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Unread 07-09-2019, 01:24 PM   #24451
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So I finally finished the heated seat install.
Indicators on the switches that don't flash is a good thing.
In anticipation of possibly pulling this off I was able to source the
ashtray that comes with an XJ when it has heated seats sometime ago
The switches go where the ashtray would normally be.
They made one that goes in the cup holder when you have heated seats.
I loose a cup holder but to be frank don't use the damn things anyway.




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I recently installed a Rusty's 3 inch advanced lift kit and Banks Monster exhaust system.
















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Unread 07-11-2019, 10:54 AM   #24453
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So I decided to play with the brush guard today.
The runner was interfering with me using my factory tow hooks.
So I trimmed it back with my die grinder. Then smoothed it out a little with a flap disc on my angle grinder.
I am not as steady as I used to be. LOL.
Really digging flap discs.
I was delivering to a customer and he was Macgyvering something.
He took something down real quick with a flap disc on his angle grinder. I mentioned that those are no joke.
He said not only that but they don't heat up the metal.
So want to still mock it up. Will have to trim the bumper caps a little.
If everything works out then I will "refresh" it.
But I probably will have to at least tack weld the end of the runner.
It was tacked here and there and while it might stay it could pull away.
Might try to run a bead if I can get some practice in on my welder and
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Unread 07-11-2019, 07:02 PM   #24454
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I did some general maintenance in preparations for actually wheeling this weekend at Doe Valley OHV. It's the "Rocks for Rose's" Cystic Fibrosis event. can't wait to get out!!!
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Unread 07-13-2019, 08:55 AM   #24455
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So I got the brush guard on for a test fit.
Had to replace one rivnut for the part that goes in front of the headlights.
Also go rid of those phillips head screws they used to bolt those things up.
Such a stupid idea.
I tried to surgically trim the bumper caps before I put the brush guard on.
Trying to not just hack the hell out of them.
But I still had to make a trim here and there on the fly.
Also trimming the runners did work out so I can run my factory tow hooks.
Going to roll with it just for a bit. Figure I would enjoy it for awhile.
But it has to come off cause the brush guard and tail light guards are going to get a "refresh".




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Unread 07-13-2019, 03:38 PM   #24456
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Look real good!
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Unread 07-14-2019, 12:55 AM   #24457
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Thank you.
Unknown to me the brush guard was a little tweaked. It was not centering.
I was able to tweak it back some. Still a little off center.
Only way you can tell is with measuring it.
Also putting it on myself I was only able to pull it so far to the driver's side and still bolt it up from underneath.
So if I have somebody push it from up top when I bolt it on it might center a little more.
Tweaking it back it also messed up the spacing on how the vertical part runs over the part of the bumper cap in the center that sticks out.
This you can see from the side.
Galloping horse and all. LOL.
I am rethinking refreshing it. It is not perfect but not rusty either.
My Jeep is not perfect either. I might just leave it alone.
I do have to do the tail light guards though just cause they are surface rusting where the paint has peeled off in a couple small areas.
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Unread 07-14-2019, 12:25 PM   #24458
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So I got the brush guard on for a test fit.
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That looks real slick, i like the way the brushguard wraps the bumper and you still fit the stock tow hooks and all . I was always fond of those full brush guards. If i was a fabricator and could reinforce one with extended tie-in brackets and a winch plate, i would do it.
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Prepping for the next wheeling trip!
Cleaning, lubing, and inspecting
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Damn so jealous of you guys. all your **** looks good!!!!

Craig - is that a RockJock 60 on your front? Badass!

I went to DOE Valley OHV park in Windber, PA. It was their annual "Rocks for Roses" fundraiser event for Cystic Fibrosis. The trails are literally all rocks. Hence the name. Did I mention they are filled with tight turns and narrow trails. Well, I took on a tree and my drivers side mirror and side window suffered the consequences. On the bright side. I won a cool *** camo cooler full of stuff as a consolation prize for being one of the first to break something. And a 50 spiderwebshade gift certificate at the chinese auction.










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Unread 07-14-2019, 09:12 PM   #24461
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Damn so jealous of you guys. all your **** looks good!!!!

Craig - is that a RockJock 60 on your front? Badass!
It is a 60 but it’s out an F250/350.
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That looks real slick, i like the way the brushguard wraps the bumper and you still fit the stock tow hooks and all . I was always fond of those full brush guards. If i was a fabricator and could reinforce one with extended tie-in brackets and a winch plate, i would do it.
Thanks. I always wanted one.
Was adamant about it being the wrap around the sides with the headlight part being covered type with 4 horizontal pieces in the center. A couple I have seen have only been 3.
All in all it is not much for protection IMO.
Might do more damage then good if something bad happens.
But then again for me it is just for a look.
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So for a bit now I have been hearing a clunk here and there.
Because my hearing is not so good I want to say it is coming from the rear but not to sure.
So checking things out I did see that my passenger side sway bar link was rotted away.
Also missing the bump stop on that side.
So have the sway bar links and new bushings coming from Napa.
Should get dropped off about 3:30.
The bump stops will have to be the Crown ones off Amazon I guess.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

Now before you guys tell me to just remove it realize I don't want too. Plus my Jeep is just a DD.
Even if and when I duplicate the Up Country Suspension I will try to keep it.
I know they deleted it in the Up Country Package.
But it might happen cause of this.
My rear sway bar appears to have rusted in the bushing.
The diameter of the sway bar is smaller cause of the rusted metal that fell out when I took the bushing off the sway bar.
My guess is that it will be loose in the new bushings.
Which might be a bad thing or not really matter.
Any body have any thoughts on that?



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Unread Today, 12:34 PM   #24464
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Since I am waiting on parts I figured I would get the bump stop, well what is left of it, off.
I have had good luck with the Loctite Freeze and Release stuff.
That and working it back and forth to try not to snap it.
Figure hit the bolts and nuts in the uni-body with my thread restorer tool real quick.

Going to be a week before the bump stops come in.
Anybody see a problem running with out them?

Might slap a little POR 15 in that area in the meantime.

I used it on the M-12 bolt that I have to reuse for the sway bar links.
Forgot to mention that the M-12 had bound to the metal in the sway bar link bushing pretty good.
Some of the Loctite stuff and work that back and forth too was enough to "release" it.


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