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Old 07-28-2011, 08:39 PM   #151
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Just got it back for the shop. Lift kit, tires, etc..
That is one bada$$ Jeep. My JK goes in tomorrow for the facelift. Cannot wait. Awesome.

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If I offended you, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to insinuate that you don't take care of your vehicles. I think what helps is that the girl that had my Jeep before me evidently took very good care of her and hardly drove her. We'll see how she holds up with me driving her. I wash her once every month or two at the pay & spray. I started using Turtle Wax Black Box. It's specifically for black vehicles. It's a multiple step process, but that's ok with me. I call it my "me" time. I do all applications by hand. Takes a while. I've had no swirl marks yet. Thinking of buying a buffer to speed up the process and see if it leaves swirl marks.

For all the plastic parts, I use 303. Love that stuff. Use it on the soft top as well. When I do, it looks brand new.
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303, What is it?

Same here, like Shell. The PO of my 07 must of took really good care of it. The only blemishes are on the hinges, little bubbled and looks like they were touched up. I never saw a used black vehicles paint as nice as mine... Ever
303 Aerospace protectant. You can use if for everything from the soft top, door handles, bumpers, fenders, hood latches, dash, anything plastic. It's a UV protectant. I got a spray bottle of it from my local 4 Wheel Parts. I think you can order it from Quadratec. You can probably get other places, too. It keeps those parts looking good for a long time. I use quite a bit of it each time I wash it. I'm probably going to have to get a new bottle soon. But it's well worth it.

On a side note...did you get your doors off?
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What you get for lift there ? Looks good ... 35s?
BDS lift, with spacer in front to compensate for bumper and winch. The lift is 3.5 with new coils & spring. The Bushwacker Flairs give it a taller look.
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303 Aerospace protectant. You can use if for everything from the soft top, door handles, bumpers, fenders, hood latches, dash, anything plastic. It's a UV protectant. I got a spray bottle of it from my local 4 Wheel Parts. I think you can order it from Quadratec. You can probably get other places, too. It keeps those parts looking good for a long time. I use quite a bit of it each time I wash it. I'm probably going to have to get a new bottle soon. But it's well worth it.

On a side note...did you get your doors off?
I had them off last weekend. I had no problems taking them off. It was fun, wish I had a soft top though. little strange doorless along with just the freedom panels off. I'm trying to hold off on a top till next spring. Would like to find one cheap considering I spent $650 for one for my Tj 2 months ago
Kinda having topless withdrawals especially with my new(er) jeep
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I had them off last weekend. I had no problems taking them off. It was fun, wish I had a soft top though. little strange doorless along with just the freedom panels off. I'm trying to hold off on a top till next spring. Would like to find one cheap considering I spent $650 for one for my Tj 2 months ago
Kinda having topless withdrawals especially with my new(er) jeep
Sweet! Soft tops make it more fun. I had the top down & doors off and it was a blast. I wish I had room for a hard top though.
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Rub it in, lol
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Rub it in, lol
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If I offended you, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to insinuate that you don't take care of your vehicles. I think what helps is that the girl that had my Jeep before me evidently took very good care of her and hardly drove her. We'll see how she holds up with me driving her. I wash her once every month or two at the pay & spray. I started using Turtle Wax Black Box. It's specifically for black vehicles. It's a multiple step process, but that's ok with me. I call it my "me" time. I do all applications by hand. Takes a while. I've had no swirl marks yet. Thinking of buying a buffer to speed up the process and see if it leaves swirl marks.

For all the plastic parts, I use 303. Love that stuff. Use it on the soft top as well. When I do, it looks brand new.
No, I definitely wasn't offended. I was just pointing out that I've tried everything humanly possible to keep my other black vehicles looking good but hadn't had any luck at all. I'll try the Turtle Wax Black Box and the 303 on one of my current black vehicles and see how it does. I really want to get my 2012 JKU in black, just concerned about keeping the paint looking good. Thanks for the tip, it's very much appreciated!
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nice!! I just ordered those same wheels... can't wait!


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Just got it back for the shop. Lift kit, tires, etc..
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+1 to the 303. A little more $ but definitely worth it.


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+1 to the 303. A little more $ but definitely worth it.

I use 303 as well. The stuff is amazing! I found a gallon on ebay for a really good price. You can find it on Amazon for a good price too.
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What Do You Do?!?!?!

Ok folks, I dropped Tigger off this morning for the upgrade build. I have an issue though. It is supposed to be a 3 day install, meaning done on Monday (4WD here is closed Sundays).

I travel every week out of town for work, meaning I won't be able to pick it up until next Friday!!!! Even worse the shop is going to send pix throughout to rub it in!

So what do I do for the next 7 days? Drink heavily? Work 15 hour days to keep my focus on other things? Pain killers of some sort? Sleep will probably be scarce I imagine. A lot of answers for a lot of things on this great site....but what would you do for this?

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These are my two girls, the little one is 5 and about 3.5 feet tall and the big black one is about 6-7 feet tall sitting on 33's which it looks like a shackle lift that the PO put on. But I'm getting ready to put a 3.5-4 inch lift on her. And a posi-lok system on it to get rid of the stupid vacuum lines that don't work anyways.
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These are my two girls, the little one is 5 and about 3.5 feet tall and the big black one is about 6-7 feet tall sitting on 33's which it looks like a shackle lift that the PO put on. But I'm getting ready to put a 3.5-4 inch lift on her. And a posi-lok system on it to get rid of the stupid vacuum lines that don't work anyways.
3.5-4" lift that is going to be a monster. Nice Jeep.

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Keep the pix coming people. I know there are plenty more Black Wranglers out there. Here is the before of Tigger with 33" mickey atz's with a 2.25" procomp lift, and the In-Process shot which is rather disturbing. Hopefully Tigger will be ok....
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Mine was just detailed. Had a ton of swirl marks. $40 at a local car wash and they did a hell of a wax job on her. Almost perfect, they used a liquid wax and a hand buffer. I think the buffer did the trick as far as getting rid of the swirl marks.

I know you really can't tell by the pics but
mine is a 2007 and has a lot of swirl marks. we used a cleaning wax on it followed by meguiar's ultimate wax and got rid of a lot of them, but after a couple washes it seems the swirls are coming back. not a big deal for me, but my hubby is going to use a clay bar on it to see what that does. so we'll see...
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303 Aerospace protectant. You can use if for everything from the soft top, door handles, bumpers, fenders, hood latches, dash, anything plastic. It's a UV protectant. I got a spray bottle of it from my local 4 Wheel Parts. I think you can order it from Quadratec. You can probably get other places, too. It keeps those parts looking good for a long time. I use quite a bit of it each time I wash it. I'm probably going to have to get a new bottle soon. But it's well worth it.

On a side note...did you get your doors off?
i use this as well. it works great.
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Here is my Black Wrangler with HighRock retractable steps installed and 2 pair of grab handles on the cage.
Took the hard top off and put the freedom rag top on today and removed the back seat. Still need to put a new front bumper on.

Edit: I'm not going down hill,, the IPhone just uploaded it that way.
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Here is my Black Wrangler with HighRock retractable steps installed and 2 pair of grab handles on the cage.
Took the hard top off and put the freedom rag top on today and removed the back seat. Still need to put a new front bumper on.

Edit: I'm not going down hill,, the IPhone just uploaded it that way.
Nice!! I was gonna say that was one hell of a hill
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Nice!! I was gonna say that was one hell of a hill
LoL,, I was using a rear winch to drag myself up the side of the,,, driveway wall.. To get in my garage. Helps prevent battery theft.

A reverse wrangle challenge.
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LoL,, I was using a rear winch to drag myself up the side of the,,, driveway wall.. To get in my garage. Helps prevent battery theft.

A reverse wrangle challenge.
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i use this as well. it works great.
Do you guys and gals ever have scratches on your JK from removing the windows etc? I don't think I have put any new scratches on Tigger but the former owner let their daughter take it school at UGA and am guessing thats not really the first thing on a college gals mind, which I understand totally.

It's nothing bad at all and the rest of the Jeep is in awesome shape it only had 18,000 miles on it. But there are scratches into the paint around some edges where the back window and side windows are removed and put back.

I bought two of these Mopar lacquer touch up paint markers on Quadratec that are supposed to match the paint on my JK. I am hesitant to use it though. Guess I will start with a small scratch that is high near where it's covered when the windows are in and go from there. Interested to hear if anyone has tried them....
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I haven't noticed any on those spots. I'll have to look tomorrow. But I've taken my windows off lots of times. I guess I wasn't paying attention. But wow! Only 18000 miles?!
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I haven't noticed any on those spots. I'll have to look tomorrow. But I've taken my windows off lots of times. I guess I wasn't paying attention. But wow! Only 18000 miles?!
Yeah lucky. I decided last year that I wanted a Black Jeep JK. Wasn't gonna buy one new. Didn't feel like shopping hardcore at that point. One Saturday am driving home from the Harris Teeter grocery store here and sure enough pulled up to a stop light next to a lady in her JK going to the country club. I remember the moment exactly. I said as I was pulling up, wow that is exactly what I am talking about.

Did a double take, and noticed she had a for sale sign in the window. Honked the horn and scared her half to death. Followed her to the club, we talked for a few minutes.....wrote them a check the next day. And here we are. Life changing day. Haven't been the same since. That just doesn't happen, you have to pull the trigger.
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Ok folks, I dropped Tigger off this morning for the upgrade build. I have an issue though. It is supposed to be a 3 day install, meaning done on Monday (4WD here is closed Sundays).

I travel every week out of town for work, meaning I won't be able to pick it up until next Friday!!!! Even worse the shop is going to send pix throughout to rub it in!

So what do I do for the next 7 days? Drink heavily? Work 15 hour days to keep my focus on other things? Pain killers of some sort? Sleep will probably be scarce I imagine. A lot of answers for a lot of things on this great site....but what would you do for this?

Being a consultant myself, this will definitely do the trick (and is probably standard.) It will be Friday morning before you know it. Can't wait to catch the after pics!

Great lookin' rigs in this thread!

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