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Yea, it's a small area between some parking lots at a mall here which requires about 1/4 mile drive to go around, so I often just cut through. Sadly many have this same idea. On a good day it's prolly a foot deep or so and I just barely scrap but being that I was in a hurry and it's rained heavily here it was deeper than I thought and I was going too fast so when I fell into the hole I bottomed out the front on the curb before I let the suspension settle. It was almost completely compressed when I got it as you can see. Lesson learned. Big deal.


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Okay, so now that I have a functional RRO bumper I can say I think I'm pretty close to done with modifications. I'd like to do rock lights still, the snorkel, and a ham radio install then I think it'll be done for sure. Oh and replacing the airbags since one leaks. But otherwise I think I can safely say the major stuff is done.

My grandmother had her house essentially destroyed early this week when a hail storm devastated Wylie, Tx. I wasn't storm chasing at the time as I don't chase during the week, however since this was family I rushed out there. Fully loaded the TH, turned on my strobes and rushed to my grandmothers house. I run dual winches along with a lot of other gear I carry and thankfully I had lots of spares. Winches were required to drag cars out of the way to make neighborhoods accessible as people abandoned their cars in the road. Roofs were caved in, ceilings collapsed. I ran my strobes for over 70 miles and never once had a problem with law enforcement. I did once turn them off as I waited at a light because the guy in front of me was trying to run the light thinking I needed through. Once I helped my grandmother get settled and patched up her house I turned my attention to anyone that needed help on my way home. Again, law enforcement gave me no trouble for my lights as I towed people off the road or provided basic first aid to those cut by glass or something.

I can't stress enough having blankets and an emergency kit in a vehicle for situations like this.


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I had a 3rd SpeedTek strobe go out on me this week. They keep filling up with water. But I can't afford to replace all the strobes AND they discontinued my model strobes a couple months ago. So irritated.
@myfirstcherokee how's it coming with that switch panel? I need more switch locations. The 8 I have are taken. I need one for rock lights, one for front angled lights, and one for a second set of strobes I plan putting on either side of my license plate. I also need one for a kill switch for my rear winch. I need switches man. That look factory. And the little cubby next to our left knee isn't an option since my brake controller is there.


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So last night someone made themselves welcome into my apartment without permission. Caught it on camera. This morning I went to my local police station to report the incident and all went smoothly. When the officer walked me back to my Jeep he noticed it and commented. He said various other officers have also noticed it and wondered who owns it. So, now they know who owns it and where I live. Guess I better keep my nose clean.

On a different note I got my first Jeep wave from a built Wrangler and yes I did wave back.


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So this week I've noticed a bit of a swampy garbage smell in my TH. So I decided to do some digging thinking maybe it was water damage from my little adventure this week with the flood waters. Turns out I was right about water, but wrong about where it came from. Turns out, during the last two very heavy storms water followed my antenna cable and dripped passed the seals. I did have it ran through a door though so I knew it was a risk as I didn't want to drill a third hole in my roof. The water collected under the drivers side cargo area pocket and soaked into the carpet like noise dampening material. So I've pulled the pocket out and I'll give it a week or two to dry out. The rest of the TH is dry so I'm assuming that's what happen. Guess I'll research just where I want to drill a hole to run my antenna cable now, so sad.
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This is the first I am seeing your thread man. Let me say I am sorry for the loss of your wife. It would be cool to meet up with you this summer, but I am not going down by DFW. Your build is awesome. I presume you have seen my interior mods thread. I keep a lot of stuff with me.

Are you going to mount your rock lights where mine are? I ran the Rigid Rock lights. I have been considering getting another 4 light set and mounting them in the front and back. I am also kicking around putting a 10" diffused SR on the hood, up front by the Jeep badge.

BTW, I was a Generator Mechanic then earned a scholarship and went to the (at the time) last all male military college. I resigned my commission in 2012 after 12 years. All Reserve, I was supposed to be active but my file was lost for 9 months by Cadet Command. I have been to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan in various capacities. Service to the line, On the line, On time.

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This is the first I am seeing your thread man. Let me say I am sorry for the loss of your wife. It would be cool to meet up with you this summer, but I am not going down by DFW. Your build is awesome. I presume you have seen my interior mods thread. I keep a lot of stuff with me.

Are you going to mount your rock lights where mine are? I ran the Rigid Rock lights. I have been considering getting another 4 light set and mounting them in the front and back. I am also kicking around putting a 10" diffused SR on the hood, up front by the Jeep badge.

BTW, I was a Generator Mechanic then earned a scholarship and went to the (at the time) last all male military college. I resigned my commission in 2012 after 12 years. All Reserve, I was supposed to be active but my file was lost for 9 months by Cadet Command. I have been to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan in various capacities. Service to the line, On the line, On time.


As far as my late wife, accidents happen, medical mistakes were made. She wouldn't have wanted me to dwell on her death.

As far as seeing your interior, yes I have seen it and I'm envious. I would love to be that prepared and I am to an extent for bare essentials.

I can't really mount rock lights where you did because I've got the RRO rock rails. But what I was thinking was mounting them to the doors, the little plastic on the bottom of the doors. But I have a hard time justifying rock lights when I have area lights mounted to my roof. If I got rock lights they'd likely be used in conjunction with my strobes.

I have the 10" SR driving pattern light and it does pretty well, but it's easily over powered by my a pillar lights and my roof light (which dwarfs everything). I mainly use the 10" as a supplement to my a pillar lights and my headlights during storms and nothing else since I have an amber cover over it which greatly reduces its effectiveness. As you may have noticed in my storm chasing flood video my amber light is on almost the whole time.

I commend anyone that takes the time to serve, in any capacity. But I don't shun those that don't either. The military isn't for everyone. I did my time, 7 years. Did two combat tours and one non combat peace time mission in South America. And to be honest while my second tour was on paper technically a wartime tour, it was really a vacation. My tour in Afghanistan was the brutal, harsh, real combat tour. And after the nightmares I experienced there, I swore I would never go back. Despite having a job offer by General Dynamics to serve as a contractor to the communications hub and make 150k. I couldn't do it and I'm glad I didn't since 6 months after getting out my late wife died. I don't talk much about my time in country or the late few years of my service much as they are triggers for me. Just rest assured, I served honorably, I've been in combat, and to this day I would lay down my life in defense of this great nation and my family.
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Alrighty, so my SpeedTech strobes have bit the dust again so I'm biting the bullet and spending the money on lights I can get through my local fleet contact who says they are ECCO strobes. Either way they come with a MUCh better warranty and should be SAE/DOT approved, since street legal is a bit important to me as they are on a POV. In addition, my controller is starting to go out so I'm planning on replacing it with a touch screen SPOD but I'm going to be forced to add an expansion box for up to 16 different buttons since I currently have 9 items on 8 switches and I have planned like 5 more items still. Rock lights, second set of strobes, separate the rear winch and strobe control, then hard wire an air compressor.

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You are going to need a trailer to haul all of your wiring and switches soon.

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Alright, so Wednesday night I'm getting a set of orange rock lights and white rock lights installed on my TH. I'm gonna ask the installer to also do behind the grill. So I'll post up pictures Wednesday night of the extra lights. Orange for shows and meets. White for working with people and doing recoveries.


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