Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Facebook page is active now too!!!

We've also now have our facebook page live. It includes promotions and links to some other sites and shops that we thought we would share. It's not all promotional, some of its just good fun.


Vexed Offroad Store is online now

So to test the market on jeep accessories and to also work on product development and sourcing I have started to have Paracord Grab Handles manufacturered and are now selling them on our new store.

These are all high quality paracord woven grab handles.

So check out the site and see if there's a color or option available for you.

Vexed Offroad

Decided to take my love of all things jeep to the next level. Started a company to start producing and importing parts for the Jeep. Goal of the company is not necessarily to revolutionize the jeep market, but to provide a consistent and reliable partner for sourcing and supporting jeep parts.

Check it out.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dream Setup for Light Control

I was on a random wrangler forum.. I don't even remember which one. And someone was showing off their new "SPLOD" clone that they had made. And one of the comments 100 or so pages into the forum the guy posted a picture of his dream controller for a splod. In it he put a touch screen where the blank hole for power windows was.

That got me thinking that this is not a hard thing to do. I'm assuming that if you are reading this you already know how to wire up automotive relays to handle "Manual switches".

The things you will need to make your touchscreen controller are:

This is in no way all you would need.. It's just what I used to do the proof of concept. A finished version would also require:
  • some case and mounting for the touchscreen.
  • A 12 volt regulated power supply for the pi... Along with some sort of battery to make it so that it can survive temporary power drops/spikes that cars are VERY well known to have.

import pygame
from pygame.locals import *
import os
from time import sleep
import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

#Setup the GPIOs as outputs - only 4 and 17 are available
GPIO.setup(22, GPIO.OUT)
GPIO.setup(17, GPIO.OUT)
GPIO.output(22, True)
GPIO.output(17, True)

WHITE = (255,255,255)

TOP_LEFT = pygame.Rect(0,0,400,240)
TOP_RIGHT = pygame.Rect(400,0,400,240)
BOTTOM_LEFT = pygame.Rect(0,240,400,240)
BOTTOM_RIGHT = pygame.Rect(400,240,400,240)

lcd = pygame.display.set_mode((800, 480))

font_big = pygame.font.Font(None, 50)

touch_buttons = {'Bumper On':TOP_LEFT.center, 'Roof On':TOP_RIGHT.center, 'Bumper Off':BOTTOM_LEFT.center, 'Roof off':BOTTOM_RIGHT.center}

for k,v in touch_buttons.items():
    text_surface = font_big.render('%s'%k, True, WHITE)
    rect = text_surface.get_rect(center=v)
    lcd.blit(text_surface, rect)


while True:
    # Scan touchscreen events
    for event in pygame.event.get():
        if(event.type is MOUSEBUTTONDOWN):
            pos = pygame.mouse.get_pos()
            print pos
        elif(event.type is MOUSEBUTTONUP):
            pos = pygame.mouse.get_pos()
            print pos
            #Find which quarter of the screen we're in
            x,y = pos
            if y < TOP_LEFT.height:
                if x < TOP_LEFT.width:
                    GPIO.output(17, False)
      print "Bumper On"
                    GPIO.output(22, False)
      print "Roof On"
                if x < TOP_LEFT.width:
                    GPIO.output(17, True)
                    print "Bumper Off"
                    GPIO.output(22, True)
                    print "Roof Off"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Awesome Video... Disassembly and re-assembly of jeap in 4 minutes...

Just saw this video, thought I would share it with you all.. It shows the Canadian Army disassembling and reassembling a jeep in the middle of the street.. I don't think they could pull this off with my 2015 JKU.. But it's still pretty amazing..

Monday, July 27, 2015

Do I need a Snorkel?

Being that I just purchased a brand new 2015 JKU. I keep looking at tons of products out there. On most of the jeep sites you can hear a debate going on about snorkels. Now I personally do not like snorkels, they look ugly most if the times and I honestly was the opinion that you don't need one as long as you go slow enough to create no wake. In fact, if you read most posts out there that's what most people recommended.. That is.. Until this video came out:

One thing to note from that video though and photo though is that the water just isn't that deep. Many a Jeep, new and old, have crossed way deeper.. But if you watch that video you will notice 2 things:

1) The front of the jeep dips real low upon entry from going to fast.
2) The rooster tail coming off the rims.

I've watched alot of jeep videos on hydrolocking, and almost all of them have one of those two present, and all are at way to fast of a speed.

So are you safe from hydro locking just by going slow? The answer is really no.. Anytime you get your jeep in deeper than 19" water you run the risk of hydro locking it. So in my case I've decided that I'm going to have to get a snorkel to move the intake away from the front behind the grill.

This in itself is a scary proposition though because there isn't a snorkel out there that doesn't require you to cut your brand new (600 miles in my case) baby.

Most of the snorkels out there follow the same design, they attach at the front, you cut a hole in your hood, and then run a black tube to your windshield that will allow you to grab fresh air higher than any puddle you can get in. There are many manufacturers that all do basically the same thing:

These are alright, but they are just ugly in my opinion. But they are the easiest to install. You literally just cut a square hole in your hood and move on. The other option, which is not as popular but you can find are the "Safary Snorkels".

You can see these reroute the snorkel to come out behind the fender. Much cleaner look in my opinion but still kind of ugly hanging off the side of a brand new jeep. This leads us to the option I am currently saving up for. Let me start by saying that this is not the easy solution....

In these two photos you can see the Rugged Ridge XHD snorkel. Norice how the top one it isn't even visible except as a black box. Then there's the high mount kit that will allow you to extend it even higher if need be. My current goal is to get this in both modes, one for riding around town, and one for after a good rain.

Now I alluded to the install...XHD Snorkel Install

It's 22 pages long with over 100 different instructions. In the end it has you taking off your entire passenger fender, drilling out three spot welds, and cutting the sheet metal (Make sure you repaint everywhere you cut). This is not for the faint at heart, and is the primary reason why I haven't ordered it yet, but I do believe it is the only one out there for me.. It also limits your placement of pillar spot or flood lights. So be prepared for that, but most snorkels limit those also.

Links to Snorkels talked about in this:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Paracord "Oh Shit" Handles

One of the first thing I noticed with my Jeep was the lack of "Oh Shit" handles.. Which I found quite odd since this is the first car I've owned where the "Oh Shit" handles makes sense.

I spent the week looking for them and was about to buy these.

In the end though I quickly recognized that I could make my own as paracord bracelets are a common theme in scouting campouts. So I scoured the internet and found the following YouTube video and set out to make my own.

So I headed back over to Amazon and bought the following paracord(Available in EVERY possible color):

I bought a 100' length of black and orange. And of course check out the finished product, for 1/10th the cost of the pre-made ones... Ohh and the kids love that they can now get in and out of the Jeep alot easier..