What did you do TO your Jeep JL today?

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Did my first warranty repair. The rear window defroster solder broke so I fixed it and put a little preventive measure in place to keep it from doing it again. If it does pop the solder again, no big deal as it's about a 15 minute fix.

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Nice post. Mine did the same thing. I’m a beginner at best with soldering. Think I should give it a go or bring it to the dealer?
 

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Flipped the rear adjustable track bar so the bend was above the diff and not down. Then dialed it in a few turns and finally have the ass centered.

Installed MC rear diff cover. Pretty nice.
 

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Nice post. Mine did the same thing. I’m a beginner at best with soldering. Think I should give it a go or bring it to the dealer?
I used to solder circuit boards and lots of electronics back before we could afford wave solderers and other tech. To do this, I first loaded up some solder on the back of the small terminal so there would be something to melt. Then I placed the terminal on the window, applied heat with the solder iron, and it soldered back in place.

Unfortunately, as seems to be a trend with the dealerships, it seems they mess this repair up too. But if you're not great at soldering I would still probably go the dealer route for a couple of reasons.

One, the tiny terminal has to be positioned and then a solder tip placed in the center to both heat it up and hold it in place until the solder melts. And you're holding it over your head under the glass. It's awkward. Once you see the solder melt you have to use another tool to hold in place so you can remove the solder iron and give it time to cool. I used a pocket knife but small needle nose pliers would've probably been better. Regardless, very awkward and it could get messy.

Two, it has to be soldered very quickly as it creates a 450F hot spot on the glass... not good if the rest of the glass is cool. It would be very easy to break the glass with the heat. Even when I did mine, you could barely touch the glass on the outside once finished.

Because I'm not always smart and I had to do it right away and it was 39F in our parking garage when I did mine, it was probably more luck than skill that I didn't break it. But I was fast and it didn't break and now it is fixed.
 

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The install was easy once I got the parts that mount to the engine mount figured out. It took me about an hour. Everything fit fine. I did it with the Jeep on the ground. It's heavier than I thought being aluminum. Should hold up fine. I'd like to add the trasfer case skid at some point.
Very nice! This is on my wish list. So what's the review? How was the fit? Is it heavy? Can you install on the ground or do you need a lift?
 

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I used to solder circuit boards and lots of electronics back before we could afford wave solderers and other tech. To do this, I first loaded up some solder on the back of the small terminal so there would be something to melt. Then I placed the terminal on the window, applied heat with the solder iron, and it soldered back in place.

Unfortunately, as seems to be a trend with the dealerships, it seems they mess this repair up too. But if you're not great at soldering I would still probably go the dealer route for a couple of reasons.

One, the tiny terminal has to be positioned and then a solder tip placed in the center to both heat it up and hold it in place until the solder melts. And you're holding it over your head under the glass. It's awkward. Once you see the solder melt you have to use another tool to hold in place so you can remove the solder iron and give it time to cool. I used a pocket knife but small needle nose pliers would've probably been better. Regardless, very awkward and it could get messy.

Two, it has to be soldered very quickly as it creates a 450F hot spot on the glass... not good if the rest of the glass is cool. It would be very easy to break the glass with the heat. Even when I did mine, you could barely touch the glass on the outside once finished.

Because I'm not always smart and I had to do it right away and it was 39F in our parking garage when I did mine, it was probably more luck than skill that I didn't break it. But I was fast and it didn't break and now it is fixed.
To the dealer I go thanks for the background
 

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Installed some mudflaps. I only got the front done today and will knock out the rear tomorrow. I was not super happy with the price vs looks of most of the mudflap options for JL Rubicons, so I got a set of universal Rally Armor flaps and made them fit. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

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Installed the Cobra 75 WXST CB Radio with the Cool Tech mount and 4' FireStick antenna. Had to mount it low (bottom hinge) to not scrape the antenna on the garage door, but seems to work fine. Added the quick disconnect just for grins. We'll see how long it takes for it to grow legs and walk off. Sure makes the rig look great regardless. Either way, I'm not intending to transmit 3 states over, just gab with other Jeepers with radios on or off the trail. I'll be surprised if anyone uses CB's any more. But if you do, look out for 'Snow Shoe' if you're riding somewhere in Colorado.

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Installed the satin black front grille..
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Wow your Jeep looks really good. The wheels tie everything in very well. I have the same satin grille but for some reason it looks better on your setup.

....and the hood "Jeep" looks great(might have to steal that idea).

Great job, looks awesome.
 

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Installed the Cobra 75 WXST CB Radio with the Cool Tech mount and 4' FireStick antenna. Had to mount it low (bottom hinge) to not scrape the antenna on the garage door, but seems to work fine. Added the quick disconnect just for grins. We'll see how long it takes for it to grow legs and walk off. Sure makes the rig look great regardless. Either way, I'm not intending to transmit 3 states over, just gab with other Jeepers with radios on or off the trail. I'll be surprised if anyone uses CB's any more. But if you do, look out for 'Snow Shoe' if you're riding somewhere in Colorado.

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Great idea to mount it on bottom hinge...didnt even think about that. Nice work! I may relocate mine to bottom hinge.

Still performs well?!
 

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Nice post. Mine did the same thing. I’m a beginner at best with soldering. Think I should give it a go or bring it to the dealer?
The dealer will order you a new rear glass(well, at least mine did). Was told it's very difficult to resolder that tab efficiently enough that it holds for any length of time.

Never one issue with that soldered tab after the new glass. Has been about 1½ years.
 

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The dealer will order you a new rear glass(well, at least mine did). Was told it's very difficult to resolder that tab efficiently enough that it holds for any length of time.

Never one issue with that soldered tab after the new glass. Has been about 1½ years.
The dealer now repairs the wire vs. replacing the glass. At least, that was what my dealer told me when I got mine fixed.
 
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