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Curious what you don't like about the lights. I have a set on my TJ that have to be 12 or 13 years old. Bought them just as Savvy started selling them.

In regards to the leaking seal, you shouldn't have any internal damage from the leaks. It is frustrating though to need them replaced. If the gearing was recently changed, those seals should be new.
 

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Sucks about the pinion leak...

On the savvy lights, I put them on the LJ and think they look decent. I didn't put them in the stock location, I thought, but l looked at the pics and don't remember now, and I have a cleaned up tailgate. So that may make a difference to my eye. They are, IMHO, just a stock replacement LED tail light that they made a great machined aluminum bracket for. Not sure why no one thought about that before, great job improvising on that one.

the think about the ORO lights is if you tighten them to much they crack the board and led's start to go out. they left an air gap so they will flex if to tight. At least that is why I think I had failures and got a free set after years on the original ones I had.

pics of mine for a different view, also first online pics of the LJ in quite some time. I hope to get back to it soon as the new place has taken precedence over the jeeps. Hope to get back to that program soon, or just go the LS route and give it another year...


 

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Curious what you don't like about the lights. I have a set on my TJ that have to be 12 or 13 years old. Bought them just as Savvy started selling them.

In regards to the leaking seal, you shouldn't have any internal damage from the leaks. It is frustrating though to need them replaced. If the gearing was recently changed, those seals should be new.

I like them I think I just like the lite dots better. They seem a bit ‘big’ kinda like seeing someone whose head is too big for their body but other than that the function and design are very nice. I did have to retap the holes to screw down the leds to the base and all did fine except one hole so I will need to figure out a fix for that hole which will likely include replacing the supplied screw with a shorter one.



Sucks about the pinion leak...

On the savvy lights, I put them on the LJ and think they look decent. I didn't put them in the stock location, I thought, but l looked at the pics and don't remember now, and I have a cleaned up tailgate. So that may make a difference to my eye. They are, IMHO, just a stock replacement LED tail light that they made a great machined aluminum bracket for. Not sure why no one thought about that before, great job improvising on that one.

the think about the ORO lights is if you tighten them to much they crack the board and led's start to go out. they left an air gap so they will flex if to tight. At least that is why I think I had failures and got a free set after years on the original ones I had.

pics of mine for a different view, also first online pics of the LJ in quite some time. I hope to get back to it soon as the new place has taken precedence over the jeeps. Hope to get back to that program soon, or just go the LS route and give it another year...


The Jeep looks great man, those Savvy lights look really nice without the tailgate hinges to the side, cleaner and more symmetrical. I do like them just think the Litedots look better. I am aware the Litedots have the issue with the led board so I hope I get lucky with this set.

looking forward to seeing your build progress as you transition back to the shop...
 

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Well in the end the yokes, turned out, were from a 95 Wrangler and have a groove on them that wear into the pinion seal. Seals have been replaced as well as the yokes and the shop cleaned up the mess under there for me. Awesome business and great owner so I am glad I found them in Carson City. I do have some vibes above 45 mph now which I need to figure out so I’m starting with a static tire balance and go from there. Any guesses as to why I have a vibes at highway speeds?


I’m setting a goal for January/February to do the GenRight gas tank and PSC steering at once. If I can make the journey I’ll see if Blaine can fit me in to finish up the steering so the fundamentals are in place for this rig to drive excellent. Hoping after that and the tire carrier install I can put this Jeep back out of priority zone and focus on the next major stage for the other LS TJR rig... paint! Goal is to be able to daily drive this Jeep and keep the miles off my truck. Might as well get miles out of the 4.0 before the Hemi swap.
 

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So I have tracked the vibes to the front and we will see if I can adjust the pinion angle up enough to get rid of them without messing up the caster too bad, don’t want it to steer poorly but there may be a trade off if I want to avoid hubs on the front. New wheels and tires if I go that route... ugh. Jeep drives great with it disconnected.

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I decided to install this gas cap cover on the LJ instead of the TJ. I’ll have it painted when I have the rear corners painted to match the light khaki.


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So here is the $390 solution to making the lights function. I guess they just wrote the job off, of course I didn’t pay anything out of pocket... guess that way they have a write off.

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On one note I’m happy the lights adjust on the other it was pretty painful to go back to get the job done. My son and I waited two hours in the freezing cold while they supposedly made those tabs. It snowed last night and flurries while we waited in bitter winds. Unbelievable. Washoe Metal Fab, should be called Washoe Metal Joke.

This rig is going into the driveline shop Thursday for some adjustments and possibly a new alignment. With any luck I’ll get the front driveline vibe out without having to do a hub conversion.
 

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Good to have the lights in the correct position finally
 

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Good to have the lights in the correct position finally

Indeed. I adjusted them and they turned out nice.. not exactly what I wanted but I’m very happy with how this rig is turning out. I cut the Currie Antirock links today and installed the led flasher relay so it was a productive day for the LJ. Also have decided to install all my Audio Development gear in the LJ. I have a three way set going in and I already put the F12 A/D Vipera subwoofer in today. The Rusty’s rear interior rack is on the way which will mount just above the subwoofer enclosure and I also ordered the MetalCloak tire rack. The tire rack looks awesome so I am really excited to get that installed soon and bring the rear of the Jeep in balance. Trying to get funds together for the 31.5 gallon Safari gas tank but I need to wait and see what’s gonna happen with Currie Enterprises and the repair of my rear end on my D60 for the LS TJR before I go dropping coin like that on a tank. So many projects but things are starting to really come together for both Jeeps.

The rig is driving great even without the PSC steering installed but unfortunately I will not be able to pull the front driveline vibes out so I will need a hub conversion which means I will need new tires and wheels. Insert head smack here. The driveline shop in Reno did a great job, built a different style shaft and yoke to try and while it did work ok it still starts to vibe at 46+ mph and I just can’t have that. I really want to keep the stock wheels. Don’t want to mess with the caster because I’m afraid it will start to become darty... right now it steers pretty good for a Mercedes box. I may mess/play with the caster but what a pita if I do.
 

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Well parts are starting to trickle in and I’m installing the Audio Development speakers and subwoofer. My son helped me put the Rusty’s LJ rack together and actually wrenched with purpose for the first time using the Allen Wrench. He loves tools.


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I’ll try and get it installed tomorrow if I can, it will sit just above the subwoofer enclosure.

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The Metal Cloak rear tire carrier should be here tomorrow however the hardware for the PSC rear corners is missing so that may possibly delay the install.
 

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Installed. Straight forward and sturdy. Also protects occupants from things stored below in an accident.


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Tire carrier came in today so now waiting on the hardware for the Poison Spider corners.
 
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Probably not too many of these out there yet...

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I will be curious to see that tire carrier installed.

Looks beefy.

Me too. The holes I’m going to have to drill will probably require some penetrating oil lubricant given you are drilling through 1/4” steel and then the tub. Idk, Maybe not. MetalCloak’s packaging job was fantastic and everything is very professional with that company right down to the t. Thinking I’ll be happy with this product.
 

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Drilling the holes should not be a big deal. Low speed and cobalt bits if you have them.

your audio obsession is awesome as well. Never worried much about it in the jeep.

Now at home, that is a different story.
 

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Drilling the holes should not be a big deal. Low speed and cobalt bits if you have them.

your audio obsession is awesome as well. Never worried much about it in the jeep.

Now at home, that is a different story.

Appreciate the tip.

And it’s as much about the audio equipment as the sound. Idk.. been into mobile audio since I was 15/16 y/o. Right about the same time I drove my first YJ and knew I had to have a Jeep.
 

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So a couple days ago I found that the np231 t-case has no oil in it so I went to Napa picked up some atf+4 and put some in... big mistake. Now I have transmission fluid all over the rear of the Jeep so looks like a major leak. Kicking myself for selling that 241OR out of my TJ.

I just can’t seem to keep this rig going. Every time it’s something major to repair. fml.

Need a new case but don’t want an Atlas in it, want it stock. The case is getting next to impossible to find so I may have to buy a Rubicon, or a few, to start keeping parts. I’ve been wanting to build a Golden Eagle edition TJ and stretch it but maybe just go with a Rubicon model so I can steal the case from the Jeep. idk, sux.
 
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Found a Jeep in New Hampshire but I have to move fast! I need some resources in that area so I can snag this steal up ASAP. Let me know if anyone in the North East can help... Jeep is located just south of Portsmouth.
 
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