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Old 06-02-2013, 09:21 PM   #17041
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I'm new to the forum, but today I changed out the manifold that was cracked to the new style that has the flex pipes, and I changed the valve cover gasket.
Welcom Lamar...hope the manifold work works out for ya.

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Old 06-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #17042
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I have a flame red TJ so i painted my speaker bezels to match and the covers to a gloss black! Install pic tomorrow

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Intalled new Rear Speakers - Polk Audio DB651

I got the speakers in last week but was traveling so I just got to the install today. I had a little trouble getting them in and they are not flush mounted as the stock speakers were. However, it is not obtrusive to me. I installed the Speakers and the Grills that came with the Polk Audio DB651s. I took some pictures while installing and loaded them up in the Gallery. You can search the gallery for my name or for "Replace Rear Speakers in 04 TJ" and you can find them all.

Difference between stock speakers and DB651:


First, I found after trying to install with the pod attached to the roll bar, that it was much more difficult working upside down. So if you are going to do this, take the pods off and work on the ground. Much easier and quicker.

Remove the speaker by taking out the 4 #1 Phillips Screws. With the factory speakers they have a harness that clicks into the speaker. I cut that out, leaving just the wire, not the connector, crimped on a quick connect to attach to the new Polks. One for each post (+ and -). You could just spot weld the wires to the terminal, but I don't see the need myself and this is still a clean way to do it. I can also remove this and reattach the original speakers, should I ever trade this in.

To attach the speakers to the pods, I used the original screws that came out of the stock speakers to set the first screw in place. Since I was going to use the Polk Grill, I left the other 3 original mounting holes empty and used the other screw holes in the speaker to screw into the pod. For this, I used the screws that came with the DB651s (self tapping) to screw in 3 other holes, not the original mounting holes though. Then after getting the speaker in, I set the Polk Grill on top of the 4 original holes and with the 3 remaining holes not used, I screwed the grill into place.
Here is the look post install from the Top down.

Here is a look post install from the side to show how much the grill will stick up.

After this, just reattach the pods into the jeep. My finished look is as follows:


More pictures in the Gallery if you are interested. Thanks to KentClark for the reassurance that they would fit. I suppose as they say your mileage may vary but this was not an exact fit as KentClark said but it looks great to me and sounds much better!
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #17044
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Drove it.

Been out of town for few weeks. Let my buddy drive it. I drove around today. He asked me I noticed change. Other than less gas and radio station change I did not. I finally checked up front. This is war.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:11 AM   #17045
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Been out of town for few weeks. Let my buddy drive it. I drove around today. He asked me I noticed change. Other than less gas and radio station change I did not. I finally checked up front. This is war.
A friend of mine drove around for two weeks with a license plate frame that said "I'm a meat gazer". He couldn't figure out why so many people were honking at him. He wasn't too happy! Lol!
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:23 AM   #17046
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I tore my transfer case down hopefully for the last time. My RVT seal leaked, and after it was apart, I noticed some crap in the case.... so...

Hopefully I have it back in my wednesday evening.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:15 AM   #17047
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Had some fun this weekend


DSC_4370 by homebrwd, on Flickr


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This last one is from a OBX trip a couple weeks ago.


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New Jeep owner here (98 TJ), and I spend a lot of time on this forum looking at things that need to be done. Here's what I did last. I was doing it outdoors in the wind, so I prob overdid the masking.... Took about 3 1/2 hours for all four fenders. New bumper end caps are on the way, so the milk jugs are short lived. Also have front speaker adapters coming to get started replacing the stocks with 5.25's. You guys are costing me a ton.
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New Jeep owner here (98 TJ), and I spend a lot of time on this forum looking at things that need to be done. Here's what I did last. I was doing it outdoors in the wind, so I prob overdid the masking.... Took about 3 1/2 hours for all four fenders. New bumper end caps are on the way, so the milk jugs are short lived. Also have front speaker adapters coming to get started replacing the stocks with 5.25's.

You guys are costing me a ton.
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New Jeep owner here (98 TJ), and I spend a lot of time on this forum looking at things that need to be done. Here's what I did last. I was doing it outdoors in the wind, so I prob overdid the masking.... Took about 3 1/2 hours for all four fenders. New bumper end caps are on the way, so the milk jugs are short lived. Also have front speaker adapters coming to get started replacing the stocks with 5.25's. You guys are costing me a ton.
Nuce job! Freshening up those fenders make it look new again.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:33 AM   #17051
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New Jeep owner here (98 TJ), and I spend a lot of time on this forum looking at things that need to be done. Here's what I did last. I was doing it outdoors in the wind, so I prob overdid the masking.... Took about 3 1/2 hours for all four fenders. New bumper end caps are on the way, so the milk jugs are short lived. Also have front speaker adapters coming to get started replacing the stocks with 5.25's. You guys are costing me a ton.
I think my fenders was the first thing I to my Jeep also. You think this addiction is expensive... try having a Jeep and gun addiction! Good thing I gamble a lot
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:40 AM   #17052
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I like this idea too, thanks I might make one, either way its NOT going back on the windshield. I have mirrors on both sides, so here in Va I'm legal WITHOUT the rear view mirror, but at the same time I'm also 50 and have had a rear view for the past 36 years I've been driving, so ya kinda get used to one being there
Now this puts me in a quandary, I knew we needed 2 rearward facing mirrors in VA (of which I only have 1 currently when doorless). I was always just fine with the rearview and looking out the back, but since I got my spare on and hi-lift mounted 2 weeks ago, I can't see anything out the rearview. Now I'm thinking go ahead with the reloc brackets fo the sides, and ditch the annoyingly low rearview... aahh the problems Jeeps bring
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Now this puts me in a quandary, I knew we needed 2 rearward facing mirrors in VA (of which I only have 1 currently when doorless). I was always just fine with the rearview and looking out the back, but since I got my spare on and hi-lift mounted 2 weeks ago, I can't see anything out the rearview. Now I'm thinking go ahead with the reloc brackets fo the sides, and ditch the annoyingly low rearview... aahh the problems Jeeps bring
In this state, FL, the rearview mirror doesn't count if obstructed by say a huge tire and hi-lift. Otherwise only one is required.
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i think my fenders was the first thing i to my jeep also. You think this addiction is expensive... Try having a jeep and gun addiction! Good thing i gamble a lot

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Old 06-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #17055
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First post on this thread but today I installed my best top trek top nx it's the black diamond color and it looks pretty badass
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:55 PM   #17056
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First post on this thread but today I installed my best top trek top nx it's the black diamond color and it looks pretty badass
looks killer! now dedline the faded flares, and break off the milk-jugs.
gonna look suh-weet!
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looks killer! now dedline the faded flares, and break off the milk-jugs.
gonna look suh-weet!
I got an aftermarket bumper on there and the fenders are next along with painting the frame with por15
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:15 PM   #17058
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I got an aftermarket bumper on there and the fenders are next along with painting the frame with por15
cool. your bumper is the one that i modled mine after. haha. i changed it up a little bit, but its nearly the same.
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Lots. finally called the machine shop trying to schedule the rebuild (bearings on the crank are shot, she sounds lovely right now). and I finally got around to fixing all my aux lighting that has not been working due to faulty wiring. a lot of soldering. removed the tire carrier brake light that hasn't worked for years. I even had time to paint the side mirrors. the aluminum oxidized pretty bad and most of the paint chipped off. tomorrow is rust repair on some small parts, door handle, light gaurds, whinch, etc... finally got some time to do some long needed touching up. and get the ball rolling on the major touch up
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Was not today but on Saturday loaded up the jeep and took wife and daughter along with other family to the lake. Lived here since '88 and first time been to the lake in the next county. Was so nice having top down and doorless.
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took the hard top off and put the safari top on
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Did a little work on the door handles and side mirrors
Sanded and painted them
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Went to my brothers and installed a chrome grill overlay on his 04

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alignment shop pointed out I have two bad ball joints and my tie rod is bent, welp, I took that as a chance to order my ZJ tie rod upgrade parts and some new Moog ball joints
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alignment shop pointed out I have two bad ball joints and my tie rod is bent, welp, I took that as a chance to order my ZJ tie rod upgrade parts and some new Moog ball joints
That sounds like my trip to the alignment shop!
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Another bit of work for the day installed daylighters and boy there bright!
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got a little buzzed and a little more bored, and decided to paint the plastic rail that covers the injector wires green. ill slowly work some more green into the engine bay. im trying to be careful not to let it get too ricey/out of hand. i like it though.



also, later my buddy brought over his yellow '00 sport, and we finished up the install of a set of crappy old aux lights i gave him, fixed/installed his switch pannel, pulled off his milk jugs, and blow-torch-ed the flares back to black. hes making progress. now if i could just get him to pull off the 2" BL, and the nerf bars...


it makes SUCH a difference. they were straight up grey.
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alignment shop pointed out I have two bad ball joints and my tie rod is bent, welp, I took that as a chance to order my ZJ tie rod upgrade parts and some new Moog ball joints
I bent my tie rod up and am looking at doing the same thing.. Tomorrow I get my pay check and will be starting! It doesn't look to difficult.
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[QUOTE=homebrwd;3820010]Had some fun this weekend

Holy shutter speed, those are awesome photos! Nice!!

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