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TheKSmith's 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Limited 4.7 H.O. - The Do-It-All Rig

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Can you tell me how you did the intermittent switch for the hidden cigarette receptacles?

 

well you have one factory receptacle that is on all the time, and the other receptacle is only on with the ignition...

 

so you just add a switch that pulls the positive from the "always on" one to the positive of the "ignition on" one (essentially tying both receptacles together in parallel when your new switch is flipped, overriding the need for the ignition to be on)...

 

you'll have to double check with a multimeter whether it's the ground or the positive that's switched by the ignition, but i'm 90% that it was the positive.

 

then i wired the extra hidden receptacles off of the "ignition on" receptacle, so that they are overridden by my the added switch too (make sure you get the positive and negatives on them correct or you might fry anything you plug into them).

 

good luck, it's simple to do, hard to explain

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ground down the gussets for the roof rack into a smoother shape this weekend, and got a couple coats of paint on the rack:

 

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also, here's a preview of my next project....

 

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I first found this site by following a link a friend sent me from Expedition Portal. That link led to your roof rack post. I must say the idea of following the original groove and replacing it with something sturdier is absurdly simple and brilliant at once. Awesome awesome job man.

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Happy





Birthday!

Well, kind-of!



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some crap work this weekend...

 

- installed new ebrake cable, old one broke... this was the biggest PITA, have to take all kinds of crap up to get rear seat area carpet up to remove old cable, then there's this clockspring thing in the actual ebrake lever... anyway... PITA!

 

- new radio antenna, broke old one on last run due to tree limbs

 

- new tweeters, finally no more farting speakers! old one were blown badly. got new ones from seller "jeeptweeter" on ebay... they are nothing special, but cheaper than factory and include bass-blocking filters so they won't just blow again. i only have the factory infinity system so i didn't need high dollar replacements yet (hope to do a kewl stereo system one day... one day.)

 

- fixed a rattle in the dash. basicly had to just lossen the upper nuts that hold the passenger side of the dash on and push like hell on the dash (push towards window) while tightening them back up and viola no more rattle in the dash. yay!

 

- cut and bent some metal to start work on a hi-lift and shovel/axe carrier for the roof rack.

 

- re-angled my ghetto fabbed up washer bottle so that it would stop leaking half the fluid when going downhill ;)

 

- painted the area where i'm putting the batteries and air tank in preparation for that project finally

 

- and last and least... vacuumed all the nooks and crannies inside!

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i may have already posted this can't remember, but i was moving stuff around today and took pics...

 

so at the time i was running the stock airbox and couldn't figure out how to get the ZJ washer bottle that people like to run to work with to work with that, so this is what i came up with. (and if you don't know why you need a different washer bottle, then you aren't disconnected or running bigger tires yet!)

 

you'll need a "universal coolant overflow bottle" from checker/pepboys/etc. mine had 2 sizes, a large cube shaped and a smaller rectangular, i got both but couldn't get the large one to fit. the smaller one cost about 6 or 7 bucks.

 

this is what it looks like installed:

 

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comes with a flat bracket that you bend however you want. here's how i bent it to make it work. notice the white lines where i first had the bottle sitting "level"... later i needed to move it to where the cap sat more "level" instead of the main bottle... otherwise i was leaking fluid out the cap everytime i went downhill steeply.

 

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you basicly just take all the old hardware and rubber grommets from the old system and drill holes so you can put it in the new bottle. drill the holes just a tiny bit smaller than they are on the original bottle (because the new bottle is softer thinner plastic and doesn't seal as well as the original thick-walled bottle... if you make the holes just a tad smaller everything will seal up nicely with the rubber grommets. a step-bit works great for drilling this.

 

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you'll have to cut the old tubes shorter and re-route the wiring (which means stripping off some electrical tape from the big bundle of wires so you can move everything to the new location. you'll see what i mean when you start.

 

the only major drawback is the size. it doesn't hold much more than a mouse piss worth of fluid. it's fine for me, but if i lived in a more northern climate, i'd want a bigger wiper bottle for sure.

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UPDATE - SOMEONE ALREADY SPOKE FOR THIS OVER ON JeepForum, THANKS!

 

 

FREE FREE FREE to anyone willing to come get it - my custom air intake!

 

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it consists of:

- one custom cut OBX aluminum 3.5" intake tube with 45* bend

- one custom cut and bent piece of aluminum flat stock

- one 3.5" intake size by 9" long AEM dryflow filter (this is the kind you just wash, no oiling)

 

NO I WILL NOT SHIP IT!!!! I AM TOOOOOO LAZY, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY!!!!

 

i went back to the stock box... nothign wrong with this, just i've found i'm too lazy to wash the filter as often as i should which means i probably average worse performance/mpg by having an aftermarket filter than by just using the regular filter which i'm perfectly willing to pay for every oil change and take 30 seconds to change. just a personal preference thing.

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UPDATE - SOMEONE ALREADY SPOKE FOR THIS OVER ON JeepForum, THANKS!

 

 

FREE FREE FREE to anyone willing to come get it - my custom air intake!

 

P1040701.JPG

 

it consists of:

- one custom cut OBX aluminum 3.5" intake tube with 45* bend

- one custom cut and bent piece of aluminum flat stock

- one 3.5" intake size by 9" long AEM dryflow filter (this is the kind you just wash, no oiling)

 

NO I WILL NOT SHIP IT!!!! I AM TOOOOOO LAZY, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY!!!!

 

i went back to the stock box... nothign wrong with this, just i've found i'm too lazy to wash the filter as often as i should which means i probably average worse performance/mpg by having an aftermarket filter than by just using the regular filter which i'm perfectly willing to pay for every oil change and take 30 seconds to change. just a personal preference thing.

Kris,

Good move, not only for convience... Your OEM filter does a significantly better job of filtering the small and highly abrasive dust particles we have here in the SW, than ANY oiled cloth filter could anyway...:P;)

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