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  1. Alright so more updates made a little progress this weekend, all my 2/0 is ran and secured, relays are all wired and the fans are up and running, speaker wires and RCA's are ran, toggle switches for VC1 and volt meter are wired up, amps are mounted, alts are removed and packaged to ship back to Mechman and I think that's about it. I will say this build definitely has the most wiring out of anything I've ever dealt with. More updates soon I hope, hopefully Mechman doesn't charge too much for repairs. I modified the seat brace so that the wires could run through and hopefully not mess up the carpet so bad. Money shot....
  2. Warning this post is likely to be long winded for the small amount of progress that has been made, consider yourselves forewarned. So the jeep has been pretty neglected for the last month, basically it comes down to not being motivated to work on it after work and doing other things on the weekends. Ive actually done a small amount the last couple of nights. However things seem to be one step forwards and ten steps backwards. So after getting the dual alts installed I made a bracket to hold my regulator, relay and fuse holder the flimsy piece of sheet metal wasn't going to cut it. Got it wired and installed couldn't get regulator to work. Luckily it was an easy fix. Then things went downhill fast I plugged the factory alt plug into the bottom alt for temporary purposes and it started smoking. On top of that after I got it unplugged my Jeep wouldn't start it would crank and crank but not start. Luckily tonight I pulled all the fuses under the hood and found that my injector fuse was blown so the Jeep runs again I got super lucky there. However my bottom alt is now not charging so I have to take it off and send it in to Mechman to have them look at it. Thinking I will send both of them just in case as I don't want to have any more problems. I plan to still work on the Jeep with the alts off but I probably won't be making leaps and bounds, thanks for checking in. Also for the record I don't know if one of the alts was bad when I got them used or if something happened to it while it sat on the shelf but obviously something was wrong with it don't want to blame anyone and don't know so it is what it is, hopefully the repairs are cheap. Stand for stuff. Lot of wire in a small space, basically how everything will look, needs a little tidying up but you get the idea.
  3. I thought it pulled off pretty easily, however I know some little pieces got stuck on I think it depends on how well the foam contours etc. It really shouldn't be bad at all, what did get stuck I removed with a razor blade to peel up a little edge to pull the piece off.
  4. Well here's what we will do this is a link to the build log album on Photobucket http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/nkrell11/library/The Jeep Build*everything done will be uploaded here. I will switch to Flickr for everything from here on out. The dual alt setup is on I haven't wired up the transpo or anything but I did hook up the factory connections to test that everything would spin. All I needed was a slightly smaller idler pulley and a slightly longer belt as I bypassed my AC. I ordered a belt that was too long the first time but the second one I ordered fit like a glove. For anyone wanting to do what I did the parts I purchased were a Continental Elite 4060887 and a Dayco 89175. So if you guys remember correctly I bought a used stock alt bracket and was going to use it to locate an alt where my AC was. Well I scrapped that idea as it was going to be a pita but I did still use the bracket. After some heavy modifications this is what was left of it. For some reason the paint didn't cure well even though it sat for 24 hours at least, but I wasn't going to take it back out to repaint it. Oh also I chose to bypass the AC as it was easier and I don't really need it. Also it made it easier to guess the belt size I'd need.
  5. Well I don't know what to do with all my build logs now. As you can see photobucket has decided to be a bunch of assholes and try and squeeze me for some money. For my pictures to show up they want $400 annually and that's not happening, I don't like just sharing the links because then you have to go back and forth plus it's not like I want to go back and edit every post I've made with pictures in it. So I'm kind of at a loss sad day.
  6. After I had a semi drunken epiphany last night I spent most of my morning trying to figure out how I'm going to run this dual alt setup. What I came up with I think is a really solid concept. I had to order a slightly larger belt (hopefully the right length) and a smaller idler pulley so I'm not going to post any pictures today. The AC compressor will be staying in place but my serpentine belt will bypass it so it won't be functional. I don't need AC it probably doesn't work anyways, plus it would have been a royal pain to remove all of that crap. Stay tuned I think it will be awesome and people will like it.
  7. Alright I got a little more experience with some fiberglass work, these didn't come out perfect but I'll try and highlight why in this portion of the tutorial. I'm still satisfied with the outcome (probably because they're in the very back where I won't have to see them all the time). Anyhow first step was constructing my frames, I had to tilt the circles for the fans to get enough clearance: After wrapping the frames in fabric it's time for some resin. You can use the factory gasket to hold your fabric in place and get it stretched how you want it. I would suggest adding some layers of painters tape to whatever you don't want resin on. I used the US composites resin I bought on these and you can definitely tell the difference it seems to go farther and it doesn't have such a gooey consistency. Ok after your resin cures it's time for the fiberglass mat. Here's where I messed up I didn't put enough resin on to harden my edges enough so when I applied my mat the edges of my passenger side panel kind of warped or sagged. So make sure your edges are thoroughly hardened. Also I did my mat on the back of the panels if you can do this it will save you a large amount of sanding/filler work in the future. Ok once your glass is nice and cured it's time for some filler. Can't really describe exactly how best to do it I just go by feel. Another tip is that if you lay your filler out thin on whatever you mix it on it hardens more slowly than if you just leave it in a big glob. To be honest I probably could have done some more sanding on these but I was pretty sick of it to be honest. Lastly coat it however you want, for me it's more spray on bedliner but to each their own.
  8. Thanks guys got a little more fiberglass practice recently. Well sticking with it, not really getting in a lot of time but it's ok. Got all the subs wired up wasn't too bad wish the DSS had some bigger push terminals though. I also made some fiberglass trim panels for the amp rack that also hold my fans. They aren't perfectly symmetrical as the passenger side one gave me some fits and I had some problems but it will be ok. I think it looks pretty clean but I'm sure it could be more perfect if the time was taken to make it that way. On to the fiberglass stuff. Oh also I bought a pneumatic stapler a couple days ago. I got sick of the handheld one not wanting to drive staples into wood all the way or through factory plastic. It should come in handy when I go to do my doors.
  9. No I didn't have any issues like that but I did sand down some of the plastic where I used filler and glass. Thanks for the compliment I'm currently doing some beauty panels but I will share the doors when I get to them.
  10. Yes sir spray paint/rattle can. I got it at the local hardware I was looking for the rustoleum brand option but they didn't have any so I went with the duplicolor. I may add to this when I do my doors I'm not certain yet.
  11. Well I hope everyone had a great weekend at slamology I was pretty jealous watching some snapchats and Facebook live feeds. Anyhow a few small updates nothing big, I hope to make a show this month. So I got my pillar pods done for starters really happy with how they turned out: Mounted my fuse holders and RCA distribution box: Also mounted my fire extinguisher. Not sure that I'll keep it there or not definitely no room for it in the back: Made a small panel to mount my relays and small wire bus bars on: Lastly got all the subs mounted by myself hopefully I can wire them tomorrow night:
  12. Alright so I've never wrote a tutorial or anything like this before so please bear with me. I'm not a pro by any means this was my first time ever doing anything like this I just wanted to share what I had learned. This post may be a little long winded I apologize in advance. I watched some youtube videos before attempting this but most of them weren't very helpful in my opinion. This is the best one that I watched gave some useful tips especially for mixing resin. There's a 50 minute video but ain't nobody got time for that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMJ0YZmc1Bc I'll start out with a list of supplies that I used not all are mandatory but they are all certainly helpful. I used bondo fiberglass resin and fiberglass mat just because I wanted something small to get my feet wet. If you plan to go large scale I would suggest US composites (I ordered through them to get the stuff for when I do my doors). -Fiberglass Resin -Fiberglass Mat (Seems like 1.5oz mat is popular) -Ponte Fabric -Body Filler (I used Rage Gold but I know there are other options) -2 Inch Chip Paint Brushes -Disposable 9 oz Dixie Paper Cups -Stir Sticks -Disposable Gloves -Router or a Jigsaw would do -Dremel definitely not necessary but really helpful -Sand Paper I used 120,220 and 320 grit -Dowel -Hot Glue -Stapler & Staples -Spray Adhesive -Wood -Whatever you want to cover them with Alright so first step was making my rings to mount the tweets in, I used a plunge router and a small Jasper jig but you could get by with a jigsaw or a hole saw if you didn't happen to have a router. Afterwards it was time to mount the rings to the pillars. I understand that most people use hot glue and dowel to mount them. I just used a couple small wood blocks and a couple wood screws. Make sure you have enough clearance on the back side of the rings to clear your tweeters. Next it's time to wrap your work piece in fabric, I used ponte which you can find at the fabric store it's nice and stretch which helps in avoiding wrinkles. Some people use fleece but it takes a lot of resin and doesn't really add strength so it's not your best choice. I used a combination of staples, spray adhesive and hot glue to attach the fabric. I'll have a note about the spray adhesive later though. Alright next step is application of your resin. I believe each ounce of resin requires 10 drops of hardener. I mixed small batches to avoid waste and not having to worry about working super fast. Ok here's what I didn't know DO NOT APPLY RESIN TO SPRAY ADHESIVE IT CAUSES IT TO DISBOND!!!! You can see where I had to put staples in the top because I did not know this, I also applied it to the back and it cause things to disbond but I got lucky and didn't have any long term problems. Let resin cure according to manufacture specs. Next step apply fiberglass mat. I tore mine into pieces as I didn't have scissors on hand. I painted down a little resin first then set the mat on and then applied resin over top. Try and avoid any air bubbles you can see them underneath usually, they cause weak spots in your project. Afterwards let cure don't worry you can always add more later where you need it. In this picture I had already sanded down some high spots etc. Alright after you get all your mat on and your project feels solid it's time for body filler. Tips for this in my experience are don't lay it on to thick you can always add more but its a pain to sand off too much. Don't apply filler if you don't have time to sand it gets harder the longer you wait. After it dries up sand it down you kind of just have to go by feel. Sadly I don't have any pictures of this step but you'll know when you have it right I guess. Lastly prime and paint or wrap your project. I used duplicolor spray on bedliner. It worked great and was just what I wanted as I didn't want a smooth finish. Here's my finished product. I hope this tutorial has helped anyone that reads it in some way. The biggest key is patience you can't get in a hurry when doing this stuff it will lead to mistakes that are hard to go back and fix.
  13. Alright minor updates I hit a big patch of meh so I don't have a ton to share. First off I got the aluminum threaded rod cut and aluminum nuts installed for box terminals, it's going to be a tight fit with a sub mounting close by. Also notice the reflection in the urethane if you'd like: Alright on to a project that I have no idea what I'm doing some A-Pillars. My girlfriend bought me some McLaren tweeters and a fire extinguisher for our 2 year anniversary so I bought another set for the other side. Anyhow first off I made these rings, took a few failed attempts to succeed: Attached them to the pillars I know it looks like they're aiming down a little but the second piece holding them on wasn't in yet: Another picture just because, I bought some bondo resin just to try out with these. I didn't want to order a bunch of stuff from US composites and waste it so I'm starting small I need to pick up some ponte to stretch over these so I can start on the actual glassing: I also made a couple of trim/beauty panels to cover up the ugly look of stacked 2x4's and foam. They aren't attached and need another coat of urethane but you get the idea. Also on a side not the factory amp that you can see in the second picture was left on the roof in the rain all week (someone forgot it up there) plugged it in and it still works lol: Finished my amp rack or whatever you want to call it, it's just propped in place for this picture as the battery holder has to go in place first and the poly is drying on it as well: Also I let my girlfriend paint the front and all the foam/2x4's I have a surprise for the front but it isn't time to do it yet as I have a ways to go I really don't mind the flat black though:
  14. Thanks some leather would look cool on the front but I have a cooler surprise in store in my opinion. Thanks I used 0000 steel wool between coats, which worked pretty well. I have a long ways to go with everything else, if I get bored in the off season I can always add more coats of gloss. Gracias Idk I was like all into having it done and then I hit a big patch of meh. I'm still enjoying the build I just don't feel like being rushed into it. I could probably have it playing but I want it finished finished. I assuming you're referring to Mr. Staat I saw Corey posted his score, I would like a demo from you however I saw that you're considering parting with some things on Facebook. Well I've had a Jukebox lithium and loved it, just trying something new. Hoping they give some decent bang for the buck.
  15. Well some more updates I'll just keep plugging along, I've started my new job so I'm really going to try and push to make slam. I've also been working on how I'm going to mount my amps, then I'll probably try and run some wire. Deadened the front doors with this damp pro from second skin hoping this stuff lives up to the hype. I hate deadening doors I feel like it takes forever. After I did the drivers side I feel like the passenger side turned out better. The UPS guy must have hated my ass on this one. 120 pounds of 2/0 EB Flex welding cable. 110 feet of red and 110 feet of black. Got my battery terminals back from Dennis after he drilled and tapped all the holes for me. The middle one is aluminum because of when I broke a bit in the piece of copper I just opted for aluminum to replace it. Need to get some shorter M6 bolts the ones I ordered were about a 1/4 inch too long. Well I'm going to stop with the coats of polyurethane I have 4 down now and you really can't tell the difference between coats three and 4 in my opinion. Coat 3: Coat 4: Lastly built a holder for my lithiums, turned out pretty well I think. I let my girlfriend stain it tonight and I'll probably do a couple coats of polyurethane on it eventually.