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Jeep Wrangler Modifications

mgarviemgarvie Posts: 17
edited February 4 in Jeep
Maybe someone can point me in the right direction on how to rewire my 2006 TJ lights. I just missed a deer driving home from work AGAIN and I want more light!

First of all, how do I change my fog lights so that they stay on when my high beams are on? It sure would be nice to see them little critters on the side of the road before they they throw themselves under my tires.

Secondly, I'm going to add some driving lights on a light bar or on a windshield hinge bracket. Where can I find some easy to understand instructions on how to wire them up so they come on with my high beams? For ease of use and to spare my fellow drivers from being blinded, separate switches don't seem like an option,

And last on my list, can someone recommend a good quality driving light for long range on a country road? Bambi will thank you for it.

Thanks Folks


  • dmrapdmrap Posts: 4
    I just became the proud owner of a 2005 Wrangler Rubicon. I am interested in getting the best running board/side step, but I am concerned about installation. I particularly like the "Rock Barz" by Warrior Products, because they are very low profile and will not impeded off-roading. The problem is that they must be drilled into the frame.

    Does anyone know of a good running board that does not require drilling?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You will more likely get a reply if you stick with the main Jeep Wrangler discussion.

    tidester, host
  • dmrapdmrap Posts: 4
    The top of my web page says that this IS the Jeep Wranglers Owners Forum. I assume from your message that it is not?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Click on the link I provided in my previous message and you'll see it's a different place! :)

    tidester, host
  • dmrapdmrap Posts: 4
    I see. I have no idea how that happened, but I apologize!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Not a problem! :)

    tidester, host
  • o2curiuso2curius Posts: 12
    Does anyone happen to know what elec. fan I can use in my TJ.e.g. Cavalier, Tempo? If any at all? I ave sen the Be Cool kits in my catalog but I don't feel like spending $189/fan plus $89/wiring kit plus $49/mounting brackets for it. I have the SE model so I have 3 blanks next to ashtray for the switch. Any help would be cool, thanks.
  • jplymanjplyman Posts: 90
    I thought it would be great if we could have a fourm where people could discuss and share modification that they have done or want to do to thier Wranglers. It would be great if we could keep this to DIY modification and those that cost under $500 -

    Can't wait to see all the ideas that are out there.
  • jplymanjplyman Posts: 90
    Hello all -

    I was wondering if anyone has built thier own insta-trunk for an Unlimited. If so what materails and was it difficult or easy.


  • I am putting an AMC 360 in my 1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ. Does anyone know if the motor mounts from a 1978 CJ-5 will work? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • i want to remove the side steps that came with my 05 rocky mountain edition wrangler and add rocker panels to give my jeep the rubicon look. can i do this, john? how much does it cost for those things? can i remove that small hump thing near the front wheels that is on the x and other models but not on the rubicons? thanks for your help
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Eastcoastdiver eh? Scuba? Just got back from 1 week in Bonaire. :)

    The Rubicon rocker guards really don't help a whole lot and are more cosmetic, IMO. The small plastic flare CAN be removed pretty easily. I did it on my SE and added Toys by Troy rockers. Not less than $50.00, but improve the protection and looks of the Jeep, IMO.

    You might be able to find some on eBay or some of the Jeep-specific forums from folks who took em off their Rubicon for the heavier duty armor like the TbT, A to Z Fabrication, Shrockworks, or Poison Spyder rocker guards.

  • i'm sure you got your money's worth diving bonaire... i'm very jealous.

    i'll take a look for those products you mentioned. will they give me directions to slap them on the jeep? or do i just have to instinctively know how to do it? same with ripping off the small plastic flairs...

    you're obviously writing to a piss-poor "mechanic" and i need your help. the one project i did was take out the entire interior and have a rhino liner sprayed on. i bolted everything back in but EVERYTHING rattles now, noticeably louder than before.

    thanks for your help and happy diving,
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Jackson, Bonaire was nice. :)

    Most come with directions, and pretty good ones. Their sites will usually have the instructions you can download. Probably the only thing you'd want to have to install them is some kind of floor jack that you can use to lift them into place and hold them while you drill the holes in the tub (yes, you have to drill some holes).

    The small plastic flare extensions are simply bolted on. If you look under them, you'll see what you need to loosen. Once off, take a rubber mallet and tap the sheet metal flat if it is bowed out a bit from around where the bolt was through the body.

    Many people use some kind of liner between the rockers and tub to prevent metal/metal contact (rust and noise). I used Tough Stuff gasket guard and it works VERY well.

    Here is my TJ with just the rockers.


    You can see the holes I drilled along the top. I also had to do some on the underside. Just be sure to wear goggles. :) I followed the install process outlined by Stu Olson at his website.

    I added a few holes when I finished the side armor.

    Granted, these both cost more than the $50.00, but they can save you from serious damage, much more so than the Rubicon guards, which are more cosmetic IMO.

    To address your rattles, what all did you remove?
    - Seats
    - Seat belts
    - Rear seat
    - Center console

    Other than that, not much should need to be removed, unless you have amps or other stuff installed in the tub. My guess something in the center console isn't attached properly, as I'm sure your seats and seat belt latches are all secure. :shades:

    Rhinolining/Line-X is something I REALLY want to do at some point, so any pointers you have on that would be appreciated. :)

  • Thanks for the directions and pictures. That goes a long way for me, and I certainly appreciate it.

    I took out the seats and center console. I think the noise was originally coming from the center console... but now that i put my hard top back on it's a lot louder. i think i need to try putting both of those guys back on again.

    i will keep looking on jeep websites for the brands you recommended. and the gasket guard will definitely be added into the mix as well.

    i'll be sure to put up some pictures once i manage to get this done!

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Just make sure that you tighten everything down. I used Dynamat inside my tuffy console to help quiet things down, like rattles and vibrations from the subwoofer. That might help.

    Look for loose change, washers, etc that may be bouncing around in there too.

  • yesterday i took a ride in my friends jeep and holy mackeral was it amazing. first of all, he sorted out my rattling hardtop with a few quick turns of the wrench. then we took off the sidesteps and mini flares in the front. now i can't wait to get those rocker panels in the mail!

    i can already tell what my next project will be, but it's sort of expensive so it might take a while. my friends jeep has one of those k&n air intakes or filter things and steel exhaust... he says it adds horsepower and you get better miles per gallon. is this true? plus it sounds really good. i think i might want that :)

    thanks for your advice paul.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Air intake benefits are minimal at best. You may introduce more particulates into the air intake since they don't generally filter as well. But this is a hot debate.

    The exhaust may be freer breathing which may help a bit in the mileage and horsepower gains, but again, I'm not knowledgeable enough to answer better. Some say you'll see gains, some say you won't.

    Glad he fixed your rattling. I have a soft top only, so don't know much about tightening a hard top down.

  • Paul,

    I know this question doesn't pertain to either the removal of side steps or mods under $500, but if I have your attention I'm going to ask anyway. I'll also post to the tire/wheels section.

    I know the BFG 31"x10.50" AT tires are the fave of this forum but I want to know if I can goa little wider. After doing the conversion (as found on quadratec's website) I found a 31"x12.50" tire made by BFG... LT325/60R15. Here is a link to the website:

    31" diameter will obviously fit, if it's getting recommended to stock Jeeps all over this forum. What mods, if any, need to be done to accomodate the extra 2" of width in the tires I want? I know backspacing plays a large role, as told by Tom in another post to this forum this past spring. Will just a new rim with different backspacing do the trick? or will fenders need to be trimmed?

    Thanks, Jackson
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    Backspacing doesn't just have a "lot" to do with it; it has "everything" to do with it.

    You will need wheel spacers, like Paul uses, if you want to keep your factory wheels, or you will need new wheels with four inches or less of backspacing.

    Paul is comfortable with his wheel spacers, but they are pretty controversial, and you will find many people that will tell you to avoid their use. I have no experience with them myself, but I would probably not use them on my Jeep.

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
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