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Old 09-11-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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AEV Highline hood install

I have had an AEV highline kit since May and am now finally getting around to install it. I just scuffed the metal parts and am laying on some epoxy primer in my garage...

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Old 09-11-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:54 PM   #3
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Looks great! One pulled right up to the window of the booth I was sitting in at the Moab diner this spring. I had to doubletake because it looks so much like stock. Subscribed.
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Thanks, guys! Here is my Jeep with the stock hood removed.



I have wanted one of these kits for so long. The build quality is superb. I also am a big fan of the way it looks stock at a glance. I want to also paint the flares to match the body, kind of like I have it now with the Sahara trim.
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I am also going to swap out the tubular hoop bumper for this winch bumper:



A shot of the wares after scuffing:



The backside of the hood after first coat of primer:



If I hadn't run of daylight I would have finished the primer.
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im hoping to do a diy kit next summer,
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #8
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im hoping to do a diy kit next summer,
A lot of people have done these. Here is one of my favorites:

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Got the basecoat and clearcoat sprayed on the hood.





Unfortunately, I have a few drips and orange peel spots here and there (Hurray for clueless garage hobbists!). Which is why I made sure to have plenty of clear coat on there for all the wet sanding I will be doing!

But look at it shine!!

Hopefully, the fenders will be tomorrow...
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Nice work. an't wait to see it put together!
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Looking good!
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It is a sad day when a man has no time to shoot base coat and clear coat.

There is a seam between the turn signal housing and the rest of fender. The instructions tell you to use a seam sealer, sand it off and "it will look factory". Not so easy. I have spent the last couple of weeks learning how to properly apply body filler and sanding off the seam flat. I then finished it off with high build primer and I'd say it looks decent now.



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This taking a lot longer than I anticipated. What I really need is one weekend to myself. I don't see my wife and relatives cooperating...
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It is a sad day when a man has no time to shoot base coat and clear coat.

There is a seam between the turn signal housing and the rest of fender. The instructions tell you to use a seam sealer, sand it off and "it will look factory". Not so easy. I have spent the last couple of weeks learning how to properly apply body filler and sanding off the seam flat. I then finished it off with high build primer and I'd say it looks decent now.

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Looks good. Seam sealer is hard to apply and even harder to make it look factory. On my cj anyway.
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You said it! If you don't know what you are doing, it will dry too quick to shape and then you are stuck trying to sand it down. Fortunately, body filler was able to correct my mistakes.
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You said it! If you don't know what you are doing, it will dry too quick to shape and then you are stuck trying to sand it down. Fortunately, body filler was able to correct my mistakes.
My problem is I mess with stuff too much and make it look worse.
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Looks great! Can't wait to see it done, I love my Highline kit.
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I want one so bad!!! nice job
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Finally back with lots of updates...

First off, we have basecoat on the fenders...




The clear coat did not come out as nice. Blame it on the harbor freight cheapo gun, humidity, my sloppy technique, etc... Shooting paint is a science and so many things can go wrong. In retrospect, maybe I should have gotten someone else to do it instead of investing in the compressor, plumbing, guns, and painting supplies. Oh well, I guess I am learning. Wet sanding didn't help either. No matter how much I buffed, it lost that initial glossy finish. I ended up taking it to a professional, who fixed my goof-ups for a reasonable price (Many thanks to Mike Deguilio at ABC Auto in Pearland, TX; great guy to talk shop with and a fellow fan of American Graffiti too).

Next came the U-POL Raptor in the wheel wells. Had to wait for a long time for good weather. This stuff is easy to shoot, but it does require lots prep work...



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With all major painting out of the way, I was finally able to move on to the fun stuff... wrench-work!!

Here is the left fender completely dissasembled. This was a real pain. My advice to anyone who has to remove their fender is to start with the bottom two bolts that attach to the firewall. Bag all your bolts in labeled ziplock bags and accept the fact that you will destroy a few of those stoopid plastic plugs that hold down your electricals to the interior of the fenders.


The instructions require you to cut up your ABS and battery support brackets and attach them to shorter half bracket that comes with the kit.

Here is a closeup of the assembled ABS tray bracket:
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:38 PM   #22
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I was able to carefully install the left highline fender today. It is not tightened down yet because I will need to adjust everything later to align it all.


Here is a front view. Note the height difference between the AEV highline and the stock fender on the left.

Man, I love the glossy clear coat finish achieved by Mike! That guy is good!

Here is a shot of my modified battery and ABS trays. They are awaiting some POR-15 goodness.


And that is where I am at today. Hopefully, the Mrs will give some more free time to keep plugging away at it.
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I was able to break down the right fender... Does anyone know what the plastic box under the battery tray is for? I pulled the hose hooking up to it and it let off an escaping air sound...


I then made an unfortunate discovery when I removed the shock absorber...


In the nearly twelve years that I have had this Jeep, I can't pin one event that may have caused this. Several times, I have come down hard on the front end while on the trails. I figure the cracks in the steel hapened gradually and the shock pressure made it worse over time. Now I have to stop everything and do some steel banging welding. Fun stuff.
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Coming along very nicely. Sucks about the shock tower. Looking forward to seeing more progress!
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I appreciate you sharing your experience. I so want an AEV highline kit but don't have the money right now. Hope to be able to one day soon so in the mean time, I'll live vicariously through you and the others on the forum. Please keep us posted on your progress and post lots of pics please.

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Find two large, thick flat washers and weld them to the tops of those shock towers.
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Nice progress.
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Thanks, guys! Happy New Year!
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looks great. would love to have one of these kits. subscribing to watch this one.
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