Jims Rad Jeep - 06 Renegade

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    G'day everyone.
    As I said in my intro post I'm from Darwin Australia and I'm now onto my 2nd Jeep.
    My first was a tidy XJ which started completely stock and now has an alloy front bar, 22" lightbar, rear tyre carrier/tow bar, tinted windows, roof basket, aftermarket stereo and subwoofer and general tidy up.
    I've sold it to my friend who has been having a ball upgrading it and preparing it for touring. I'll update this post with a current pic in the next day or so.

    I wasn't Jeepless for long and am now the proud owner of a 2006 Cherokee (Liberty) Renegade.
    It's in beautiful condition with 117000kms on the clock, a decent UHF radio, nudge bar, tow bar and lockable roof bars.
    Days after buying it I've put some 245/70/16 Bridgestone Dueler MT's on it which I think make the car look tough as nails! :)

    Future plans include a decent roof rack, LED lightbar, side awning, 2" lift and generally just anything else needed to make it a capable camping and touring vehicle that can take me to the more remote and beautiful places of Australia.

    I have just made an order for some bits and pieces online and they will hopefully be here next week.

    My girlfriend and I took the car out to Wangi Falls in the Litchfield National Park for an overnight stay Monday and Tuesday. Happy to say the Jeep performed faultlessly while we explored some of the 4WD only tracks in the area.
    Can't say the same for the old tent and esky. On the afternoon we got home we went straight to the camping shop to buy a quality cooler and a nice big tent. Ready for our next trip hopefully this coming weekend. :)

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    That has been my goal as well. The Liberty (Cherokee) is a great base to build it out from. :waytogo:
     
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    Well you're car looks great and I'm sure it is capable of taking you just about anywhere you want to go.
    I've had a good look at your suspension upgrades. ;)
     
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    Thanks! :)

    Let me guess. You joined the forum six months ago, started reading that thread, then just finished yesterday. :happy175:
     
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    Haha... it's an epic thread

    I have a question... I really like the moulded spotlight bar above the windscreen on some of the Cherokee's... I've seen them here in Australia with 2 spotlights but pics of Jeeps in the USA have 4 lights. Where can i get them from? Any aftermarket suppliers or are they genuine only and rare as hen's teeth??
     
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    Glad you are enjoying your Jeep Jim. Looks like fun.


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    This! I want one!

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    Can't order new ones anymore. :(

    People here generally look for them in junkyards, but from what I understand even that is difficult.
     
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    I was afraid of that... Thanks for the reply.

    So I'm patiently (not really) waiting for a package of goodies for my Jeep to arrive soon.
    I've ordered a 22" lightbar, LED camping strip light, rear window struts, 'Renegade' decals for the bonnet, a side awning, air compressor and recovery kit.
    I'll be busy for a few hours when it all arrives. :)
     
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    What side awning did you order? I've been considering one of those for a long time. I also saw some plans to make one using an off-the-shelf tarp and a big PVC tube.
     
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    I ordered the Kings 2m x 2.5m awning from an online shop. Every bit as good as what you'll buy in the local shops I reckon but a lot cheaper.
     
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    That looks great, and can't beat the price. I'm going to look around for a US equivalent.
     
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    So still waiting for some accessories to arrive... That's not stopping me getting out with my new toy.

    Headed out for some beach driving at a local place called Gunn Point. :)
    It was my first time 4WDing on sand and I had a blast.
    Damn hot day but was perfect parked under a tree with a couple of steaks cooking on the frypan.

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    This finally arrived yesterday :)

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    Stuck on the Renegade decals and fitted some new gas struts for the rear window so it lifts on it's own now. Classy
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    I've just finished fitting my old cheapo roof basket so I had something to mount my awning on.
    The plan is to replace the basket with a Rhino Xtray rack in the next few months.
    Still I'm happy with this set up now. I'll add some pics tomorrow when we head back out to Gunn Point for a picnic.
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    Great! Thanks for the link. Really hope I can get this in the near future.
     
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    On the beach with the new awning. Lazy afternoon enjoying bbq chicken wings and an entire beach to ourselves.
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    That looks great! Those of us heading into winter right now are jealous.
     
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    Haha winter here is 30+ degree Celsius and clear skies. Summer is 30+ with storms. Very predictable weather here.