This past weekend found a bunch of house keeping tasks that needed to be attended to. Nothing extremely exciting or glamorous, but things that needed tending too. First things first, I pulled each and every wheel off of the Jeep to change out the lugs and torque them properly. While I had the wheels off, I finally washed all the mud off the inside. I think they look much, much better with out those damn rusty wheel locks!
The next plan of attack was to finish off my back up camera install. When the dealership recently swapped out the head unit, I had them drop the connection wires and flash the CPU for a MOPAR camera kit. However, when I plugged the kit up for testing, nothing worked. The head unit was looking for a video feed, but the camera just wasn’t kicking on. Damn! Well, on the plus side I learned how to take my dash off. Surprisingly, not that bad.
Another big housekeeping chore that needed to be done was a tire carrier adjustment. The ARB Carriers are adjustable to fit wheels of different back spacing and tires of different sizes. Over the winter, I still had my carrier set up for my stock tires and it was time to change that. I popped out the 4 bolts that held the carrier plate on, ground off any rust, hit it with a little semigloss, replaced all the bolts, drilled a fresh alignment hole, applied a little blue Loctite, and presto! Ok, it was actually a pain sizing it out to get it to sit juuuust perfectly, but I like to remember it as just that easy! The 35×12.50 used to sit at a fairly steep angle, but now the tire is almost perfectly perpendicular to the ground as it should be. It’s still pushing on the tire carrier per ARB’s recommendation to help the swing arm support/balance the weight.
All that’s left, a good well deserved deep clean. I used Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash and Wax to get all the road grime off and bring the luster back. For the tires, I tried using Black Magic Tire Wax (Excellent product by the way) but the sidewall tread destroyed the applicator pad after about 30 seconds. I had to fall back to a can of No Touch Seriously Wet, but I think it did the trick. If you have the time, let the Seriously Wet soak in to your tires for 2+ hours (they claim only 20 mins, buuut I like to really let it get in there). Don’t have 2+ hours? Sure you do. Before you call it a night, apply No Touch, pull the jeep forward about a half a turn of the wheels to touch up the parts you missed and call it a night. That time helps it bond with the rubber, prevents spinning off and keeps your tires shiny longer. The fenders and black plastic trim are done with ArmorAll Outlast. A new(ish) product from ArmorAll that I’ve been meaning to try. Hell, it’s got a picture of a JK on the cover, I think that targeted market really got me! It’s only been a few days, but so far so good. Will it live up to its claim of 100 washes? We’ll see.