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theksmith, March 8, 2016 in Your Rig!
thanks to @4x4tographer for this photo from our Turkey Creek run:
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!
She looks amazing! I saw your post on fb and considered doing one of Clifford, but he looks basically the same, so...
added a chase light (a.k.a. dust light) to my rear license plate / rear camera / 3rd brake light assembly...
after (with chase light on):
after (with brake light on):
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.
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):
and to wrap it all up, i bought a new custom switch faceplate from CH4x4 for that spot in my DIY switch-panel.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!
video of Gadget on Homecourt trail thanks to @ChrisD!
Them 37's just clawing away, Nice.
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