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    EngineerJoe's '04 Rubicon Upgrades

    So I've decided to start a thread with the upgrades I have on my Jeep. The majority of the upgrades are too small to warrant a thread in the "buildup" forums, and I'd rather not start an individual thread for every upgrade I'm doing in the "mini-buildup" forum.

    For the starting post, I'm putting up pics of my new bumper. It was a birthday present from the girlfriend (awesome girlfriend). A winch and shackles will eventually follow (with separate pics).

    Edit: For those wondering, it's an Off Road Supply bumper.
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    Brakes: XtremeStop Rotors and EBC Green Stuff Pads

    Since my TJ is not just a daily driver, but my work vehicle, I figure good working brakes are a good investment. After reading some posts on here, I decided to try Xtremestop rotors with EBC Green Stuff pads. The boot protecting the pivoting mechanism for the parking brake was destroyed and the pivoting mechanism was seized (sorry, no pics yet). The replacement boot isn't cheap ($30+/ea), but I'd rather spend the money then have my parking brake seize again.

    Pics are just of the front and rear rotors. They look good in the pics and look good through the rims. Once they're broken in, I'll let you guys know how they perform!
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    Good show on the upgrades...
    kudos on the use of the jack stands..
    did you adjust the parking brake after installing the new rotors?

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    nice work joe, hope we will see it next tues!

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    Those rotors are sweet! What did they set you back if you don't mind me asking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DYNNOMMYTE View Post
    Good show on the upgrades...
    kudos on the use of the jack stands..
    did you adjust the parking brake after installing the new rotors?
    Thanks. I always use jack stands, and 9 times out of 10, I'll even keep the hydraulic jack close by and a little weight on it.

    I adjusted the parking brake adjuster (with the star wheel) inside the drum assembly and once I clean up the equalizer, I'll adjust that too.

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    Those rotors are sweet! What did they set you back if you don't mind me asking?
    I believe it came to $440 after tax, but I'll have to double check that for you. Don't quote me on that though. If you're interested, you can check out XtremeStop website to find a local dealer. I don't imagine the TJ model is too popular so it may take a week or two before they can get it to you. They're engineered and manufactured in Canada too so that's a nice plus.

    Kevin, I can't wait to come to the meet to show off my mods.

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    IPF Headlamps & HID's!!!

    Today's checklist:

    • Service brakes complete (FINALLY)
    • Factory fogs installed on new bumper (kinda visible in the 2nd pic below)
    • DRL's rewired to turn on fogs with limited brightness (instead of turning on high beams with limited brightness)*
    • IPF Headlamps installed, replacing factory sealed beams (pics below)
    • HID's installed!!! (pics below)

    * The modded headlight schematic (found in another thread) is incorrect. Once I get around to it, I'll change the schematic and repost

    The HID's are BRIGHT. With the factory bulbs, I'd always want the fogs for better visibility, now you can't even tell when the fogs are on! I'll find a link to the store for where I bought the HID kit.

    There's more to come later this week too (it's been a crazy "vacation").
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    Ohhhhh, so that's why you wanted your fogs for DRL ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hustler View Post
    Ohhhhh, so that's why you wanted your fogs for DRL ...
    Yup. If the high beams HID's were supplied only 4 volts, they would flicker. After trying out my HID's for a bit, I turned on my fogs and radio and killed my battery (5 days in a garage, not run, and several hours of testing the high's/low's/DRL's/fogs). As the battery was dying, the headlights started to flicker.

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    Can you possibly please snap a quick photo of the HID ballasts?

    I think it looks good ... I got some Delta H4 conversion light stuff, which works pretty well but it's no HID brightness. I was thinking about something like this.
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    I'm just curious if the Jergens Lotion helped with the install of that bumper...

    Couldn't resist!

    Looks good, nice GF BTW.
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    hahaha.... I forgot about that bottle. I was kicking it around the garage for 5 days and I never asked what was inside.

    Jeff, I have to agree, Brett does some GREAT work. I'm hoping to get some good pictures for him once I have a winch.

    Hustler, I'll get those pics for ya... give me a couple of days.

    For those interested in the HID project, I picked up these 50/55W H4-4 Bi-Xenon HID Kit - $86.99*. The hardest part was finding a location to mount the ballast on the passenger side. I can't remember if I went with the 6000k or the 8000k lamps. I mated them to IPF H4 Conversion Lens purchased at northridge4x4.ca. I think when all was said and done, I had this installed for slightly over $200.

    *Disclaimer: I have heard others complain about this HID kit which comes straight from China. I had no problems with it so far, but I cannot guarantee your experience with the HID kit will also be trouble free.
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    Update: I had my first 'night' drive with these things. I drove the Hwy 7 stretch between the end of the 407 and Harmony Rd. Those posted pictures don't do justice to the brightness of these things. WOW is all I have to say!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EngineerJoe View Post
    now you can't even tell when the fogs are on!
    Any thoughts on doing HID conversion on Fogs?

    I have heard (haven't checked for myself) that the factory fogs are H3 bulbs which could lend easily to an HID conversion on them too...would do wonders for light output on those too...

    Only thing is it would defeat the purpose of doing the "High Beam to Fog DRL Conversion" as the fogs would need to see full power or they would flicker just like any other HID with low voltage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by igotafrigginjeep View Post
    Any thoughts on doing HID conversion on Fogs?

    I have heard (haven't checked for myself) that the factory fogs are H3 bulbs which could lend easily to an HID conversion on them too...would do wonders for light output on those too...

    Only thing is it would defeat the purpose of doing the "High Beam to Fog DRL Conversion" as the fogs would need to see full power or they would flicker just like any other HID with low voltage.
    On top of using them as DRL's, I plan on using my fogs with standard power (12V) for those ambient conditions that don't need headlights, but could use more lighting than DRL's.

    I doubt I will convert my fogs to HID since they're now my DRL's but it doesn't mean it wouldn't be a good project for somebody else. The HID's are so bright that I haven't even thought of it until you mentioned it. Plus, I don't know how easily it could be done since the wiring for the fogs comes in through the bottom through a rubber grommet. There are aftermarket fogs with HID's (ballasts built in) available which may be simpler, but will definitely be more expensive. Could be a fun project though.

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    Warn M8000 Winch.... Mounting Complete

    As sexy as Brett's front bumper is, it needed a winch. I picked up a Warn M8000 and spent the 2nd to last day of my vacation mounting it. I still haven't mounted the solenoid pack and I'm looking for ideas (open to suggestions).

    Ok, enough with the words, you're waiting for pics...
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    looking real good joe!
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    looks great joe, with this mod theres no exuse for not wheelin now,see you tuesday!

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    Looking good. I like the updates. I'm curious to know how the rotors work for you.
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    Hey Joe, did you ever get around to doing up the corrected drawing for the Fogs->DRL conversion?

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