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

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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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Looking good! Those Ignites are surprisingly bright for their compact size. I honestly never noticed the pair you had on Gadget until you flipped them on during a night run.

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Your 3 part animation is the best light comparison I’ve ever seen.

 

You should think about getting into the IT field. 😄😄

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ran across this photo @kaspily took of Gadget on Turkey Creek trail a couple months ago - did some stylizing and i like how it came out:

 

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a tiny upgrade...

 

soon after getting Gadget, i did a "delete" on the windshield fold-down-bumpers and footman-loop, just using painted bolts and washers to fill the holes.

 

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then at some point i upgraded to a pair of Vector Offroad Hood UFO's for the larger holes.

 

well i was on the Vector Offroad site again recently and noticed they had a mini version for the smaller holes now... so i bought a pair to replace the 2 other sad little bolt heads. a quick couple spray coats to paint-match, and now there's one less thing to tingle my OCD spidey-senses.

 

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I removed my bumper stops and used the existing holes as a corner/starting point to cut my hood for my louvers, 2 less holes I had to drill.  Forgot to mention I did that when I originally posted about the install. 

 

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i noticed about a week ago that the front driver's door would sometimes not lock with the fob, then the past few days it started to happen more often than not.

 

manually locking/unlocking worked fine, so it seemed the linkage and mechanical aspects of the latch were OK. after double checking the main door harness plug was secure and not corroded, i went ahead and ordered a new latch. one thing worth noting, my quick research indicated that if 2 or more locks suddenly fail, it's often a problem inside the TIPM rather than the actuators.

 

on the JK, the electronic lock actuators are built into the latch assemblies and each door has a different part number. the driver side power door latch assembly is Mopar part #4589277AL and currently runs $150+. even the Dorman brand is $100+. given those prices and the fact that it's not a critical part, i decided to take my chances with a random brand from Amazon for $55. it seemed to work fine - one of the linkage clips was in the wrong hole when i received it, so i'm glad that i compared it to the original carefully before installing.

 

replacement wasn't difficult, but there are a ton of steps. this youtube video shows how to remove the trim panel. then this video shows all the other steps to get to the actuator/lock assembly. BE SURE you note the tricky part about unclipping the window before you try to remove that inner panel!

 

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