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Old January 8th, 2019, 16:55
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Re: Project: Keeping It Clean

Now that the sound deadening was in place, it was time to get the stereo system installed.

Unfortunately lost most of my pictures of this, so I'll show what I've got.

Power Distribution Bar run from the battery and mounted, and then the amp power line and fuse run from that:





I went with the following found sound setup:

Headunit - Alpine CDE-143BT
Amplifier - Infinity Reference 704a, 4-channel car amplifier — 70 watts RMS x 4
Speakers - Infinity REF-6522EX 330 Watt Shallow-Mount 6-1/2" Coaxial Car Speakers

I won't lie, getting it all done was a bit of work. I ran the two sets of RCA cables towards and down along the passenger side floor. In hindsight, I wish I had just run them straight when I was installing the interior. I ran the speaker wires down the driver's side (to get them separate from the RCA cables). The amount of wires makes getting the trim back on a bit of a pain.

Amp in place and installed, with all wiring tucked away:



Speaker wire (larger gauge) run out the driver's door with connectors crimped on and heat shrinked:



Stereo wiring, cables, etc. and such ready to go:



I've never liked how the stereos tend to just "hang" in the back. So, I took some of the extra foam I used for the heater core and built a sleeve that the very back of it would be supported by. It still had plenty of body exposed to allow for heat dissipation.

In hindsight on this, I should have made the stereo wires a bit shorter. It got to be a pain to pack it all in there. Thought of it just as I was about half way through

Ran the RCA cable up over the dash, using rubber lined clamps to hold them in place:



Stereo in and done (just took this picture, felt odd not having a wrap up )



I haven't gotten around to dialing in the amp, and the system already blows away the stock setup.

Once that was all done, the interior got finished up and put all back together...huge step in getting it there!

As a note, everything, as usual, got a scrub and clean before going back in.

Hell, even the metal cover below the steering wheel got a scrub, wire wheeled, and in this case, a coat of paint:


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Old January 8th, 2019, 17:08
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Re: Project: Keeping It Clean

Other things, in no particular order:

I got my Boostwerks Comp Mount for a hidden winch and steering brace setup.

Mine is actually a Gen 2 (I believe it was), but I just wasn't able to get it installed right away.

The install wasn't a walk in the park, mainly since my Jeep wasn't 100% straight even after repairs. Damn close, but just enough to make things a little harder.

Either way, 110% worth it.

Final installed product:







I opened up a slot on the bottom, the long round hole, since I'll be running a Smittybilt 8k on this rig (I've had a couple sitting around). The handle knob swings just below this hole, and makes for easy engaging and disengaging. You might be able to see it in some other pictures. If not, I'll follow up with it.



Winch going in. You can see it's rotated here to have the handle down. This is just how it sits mounted if you were to be looking from the back:



Winch sitting in there:





Brace from below:



The only other thing I had to do, was to trim the fan shroud just a little to get it to fully sit down, as it was hitting one of the power/ground lugs on the winch.

I still need to get the control box and wiring done, and get a rope put on. But, those haven't been high priority.
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Old January 8th, 2019, 17:30
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Re: Project: Keeping It Clean

While I had everything apart, I went ahead and put a trans cooler in.

Of course most of those photos went too, to I'll throw up what I have.

I went with a Derale 9000 Series Fin & Plate Transmission Cooler, 8.875" x 10.125", 1/2" In/Out.

I dislike regular barb style fittings, so I went with AN fitting anywhere I could. I got the trans one put in easily. The radiator was a little more of a pain. One of the fittings on the radiator already was setup for one, but the AN fitting bottomed out before the sealing faces were together. So...a little dremel action in the vise to cut off a hair of the screw seat:



And it screwed right on just fine.

The other hole was originally just a tube clamp style output. So, using my air compressor to create a positive pressure inside the radiator, I cut the tube off, drilled out the fitting (very slowly and carefully), and tapped it for NPT thread.

The AN adapter fitting went right in after:



An installed pic, since the rest are gone:



If anyone is curious, I can get more photos of how I routed all the tubing and such.
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Old January 8th, 2019, 17:50
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Got my Boostwerks Trans Shifter kit installed. Still might need a little tweaking but it works as is:



The Jeep had a remote start system installed previously, brand was "Code Alarm".

It wasn't fully still installed, so instead of just trying to get it all wired back in, I just pulled it all out...glad I did.

This was the installers version of splicing:



Instead of doing it right, and clean...we'll just strip off a section from the wire we need and wrap these other wires around that one, and then just wrap it all up in electrical tape.

There were 4 splices like this. Got it all fixed and back to stock now.

Back on the front, I got my generously given to me Bilsteins and JKS shock adapters mounted up. A good buddy of mine (and former roommate) didn't need these after he started his 1 ton build on his TJ. So, he offered them up to me for this Jeep.

It as well got new rotors, pads, calipers, and Crown steel braided lines installed as well. I had to do an inline spice on the passenger side the flare I tried to get done wasn't perfect. Just a minor thing to fix from the accident it was in. As a note, the general clamp style flare tools...suck. Picked up an in line flaring tool kit:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Far far better tool.

I also ended up pulling it all off after this picture on both sides to get the front frame portions on both sides sprayed with 3M rubberized undercoating.



The panhard axle side mount is one that has kind of puzzled me. The OEM bolt in an M10, yet the hole on the axle is larger (loser to 1/2"). That leaves room for play, which on the panhard...I don't like.

Here's the original bushing sleeve, with an OEM M10 bolt:



A little...loose I'd say.

So, I installed a bushing sleeve I had around, meant for a 1/2" bolt (bushing looks worse than it is in this picture):



I then drilled out the axle side to 1/2", and it's like it should have been! Fits SO much better now, no play at all.
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Old January 8th, 2019, 17:55
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Re: Project: Keeping It Clean

The Brown Dog motor mounts we're a little worse for wear in the bushing department.

So, I decided to try the StinkyFab Motor Mounts and Trans mount.

Quality products by far, and install wasn't too bad.







I got the inner fender cleaned up, wiped down and painted. Followed that up with getting the fender mounted and the front end worked on:





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Old January 8th, 2019, 18:06
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From there, I got the rest of the front end put together, cleaning and painting as I went along. Hell, even the cross member that bolts to the front, that the top of the header panel bolts to got cleaned and painted

I went with clear turns and side markers, and amber LED's.

For the headlamps, I went with Hella H4 E-Code housings and drop in LED bulbs. Light output is fantastic, and cutoff is great as well. I tried Autopal E-Code housings, but they don't work with LEDs, they only work with incandescent bulbs. The Hella housings in these pictures were actually stolen off the buggy. A new pair landed yesterday that i'll be installing.







And then, finally yesterday I got some 265/75R16 Duratracs I've had around mounted up...love it.





Which brings us to today.

I got the links all adjusted, axle centered, and toe taken care of. Now to put some miles on it and get it emissions tested and plated!
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Old January 8th, 2019, 18:20
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So there were some additional things done that weren't shown.

- Swapped a new passenger door in since the old was one peeled back slightly at the front lower corner.
- While pulling my buggy in, I managed to run over my fan shroud (new) and electric fan, so it got new of both.
- While doing a 100% suspension bolt check, I decided to remove the rear sway bar. This resulted in 1 broken Ubolt. So I just went ahead and bought an entire ProComp Ubolt set locally and installed those.
- Lots of other little crap

The rig is still far from done. Now that it's roadworthy, it will give me time to drive it and work out small bugs. The passenger side window doesn't want to work from the driver's side or passenger side, and the driver's rear door doesn't work from it, so I'll have to dig into those.

A list of things to still wrap up:
- Make new side plates for the BDS crossmember uniframe attachment
- Use my $$$ Adams polishing system and give the Jeep a GOOD once over
- Try to get the key fob working
- Install new fabricated inner fender foam inserts, a pool noodle or two, and fender liners
- Install swaybar (just waiting to get some drop brackets from Bryson)
- Take care of rattles, squeaks, etc. as I can.

Next on the list for install:
- F & R Dirtbound Bumpers (DIY kits) - sitting on the shelf
- HD Offroad Shackle Hangers (sitting on the shelf)
- Front Driveshaft rebuild and install
- Tomken Gas Tank Skid (sitting in my shop loft)

Likely for now though will just be working what bugs I can out and putting some miles on it, since it's time to get the buggy back it's feet and get ready for EJS
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Old January 8th, 2019, 18:55
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So now that you've driven it some, how much did all the sound deadening help? If you have the fobs I think you need a scan tool to program them. I think there was a way if you have two fobs already and want to add but adding new you need to use a drb to program them. Looks like it'll be a good little trail rig.
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Old January 8th, 2019, 19:04
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So now that you've driven it some, how much did all the sound deadening help? If you have the fobs I think you need a scan tool to program them. I think there was a way if you have two fobs already and want to add but adding new you need to use a drb to program them. Looks like it'll be a good little trail rig.
Well, I'll have to do some comparisons against Sam's (Zluster) Jeep, but I'd definitely say it helps. Hell, I can't really even hear the fuel pump prime.

Once I get the doors and hatch done, I'm sure those will help make even more of a difference.

I've only driven it to the gas station and back (like 1/4 mile round trip), and around the block a couple times. I'll try going for a putt putt around town tomorrow. New baby is keeping me limited on time.

Sam has a DRBIII scan tool, so he's more than equipped to help me out with that. Once we have some time, we'll see about getting it setup.

Yeah, once it's done and all the stuff I've gathered that's sitting in the loft of the shop is on, it will be quite the sleeper...well able to handle 35's if not 37's, maybe 40's in the rear...all the while never running more than a 32", MAYBE one day 33" tire
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Old January 8th, 2019, 19:55
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@Freerider - Really cool winch you've got there. Looking forward to seeing how you do the front bumper. I have the early body style, also dark blue, that I am restoring. Curious how this winch would work with my stock bumper and whether it could be done neat and clean.
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Re: Project: Keeping It Clean

I just finished up a similar (though not quite as intensive) sound deadening job my Jeep, and it was a notable improvement. I went from ~74 decibels in the cab to ~65 at highway speeds. That's just a sound meter on my phone, so who knows how accurate it was, but still a pretty good gauge of how much quieter it is. I wouldn't be surprised if yours was even better
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Old January 9th, 2019, 12:16
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I just finished up a similar (though not quite as intensive) sound deadening job my Jeep, and it was a notable improvement. I went from ~74 decibels in the cab to ~65 at highway speeds. That's just a sound meter on my phone, so who knows how accurate it was, but still a pretty good gauge of how much quieter it is. I wouldn't be surprised if yours was even better
I did to. Wish I had run a before and after test like you but for me it was more a while we are here thing for me. Really just a turn up the radio kind of guy. Was doing Infinity Tweeters and door checks so while we were there. Swapped out cheap aftermarket turned purple tinted glass for some factory Privacy Glass so while we were there. Put in an overhead console so while we were there. You get the idea. Did a little write up but have not gotten to the floor yet.

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Old January 17th, 2019, 12:47
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freerider

I'm actually tearing down my interior this spring for the same reasons, full interior resto, new a/c sound and heat insulation with new carpet, new headliner etc. I'm really interested in your feedback on how everything turned out! Anything you would change?
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Old January 18th, 2019, 10:56
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Are you planning on using the Boostwerks relocation bracket to mount your winch contactor/solenoid under the hood? If so, what are you doing for your coolant tank relocation?

I've used a Dorman tank and relocated in front of my brake booster.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 14:15
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XJ is a lot nicer than mine, that's for sure. Maybe after the move and buggy build I'll go through the XJ like you did. I kind of doubt it though, you've got more patience than me by far. Great work.
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