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Old 06-02-2011, 08:48 AM   #31
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Ill pass on smittybuilt because if im eventually gonna upgrade to tube fenders, i might as well just put some stock flares on it for now. I'm just waiting on a deal on craigslist. Everyone here thinks used faded flares should sell for $80+ and a guy yesterday rose his price on me at the last minute from $40 to $80 so I was extremely mad. They want a lot of money for junk. Hopefully Ill be making my yearly summer trip down south this year to get some good deals and great finds

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #32
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Um he was talking about the smittybilt tube fenders. Also your half way to getting them on as you have to cut off your outer fenders to install them and the body shop did one side for you already!


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Old 06-02-2011, 09:32 AM   #33
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Grabbed this pic from this thread to show you what I mean.

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Old 06-02-2011, 10:46 AM   #34
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Oh sorry about that. Those tube fenders look awesome. The only problem is that there is almost nothing left of the cut fender but I will look into it. Today I'm getting the primer and fixing the black hood
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:47 AM   #35
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The red hood was a good parts hood for the prop rod, light, and random clips.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:11 PM   #36
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Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been busy working on the GF's car 97 Grand Am GT. Had to put a used transmission in it and fix the sunroof. Today was my first day working with her mother at her shop and in the back lot is a CJ-7 I believe. It has sat there for years. It's extremely rusty but she said that we could work something out where I could work on it there and give it to me if I give her one week of work free for a couple months. It has a inline 6 and it's a stick. Says Renegade on it. Will post pics next week when I see it again. I'm extremely happy because its a great deal!
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:13 PM   #37
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Here is some pics of the CJ at the future mother in law's shop. I will start working on it next monday and tomorrow im spraying the fender for the TJ.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:56 PM   #38
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Wow that is a pretty wicked looking blade!
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:14 PM   #39
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Yeah and the funny thing is that the plow still works. I'll probably end up selling the plow to have funds for the CJ. The TJ is near done and its getting boring driving the automatic. I can't wait to jump in the CJ and drive.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:07 PM   #40
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Finally got some work done with the TJ. My uncle came down today and brought me a present...... an OEM fender he found up north for an unknown price (he wont tell me how much he spent on it). So we returned the aftermarket fender and got to work on the better one! We scuffed it, primed it, and now we are waiting for it to dry. Gotta love Uncle Tony!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:29 PM   #41
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Well finally had some time to install the fender on the jeep. Unfortunately the bolt receivers in the tub were stripped so the fender is a tad off, as you can see in a couple of the pictures. It really doesnt bother me but later ill drill new holes and reattach it. It is all painted (cut in) by me and my dad cleared it.
I learned to always keep the old parts for the little things needed and there is always going to hiccups when installing the new part. In my case the battery tray had to be bent back and a black square box ( I dont know the name of it but it sits beneath the battery) had to be reattached. I am very pleased for how it turned out and will be soon painting the rest when the weather breaks.
Finally, I tried bumping the hood but it cannot be saved ( extremely weak) so I am on the lookout for an oem replacement.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:12 PM   #42
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Sorry for the lack of updates. Between school and work I have literally no time to get some work done on the jeep. I got a great deal on some fender flares and carpet. I painted the flares and installed them on the jeep. Taking the old flares off took about 6 hours because they used weird clips and installing them took about 3 hours because of the damage to the rear quarter panel had to be bumped out a bit. I will be painting the fender and body sometime this week.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:28 PM   #43
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What does everyone suggest I use to cover up the holes that the PO drilled for the old fender flares? You can see them on the side of the jeep
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What does everyone suggest I use to cover up the holes that the PO drilled for the old fender flares? You can see them on the side of the jeep
Front? Rear? Pic would be helpful
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:11 PM   #45
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I think he is talking about the side under the doors, as in rocker guards. You can pick up some rocker guards for pretty cheap. I got the Smittybilt rocker guards with step for 180 I think it was.

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Old 06-30-2011, 04:13 PM   #46
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Where did you buy your Smittybilt guard at? Quadratec wants 240 for them. How sturdy is the step. How do you like them?
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:21 PM   #47
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Most of the rocker guards with tube use .120 DOM tubing, so the "step" is sturdy. Just about every Jeep accessory/bumper company sells rocker guards like that.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:25 PM   #48
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Oh alright thanks kjdavis now i dont have to spend a ton of money on brand name parts
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #49
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i like the idea of the CJ project... def keep us updated on that one
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:31 AM   #50
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Yea, it's real sturdy. I can jump on the step with no worries. I installed a body kit by using a highlift on the step bar too. The Smittybilt one wraps around the body and ties into the body mounts too. I had to get a tall one as my jeep had the shorter Rubicon sliders but the PO previously had a big one on there as there were holes above it. I only suggest swapping out the small washer they give you and get big flat hardened washers for the inside of the tub. Some come with an inner backing plate though so you don't have to worry.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #51
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Now that I know they are study I'm ordering away. The CJ is a giant cluster mess because my gf mom cannot find the title and I dont want to work on a car that is not under my name. However I have taken off the plow (what a pain) and rust proofed the whole thing for now with a red scuff pad and primer, just to stop to rust and give me a better outlook of what I have to do with it.
My plans for this week is to acquire a title for it and start pulling everything apart and start making a project list.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:10 AM   #52
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Painted the jeep yesterday. I just have to wet sand, buff and reassemble.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:17 PM   #53
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A major update.
1. I traded my half doors and sliders for two sets of full doors. Have two shells remaining if someone wants to purchase them for $75.
2.Sold my Mickey Thompson rims for money towards side steps and much needed weather stripping and speakers.
3.Buffed and waxed the entire jeep.
4. Was able to remove the front bumper and now setting up to replace it with a modified stock bumper.
5. Removed the hard top for the first time!
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:51 PM   #54
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It is cool to look at the old pictures and the new pictures and see how well it turned out. Good Job!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:08 AM   #55
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Thanks I appreciate it! I made a couple mistakes throughout the build. I know now that I should have bought a different tub, should have gotten a manual transmission for the 4cyl and a couple little things here and there. Im currently painting the full doors I received in a trade.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:28 PM   #56
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Well we had to sell the CJ I got the motor running but the transmission was shot along with the clutch. I installed the passenger door on the TJ and will take pictures tomorrow
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:57 PM   #57
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Well the exterior of the jeep is finished for now. Hung and assembled the doors (quickly), washed and waxed. Also installed my new seats!
Next week ill be welding in my floor pans and rhino lining the floor. I will also por15 the frame.
Next year: Pull dent out of the rear quarter panel. Find a new hood. Paint the rest of the jeep. Tint the windows and possibly lift it 2 inches. It has to fit in a parking garage so I cannot go crazy with a lift.
Sorry for the quality of the pictures. Will post better ones tomorrow
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