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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    By this point I've now seriously regretted ordering a JCR skidplate.........not convinced I really want to give that company any more of my cash.

    Anyway, went to close up the swing out and..............oh ya, the RotoPax containers hit the Tailgate. FML.




    So, the trim piece with the old license plate light gets pulled off.....only to reveal worn bubbling paint and surface rust.




    Time for more sanding, rust converter, and bedliner, me thinks.


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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    And then it was back to electrical work........................

    Unplug the rear wiring harness in the driver side rear quarter panel. Using a multimeter figure out which wire is for the license plate light.




    Splice in a new wire.




    Solder it up and heatshrink. Run the wire across to the passenger side (under the carpet).




    Drill a hole in the plastic cap by the tail light.




    Fish thru the power wire, and a ground wire.




    Twist and shout.




    Cover up with cable cover, and seal up hole with liquid electrical tape.




    From here I ran the wire down a bit and zip tied it behind the bumper, then back up and to the swing out. I added a set of plugs to it would be easier to remove the license plate mount/light....which has to be done in order to pull off the spare.






    The license plate mount itself was bent improperly by JCR, so it didn't sit square or level. Uhg. And the standard mounting hols place the plate a significant distance away from the tire. Enter more drilling and bending.......... And then, it was time to mount the included LED plate light. Yup.......3mm mounting hardware, and 1/4" holes in the mount. Frick...................

    Spent some time fishing around in a box of RC car hardware, and came up with a solution. Got it all mounted up, and then remembered I still needed to mount the ground wire. Did that.





    [img width=666 height=1000]http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab209/bribeguy/Cars/P5090024_zpsfvo8e9jp.jpg[/img]



    Oh ya............I mounted up the Aux reverse lights too. Haven't done the connecting wiring yet though.......


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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    You have done lots of stuff since we last heard from you. I have been wondering how those proto packs would work out
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    The RotoPax would have worked great if JCR had just welded up the rear hoop on center. The "whoops" on their part leads to a less than ideal fitment and set-up now, but I guess there isn't really much I can do about it now. I don't see myself using them a ton, in all honesty, but it just seemed like a nice option to have.

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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    With the cut & fold rear end, I was showing a lot of tire, and in hopes of avoiding attention from crappy ticket monsters, I figured it was time to look into some mudflaps. A quick stop at Airhawk Industries scored me these:




    Next up was some quality grinder time with a piece of 2x2 L-Bracket.





    Primed them up and got them mounted up. I'm using the frame tie ins that connect the JCR bumper/side armor to the "frame". I figure if they're strong enough to use as a jack point, then mounting mudflaps from them should be a non-issue.




    Cardboard templating...





    And the final flaps all trimmed up.




    Drilled the mounting holes in the brackets, hit 'em with some ghetto fabulous spray paint, and things were starting to come together.





    And all mounted up on the Jeep.




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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    Looking great buddy, time to go wheeling!!!

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    Default Re: bRIBEGuy's 2000 XJ: An Ongoing Build Project

    Nice work! Surprised about JCR. Winch bumper and sliders on the TJ both from JCR and top quality stuff.

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