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I wonder if anyone know where can I find off-road experience in Iowa?


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I installed Romik Side Steps on my '11 Overland. Very happy with the flat black bars. Easy to install, took about 90 minutes installing alone.
Could you please elaborate a bit on the installation process? I ask because I'm considering getting a set of similar bars for my new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.

My concern is the fact the Grand Cherokee is a unitized body vehicle, not body on frame like most pickup's. Obviously I want the installation to be strong and sturdy, without having to drill a bunch of holes. What make of bars do you have, and did the installation require any drilling? Can you stand on the bars without anything bending? Thanks.
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I wonder if anyone know where can I find off-road experience in Iowa?
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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

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Could you please elaborate a bit on the installation process? I ask because I'm considering getting a set of similar bars for my new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.

My concern is the fact the Grand Cherokee is a unitized body vehicle, not body on frame like most pickup's. Obviously I want the installation to be strong and sturdy, without having to drill a bunch of holes. What make of bars do you have, and did the installation require any drilling? Can you stand on the bars without anything bending? Thanks.
I followed this YouTube video for installation. https://youtu.be/ZL5OPgxDsDo

Those are the same bars I have except I went with the powder coated black bars. No holes drilled, a complete bolt on installation. And yes, I have stood on both sides without any bending.

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Old 04-26-2015, 01:55 PM
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Since my GC Limited didn't come with an under hood light, I decided to install one. However, I decided that if I was going to do it, I wanted lighting that would actually provide light.

I decided to install two LED strips - one under the hood and one lower in the engine bay to light the lower area of the engine (where things tend to go wrong on the road).

The LEDs I chose are enclosed instead of the normal bare strips due to both looks and concerns over heat and weather. They're sold as driving lights and are both heat and weather resistant. When wiring them up, I added a 5 amp blade fuse in case anything shorts:



I started by running wiring inside the hood and around the engine bay for the LEDs. For the wires in the engine bay itself, I used a mesh wire loom, similar to what is used on much the Jeep OEM wiring. For the hidden stuff, I used heat shrink tubing to prevent wires chafing on the body and frame:

Fishing wires in the hood:





Engine Bay wiring (The skinny wire loom in the center of the first photo is mine):



Wire runs to the hood switch and the lower lighting (foreground horizontal loom and the background vertical one):


The Hood Switch. I was able to use an existing hole:


Testing the upper light (with the garage lighting on):



...and the lower light before putting the lower fascia back on:



...and finally, here's what they look like in the dark:





In the last photo, you can see the lights actually provide a decent amount of ambient light - plenty to work by:



So, now I have under hood lighting that actually lights up the whole under hood area, not just the top of the engine.
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Those lights look great. I don't think I've ever owned a vehicle without an under-hood light before this GC.
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Way to go man! When you do something to your Jeep, you do it right.
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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

I went camping two weeks ago, and the morning I left the driver's side front tire read low. I pumped it up and it has been fine until this morning. Was at the same campground over the weekend. Same wheel reported being at 26lbs. Either I have a helluva slow leak or a ghost in that campground likes to mess with me. I suspect it's a faulty TMPS sensor, but the timing is very strange. Do TPMS sensors log errors that can be read in the OBD-II system?
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I went camping two weeks ago, and the morning I left the driver's side front tire read low. I pumped it up and it has been fine until this morning. Was at the same campground over the weekend. Same wheel reported being at 26lbs. Either I have a helluva slow leak or a ghost in that campground likes to mess with me. I suspect it's a faulty TMPS sensor, but the timing is very strange. Do TPMS sensors log errors that can be read in the OBD-II system?
It's possible you either have a bad bead on that tire or there's an object stuck in it that lets air out when traveling off pavement.

I had a tire on my last truck that would be halfway flat on cold mornings when I'd be ready to head out. I'd have to top it off with the air compressor each time, then it would be find until the next cold snap. I finally took it back to the tire place and had them remount it (after checking for damage), since the place I go to guarantees their work for the life of the tires.

No problems from then on. They even gave me a coupon I could use on my next tire purchase.
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It's possible you either have a bad bead on that tire or there's an object stuck in it that lets air out when traveling off pavement.

I had a tire on my last truck that would be halfway flat on cold mornings. I finally took it back to the tire lace and had them remount it (after checking for damage). No problems from then on.
Thanks. I'll put a gauge on it daily to see if it's losing pressure on a regular basis.
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The LEDs I chose are enclosed instead of the normal bare strips due to both looks and concerns over heat and weather. They're sold as driving lights and are both heat and weather resistant. When wiring them up, I added a 5 amp blade fuse in case anything shorts:

Nice job. Can you provide a link to the product used?

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Nice job. Can you provide a link to the product used?

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The only gripe people seem to have is the lead wires are very thin (22 gauge). Indeed they are, but I was able to work with them, despite having heavier gauge wire for the rest of the system. The leads are 10-12' in length. They have a rubber jacket around them, but i found I had to slide it up the wires to make it flush with the LED casing. Even the product photos show them too far out. Leaving them that way would be begging for broken connections.

Apparently, when left on for long periods, they do get rather warm to the touch (likely from the voltage reduction circuitry). After having them running for at least 25-30 minutes while I took pictures and wiggled all the wires to double check for loose connections, they didn't appear to get particularly warm. As a result, I doubt they'll get too warm under normal operation. As running lights, like they're sold for, being around plastic lenses or body parts might become an issue, but I don't see them hurting anything under the hood, even if they really got hot.

They are referred to as "Xenon White" in the description, but they clearly have a blue hue to them. You can see the difference in the photo above showing the hood light test in the lit garage. The fluorescent shop light in the background has daylight balanced bulbs in it, which are cooler than normal indoor colored bulbs. The LED strip is clearly giving off an even bluer tint. I have no problem with it, though. Nothing under the hood appears too smurfy to see what it should be colored.

In the end, due to the wire gauge, I found it easier to simply solder the connections together rather than use crimp connectors that simply didn't fit well. I sealed up the connections with heat shrink tubing, then wrapped those covered connections in electrical tape to keep them from snagging on anything and to make them totally water tight. For the upper light, I used heat shrink tubing where the wires entered and left the inside of the hood supports to prevent chaffing. In the lower portion, the whole works ended up in the braided loom from the light to the rest of the connections to protect everything from heat damage.

The leads are red/black, so I bought the same color wire pair (in 18 gauge) to make it easier to get everything connected properly in a (then) very dark engine bay. Since everything would be covered in heat shrink tubing or wire looms, I wasn't worried about seeing the colors once everything was properly run. I had tried another style of lighting previously that used a black/white-black wire pair, but those lights proved to be troublesome and unreliable due to poor connections from the leads to the LEDs themselves. They had very poor workmanship and weren't as bright, so I dumped those for the lights I ended up using.

The lights come with adhesive foam tape to stick them on, but I actually cut a small amount of the tape from each end and used high temperature marine silicone adhesive in those spots to give them more sticking power. Then I ran a thin bead of the silicone around the entire edge of each light (sealing the connections at the same time) to hopefully ensure they won't peel off over time due to heat, humidity and/or vibration.

The lower strip would likely just fall into the plastic fascia and do no harm, but I worried the upper one could end up dangling into the fan, despite all the slack being secured.
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