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Old 09-30-2013, 02:28 AM   #30691
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Cut the fenders... no more rub at full flex!
The line looks perfect. What did you use to clean it up like that?

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Rb1boxer 3, nice rims

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Old 09-30-2013, 03:15 AM   #30693
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I averted danger and disaster today with my hardtop!! My lag bolts came out. I guess one of the bolts was not completely in the stud. The HT came crashing down when the last bolt snapped in half. Luckily my friend was helping me. Could have been a disaster. Also I just moved my Jeep out of the garage. Ended up with a small scratch on the rear where the hand crank crashed into it. This is what I saw first and began tightening the first bolt and then it ripped out and then the second one ripped out with it.
Damn. Get one of your buddies over to help you mount that up right. I helped my buddy mount his and we used a large number of 3" screws with a ratcheting electric drill. It was everything we had to sink them home. That baby is not coming down unless you try to winch the hard top off while its still fastened to the jeep. Lol
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Damn. Get one of your buddies over to help you mount that up right. I helped my buddy mount his and we used a large number of 3" screws with a ratcheting electric drill. It was everything we had to sink them home. That baby is not coming down unless you try to winch the hard top off while its still fastened to the jeep. Lol
I think I will use 2X4's and then mount the bracket to those. We will see. I was really lucky actually. Going out of town and could imagine my HT destroying my hood. This thing had been hanging in my garage for two weeks.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #30695
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By yourself? Do tell!
Inspired by this video, except I carried facing the rear rather than side.

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #30696
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Look dang good, like to know how ya did it cause they turned out nice. Besides if i were to screw up the cut that wouldn't go over to good.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #30697
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Inspired by this video, except I carried facing the rear rather than side.
Awesome! Now I just need a video of one person carrying it up a flight of stairs and through a doorway and I'll be good! Hahah.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:38 AM   #30698
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I put the Hardtop on for impending doom, I mean Winter!
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:05 AM   #30699
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Look dang good, like to know how ya did it cause they turned out nice. Besides if i were to screw up the cut that wouldn't go over to good.
Thanks for the compliments guys, but I really can't take the credit for the excellent results. A jeeper that I met in one of the many Facebook jeep groups did the cutting for me. (He's one of the Wicked Jeeps guys, name is Billy)

He actually just used a hand grinder and eye-balled every cut based on how I told him I wanted it to look! He laid out the tape and then made the cuts faster than I've ever seen anyone do it!

I then went back over everything with a dremmel grinding attachment to smooth it out and slightly round off the sharp corners, and then added the door trim for the finished look.

The guy has done dozens of them (for free!) for our fellow jeepers, so I put it in his hands. Needless to say, I'm very stoked with the results!

Remember, even if it's not perfect, a set of four stock fenders can be found for about $150 in the classifieds or on Craigslist. I see them all the time, so you can always go back to stock!
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:26 AM   #30700
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Plasti doped my grill
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:28 AM   #30701
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the rubber trim around the edge is what makes the job
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:42 AM   #30702
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the rubber trim around the edge is what makes the job
Yeah, the door trim definitely makes them look factory... I think it's crucial. The trick is rounding the corners enough so that the door trim doesn't pinch bulge when you snake it around. One or two of the sharper corners on mine aren't perfect, but you have to look real close to see the slight bulges.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:50 AM   #30703
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Ordered the last of parts for my return from afghaniland in two weeks!

Thanks Rick @ Quadratec and everyone else for their tips and advice!
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I put the Hardtop on for impending doom, I mean Winter!
Summer is fun time with the top off and winter is fun time with the top on. Admit it, you look for roads that others avoid. You know...those unplowed roads.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #30705
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Summer is fun time with the top off and winter is fun time with the top on. Admit it, you look for roads that others avoid. You know...those unplowed roads.
Yes, yes..very true. Also, my kids asked me "Are you going put the doors on also"? I just rolled my eyes and said, yup I have to..lol. And they know I put my doors back on, but they have seen the doors and top off so much this year that I think they were jus razzing me a bit...damn teenagers!
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:45 PM   #30706
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Thanks for the compliments guys, but I really can't take the credit for the excellent results. A jeeper that I met in one of the many Facebook jeep groups did the cutting for me. (He's one of the Wicked Jeeps guys, name is Billy)

He actually just used a hand grinder and eye-balled every cut based on how I told him I wanted it to look! He laid out the tape and then made the cuts faster than I've ever seen anyone do it!

I then went back over everything with a dremmel grinding attachment to smooth it out and slightly round off the sharp corners, and then added the door trim for the finished look.

The guy has done dozens of them (for free!) for our fellow jeepers, so I put it in his hands. Needless to say, I'm very stoked with the results!

Remember, even if it's not perfect, a set of four stock fenders can be found for about $150 in the classifieds or on Craigslist. I see them all the time, so you can always go back to stock!
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Looks AWESOME!

I would LOVE to do this...but I'm...apprehensive.
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On sat we finally put on my smitybuilt tire carrier, headlight bezels and black chrome emblem, also got to work with getting rid of almost all the chrome by plasti dipping the key holes and chrome rim around my head light, I head to cap it later this week to get my rugged ridge grill inserts
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #30708
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Inspired by this video, except I carried facing the rear rather than side.

I can do that..........

























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Old 09-30-2013, 01:33 PM   #30709
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Ordered the last of parts for my return from afghaniland in two weeks! Thanks Rick @ Quadratec and everyone else for their tips and advice!
Thanks for your service.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #30710
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A little light wheeling from one of my favorite spots on the Island.
Is that Maui? Looks familiar, was just over there a few months ago.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #30711
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Looks AWESOME!

I would LOVE to do this...but I'm...apprehensive.
I was too, which is why I sought out someone who has already cut dozens of jeeps! Even spray painting the wheel wells afterwards was nerveracking! LOL
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I was too, which is why I sought out someone who has already cut dozens of jeeps! Even spray painting the wheel wells afterwards was nerveracking! LOL
The only thing I'll say here is based on years of hot rod ownership and rebuilding my 55 Chevy from the ground up...be bold. Virtually anything can be fixed and what you learn translates to many platforms. Of course, the cost of the fix might be a great teacher, but as my dad says, "Experience is what you get right after you need it."
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #30713
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Installed: grab handles, bugflector, jk series sick speed shift knobs (red), trek armor sets covers (front seats only for now--black and red), tail light guards, door entry guards....

Eventually might get matte black wheels... Any other suggestions?
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Considering a custom battery box that would be mounted to the tailgate and double as spare holder. Anyone have feedback on the idea?
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Installed: grab handles, bugflector, jk series sick speed shift knobs (red), trek armor sets covers (front seats only for now--black and red), tail light guards, door entry guards.... Eventually might get matte black wheels... Any other suggestions?
how was it installing the shift knobs and removing the old ones?

Plastidip the wheels black as a cheap temporary fix. It looks great. I did mine then bought new wheels and tires a couple months later. Smh.
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how was it installing the shift knobs and removing the old ones? Plastidip the wheels black as a cheap temporary fix. It looks great. I did mine then bought new wheels and tires a couple months later. Smh.
It was annoying but worth it. Pretty much destroyed the 4WD knob taking it off. There is a silver clip you have to get to to take if off. The normal shift knob is just pull off but takes all your body weight. There are videos on YouTube.. The jk series knobs actually fit correctly. There is no thing to screw on so you have to use the universal mode...but some aren't big enough. I'm really really happy with the sick speed jk series.
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those are nice knobs... very old school... too bad I don't have a manual! I used the drake billet knobs... My 4x4 knob came off by just pulling VERY hard with the case in 4-Lo. The shifter had a plastic ring on the bottom which I popped off with a screwdriver and then pulled the knob off (also with much force).
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Inspired by this video, except I carried facing the rear rather than side.

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On sat we finally put on my smitybuilt tire carrier, headlight bezels and black chrome emblem, also got to work with getting rid of almost all the chrome by plasti dipping the key holes and chrome rim around my head light, I head to cap it later this week to get my rugged ridge grill inserts
you should look for the turn signal trim bezels too. Between those, the smoked lights, grill inserts and diy gutter gaurd mod, they all really helped the look of the front of mine.
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After months of phone calls and run arounds I finally got my seat repaired. My next mod should be seat covers. The color is off because my seats are dirty lol. I'm happy with it.

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