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Old 08-31-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Bedliner fever

I am about to do the grille mesh mod and the bedliner grille paint mod this weekend. Then I got to thinking, it might look pretty cool to hit up the vent cowl with some bedliner, too. Has anyone done this (I'm sure this is not an original idea). I love the black accents on my silver JK and think this would really pop pretty nice.

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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Now I'm thinking just the windshield hinges. I saw a few aftermarket ones you can buy in black, if it looks good in semi-gloss black, I bet it's even better in bed liner black...

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Two thumbs up on the mesh mod.

Don't remember seeing the vent cowls painted. Have seen the windshield hinges, door hinges and other things like that painted. Looks sharp.
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Two thumbs up on the mesh mod.

Don't remember seeing the vent cowls painted. Have seen the windshield hinges, door hinges and other things like that painted. Looks sharp.

The windshield bracket are easy to do and look awesome.

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Awesome, thanks El Gringo. Is that bedliner or flat black? Any primer underneath or did you just sand the clear coat first?

Thanks for the picture, it looks even better than I imagined with the silver.
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Awesome, thanks El Gringo. Is that bedliner or flat black? Any primer underneath or did you just sand the clear coat first?

Thanks for the picture, it looks even better than I imagined with the silver.
Berliner. No primer, just sanded and painted with r,ustoleum.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:17 PM   #7
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Did you do the flares or is that just my bad eyes combined with my iPhone? I am going to do mine one nice weekend but don't want to remove them, just might tape it all off! Looks good.
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Did you do the flares or is that just my bad eyes combined with my iPhone? I am going to do mine one nice weekend but don't want to remove them, just might tape it all off! Looks good.
Didn't do the flares, just left them alone, they flex and I think it would chip.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:37 PM   #9
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Did the grille mesh mod, bed liner grille mod, bed liner windshield bracket mod, then the fender marker light turned-turn signal mod (this is pretty cool, and really a no-brainer). I think the black on silver looks pretty nice, looks even better with the top on as the windshield brackets kind of tie in the black fenders with the black lid.



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Looks great! Now hit those rocker panels too.
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:22 PM   #11
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Does this stuff simply come in a spray can or is it not that simple?
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Comes in a can. It is that simple.
Got mine from Menards for less than $8.00

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Did the grille mesh mod, bed liner grille mod, bed liner windshield bracket mod, then the fender marker light turned-turn signal mod (this is pretty cool, and really a no-brainer). I think the black on silver looks pretty nice, looks even better with the top on as the windshield brackets kind of tie in the black fenders with the black lid.




I'm sorry I maybe just blind and dumb because I don't see it... But what is "the fender marker light turned-turn signal mod"?
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I'm sorry I maybe just blind and dumb because I don't see it... But what is "the fender marker light turned-turn signal mod"?
Its when the side marker light blinks with the turn signal.
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Looks great. I did the grille and thought it was really simple to do. Did you guys tape off the windshield bracket or remove ?
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If I were to sprat my aluminum rims with the bed liner how well would it hold. Would it scratch easy and become crappy looking?
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I'm remembering back to the early '90's so hopefully my memory isn't failing me but my father-in-law had a Saleen Mustang and he sprayed some black rubber-like stuff under the mustang and in the fender wells to help quiet down the road noise just a bit - a sort of insulation if you will. Once dried, it was still plyable though. Is that stuff I'm remembering the same as this bedliner stuff in a can?
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If I were to sprat my aluminum rims with the bed liner how well would it hold. Would it scratch easy and become crappy looking?
Not at all. There are a few threads specifically for getting this rim mod done, it is time consuming but very doable and it looks great. I have the threads bookmarked, let me find them and send them to you.
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@donc72. Sounds great. This is an option I may consider
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Not at all. There are a few threads specifically for getting this rim mod done, it is time consuming but very doable and it looks great. I have the threads bookmarked, let me find them and send them to you.
Here's my write up

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/be...ls-101764.html
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I'm remembering back to the early '90's so hopefully my memory isn't failing me but my father-in-law had a Saleen Mustang and he sprayed some black rubber-like stuff under the mustang and in the fender wells to help quiet down the road noise just a bit - a sort of insulation if you will. Once dried, it was still plyable though. Is that stuff I'm remembering the same as this bedliner stuff in a can?
Rubberized undercoating?
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Echo, this is the one! Good write up by Gringo, too.
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Looks great. I did the grille and thought it was really simple to do. Did you guys tape off the windshield bracket or remove ?
It comes off with just a handfull of torx bolts, paint it in the yard and bolt it back on- easy. I used Rustoleum bedliner, I know there are a few decent brands out there and they are super forgiving and don't really show runs because of their texture.

And to those that asked,t he marker light mod is pretty sweet, I don't remember if I got it here or the "other" forum, but it's worth googling. Took 15 minutes and is a big safety issue. I have already gotten a few "what the hell" looks in my first 2 months of ownership when changing lanes/turning before the mod.
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any chance you posting a how to for the side marker mod????
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:36 AM   #25
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any chance you posting a how to for the side marker mod????
Sure thing. Let me preface first by saying I cannot take credit for inventing this mod, I am only passing on what I learned. Also, I take no responsibility for your results, good or bad- perform this mod at your own risk. Read through the description several times carefully before performing. It literally only takes about 10 minutes, but you have to pay attention and splice the correct wires or it will not work. This mod will not work with aftermarket LED lights. Also, take a moment before you start to ensure both of your fender marker light bulbs are working, a lot of people drive around with burned out marker lights not knowing it. Also, if you are reading this in Europe or other parts of the globe, your Wrangler probably came from the factory like this, and you are all set.


It you have read this far into this thread, you probably aren’t cringing too much at the idea of putting sand paper to perfectly good clear coat so you can spray paint it with bed liner, so splicing a couple of wires shouldn’t be too scary. This is most easily done by first removing the grille. There are a few plastic screws that hold in onto the radiator housing on the top (be gentle if you use any tools, fingers are better because the break easy). Once these are out, gently pull- the bottom and sides are held onto the light housing and radiator housing by clips, which will release with gentle pulling pressure. Now turn the turn signal lamps ╝ turn to release them from the grille and set the grille aside.
You can start on either side, it does not matter. I did not disconnect the battery first, and had no problems. Look under your front fender and find the wires leading to your marker light. Gently squeeze the bulb socket and pull to release the socket from the fender flare (this will give you enough slack in the wiring to make this easier). Now look at the wiring to that light. There is a white and black wire. We are interested in the black wire. Follow the black wire back towards the engine compartment (it is wrapped in a cable shroud). You will find a plug where it goes into the engine compartment. You want to snip the black wire about an inch from this plug. If you have done this right, both the white and black wire will still be connected to the marker light, with only the white wire still connected to the Jeep’s electrical system. You will have about 12 inches of black wire coming off the marker light. It is important that you do not cut the wire at the end closer to the marker light, but rather the end closer to the engine compartment. We need to still complete a circuit with the light.


Now find the wiring coming off the turn signal. You will see three wires in this plug, one black and 2 white. We are interested in the white wire that is farthest from the black one (the wires are arranged in the signal socket as black/white/white). Again, follow this wire back into the cable shroud, separating it from the other white wire. If you accidentally use the middle white wire, this mod will not work. You now want to splice the black wire from the marker light with the outside white wire (farthest from the black wire) from the turn signal. There are all kinds of easy splicers available at most hardware or auto part stores, the blue color is for 16 gauge wire, which is what we want. Here is an example:

Dorman 85462 Blue 14-18 Gauge Weatherproof Wire Splice

Some folks go so far as to solder and heat shrink wrap their splice, I just used a splicer like above and wrapped the hell out of in electrical tape to keep it secure and dry.

Now it’s time for the moment of truth. If you did this correctly, when the headlights or running lights are off, your side marker light will now blink in unison with your turn signal. When your headlights or running lights are on, it will blink opposite your turn signal, in other words, when you are turning right, the signal will blink when the marker light is off and then the marker light blinks on when the turn signal is off. When there is no turn signal activated, the marker lights will perform as they used to previously, turning on steady when you have the running lights or headlights on.


On the first side I did, I did not compress the wire splicer hard enough and did not pierce the wire insulation. When you get the wires into the splicer, give the splicer a good squeeze with a pair of needle nose, you will hear a click noise as the splicer closes. If your connections are secure and you followed the directions above correctly, this will work. If you have a bulb burned out, the turn signal indicator on the display will blink super fast- this is your indication you have a bulb out.


After you have done both sides, the easiest test is to turn on your 4-ways with and without the headlights to ensure everything is working. If you are all set and your connections are taped/wrapped/secured, tuck the wires back into the cable shrouds and tuck everything back in. Twist the turn signal lights back into the grille, reattach the grille. Last, plug the marker light bulb socket back into your fender flares.


This is a pretty smart safety mod, as most vehicles on the road have “wrap around” turn signals that other drivers can see from both the side and the front. If you are driving down the road and someone is on your right or left and can’t see the front or rear of your Jeep, that means they cannot see your turn signal. With this mod your intentions are well broadcast to other motorists. As I mentioned earlier, prior to this mod I got a few looks when turning or changing lanes where it was obvious the other driver did not see any turn signal.
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Thanks I really like this mod and look forward to completing it. If it works, then your the best, if it doesn't then I must have not followed your instructions. I've already bedliner'd my grille so I'm gonna look fo a way to get to my turn signals without disconnecting the grille. I have the RR XHD bumper with winch and in order to remove the grille I need to almost take off the bumper so hopefully I can find away up there.
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Thanks I really like this mod and look forward to completing it. If it works, then your the best, if it doesn't then I must have not followed your instructions. I've already bedliner'd my grille so I'm gonna look fo a way to get to my turn signals without disconnecting the grille. I have the RR XHD bumper with winch and in order to remove the grille I need to almost take off the bumper so hopefully I can find away up there.
I think you are doing something wrong then. It should not take all that. Plus you can easily reach behind the grille and d/c the turn signal wire.
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I think you are doing something wrong then. It should not take all that. Plus you can easily reach behind the grille and d/c the turn signal wire.
It is totally doable if you want to leave the grille on. You have to crank your steering wheel all the way in one direction or the other and crawl into your wheel well area (set your parking brake!). From there you can do the job with a flash light and some patience. I have clumsy sausage fingers and needed all of the help I could get. I imagine with smaller and more agile fingers this would be relatively easy.
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Banged out the wheels after work this week. I think maybe they put crack in this stuff or something, but I can't seem to stop. The hinges seem like the next logical step:



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Banged out the wheels after work this week. I think maybe they put crack in this stuff or something, but I can't seem to stop. The hinges seem like the next logical step:

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