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Old 07-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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Smile Roll Bar Pads (replacements)

Ok, so I am sooooo tired of the purple look to my once black 98 TJ roll bar pads. Suggestions on best place to get new pads? Experiences others have had replacing them? Any suggestions?

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Old 07-05-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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You can paint them with black Krylon fabric paint. They look as good as new and only cost around $8.00 for two cans. Just remove them, throw in the washer and paint outdoors. They did smell for a couple of days afterwards but now they look as good as new.

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Do you have any pics?
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I would also love to see before and after pics.
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I don't have any pics of before, but I do have a side by side. Top is painted, bottom is faded.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:41 AM   #6
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SOLD...looks like I have a project to do :-)
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Thanks a million! SOLD as well.
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Any lessons learned while doing this that could help?
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:24 PM   #9
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Wow. I wonder if they were ever that good. My jeep is silver and I don't remember what color they were new
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Some of the easy looking stuff turn out to be a PITA.

Were they easy to remove and put back on?
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The zippers on my 98 did not unzip very smoothly so before I put them back on I zipped them up and trickled liquid wrench down them. They unzipped very smoothly after that.
Also the pads directly above the driver and passenger require a special security torx bit to remove that portion of the cage that I couldn't find anywhere. That piece of the bar needs removed to get the pad off. I still haven't decided to keep it or just cut it off. I'm sure the tool can be found somewhere but I've had zero luck so I just rotated them to the not so faded side.
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The zippers on my 98 did not unzip very smoothly so before I put them back on I zipped them up and trickled liquid wrench down them. They unzipped very smoothly after that.
Also the pads directly above the driver and passenger require a special security torx bit to remove that portion of the cage that I couldn't find anywhere. That piece of the bar needs removed to get the pad off. I still haven't decided to keep it or just cut it off. I'm sure the tool can be found somewhere but I've had zero luck so I just rotated them to the not so faded side.
I felt stupid for asking, glad I did
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:04 PM   #13
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Quick google search came up with this
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The security torx can be found at any pep-boys or auto-zone or advanced auto. It is the same size as the one on the seatbelt mount but has a hole in the center for a pin. Loosen that torx, but remove the mount from the front windshield, and roll-bar so you don't have to fold the front windshield forward like I did when I took them off. For the rollbar bar pads I used a shovel inserted into them to keep them in their natural shape, and If I was going to do it over, I wouldn't remove the pad from the soundbar, I would remove soundbar, then the speakers and light, wash it down and rinse well, let it dry in the sun for a day and paint it still on the sound bar. Their is padding in there that can be a pain in the butt. But still it wasn't that hard to do. If you paint them, or replace them, you still need that torx bit. And I just checked the size is T-50.
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Holy crap. Think I'll leave mine purple
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Holy crap. Think I'll leave mine purple
LOL, I was just thinking the same thing.
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The security torx can be found at any pep-boys or auto-zone or advanced auto. It is the same size as the one on the seatbelt mount but has a hole in the center for a pin. Loosen that torx, but remove the mount from the front windshield, and roll-bar so you don't have to fold the front windshield forward like I did when I took them off. For the rollbar bar pads I used a shovel inserted into them to keep them in their natural shape, and If I was going to do it over, I wouldn't remove the pad from the soundbar, I would remove soundbar, then the speakers and light, wash it down and rinse well, let it dry in the sun for a day and paint it still on the sound bar. Their is padding in there that can be a pain in the butt. But still it wasn't that hard to do. If you paint them, or replace them, you still need that torx bit. And I just checked the size is T-50.
You dont have to buy a special torx for those if you have a small punch laying around. That small tit sticking up is easy to snap off with a chisel or small punch. 1 smack with a hammer and it turns into a regular T50
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It isn't really that hard to do. I had everything off in about 30 minutes. It took be about two weeks to get everything back on, but only because I tried to dye them first and that didn't do anything. If you take them off on a Saturday morning you can have them painted by the end of the day and back on that night. If you don't want the smell then you will have to wait two or three days before you put them back on.

Sorry if we scared you, it is an easy thing to do and makes a big difference on how the jeep looks.
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It isn't really that hard to do.

Sorry if we scared you, it is an easy thing to do and makes a big difference on how the jeep looks.
X2...it is cake and it makes a huge difference
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You dont have to buy a special torx for those if you have a small punch laying around. That small tit sticking up is easy to snap off with a chisel or small punch. 1 smack with a hammer and it turns into a regular T50
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I keep putting painting my flares off. I got to get off my lazy ars and do this stuff. Only time I work on my jeep is when something breaks
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So much great info...thanks everyone
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Tamper proof torx bit is what you need. But as stated above a well placed smack will most always remove the stub
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Painting pads...

Just did this myself.

Used Dupli-Color Vinyl & Fabric spray (flat black). Simply unzipped pads, separated from foam, washed in washing machine, let air dry, lay them out flat and spray.

For the sound bar... I removed the bar from the jeep (4 bolts), cleaned with water and stiff brush, let dry, taped off at the seams covering the side and bottom panels (different type of fabric) and sprayed just the top side.

These photos show the sound bar back in place but the pads had not be reinstalled. Still have to do the pads over the doors... you can see the color comparison with the sound bar.
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So with theese fabric paints. Has anyone been caught out in the rain after painting? I would hate for the black to run like the prom queens mascara
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DLA looks great!
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I'd just be happy to find a set of pads from a newer TJ. I like the thicker padding vs the paper thin stuff on my 97.
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I'd just be happy to find a set of pads from a newer TJ. I like the thicker padding vs the paper thin stuff on my 97.
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Just did this myself.

Used Dupli-Color Vinyl & Fabric spray (flat black). Simply unzipped pads, separated from foam, washed in washing machine, let air dry, lay them out flat and spray.

For the sound bar... I removed the bar from the jeep (4 bolts), cleaned with water and stiff brush, let dry, taped off at the seams covering the side and bottom panels (different type of fabric) and sprayed just the top side.

These photos show the sound bar back in place but the pads had not be reinstalled. Still have to do the pads over the doors... you can see the color comparison with the sound bar.
Looks great btw.
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Its a little bit messier, but you could also get the fabric dye stuff at the grocery store or Wal-Mart. Dunk the pads in a bucket of that stuff and you're all set.

No idea how it would hold up vs. the Krylon spray, but it will be deeper in the fabric than a spray would be, so I would guess it would hold up a little bit longer.

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