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Old 11-23-2015, 11:01 AM
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

wow good work !! I love your trunk ! please dont show this to my wife, or i will have a bit of work to do :P

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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

Progress update—this afternoon I removed the Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform so that I could mount up the new LED light bar and it is looking awesome! I'm very happy with the length and placement of the bar I chose.

It's not yet back on top of the Jeep yet as I didn't have anyone to help me put it back up there but that should be sorted tomorrow.

After looking at the bar and how it sits for a while I think a wind fairing needs to be on the cards. The Rhino mounting brackets for spotlights on the platform are quite noticeable and I think this could be easily disguised with a good fairing.

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More pics to come when it's back on the roof!
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

And it's on! Pulled over on the way to work this morning for a quick snap.

I stand by my thought that a wind fairing is required. I might measure up and see if the local plastics place can do one for me.

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Old 12-05-2015, 03:32 PM
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

That looks great! Nice work.

I really want to do something similar or just get the Front Runner Slimline model and get the light bar attachment.
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

Very impressive wood working skills. From the photos, the drawer, etc. looks OE.
Did you tack or adhere the carpet to the pinewood? Looks like each piece of wood was individually covered.
Might be a challenge to get the spare out, I mean the whole assembly looks heavy. How easy is it to remove? Looks great. Nice work.

You mentioned new wheels for a wider stance, but if you like the current wheels, you could just get spacers.
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

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That looks great! Nice work.

I really want to do something similar or just get the Front Runner Slimline model and get the light bar attachment.
Thanks mate—I'll take some more pics tomorrow once it's wired in properly and post up the results.


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Very impressive wood working skills. From the photos, the drawer, etc. looks OE.
Did you tack or adhere the carpet to the pinewood? Looks like each piece of wood was individually covered.
Might be a challenge to get the spare out, I mean the whole assembly looks heavy. How easy is it to remove? Looks great. Nice work.

You mentioned new wheels for a wider stance, but if you like the current wheels, you could just get spacers.

Thanks—for the most part the carpet is actually stapled in place, but this has been done very strategically as to not have any of them visible, even when opening and closing the different parts. The only spot you would see them is if you separated the pile along the edge of the fridge slider. It was also mostly painted black to conceal any areas where there is no carpet. My aim was to have it looking as OE as I could achieve (it's not perfect, but I think I got about 95% of the way there), not like some scaffolding slapped together that you see in some other DIY jobs.

As far as accessing the spare goes, it was never really a great concern—I'm a pretty big dude (about 6'4 and 280lbs) so all I need to do is take out the hex head bolts securing the fridge, put it to the side and then lift up the drawer. I didn't weigh it when finished, but I can quite comfortably pick it up and move it around.

The wheels are a maybe one day kind of item on the list, after I've run out of other mods. Also, unfortunately in Australia spacers are extremely illegal—the kind that gets you a defect notice and a big fat fine. I'm certainly not unhappy with the current stance, but having said that, if some nice looking flares came on to the market allowing for 0 offset wheels to be run I'd give it a lot of consideration (again with Australian laws, your tyres can't protrude past the bodywork, hence flares).
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

Okay, it's all wired up.

I haven't had a chance to go out for a drive at night yes (being daylight savings the sun isn't completely disappearing until 9.30pm at the moment) but I did grab a couple of comparison shots on the driveway pointing at the garage door.

These have been taken with a DSLR on a tripod using manual exposure to show exactly the difference in light output.

Low Beam
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Light Bar - aka Armageddon
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Have to be honest, I'm pretty happy with the result!
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

I went for a drive tonight to test out the lightbar and make sure it was positioned correctly and decided to take the camera with me to try some photo lighting techniques while I was at it. Here is the result.



I also took a couple of open road shots comparing the light output from the headlights and lightbar.

Low Beam
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Yeah—I'm pretty happy with the light output! It's a nice combination of spread and spot.
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Old 12-11-2015, 07:35 AM
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The lightbar definitely makes a difference.
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Photos and the lightbar definitely turned out awesome!
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Re: Matt's MY14 Laredo 4x4 Build Up

First post.

I have a '15 that I plan to get a basket with a light bar/spotlights, and was curious to know where and how you ran the wiring for yours? Pictures?

Good looking Jeep!
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