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It's looking a little different to when you got her Chris!!!

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I see your pic. The rig looks great.

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Been working out the bugs with the new build. Our locker airlines melted as the shop that installed it ran them next to the exhaust manifold. So Chris had to fix that. OnPoint Joe is helping us with the rear bump-stops as those are still an issue as well. Our rear end slams down onto the shock bolts and doesn't even hit the hockeypucks they installed as bumpstops. So we have to fabricate in actual rear bumpstops. Still need to fix where the shop used a sledgehammer instead of actual fabricating or moving what was in the way. So the front doors still have issues closing thanks to their "craftsmanship". It appears this also impacted the sensitive WJ door wiring as well so that is on the bucket list.

 

However, Chris did manage to get a cool table installed which has been on my project bucket list for a few years now! We picked up an outback table for $100. Chris had to create a bracket for it off the rear tire carrier. Then found out that the table with the wood cutting board wouldn't fit and was hitting on the WJ handles. So he got to cut and modify the table and shorten the wood cutting board. It came out nice!

 

 

Link to the project album for the table.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2MBX3bHXzfmxXzDTA

 

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On Log Corral

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Tire didn't touch the fenders but sure is close:

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... Then found out that the table with the wood cutting board wouldn't fit and was hitting on the WJ handles. So he got to cut and modify the table and shorten the wood cutting board. ...

 

it's always something, nothing ever goes as easy as you hope. looks good though, and you should be happy for a while now that you finally got your table! ;) now make Chris a sandwich! :eek:

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Lol he is well fed. Currently changing the front diff. fluid in this heat. Nothing like Jeep work in the AZ heat to make you lose weight!!

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WJ Beastie Boi!

 

 

Looking awesome guys and yeah the heat sucks but glad you found someone to help straighten out all the booboo's OP made mistakes on.

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Chris has been busy working on the WJ upgrades.  Our poor girl was parked outside and wanting to go back to her garage princess status.  However we have a very low garage door.  Chris was able to take our roof rack off, cut it in half and re-weld everything back together.  He created a new wind deflector out of aluminum. He also created a place to mount our gas rotopax on top and moved the roof awning to the other side of the Jeep.  Finally, he installed a rear chase bar into the rack.  This was a giant pain int he butt and I would not recommend the Xsprite light bar.  First one we got was not working properly and did a warranty return.  They were good about that but the second one also has issues with the turn signals not working.  But we installed it and just not dealing with another warranty return since everything else functions.  We now have bright LED brake lights and reverse lights as well as optional strobe lights.  Maybe the crazy drivers in Phoenix will be able to see us!   With all of this hard work we can now park her int he garage but it is a very tight fit!!

 

Rack before:

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Cut out about 3":

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light bar shot. notice the yellow strobe refusing to work.

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new wind deflector and new brackets for the roof awning

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Tight squeeze

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Rear view with light bar

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Running lights

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Final look for the new rack and shade awning now moved to the new side.

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Next project was getting the PRP Eduro Reclining heated seats installed.  We got the low bolster recommendation from several people and are happy went did listen to them!!   We have had these for a year but life got in the way of installing them.  Chris had to completely fabricate new seat pieces to attach to the power base on the driver's side.  For the passenger side we got a manual seat which was slightly easier.  Then Chris and @theksmith were able to figure out how to hack the factory heat switches so we could still use those switches.  Link to those instructions here: Switch Hack    The connector that PRP sent was defective and ended up catching on fire when Chris first went to power the system.  He quickly got the key turned off and no damage was done.  We then had to order new ones and he was able to finish the wiring project without any further issues!  The switches work great and the seat heater is really strong.  The seats only allow for heat on and there is no longer a high and low setting but it's okay with us.   We did get a recommendation, after already buying them, that you could for less money buy seat heater inserts on Amazon.

 

We got to test ride the seats on a  very long 13+ hours in them for the New year's Day run in Florence.  We are super happy with them.  Our backs actually didn't hurt like they normally do.  Really was just our necks that were sore.  These are very very comfortable and it made a noticeable difference on the bumps and side swaying.  The vehicle felt more stable since our seats weren't flexy and held us in place.  Link to the PRP seats: https://www.prpseats.com/product/enduro-elite-recliner/

 

Pieces he had to make to get the seat to fit to the WJ base.

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With the seat adapters

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melted wiring

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The culprit that caused all the excitement

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Underside of the PRP seat

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Base he made

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More fun with metal.  You should see the metal shavings pile he had after this project!

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Old seat bottom

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Another bracket made

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Backside of the new seats

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Suede comfort

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My Christmas Present :)

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One small project was to modify our rock sliders.  Having the dogs we have been worried about them catching a foot in the sliders when they jumped out of the back seat.  So Chris found some steel at Lowe's that had some holes in to drain any water and provide some grip that fit perfectly in the space we needed.  

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