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Speartip

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What do you mean a steel rear? You've been doing the "Buns of Steel" workout? Or you've got something other than normal Jeep fiberglass hard top?
Mounting her lights was just a matter of loosening the bolt on the liftgate hinge, slipping the bracket in behind it, and retightening it. You do need to get the wires inside somehow. My choice was drill a hole and put a grommet in it.
Sorry Typo.
Rear Steel Bumper
 

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Sorry Typo.
Rear Steel Bumper
Gotcha. That can certainly make flush mounting lights more difficult. The liftgate lights would certainly be a viable option, but if you wire them to your backup lights, you're going to make people road rage in the parking lot. :ROFLMAO:
Got a buddy with a plasma cutter? Or a local shop with one that would make the cuts without charging you a couple body parts?
 

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@Speartip, what about a round light? Metal cutting hole saws are not expensive.
Alternatively, you could make the cuts with a die grinder or angle grinder. They wouldn't be the neatest cuts ever made, but if you're careful, the flange on the light will cover the overlap.

Yeah was kinda thinking round flush mount . Going to have to crawl
underneath and have a look where frame rails meet at the bumper .
Can't recall exactly . There is not a ton of real estate for lights on bumper .
Plasma cutter, def good idea. The "point source" of heat shouldn't mess
Up the paint around the cut .
Think would run them off of switch pod. Wouldn't really need much in the
City . I was thinking Off Road backing when dark or for around camp
This is a little out of box thinking . Possibly mount on the inside .
Did a quick check with flashlight shining threw rear window . Even though
tinted I would guess 90 percent of light shone through .
Will do some more testing this weekend . I'm thinking halfway up the window ,
mounted to rear of the canopy/top . The light would be about an inch from the
closed rear glass.
Unmarked cruisers have spots mounted in the interior so should work.
As for backing up or camp don't need 100 yard beam pattern .
Will do a test and report back.
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Installed a backup camera. Install is very easy and staright forward, couldn't beat the price of the camera.

Roadpower Car Backup Camera Rear View Camera Reverse Camera for Jeep Wrangler Spare Tire Mount 2007-2018 Waterproof Wide Angle Aftermarket Camera Removable Guidelines with OEM Monitor Adapter. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0882S8L3L/?tag=jkforum-20

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Yeah was kinda thinking round flush mount . Going to have to crawl
underneath and have a look where frame rails meet at the bumper .
Can't recall exactly . There is not a ton of real estate for lights on bumper .
Plasma cutter, def good idea. The "point source" of heat shouldn't mess
Up the paint around the cut .
Think would run them off of switch pod. Wouldn't really need much in the
City . I was thinking Off Road backing when dark or for around camp
This is a little out of box thinking . Possibly mount on the inside .
Did a quick check with flashlight shining threw rear window . Even though
tinted I would guess 90 percent of light shone through .
Will do some more testing this weekend . I'm thinking halfway up the window ,
mounted to rear of the canopy/top . The light would be about an inch from the
closed rear glass.
Unmarked cruisers have spots mounted in the interior so should work.
As for backing up or camp don't need 100 yard beam pattern .
Will do a test and report back. View attachment 123140
I have seen a lot of spare tire deletes, nobody worries about be in the thick of it with no spare? I like my spare on the back cause it gives me more traction in the snow. My Jk is my first 4x4 (really only 4X3). Back in the day we always had bags of sand in the back of our pickups and RWD cars for the winter here.
 

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Is there any value to the factory navigation unit?
I'm giving some serious thought to the Android radio swap, and don't want this unit sitting on a shelf in my garage for 20 years.
Knowing that someone might find value in it might inspire me to make the swap a bit sooner.
Does it need anything other than the radio and code to put it in a 2013 without navigation?. Wifes radio died. So thinking about one
 

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Speartip

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I have seen a lot of spare tire deletes, nobody worries about be in the thick of it with no spare? I like my spare on the back cause it gives me more traction in the snow. My Jk is my first 4x4 (really only 4X3). Back in the day we always had bags of sand in the back of our pickups and RWD cars for the winter here.
Have a patch repair kit in case. The K02 are 6 ply so pretty tough.
Not to say it can't happen . Been thinking of alternatives lately as eventually my luck will run out.
When building many of the FSR and logging roads the crews had to do a lot of blasting .
The rubble left behind was used for gravel so many a sharp rock on the trails depending
where you are . I've seen 4 tire blow outs this past year on the trails . It's from the rocks .
Three of those were on questionable tires.
Jeep Purists don't read any further . Lol
Never really liked the looks of a big ass tire hanging off the back .

When I lived in Edmonton had a F150. Winter driving had 2 24"x24" x2" concrete patio
slabs/blocks secure in the back of the box. The extra weight worked like a charm, .
Traction never an issue in the Jeep .
 

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@Speartip, what about a round light? Metal cutting hole saws are not expensive.
Alternatively, you could make the cuts with a die grinder or angle grinder. They wouldn't be the neatest cuts ever made, but if you're careful, the flange on the light will cover the overlap.

Found a solution . KC Cyclone V2. Used primarily as rock lights .
600 lumens each . Thin. 2" diameter . Can mount 2 on rear bumper
facing straight back, 2 on the side of bumper facing the ditches.
Will give plenty of dispersed light in the back.
Planning on a couple up the sides, side of front bumper facing ditch.
Maybe a couple along the biottom to really light things up at night.
Attaches with a single bolt in the middle . The wires don't have to exit
sides like pic illustrates. They are designed to also exit out the back side.
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Does it need anything other than the radio and code to put it in a 2013 without navigation?. Wifes radio died. So thinking about one
Uncertain.
I was able to get the code for our old at unit from my dealer using the serial # on the radio and the VIN.
My cousin hasn’t installed it yet as far as I know
 
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Dirty Dog

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Personally, I wouldn't bother with an OEM replacement. An aftermarket unit will give you Apple Carplay/Android Auto capability, which means free navigation that is always up to date. Plus streaming music. Plus Sirus. Plus voice control. Plus Siri/Alexa to control your house remotely. Plus (if you leave a dongle plugged in all the time) JScan on a big screen.

But hey, you do you. :)
 

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Bought the wife some BFG 33” KM3 and wheels today for her Sahara. All should be here Monday, so hopefully installed by net weekend. Here is a pic of the wheels.

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Merry Christmas Mrs Danarch
Nice combo . I looked at KM3 and struggled for awhile K02 or the KM3. Can’t go wrong with either . K02 suited my situation so that’s what I went with . C rated . Hope you went with C rated as well .
The E was on Jeep when I purchased . Terribly rough on gravel roads .
 

Speartip

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Personally, I wouldn't bother with an OEM replacement. An aftermarket unit will give you Apple Carplay/Android Auto capability, which means free navigation that is always up to date. Plus streaming music. Plus Sirus. Plus voice control. Plus Siri/Alexa to control your house remotely. Plus (if you leave a dongle plugged in all the time) JScan on a big screen.

But hey, you do you. :)
@Dirtydog nailed it
Go after market