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Fiona: 2009 Wrangler X (B's First Car!)

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On 10/19/2021 at 8:21 AM, jgaz said:

Nice to see Brady twisting wrenches on his rig.  
Too many kids these days don’t have any mechanical skills or at least an appreciation for those skills.

Truth! :D 

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i don't think i ever posted that Fiona inherited Gadget's factory rims, wheel spacers, and 35" STT Pro's when i went to 37's.

 

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i actually thought Fiona looked great with the black steelies and wide A/T's, but B preferred the more modern style of the 2016 OEM wheels. at least now he has a matching full size spare!

 

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both of our rigs were clean at the same time for once, so i grabbed a father-son-Jeep photo this past weekend!

 

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Now he needs to get that bad ass rig out on the trails!  I have a run on Sat., fairly easy one at that. 😉

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I agree with B. Your old rims and tires look a hellofalot better on his Jeep. 😍

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4 minutes ago, Trail Toy said:

Now he needs to get that bad ass rig out on the trails!  I have a run on Sat., fairly easy one at that. 😉

 

B works most every weekend right now. we hope to have time this coming Saturday before work to go flex test it and see what needs to be done still with bump stops or trimming.

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guess i forgot to update this, but we did finally go flex test just before Thanksgiving...

 

we found the only rub point to be the front tires barely contacting the bumper with a wheel completely stuffed and steering at full lock. the brake lines with the relocation brackets are fine as well.

 

Fiona is ready for some mild trails, but needs an engine/tranny skid and some real rock-rails before tackling anything "moderate" or harder.

 

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father-son flex:

 

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Brady and i spent a couple evenings this week installing a Rockford Fosgate P300-12 powered/loaded subwoofer box Santa brought him.

 

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it fits perfectly on the passenger side leaving about 3/4" from the tailgate when moved far enough rearward that the back seat can still fold down. it could fit on the driver side in front of the tailgate hump, but the seat would not fold if placed there.

 

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with the soft top, we wanted to try and make this a little theft resistant so we temporarily removed the actual subwoofer in order to bolt the entire enclosure directly to the Jeep's floor pan from inside the box.

 

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the OEM "floor trunk" cover got sawed in two so half can still be opened to access the jack, tools, and other stored emergency items.

 

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we used an inexpensive 4 Gauge Amp Wiring Kit from Amazon to run power directly from the battery and a pair of RCA's from Brady's aftermarket head unit. the 4 AWG is overkill for this particular sub's integrated amp, but i figured he might want to install a hard-mount compressor in the future and can now tap off that same power wire. some split braided PET loom and heat-shrink i already had was used to protect and clean up the look of the wiring.

 

at some point we may fab up a small metal bracket to protect the wiring from random cargo knocking into it.

 

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the sub hits decently hard considering the relatively small enclosure volume and low amp wattage. the all-in-one design also made for an easy install and i think it really filled out the sound since his aftermarket BOSS head unit's built-in amp struggles to push any real bass out of the four JBL 3-ways we installed last year. Brady seems happy with it, which is all that really matters!

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Nice set up and I hope it lasts.  I'm not a fan of subs with built in amps, all that violent shaking/vibrating from the speaker messes up the amps electronics and renders them useless after time, my personal experience anyway.  Went through several home stereo subs with built in amps over the years.  My last one that went bad I kept, bought an external sub amp and just wired it, completely bypassing the built in amp, to the speaker via the power plug for the built in amp.  I cut the plug end off and where the power wire connected to the built in amp I cut off then attached to the speaker and connected the cut off end to my external amp, works awesome! 😎

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Well thought out, clean installation (as usual)

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Nice install! Clever move sawing the flappy door thingy in half.

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