So I decided that I didn't want any more chrome on my jeep, I just didn't like the way it looks... And I had chrome wheels. So I took some bedliner to those too(: I first got all the rust off with a wired wheel, then taped off the tire. Next I primed them with rustoleum self etching primer. It took me about 1 can to paint all 4 rims. Putting two thick coats on each. I also bought 20 black lug nuts from quadratec to replace my chrome ones. Before and after:
Today we finally mounted the tub to the frame! One of the changes that we had to make to the LM tub was that the bottom shifter boot on the LM was about 7" longer than the one on the EM. To make it fit we took a piece of aluminum and fit it to the tub so that the shifter boot would have something solid to screw too. Along with this we also noticed that my transfer case lever was siezed up (which could be the reason it constantly popped out of 4 wheel low). We took it apart and hit it with some invisilube... It worked like new money. Then it was time to put the new tub on. As I stated before the new tub had been in an accident... This forced all the body mounts back a bit. We straightened them out then chased them and finally got the tub all bolted to the frame. Lots of work ahead, hopefully getting it back on the road soon! Pics coming(:
Thanks for the compliment! We've gotten a ton done since the last I posted! After getting the tub all fitted we started working on getting it back together. A lot of electrical stuff just plugging things in. We got the dash pretty much all together with the exception of the panels (waiting on paint). I ordered some smittybilt flat tube fenders to give me the clearance of running the 33's ( also have a 1" BL) got them for $299 shipped. We just got them installed today, had some issues with the passenger side fenders lining up correctly due to the tub being a little distorted from the accident. We eventually got the bolts in their holes ( after some mild language.lol) and the driver side was easily done. I would deffinitly recommend these fenders if your looking for a little more clearance, along with some great looks(; we also got the hood and grill installed. It's looking more and more like a jeep! Just a few minor things left before it hits the road! Pics coming tomorrow
Wanted a custom look so we went with 6" oval flush mount LEDs for brake/tail lights.
JeepKing and I put in a marathon week in near 90° temps and were able to get her road worthy. I am glad (and very proud) to say he was able to drive her to his first football game Thursday!
She is still a work in progress. Gotta level out the stance, install new front bumper, get a bit more creative with the front indicater lights (the factory ones are zip tied for now) and a few other odds and ends.
Mama's: '14 JKU Freedom Billet Silver, Trail Rated
Mine: '15 JK Willys Wheeler Billet Silver, Trail Ready!
Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads! Frame off TJ restore project
We were thinking about doing that, but we didn't really want to cute a big hole in my grille... My brush guard I'm getting in the future will cover that area. Right now we're thinking of putting smaller blinkers under the fenders where there's already a convenient hole(;
It's not about getting out of the Storm, but learning to dance in the rain.
When I die I am going to be buried with my Jeep, cause I haven't yet found a hole it can't get out of!!!!!
06 TJ Rubi 4.0 and alot of other crap
The donor tub was from an 03 Rubicon which had the rocker covers removed. This left several unsightly holes in the tub. To fix this and restore the weather proof integrity we bought two pieces of aluminum diamond plate 6" wide, 60" long, 1/8" thick. These were cut to length via plasma cutter, scuffed with wire wheel, and sprayed with self etching primer.
I got my Novak transfer case shifter installed today. Took about an hour and a half with me putting the bracket that attaches to the tub on backwards the first time. Lol. It now shifts into 4 wheel drive with ease! And it stays in 4 wheel which is a plus!(:
I probably would have gone with that goblin green for the rims.
The Side Jeep emblem in the goblin green and maybe the door hinges.
Just a thought.
I was going to paint the rims in green, but I also have step bars that are green and once I get those in it should look much better. It's a pretty loud green so I don't want to go too crazy and have too much. I plan on doing something with the hood but am still undecided on to what that will be.
Thanks alot! There's more to come too! It's a never ending process haha. My dads working on his bumpers and when he gets done I get his old ones (already have his rear) so it should look even better then!
So this past weekend we finally got to take my jeep off road for a little bit at bundy hill. Drives much better than before! The 33's make all the difference! I have a slight rubbing issue when the steering is locked and fully stuffed. But once I get back from basic training I will have enough cash for a lift which will make it so I easily clear the 33's. Overall very happy with my build so far and can't wait for my next upgrade!