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Late to the Party: theksmith's 2016 JK Unlimited Rubicon (Gadget)

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we were doing #throwbackthursday photos on the Facebook group with "when you got it" versus now shots... Gadget's grown pretty slowly over the past 5 1/2 years, but i'm really happy with how she looks and performs now!

 

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She looks amazing! I saw your post on fb and considered doing one of Clifford, but he looks basically the same, so... 😆

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added a chase light (a.k.a. dust light) to my rear license plate / rear camera / 3rd brake light assembly...

 

before:

 

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after (with chase light on):

 

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after (with brake light on):

 

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i swapped my previous 20-LED Custom Dynamics Red Truflex strip for one of their 40-LED Dual Color Truflex. the new one does amber for the chase light or red for the 3rd brake light.

 

it was a fairly quick project. first, i made a wider mounting plate out of aluminum, painted it and also refreshed the paint on my license plate frame.

 

i had to run an additional wire from my relay/fuse box to the back. that feed for the chase light was run through the N/C contacts of a standard 5-pin 12-volt relay. the relay's coil is triggered by the brake light so that the chase light cuts out whenever the brake is pressed.

 

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then i just needed to change out my JST connector from a 4-pin to a 5-pin (the round connector is for the camera):

 

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and to wrap it all up, i bought a new custom switch faceplate from CH4x4 for that spot in my DIY switch-panel.

 

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i'm not sure this is actually going to be visible in the dust during bright daylight, but at least all the wiring is done now if i want to add something brighter.

 

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i drove up to Kingman yesterday to wheel with @ChrisD while he was in the USA along with @stockjeep plus Bruce and Ric from the Rocks & Wheels FB group. it was 32* on the way up, but that craziness soon gave way to a nice cool but sunny day.

 

Gadget did great on the "Homecourt" trail,  spanking an optional waterfall early on:

 

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only our fearless leader Wayne made it up "the big waterfall" later though... thanks mainly to a large tire-soaking puddle at its base, the rest of us couldn't get traction and had to winch here:

 

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just a few hundred feet before the trail ends, Wayne tried an alternative line on the last minor obstacle and somehow busted a front axle u-joint. he had the right spares, tools, and know-how to make for a speedy trail fix and we were still airing up by 3pm.

 

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Homecourt was a nice "difficult" but not extreme rock crawling trail. Gadget escaped with only a couple small scrapes on one rear fender flare. i'd like to run it again without the puddles to see if i could get her up that one waterfall.

 

a big Thank-You to Ric Swats for all these photos!

 

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video of Gadget on Homecourt trail thanks to @ChrisD!

 

 

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Aimee got me 2 new Rigid Ignite Series (flood pattern) LED lights for christmas. i already had a pair in the diffused pattern, which work great to light up the sides of the trail near the Jeep. i wanted these new ones to fill in the front corners better between where the diffused ones and the headlights hit.

 

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i really like that the tiny size of these make for a somewhat stealth install.

 

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a couple examples of what exactly these are lighting up below. shots on the left are headlights only, shots on the right are with the ditch & cornering lights on too.

 

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in this animated overlay, frame #1 is low beams only, #2 adds the ditch & cornering lights, and #3 adds the high beams as well as my rock lights. i ended up pointing the new cornering lights slightly more forward after this test.

 

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FYI, the headlights are ProComp and the rock lights are custom wired 12v COB LED "DRL" strips.

 

i'm very content with both the pattern and total amount of light i have for the typical night wheeling situations i encounter.

 

 

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