lights, strobes and even your own in the rear as a ground guide. Some moron walks in the way. People in general are blind to the obvious. Even the back up alarm does not phase people. Kinda like the car alarm.

We can "what if" all day long and I'm not trying to do that.

The camera has its place, and it is not the be all end all device. It's just another tool in the tool box.
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The fuse is as close to the battery as I can get it. My question is, the inline fuse came with a 25amp fuse.
Should I use the same amp fuse that came with the CB which is 10? Thanks.
Yes.. go with the smaller.
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Very true.

My point is. Today, people rely on the simple and easiest way of doing things. No one wants to look and see what is around there vehicle. If the camera doesn't see it, it must not be there.

I commend you for your FD work. But you know as well as i do. With the lights, strobes and even your own in the rear as a ground guide. Some moron walks in the way. People in general are blind to the obvious. Even the back up alarm does not phase people. Kinda like the car alarm.

We can "what if" all day long and I'm not trying to do that.

The camera has its place, and it is not the be all end all device. It's just another tool in the tool box.
I agree 100%

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I bought a used OEM Premium soft top from someone local. The windows have some scratches but I'm not worried. Yes I can fold back the soft top, pull back the fabric into a "W" shape so the entire back seat is open as well. When I do that on the road I will roll up the rear window so I don't blow it out. If I'm just on the trail I'll leave it down to help control the dust.

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