I did a lot of mods to my old 2008 FDII Patriot and now my 2012 FDII Compass so I figured I should have a built thread.
Started out as a 2012 FDII Compass Limited with all available options.
First I used the 16Ē steel rims from my Patriot painted black with my Wrangler Territory tires. LT225/75/16
I then switched all the interior lights to LEDís I donít have any pics of what they look like since pictures of LEDís tend to come out over exposed, but anyways they are very bright and are 9 LED arrays.
They are very similar to these
36mm 9-SMD LED Festoon Dome Car Light Bulb White - Tmart.com
Sold off my 16Ē steel rims, and used a set of factory 17Ē rims with 235/65/17 Cooper discovered AT/3 Tires.
I then had a set of 18Ē Chrome Caliber RT Rims with 225/60/18 Tires, my theory was to have these on when I wasnít offroading a lot. Turns out I went offroading too much so I never used them, sold them off.
I then swapped out the backup bulbs and signal bulbs with LEDís as well. For the signal lights front and back I had to wire in resistors to avoid the hyperflash.
I used bulbs similar to these
10~30v 7440 7443 27w Led T10 Cree For Mazda New Design Auto Turning Light Brake Light - Buy T10 Cree For Mazda,Led T10 Cree For Mazda,27w Led T10 Cree For Mazda Product on Alibaba.com
I also changed out my headlights which are H11 and 9005 to LED as well.
Used these kits
Cree KIT H11 Pack OF 2 LED Bulbs 25W White 5000K Headlight Lamp LOW Beam FOG JDM | eBay
Cree KIT 9005 HB3 Pack OF 2 LED Bulbs 25W Head Light High Beam Upgrade 5000K JDM | eBay
The beam pattern is close to stock, its more scattered than regular halogen bulbs, but no where near as bad as HIDís, Iíve not had any problems from police or other motorists flashing me. There is a noticeable increase in useable light. I did have to add in resistors to get rid of the hyper flash. The 9005ís also work as the DRL as well. I donít have pictures yet but I will post them when I do.
The best and most recent modÖÖ Rocky Road Winch Bumper Kit. Got the Smittybuilt XRC8 Winch with synthetic cable. Also got the Bull bar mount as well. I put 4 X 18W 6 LED spot lights (in a spot pattern) on the bar. I used a wireless control box, so I have a fob to turn them on and off (No wires through the firewall!)
Here on some pics of the install.
A few notes on the winch and bumper install. The clearance at the front with the winch and the AC condensor (or radiator) is very close. We had to enlarge some of the mounting holes for the winch to make it fit properly. The only problem with doing that is, once the control box for the winch was installed, it prevented the bumper cover from completely fitting on perfectly, so the driver side by the driver wheel well, has a bit of a gap. When I get the lift installed Iím going to move the winch control box and then get everything mounted flush again.
The wiring for the winch is very robust however I think the stock battery is going to not stand up to the test. I did one winch pull, and while I never had any problems I want to pick up a deep cycle pure lead AGM battery. Problem is the stock battery size is quite small and there isnít a lot of room. I have a Group 34 Deep cycle battery however it was a no go to get it to fit properly.
I also have the Rocky Road lift kit in my possession, but have to wait another week to put it on, as I have some warranty suspension work that is getting done, once that is all fixed up Iíll be throwing the left on.
Only things left to do are,
Rocky Road supersliders
Dual outlet exhaust
Farther into the future if I can find a FDII rear diff in a junkyard IĒll get a shop here to fab me up some sort of locker.
Hope you liked the write up, i'll update with pictures when I get new ones.