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i also installed the new front custom length brake hoses from Helper Performance the other day. they look to be high quality lines with stainless steel fittings and were very reasonably priced IMO.

 

the interesting thing is that the pedal got slightly firmer after installing these. i would normally guess that wasn't related to the lines and was just the bleeding that improved things... however, i'd just bled all 4 corners multiple times after putting on the new Teraflex brakes a week ago - so i'm really wondering if these lines could have less give than my old braided ones from Crown?

 

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i did order them a little too short (32") to route in front of the shocks like i'd wanted. but i think i have them where they won't be pinched by the tires by using a Teraflex brake line anchor kit.

 

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On 1/11/2023 at 5:57 AM, theksmith said:

 

the new dual-piston calipers are also massive compared to the OEM ones.

 

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one side of the front is complete! hopefully i can almost finish the other side this evening - except the locking knob and trim ring. then i can work on the changes to the spare tire carrier tomorrow while i wait on that new trim ring.

 

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On the JL, I don't have the Teraflex hubs, but I did do the 4-wheel Teraflex big brake kit and it's was well worth it. The 37s not only stop on a dime, they pick it up!

 

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random updates...

 

 

lead most of Asbestos Mine trail but ran into deep snow near the top and had to turn around. cool shot of gadget coming back down by @4x4tographer:

 

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driver side door handle broke inside, got a new one installed pretty quickly (Mopar part # 68059175AA).

 

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ran up to Mingus Mountain on Sunday to play in the snow a bit.

 

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i also recently added an inverter to my auxiliary battery area...

 

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i spent Sunday removing the rear storage system temporarily in order to do some re-wiring for a new project...

 

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while it was empty, i added a third L-track anchor point in the middle of the platform above the drawer:

 

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i took a little trip to wheel with those crazy Kingman folks yesterday - @stockjeep, @Number7 & @dzJeepChic...

 

Gadget hit a mileage milestone on the way up - 150k!

 

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snow melt had the Safelite trail flowing pretty good. here's a few photos thanks to Rob Sklarski on Facebook.

 

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i ran into the 93 being closed a bit south of Nothing in both directions. after sitting still for over a half hour, they started turning everyone around. not sure if there was an accident involving hazardous materials, a fatality, or what. 

 

i saw a little loop trail on the topo map that veered away from the 93 for a few miles and then back. it turned out to be about a 30 minute or so easy 2wd trail and i got really lucky that it put me back onto the 93 just past whatever was going on! otherwise i would have had to go all the way back to the 40 and then come home through Chino Valley or Flagstaff i guess.

 

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Kristopher,

I'm not aware of what was going on for sure, however this area is historically one of the most dangerous sections of 93, but the worst is the stretch from US89 (Congress/Prescott turnoff), to near the jct of SR-71 (Congress/Aguila) turn off...   Below is results of ABC-15's a study of 5 year period.

My recommendation is to be VERY careful on that roadway, there have been at least two fatal's recently on the two-lane portions between 89 & 71, which were audible from our home...  :(

 

The highest concentration of crashes during the five-year period we looked at occurred on a seven-mile stretch of US 93 through Wickenburg; two of those crashes involved fatalities. Nearly 100 crashes and two deaths occurred at mileposts 144-149 near a remote place called Nothing. Another crash hot spot involves a two-lane section of road between mileposts 161 and 180, north of the turnoff to Congress. Twenty-one people died along that section from 2015 to 2019.

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i recently added a rear swing-out faucet to my existing on-board water setup, writeup here...

 

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as part of that project, i consolidated several previously randomly placed switches into a single panel on the tailgate interior vent. all the switches and custom actuators came from otrattw.net.

 

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i drew the aluminum panel in a 2D vector program (similar to Adobe Illustrator) and had the part laser cut by sendcutsend.com.

 

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while i was rewiring things, i replaced my rear overhead light strip. the old one was slowly getting dimmer and dimmer over the years. i also previously had separate red and white fixtures mounted, but this time i used a single 12v RGBW LED strip and simply power either the red or white channel with a 3 position switch.

 

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well that new Autozone radiator only lasted 6 months!

 

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Kris, what did you do with that triangle piece behind the rear wheel that sticks out. Cut it bend it back so it doesn't hit the tire?

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