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    Quote Originally Posted by BABOOZLE View Post
    Nice jeep. I love builds like this.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by LetsGoMuddin View Post
    Nice looking TJ! Who makes the lightbar?
    Someone in China. I really don't know, no brand name just an Amazon purchase. It had a couple reviews of leaking/fogging so when I installed it I popped the end caps off and sealed them with some silicone and reinstalled. No issues.

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    Got a little antsy waiting for the rest of the shipment to show up so popped the passenger seat out



    Took it apart


    Tried to do this without splitting the seat apart but wasn't happening.


    Test fit the heater pads






    Put the covers back on



    Cut a couple slits for the wiring and put the seat back together



    And a quick test run


    One seat down one to go
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    This one starts the harder stuff...
    I ran some thick wiring through the firewall for the power distribution block, doesn't need anywhere near this gauge of wire for my accessories but I am planning on installing an amp in the future so figured might as well just run the thicker wire now and be done.
    Installed a couple grommets and sealed it up right with silicon


    Next part is fixing this mess. So here's the before rats neat of wiring








    And here's where the new fuse panel is going


    And fun things to come
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    Nice to see another TJ on here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackknob View Post
    Nice to see another TJ on here
    Yeah there don't seem to be many on here, I suppose they're getting older and not as fun to play with.

    Add a new windshield to the list.... Really bums me out because this windshield is only a month old now and caught a rock from a gravel truck on the highway today, called the company up and they essentially told me to "prove it" to which I was not very happy with, it's unnecessary to treat people that way a simple "I'm sorry that happened, I will talk with the driver and see what happened and why gravel was flying out of the truck if the cover wasn't in place correctly or what, if you contact your insurance company and have them contact mine they can pursue the matter that way" instead of "well that's why you have insurance why are you calling me? I have a bunch of trucks out and who knows which one it was or if you're just trying to get me to buy you a windshield"
    So not a great day. It's repairable, probably free through my insurance but still... Bummer.

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    Cool build so far, props for making some of the stuff on your own.

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    Love it... Always nice to see a 4.0 based rig being built :-)

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    Still waiting on the rest of the parts but I made some progress today with it

    Left work early and started by taking the driver seat and center console out


    Did a little cleaning of some old stains, this foaming tuff stuff cleaner is second only to an actual carpet shampooer



    Measured and marked where I want the switches, drilled, installed.








    Rtv'd them in place as that's what I had readily available, this didn't work and ended up using real 2 part epoxy.




    Ran the wiring, for those of you that don't know a drill makes quick and easy work of wrapping wires to each other



    Routed the wires under the carpet and center console up to the fuse panel



    Reinstalled the center, which was a bit of a pain as the relay packs that c and with the seat heaters are full size, if I were to do it again I'd swap them to mini relays just for ease of fitting under the console.


    Pulled apart the driver seat


    Installed the heater pads and rebuilt, a little mad at myself for not doing both seats at the same time as I would have swapped the bottom cushion from passenger to driver as the diver is pretty worn out on the bolster. Ah well, next time.



    Reinstalled the center console and the seats, and took it for a test drive.




    Heaters work great and after about 2-3 miles I found myself switching them to the low setting, gonna be great when the snow hits!
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    Finally got my switch holders so I got started, not sure if I like the switch holders. They don't line up right unless I'm doing something wrong so I may just build my own. Also doc some mock up of where I want to mount it.






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    On top of the center there is where I was planning on putting these switches. The more I look at it though the less I like it..... Was going to fiberglass the holder in but now I'm debating where would look best for these 6 switches. Thinking about moving the hard top controls to the right and mounting the switches 2x3 like this



    Any input from you guys on which you like better? Top mount is easier to access but uglier, bottom would be clean and evenly spaced with a correct looking backing plate but the bottom 3 switches would be annoying to hit, which unwound pick my 3 least used accessories for those. Would also require moving the hard top controls and oe fog light switches to where the ashtray is.

    All input appreciated!
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