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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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How to Upgrade Jeep Wrangler Dome Light to LED

When we go off-road, sometimes the road is so dark, and it's hard to see.  Dave upgraded the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK with the Diode Dynamics LED Dome lights.   Stage 2 is picked for brighter light.  This can come in different color, we picked the Cool White color.

Diode Dynamics Interior LED Conversion Kit
When picking the lights, it is important to pick a good brand.  Some of the ones on Amazon or ebay might not fit your car, even though it said it is for the car model.  That's why we picked the Diode Dynamics lights.  They are trustworthy brand with lots of great reviews.

See the difference between the old light and the new one!

The result is fantastic.  The kit comes with the front light, also the back light.  Also, it comes with the License Plate light.  We changed all of them to LED.  This provides a much brighter interior lighting in the Jeep.

Interior Light in the back

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It should take no more than 30 mins to do.  The kit runs about $20 - $40.  Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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How to Replace Gas Strut for the Car Hood

The hood for our car would not stay up because the hood Gas Strut has worn out.  We purchased the Stabilus Lift-O-Mat strut.  We picked this one because it is a direct OEM replacement with good quality.

Hood Strut
It is an easy DIY project.  The dealer wanted to charge $150 (USD) for that.  We got it done for less than $50.  For safety, make sure the hood is securely opened with support before working on the strut.  The hood strut can be purchased at any auto part store.  Make sure to the right one for your car model.  Once it is ready, all you need is a screw driver to work on this project.  Should take no more than 30 mins.

Stabilus Gas Strut
Stabilus Gas Strut

In this video, Dave shows us how to replace the gas strut for the hood.  The same work for any similar strut like the hatchback trunk door.    If you like the video, please like and subscribe!  Thank you for watching!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Garage Door Quick Release Lock installation

For detached garage, it is quite common that there is no entrance door, rather the only entrance is through the garage door.  In the event when electricity is out, the garage opener would not work.  A manual way is needed to lock and to open the door.  The Garage Door Quick Release lock is for this purpose.  This lock allows you to open the garage door from the outside, so, you can still get to your car even when electricity is out, in case of emergency.


In this video, Dave shows us how to install the Garage door quick release lock.  Also, how to use it, and how to open the garage door using the release latch from inside the garage.