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Old February 14th, 2020, 08:24 AM   #1081
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Actually the black Patagonias are a great rock tire.
I don't doubt it, I just have a (probably) unreasonable hatred for those tires. Mostly because of a certain mall crawler Jeep group that thinks they're the greatest thing since sliced bread, stemming primarily from 2 people who are essentially sponsored by them and rave about their performance. I'm certainly not a tire expert but I know enough to be dangerous, and that tread design can't possible work as well as they claim, especially in the conditions they claim its prowess in. A sticky is an entirely different animal and I don't doubt that it works decent in that case.
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Old February 17th, 2020, 12:40 PM   #1082
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It's been 8 or so years since I've used this thing. It took me a while to remember what I was doing and I still missed my centerline by an inch.

My top is destroyed but it keeps the garbage off me so I'm trying to at least keep it as an option with the cage. At the end of the day I didn't want to put a bar right in front of kids faces, but that was really the only reasonable place to go with my seatbelt bar that allows for a harness on the passenger seat in the future. I could have done some funky stuff to keep the passenger side open but it's all a compromise at the end of the day. The good news is that this isn't my final cage so if I don't like it, I can discuss options with Metrofab to do it differently on the next one.



At some point in the last outing I hit something pretty hard. It bent the corner, split the weld on the tub and pinched the top to the tub. Not a big deal except the waterproof cover I have for future winter wheeling/ice creaming need to use that area. I guess I'm going into the body work business for a couple hours at some point in the future.
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Old February 17th, 2020, 01:12 PM   #1083
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I have really struggled wheeling hard and keeping my tub clean enough to install a soft top. It's a hard balance. re the top, one of the best things I ever did was go to an aluminum top for hard wheeling.
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Old February 18th, 2020, 02:10 PM   #1084
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The aluminum top seems like a good way to go. Nothing coming in that way(Rocks, trees, mud). Also seals up where most of the holes in my factory top are
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Old February 20th, 2020, 07:48 AM   #1085
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Busted out the CAD last night, need to source some aluminum and figure out what gauges I want so I can finish that up. Would have bought one but all the panels I see for sale have too many holes in them.


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Old February 20th, 2020, 08:04 AM   #1086
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I'm not sure the cardboard will hold up to the Loonie Run rains.
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I hate "routine" maintenance.

Cleaning up this mess. When I flopped, the trans vent dumped fluid all over my relays. My fault for having them there. Attempting to unfux the wiring is fun.

Took a 2x4 to the tub, fixedish the dent so the top should hold again.
Still looking for a relay/fuse/waterproof panel that I will work to move everything into the cab but I really don't want a main power wire running through the firewall so I'm going to think about that a little.
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Old March 9th, 2020, 09:39 AM   #1088
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Old March 9th, 2020, 09:51 AM   #1089
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I hate "routine" maintenance.

Cleaning up this mess. When I flopped, the trans vent dumped fluid all over my relays. My fault for having them there. Attempting to unfux the wiring is fun.

Took a 2x4 to the tub, fixedish the dent so the top should hold again.
Still looking for a relay/fuse/waterproof panel that I will work to move everything into the cab but I really don't want a main power wire running through the firewall so I'm going to think about that a little.
Got room for the battery in the cab?

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I like my battery closer to my Winch and power hungry fan.
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Sometimes the simple solution is the best........not the easiest. Had to depin a PDC at LKQ in 32 degree weather to get the wiring I need. Moving all but my fans into the remaining Jeep PDC that's already under the hood. Might as well use what's there.
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I'm confused. Too many acronyms.
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I've said it before, but I will say it again. I admire you guys who have the skills / patience to do wiring. That sh*t would drive me nuts!
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I've said it before, but I will say it again. I admire you guys who have the skills / patience to do wiring. That sh*t would drive me nuts!
It does drive me nuts. I'm not looking forward to it.
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Credit to the wiring people, this shit sucks. I rewired the starter relay to function properly. Next is to re-purpose the rear defrost relay for my trans fan. Then I have to add pins to add another "not used" portion for my relay for lights. Should end up with everything other than coolant fans in the factory PDM. I definitely have wiring issues in the stock harness somewhere. I have power coming back in wires I shouldn't in the PDM so I've been grounding them to blow fuses to find where it's feeding from. I need to buy more fuses haha.


I haven't figured out how to add the connector for the power side of this fuse area. I pulled wires at the junkyard to add on the fused side, but the other side is a solid bar and I'm not sure it's possible to add. If that's the case, I have to look through those diagrams and see where they're sending power to see if I can steal for my relays I'm adding. My TJ didn't have ABS so that's 3 circuits that aren't pinned from the factory that I could have stolen power from. No big deal, just work. If I wasn't "essential", I'd have plenty of time......
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