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

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Damn nice rig, as for it being his first rig, spectacular!

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9 hours ago, 4x4tographer said:

Nice photo! The halos turned out nice.

 

Got to listen to Brady's new exhaust setup at the Holiday Party. Sounded pretty mean upon start-up and at idle! He seems really happy with it.

X2 got to hear him start it and warm up before leaving; it has a real nice sound to it. It's so cool to see him with a Jeep of his own now. :D❤️ 

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couple shots of Fiona "in the wild" at the Holiday Party, thanks to @4x4tographer:

 

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a few more minor updates...

 

 

forgot to mention previously that B installed these locking hood hinges over the holidays:

 

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he also wanted to move the license plate to the spare tire and install a backup camera he got for Christmas, so we re-used my previous 3rd brake light LED strip along with a several new items:

 

Rear Spare Tire Mount License Plate Relocator Bracket

- Custom Dynamics red (smoked lense) Truflex led strip

Super Bright Motorcycle License Plate Light

Aluminum Alloy License Plate Frames

AUTO-VOX Cam 6 Rear Reverse Backup Camera
Jeep Wrangler Rear License Plate Deletion Panel

JST SM Male and Female Plugs

- wire, crimp connectors, heat-shrink, acrylic plates, and misc fasteners that i already had

 

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this weekend we also installed a set of Geometry Correction Drop Brackets. these correct caster after a lift which improves tracking and can also help prevent death wobble.

 

a set of adjustable lower control arms could also be use to adjust caster without the small loss in clearance that these brackets cost. however, for the type of trails B will likely be doing in the near future, these are an inexpensive way to solve the problem and also help reduce the harshness of minor bumps since they lower the angle of the arms.

 

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That's so cool that he's going all gadgety on Fiona, LOVE the back up camera. I had a similar drop bracket geometry correction set up on my first XJ; got it after my first death wobble experience. BTW it solved the issue. 

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Does the rear view camera use the stock rear view mirror as a screen?

Details?

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39 minutes ago, jgaz said:

Does the rear view camera use the stock rear view mirror as a screen?

Details?

 

he has an aftermarket stereo with a dedicated backup camera input, so the generic camera just plugged right in (RCA style plug). then we tapped the reverse lights for power to the camera, so when you put it in reverse the camera comes alive and the head unit then sees a signal so it switches the screen to that input automatically.

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10 hours ago, theksmith said:

 

he has an aftermarket stereo with a dedicated backup camera input, so the generic camera just plugged right in (RCA style plug). then we tapped the reverse lights for power to the camera, so when you put it in reverse the camera comes alive and the head unit then sees a signal so it switches the screen to that input automatically.

Thank you Kris.

Ever seen any decent installations with a stand alone screen?

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14 minutes ago, jgaz said:

Thank you Kris.

Ever seen any decent installations with a stand alone screen?

 

not personally. though in my research the brand Boyo has come up a few times as having inexpensive but decent cameras/screens - a few steps above the random generic brands on Amazon.

 

i usually trust the reviews and details provided on Crutchfield.com when shopping for audio/video. something like this for a Jeep or car might work well and be a clean install: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_707VT1743M/Boyo-VTC1743M-Bundle.html?tp=83 

 

or, if you have an RV or trailer you want to put a camera on, then you're probably looking for a quality wireless system with a bigger screen? i would be hesitant to get a wireless system for a daily driver though. my concern would be the startup/switching time for all that extra technology. i find even the very minor initial delay on my Pioneer head-unit to be annoying... after cranking, it shows a "warning" screen briefly before it can do anything, including switching to the backup camera. once it's up and running, then it switches nearly instantly if shifted to reverse though. Brady has a BOSS head unit, and it's the same overall experience.

 

 

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Thank you Kris.  Very helpful as always.  I apologize for the derail.

 

I love to see Brady “hands on” with the mods on his Jeep.

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