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Old 07-07-2013, 09:58 PM   #7921
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I got my rear tube fenders skinned last Thursday since I was home for the 4th. The tubing is 3/4" gas pipe. The skins are 16 ga steel from an air handler unit that was getting replaced on one of my job sites. They aren't finished yet tho, I ran out of welding wire. I have a new spool already but have been busy this weekend with other obligations. Here's a few pics.








Then after that I decided to put in the gas filler from a 98 TJ I picked up from a local bone yard for 10 bux.


The first pilot hole was a little too high and went into the cabin. Guess I shoulda double checked that hight. Oh well, a screw and plastic backing mount from a factory fender works nice to fill the hole till I weld it in.






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Old 07-08-2013, 04:41 PM   #7922
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Been parked in my garage for a week now while I work on getting the new house together. I can't drive it either because I have a few repairs to make after my last wheeling trip. At least I don't have to wait for good weather to work on it anymore though.

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Old 07-08-2013, 11:31 PM   #7923
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Stretched the tub 12". Of to the body shop for finishing.

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Old 07-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #7925
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Drove her around all day topless and doorless. Mainly because I have no top. Hope to get her on the beach Wednesday or tomorrow.

Anyone have a broken set of soft top bows? Need a couple Brackets off them
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #7926
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Drove her around all day topless and doorless. Mainly because I have no top. Hope to get her on the beach Wednesday or tomorrow.

Anyone have a broken set of soft top bows? Need a couple Brackets off them
Nice weather for going topless! I have a question for everyone. Would an OEM soft top look good white? I've seen white YJ's with white hard tops but never ever seen a white soft top, only Grey bikini tops and tan.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #7927
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Yes I think it would look good but hey thats my 0.02.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #7928
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Nice weather for going topless! I have a question for everyone. Would an OEM soft top look good white? I've seen white YJ's with white hard tops but never ever seen a white soft top, only Grey bikini tops and tan.
Never seen one any color but black or spice.. I say white it out.. I'd like to see it. I'm sure it would look pretty cool.
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I decide to white out the soft uppers so if it looks nasty then I'll just scrape the idea. If it looks good then when I get my Jeep re-painted, I'll paint the rest of the top the exact same white so it looks professional.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #7930
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I decide to white out the soft uppers so if it looks nasty then I'll just scrape the idea. If it looks good then when I get my Jeep re-painted, I'll paint the rest of the top the exact same white so it looks professional.
Sounds different. Like a white on white VW Cabrio.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:05 PM   #7931
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:24 PM   #7932
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:50 AM   #7933
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Bumper

A few BOLTS to BOLT the thing ON and I was good to go. Oh, and washers.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:15 AM   #7934
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I found this yj with only 23,300 miles. 1989 JEEP WRANGLER MUST SEE 23300 MILES GARAGED
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:19 AM   #7935
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I found this yj with only 23,300 miles. 1989 JEEP WRANGLER MUST SEE 23300 MILES GARAGED
Can someone say that the PO can't drive a 5 speed?
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:11 PM   #7936
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Stretched the tub 12". Of to the body shop for finishing.
Nice to see someone else with a YJ and a tundra. Keep us posted when that tub is finished it looks sweet.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:29 AM   #7937
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Trying to find a roof rack frame but can't find any other pictures. This is all I could find.

Smittybilt 76711 - Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack in Textured Black for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec

I have windshield fog light mounts so I wonder if I could add an extra few feet of tubing down and under to the frame?
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:54 AM   #7938
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Stretched the tub 12". Of to the body shop for finishing.

How about giving a write up on how you did the body stretch. I have thought about something like that, just never got around to the details.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:34 AM   #7939
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Trying to find a roof rack frame but can't find any other pictures. This is all I could find.

Smittybilt 76711 - Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack in Textured Black for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec

I have windshield fog light mounts so I wonder if I could add an extra few feet of tubing down and under to the frame?

i have windshield lights as well... im also planning to do the flush mounted round LED tails. alot of the racks out there attach to the front of the windshield and behind the tail light. that being said, this is the rack i'll be getting. i looked around quite a bit and this is it
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How about giving a write up on how you did the body stretch. I have thought about something like that, just never got around to the details.
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Was raining unexpected in Apple Valley and my windows are off the back so I improvised at work making a bench cover into a carport for my jeep
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:39 PM   #7942
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Got me a new light bar with a jack mount by Denzus. This thing will blind if look at it when it's on can't wait for a night ride
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:57 PM   #7943
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This evening the wife and I replaced the factory bumper with the Quadratec QRC front bumper and Quadratec winch. Only had to back track once to attach the fair lead to the winch plate.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:53 AM   #7944
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So after getting tired of my ripped-and-broken-ass driver's seat that wouldn't sit all the way up straight, I did a little research and found other users posting that late-90s/early-00s Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire seats are a direct bolt-in replacement. So when Pick-A-Part had seats on special (all manual buckets, $20, as opposed to the usual $35), I figured it was time to give it a go.

Dug through about a dozen cars before the heat started getting to me, so I picked the best two of the lot (lotta glass on them, but little wear or damage) and unbolted them from the floor of a 2003 Sunfire.

From my reading, I knew the stock slider has to stay put and the new seats bolt to that... dug under the driver's seat and found a pair of big T-40 Torx bolts at the ends of each slider: slide seat all the way back, remove rear bolts, slide it all the way forward, remove the front bolts, and lift the seat off.

Repeat the process to get the sliders off the new seats, then... new seats on Jeep sliders! Despite APPEARING to have the same thread, I found the Jeep's bolts didn't thread smoothly into the GM seats, so I used the (longer) GM bolts.

Point of interest: all you need for this operation is a 1/2" socket (will need a deep socket to get the Chev seats off their floor bolts), and a T-40 bit. Also recommend a thin-walled socket for putting the bolts back in after, as the slider channel is really tight - my impact socket kept getting caught when I'd try to pull it out.

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If you want to try some other seats, I measured up the spacing of the bolt holes: 14" front-to-back, and somewhere between 13-3/8" - 13-1/2" side-to-side; the sliders' bolt holes should have a little play available.
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So after getting tired of my ripped-and-broken-ass driver's seat that wouldn't sit all the way up straight, I did a little research and found other users posting that late-90s/early-00s Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire seats are a direct bolt-in replacement. So when Pick-A-Part had seats on special (all manual buckets, $20, as opposed to the usual $35), I figured it was time to give it a go.

Dug through about a dozen cars before the heat started getting to me, so I picked the best two of the lot (lotta glass on them, but little wear or damage) and unbolted them from the floor of a 2003 Sunfire.

From my reading, I knew the stock slider has to stay put and the new seats bolt to that... dug under the driver's seat and found a pair of big T-40 Torx bolts at the ends of each slider: slide seat all the way back, remove rear bolts, slide it all the way forward, remove the front bolts, and lift the seat off.

Repeat the process to get the sliders off the new seats, then... new seats on Jeep sliders! Despite APPEARING to have the same thread, I found the Jeep's bolts didn't thread smoothly into the GM seats, so I used the (longer) GM bolts.

Point of interest: all you need for this operation is a 1/2" socket (will need a deep socket to get the Chev seats off their floor bolts), and a T-40 bit. Also recommend a thin-walled socket for putting the bolts back in after, as the slider channel is really tight - my impact socket kept getting caught when I'd try to pull it out.

End results:

If you want to try some other seats, I measured up the spacing of the bolt holes: 14" front-to-back, and somewhere between 13-3/8" - 13-1/2" side-to-side; the sliders' bolt holes should have a little play available.

Wish I would of kept the seats from my cavalier!
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Put on a Smitty Built SRC roof rack. Tried it out with a kayak over the weekend. Rack works great! But 2.5 4 banger does not like extra drag when running at 55 MPH. Instead of spending lots of $$$ on rack pads I bought three pool noodles from Walmart for $1.50 each and cut a seam down then and put them on the cross bars. Works great.
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Put on a Smitty Built SRC roof rack. Tried it out with a kayak over the weekend. Rack works great! But 2.5 4 banger does not like extra drag when running at 55 MPH. Instead of spending lots of $$$ on rack pads I bought three pool noodles from Walmart for $1.50 each and cut a seam down then and put them on the cross bars. Works great.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that mounting the front supports to the windshield hinges is a pain in the butt. Trying to access the nuts for the three torx screws was nearly impossible because they are located up behind the dash/speakers. Thank god I have an awesome 7 year old son who is into working on the jeep with me and has small hands and some mechanical inclination!! Oh, and PB blaster for the stuck one! Does anybody know an easier way to access the lower hinge nuts?
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[QUOTE="Soundy;3953412"] ...I did a little research and found other users posting that late-90s/early-00s Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire seats are a direct bolt-in replacement...

Seats look great! We did this swap as well w/same sunfire seats, but I don't remember if it was a 2dr/4dr I found them in. I think I read somewhere (after the fact) that it makes a difference. I have a '90 so that may also make a difference but mine were not a direct bolt in. My husband fabricated a bracket for each side to make them work. Still glad I did it. It was definitely worth it! So much better to be able to adjust the seat back now.

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Put on a Smitty Built SRC roof rack. Tried it out with a kayak over the weekend. Rack works great! But 2.5 4 banger does not like extra drag when running at 55 MPH. Instead of spending lots of $$$ on rack pads I bought three pool noodles from Walmart for $1.50 each and cut a seam down then and put them on the cross bars. Works great.
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that mounting the front supports to the windshield hinges is a pain in the butt. Trying to access the nuts for the three torx screws was nearly impossible because they are located up behind the dash/speakers. Thank god I have an awesome 7 year old son who is into working on the jeep with me and has small hands and some mechanical inclination!! Oh, and PB blaster for the stuck one! Does anybody know an easier way to access the lower hinge nuts?

NICE. post some pics, I'm looking at getting the same rack. I like the idea of a pool noodle. I'm gonna be using mine for surfboards. I already have 2 pads but not a bad idea for the middle bar. Also I hope my 10yr olds hands are small enough for the job.

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