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Old 10-31-2012, 10:23 PM   #121
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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.
Actually, an hour wouldn't bother me... just as long as it's doable.

The only thing I'm worried about -- just slightly -- is the lack of passenger head/neck support in an accident... so it's definitely something I'll have to think about.

I DO like the look, though, and it would be damn nice to gain the visibility over the back of each seat...

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #122
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We took a drive over to the beach on Saturday. The weather was ideal and it wasn't crowded at all. Win, win.






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Old 11-05-2012, 07:40 PM   #123
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Teraflex Adjustable Tire Mount

Tonight I installed the second part of my Teraflex tire mount and hinge. The tire mount was a very easy installation. That is, only if you do it properly the first time!

I pressed in the lug bolts backwards the first time around and had to bang them out and press them in again.



I trimmed down the driver's side OEM rubber bumper so that it matched up with the thickness of the HD hinge on the other side.





My plan is to not reuse the OEM 3rd brake light as outlined in the instructions. Instead I've bought some license plate bolt lights that act as a brake light and license plate light.



Here is my progress so far. I have the license plate hole plugged and painted it to match Commando Green. I'll likely add a couple more coats of paint to get it to match better. I think I'm going to like the license plate mounted on the tire and having that corner cleaned up.

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Damn, looks great man! I love how you're customizing the lights and license place mounts back there!
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #125
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This net project is from a couple days ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting some pictures. (And I hate that the sun sets so quickly now. All my projects and pictures are coming at night now. :/ )

I grabbed THIS net basket from Amazon. I used the 2 coat hanger hoops that came with my JKUR as lashing points for the top corners of the net basket. I'll get around to securing the bottom 2 cornes to the two rear lashing D rings in the tub to make a net barrier soon. That way I'll have the basket to drop things in and it can act as a barrier as well.



I also grabbed a 4-pack of Grimlocks for my MOLLE bags as places to hang things as well. You can see them hanging on the MOLLE bags to the right in this picture.



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Old 11-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #126
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Yet more ideas for my list... damnit Kramer, STOP BEING INNOVATIVE!

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #127
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Tonight I completed my license plate relocation project. I liked how the Teraflex Tire Mount came with a bracket to relocate the 3rd brake light. I also noticed that it might make a nice place to mount my license plate. I never liked that bulky plastic plate mount on the corner of my Jeep. I just looks out of place and ugly.

So I looked into relocating my license plate to the Teraflex 3rd brake light mount and utilizing my own 3rd brake light and tag light solution.

My 15" wheels don't exactly allow much room for a wide license plate, so I first had to fashion a way to space the plate out of the wheel about 2". I used some rubber spacers for the job.



And here it is mounted to the Teraflex 3rd brake light mount.



Next, I ordered these Custom Dynamics LED License Plate Tag Bolts from Amazon. They have 2 white light that shines down to illuminate the license plate and 2 red LEDs that can be used as turn signals or, in my case, brake lights.



I ran a wire from behind the passenger brake light. I tapped into the purple/white wire, which is the brake light. I then routed it through to the tailgate area where the tailgate retention strap is and then into the long plastic piece along the length of the tailgate. I then routed it out to the outside of the tailgate through the electrical grommet that is already there.

And viola! I couldn't get a picture of the brake lights illuminated since I was by myself. But they work and are bright. I like this mod.



I do still have a couple items of business to take care of. I will buy a couple connectors to make the 3rd brake light a "quick connect/disconnect" system in the event I get a flat and need to access the spare. Or when I do my tire rotation. I also need to pick up a couple wing nuts instead of the hex nuts I'm using to currently secure my license plate to the Teraflex mount. Wing nuts would again make it easier to remove and install.
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I thought that bracket was specially designed for the 3rd brake light AND a license plate...?
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I thought that bracket was specially designed for the 3rd brake light AND a license plate...?
I don't think so.

A license plate doesn't exactly marry up with the mount in a way that makes me think it was designed for that purpose. You can't really see it in any of my pictures but I had to drill a couple new holes into my license plate for it to line up properly with the mount.

I could be wrong though.
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I don't think so.

A license plate doesn't exactly marry up with the mount in a way that makes me think it was designed for that purpose. You can't really see it in any of my pictures but I had to drill a couple news holes into my license plate for it to line up properly with the mount.

I could be wrong though.
Mine is sitting in storage at the moment... couldn't use it at all due to my Yakima Sparetime bike rack being in the way -- which is also why I had to go with the Delta lug lights instead.

I just figured the flat front of it was also meant for a plate... kinda lame that the holes don't line up.
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It's been a very busy couple of Jeep days for me.

I got my rear tire completed mounted and the license plate relocation is all buttoned up. The lone remaining task was to create a quick connect/disco system so I can quickly remove the wire harness going to my license plate. That bracket is where my license plate and 3rd brake lights are.

I used standard 4-pin trailer male and female connectors. I trimmed them to size and wired them to my license plate light and 3rd brake light.











So that completes that project.

I also installed my Bushwacker flat flares today. My buddy helped in the beginning and I finished off the other 75%. It is a tedious job! Wow! As long as you take your time and have patience it's no big deal.

I love them! I think it completely changes the look for the better.

















Now I need to do something about that awful looking front bumper.
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Continued from previous post...

And finally I installed some Rampage lockable hood catches. These things are stout. They're a nice product and the finish and fit is nice.

One last picture for posterity's sake. Ugly OEM hood catch is out of here.



Clearance is just fine on my new Bushwacker flat flares.







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It's been a very busy couple of Jeep days for me.

I got my rear tire completed mounted and the license plate relocation is all buttoned up. The lone remaining task was to create a quick connect/disco system so I can quickly remove the wire harness going to my license plate. That bracket is where my license plate and 3rd brake lights are.

I used standard 4-pin trailer male and female connectors. I trimmed them to size and wired them to my license plate light and 3rd brake light.

So that completes that project.

I also installed my Bushwacker flat flares today. My buddy helped in the beginning and I finished off the other 75%. It is a tedious job! Wow! As long as you take your time and have patience it's no big deal.

I love them! I think it completely changes the look for the better.

Now I need to do something about that awful looking front bumper.
Looks great! As an added bonus, you'll have a trailer connector if you ever rent a U-Haul trailer...
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:19 PM   #134
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Now I need to do something about that awful looking front bumper.

I was about to say.... what are you thinking about getting?
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:00 PM   #135
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Love the fenders!
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Looking more and more badass every week!
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:15 PM   #137
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I was about to say.... what are you thinking about getting?
I'm really loving the Poison Syder Brawler Lite.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:44 PM   #138
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Psick looking Jeep Kramer!!!

I'm back from a vacation and reading through this has inspired me to get working on mine.
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I'm really loving the Poison Syder Brawler Lite.
Great build! I have to say so because it's very similar to my build except for the color. You have good taste!

I'm also going to get the PSC Brawler lite with bar. I have the same lift and tires. I have flat fenders, but probably won't get them installed until I pay off some other stuff first...

To deal with the factory bumper until I can get to it, I took a sawzal and chopped it because the wheels were contacting it at full flex.
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Poison Spyder Brawler Lite, good choice It'll look killer with those flares
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New flares make a big difference, looks good.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:58 AM   #142
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I chopped the ends off my factory bumper. It looked really bad at full length when paired with the BW flat flares.

Before



After



Garbage!



I considered going with some RC end caps, but I figured it's a waste of money since I'll be going with a stubby bumper soon. I'll just run it in "Pluke mode."
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I chopped the ends off my factory bumper. It looked really bad at full length when paired with the BW flat flares.

Before

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Garbage!

I considered going with some RC end caps, but I figured it's a waste of money since I'll be going with a stubby bumper soon. I'll just run it in "Pluke mode."
Ahh you missed the RR bumper offer on Amazon

Screw the caps ... Looks more rugged.
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Ahh you missed the RR bumper offer on Amazon
I know! I caught up on that thread this morning. I bet you guys will get your bumpers at that price. What a smoking deal man! I'm rooting for you!
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I know! I caught up on that thread this morning. I bet you guys will get your bumpers at that price. What a smoking deal man! I'm rooting for you!
Thanks .... Venders admit $210 is way under wholesale.
The OP said he received in 3 days. Will see. Not the end of the world if it doesn't pan out and Amazon admits a mistake.

I'm still in awe lol
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #146
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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.
Thanks for this post... I was driving myself crazy with the provided screws...
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Thanks for this post... I was driving myself crazy with the provided screws...
Yeah, you can't expect to drive #12x3/4" stainless sheet metal screws into 1/8" holes, even with a #3 Phillips driver!

I took my time with larger drill bits until the provided stainless screws worked, because I didn't have any self tapping stainless around. All mine were zinc coated.
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This isn't really build related, but I do have a couple pictures to share.

I went to my parent's house recently and saw his baby Jeep (1999 TJ). Playing around in his Jeep over the summer actually prompted me to buy my Jeep.



This was the goal of that trip. I have a new winter project to get ready for next summer. Towing the project ski was the first time I towed anything with my Jeep. Granted, it's only around 500 pounds, but it handled the job with ease.

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This isn't really build related, but I do have a couple pictures to share.

I went to my parent's house recently and saw his baby Jeep (1999 TJ). Playing around in his Jeep over the summer actually prompted me to buy my Jeep.

This was the goal of that trip. I have a new winter project to get ready for next summer. Towing the project ski was the first time I towed anything with my Jeep. Granted, it's only around 500 pounds, but it handled the job with ease.
I just want to say you have one bad ass jeep my friend, keep it up!
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Kramer2k, did you buy the side wheel well molle panels too? If yes, please post some photos.

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