We started discussing a new top for the Jeep today. The current top is a Bestop RAT. It's a few years old and not in terrible shape, but has faded a bit and the windows are scratched pretty good; not to mention, not tinted. The passenger side upper half window is cut, so we ordered a new set of Bestop uppers.
It just seems silly to go to the lengths we have to freshen this up to not to put a new top on it too.
He and I both have Trektop NXs on our TJs and if we swap tops, that is the route we'll go with this one. Since we already ordered new uppers, that will just be one less thing to buy.
I have good luck selling OEM tops in my area, so I would expect to recoup a good bit to offset a new top.
The current list of things still to do with the Jeep.......
- powder coat AEV wheels
- remount 35" BFG MTs
- install 3/4" coil spacers, rear swaybar links, and rear trackbar bracket
- get alignment
- install Bestop oversized tire carrier
- install new seat covers
- install door-sill protectors
- install new side mirrors
- install floor liners
- install headunit, sub amp, and sub (in my rear trunk/enclosure design)
- wire windshield and bumper KC lights
- potentially install new soft top
A couple things I'm looking into for it now are replacing the whole exhaust system. I am looking at systems, but considering replacing the manifold and then taking it to an exhaust shop and having the whole thing replaced from there back.
Next up would be gears. I would like to throw some Alloy shafts in the rear at the same time.
I have a design in mind for front and rear bumpers that I would like to try building. This Jeep would be the perfect recipient of them. I am secretly going to do my absolute best to get rid of those tube bumpers and steps.
Are you referring to the G.E.A.R. covers? Are they worth it?
No, they are just the black neoprene covers.
I slapped the 'new' wheels and tires on so I could get the old set on CL to get them something out of the garage. We had the tire removed from the rims and then remounted and balanced just to freshen them up. We haven't found anyone reasonable to powdercoat the wheels, so we're rolling with them like this for now. Honestly, I think they actually look pretty darn sharp with the paint.
I still need to add the 3/4" spacers.....
I got a lot done in the garage this weekend....just not on this Jeep. I was able to get some other stuff out of the way, so I should be able to get some good work done on this one this week. I would really like to have everything done with it this week, but I would be happy with getting it out by next week.
I installed the new mirrors, floor mats, and door sill protectors. What an exhausting 7 minutes .
I am planning to install the 3/4" spacers, rear track bar bracket, and rear sway bar links this evening.
I will get to the Bestop tire carrier after that.
I really need to get this thing done because every time I turn around, we have ordered more parts for it.
The new fuel pump assembly came in yesterday (he ordered that), and the new exhaust system should be in next week. We ordered everything from the manifold to the tip. It does have an exhaust issue somewhere, but he basically decided he would rather get it all replaced now while the goin is good.
I expect to have the Bestop Trektop ordered any day.
I installed the rear 3/4" spacers, rear swaybar links, and trackbar bracket this evening. The front spacers go in tomorrow, and then it's off for an alignment. They will be installing the full exhaust system while it's there.
(pardon the mess of a garage....through the mess, note the sweet AEV bumpers near the tool chest - they go on a new JKU this weekend).
Will update with some better pics, but here are a couple.
We had it professionally buffed and the paint looks great.
The flares are mounted and the lights are wired up.
Did not get to the spare tire carrier or sub install, but those will be done this week.
It is living at my buddy's house for good now. I am going over there to help out with it vs doing the work at my house.
I am about to start the DIY hi-line flares for my TJ and need all the room of my garage.