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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:35
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Re: Thatxjguy's 1999 Jeep Cherokee Build 'Hole in the Pocket'

Don't need the PUTCO when using the TruckLites. They are low current flow. That is one of the advantages of using the TruckLites. Sometimes water and bad relays plague the PUTCO.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 07:33
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Don't need the PUTCO when using the TruckLites. They are low current flow. That is one of the advantages of using the TruckLites. Sometimes water and bad relays plague the PUTCO.
That's always great to know AFTER buying it :P.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 23:16
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Got a 12-inch LED light bar installed on my bumper tonight:





This bad boy puts out over 5000 lumens, and it outshines my TruckLite LED headlights. I love it.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 12:12
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More pictures, this time in the light:





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Old July 6th, 2014, 20:19
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Finally got to that engine heat issue.

Since it was getting really bad with the engine getting hot while idling, I decided to investigate. I took off the cap of my radiator and found that there was a lot of green muddy buildup in there:



I had already bought a new thermostat for the Jeep, because the one that was in there already was staying stuck open:



After taking off the thermostat housing from the front of the engine, I tugged on the old thermostat, which was stuck open, and the whole thing just BROKE. Yeah, I think it was definitely in need of replacing:



It was pretty nasty in there:



I cleaned up the gasket area real well on both the thermostat housing and the engine head before applying a little permatex to the gasket and re-applying. Then I tightened in the new thermostat.

Now one more thing... with the thermostat replaced, and the obvious need to get all that crud out of my engine and radiator, it was time for a full flush and engine cleaning. To help with this, I installed a T connection in the top coolant line to make it all easier:



I then emptied the coolant system and filled it up with a mixture of water and oxalic acid to eat away at the crud. I ran the engine at 1500 rpms for 2 hours straight with this solution, and then drained it and added water and sodium carbonate and ran the engine for 10 minutes to neutralize the acid. Then, I flushed one more time and added all new coolant and water to finalize the process.

The Jeep is now operating at 190 degrees with a very nice idle.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 20:30
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50-incher came today:

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Old August 8th, 2014, 21:23
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Finally got that bad-boy installed!



Bright as HELL!
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Old August 9th, 2014, 10:15
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Closeup of the bracket and how I routed the wiring down the windshield seal down to the fender:



Didn't do any drilling!
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I like that routing and will probably do the same thing if I ever mount a bar up top. That's slick.
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that roof light bar doesnt illuminate the hood too much *(glare?)
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What light bars are those?

Nice build btw
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I can't be leave you have bought all those lights and have not bought rock rails yet or cut your fenders. Those tires are going to smash your fenders when you hit the rocks.
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I can't be leave you have bought all those lights and have not bought rock rails yet or cut your fenders. Those tires are going to smash your fenders when you hit the rocks.
Yeah, they already have. I just bend them back.

And here are some night pics:


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Old August 9th, 2014, 22:43
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that roof light bar doesnt illuminate the hood too much *(glare?)
No glare at all really. Just a white stinger bar lol.
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Old August 9th, 2014, 22:46
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What light bars are those?

Nice build btw
The 12-incher is Rough Country's Epistar bar. (5280 lumens)

The 50-incher is a rigid CREE bar. (29,400 lumens)
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