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    About 400 highway KM so far and everything is staying put. Still need to clean things up a little. Looking at some RAM mounts to stiffen things up. I have a feeling it's going to stay this way until I upgrade my radio. At that point I'll likely do away with the garage sale CB too.

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    Careful with the transmission cooler in the winter,
    You may run the risk of gelling the oil in the cooler on very cold weather.
    My Dodge normally runs about 56 C.
    Without the winter front, I have seen temps above 90 C due to restricted oil flow.

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    The CB and Ham radio mounting bracket is a nice solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay K View Post
    Careful with the transmission cooler in the winter,
    You may run the risk of gelling the oil in the cooler on very cold weather.
    My Dodge normally runs about 56 C.
    Without the winter front, I have seen temps above 90 C due to restricted oil flow.
    I've been told this by others and I'm going to have to watch things. The tablet in the above picture runs an app that reads from an ODBII under the dash via bluetooth. Lets me watch oil, coolant, and tranny temps complete with custom low and high level alarms. I'm going to keep an eye on what's normal. The internet can't come to a conclusion about if a modern CVT should be on the hot side or cool side. Seems to vary by make. The cooler I've selected is the 'recommended' part for this engine from the manufacturer so it shouldn't be too big but if it is, I'll just have to put a cover over it in the winter. The car might even self regulate. The lower grill has power louvres which open and close automatically to adjust the amount of airflow through the rad.
    2018 Subaru Outback
    2007 Jeep Compass
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    I was having an issue with the tablet mount in the above picture. On bigger bumps it would slip and tilt downwards. The ball which holds the two halves together is tiny and not big enough for the job. I looked into modifying the mount using RAM balls but there just wasn't enough material there.

    Instead I went back to magnets. I've always had good luck with these and found something on sale at London Drugs which looked like it would fit the bill. This one is a Scosche MagicMount XL Moving things to the top of the dash also solves a minor issue of the tablet blocking the built in touch screen a little.

    I didn't think this sort of mount would work that well but in this case they've combined the super sticky silicone material and a suction cup. The result is a powerful suction cup which will stick to irregular surfaces, and sticks very well even before the lever is pulled to tighten the cup. Again, it's plastic and a little wobbly, but as long as the bottom of the tablet is braced against the dash, it's quite solid.



    At first I thought it was a bit too much compared to the previous mount. Then I drove past a new Mercedes...



    ...not so different...
    2018 Subaru Outback
    2007 Jeep Compass
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    Since I haven't been able to get any garage time lately, and my Lightforce lights are still mocked up in the basement, I decided to gamble and experiment a bit by buying some 9005 LED headlight bulbs from Aliexpress to try in the Lightforce lights. They cost about $16 shipped a set. Good reviews and an advertised 4000 lumens per bulb. I bought two sets and they came today...about 11 days. Not bad for a trip from China.

    The bulbs are a direct swap except the cooling fan makes them too deep and they wouldn't clear the back shell of the light housing. A few taps with a drift punch later and the fans were in the bin...and the bulbs were mounted about 15 minutes after that. I figure if the housings can handle heat from 100 Watt Xenophot bulbs, they can handle 40ish Watts of LED heat. The housings have a lot of space inside so the bare heatsinks should get the job done without a fan...and if not I'm only out a few bucks.

    They definitely aren't 4000 Lumens per bulb but are still bright. The colour is very clean, very white, and the beam pattern has no dead spots. I'm not going to lie, the build quality isn't anything to write home about. The lights all worked, all lit when powered, and all lit up consistently in brightness and colour...what more do you need?




    Overall I like the results. If these fall apart or fail in any way, I'll invest in some higher quality LED bulbs to replace them. I also picked up a set to do my fog lights. I'm really curious to see how that works out. I should have those swapped in soon.
    Last edited by DaveT; 04-14-2018 at 11:30 PM.
    2018 Subaru Outback
    2007 Jeep Compass
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