Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Painting Diff Covers

Step By Step Guide

Unpainted Diff Covers

Once I realized my factory differential covers where not going to hold up to the riggers of off-roading I decided to upgrade. I purchased the Riddle Manufacturing diff covers. 

They are known to be one of the strongest diff covers around fabricated from high grade iron. Plus, they are designed to have a lip free smooth transition. Which is beneficial when rock crawling. The covers came with a bare finish that allows me to grind, prime, and paint. 

Step By Step Diff Cover Swap 👉 Read More


Grind the surface smooth. I work in a fabrication shop so there are plenty of tools and experience to help me with my Jeep needs. We work with steel, aluminum and bronze all the time so the guys helped me get started and gave me some really good tips for grinding. 

Jeep Momma Sanding diff covers. 

Jeep Momma Sanding Diff Cover 👉Watch Here


Clean the surface. I used Acetone which you can get at your local hardware store. 

cleaning of sanded diff cover


Prime the covers. The best primer for the bare finish on the steel is an automotive self etching primer. I read, once the primer is sprayed on, a tack cloth should be used. I was a little hesitant doing this, but it worked awesome. 

Self-etching primer 
primed diff covers 


Spray on the final color at least two to three coats. Mine happens to be Sumptuous Purple.

purple painted diff covers 

Step 5

Paint the accents with black model paint. Then 3 to 4 coats of clear coat. 

Close up of purple painted diff cover

Some folks suggested I powder coat my diff covers. I decided for the regular old rattle can. This will make repairing the scratches and dings much easier. There could be several of these repairs since I like to crawl on rocks.

Disclaimer: Any advise and information provided on this blog should be verified by professional sources prior to making any changes or modifications to your vehicle. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jeep Wrangler Grille Removal

Simple & Easy Steps

Front of Jeep

How To Remove Your Grille 👉 Watch Here


Remove the six plastic fasteners & inserts at the top of the grille under the hood with a flat head screwdriver. They both can be removed. 

Jeep grille plastic fastener

Jeep Momma Tips 

A good idea is to put your hand over the insert when popping it off with the flat head screwdriver. I didn't do this on one, and it went flying into the engine. Luckily for me, it fell thru all the way to the ground. 

If you haven't removed your grille in many years be careful. Those plastic clips can become very brittle and break. 


Once the plastic fasteners are removed it's time to pull back on the grille. At the bottom of the grill are inserts that you can pop out of their slots by pulling on the grille. 

Metal slot tab 

Jeep grille pulled back 


Unplug the turn signal lights. 

Light harness in grille

Disclaimer: Any advise and information provided on this blog should be verified by professional sources prior to making any changes or modifications to your vehicle. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How To Adjust Your Jeeps Headlights

Steps to Adjust Your Jeep's Headlights

My new Auxbeam headlights at night

Now that my new LED headlights are installed, it is time to make sure they are aligned and aimed properly. A lot of folks say it's best to go to a professional to do this. But I wanted to try it myself because it does not seem that hard. So here is what I did.


Find a flat location, at least 35 feet. I had to use the inside garage wall since my driveway is not flat and skews the test. 

Aiming headlights at garage door


Pull Jeep as close to the wall as possible. I decided to use my green screen in the garage

Aiming headlights at green screen curtian


With tape, put two crosses on the wall that correspond with the vertical and horizontal center lines of both headlights. Mine measured 42 inches tall. 

Marking for headlight adjustment


Move the Jeep back 25 feet from the wall, keeping the Jeep straight with the crosses on the wall.


Examine the pattern. The concentrated light beam should be in the lower right section of the crosses.

markings for headlight adjustment


Using the torx 15 screw adjust the vertical screw. I made several turns on mine before the lights moved to the correct spot. 

Adjusting Auxbeam headlight

The last step will be to hit the road in the neighborhood to test out to make sure I won't be blinding anyone. 

Before & After adjustment on green screen
Before and after headlight adjustment

Adjusting Screw Location

Headlight housing

There is a torx screw in the plastic headlight housing unit that you turn for vertical adjustment. 

Headlight adjusting bolt

Also in this housing unit in the inner ring is a hex bolt that you turn for horizontal adjustment. 

Headlight adjusting screw locations

The hex bolt is on the side of the housing unit closest to the Wrangler's grille. The torx screw on the opposite side. 

Disclaimer: Any advise and information provided on this blog should be verified by professional sources prior to making any changes or modifications to your vehicle. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Auxbeam LED Headlight Review

Upgrading My Jeep's Headlights

Auxbeam Headlights

Auxbeam sent me a set of Jeep LED headlights to review. The install was quick and easy. 

Auxbeam 7" 60W Round Hi-Lo Beam Headlights w/Atmosphere Function (sadly they don't make these anymore)

Jeep Momma Auxbeam Headlight Install 👉 Watch Here

Auxbeam Headlights

Headlight comparison

I can now see at night.

After four months of driving with the new headlights at night. I must say the difference has been nothing but amazing. I can see the road so much better with these new lights. It has made a huge difference in my night time driving experience. I am not squinting to see the road in front of me anymore. 

Auxbeam Headlight Installed

Not once during this time have I had an oncoming driver flash their lights at me, which tells me they are not as blinding as everyone makes them out to be. I believe making the adjustment in the vertical positioning of the headlight has help with that issue. 

UPDATE: I started having flicker issues with the headlights. After a lot of trial and error from getting an anti-flicker device to switching the headlights around to replacing them. I hard wired my headlights to the Jeep. The Auxbeam headlights were definitely a lot better than the headlights I have now.  

How to Align Your Headlights 👉 Read More 

Disclaimer: Any advise and information provided on this blog should be verified by professional sources prior to making any changes or modifications to your vehicle. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Auxbeam LED Headlight Install

A common Jeep Wrangler complaint are the lackluster headlights. The OEM headlights are not that bright and driving at night can be difficult. 

Auxbeam LED Headlights

Auxbeam sent me a set of LED headlights to test out. Auxbeam LED headlights 7" 60 Watt Round Hi-Lo Beam LED Headlights with Atmosphere Function for the Jeep Wrangler. 

Update 2024: Unfortunately, these headlights are no longer available. Over the years I began to have issues with headlight flicker. I tested out many solutions but non seemed to work. I thought they were the specific headlight. After replacing them I had the same issue with another headlight. The solution was hard wiring the headlights to the Jeep, not using a plug. I now miss this bright headlights. They were awesome at night. Plus, I love the look of them. 

Headlight Flicker Solution 👉 Read More 

My Headlight Review 👉 Read More

My Jeep during the headlight install. 

Headlight Install Steps

Jeep Grille Removal

First you need to Remove your Jeep Grille 👉 Read More

Aligning the headlights.

These headlights are plug-in. Super easy to install. Remove the bezzle, plug in, and line up the tabs on the headlights.  

Headlight Install Video 👉 Watch Here

The front of my Jeep grille with the new headlights.

Close up of driver's side headlight. 

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