Omelet, I have a question to pick your brain. Going back to how you wired your switches to accessory so once the Jeep goes dark, all the switches won't work; what if you wired in an SPDT switch to hop between accessory and courtesy?
Not sure if you would even need an SPDT since its only one or the other, an SPST should work, but wouldn't that mean if you left all your light switches in the on position and set the power to be from courtesy instead of accessory, when you hit the unlock, the sun rises? That is the route I'm thinking of going but may blow a fuse in my head trying to wrap my brain around all the wiring.
Lets see... I got a dual gauge pillar pod back in Oct:
I found some Rust-Oleum Hammered paint in brown that matched the brown in the interior almost perfectly:
I fabbed up some wooden brackets to mount it to, because I didn't like mounting it to the factory pillar:
I bought a pod mount for my BullyDog to mount to:
I also bought a Trinity mount to use as a phone mount. Then mounted it up:
I have been very happy with the end product! Now my BullyDog stays put and doesn't randomly decide to loose suction while I'm driving I still haven't done anything with the phone mount. I have a mount for my iPhone4 that I was going to put on, but then I upgraded to the new Samsung Note2. Still looking into mount options.
The insulation was starting to come off of my air box so I redid it and used a different tape this time.
Also my Spector fuel can has been leaking the past couple times I've taken it out wheeling with me. The new seal I ordered finally came in so I installed it along with a red strap to replace the tan one.
And a random shot from when I drove out with my brother to my favorite local shooting site to pop off a few rounds! I like to get there and be set up by the time the sun comes up. Snapped a quick pic of the Bison while out there!
The last Saturday in Oct I went out to Ocotillo Wells (about 100 miles / 2 hour drive) with a TJ buddy from work, John(Jhigz), and one of his JK buddies for the 8th Annual Lost Lizard Fun Run. It was a fairly easy 31 mile loop in the desert. Until then I hadn't ventured out that far east to go wheeling. We had a rather interesting day with some great weather!
I spent Friday afternoon prepping the Jeep for the following day. I swapped out the tires, checked most of the suspension bolts, checked the fluids, and made sure I had the tools and parts I may need.
The following morning I slept in until 0430 and was on my way shortly after.
We made it there with out any major issues and got checked in. It was an organized run, but they gave a map with the plotted route and allow you to group up as you with and head out at your own pace. Some guys were airing down and disconnecting sway bars, but seeing as though it was an easy trail I opted to run my normal psi and leave my rear sway. (I am not running a front sway in case you have somehow happened to miss that info thus far ) The tail started out really easy with the occasional hill to climb and soft sand to float through. It was fun to get up to speed and blast around at times We veered off the trail for a few minutes to play nearby and for a quick photo or two.
The dirt/sand was quite soft and made for some forgiving ground. For those just learning how to wheel and test the clearance limits it was a great place. You may get stuck, but its hard to damage your Jeep in a area like this.
And it was bound to happen to someone
Out came the winch! My buddy was so thrilled to get to test out his brand new winch, so I let him take this one
From there we got back on the trail and continued on our way. The trail would change between an open sand road and a tighter dirt tail constantly.
We eventually hit all the checkpoints and decided to head north to Salton City to refuel and get some cold refreshments. After that we went to the training area (Play Ground) which was close by to hit some obstetrical. They had a flex test that we hit after driving over a long log pile.
That's about when my buddy decided to drive over the logs and started having some power issues.
SO Superwinch to the rescue!!!
It wasn't a hard pull, but I was very pleased with the winch. This being the first time I have had to actually use it in a year and a half. I just let the Jeep idle with the AC blasting on the inside while I winched and neither the winch or engine skipped a beat. I love the low amp draw of this winch! After that I repositioned to respool the line back onto the drum properly.
Then I decided to tackle a slightly more challenging obstacle!
After that there was a mild pipe obstacle that we did.
And that is when we should have left to make the long trek back down to the base camp. But there was one more obstacle that I saw and wanted to tackle real quick.
As I was trying to get the rear tires up one pipe and my front tires up another (If I would have aired down it would have been easy), I suddenly hear "DUDE I think your diff is leaking!!!" So I backed up and exited the side to check it out.
Knowing that the diff is completely covered by armor I didn't see how it could be the diff. The fluid was almost clear and wasn't very oily so I didn't think it was the diff or coolant. Whatever it was had sprayed onto the serpentine belt which flung it every where making it very difficult to find the source. I was thinking it was my steering rack, but it wasn't leaking anymore. Not knowing exactly where it came from and not being able to reach around because everything was so hot, we decided to get back to base camp as quickly as possible and hope it had just leaked because of heavy stress while on the obstacle.
Unfortunately after about a half hour into the journey I started getting a lot of feedback in the steering wheel followed by some groaning I had lost my power steering! I try to be mostly prepared to most things, but power steering fluid was not something I had on me. So I pulled out the tow strap and popped it into neutral.
John pulled me all the way back down to the main highway with minimal effort. There we found an XJ stuck in the sand, so my buddy used his TJ to pull him to harder ground. That is about when he started having stalling and power issues. We eventually all made it back to camp. There was a RV place across the street that had four quarts of power steering fluid, so i bought them all! The Jeep had cooled by then so I gave the under side a quick wipe to clean it up some. Then I started it and had someone work the wheel back and forth until I found the source. There are two small pipes that come out of the top of the rack and go to the hydraulic fan and the cooler. From what I could tell that was the source of the leak.
Luckily I had a small crescent wrench that fit the nut and was small enough to get in there to turn. Both of those ended up being loose, but I was able to turn the top one about a full turn. So I topped off the tank and let it run for a while. I got a few drips, but it had mostly stopped leaking.
So the plan was to take a slightly longer route home, but it was a lot less windy and a lot more straight. Before we could leave John had to air back up and we had a fellow enthusiast come over who also need air. He was apparently running too low of pressure and was rolling his beads on corners. So we put the ARB compressor to work!
Unfortunately my Buddies TJ gave up the fight so we had to tow him as close to civilization as possible, so he could get a tow truck from there. We even encountered a spot where John was pulling the TJ and got stuck, so we had to strap the Bison to the front and have me and John both pull until we were free.
And just one last shot of us waiting to cross a border patrol check point about 45 mins from home!
In the end we all made it home safe, just very tired and dirty
I am not quite finished with the wiring of the new light, but I got it mounted and ran it to a spare battery to test it. So here's some pics and info so far!
The new bar is made by Brightt USA a company I have never heard of before but started seeing them on Ebay and Amazon as I was looking for a new LED light to replace the 2 Hellas currently mounted on the rear of my Gobi. I couldn't find much of anything for reviews on them but they sounded pretty sweet and I wanted to give them a try. It has some cool features such as 4 brightness settings (DRL, Low, Medium, High) and a strobe/flash setting. It will max out a little over 14,000 lumens which is amazing for a 19" single row bar!