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Old 09-09-2013, 04:16 PM   #541
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Picked up the bumper from the coaters on Friday. They did awesome work again!
Haven't had the chance to mount the winch yet or really bolt it down. Just two bolts to keep if from falling off

Thinking I am going to need a Warn CTi or Zeon series winch to do this frontend justice!





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Very nice!!!

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Our new baby girl was born on Sept. 27
She already has me wrapped around her fingers.

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Here is a current front shot with the winch mounted up again.


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Something cool I have been working on for the garage.....a metal work table.

I had some steel that needed a project, and a need for a solid mobile table to cut/weld metal, so here we go. My wife does not approve of me 'making sparks' in the garage, so I need to be able to wheel this out to the driveway when she is home...haha.

I still need to add some more material for grinder holders, clamp holder, cord holder, etc., but the basic idea is there.

The top and bottom shelf are only 3/16" because I had a full 4x6 sheet with nothing else to do with. I say "only" because I would've preferred a 1/4" top, but couldn't see the need to buy a new piece of steel when I think what I have will fit my needs fine. The legs and frame underneath the top and shelf are 2x2x1/4" angle.
The bottom of the table top and shelf are fully ribbed with 1/4" angle.

There is a torch holder on the left side just under the table top. On the right, there is a heavy wall pipe for a receiver. I have the vice on one mount and a bench grinder on another mount. The idea is to be able to drop them on the shelf below when not in use for unobstructed use of the table top. A square receiver would've been easier, but the tube was on hand.

The idea is for the little Lincoln welder to sit on the lower shelf. I want to add a base off to the side down by the welding machine for a small gas bottle.







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We did our walk-through on the house with the 'super today. We are scheduled to close next Thursday! It has been a long road, but so happy it's almost done.

In related news, the garage floor coating folks will be out as soon as we sign the papers to start on the epoxy floor.


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We did our walk-through on the house with the 'super today. We are scheduled to close next Thursday! It has been a long road, but so happy it's almost done.

In related news, the garage floor coating folks will be out as soon as we sign the papers to start on the epoxy floor.


It is beautiful!!!
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It is beautiful!!!
Thanks!! Very excited to get moved in.


Made a trade with someone locally. This is going to be good! Now to find a front....

JK Rubi d44. Has factory locker and 4.56 gears. I will set this up with 5.13s from the start.

It has a truss on it from a Rock Kraeler kit that will obviously come off along with every other bracket.
I am planning to get the TNT Customs truss and bracket kit to line everything up for my TJ. I will go ahead and sleeve it while it is torn apart and getting welded on.
I think the PSC diff cover can stay.






In addition to the axle, I scored an ARB heavy duty air compressor setup.
I run a CO2 tank for filling tires, but it is possible the axles could see ARB lockers if I have to upgrade the carriers for higher splined axle shafts.




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We closed on the house this past Thursday. I spent the weekend moving small stuff over so we can live. The big move of stuff from storage goes down this Wednesday. In the meantime, I had the garage floor epoxy coated. I definitely spend a lot of time out there and want to set this garage up the way I have wanted to do all the others.....I'm just actually getting it done this time

The company I had do the work uses a product from Arizona Polymers. It is a 4-part, industrial grade epoxy system.
I went with what the company calls "Marble". It is a light grey base coat with black and white chips. I asked them to add some red chips to tie in my overall color scheme.....yes, there will be a color scheme I had them do a 75% broadcast of the chips as I wanted to see some of the grey showing through.

The last coat of clear went on yesterday, so it can be walked on today, but they suggested I wait another 3-5 days before driving on it.







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I might want to get the number of the company that you used. That looks really nice...Do you think they have purple & yellow?

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They did a great job from what I can tell, and I thought it was reasonable considering all the work they do. The prep work would've killed me alone.

I found these guys doing a couple other garages in the neighborhood, so I got to see the finished product in other garages....this is the first they have done like mine!

For the chips.....you might pay a couple dollars more, but he will get you whatever color chips you want, and yes there is purple and yellow!
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Looks great, Patrick!!!!!
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I might want to get the number of the company that you used. That looks really nice...Do you think they have purple & yellow?

They probably do have purple and yellow but the disclaimer is that they have to issue vomit bags with that floor!
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They probably do have purple and yellow but the disclaimer is that they have to issue vomit bags with that floor!
That's not right!
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Gotta consider resale too... Not everybody is an LSU fan (this from a guy in AL who doesn't really care about the Crimson Tide or Auburn Tigers).
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Before I do it, I will keep that point in mind for sure.
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Couple new parts arrived last week. One more item should be here today (pretty excited about it).

Synthetic winch line.





Ten Factory/Motive Gear 4.88 gears and Ten Factory chromo rear axle shafts.

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Old 11-05-2013, 08:16 AM   #559
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Well, guess I wont be needing my TNT license plate holder anymore.


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Patrick..^^is this the "Drop Down" tail gate? I was just looking at that one .
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Whatcha gonna do with the license plate holder? Pics of the trailgate w/o the box please.
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Patrick..^^is this the "Drop Down" tail gate? I was just looking at that one .
Yes sir. It completely replaces the factory tailgate with an all aluminum setup. I considered the Rokmen tailgate, but the storage compartment takes up what little space there is behind the seat....good and bad feature, depending on your needs.

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Whatcha gonna do with the license plate holder? Pics of the trailgate w/o the box please.
I will likely just sell the license plate holder. It is only good for those that do not run a spare tire off the back of the Jeep.

This tailgate is one of the first steps to the tire carrier I am designing in my head.
...oh, and my factory tailgate is pretty much worthless from the previous owner running an unsupported oversized tire directly on the tailgate.

I am just going to have it powdercoated along with my corner armor.
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Sweet! Sounds like a good plan. Pics when installed or when you bring it to Alabama to wheel!
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A couple pics out of the box.






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A couple more Poison Spyder parts came in. Not that I am diehard PSC or anything, but their hawse fairlead is the same price as most out there, even 'cheapo' brands, but theirs is mostly black, which I like, and I trust it to be manufactured as to not mess up the synthetic line. Just not sure about the quality of the real cheap ones.

I also got their hawse lightbar mount for my 13" bar. It is not a direct fit for my light, but I have another piece to that puzzle.

As soon as Motobilt starts making this stuff, I will make the switch over



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A couple more Poison Spyder parts came in. Not that I am diehard PSC or anything, but their hawse fairlead is the same price as most out there, even 'cheapo' brands, but theirs is mostly black, which I like, and I trust it to be manufactured as to not mess up the synthetic line. Just not sure about the quality of the real cheap ones.

I also got their hawse lightbar mount for my 13" bar. It is not a direct fit for my light, but I have another piece to that puzzle.

As soon as Motobilt starts making this stuff, I will make the switch over
Nice. I just bought their ricochet rockers and thought about the hawse fairlead bc its black but i threw the silly chrome one on that came with my winch. Looks out of place so i may eventually swap it for the psc black one.
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Honestly, if I wasn't so hell bent on having the mini-boatside rockers that I have from Genright, I probably would have PSC rockers and corner armor. I wanted the boatsides so I got those, and I liked the way their corner armor matched up, so it made sense to go that route.
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Did some more cleaning on the Jeep today. I removed the red shock boots, painted the front bumper, painted the frame, painted the headlight rings (de-chromed), and painted the fender flares, cleaned the interior and washed and waxed it.

I removed the front chrome wheel caps thinking I was going to sell them off, but they have a little rust so I don't see them worth anything. I think I'll just sand them down and paint them to match the steelies.....or chunk em.
This is where I am at on my rig... can you go into further detail on painting the chrome rings bumpers and fenders....what you used....prep. ..etc... I would like to do the same things....I am going to do my door handles too....already have then out of the door frame.

Thanks!
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Absolutely....

The headlight rings are plastic, as are the fender flares. The best product for these items is Krylon Fusion - Paint for Plastics. I use the 'satin - black' for these to give a smooth look that is not shiny or glossy. Flat black can have a bit of a dull and chalky look at times.

The Fusion paint does not require a primer base. You need to clean the surface area of the objects really well, and degrease them as best you can. To clean them, I use dish soap and clean rag, along with some high pressure water. I find it helpful to start with a tire brush or something to help break the big dirt off of the fenders.
Once those are clean as possible, let them dry completely.
For applying the paint, I prefer to hang the flares, but laying them out on some cardboard works well too. I typically apply three coats to each piece. I gave the flares away the other day because I have not been using them for some time, but they still looked as good as the day I painted them back when I made that post a couple years ago.

The same process is good for the headlight rings. A green scotch brite pad works well rather than a tire brush since they are so small.

With any paint project using spray paint, several light coats is always best. Start spraying before the object, and stop after to prevent puddles. Shake well between passes.


The door handles and bumpers are obviously metal. They don't require the Fusion line of paint, but I prefer a common tone, so I would personally stick with the Fusion paint for those items as well. It will make for a more uniform look.

Some people paint these items while installed on the Jeep, but I always remove them first. You have less prep work to do without having to mask off parts of the Jeep, and it also gives you the chance to clean the areas of the Jeep behind the parts you are removing.


You will be amazed at the transformation of your Jeep with the headlight rings, flares, bumpers, and door handles painted. It is a simple thing that goes a very long way.


Considering all of the items you are painting and the amount of coats being applied, I would buy six cans of Krylon Fusion paint. If you have extra, it will be there for touch-ups, and if you need more....you know where to get it.
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Absolutely....

The headlight rings are plastic, as are the fender flares. The best product for these items is Krylon Fusion - Paint for Plastics. I use the 'satin - black' for these to give a smooth look that is not shiny or glossy. Flat black can have a bit of a dull and chalky look at times.

The Fusion paint does not require a primer base. You need to clean the surface area of the objects really well, and degrease them as best you can. To clean them, I use dish soap and clean rag, along with some high pressure water. I find it helpful to start with a tire brush or something to help break the big dirt off of the fenders.
Once those are clean as possible, let them dry completely.
For applying the paint, I prefer to hang the flares, but laying them out on some cardboard works well too. I typically apply three coats to each piece. I gave the flares away the other day because I have not been using them for some time, but they still looked as good as the day I painted them back when I made that post a couple years ago.

The same process is good for the headlight rings. A green scotch brite pad works well rather than a tire brush since they are so small.

With any paint project using spray paint, several light coats is always best. Start spraying before the object, and stop after to prevent puddles. Shake well between passes.

The door handles and bumpers are obviously metal. They don't require the Fusion line of paint, but I prefer a common tone, so I would personally stick with the Fusion paint for those items as well. It will make for a more uniform look.

Some people paint these items while installed on the Jeep, but I always remove them first. You have less prep work to do without having to mask off parts of the Jeep, and it also gives you the chance to clean the areas of the Jeep behind the parts you are removing.

You will be amazed at the transformation of your Jeep with the headlight rings, flares, bumpers, and door handles painted. It is a simple thing that goes a very long way.

Considering all of the items you are painting and the amount of coats being applied, I would buy six cans of Krylon Fusion paint. If you have extra, it will be there for touch-ups, and if you need more....you know where to get it.
Thanks for the write up! I am the same way...I already took the doors all apart and took the exterior handles out of the doors for painting. I also have a pressure washer (greatest invention ever) and I will wash the fenders down with that.

Now I have $400 to spend on my jeep and I am trying to figure out what I want to spend it on. I would like to get rid of the stock foglights and put rigid industries Dually D2s in there place. I also really like that tuff box under the seat...I also have a sound system in my jeep and 10" sub in back and I do not trust the stock glove box or center console. Any suggestions!

Here is my current rig.


On Willow Creek Jeep Trail in the San Bernadino National Forest.

Again what a great inspiration to work on my rig! Thanks!

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