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Old 01-13-2013, 02:06 AM   #1
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My orange wallet lightener

I thought it was time to start one of these build threads I've heard so much about. Luckily I've taken pictures of nearly every mod I've done so far. Should be fun in a few years to look back at what the old girl used to look like.

The day I brought it home. I parked it in the grass and had the top down, it was the start of a wonderful thing:


Removed the milk jugs, side steps, and fender flare extensions. You can also kind of see the new shift knob I bought. This was also the first time I took the doors off, which was the exact moment I knew I made the right decision buying a jeep.


Driving it with the doors off, it hit me that I no longer had side mirrors. Thinking it was illegal in my state at the time (it's not), I came up with something quick in the auto parts store parking lot. I used a muffler clamp, a bit of rubber hose, and a convex mirror, and it works great!


Behind the mirror, in case you're curious about the details of how I got it to work.


I got tired of the blown factory subwoofer, so I got a kicker 6.5" sub to replace it and hooked it up to an amp I had laying around. It's not a big booming system, but I didn't have to sacrifice any precious cargo space, either. I also put poly fil in the sub enclosure and rollbar speaker pods, it made a small, but notable difference.


I ordered these roll bar handles from a forum member here. There's a few threads on here about how to make them yourself, but the price was very reasonable and I didn't feel like going through the trial and error of making them right.


Cheap DIY sway bar disconnects:



Installed a set of e-autogrilles rock sliders. For all the bitching people do about this company they make a fairly good quality product. They included all the hardware, no hidden costs for something that should be included anyway, and actually came with good installation instructions.


One of the bolts for the rock slider on the passenger side came in at just the right spot for my wife to catch her ankle on it. To avoid the "your stupid rock sliders..." argument I had to come up with something. I used a rubber chair leg tip, drilled a hole through it and used a couple of washers to make a bumper.


Decided to take care of the rust that was forming on the rear part of the frame.


While I have the bumper off anyway...


I painted the stock tow hooks with orange engine enamel. Painted the headlight bezels black. Also installed some rugged ridge turn signal and headlight guards.


Rugged Ridge tail light guards.


I'm planning to use tax rebates this year for a rugged ridge 4" suspension lift and Dick Cepek mud country tires. Hopefully there's some left for a bikini top, windjammer, and deck cover. Here's hoping!

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Lookin solid. Wish my tax refund gave me enough for a lift. My meager $176 has to be split between jeep and um...college supplies...

Always like seeing people tape stuff off too, my last job I ended up using wrapping paper

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Coming along nicely...I have the 3 piece set -up for the summer. Here is a little info and maybe a suggestion.

I have had both the standard Jammer and wrap around Jammer, IMO a WRAP AROUND is the way to go. It will keep MOST of the water out of the Jeep with a Bikini top and duster. But if you pull your drain plugs it is not a big deal......If I had it to do over I would get a Safari top.

The rain will get in with the wrap around because the Bikini and Jammer both, end at the roll bar, but there is about a 2-3" gap at the top of the jammer. With a safari top the gap at the roll bar would be a non-issue.

Also at highway speeds in steady rain, the water will follow the strap that leads to the footman loop on the windshield on the Bikini top...a safari top would fix that.
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Coming along nicely...I have the 3 piece set -up for the summer. Here is a little info and maybe a suggestion.

I have had both the standard Jammer and wrap around Jammer, IMO a WRAP AROUND is the way to go. It will keep MOST of the water out of the Jeep with a Bikini top and duster. But if you pull your drain plugs it is not a big deal......If I had it to do over I would get a Safari top.

The rain will get in with the wrap around because the Bikini and Jammer both, end at the roll bar, but there is about a 2-3" gap at the top of the jammer. With a safari top the gap at the roll bar would be a non-issue.

Also at highway speeds in steady rain, the water will follow the strap that leads to the footman loop on the windshield on the Bikini top...a safari top would fix that.
Thanks for the info. I pulled the carpet so I don't really care if a little rain gets in, and I really like the look with the 3-piece setup. I will make sure to get the wrap around style jammer though.

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Lookin solid. Wish my tax refund gave me enough for a lift. My meager $176 has to be split between jeep and um...college supplies...

Always like seeing people tape stuff off too, my last job I ended up using wrapping paper
I only had notebook paper for that. The prep took way longer than actually painting it. lol. For the next time I brought a mostly spent 36" roll of paper from my plotter at work. When it gets about 3/4 of the way down the roll the plotter starts to jam anyway.
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Where did you get those convex mirrors from? I could use those on my TJ
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Lookin good, I looooove orange!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:38 PM   #8
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Where did you get those convex mirrors from? I could use those on my TJ
I picked them up from an advance auto parts for around $10. I'd think any auto parts store would have something similar. I leave the muffler clamp on year round and add the mirror when needed. Just remember that objects in this mirror are what they call "closer than they appear". lol
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Lookin good, I looooove orange!
When I was looking to buy my jeep I wanted orange, and ended up driving about 3 hours to get it. I would have settled for yellow or red, but I'm glad I found a good orange one. It was definitely worth the wait.
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Good score, I'd have driven 3 hours too! What do you intend to do with your fender flares? Refreshing the black will look killer against the orange...
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any more info on your swaybar quick disconnects?
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Good score, I'd have driven 3 hours too! What do you intend to do with your fender flares? Refreshing the black will look killer against the orange...
I'm planning to replace them in the not too distant future so I don't want to go through the trouble of painting them. It would look really good in the meantime though... Maybe I'll bed liner them when it starts warming up around here.


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any more info on your swaybar quick disconnects?
I used 7/16" x 2 1/2" clevis pins. I reused the washers from the original links on one side of the clevis pin, and 2-3 washers on the other side to make it a tight fit. They click and pop for a while, and I keep a check on the state of wear from time to time. They were in decent shape after using them last summer, but I'll be replacing them when it warms up. I'm running the factory hardware through winter.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #14
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Lift!

My lift kit and tires came in. Here's what I went with:

Rough Country n2.0 4" suspension lift
Rough Country adjustable track bar
Cragar Series 397 black soft 8s ,15"x8" wheels
Dick Cepek Mud Country 33"x12.50"x15" tires

The lift kit did not come with washers for the new bolts used when dropping the transfer case. Other than that, it was all there to get the Jeep back on the road. I had to drop my transfer case a little further than what the provided spacer did with washers to get rid of drive shaft vibrations. Because of this, getting the shift linkage to work was a PITA. It works now, but a SYE is in my future to raise it back up. The ride is a little rough, not as bad as what everyone makes it out to be, but it's no Cadillac. Someone that wants to do rock crawling wouldn't be satisfied with the stiff springs, but the kit is great for mud and snow on the trails. For the price, I'm really satisfied with it.

tcase drop


New tires and wheels. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to let the chrome center caps slide or not. Everything else that was chrome is now bedlinered. Not sure about making the rims all black, maybe I'll paint them orange this summer.






I just thought it looked funny with only the front finished, so I got pic.
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Looks great! Makes me wanna get my orange beast up and lifted
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Looks nice. You should paint the center caps Orange. I think that would look really good
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Looks nice. You should paint the center caps Orange. I think that would look really good
I agree, but I think my wife just drew her line in the sand on that one. I have a feeling I'll use the words "I don't know how the orange paint got on there" this summer, though.
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You should just bedline those fenders instead of buying new ones. I did mine last year and they still look like new.
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I agree, but I think my wife just drew her line in the sand on that one. I have a feeling I'll use the words "I don't know how the orange paint got on there" this summer, though.
Just say it was peer pressure from this forum...
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Sick Jeep! I almost wish I had an orange one now. Almost lol
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Lookin really GOOD!!! Nice Job!!
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Got some Hella 500s for Xmas and finally decided to brave the cold to install them. For now they're just wired in to the fog light switch. I want to put some switches in the dash to run them and my planned lighting underneath and on the rear.


Took off the spare tire carrier, and found some grommets to plug all the holes. A third brake light isn't necessary in Kentucky, but I'm planning to come up with something soon.


Painted the brake calipers with orange engine enamel.


Changed the gear oil in the differentials with some Lucas 80w90. While I was doing that I noticed that the breather hose for the rear diff had been pulled off because of the lift. I used 4' of 9/32" vacuum hose and replaced it.



I've had the Jeep for 8 months now. It sure has come a long way from stock, but this is a Jeep, so it's not like I'm done. Here's my summer list:
-Slip Yoke Eliminator
-Safari top, windjammer, and tonneau cover
-Bedliner the tub, fender flares, door handles, mirror housings, and anything else that isn't black enough
-Clean up any rust underneath and paint, probably with bedliner
-Switches in dash panel for the planned lighting
-Rig up a third brake light
-Paint center caps orange while the wife isn't home

My actual wish list is fairly large, but that's what I think I can manage this year.
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Looking good.

Personally, I think the orange center caps would look kinda goofy, but that's just my opinion, of course.
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I dig the chrome center caps and lug nuts. And the Jeep! Looks really good. Are you doing the SYE yourself?
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Looking good.

Personally, I think the orange center caps would look kinda goofy, but that's just my opinion, of course.
I'm on a mission to get rid of chrome on my Jeep. It's either orange or black to stay with my theme, and I think the black would be too much in the middle of the black rims and tires. You say goofy, I say it'll make it stand out.

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I dig the chrome center caps and lug nuts. And the Jeep! Looks really good. Are you doing the SYE yourself?
Planning on doing the SYE myself, though I will be borrowing a garage for that one. I'm not a fan of chrome, but those center caps are the only ones I could find. The lug nuts are from the stock wheels, and I plan to change those, too. Or at least use something like colorlugs.
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Rigged up a third (and fourth) brake light today. I used two red clearance lights and zip tied them to the roll bar. Then I just wrapped some wire around the third brake light connections and ran those underneath the roll bar covers from the passenger side across to the driver side. I used some plastic conduit for the one bit of exposed wire to make it look a little more professional. Had to make two small cuts in the roll bar covers to run the wires through to the lights. I'll get some pictures of them illuminated at night when I have some help. They're run through the third brake light, so they don't come on unless you're holding the brake. I'm proud of it, especially considering it was really cheap and easy to do.



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def looking much better. who did you get the handles from on here
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def looking much better. who did you get the handles from on here
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f37/cus...es-121794.html
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Dude, the rig looks awesome! Totally inspires me to do the mods on my Jeep that I want to do.

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