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Old 12-14-2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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Highline Hood & Fender lift

In Australia we have some fairly harsh vehicle modification laws one of them being a max of 5" increase in vehicle height so if you want to run 37's you can only have about an 1" of suspension lift .I've seen a few pictures of rigs with a highline hood chop and lifted fenders and chopped rear guards I figger you should gain about 3 " in wheel clearance.

We are looking a doing my mates TJ over the Christmas break and mine later in the year.

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Has anyone here done this any advice would be welcome

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i'm you've seen them before, but i would suggest the AEV highline fender kit. it's pricey, but it looks like your friend has spent a good deal on his jeep already. it looks like he has invested in quality parts/brands so he would probably appreciate the craftsmanship of the AEV kit.

the DIY highfender jobs i've seen while retaining the acutal fender have all been pretty 'shotty' to say the least. "function" is #1 in my book, but there still is no need to make "form" look bad just for the sake of function.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12503_300_T.htm


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Old 12-14-2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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we thaught about that but have heard that the AEV kit leaves the inner fender in the stock position and it will cost heaps to freight plus import duty and goods tax
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I don't know what your laws are about Fenders in general, but have you all thought about something like this?

http://www.4wheelers.com/hoods.html

That's a local Phoenix company that makes these hoods and they bad ass. You have to relocate pretty much everything, but it's worth it in the end. Then in the rear you could just put some comp cut corners on there and have tons of new clearance for 37's.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:31 AM   #5
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holy crap man!! you think you got enoff wheel weights on that left rear wheel! wow!!
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I don't know what your laws are about Fenders in general, but have you all thought about something like this?

http://www.4wheelers.com/hoods.html

That's a local Phoenix company that makes these hoods and they bad ass. You have to relocate pretty much everything, but it's worth it in the end. Then in the rear you could just put some comp cut corners on there and have tons of new clearance for 37's.
They look pretty cool but the tyre must be completely covered.
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holy crap man!! you think you got enoff wheel weights on that left rear wheel! wow!!
hehehehe 2x 1st things first though if you want to add 37s.. what axles you have?

How about cutting the hood and adding tube fenders? It would cost you the price of the tube fenders only...

Thats what tube fenders look like. They replace the stock fenders completely.

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hehehehe 2x 1st things first though if you want to add 37s.. what axles you have?

How about cutting the hood and adding tube fenders? It would cost you the price of the tube fenders only...

Thats what tube fenders look like. They replace the stock fenders completely.

Currie 9" F & R with all the good stuff

I realli like the look of tube fenders but we want to keep it as stock looking as practical
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Currie 9" F & R with all the good stuff

I realli like the look of tube fenders but we want to keep it as stock looking as practical
With 37's?

Sure, no one will see anything, totally stealth!
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With 37's?

Sure, no one will see anything, totally stealth!
I was thinking the same thing. I mean, I see jeeps on 37's all the time and wonder when it's gonna get a real lift!
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Ok I know it sounds a bit strange but it is more a matter of what you can get away with tube fenders would be a challange legally.But if it looks stackish your less lightly to have trouble when it comes to inspection time

the plan also involves coilovers f & R for it to be set up for off road at other than inspection time

we have to get an engineer to certify all major mods then get approved by registation authority this is a fairly costly and time consuming buisness so it pays to play the game to some extent.
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a bloke from Western Australia did a pretty neat job here's a link to a thread I found

http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/...ad.php?t=55352
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Sweet! One of these days...
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oooo that ausie jeep is sweet, you can see the flares cover the head lights a bit though since he didnt bend them down and those 9"? "foglights" are huge
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Are those cab clearance lights or just reflectors? Is it something required down there or just a personal mod?
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oh i like those cab lights.. thats a good idea.. instead of drilling holes.. just put the orange side outside and an led inside or something.
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yeah i like that idea of the clearance lights! hmmmm i may try to figure out how to do that!
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Are those cab clearance lights or just reflectors? Is it something required down there or just a personal mod?
not required but a pretty cool mod
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i wanted to put on lights like those on mine but i didnt want to drill holes or have wires running through my white roof.. now that has given me a good idea
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those fog lights look extremely cheap
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:30 AM   #22
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Krankie,

There are a number of people who have "Highlined" their hood and relocated their fenders in the states although I've not seen any on WF. Rokmen and nth both did using tube fenders. Most of the projects look pretty good as long as cutting is done carefully. I can probably find you some off WF links if you would like to PM me.

I'm running the AEV kit and yes it would cost heeps to get it down under. It is designed to be in the stock location but since it is a redesigned fender, the upper surface is as high as a stock fender relocation would be (as is the inner as well).

I'd like to see how your project progresses but I have doubts as to whether you will be able to clear 37's with any significant articulation at only 1" lift with stock flares. That being said, give it a shot and let us know how it turns out as I am very curious.
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those fog lights look extremely cheap
they r extremely expensive tho
(if your talking about the lightforce lights)
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RedRubiTJ you have PM
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hehe """"ffoooogg lllliiigghhhtttssssss""""

btw i just noticed its a right hand drive jeep lol
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here's a before picture on 37's
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Made a start today it was 110 deg outside and hotter in the shed got the LH guard mounted up ok but ran into some problems with the Battery tray trying to get the big 975 cca optima to fit

















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Krankie, I am not sure if this applies in your instance, but the AEV kit effectively raises the tray, keeping the tray the original size. The mounting bracket at the cowl is altered, not the tray itself as this is the same height adjust as fender. The hood will allow this without any trouble (in my case anyways). HTH.

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How will you get rid of the gaps in the front around the grill? I really like your progress, it looks real good.

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