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Old 12-30-2012, 04:58 PM
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And here she is burning brightt! Haha

This is what it looks like from the side on the DRL setting:




Now these are just quick night shots using my phone which never does something like this justice, but it's better than nothing. I am parked in my driveway shooting at a hill just over 100' away.

DRL mode (basically what my 7W Cree reverse light do)




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Standing at the end of my driveway showing my shadow:




At the bottom of the hill looking back at the Jeep (14,000 lumens is blinding!)




Standing off to the side for another perspective:




I will have some wiring pics up later...
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:14 PM
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Nice updates!! Sic pics and that romp place looks fun!!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:56 PM
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It was time to figure out the spare tire situation. Until now I had been keeping it in the cargo area. This works but gets annoying since it takes up so much space. On my XJ I had tried strapping my spare to the roof in a basket, and though that got it out of the back I didn't like the extra top weight and increased body role it produced. This time I wasn't going to do the same. I knew I didn't want my spare up there. I know a 32" is lighter than a 35", but I didn't want to increase top weight any more than I needed to. I thought about getting the Saguaro rear bumper and carrier, but for many reasons that wasn't going to happen. All that was left was the stock tire location. So I removed the bumper to see what I was dealing with.





(You can also see my reso in that one)

Since I had the factory hitch I knew that was going to be the big problem.



For now I decided to pull the hitch out and try to get my fully inflated 255/75/17 up in there. Until now all I had seen was a couple of guys fit their 265/70/17 up in there. Knowing that the 255 was only slightly taller than the 265 I figured I could make it work.






I had some plans to modify the hitch, but I didn't have time to do it then.






And in went my inflated spare. This was and still is a brand new Rubi BFG M/T.






I had enough clearance at the exhaust.




And with it pushed all the way to the rear It could hug the rear crossmember with some room to spare against the track bar.






At this time I had also scored a brand new 4xGuard rear guard Gen 2 off eBay for $120! Some guy was selling it and didn't know what he had. He listed it as a front skid for a Commander. I sent him a message telling him what he actually had along with an offer. A few minutes later I received a message back from him that said SOLD!!!






Eventually I got around to modifying the hitch and reinstalling it. I cut off the nuts that were tacked onto the back side and trimmed the hitch flush with the welds. Then I got carriage bolts and passed them through from the inside out. This way the hitch was as smooth and low profile as possible.






With this set up I could have left the spare fully inflated and it would have rubbed the track bar slightly, but I decided to deflate it and get a compressor in case I have to use the spare.
This is awesome! I was trying to figure out how to get one of my SRT reps with 275-55-20 Nitto 420 as a spare . If i remember they are about 31" ,so this will work great!
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It does not look like those carriage bolts are high tensile? They must be for use on the towbar hitch.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:41 PM
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This is awesome! I was trying to figure out how to get one of my SRT reps with 275-55-20 Nitto 420 as a spare . If i remember they are about 31" ,so this will work great!
Oh ya, a 31" should fit easily after this mod! You probably don't even have to replace the bolts, just trim the excess that sticks past the nut and then the hitch flush like I did.


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It does not look like those carriage bolts are high tensile? They must be for use on the towbar hitch.
Well they were listed as grade 8.
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Well the other day I finally got around to replacing the O-ring in my power steering line that failed a couple months ago. This was what was left of the old one:




I will have to keep an eye on it to make sure there are no more leaks.

I also replaced my upper radiator hose. It has had a slow leak for a little while now. I scrubbed the thermostat housing because it was looking pretty crappy. I think next time I swap thermostats I will also install a new housing.






I also went through my suspension and re-torqued everything. My last outing wasn't exactly one with difficult off road challenges, but it sure did rattle the crap out of the Bison. Everything feels much better now! Though I still need to replace one of my uniballs. I did the driver side a while back and knew the passenger side wouldn't be too far behind.
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I finished up the wiring the other day, but never posted my last couple pics and info. I contemplated the wiring route for a while and finally decided to come down the back and enter the cabin with the hatch wiring.




From there it drops down the driver side behind the paneling which is where I mounted the power driver:




From the power driver the wires go straight to the front of the Jeep behind all the paneling. It all pops up behind the dash where I have the rest of my wiring. Right now the "Rear Light" switch I was using before in my switch panel is still used to turn the light on and off. Then there are two small switches in the cubby for "Intensity" and "Strobe" functions. Those are just temporary so I have full function of the light while I weigh my options.

This thing makes a HUGE difference while backing up at night in a dark area! With the tinted windows it is often difficult to see. The Cree reverse bulbs helped out a lot, but when you need more light this bar just blows the Hellas out of the water I need to do a good head to head comparison between the 40" and the new 19", but first impression, I think they are very close! I'm hoping to get some better night shots this weekend before I have to leave again...
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Today I got an unexpected package! I had ordered a new air filter off eBay. I bought it from Summit Racing, but off their eBay store where it was the cheapest price with free shipping. I wasn't expecting it until next week, but it apparently shipped out of their LA warehouse. Anyways, I have had my Volant for almost 4 years now, I have refreshed the filter a few times and it is now looking a little too weathered. Instead of picking up another Volant filter I decided to get an AFE Pro Dry filter.

The Volant with the K&N DryCharger on it caked in dirt from my last outing:




You can see here how weathered the Volant filter has become:




The new AFE Pro Dry filter. I searched through all their dry filter they make and this was the closest one that would fit. Turned out to be the one in the Hemi WK kit they sell PN: 21-45003






As you can see the AFE is just slightly smaller than the Volant, plus the end is capped unlike the Volant. Considering the Volant was actually designed for the 6.1L Hemi it way over flows the 5.7L, so the slightly smaller AFE will do fine:




Once I thoroughly cleaned the K&N DryCharger and let it dry I wrapped it around the new AFE filter and installed it into the Volant intake:




Now as you can see my intake is very confused Volant, AFE, and K&N all in one!!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:37 PM
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I scored some goodies from a buddy at work! I also picked up some fresh fluid and a filter for a clean swap.

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Do you have the dimensions for those L brackets you made for your dually d2's?? I'm looking into doing something similar.
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Sorry bud just saw this! I will get some measurements up for you tomorrow.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:21 PM
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Hey bud sorry for the delay! Here's a pic, the bracket it 3.75" long.

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