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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby MaxGravy » Sat May 06, 2017

We saw Rodebaugh's Jeep today. Doesn't look anything like the pics he posted.

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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby Rodebaugh » Sat May 06, 2017

That's a hard working XJ. Wish I was there with you guys Randy.

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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon May 22, 2017

Took the doors off last weekend for a little fun.
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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon May 22, 2017

Bolted on a AEV rear diff slide. Seen this in action on another Jeep and knew that I wanted one.
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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby MaxGravy » Mon May 22, 2017

Lookin' good brother but way too clean.

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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon May 22, 2017

MaxGravy wrote:Lookin' good brother but way too clean.


I get it dirty, but I like to wash it for weekday driving. And, thank you. :D

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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby b4/Vj()z » Mon May 22, 2017

Talk is jeep!
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Re: Jeep Talk

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue May 23, 2017

b4/Vj()z wrote:Talk is jeep!


Thread title updated. :thumbup:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Aug 21, 2017

Long time no post. Building a war chest for the next ebux promo. :lol:
Current list of to do's.
-AEV procal (still don't have one) Installed :thumbup:
-ez door pins (easy on and off of the doors by myself) Installed :thumbup:
-CB radio Installed :thumbup:
-Warn vr8 synthetic (just need a good winch) Installed :thumbup:
-Front Rancho Diff skid Installed :thumbup:
-Poison Spyder Crusher fender flairs (expensive upgrade and last on the list)
-Long day wheeling (its been about two months, jeep is needing it's fix)
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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed Aug 30, 2017

I have installed my CB. Let me start by just saying that electrical is not my thing. Changing out the outlets in my office 3 years back I got hit by 110 three times even with a voltage tester and flipping breakers on and off. I can't see electrons so I don't care to work with them. Back to the CB install. So I opted for a under the rear view mirror option for the box mounting. I ran the electrical and coaxial up and under the top plastic trimming the window towards passenger. Once at the passenger "A" pillar a metal coat hanger was used to thread the coaxial along the top roll cage under the soft padding to the back corner panel. Once there the coaxial was ran underneath the trim following the existing electrical supply leading into the tail gate third brake light. I mounted a 4' firestik (which I think is to darn big) to a bracket attached on the upper two bolts of my metalcloak spare tire gate.

Back at the passenger "A" pillar I ran the electrical down under the trim into the area behind the glove box. I removed the center control power window switch block with a pry blade. This exposed one of four screws holding the center console in place. The next screw is located under the junk holder high center on the dash. The two remaining screws are on each side of the steering column and can be accessed once the plastic trim piece just below the wheel is removed. So with the center console off laying in the yard there is now access to the climate control panel which easily tugs free. The CB electrical was spliced into the 12v cigarette lighter wiring. This only has power when the ignition is turned forward so it may not suit your needs. I wanted it this way so that the radio could not pull power if left on inadvertently.

The work took longer than anticipated as it was done mostly in the late evenings under head lamp in the driveway. I estimate a total of 4hrs of total labor logged. The stock electrical included was 18" to short so I had to splice in the difference. With all the trim snapped back into place the CB rig looks like it came installed from the factory. Everything is hidden behind trim or roll bar padding and the job turned out clean. I will tune it this weekend.

Next up:
-Warn Winch
-Rancho front diff skid
(I have both setting in boxes waiting for me to find time)

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Fusion » Wed Aug 30, 2017

Wow Doc...when you committ you really go all in. Nice
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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed Aug 30, 2017

Fusion wrote:Wow Doc...when you committ you really go all in. Nice


Set goals and to do's and make it happen. That's my go juice.

BTW, that boy of yours (pic posted with the bearded dragon) looks like your mini me. :lol:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby jfkwashere » Thu Aug 31, 2017

My name is John. I'm a Luddite. Several pages back I introduced Dusty, a '50 Willys CJ-3A. i installed a new radiator and hoses; replaced all ignition components; distributor, coil, plugs cables. Took it to the shop for new freeze plugs and a good cleaning in that part of the engine. He now runs as cool as Paul Newman. Aside from a weak generator I can run around town with some reliability of making it home.

Recently I found a webpage of a company in Rifle CO. tha rebuilt (frame up) a Jeep same year as mine. Not only was it equipped with Warn hubs, overdrive, electronic ignition, bigger master cylinder, alternator but a roll bar too!

Makes me a bit envious though I quake at the thought of "modifying" an original Willys. Should I make the leap to a new alternator or just fix the generator? The addition of "free hubs", the kind you get out and lock for 4x4 make sense if it's towed, but everyone has those. Mine are original where you engage the transfer case in the cab.

So my continuous dilemma, kept it the same or upgrade? If I upgrade, where does that madness stop?
What would you do? It's a relic I learned to drive in and has been in the family since 1965.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaryB » Fri Sep 01, 2017

The 4' Firestick may seem long but when it comes to a CB antenna the longer the better! Like a 102" whip is best. The Firestick is a good compromise antenna that will take a beating before failing.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Sun Sep 03, 2017

MaryB wrote:The 4' Firestick may seem long but when it comes to a CB antenna the longer the better! Like a 102" whip is best. The Firestick is a good compromise antenna that will take a beating before failing.


I'd love to keep the 4'er but I will no doubt break it off on the trails I run.

So I installed my Warn winch today. Adding that unit to my existing bumper was a chore. Access to thread the four bolts to the mounting plate was zero. So I started taking my bumper apart. Not off, but apart. I have a Metalcloak bumper and the things are modular by design. It wasn't so bad, just time consuming. My 3 year old daughter came out to help. She taped my sockets together with some blue painters tape for about 15min before loosing interest. :lol:

It was a smooth and clean install and I am happy with the look and function. I'll get some pictures posted soon.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaxGravy » Sun Sep 03, 2017

The CB whip belongs on the FRONT bumper. You're so unhip.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaryB » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Put a spring under the whip, it can fold over 90 degrees then!

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Sep 04, 2017

MaryB wrote:Put a spring under the whip, it can fold over 90 degrees then!


It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaxGravy » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Rodebaugh wrote:
MaryB wrote:Put a spring under the whip, it can fold over 90 degrees then!


It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:


Your whip is unhip. Get a spring and a man-size antenna, and I might respect you again. :P :lol: :wave:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby natsb88 » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Rodebaugh wrote:It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:


MaxGravy wrote:The CB whip belongs on the FRONT bumper. You're so unhip.

You're both wrong :P

A CB antenna actually belongs in the center of the roof (assuming you have a metallic roof).

Standard CB antennas (like a Firestik) require a metallic ground plane to reflect the transmission energy up and away. The larger and flatter, the better.

Bumper mounts are problematic in two ways. One is the unbalanced (and much smaller) ground plane that comes with this location, and the other is interference from reflections of the transmission energy off of vertical surfaces around the top two thirds or so of the antenna (like the back of a Jeep). This feeds energy back into the antenna, which is bad. Both of these problems lead to high SWR and can damage your radio when transmitting.

All that said, bumper mounts work for short range communication, but you need to throw an SWR meter on there and tune it in. CB antennas always need to be tuned, but especially when mounted in compromising positions like bumpers. The front bumper is less bad than the back bumper since the antenna at least isn't right up against vertical surfaces like it is on the back.

Don't fry your rig :shock:

http://firestik.com/Tech_Docs/Bumper-mnts.htm


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