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Old 03-30-2013, 08:00 PM   #7441
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Awesome idea. I have been trying to figure out clothes hangers for a while, thank you. I have some plastic beaners that aren't good for anything else anyway. I think I will tie up some para cord and hang em tomorrow.

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So I did a quick search on my phone and couldn't locate the "what did you do to your jeep today?" thread, and this was "cheap" and relatively easy. Thursday I picked up a Tuffy center console rear portion for $100 and a few bolts for $2.50. The most expensive thing other than the console was the stinking cobalt drill bit set! This took longer than anticipated just because I was trying to make it look for the most part professional. Turned out quite nice for a 4 hour project! I did have to cut the existing cup holder in half to mount this, but gained an extra cup holder, so not bad!

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Got a whole list of things to do thanks guys!
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:16 AM   #7444
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So I did a quick search on my phone and couldn't locate the "what did you do to your jeep today?" thread, and this was "cheap" and relatively easy. Thursday I picked up a Tuffy center console rear portion for $100 and a few bolts for $2.50. The most expensive thing other than the console was the stinking cobalt drill bit set! This took longer than anticipated just because I was trying to make it look for the most part professional. Turned out quite nice for a 4 hour project! I did have to cut the existing cup holder in half to mount this, but gained an extra cup holder, so not bad!
What seat covers are those man?
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:21 AM   #7445
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Got a whole list of things to do thanks guys!
What are some things your going to be doing?
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:38 AM   #7446
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What are some things your going to be doing?
Going to be doing the blue dash lights. Explorer roof rack ok my hard top. Mesh grill inserts. And a whole lot of paracord fun.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:21 AM   #7447
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What seat covers are those man?
If I remember correctly they are cheapos from orleiley's. I wouldn't recommend them because they aren't made for a jeep, just generic seat covers. Ok for the $20 that I spent on them, but I am constantly adjusting them.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:56 PM   #7448
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If I remember correctly they are cheapos from orleiley's. I wouldn't recommend them because they aren't made for a jeep, just generic seat covers. Ok for the $20 that I spent on them, but I am constantly adjusting them.
They are made by auto expressions. Like I said, just some cheep generic covers.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:23 PM   #7449
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There called husky hangalls about 4 bucks a piece
I use one of these to hook my dog leash to.......... strapped to the roll bar.
HD has them.
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So I did a quick search on my phone and couldn't locate the "what did you do to your jeep today?" thread, and this was "cheap" and relatively easy. Thursday I picked up a Tuffy center console rear portion for $100 and a few bolts for $2.50. The most expensive thing other than the console was the stinking cobalt drill bit set! This took longer than anticipated just because I was trying to make it look for the most part professional. Turned out quite nice for a 4 hour project! I did have to cut the existing cup holder in half to mount this, but gained an extra cup holder, so not bad!

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There is a thread for that called what I did to my YJ/TJ/JK today, just gotta pick the appropriate one.
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So I wouldn't call this fun or creative but it was pretty easy and cheap...the PO of my jeep installed these bike rack bars on the top I've never been a fan of (mostly because of constant leaking when it rains) and less clearance. Well as of a joyride off road this weekend the band-aid has been literally torn off, by a low hanging branch

So on a positive note, I get to practice fiberglass repair work!!!
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #7453
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Finally reattached the tension straps or whatever they are on my factory soft top. They had come off the rivets and a put them back on with selftapping screws and washers. I can't believe how much tension this put back in the old top! Its the factoy top of an 04 so its 9 years old, and I could barely get it in place, and its tight as a drum.
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So I wouldn't call this fun or creative but it was pretty easy and cheap...the PO of my jeep installed these bike rack bars on the top I've never been a fan of (mostly because of constant leaking when it rains) and less clearance. Well as of a joyride off road this weekend the band-aid has been literally torn off, by a low hanging branch

So on a positive note, I get to practice fiberglass repair work!!!
I like ur handie work!!!!

Oh well I say, and that shouldn't be that hard to patch and if you want at that time you can paint your hard top to, to give your jeep a fresh look...
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Fiber glass is not "that bad" did some small repairs to the bottom of a small boat once. Temperature is very important when you are doing it make sure you have a good day and log sleeves when you start the sanding. Good luck.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:36 PM   #7456
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Fiber glass is not "that bad" did some small repairs to the bottom of a small boat once. Temperature is very important when you are doing it make sure you have a good day and log sleeves when you start the sanding. Good luck.
Jeep tops arent fiberglass they are SMC. If repaired with conventional glass it will fail.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:19 AM   #7457
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Jeep tops arent fiberglass they are SMC. If repaired with conventional glass it will fail.
Might be a dumb question but whats SMC?
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Might be a dumb question but whats SMC?
Sheet Molded Compound. It is fiberglass but the manufacturing process is different. Wikipedia has decent info on it. I also found this link regarding construction and repair.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #7459
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Jeep tops arent fiberglass they are SMC. If repaired with conventional glass it will fail.
I would have to disagree. I done fiberglass repair for many years on RV's and boats; both of which are SMC. The repair is very similar; especially for an item that does not take the amount of abuse as a boat hull. Just use epoxy resin. Polyester resin doesn't stick well to smc because of the impregnated mold release.

Sorry, I just popped on this post and have not viewed pictures. If the damage is not near an edge, grind back about 4-6 inches and about 1/8 - 1/4 depth, if possible; but no more than 1/4 the thickness on a two side repair or 1/3 the thickness on a single side repair. Clean the area then place strips of fiberglass cloth soaked with epoxy resin into the groove ground into the surface. Its good to press down on each layer of cloth to help remove any bubbles that can form between them. The thickness of all the cloth, when complete, should be slightly higher than the original surface. Once dry, grind down to the original surface height. If possible, do a two side repair for strength. If the damage is on an edge, you may rivet a support for more strength. This would be done only on a two side repair or a single side in which the back side of the rivets can not be seen. Make the grinds, both sides if doing a two sided repair, then rivet your support: glass over top using epoxy resin.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:11 AM   #7460
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So I wouldn't call this fun or creative but it was pretty easy and cheap...the PO of my jeep installed these bike rack bars on the top I've never been a fan of (mostly because of constant leaking when it rains) and less clearance. Well as of a joyride off road this weekend the band-aid has been literally torn off, by a low hanging branch

So on a positive note, I get to practice fiberglass repair work!!!
Ok, so now I've gotten on my computer and saw the pictures. I've never worked with the Jeep hard tops, nor have I ever looked at one close enough to see how thick they are. By looking at the tear, it does not look that thick. It's in a good spot as far as there should be no great structural strain put there, if you are taking those mounts off. The worse problem is the thickness verses the long flat area: it will be a great advantage if your Jeep is lifted. That top looks no thinker than 1/8 inch plus gelcoat. This means you will grind only 1/4 the thickness into the top and will need to grind back as much as a foot in the forward and rear directions; not as far from side to side because of body lines. The reason for this is to grind down a slow taper from the wound to the original top. The thickness of the patch is going to be no thicker than the thickness of two sheets of glass cloth, but with no structural strain, that will not hurt. The main problem will be blending the patch with the original surface so there is no obvious repair hump: this is where a lift comes in so no one can see it.

Oh, by the way, have a couple pair of panty hose available.
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Ok, so now I've gotten on my computer and saw the pictures. I've never worked with the Jeep hard tops, nor have I ever looked at one close enough to see how thick they are. By looking at the tear, it does not look that thick. It's in a good spot as far as there should be no great structural strain put there, if you are taking those mounts off. The worse problem is the thickness verses the long flat area: it will be a great advantage if your Jeep is lifted. That top looks no thinker than 1/8 inch plus gelcoat. This means you will grind only 1/4 the thickness into the top and will need to grind back as much as a foot in the forward and rear directions; not as far from side to side because of body lines. The reason for this is to grind down a slow taper from the wound to the original top. The thickness of the patch is going to be no thicker than the thickness of two sheets of glass cloth, but with no structural strain, that will not hurt. The main problem will be blending the patch with the original surface so there is no obvious repair hump: this is where a lift comes in so no one can see it.

Oh, by the way, have a couple pair of panty hose available.
Or you can just use fusor t-21 and forget about the hassle and mess with standard glass.
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Or you can just use fusor t-21 and forget about the hassle and mess with standard glass.
I'm old school, this looks much easier; and took less typing. Thanks for the info!
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I'm old school, this looks much easier; and took less typing. Thanks for the info!
Well where is the fun in that? I enjoyed grinding all that fiberglass fun stuff but if you do go with fiberglass a belt sander I like a lot better then those small palm sanders and makes blending easier in my opinion.
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Well where is the fun in that? I enjoyed grinding all that fiberglass fun stuff but if you do go with fiberglass a belt sander I like a lot better then those small palm sanders and makes blending easier in my opinion.
No matter what system you go with, your sanding fiberglass: don't forget the pantyhose.
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No matter what system you go with, your sanding fiberglass: don't forget the pantyhose.
Why the pantyhose???
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No matter what system you go with, your sanding fiberglass: don't forget the pantyhose.
Pantyhose???
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Has anyone ever thought of using ethernet wire to wire up multiple switches to the fuse box.
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Its an old trick from fiberglass shops i worked in. When your done for the evening, use the pantyhose as a wash rag when bathing. The soap will help release the fibers from the skin then they'll get trapped in the pantyhose so you don't rub them back in.
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Its an old trick from fiberglass shops i worked in. When your done for the evening, use the pantyhose as a wash rag when bathing. The soap will help release the fibers from the skin then they'll get trapped in the pantyhose so you don't rub them back in.
Ahh, well glass doesnt bother me or make me itch
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Has anyone ever thought of using ethernet wire to wire up multiple switches to the fuse box.
Good idea but I be afraid they melt short and catch on fire they are only rated for data not electricity. I would not risk it. I fried alot wires before and those won't hold up unless very very light electricity.

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