I'm going to be doing the same mod for my bumper, except I may use Amber so I can run them when driving in blizzards.
Thanks Durango!i want rear lights like those, any more info on them you can share? bad ass rig btw! i wish i had the ability to install my own gears
thanks for the info! I'm going to attempt this mod soon. i need some lighting behind my Jeep at night when fishing at night on the drive on beach.Thanks Durango!
as for installing the gears, i would say 90% of it is having the right tools for the job, and it takes A LOT of tools! but if you have the tools, its fairly straight forward.
the lights were just some 24W flush mount lights i bought on ebay for around $25. i made a cardboard template that fit the back of the lights, traced the template on the bumper where they would fit and cut out the hole with a rotozip bit in my dremel.
to mount the lights, ace hardware had a kinda nutsert thing, that when tightened down, compressed on the plastic of the bumper so there is no need to hold anything from the back side of the bumper when bolting the lights in.
for the wire routing, i drilled a hole near the license plate area and fed the wires up behind the tail light and into the cabin where the wire loom is. wired them up to one of the 4 switches on my a-pillar.
definitely some special tools required to do a gear change. i had to buy a 20 ton shop press, magnetic base dial indicator, 3/4" socket set and a large bearing separator.thanks for the info! I'm going to attempt this mod soon. i need some lighting behind my Jeep at night when fishing at night on the drive on beach.
as for the gears, i don't have the right tools for sure haha, are there any tools you need specifically for that job? also, do you get any gear whine? I've heard having the proper backlash setting is important to avoid damaging the gears.
I have a friend who's very mechanically inclined, but he said he's not comfortable doing gears in my Jeep since he's never done a ring and pinion swap in any Dana rear. Guess ill be saving my pennies to have it done professionallydefinitely some special tools required to do a gear change. i had to buy a 20 ton shop press, magnetic base dial indicator, 3/4" socket set and a large bearing separator.
the gears made just a little noise at first, but they are nice and quiet now.
you need to make sure you have the proper backlash on the gears, but the pattern is equally as important. if the pattern is not good, you can easily break off teeth. you also need to be able to put the correct preload on the carrier bearings so they dont fail early. its not for everyone.
got the hellwig 7706 rear sway bar in the mail.
here you can see the size difference
went for a little test drive, and the ride is nice! my jku corners MUCH flatter, and the wobble/bobble head effect is reduced a bit (what i was going for).
the stiffer sway bar has the rear of the jeep following the dips a bit more, but the wobble is reduced on the rebound of them, so it almost evens out, yet still gives a slight edge to reducing the wobble.
however, the flat cornering is what is really noticeable! the steering just feels better with this sway bar.
it just feels like the sway bars are a better match for each other than before.
a good $135 upgrade.
the install wasnt too bad, i didnt even take the tires off.After driving from Cleveland to Denver I am looking at one of these. There were times the wind was ridiculous and got blown around a bit. I heard this helps. How was the install? I brought all my tools lol... if only Northridge carried them
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I never experienced winds like this until this drive. So I was shocked when I had to hold the steering wheel so far right lol. It wasn't horrible, but could be better. Only thing I don't have with me is a drill lol. Before my next road trip, this will be going on
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Your rig is becoming one of my favorites on the forum, nice progress! It cracks me up that this is your build on a so called "budget" and you've already done all the upgrades that I've wanted to do in the past 4 years in a way shorter time frame unk: