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Old 03-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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After 7 months of training with the army I came back and decided I should buy myself a nice toy. And after always wanting a jeep. Here is my new project

My "new" 97 jeep wrangler


It's a little beat up, but that just means it will mean that much more to me when it's perfect.

First thing I had to do was plasti dip those dang grey flares. But I'm hoping to upgrade them so this was just temporary.

What i really want to do is go for an "irish" feel. Have green and black interior. (Dash, seat covers, etc.)
Maybe inspired by these Wet Okole Neoprene Jeep Seat Covers - Quadratec

But I don't know what to do with the outside. I was playing around with green accents but I don't want it to feel like a Monster (the energy drink) jeep.

I was thinking tinting the break lights with 3 leaf clover stencils. Not even sure if that is legal in Colorado? But I can't think of anything else to make my jeep stand out.

Well I just wanted to introduce myself. I hope to stay around here for a long time.

If anyone has some ideas for my lovely new jeep, please let me know.

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Old 03-27-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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Welcome! Let the mods begin!!!!
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #5
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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If anyone has some ideas for my lovely new jeep, please let me know.

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WELCOME And yes, THANK YOU for your SERVICE

My only suggestion is to make it your own. Do what makes it feel / look good to you. There are lots of good knowledgeable folks here. Don't be shy when asking questions.

Good Luck and keep us posted as to what you're doing / done to your new baby!
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:28 PM   #7
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How many "Parts" catalogs are in the mail right now? And THANK YOU for your service!! Alot of people pull the milk jugs off the front bumper ASAP.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #8
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If it is a manual tranny you can always do the beer tap shifter knob mod and use an Irish beer tap!
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:37 PM   #9
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After 7 months of training with the army I came back and decided I should buy myself a nice toy. And after always wanting a jeep. Here is my new project

If anyone has some ideas for my lovely new jeep, please let me know.

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:57 PM   #12
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If anyone has some ideas for my lovely new jeep, please let me know.

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WELCOME And yes, THANK YOU for your SERVICE

My only suggestion is to make it your own. Do what makes it feel / look good to you. There are lots of good knowledgeable folks here. Don't be shy when asking questions.

Good Luck and keep us posted as to what you're doing / done to your new baby![/QUOTE]
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #14
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Thank you for all the kind welcomes, I'm so glad to be here. And radioscooter! That looks incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time to make that up.

I'll be sure to take pictures and post all the things I end up doing.

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Sweet Jeep, I love the '97 model year and think it's one of the best model year for TJs. Nice find!

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:46 PM   #16
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:52 PM   #17
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There are a lot of products for restoring those flares to a shiny better then new look ;D Some people use Kiwi Leather Dye for a cheap easy to obtain fix to your flares. And if you want something that will last a lot longer go for Forever Black trim restore (Not sure if a local shop will have it) or Turtle Wax Trim Restorer which should be at your local autozone. And I too have finally purchased a Wrangler in the last couple of weeks and can mark it off my bucket list as well! GL on your project dude!
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:53 PM   #18
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sorry for the dumb question, but what is a plasti dip? i have a black 98 and my fender flares are the same greyish color. i would def like to change their look!
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sorry for the dumb question, but what is a plasti dip? i have a black 98 and my fender flares are the same greyish color. i would def like to change their look!
Plasti-Dip is the new fad for some, they want to Plasti-Dip everything. Personally, wouldn't use it on the fender flares.

Try some heat from a heat gun on them first. I did that and was happy with the results. Some say it's not permanent but it lasts 8-12 months so when they fade, I'll do the 20 minute job again. A heat gun is an industrial version of a hair dryer, any tool department will have them.

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Plasti-Dip is the new fad for some, they want to Plasti-Dip everything. Personally, wouldn't use it on the fender flares.

Try some heat from a heat gun on them first. I did that and was happy with the results. Some say it's not permanent but it lasts 8-12 months so when they fade, I'll do the 20 minute job again. A heat gun is an industrial version of a hair dryer, any tool department will have them.

You can see the before/after on my previous TJ's fender flares using a heat gun.
wow that does look a lot better! thanks for the tip!
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:36 AM   #22
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Plastic bumper paint works well on fender flares.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #24
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Thank you for all the kind welcomes, I'm so glad to be here. And radioscooter! That looks incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time to make that up.

I'll be sure to take pictures and post all the things I end up doing.

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No problem. If you want to see anything else mocked up, give me a shout.

I'd stick with plasti-dipping the flares. I've seen the heat gun stuff up close and it doesn't always restore the finish uniformly. It can have a "blotchy" effect. The plasti-dip works great and can be removed or touched up easily.

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