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Old 01-26-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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cheap JK mods please share

Just a thought, it would be cool to learn in depth about your money saving, cool mods.
So share your tips, tricks, mods, cheap ideas, use links, pics and descriptions to help us out so we too can use your good ideas.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #2
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:47 PM   #3
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Bought a twisted wire mesh in the Concrete section at Lowes for $9.56. I think it was 7" by 32" cut to fit across radiator frame an zipped tied it there. Took about 30 minutes and would have been faster if I had a good set of tin snips.

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Chopped fenders, all you need is a rotary cutting tool, some masking tap, and an exacto knife to clean the melted rubber off. If you wanna make it look real nice like i did you can but black door molding and put it on the edges.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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I increased the storage and carry-space in the rear of the 2dr model for zero cost.....

...I read the owner's manual on how to take out the rear seat!!!
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:09 PM   #6
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Turn your rear-view mirror upside down. It gives you an extra couple of inches of vision out the front windshield. Cost: $0
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #7
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Just wait for Jimbo to get in here. He will show you anything and everything.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:22 PM   #8
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Pretty grille mod like rics1997. You can see it here among others. About $8.

Custom "Mountain" decal for Mountain Edition. See pic #7 here. $20.

DayStar dash panel. Here. $24. (Won't work if you have a 2011.)

Rustoleum bedline and high-heat black paint on the undercarriage exhaust. See it here. $20.

Grab handles. There's dozens of different kinds. Generally under $60 for a set, even for the Mopar ones.

Short antenna is on the way. Got extensive discussion recently here. Under $20.

x2 on turning the rear view mirror. Aside from better vision out the front, it also improves your view from the rear view mirror itself by giving you a fuller view of the rear window.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:31 PM   #9
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Daystar Upper Dash Panel $24.95. Installs under 10 minutes.

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Old 01-27-2011, 03:34 PM   #10
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Remove rear head rests better vision .the grill mod is a great one added interior lights 20 bucks see pic .flipping mirror .jimbox has tons of good ones
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:37 PM   #11
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Oh, and you can bedline your wheels and/or grille too. See here and here.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:16 PM   #12
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I'm looking at that rear view mirror trick.....it must come off some how as it doesn't want to turn without running into top bracket. There is only about 3" from top of windshield to where the mirror is stuck to the glass. I get the impression if I try to force the mirror to pivot something will break. What am I missing?
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Pivot it down, spin it around, and push up. World of difference.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:22 PM   #14
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I'm looking at that rear view mirror trick..... What am I missing?
Remind me whether you have a 2010 or 2011. The folks I've seen turn it around have a 2010, including myself. In a 2010, it should just pivot right around, no removal or anything. Maybe a little bit of a push, but that's it.

Edit: Looks like you have 2008. Yeah, like Seadog said, face mirror down, spin clockwise or counterclockwise 180 degrees, face back up to a usable position. The key is to face it down first--if you just try to spin it while it's in its normal position it won't work.
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Heh Heh, thanx Jake, but


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Old 01-27-2011, 06:45 PM   #16
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Amazon.com: Acousta-Stuf Polyfill 1 lb. Bag: Electronics

buy some and stuff it in the soundbar and dash where the speakers are. Drastically reduces vibration and distortion and makes even the stock speakers sound better. Mr. Sinister taught me this one, great idea
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:50 PM   #17
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ok...ok....checking the mirror....it's easier in the drive way than when moving down the road....
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:53 PM   #18
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Cool

Who has a tip on fabricating the wire gizmo holding the tail gate open like the 2011 models?

Maybe I can just buy () one.....*kaff*kaff*
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:06 PM   #19
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Who has a tip on fabricating the wire gizmo holding the tail gate open like the 2011 models?

Maybe I can just buy () one.....*kaff*kaff*

Get one of these and there are probably 5 mfg that sell them



This one isn't cheap-- 4XFiX LLC(jeepSWAG) and it's $87 bucks-very strong-no plastic and no sheet metal screws !

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Old 01-27-2011, 08:04 PM   #20
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Drain holes in mirror.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:03 AM   #21
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Here's one I can show ya, but can't tell you how to doit-



This latch release will get you out, if you're sleeping inside, or if the security lock won't release-

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:24 AM   #22
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got the inside-connection photos on this? Great install BTW.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:15 PM   #23
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Dude the Mirrior check is so easy and cheap but is worth $1000.00

IT IS GREAT U GOT TO DO IT!!!


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Old 01-28-2011, 12:26 PM   #24
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Garage door opener in the windshield pillar. Out of site but easy to reach.
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recessed rear bumper lights..about $50 for the stuff and diy...love the new smileys...

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Amazon.com: Acousta-Stuf Polyfill 1 lb. Bag: Electronics

buy some and stuff it in the soundbar and dash where the speakers are. Drastically reduces vibration and distortion and makes even the stock speakers sound better. Mr. Sinister taught me this one, great idea
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #27
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I'm doing the gutter screen mod right now. I'll post a finished pic tomorrow.

And before somebody asks, the gun looking thing is a tiewrap tensioner. Gives consistent tiewrap pulls. and cuts them as you go.
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seadog can't wait to see the finished pics, I think that its a great idea, I will be doing this mod for my baby when I get it for sure.
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Here you go. Just put it on this morning...
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:40 PM   #30
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My cheap mod is a Velcro cell phone holder. Installed between the air vents. I used the extra strong Velcro. Reg works but once off road it can work loose and drop the phone. No issue with the extra strength type. put the soft piece on the cell ph case to prevent getting scratched up. Works great with jeep clinometer app and iphone too.
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