What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by hdcoffeeboy » December 30th, 2014, 2:19 pm

Finally finished a project I've been tinkering with for some time. Lots of guys fit an LED work light to their spare wheel carrier, but that wasn't an option for me, since I don't have one. Also, I'm trying to build the Challenger up without adding too much weight, since it's my daily drive. I'd rather load my car up with things for a trip than carry them with me all the time.

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I designed this bracket in Google SketchUp and printed it on a 3D printer at work. It weighs about 15 grams, so I guess that ticks the "no added weight" box pretty well. The plug is a flip-top Anderson plug from ABR Sidewinder. Overkill for the application, but it's a tidy piece of kit. I've also designed the bracket to take a standard Anderson plug with a rubber cap, for the cheapskates amongst us.

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The 25A cable runs down the inside of the snorkel, into the airbox. It exits the airbox via 2 waterproof cable glands. The negative earths nearby and the positive runs through a split conduit to the other side of the engine bay.

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The light is a standard 18W LED work light. $20 off eBay, or closer to $50 from Supercheap. The pole is a standard 19mm extendable tent pole, normally flat on both ends. I've cut the flat end off the skinnier part, so it fits in the bracket. It's not fully extended in this shot. I made my own curly cord with some figure 8 cable, a fibreglass tent pole (as a mould) and a heat gun. I wouldn't do it again. A straight cable that hangs out the bottom would be fine, and wouldn't jam up when the pole is shortened. Next time.

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Basic switch from Jaycar. I thought it would light up when turned on, but it doesn't. I'm OK with it either way. It's earthed to the mounting bracket of the overhead console, and the switching wire runs down the A pillar on the driver's side. The LPG conversion's cabling uses a hole in the firewall where the clutch would be if I had a manual, so I ran the switching wire through there.

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The relay and 20A fuse are positioned beside the main engine bay fuses.

If anyone wants the 3D print file, let me know.
Tim

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by bug276 » December 30th, 2014, 10:25 pm

It's been a while since I've been on here.
So, I picked up a Genuine Mitsubishi /Milford Cargo barrier off Gumtree a while back, I've tidied it up and resprayed it . Now I'm in the process of trying to mount it , I'll most likely go through the guards like "knoath05"

http://4wdaction.com.au/forum/viewtopic ... 1&start=30

and but I don't have the tools and expertise for the mounting plates on the upper corners, any other suggestions, that don't involve a professional fit out? I can get the roof lining off no problem , but the 22mm hole you described a while back Timmo, will be harder (I don't have a hole saw or that large of drill bit or the metal plates) I spoke to MM and they said the parts fitting kits is not a serviceable item and cant be sold separately.
I'm sure I'll think of something soon enough, then I have to mount up the GME TX3100 I picked up off fleabay, a suitable antenna will also have to be sourced, any body got any input on these :
http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/online ... mendations

Happy New Year all!! :drink:

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by craigus2703 » January 12th, 2015, 1:40 pm

With the truck still overheating even though I've got a bigger radiator and fans etc I decided the only reason for the temp problems had to be a lack of airflow and probably due to bash plates as others have reported.

I wasn't keen to cut up the bash plates so instead I put 2 holes in the bonnet and the are now well under control. It's not pretty and looks a little 'ricey' but so be it.

I'll also be getting a steel snorkel and air box fabbed up as I'm sick of trying to modify other snorkels to fit.
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hdcoffeeboy
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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by hdcoffeeboy » January 14th, 2015, 9:49 pm

Completed part 2 of installing my Christmas present.

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Fitted the bracket to the door jamb with rivnuts. The elevated feed means that even the tiny "around town" antenna clears the roof. I've also got a 4.5dB fibreglass whip for when I need it.

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This shot puts the whole setup in better perspective.
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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by craigus2703 » January 15th, 2015, 5:53 am

Very nicely done. Did you run cable through roof lining or under floor carpet?

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by hdcoffeeboy » January 15th, 2015, 6:08 am

Thanks. It runs through the driver's side tail light grommet, and under the floor carpet, following the wiring loom. The main unit will end up on the firewall, above the steering column.
Tim

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by hdcoffeeboy » January 15th, 2015, 9:52 pm

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Tonight I got the main unit of the UHF radio installed. It's mounted above the accelerator cable.

My project instalments all seem to take either the same time as my two year old's afternoon nap, or the time between her bedtime and when it's too dark to see.

Oh well... it's all progress.
Tim

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by Timmo » February 14th, 2015, 2:26 pm

Today I did boring stuff on my Challenger.

Replaced a broken rear wheel stud, fitted new handbrake shoes and greased the front end. All jobs that I have been putting off cause I just really couldn't be bothered. Now I have a handbrake that works, a front end that no longer creaks and groans and a left rear wheel with 6 studs as opposed to the 5 that have been there for the last 12 months (stud snapped due to tyre fitter cross threading and doing up with a rattle gun-snapping it was the only way I could get my wheel off). Also did a tyre rotation at the same time.

Next on the list, trans service.
Cheers,

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by Sam Pato » February 21st, 2015, 12:05 am

Not what I did - what I'm going to do.

I've got my gen-u-wyne MM rocket cover gaskets and O rings and its pissing down so tomorrow there's no excuses.

Wish me luck.................

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by Tommo98765 » March 10th, 2015, 12:38 pm

This wasn't today but I was busy earlier in the year when I got a radio for a chrissy present and had to install a external trans cooler as the radiator was leaking...

Stealth Radio install:

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I used only holes already in the radio bracket and just inverted the bracket that came with the UHF to hold it in place.
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I love this bit, its like it was designed for it. Rather than installing clip, just slip the hand held on the edge of the curved sunnies holder.
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Trans cooler: V8 model from supercheap $150 (painted black), $30 fan from ebay, made the brackets, foam between radiator and cooler so the engine fan will always be drawing some air. Fan is turned on while of road. Still to set up temp gauge.
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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by died rich » March 10th, 2015, 4:37 pm

Traced my entire dual battry setup to find the fault (my second batterytin the boot was not charging) , turned outto be a dodgy earth on the relay so easy fix.

As it turned out by having the battery earth disconnected I have accidently fixed the gearbox problem. I had my car at a gearbox specialist last month to look at it, paid $300 to take the pan off, have a look, new filter, gasket and oil. I was then told it would need a rebuild.

Glad I disconnected the battery otherwise that could have been a 3k waste of money.

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by Timmo » March 29th, 2015, 4:56 pm

Replaced my rear brake pads and removed my rear shocks.

For this reason;
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I'm the 3rd Challenger owner I'm aware of that has had the same failure of the same OME NitroCharger Sport shocks breaking the lower eye on the rear.
Replacing them with a set of Tough Dog Foam Cells this week when they show up.
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Cheers,

Nathan

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by craigus2703 » March 30th, 2015, 10:13 am

Regarding the Tough Dog shocks, I never broke one but the upper bushes kept collapsing/disintegrating after 3 or 4 off road weekends so keep an eye on them. I run Ultima shocks now because the eye of the shock is curved so the shock can pivot a bit more and places a lot less stress on everything.
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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by Timmo » March 30th, 2015, 6:18 pm

Craig, the Old Man Emu shocks I was running had a similar shaped eye at the top as the Ultima's you posted. The lower eye was just a normal setup though. Still managed to bust it.
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Tough Dog rears are now in. Interesting to note the body of the shock seems to be a bit bulkier and the welds on the eyes seem a bit better quality. Only time will tell. The Tough Dog's are about 25mm longer when open, closed is same-same.
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Cheers,

Nathan

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Re: What did YOU do to your Challenger today?

Unread post by Ron04 » April 2nd, 2015, 8:32 am

Nath

How you finding the ride with the tough dogs?

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