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Old 03-09-2013, 11:23 PM   #271
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Don't have the seat covers. Bit I do have the tailgate storage setup. Good idea poor execution. The webbing on o.T. started to pull off the base material via poor stitching. I fixed it with am old school sewing machine ment for canvas. All I had in the pouch was a tow strap.
Ya that's wut I thought .. They look cool.. But poor quality .. Thanx

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #272
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great thread! lots of good info

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #273
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thanks folks, learned a lot tonight, read the complete thread, so:
no K-N now
Neoprene seat covers (already on so will see how I like them)
No change to the exhaust at this time
Will stay away from the BB until ready to dish out a few more $$ for the "complete"deal
Go with KC off road lights (PO had them removed already so need to replace
Spyder recovery bumper (already installed, looks and fits great will see how it holds up)
Try the front spring swap with the XJ or ZJ springs since the front has the "jacked up rear" look
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:15 PM   #274
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Try the front spring swap with the XJ or ZJ springs since the front has the "jacked up rear" look
If you're gonna go with the v8 zj springs up front ya need 2" coil spacers or 2" Lift springs so that it sits level
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:27 PM   #275
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May need an adhesion promoter, or actual paint for plastic ,
Actually for interior or dash painting, go to a hobby shop and get tamiya model paint. You can find almost any color you want and it's made for most plastics and vinyls. It's An old kit car trick that's been done for years...
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:00 AM   #276
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stay away from rough country quick disconnects. I thought this was a rather fool proof part and thus had opted for the cheaper rough country product but they have been nothing but problems for me.
Stick to the JKS or currie anti rock
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:50 AM   #277
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thanks folks, learned a lot tonight, read the complete thread, so:
no K-N now
Neoprene seat covers (already on so will see how I like them)
No change to the exhaust at this time
Will stay away from the BB until ready to dish out a few more $$ for the "complete"deal
Go with KC off road lights (PO had them removed already so need to replace
Spyder recovery bumper (already installed, looks and fits great will see how it holds up)
Try the front spring swap with the XJ or ZJ springs since the front has the "jacked up rear" look
I have neoprene (Wet O's) and love them. I have a set on my pickup as well that are over 10 years old and they look like new. So I think this is a personal preference thing. Also, my Jeep doesnt sit outside much, its usually parked in the garage at night and in covered parking during the day.
I would suggest you consider Rigid LED lights too. I dont have the stock or KC fog lights on my Jeep, I have the Rigids. In fact, I have 4 of the minis (4 LED small square units) and a 10" Rigid LED light bar at the winch. These units are hard core, and use very little watts compared to the KCs. The KCs that were on my Jeep (OEM) were plastic and broke, the Rigids are metal. Just a thought.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #278
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I have neoprene (Wet O's) and love them. I have a set on my pickup as well that are over 10 years old and they look like new. So I think this is a personal preference thing. Also, my Jeep doesnt sit outside much, its usually parked in the garage at night and in covered parking during the day.
I would suggest you consider Rigid LED lights too. I dont have the stock or KC fog lights on my Jeep, I have the Rigids. In fact, I have 4 of the minis (4 LED small square units) and a 10" Rigid LED light bar at the winch. These units are hard core, and use very little watts compared to the KCs. The KCs that were on my Jeep (OEM) were plastic and broke, the Rigids are metal. Just a thought.
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If you can find a way to break a Rigid, I'll be surprised. Last year at the Mint 400, they had one laying across two cinder blocks with a JKU parked on top of it during contingency.

Have to see what they have this year when I head down next week. Provided no one runs me over during qualifying.
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If you can find a way to break a Rigid, I'll be surprised. Last year at the Mint 400, they had one laying across two cinder blocks with a JKU parked on top of it during contingency.

Have to see what they have this year when I head down next week. Provided no one runs me over during qualifying.
Thanks, thats good to know.. good luck this year..
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Thanks, thats good to know.. good luck this year..
Not racing this year unfortunately, working qualifying and a checkpoint/spectator area.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:08 AM   #281
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #282
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Krylon fusion is the way to go. I painted my door and most of my dash about 8 months ago and have not touched it since. Be sure to let it cure for at least 2 days before using though. I tried to put the door plastic on a few hours after painting the first time and a lot of the paint came off the near every place you had to touch to install. THe next time I waited 48-72 hours and I have had absolutely no problem since.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:24 PM   #283
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The only mod I regret is the Bestop bikini. It's great until you need to remove it in a hurry. Then it's a huge pain.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #284
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Agree 100 percent tiger...i like the way it looks, but such a pain in the butt
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:34 PM   #285
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For most people this is a mod to avoid lol
I like that bumper a lot. I have the matching rear and almost bought the front also but I got an XRC style bumper instead just because I don't have a winch and I feel like there'd be a lot of extra space without it. Seeing yours makes me think I should have gotten it lol I like mine also so no complaints really.

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Old 03-12-2015, 02:58 PM   #286
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I dont know why but I have been obsessing about tires lol

until recently my #1 pick was BFG M/T KM2 with the two center tread lines siped.

My brother in law got me looking at MasterCraft Courser MT (I would also get the center treads siped)

both seem to be good choices the MasterCrafts sound like they might last longer but neither would do "great" as a daily driver that sees a lot of road, and both seem to be pretty slick on wet pavement and through snow and ice.

My new #1 (for today) is the Goodyear Wrangler MTR with Kevlar. They look mean, do well in harsh terrains and maintain a very stable ride on pavement even through rain and snow.

plus they say wrangler right on them lol
I love my Wrangler MTRs!
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X2 on the Neoprene Seat Covers. Look cool, anything but.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:21 PM   #288
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My most hated mod is a much needed one but I still HATE it, had to do it three times (on my three different Jeeps now): installing a new rear bumper! Sucked every time: 2x from Smittybilt and 1x from ARB - every time the instructions were really bad, we almost broke our damn fingers trying to reach spots obstructed by the gas tank and every time we used up our monthly allotment of swear words in one day....
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:53 PM   #289
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I'd say stay away from aftermarket exhaust systems. I mean seriously, it's a 6 cylinder Jeep. I can understand if you have true duals on an old 8 cylinder CJ but not todays age Jeeps. I guess that's "cool" if you are 18. X2 on stickers as BLK00TJ said. A decal here and there looks fine but IMO looks cheap and tacky when you have them all over the place. Here's another mod to avoid if you DON'T off-road... Mud terrain tires!
I'm with ya on the MT tires if you don't wheel. Mine is a pavement princess but I wanted to have something that would do some trailing so I dropped 700.00 on goodrich at's That was the best at on the market I researched. We just had a freak snow storm in AL and dropped 7 inches of snow over night so I finally got to drive my jeep in something I bought it for. and man I tell ya it was great.
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:57 PM   #290
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oh my biggest regret is my soft top. I bought with only a hard top so I had no frame to get a replacement soft top. I went with the besttop frameless. sounded like a good idea at the time. I can flip it back no prob for sun, but to take it off. you can't just take it off anywhere like you can a factory top. I can take the windows out and run a safari type rig but the window are so big, no where to put them. I think its rampage that has a place in the roof to store the windows.... better idea.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:09 PM   #291
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Great thread. learning a ton. Have only had the Jeep for 2 months now, and because of this forum and the rest of you, I hope not
to have anything to add to this thread.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:20 PM   #292
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That's now two comments about the locking Instatrunk... interesting, I ws thinking about getting one!
I bought one used off Craigslist and am very happy with it. It is very useful when the softop is on or around the holidays. I consider it a great value but I I paid $60 bucks for it. At $150 though... not so much maybe. Keep your eyes peeled for one!
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:24 PM   #293
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Smittybilt GEAR covers and anything else GEAR...and anything else Smittybilt. My GEAR covers didn't last 8 months. They ripped and the paracords snapped. Most uncomfortable things I ever sat in.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:43 PM   #294
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JKS disconnects are an avoidable part to me, too much of a pain to disconnect/reconnect them every time (Maybe I'm just lazy). Plus you can't just randomly hit a back road trail. With Antirock you can, and I never have to mess with disconnecting again.

Monstaliner wasn't all that great in my opinion either. I cleaned, stripped, scuffed, cleaned, prepped and it just isn't holding up. I should've had it professionally sprayed Line-X or something and done it right the first time.

50" LED light bar. Don't get me wrong, it's cool and fun to light things up. But they're just not practical and hardly get used by me.

Antirock, Metalcloak control arms, and Corbeau Baja RS seats have been some of my favorite mods so far.
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Antirock, Metalcloak control arms, and Corbeau Baja RS seats have been some of my favorite mods so far.
How much are those Metal cloak control arms and are they adjustable?
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Stuff new owners get sucked into:
  • BL > 1.25"
  • CAI and/or snorkels
  • Fancy cast iron diff plates (get welded plate)
  • Neoprene seat covers (hello swamp butt)
  • Putting stickers of every part you've ever installed on the fenders (I don't advertise for stuff I paid for)
  • Tube bumpers (I admit I wanted these when I first got my Jeep. Thank goodness I was broke from the payments)
  • Stupid loud exhaust systems (Annoying on trails)
I have worked with the people at Airaid and they used my 2007 Shelby GT500 and 2011 F350 as test vehicles. They do a lot of research and I must say that their products are good and do what they state or they won't produce them. Not all CAIs are the same, but every Airaid product I have had has been great.
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How much are those Metal cloak control arms and are they adjustable?
I bought the set of MC adjustable control arms for $959 shipped. They now also offer them in aluminum and double adjustable. Neither of which are beneficial enough to justify the added cost. IMO
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Just read this thread from start to finish. Good information, and some funny stuff too

I'm transferring to Hawaii in April and have been kicking around the idea of the bestop frameless top or a bikini top in place of my factory soft top... But it's beginning to sound like the stock top is a better option... Hmm..
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Just read this thread from start to finish. Good information, and some funny stuff too

I'm transferring to Hawaii in April and have been kicking around the idea of the bestop frameless top or a bikini top in place of my factory soft top... But it's beginning to sound like the stock top is a better option... Hmm..
If you are transferring to Hawaii, then it might be a good idea to get some POR-15 or some sort of other frame underbody protectant if you haven't already
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