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« November 23rd, 2004 »

KiloWatt-hour meter installation

     City Public Service, our local utility company, was very kind to provide me with a kiloWatt-hour meter to use with the Jeep. Basically, this is a mechanical kilowatt-hour meter just like the one on the side of most houses, except it is designed for smaller loads. I will hook up the meter to the Jeep's 240-volt outlet in my garage to measure and record the kilowatt-hours required to charge the Jeep after driving it. This data will allow me to figure average operating costs for my Jeep and be one more piece of information I can put in my master log. Look for this data in the specification page or possibly a new page here in the near future.

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The kWh meter is mounted on the wall in the garage
by the load center and wired to a 240-volt outlet.



« November 1st, 2004 »

Front axle brake upgrades

     The new front brake pads and slotted rotors are installed. After bleeding the brake system numerous times (which is always a joy.... not), I've driven on the new brakes gently for several days now to begin breaking them in. The pads will be in their "break-in" period for about 45 more miles before I'll get the full braking power from them. However, even now I can feel a nice improvement over the el cheapo pads and old rotors which were on the Jeep before. After 50 miles of driving, I should be in real good shape as far as brakes are concerned.

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The old scored rotors and pads are replaced with
new pads and slotted rotors by SP Performance.


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