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Old 01-24-2013, 06:17 AM   #6691
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For bigger tires just take the original tire bracket and move it up to the next set of holes. Then use rubber spacers to wedge the tire up right. Worked on my TJ with a stock rim with a 33x12.5 tire Along with having to cut a 4 1/2 hole in your jeep these led tail lights were about $30 a piece.
I did something similar when I first got my 35's but I turned my rim backwards. it worked really well until I got my swing away. I could tell it was alot of weight on my tailgate so I wanted it off there ASAP. Didnt need any spacers or to move anything just pop it on there.


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Old 01-24-2013, 07:16 AM   #6692
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Has anyone installed their towing shackles themselves without buying the kit for them? Any body rigged anything up?

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:37 AM   #6693
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I did something similar when I first got my 35's but I turned my rim backwards. it worked really well until I got my swing away. I could tell it was alot of weight on my tailgate so I wanted it off there ASAP. Didnt need any spacers or to move anything just pop it on there.

Yeah thats a big chunk of rubber for two little hinges haha
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:43 PM   #6694
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I have limited welding experience (read no formal training). Any good and simple mods to get myself entertained and practice my welding? I'm already working an instatrunk in my head but that may be a big project to tackle just yet.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:54 PM   #6695
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I have limited welding experience (read no formal training). Any good and simple mods to get myself entertained and practice my welding? I'm already working an instatrunk in my head but that may be a big project to tackle just yet.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:00 PM   #6696
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Why didn't I think of that . Are the stock Rocker Panels easy to remove?
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:11 PM   #6697
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I removed the little piece of fender flare behind the front wheels but didnt like the holes that were now visible. I taped it off and painted it with bedliner.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:16 PM   #6698
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I removed the little piece of fender flare behind the front wheels but didnt like the holes that were now visible. I taped it off and painted it with bedliner.
I have a Sahara so I have the full plastic rocker panel. I guess I should look at it as having predrilled mounting points for the rocker guards

BTW I love what you've done with the rear end. I've been contemplating removing my spare tire (I run 33x12.5 and the spare is a stock tire/wheel) and I love the idea of mounting the plate in its place.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:26 PM   #6699
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I have a Sahara so I have the full plastic rocker panel. I guess I should look at it as having predrilled mounting points for the rocker guards

BTW I love what you've done with the rear end. I've been contemplating removing my spare tire (I run 33x12.5 and the spare is a stock tire/wheel) and I love the idea of mounting the plate in its place.

Thanks I have a different pic of it that I need to post up. The holes on the plate didnt exactly line up with the pre existing holes so I just made new ones lol..

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:41 PM   #6700
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That looks very clean. I need to get me a pair of those flushed lights too
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #6701
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Hand Throttle from Teraflex $40
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When you guys add a hand throttle, do you take the cable to the throttle or just down to the back of the accelerator?

And another question; why would you pay almost $40 for that one when you can get them for $4 here?

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:19 PM   #6702
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Why didn't I think of that . Are the stock Rocker Panels easy to remove?
You have a rubicon? Your so lucky.
Yes they're very easy to remove. Get some 1.75 tubes and get them bent. Weld those mothers on then reinstall.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:29 PM   #6703
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You have a rubicon? Your so lucky.
Yes they're very easy to remove. Get some 1.75 tubes and get them bent. Weld those mothers on then reinstall.
I wish! I have a Sahara. The rocker panels are plastic like the flares. Pretty but not functional. As I understand it the holes are actually higher than the ones on a Rubicon.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:35 PM   #6704
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I wish! I have a Sahara. The rocker panels are plastic like the flares. Pretty but not functional. As I understand it the holes are actually higher than the ones on a Rubicon.
I see. I guess make sure the plate covers the old holes. I'm in the process of making mine too. Having a buddy weld them. Waiting on my cousin to estimate cost for materials
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I have to look into materials to make them myself. Other than home depot and Lowe's I'm not sure where to get the metal from.

Budget is short so we'll see how far I can get lol
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:58 PM   #6706
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Thanks I have a different pic of it that I need to post up. The holes on the plate didnt exactly line up with the pre existing holes so I just made new ones lol..
What did it take to put your tail lights in?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #6707
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We found an inexpensive trick for covering up holes if you are painting or bedlining the area.

Cut some small pieces from a screen door. This is basically a wire mesh, you could probably use other similar materials. press it on the back side of the hole and secure it in place with bondo making sure you squish it between the mesh filling it in. This gives a nice surface for the paint to stick to and fill in the hole. Next a little more bondo on the front side to fill it in, and sand it down smooth while you are sanding the rest of the body and it is good to go for paint.

It will leave an unsightly spot behind the fender but this is out of sight. If you want you can apply some undercoating over that and it will blend in better.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #6708
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That's a great idea since the end result would be covered by bedlining anyways. I'm always paranoid about being able to see that type of fix after paint even though I have been able to get a flawless finish in fiberglass before.

I too am interested in the flushed tail lights. I've seen them a lot yet I don't know where to get them. I admit I have not looked hard enough lol
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:01 PM   #6709
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Fiberglass works too, after it sets up you can sand the side you are painting. Then use a dremel on the big blob of stuff on the back side to get the majority off, and sand down the rest to smooth it up.

The wire mesh method holds up well. We did this to my old fairlane almost 15 years ago now and you can't tell there were ever holes there. We used a door off a donor car that had an extra chrome trim piece that my model didn't have, removing the trim left holes behind that we had to cover up. if you prep it right you end up with a solid smooth surface to paint over.

either method works well, fiberglass is expensive though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #6710
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Yes fiberglass can be. I had a full set of fiberglass bodywork on my bike that came with unnecessary holes for blinkers etc. I covered them all up and voila.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:13 PM   #6711
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They're pretty simple. Gotta buy a couple hole saws though. I think the bigger one needs to be 4 3/8 and the smaller 2 1/4. You can buy them cheapest on amazon. Search 4" led brake light.

I wouldn't suggest buying metal from a department store. Use google to find a shop that specializes in selling metals in your area
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:15 PM   #6712
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Sorry shes dirty. Guess it shows I use her
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Where are the lights from?
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #6714
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Yeah, i used glass on some bike fairings once, can't remember the price but it seemed really expensive at the time. Also this instance was huge cracks and not little bolt holes. Made a nice surface when I was done though. I even sanded down and primed the backside so you couldn't tell it ever had any damage. Fiberglass is very usefull when the job is big enough to warrant paying for the fiberglass.

It seems a waste to me to buy that for those 3 little holes left when you take off those little fender flare extensions. Unless you have multiple jobs to use the rest of the material on.
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No I wouldn't make that purchase just for that. Bondi will work just fine and that's if I can't get the panels to cover them.

The bike fairings had tons of cracks from a high side. I got them cheap :-). They also had holes about 2" in diameter for light stems, a small headlight and frame sliders. I never primed it on the inside as a courtesy to the next guy honestly. So he knew where the repairs were.
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Yeah I got the whole bike cheap, somebody laid it down and the main fairing and front fairing were busted up on that side. Another project i never had time to finish and it's just gonna get parted out anyway.
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They're pretty simple. Gotta buy a couple hole saws though. I think the bigger one needs to be 4 3/8 and the smaller 2 1/4. You can buy them cheapest on amazon. Search 4" led brake light.

I wouldn't suggest buying metal from a department store. Use google to find a shop that specializes in selling metals in your area
Did you have to cut out part of the quarter panel?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:14 PM   #6718
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They're pretty simple. Gotta buy a couple hole saws though. I think the bigger one needs to be 4 3/8 and the smaller 2 1/4. You can buy them cheapest on amazon. Search 4" led brake light.

I wouldn't suggest buying metal from a department store. Use google to find a shop that specializes in selling metals in your area
I like those back up lights were did uget those from and how much did the run u, I already have brake lights
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Did you have to cut out part of the quarter panel?
Not exactly sure what a quarter panel is but yea I had to cut a big hole out of the rear.


I got the reverse lights on amazon for $30. They're not insanely bright but they let me see and makes me legal
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Why didn't I think of that . Are the stock Rocker Panels easy to remove?
I'm working on a set of sliders now my father in law already had the sheet of diamond plate so all I have to do is cut them out smooth the edges and weld them up we got them cut and started smoothing today here are some pics. nvm it won't let me post the pics says it exceeds my quota any body know what thats about

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