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Old 04-04-2014, 03:25 PM   #751
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I remember reading this thread when I first joined here... Wow what a change!

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Old 04-04-2014, 03:53 PM   #752
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It really has made it through a huge change. I am excited with where it is headed!

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Old 04-04-2014, 08:23 PM   #753
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Looking good Patrick

Thanks again for the good mounts
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:30 PM   #754
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Looking good Patrick. Thanks again for the HOOD mounts
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It really has made it through a huge change. I am excited with where it is headed!
Engine swap time coming up???
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:49 AM   #756
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Looking good Patrick

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You are welcome! Glad to help!
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Engine swap time coming up???
Will be following your footsteps one of these days!.....just not yet.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:06 PM   #757
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Quick pic of the new Jeep hauler.....

20', dual 7000# axles with brakes. We had them add a winch plate. As soon as I get the Warn installed on the Jeep, the RC winch will go on the trailer.


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Quick pic of the new Jeep hauler.....

20', dual 7000# axles with brakes. We had them add a winch plate. As soon as I get the Warn installed on the Jeep, the RC winch will go on the trailer.



Want to try it out this week?
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Very nice. I'm sure that would travel to Alabama quite well too.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:46 PM   #760
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Want to try it out this week?
It will likely be next week before I would be able to do that. You can get it over here sooner, though if you can.
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Very nice. I'm sure that would travel to Alabama quite well too.
I fully expect to test it out in your direction


We are probably going to add a toolbox to the front somewhere to store straps and such.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:42 PM   #761
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Any updates on the inner fender install?
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Any updates on the inner fender install?
Nothing yet. I had to shift gears a bit. I had some other projects take precedence this week.
Jeep related, I have been working on removing the back section of the rollbar to get the new one in and out of storage. I have removed all bolts except the bottom two on each side of the B pillar base plate. They are covered in that seam sealer stuff, so I am having to scrape it off before I can break those bolts loose. The rest is unbolted and ready to come out.
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Sounds like you are going to be busy... I am undecided if I want to get the GenRights 4'' fenders or Poison Spyders 3'' fenders... I want to order next week but just can't make up my mind. Also, I think it will look funny with 33's because I am switching my 2.5'' rancho lift to MC 3.5'' lift. Already ordered the front upper control arms, rear trac bar, next will be front trac bar, lower f/r control arms and springs. I have currie rear adj uppers already. Do you think it will look funny?
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Sounds like you are going to be busy... I am undecided if I want to get the GenRights 4'' fenders or Poison Spyders 3'' fenders... I want to order next week but just can't make up my mind. Also, I think it will look funny with 33's because I am switching my 2.5'' rancho lift to MC 3.5'' lift. Already ordered the front upper control arms, rear trac bar, next will be front trac bar, lower f/r control arms and springs. I have currie rear adj uppers already. Do you think it will look funny?
Look at the psc 3' tapered flares. iMO the best looking flares out there at the moment. I have them.
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I know this was a while ago and I don't know if you're still using it, but I was curious about the trunk box you made.

Did it ever get rained on directly? What did you do if anything to waterproof it?
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:08 PM   #766
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Sounds like you are going to be busy... I am undecided if I want to get the GenRights 4'' fenders or Poison Spyders 3'' fenders... I want to order next week but just can't make up my mind.
I vote for the PSC. You can't lose with the quality of either, but I think the PSC Defender series is a better looking fender. I have always been a fan of the tube style fenders (bought some pre-bent tubes to make my own some time back), but the stamped style is more of an OEM look. That also makes for a better finish for when it comes to paint or coat them.
Are you going with hi-lines or standard?
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Look at the psc 3' tapered flares. iMO the best looking flares out there at the moment. I have them.
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I know this was a while ago and I don't know if you're still using it, but I was curious about the trunk box you made.

Did it ever get rained on directly? What did you do if anything to waterproof it?
I am not using that trunk because I put it in my buddy's daughter's TJ when I got the Corbeau Baja rear bench seat. The shape of the bench is totally different, so it would not have the same fit.

With the new cage section installed, I can finally build the new version of the trunk/sub enclosure. Between the Baja bench seat, PSC trailgate, and rear harness bar, this enclosure will require quite a different design.
With the tube behind the rear seat, I will not have the height to lift the enclosure straight up, when it comes time to install or remove it, so that is a factor I have to consider. The flat aspect of the trailgate will allow it to have more of a simple shape up against it, which just means less cuts and a tighter fit.

I also have a nicer sub for the new enclosure....nothing wrong with the JL 10w0 (running two of them in my truck), but I wanted a little more punch, so I have a 10w3v3 to take its place.


To answer your question, it did receive some direct rain. My top is almost never on, so any possibility of water, it was getting hit with it. I sprayed bedliner from a can on it and it did a great job of sealing the MDF. I did not have any issues with soggy wood or pealing or anything like that. Good coverage is the key. I would not recommend the spraycan stuff though as it was not a very thick product. It sealed it, and that was the bare minimum of what it needed to do, but it did not look as good as if using a roll-on product.
I have Monstaliner for the tub, so I plan to spray the enclosure with that at the same time.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:09 PM   #767
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:33 PM   #768
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I really need to just sneak over to your house one day and just HANG OUT!!!

I think I could learn stuff just by osmosis!
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:54 AM   #769
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Butch, when I have a another legitimate wrenching day I will let you know.

Either way I'll get you over here this week.
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I vote for the PSC. You can't lose with the quality of either, but I think the PSC Defender series is a better looking fender. I have always been a fan of the tube style fenders (bought some pre-bent tubes to make my own some time back), but the stamped style is more of an OEM look. That also makes for a better finish for when it comes to paint or coat them.
Are you going with hi-lines or standard?
I'll be going standard. No plans to go over 35's. That's even if I decide to go 35's.
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That's a bad looking truck!!!
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Thanks guys! I loved it before, but it's a new kinda awesome now! Last thing to do with it is a front replacement bumper...if anything else at all.


It's funny. When I first got it, I said I was going to leave it stock. A year later, 3" lift, wheels, tires, LED lightbar, rear bumper, auto-drop steps, stereo. Haha
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Thanks guys! I loved it before, but it's a new kinda awesome now! Last thing to do with it is a front replacement bumper...if anything else at all.


It's funny. When I first got it, I said I was going to leave it stock. A year later, 3" lift, wheels, tires, LED lightbar, rear bumper, auto-drop steps, stereo. Haha
Its hard to leave a vehicle stock when there is just so much offered for it to really make it one of a kind or your own
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For some reason I was thinking your Ford was white.

When I first saw the pic, I thought it was a for a customer!! Man that truck has really grown! But it'd look even better with that gooseneck trailer behind it hauling a blue built TJ eastbound on I-10 towards Alabama.
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For some reason I was thinking your Ford was white.

When I first saw the pic, I thought it was a for a customer!! Man that truck has really grown! But it'd look even better with that gooseneck trailer behind it hauling a blue built TJ eastbound on I-10 towards Alabama.
haha...not mine, just all of the fleet trucks I outfit; like this one:






Thanks, it really has taken great shape over the last year. Once I decided I would not be able to help myself from doing some modifications, I put together a plan that would keep it beefy looking, but reasonable.

That eastbound trip will certainly happen before too long!
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I finally got the rear part of the stock cage out today. I had previously removed all but five of the floor bolts on the B pillar. They were 'locked' in place by the seam sealer stuff. I took the time to wire wheel that junk out of the way of the bolt heads. Some of it was inside the heads of the bolts, so after messing with that for a minute, I decided to stop messing around and just welded 1/2" bolts to the heads of the torx bolts. Not like I am going to show any close-ups of my welds, but they did their job and held so I could back the bolts out.
What a pain.






I hope to drop the 'new' rear section in tomorrow. I picked up hex head grade 8 hardware to replace all of the torx bolts.



I also got the driver's side rocker guard mounted, and everything unbolted from the fender. The new one goes on tomorrow. Then I can trim the front part of the rocker guard and get them off to powdercoating.





On another note, those wheel dollies are still proving to be a great investment for me since my Jeep seems to spend more time in pieces than not.
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Driver fender loosely on. Made marks to clearance the bottom of fender to fit with rocker. Then I can mount the inner fender and mark and trim the rocker.....then at least the rockers will finally be done.



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What are you using to trim the rockers?

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