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Here is a list of projects I have done with/for my rig.

U-Connect

Door Hangers

GPS Mount

DIY U-Connect


Add Bluetooth to an Jeep

DIY U-Connect


Add Bluetooth to an Jeep

Use the instructions here to install the UConnect module.

(These instructions were created by RichC on jeepforum.com)

 

It has to be activated by the dealer. I found it helpful to bring these instructions.

DIY Door Hanger


I need a place to put my doors when they are off the rig. So I built a door hanger in my garage. After I was done I took some pics and wrote up what I had done. I hope it could be helpful.

DIY Door Hanger


I need a place to put my doors when they are off the rig. So I built a door hanger in my garage. After I was done I took some pics and wrote up what I had done. I hope it could be helpful.

I used 4 heavy duty padded hooks from Home Depot. They are called "Heavy Duty Arm Hangers". In my Home Depot they were near the tool boxes and shop vacs.

I did not use the hardware that came with the hooks, instead I used some 1/4 x 2" Lag bolts. I bolted the 2x12 to the studs (in three places) with 3/8 x 3" Lag bolts with fender washers

(Note: Since I installed the hanger isuadam on jk-forum suggested a third hanger for the heaver front doors. I have since taken his advice and added a hanger between the two on the right.)

Install Notes:

Finished:

With The Doors:

Close up:

Side View

DIY GPS Mount


I wanted to use the upper dash panel to hold my GPS... This is what I came up with

DIY GPS Mount


I wanted to use the upper dash panel to hold my GPS... This is what I came up with

Let me start out by saying. I wish I had taken photos along the way and kept track of the measurements becuase after I was done I knew that this would have been helpful to others. I will try to remember next time...

I started out with a Daystar Upper Dash Panel.

Making the Hole:
I used my Dremmel tool to make a hole in the Daystar panel for my GPS charger. (I have a Garmin 265WT.) Finding the exact location was a challenge. I placed the GPS where I wanted and used a ruler to find the locaion of the power. I cut the hole a little at a time checking all the time. I suggest you use masking tape to mask where you want the hole. I did mess up once and had to get a second Daystar panel. Remember this is a one-way trip so be careful.

The cable with the Garmin has a right-angle connector. It just fit in the Daystar panel (it was a tight fit and it took a bit of working to get in to poke through the hole.) Once it was through, it was very secure so I did not need to do anything to keep it in place.

 

Keep the GPS unit from moving:

I used the HandStands sticky pad to keep it from moving around while driving. I found the pads at the checkout line at my Ace Hareware.

I had to cut the pad to fit and use double-sided tape to keep it down (it would curl up at the ends). I used 3M mounting tape.

For Power:
I used the charger that came with the GPS unit. I did not modify it in any way. I took off the center consol (see the U-Connect instruction pages 6-9 for instruction on removing the panel - You also may need to remove the two screwes that are behinf the lower panel. To remove the lower panel pry it off like you did the top) I used a 12V power outlet that I got at Ace Hardware. I cut the end off and spliced into the power outlet wire inside the dash (the one on the left that is switched with the key). I used quick splice connectors from AutoZone (make sure you get the positive and negative wires correct). I was able to then plug the charger into the outlet and cram it into a space in the center consol. I routed the cable up to the top by removing the radio and routing the cable on the right side.

It works great

Here is a pic. (it's a bit dusty - we had been out all weekend with the top down and doors off)

With the GPS: