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35 minutes ago, Drahcir495 said:

 It is a lot quieter to the point of I can now hear how bad the header leak/cracks are. 

 

a loud exhaust "fixes" oh so many things :roflmao:

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Had the day off, so I took a little time to run speaker wires and install the New JCR Off-road cubbie mate. I did not want to fill that spot up with an expensive sub box and otherwise that spot is useless. This at least gives the area some options. I really like JCR’s product designs but their powder coating is a little on the skimpy side. Only thing I did deferent is replace the screws with some stainless steel button head bolts and nuts. Looks pretty good. What am I going to put in there lol 46A5D911-C41D-48FF-B600-0A2BB2DD8B94.jpeg.33964803bb8e51bd82178b7a98eb849d.jpeg0CCBACED-7D2D-490C-9EFE-F796A41DF023.jpeg.c28ead1b984fe769a968d2c3d29a4dee.jpeg

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My battery tray is falling apart so this is a good time to upgrade. I looked  for one that would be a better solution to hold down the battery, but there are not a lot of options that I could find? So, I am familiar with JCR Off-road and they had one available. I ordered one from Amazon and it arrived in 3 days. Here it is ->3191F38E-530B-4EDE-88B8-EA40D63494EE.jpeg.2ab2eddc65e9e0b104d7dca88d9aa6db.jpegI will have to post up pictures after I install it.

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Thanks to nickintime’s YouTube episode, I saw his center console switch set up and wanted to copy it. I am also putting in a remote winch setup as he described in his video. First thing I did is buy a 3 switch mounting plate off Amazon for my two locker switches and the other for backup lights? I cut it the bottom of the coin slot and bolted down the plate with stainless steel button head bolts ->

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I am putting in remote winch controls and need a spot for the two switches. Then, like I said, I saw nickintimefilm’s shifter cover plate with two rocker switches in it! I copied his placement and cut out the holes. I have the winch power switch and the in/out switch mounted in the holes. Came out nice ->

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installed ->

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I already have the winch, so I will post all of the installation details as I complete the upgrades.

 

TBC

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^^^nice work there:beerchug:

 

If you don't mind me asking, how much $$$ was that battery tray?

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Looks good.  That’s a decent Jeep for $270.00.  Ive been trying to find a blue 2door with the grey flares for some time like the one my late father had.  It’s nice to see they all don’t get cut up and beat to hell and people are bettering them.

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On 3/5/2019 at 7:28 PM, mjeff87 said:

^^^nice work there:beerchug:

 

If you don't mind me asking, how much $$$ was that battery tray?

Thank you 😊 

 

i can't find the receipt for the tray but I believe it was $89 shipped from Quadratec. All the JCR products have gone up in price, so now it looks like they are $99.

 

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25 minutes ago, Lthompson741 said:

Looks good.  That’s a decent Jeep for $270.00.  Ive been trying to find a blue 2door with the grey flares for some time like the one my late father had.  It’s nice to see they all don’t get cut up and beat to hell and people are bettering them.

It has rusted out spots in floor pan, but I can fix that. If I didn’t have all the parts lying around I would have passed on it. I am glad I didn’t. I would have taken any color but red lol. Most of them around here seem to be that color. 

 

Sorry about your dad. Mine never owned a Jeep.

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Just now, Drahcir495 said:

It has rusted out spots in floor pan, but I can fix that. If I didn’t have all the parts lying around I would have passed on it. I am glad I didn’t. I would have taken any color but red lol. Most of them around here seem to be that color. 

 

Sorry about your dad. Mine never owned a Jeep.

Thank you.

 

His was the lighter color blue that he special ordered.   It was pretty beat, but made it 300K when he traded it.

 

I have never seen another blue one with the grey fender flares/trim.   Mostly white, and a couple reds.

 

 

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300k - nice! I can’t say that I haven’t seen one like yours. I would like to see how it looks set up like that

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First I want to thank Fiatslug87 for selling me the Tuffy center console lock box :L:. I’ve wanted one for a long time now and they have been discontinued. It is in excellent condition. I had no instructions on what was needed to put the box in. I figured that the two ribs on the bottom of the arm rest would have to be removed,so I cut them off with a dremel cutoff disc. It then looked like it would lay flat against the top of the box. Here it is in its new home :banana:->

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plenty of room now for my dangerous toys 😉.

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I was wondering why I kept getting this black dirt around the fuel door. Looking back I feel stupid for not knowing :dunce: .

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18 hours ago, Drahcir495 said:

300k - nice! I can’t say that I haven’t seen one like yours. I would like to see how it looks set up like that

Yeah same here.   I’ll have to scan a couple photos next time I’m at my mothers house.  I’m guessing it wasn’t a popular seller but who knows.

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Finished two things today. First I got ice cold air in the Jeep :banana: but it cost a fortune. Everything that could be wrong was wrong :brickwall: Went waayy over budget, but did I say ice cold air! Never had a Jeep with air before and that is more than a few. 

 

The next thing I did was put on the Comanche Club window banner :beerbang:. Ta-dah

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I think it looks great on there even if it isn’t a Comanche :brows:

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most people don't even know what a comanche is so I'm sure it'll look just fine to them  :D 

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9 hours ago, Pete M said:

most people don't even know what a comanche is so I'm sure it'll look just fine to them  :D 

I agree! Looks great on there.

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I have been spending a lot of my free time working on the Cherokee.  I have been focusing on all the accessory wiring - stereo, amp, lockers, winch, etc. I have been taking off all the interior plastic to get all the wire runs in. There had to be a better way :confused:. Meet my new best friend -> 

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it is is an electricians fish tape! It allows you to “fish” a flexible fiberglass rod through tight spots, like interior panels, to pull your wires through :banana:. Under $10 at harbor freight and already paid for itself in time and frustration. TBC

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I have two delemias that I have been trying to resolve. The first one being my rear view mirror.  Ever since having the windshield  replaced I have not been able to use my rear view mirror. Also it have not been able to able to find a replacement for it. It has the mount already attched and is not the same as the newer more common version. I have ordered new mirrors from three different companies all claiming that they will fit the 1990 Cherokee :mad:. The company that put in the new glass said it is already on the windshield when they pick them up and the rear view mirror mounts are year correct. Well that sucks. He said I could take a torch and carefully heat up the mount and slowly wiggle it off :doh:! The theory is the heat of the sun is what makes them fall off in the first place. Nah, I am not even going to entertain that idea. So for now, I’ve had the new mirror just hanging loosely up there, very redkneck chic.

 

Now the second issue. Ever since installing the tire carrier, the spare and Hi-Lift jack are pretty much blocking my view -> 

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Even if if I do get the correct mirror, I still won’t be able to see jack :brows:. It is not fun backing up now. I have been wanting to get a dash camera after watching all the YouTube road rage videos, but it’s really a useless thing to buy. Looking on Amazon I found a better idea than the impractical dash cam, a rear view camera! The Amazon choice was the Leekooluu back up camera ->

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It had a 4.5 stars and 1,273 reviews. Best of all it was 37 dollars shipped! I will be posting up the installation very soon.  

 

Update - I have gotten the backup camera installed and I like it! JCR included a bracket to hold the license plate inside of the mounted spare tire. My rim is 15 inches and the way the bracket is mounted it wouldn’t fit in the rim 🤨. It also came with a brake light and license plate light but JCR doesn’t include instructions on how to hook them up, so I have no idea how to get them to work :confused:. No big deal; I just mounted the license plate to the end of a old trailer hitch and mounted it into the bumper. Got the camera set up on the bracket inside the wheel ->

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I like how this is going. Ran the RCA cables through the tire carrier and into the Jeep by way of the passenger side tail light ->

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I would have taken more pictures of how I ran the wires up through the headliner up to the front windshield, but it did not go well. My best friend the fish tape turned out to be useless 😡. It would just curl up above the headliner and never make it more than 12”. I am going to return it and get the metal one instead. I have a lot more to fish under the carpet and I can’t use oak tree branches to get the cables to where the need to be. Funny because it’s true. Here it is ->

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Just need to find a positive wire that is activated when the ignition is turned on so I can just have it come on when I go to start the XJ. Just need a few minor adjustments to the position of the camera itself and I am all set!

 

 

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1 hour ago, Drahcir495 said:

 I still won’t be able to see jack :brows:.

 

:applause:

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Went to install my JCR Off-road battery tray and the bolts holding the old battery tray in were rusted in bad. So, I had learned a trick from an old timer mechanic. Before WD40 😆 they had an effective way to loosen rusted bolts without snapping them off. I wish I had known this years ago. I ran out of WD40 on this Jeep, so I gave it a try. It’s part technique and part rust penetrate. Put a little brake fluid on the rusted bolt. Carefully tighten the bolt just a tad, the loosen the bolt a tad. Keep doing this a tad more each time and it will come right out. You know what; it did!

 

Started setting up the battery tray ->

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Got it it mounted in ->

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Going to put this battery in, basically got it free/long story. I would never buy another one of these FYI ->

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And it all locked down ->

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I am pleased with this product. Again, in my opinion they could do a better job on thier powder coating.

 

TBC

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WD40 isn't a rust penetrant at all.  :L:  but yeah, brake fluid can work wonders on rusted bolts!  just be sure to wipe it off of paint asap.  (same with WD40 for that matter).  I haven't used it yet, but I've heard good things about CRC freezeoff. 

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