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RainGoat - How's the full length roof rack coming?

Well, the rain has started-that won’t stop until July. In some sunbreaks I still want to do a thorough clean & waxing of the roof before mounting the rack. I’m also working on about 1cm “towers” between the rails & the conduit clamp (to be fair, TownDawgR50 is really working on it for me). Pathy_02 put his on with conduit clamps to the rails about a year ago & it looks great. For my purposes I need just a little more clearance. I move slow so it may take a few weeks-months.

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Went wheeling and stumbled on a nice hard track, steep and big rocks off camber. Running on my 31s I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it but the old girl crawled right up it with minor wheel spin and not much complaint. Heard a very odd noise come out from the truck which I want able to track down getting out if the truck. No leaks aside from a bit of water that seemingly came out of the overflow tube. Whine stopped suddenly and never came back through the rest of the trail and driving through town. My best thought is power steering since my custom line is quite finicky (modified a few parts to fit against the frame with a vg33 swap). Planning to look under the truck tomorrow and double check everything but no leaks, oils fine and water is fine with no over heats. 

Two projects coming up this week, number 1 is to make a skid plate for the oil pan so I can stop stressing while crawling over larger rocks.

Number 2 is to make a fold down table on the tire carrier so I can grill while on a trip this next coming Thursday. One week to do both.

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Wheeled it for the last 4 weeks. Awesome time. Ordered Doug thorley headers as my exhaust is original on the 95 and getting crusty.

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Went shopping for 3/8 steel and struck out. Gotta call around tomorrow. Was raining cats and dogs all day so no work done but was able to go mudding. Give it a few days when I'm under the truck making the damn skid plate and I'll regret ever doing that lol

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I snagged a battery hold down at the JY.  A little sanding and painting and all fixed.  Much better than the bungee cord I had.  lol

 

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I installed some LED bulbs in my map light and front/rear dome light fixtures. I also put wedge style LEDs in my gauge cluster.

 

This is from last night. The camera on my phone was picking up a lot more light than what was visible to my eyes.

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This is closer to what it really looks like. I couldn’t get an accurate picture of what the fixture itself looks like to the eyes. The camera must pick up a good amount more than the eye.

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Today my other LEDs came in so I put one 5000k bulb in the passenger map light fixture and left the red on the driver. That way, I have light when I need it but I also have the option to keep my night eyes.

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For the dome lights I went with 3500k bulbs. I like the warm incandescent filament color temperature but the added brightness is hopefully going to be an upgrade. I don’t know yet because the sun is still up.

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I am most excited about the gauge cluster. The incandescent bulbs just aren’t bright enough for this new gauge cluster I got from the junkyard. The background color is a metallic grey with micro flakes and the lettering is white so the contrast is pretty poor when driving in the evening or morning and the super dim bulbs literally do nothing until it’s almost completely dark out.

 

Here is the difference as of now.

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I’ll never lose another burger again!

 

We’ll see what it looks like tonight.

 

 

 

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Yep, the two color combo is what I’ve done in my map lights as well. We’re lucky because in all the other cars I manage the map lights come on with the door so you can’t individually select them like we can.

While I like the idea of changing the hue(Kelvin temperature) of the instrument cluster, I like dimming down quite a bit when doing long drives at night. Does your dimmer still work with the LEDs (I’ve burnt out my first dimmer about 2006)

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1 hour ago, RainGoat said:

Does your dimmer still work with the LEDs (I’ve burnt out my first dimmer about 2006)

 

I'd be interested to know as well.  I've heard it doesn't work, but I'm not sure.  I like a bright dash in the day, and I'd love to change the color, but at night I DO NOT appreciate bright lights in the cabin.

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Well I went with warm white for the gauge cluster but I think there is a blue hue in the actual cluster itself because it’s slightly more blue now.. but not much. Here’s a pic, you can see the 4WD diagram there has the warmer looking light and that’s what it all looked like before and now it’s a tiny bit more bluish:
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Superbrighrleds.com spec section said that the ones I bought are dimmable and they do dim when I roll the dimmer switch.

Here’s the ones I got:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/74-led-bulb-3-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/228/1068/

Here what the spec section says:
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So are you saying the LED burns out or the dimmer switch itself?


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I put a new passenger control arm on today. The bushing with a bolt running thru it was almost completely disintegrated. The driver side fell to pieces earlier this year.. I still need to change the ball joints. The steering is way better than it was.

I really just wanted to tell you guys about my experience changing my universal joints today. So Autozone’s ujoint tool was bent badly so I couldn’t use it so I drove back home worrying about the beating I was about deliver to my drive shaft..

I did have to beat the original NSKs out but to my delight the SKFs I replaced them with slid in with weight of my body on one side and with light blows from the hammer on the other side.

It was the same each time. One cap would slide in with my weight allowing me to seat the trunnion slightly in both caps while I hammered the second one down. Best experience installing ujoints ever.
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The new ujoints solved the low pitch rumble I had going on at 40mph and up. I was so afraid it was this transmission! The rumble started while my other transmission was dying it’s death and I knew it couldn’t be that big a coincidence but there was that sinking feeling in the back of my mind that this new transmission was suffering a problem that produced the same vibration.

I’ve got new Moog OEM springs for the front and back I’ll be putting on next weekend and also trailing arm bushings for the uppers and lowers!

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Hooked my pods for my reverse light now time to put the bumper back on.4983e81244eff5ff45a2575c55db901f.jpg

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That does look nice. The dimmers themselves are a little fragile. My OEM burnt out & a used one I replaced it with has always been a bit wonky-overly sensitive.

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