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bigwalton
10-04-2012, 11:05 PM
One of my favorite things is cheap little mods that make life better or make something the way that the Jeep should have come from the factory. Something like a switch in the door open switch circuit to kill the dome lights when doors off.

What have y'all done?

1 Long TJ
10-05-2012, 12:19 PM
Haven't done it yet, but I like the locker override jumper mod for the Rubicons.

bigwalton
10-05-2012, 03:36 PM
That's a good one if you have need for it, definitely. Just the kind of thing I was talking about.

This was my favorite version with the switch for added safety:
http://rockcrawler.com/techreports/jeep_rubicon_locker_bypass/index.asp

I haven't come across a situation where I felt like I needed it personally.

unlblkrubi
10-05-2012, 06:40 PM
http://www.wanderingtrail.com/Mods/TJLJmods/Locker_Defeat.htm. I did the 2 switch. Can operate lockers independently in 2hi/lo or 4hi/lo
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bigwalton
10-06-2012, 09:51 PM
http://www.wanderingtrail.com/Mods/TJLJmods/Locker_Defeat.htm. I did the 2 switch. Can operate lockers independently in 2hi/lo or 4hi/lo
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Cool, hadn't seen that one!

Roclbee
10-06-2012, 10:26 PM
I just pull the fuse. Dome light still works when started or turned on with dome light switch.

1 Long TJ
10-09-2012, 12:07 PM
I like the fog light bypass mod also.

bigwalton
10-09-2012, 02:39 PM
Have a link for that?

1 Long TJ
10-09-2012, 08:33 PM
This uses the bent pin method
http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrical/elec1/elec-1a.htm

This one replaces the relay with a jumper but it's on an older TJ
http://www.universityofjeep.ca/Tech/FogLightRelay/Writeup.html

My relay was under the hood. I pulled it out and put in the jumper (pins 3 & 4). Works great.
I don't have the factory fog lights, and I'm not sure what the wattage of the replacements are. Might need to add a relay with a dedicated power source and heavier wire to the lights. Still cool using the factory switch and dash indicator.

unlblkrubi
10-12-2012, 09:00 AM
http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrical/elec1/elec-1a.htm
The one I used, really makes a difference.

1 Long TJ
11-04-2012, 10:27 PM
Here's my dual switch locker bypass setup. Being under the 4wd lever keeps it out of sight, out of mind to passengers and other drivers
I actually used it the other day to lock in the rear axle while in 2 hi. No doughnuts, just backing out of a ditch at an odd angle.


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I had to replace the switches, so I went with my favorite push buttons.

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bigwalton
11-04-2012, 10:51 PM
Very interesting setup!

1 Long TJ
11-18-2012, 07:10 PM
I added a switch in the rear to activate the interior lights. I thought about using a door switch on the tailgate, but figured when the top is off I wouldn't need to open the tailgate. Any switch would work but I found one that I really liked. It's small, water resistant, and could be mounted flat or through a hole.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0022ZV1KE/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
I ended up mounting mine on the seat belt cover, but it also fits nicely under the edge of the body with double-sided tape. I like that it doesn't look like a switch so nobody messes with it when the top is off.
I ran a wire along the harness inside the body up to the front and tapped into the door ajar switch (purple wire). The switch then provides a ground signal that turns on the interior lights.

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bigwalton
11-18-2012, 07:32 PM
I'm loving that one too. Very nice.

Scott
02-07-2013, 12:18 PM
I have done both the Locker override (2 switch) and the fog light relay. You can get these at allthingsjeep.com Lights Out for Jeep TJ and LJ 1997-2006, by No Doors Inc.
Price:$9.99

dayriesw
04-26-2013, 11:40 AM
3/4" led turn signal in the side of the grill. I haven't seen it lit yet, but I like the placement and it was $6 each. Also, you can see the antenna in removed. I am going with a hidden antenna (that mounts to your glove box) off amazon for $30 which I think will clean up the side, plus I had just about destroyed it rubbing it on every tree there is on the trail.

http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae138/dayriesw/LJ%202013/image_zps8703e96c.jpg (http://s965.photobucket.com/user/dayriesw/media/LJ%202013/image_zps8703e96c.jpg.html)

1 Long TJ
06-29-2013, 11:28 AM
I added a 12V Aux. plug in the rear cargo area. The plug is made my Marineco (I think). Well made, plus it has the cover. They also have a matching plug that locks in, but you don't have to use it. I ran the wires all way to the battery for high current loads. The wires run through a loom, with the CB antenna wire, under the passenger side body rail.

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1 Long TJ
12-02-2017, 10:29 PM
I wanted to add a light inside my Tuffy center console. The TJ (sub) version is not that big, but a light is still useful. I made one before (CJ8) with a door switch and a 12v light, but I found this cabinet light on Ebay and thought I would try it. Less than a dollar.
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I couldn't find a good place to make it work; so instead, I modified it with a tilt switch and glued a magnet on the back.
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