Nope! After I bumped up to 295 (tire size not weight ) I didn't feel like messing with them anymore. Every time I flexed it out the tires would rub. I plan to make my own inner fenders either out of sheet metal or plastic mat. The only thing I don't like about not running them is not having a wall between the wheel well and the engine compartment.
Next up was the rear cargo lighting upgrade. I used some leftover LED strips I had from my rock lights to better illuminate the cargo area. This was a very pleasant upgrade because lets face it, the little bulb in the hatch is worthless!
I popped the rear ceiling molding off and linked 3 sections of LEDs together to stretch over the 3 openings.
I tested them out with a 9V battery to make sure they worked properly.
I totally forgot to take a picture of it, but I trimmed the two slats that are on each side of the LEDs. I wanted them to sit as low as possible for max light output without shadows from the slats. Once I got them positioned just right I used hot glue to secure them in place.
With light shinning through you can see them, but once they are up in place you can't unless you are looking for them.
Now for the instal. I was lazy and didn't feel like wiring in a switch at the time. So I just tapped into the interior lights. Once you remove the molding to instal the LEDs you can see the wire harness that comes from the ceiling and goes into the hatch. The (+) is the RED with a WHITE stripe and the (-) is YELLOW with an ORANGE stripe. Splice the LEDs into those two wires and pop the molding back into place. And there you have it!
Here you can see the light difference between the LEDs and the rest of the interior lights
As you can see the light output is greatly increased! I am happy with the results. The light cuts off right at the rear seat so I won't disturb my kids at night. I originally wanted to convert all the interior lights to LEDs, but the cargo area is really the only spot I needed more light. So I think I will only swap out the one in the rear hatch and maybe instal some in the foot wells.
Ya it does look a little funny having the LED in the cargo area and rock lights come on and the incandescent everywhere else but it is functional so I don't care. One of these days I will wire the cargo lights up to a switch like the rock lights so that should help.
The rear black plastic step had been sun bleached to the point that it was more of a grey than black. So it was time to give it a quick refresh. I got two different bedliner cans to see which one I liked more. I ended up going with the one on the right:
The other stuff wasn't gritty enough for my liking.
The rear step is easy to pop off. First there are four plastic pop rivets that have to come out and then after a little leverage with a standard screwdriver, it pops right off. I laid it on a big piece of cardboard and gave it two coats. After it was all dry and the rain outside let up for a few minutes, I popped it back on the Jeep. Now it looks better than it ever did!
It is nice and black again and it has a slight texture. I didn't want it too thick or chunky, because from my experience it just makes it harder to clean. The dirt, sand, and mud would stick to it and would require some scrub time to clean it up. I was very pleased with the results!
Next up was the long awaited Headlamp upgrade! You can find the build thread for them HERE, but basically I upgrades from the 05-07 halogen lamps to the 08-10 HID projector lamps.
I stated out with this:
Tore them apart and turned them into this:
Comparison between the old and new:
And once installed:
I am still tweaking them and getting them to be exactly what I want. But for the most part they are finished and any little change most people wont even notice. This is the only Khaki I know of with these lamps. I love being different!
__________________ SCOTT The HARDER you work...the LUCKIER you are!
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