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Old 10-16-2012, 04:06 PM   #91
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It has a plastic rivet that holds it in place before you cut the rails. I opted not to drill another hole in the modified Rubi rail to accomodate that rivet. The end cap has enough compression on it to stay put. It just slides right back into place.
Got it. I'll probably throw on a dab of epoxy just in case, but it's good to know that it's probably not required. Thanks!

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:36 PM   #92
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Really nice build!! Where did u get the commando green paint? I trimmed my pinch seam and I want to paint over the cut seam.

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:38 AM   #93
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Really nice build!! Where did u get the commando green paint? I trimmed my pinch seam and I want to paint over the cut seam.
Thanks man!

I got it at a local automotive paint supply shop here in town that supplies all the body shops.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:15 PM   #94
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Just a question I've always wondered (from one still waiting to order):

What do you do with the old wheels/tires?

It's hard to wrap my mind around spending $2k+ more on 5 wheels/tires without some (big) price offset for the already good ones you have on stock.


Congrats, your Jeep looks great!
I just got my new Jeep this week, first thing I did was order a new set up rims and tires. Then put my OEM wheels and tires on craigslist. I listed them for 1000 but honestly I would take practically anything for them, so I don't have to store them. lol

btw, sick ride. I like what you did with the spare tire location. I'm starting to think I should have done that instead of spending all that money for the 5th wheel.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #95
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I love the use or the qtec magnet! I always use painters tape but I'm digging your idea.

Jeep is looking bad ass! Did you order the evo skids?
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:56 PM   #96
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I love the use or the qtec magnet! I always use painters tape but I'm digging your idea.

Jeep is looking bad ass! Did you order the evo skids?
Thanks Sue!

I sure did order the EVO skids. I ordered them from Northridge 4x4 along with the Teraflex HD carrier and tire mount. I'll get them welded on next week. I need to prep the axles before going to the welder.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #97
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Love this build and those tires are fantastic. Watching this one closely. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #98
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Thanks mckron.

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I installed my fold-dow M.O.L.L.E. storage panel on the tailgate this evening.

Here is the obligatory "before" shot of the tailgate. Plain jane needs some help.



All in all, it went pretty smoothly. I did run into a problem using the supplied phillips head screws. They're terrible! The soft metal instantly rounded out when I tried to screw it into the suggested 1/8" pilot hole.

Instead, I found some hex head screws in my tool chest and moved up to a 9/32" drill bit for a pilot hole. These hex head bolts went in much, much easier and feel a lot sturdier.



Here it is all installed and folded down. You can see the silver heads of the screws I used. I prepped the other hardware last night by painting a few coats of flat black on them. So much for that effort. The 2 stripped ones went in the garbage and the other 2 in my tool chest.



Looks pretty level to me!



And here it is folded up. I still need to get some MOLLE bags. I'll lay out what I want to carry and look for the appropriate bags. I'm thinking a few required items include a flash light, and a pouch for recovery gear. I'm also thinking a first-aid bag would be nice.



The pins don't come attached with a lanyard of any sort. They're loosely inserted in the panel when it arrives. I used some green paracord and tied the pins to the panel so they won't get lost.



I painted the ugly silver hex heads and they blend in now. The paint is still drying in these pictures, hence the sheen around the heads.



Final picture of it all installed and this project is a wrap!



There are two things I still want to address on the panel though.

I want to fashion a flat surface to mount to the back of the panel that will act as a smooth top. That is especially nice to set drinks on or work as a prep top for food and whatnot.

And number two, there is going to probably be a rattle when encountering bumps on the road due to the pins having some play inside the fold down portion of the panel. I read that someone put some shrink wrap tubing on the pin and that helped dampen the rattle. I may look into that method.
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Thanks mckron.

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I installed my fold-dow M.O.L.L.E. storage panel on the tailgate this evening.

Here is the obligatory "before" shot of the tailgate. Plain jane needs some help.

All in all, it went pretty smoothly. I did run into a problem using the supplied phillips head screws. They're terrible! The soft metal instantly rounded out when I tried to screw it into the suggested 1/8" pilot hole.

Instead, I found some hex head screws in my tool chest and moved up to a 9/32" drill bit for a pilot hole. These hex head bolts went in much, much easier and feel a lot sturdier.

Here it is all installed and folded down. You can see the silver heads of the screws I used. I prepped the other hardware last night by painting a few coats of flat black on them. So much for that effort. The 2 stripped ones went in the garbage and the other 2 in my tool chest.

Looks pretty level to me!

And here it is folded up. I still need to get some MOLLE bags. I'll lay out what I want to carry and look for the appropriate bags. I'm thinking a few required items include a flash light, and a pouch for recovery gear. I'm also thinking a first-aid bag would be nice.

The pins don't come attached with a lanyard of any sort. They're loosely inserted in the panel when it arrives. I used some green paracord and tied the pins to the panel so they won't get lost.

I painted the ugly silver hex heads and they blend in now. The paint is still drying in these pictures, hence the sheen around the heads.

Final picture of it all installed and this project is a wrap!

There are two things I still want to address on the panel though.

I want to fashion a flat surface to mount to the back of the panel that will act as a smooth top. That is especially nice to set drinks on or work as a prep top for food and whatnot.

And number two, there is going to probably be a rattle when encountering bumps on the road due to the pins having some play inside the fold down portion of the panel. I read that someone put some shrink wrap tubing on the pin and that helped dampen the rattle. I may look into that method.
Fantastic! Can't wait to see it. I've got plenty of shrink tubing and a heat gun; stop on by.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:49 PM   #100
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My Quadratec floor liners came in the mail today. I know they're just floor liners, and maybe not worthy of my lame build thread, but I thought initial reactions was worth a post.



They're of greater quality than I thought they would be. They're a pretty malleable and thick rubber that looks like it will hold up to the test of time. And they'll absolutely handle the sand better than my fabric OEM set. I like the little spikes on the back that help keep them in place.



I'm anxious to see what Quadratec comes out with to remedy the problem of floor mats floating and dancing around when we're riding around without doors.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:18 PM   #101
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I like my qtec liners, they hold a lot of crap! I just wish I could find a good way to hold em down when I pull the carpet.

I think you'll be happy. Did you get the back cargo mat? I'm thinking about it...I hate carpet.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #102
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I like my qtec liners, they hold a lot of crap! I just wish I could find a good way to hold em down when I pull the carpet.

I think you'll be happy. Did you get the back cargo mat? I'm thinking about it...I hate carpet.
I ordered the full combo package so yes I did get the cargo liner too.

I like the look much better all around. It has a more rugged Jeep look now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:04 PM   #103
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Brown Santa showed up today with some goodies.



My MOLLE bags from 5.11 came and they are nice! I was surprised with the thickness and quality of the material and stitch work.





I ordered 2 tall bags (6x10) and 1 wide bag (10x6), and that looks to be a good choice. They fit perfectly on my fold down tailgate MOLLE panel. Now I just need to find a flat panel to go on the back and a method to "de-rattle" the pins and that project is done. I love this setup as a storage place and work top. This mod will provide tons of return on investment.





My SkinnyPedal.net door hangers also arrived. These took 3 weeks from order to receipt, and I received zero communication from Josh. Thankfully these are smartly designed and stout as hell. I love this method of hanging the doors.









I also ordered the Teraflex HD Carrier and Spare Tire Mount combo kit from Northridge 4x4. Unfortunately the tire mount kit is on backorder, so that will be a project for next week. I didn't realize it was on backorder until I started opening boxes and came up short with that component. I called up Northridge and they explained that they have a shipment coming in from Teraflex in a day or so.

But I did get the HD carrier installed without a hitch. It just doesn't look too pretty back there right now.

Here I've removed the hinge covers and unbolted the hinge from the tailgate.



The new Teraflex hinge is on. And I will reiterate the other reports out there about this product. It is solid as hell!



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Old 10-25-2012, 10:42 PM   #104
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Damn, looking great man! That tailgate table is definitely on my list. I just installed the MOLLE rear storage panels tonight (customized, of course!)...
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:14 PM   #105
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The Big Green Jeep in bicycle mode:





My Yakima rack and Quadratec hitch are performing flawlessly. They're sturdy and rattle free. When my spare tire goes on I'll have to pick up an extension coupler for the hitch to push the rack back a few inches. But until then this setup works great!
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:58 PM   #106
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Well, this project seems to be coming along great. Your JK is looking fantastic. I need to get a front and rear bumper on mine shortly. Waiting on an spod so I can hook up my D2's. Got a couple more mods I am looking at doing. That rear molle hanger is something I really want to do. Looks great in your jeep.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:32 AM   #107
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I'm forced to part with my custom tramp stamp project. .

It's up for sale:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f14/cus...mp-195771.html
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:34 PM   #108
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I visited my welder today and started getting some of my reinforcement pieces welded on. I knew we would run out of daylight very quickly since we started at 5:30pm. Today we only got the Synergy lower C gussets welded on and the Synergy front lower control arm skids welded on. That leaves the upper C gussets and EVO rear LCA skids to weld on. I knew we wouldn't get to the upper C's because it is going to require the coil springs to be compressed and lifted out of the way.

I first prepped all the pieces Saturday by painting a few coats of flat black paint on.



Here's James prepping the edges to be welded with an angle grinder.



Working on the lower C gusset. We successfully left all components installed while welding. We were careful to protect the delicate joints with wet rags and cooled each location after welding.





A couple shots of a completed lower C.





Working on the front LCA skids.



Here's a completed LCA skid. (Crappy pic since it was getting dark) :/

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:27 PM   #109
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Really nice build. Jealous though, won't be able to do the things I want for a few years yet.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #110
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I have been following your thread and even became motivated to order a tailgate table.
My only suggestion is how happy can your GC Jeep be in a blue garage?
I would like to start a discussion on changing your garage wall colors and I will suggest a light tan or polished aluminum checker plate.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #111
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Thanks!

LOL at the walls. Yeah, I grew tired of the gashed up and plain "builders white" walls so I had to add some color and liven things up out there.
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I removed the rear headrests this evening. I consulted a very helpful thread on another Jeep forum that had pictures and a walkthrough.

Here's a before picture



And an after picture



Look at the difference! They're just so huge!



After



And Jeep guts on the floor.

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I removed the rear headrests this evening. I consulted a very helpful thread on another Jeep forum that had pictures and a walkthrough.

Here's a before picture

And an after picture

Look at the difference! They're just so huge!

After

And Jeep guts on the floor.
Hmm, I might have to try this out. Can you please send me a pm with the link for that how-to?
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Sorry I never got back to you with pics of the skid holes - it got a little crazy around here. I see you got them on, did you drill any, or was it not needed?
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Sorry I never got back to you with pics of the skid holes - it got a little crazy around here. I see you got them on, did you drill any, or was it not needed?
We didn't get to the rears yet. I figured I'd get the rears installed first then drill the holes.
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We didn't get to the rears yet. I figured I'd get the rears installed first then drill the holes.
Gotcha. I did try & take a pic but it was too dark, it didnt look like anything. They drilled one hole in each one, I could just fit the tip of my pinky in it. It makes total sense to me. He also told me to make sure, if I find mud, to remember to spray them out. I reassured him of my contempt for mud.
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Gotcha. I did try & take a pic but it was too dark, it didnt look like anything. They drilled one hole in each one, I could just fit the tip of my pinky in it. It makes total sense to me. He also told me to make sure, if I find mud, to remember to spray them out. I reassured him of my contempt for mud.
Thanks for the tip.

lol, Same for me. No mud!!
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Hmm, I might have to try this out. Can you please send me a pm with the link for that how-to?
I used this thread at JKO: Four Door Rear Headrest Removal - JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum

I didn't remove the foam backing all the way though like you see in those pictures. I loosened the seat cover and pulled the foam away just enough to get a ratchet up there to loosen the two bolts. My headrests just pulled off after I applied enough upward force. He says to undo some spring or something on the headrest, but I was able to skip that step. Just pull up real hard and they'll pop off.
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I used this thread at JKO: Four Door Rear Headrest Removal - JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum

I didn't remove the foam backing all the way though like you see in those pictures. I loosened the seat cover and pulled the foam away just enough to get a ratchet up there to loosen the two bolts. My headrests just pulled off after I applied enough upward force. He says to undo some spring or something on the headrest, but I was able to skip that step. Just pull up real hard and they'll pop off.
Do they look like they'd pop right back in as well?
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Do they look like they'd pop right back in as well?
I'm not sure about that one. Doing what I dId isn't a quick switch. It would take about an hour to put them back in. If you're looking for something quick or temporary this isn't for you.

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