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Hal in the Weeds

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     I made this page to show what I have done to my 2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, named “Hal 2009″. I gave it this name because when I first got this Jeep it was very computerized compared to an old CJ-7 I had in the 80’s. However its computer is still very outdated compared to some vehicles. For some reason this reminded me of the shipโ€™s on-board computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey named HAL 9000. Thus I named it Hal 2009

     I first got this wonderful Jeep in August 2009. Well the Sahara was quite an improvement in features and comfort and yet still an excellent off road vechicle that has 1000’s upon 1000’s of custom upgrades available. So I decided to try to keep track with some photos of the upgrades I have done to my Jeep. The next three photos show the original gotten from the dealer.
 

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     The first upgrade I did was cover the spare tire with a Bestop Spare Tire Cover, a more stealth look of black seemed to match better to my eyes. Which can be seen in the photo below, although the subject is a bit dirty.
 

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     I then after having a zillion bugs crash into my windshield and getting my seat wet when I open the windows, I had to update. So I got the AVS bug deflector mounted on the hood. Honestly it did make a small difference, about 50%-60% less bugs crashing into my winshield but I love the way it looks. I then also got the Weathertech wind deflectors I bought these particular ones for a number of reasons: first it fits into window channel not by tape. Second it keeps rain out when window is open. Third it creats less wind on the driver and passenger. The photo below shows both add ons installed.
 

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     With winter comming close I decided the carpet floor liners suck for a wet/icy/muddy enviorment. So I got a set of Quadratecยฎ Ultimate All Weather Front Floor Liners and good thing too as you can see with the photo below.
 

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     The next thing I upgraded was both the headlights and fog lights, the ones that came with the Jeep just had too much of a yellow color to them. I had heard about the Sylvania SilverStar Halogen Headlamp on the great JK-Forum. They gave me a brighter whiter light which I liked.
 

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     The next thing I did was remove the silver accents on the bumpers. I never really liked it and it was just a piece of silver colored plastic screwed onto the bumpers. Well I really think the black only bumper goes better with Hal. In the photo below it shows the front bumper with the silver plastic.
 

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     And by just removing some screws and taking off a 1lb piece of plastic, I was able to get the bumper to look like this.
 

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     Well with spring finally here, I figured its the perfect time to pull the hard top off and go naked for a drive (I mean the jeep topless of course). I didn’t try it last year because it was to difficult to get the hard top off and on, until I hooked up a pulley and some rope to lift it off and back on. So I took it for a ride topless and nothing beats it.
 

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     Well after getting a good sunburn with all the topless driving I had to do something. So I got a Spiderweb sun shade, this lets light and air in but blocks the type of light that causes sunburn. My body thanks me every time I used it ๐Ÿ™‚
 

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     Well of course the cooler weather came back but luckily I got my jeep with a soft top also. So I installed the soft top and took Hal for a ride to the park.
 

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     Well I finally got the missing part from my order and decided to install the Rough Country winch support plate and the SUPERWINCH EPI 9.0S winch. The photo below shows all the parts that I had to take off to mount the new items.
 

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      After two hours of bolts and screws I got it all hooked up and working. The only thing missing is the bolts for the fairlead, the winch came with two but they didn’t fit in the winch plate. This will have to be a home depot fix up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Below are photos of the finished project, its times like this I am reminded on how customizable the Jeep Wrangler is ๐Ÿ™‚
 

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      The next modification I did was take the standard silver wheels that came with the Jeep and sanded them with 320 grit (and a wire brush) and then sprayed water to remove the grit. When the wheels were dry I taped the tires and then painted the 5 wheels with Rustoleum Metalic Black. To my eyes the results look excellent.
 

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      The next modification I did was to protect the oil pan on the engine. With all the offroading done with Hal I was always paranoid as what if a rock hit/damaged the oil pan? So I cleaned it and attached the RANCHO OIL PAN COVER to give it that little bit more protections. When I cleaned it to attach I did notice a few scratches, good thing I did it when I did ๐Ÿ™‚
 
Below you can see the uncleaned oil pan which was then cleaned for the application.

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      I then show the before and after for the applied glue that came with the oil pan protector

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      Now after cleaning and applying the glue, I then put the protector on and used a jack with a 4×4 to keep it firm to the oil pan until the glue cures (as per directions).

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      Well I decided to get some better for snow/mud terrain tires to upgrade Hal. So I chose the Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs 275/65R18 tires ๐Ÿ™‚ Below on the first photo I show the Bridgestone Dueler a/t tire p255/70 R18 on the left and the Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs 275/65R18 on the right. The second photo is how they look when I have fun in some muddy terrain with Hal.
So far a nice upgrade ๐Ÿ˜‰
 

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  1. John Johnson says:

    Did the Duratracs rub at all? Looks like you have stock Sahara with no lift.

    • JohnB says:

      Yes they rubbed just a bit only when you turn the wheel all the way. And yes your right no lift and no problems with off-roading, and I have used them from snow, mud and lava fields. ๐Ÿ™‚

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