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Old 03-08-2011, 07:44 AM   #91
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Definitely a wider fit than having the version for the fold n tumble seats. I can see why you wanted to swap. I have to wonder if my primary reason for the drawer would even fit in the smaller version.

Is that one of the CD's I made for ya?

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Old 03-08-2011, 12:29 PM   #92
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well, if you want to swap back, i'll find you another bracket on ebay.....i'm not taking this one out. hahaha.

even at half the drawer size, it seems like you should still be able to fit in the fold n tumble version.

*not one of your CDs, but Bryce does enjoy the "Cars" soundtrack.

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Old 03-25-2011, 08:10 AM   #93
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Today is the day; we close at 1:00. It will be 6alls to the wall right after that to get things moved in from storage and get started on the garage (paint and epoxy). I have a few people waiting to have work done on their Jeeps/trucks, so I need to be up and running ASAP.


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Old 03-25-2011, 10:33 AM   #94
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Congrats to you and Mrs TXST8TJ. You'll love the new ranch. Watch out for little TXST8TJ. He'll drive his Jeep right over those mounds around the trees.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:56 PM   #95
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From a couple weeks ago:


Built a 'quick' new enclosure for the sub. It is nothing fancy and still needs the top, top board and bedliner, but it is downfiring and although has a crap Sony sub, it sounds 10x better than the rear facing enclosure I had before.
I still plan to build the in-seat enclosure, but this took an hour and will hold me over better than what I was running.



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Old 05-10-2011, 02:57 PM   #96
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From 4/29:

The Skinny Pedal door hanger bracket came in yesterday. I have not opened the box yet, but hopefully I will get it installed while I'm working in the garage on Sunday. I'm ready to have the doors off again, and a safe place to store them.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:57 PM   #97
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From 5/6:

While IPF is my choice for aux. lighting, I could not pass up the current deal on the $10 Hella 500s from Walmart.
I ran them on both of my previous TJs and they are nice lights for the normal price. For $10....it's just kinda silly how great they are .

I went to 2 stores during lunch today and only came back with one set. I have two more to try on the way home today. I hope to get at least one more pair so I can actually mount something on the KC windshield brackets I have had on there for a while now.


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Old 05-10-2011, 02:58 PM   #98
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From 5/7: this gets me current.


Wiring still to come. Just wanted to get them mounted...at least.

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Old 05-10-2011, 08:45 PM   #99
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From Katy too. check out tx4wd.org and sign up under the katy chapter, lots of folks in our area. I grew up on N Fry Rd. but live in Cinco Ranch now. Like the new home, congrats. Jeep ooks good too!
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #100
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From Katy too. check out tx4wd.org and sign up under the katy chapter, lots of folks in our area. I grew up on N Fry Rd. but live in Cinco Ranch now. Like the new home, congrats. Jeep ooks good too!
I didn't find much Katy specific stuff out there. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong spot.

Thanks on the house. We are in Westheimer Lakes North.

Not much to report on the Jeep as usual. I have some wiring to knock out, but other than a bath yesterday...not much.

I did mount my 'new' factory bumper. It came from my buddy's TJ (Great White Buffalo - build on here). I prefer my chopped OEM bumper, but this one has the flat tow bar brackets on it and mine was too short (after I chopped it) to mount them. I need to clean it up and paint it, but it's at least one less thing on the floor of my garage.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:03 AM   #101
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Both the bumper and the towbar need some major cleaning, but it is a solid system. I don't have any immediate plans/need for it, but it is nice to know I have a towing option should I need it in a pinch.




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Old 05-25-2011, 08:17 AM   #102
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Here are a couple pics of my full doors on the Skinny Pedal door hanger. It is slightly crooked, but I will be lowering it on the wall some and will make sure it is straight then.
It seems to be well made. It does not flex at all with the doors on there. It has 5 screw points that go into a stud....one in the center and then two on each side (upper and lower) that go in at an angle into the stud.

I am going to contact SP about the hinge pin not resting on the tube on the upper part. That tube is stabilizing the pin, but the lower tubes/hinges are taking all the weight.

(please excuse the messy garage. I am still getting organized!)


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You going to use those tow bar locations for shackles for offroad?
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:04 PM   #104
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I think I'll stick with the frame mounted/bolted 10k tow hooks for recovery.

While those brackets on the bumper are beefy and bolted through with large grade 8 hardware followed by large, thick square plate washers on the back, I think they are probably great for pulling, but a 'snatch' type of recovery would not be a good idea. I could see that bumper folding in a snap.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:54 PM   #105
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I finally took some time to work on my own Jeep today. I installed the JKS 1.25" body lift and Rough Country 1" motor mount lift. Both went seemlessly as expected. It's not much of a big deal, but it was nice finally working on my own Jeep for a change.






I also installed a Bestop bikini top. I plan would like the safari top at some point, but I couldn't pass up free.
It is the drill header type, which I prefer. I like the option to slide it off, fold it up, and store it under the seat should I choose not to run it. It also gives me cover in a pinch if I don't have the soft top with me and we get a surprise rain shower.....not header bars to have to worry about.


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Old 08-09-2011, 08:18 AM   #106
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Bout da** time you got that stuff done. Now get some real tires! lol
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #107
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Real tires? hahaha...nah, I prefer zero ground clearance.

I am honestly thinking of going with a 31" tire as my next set. I really would like to run 33s, but I feel to do that properly, safely, etc. that I would at least need to regear (for my sanity) and would really need to upgrade the shafts if I want to wheel it without driving on eggshells.
Knowing what I have planned for the future, I would rather run a 31" with not too much loss of power and not as much concern for breakage, and dump that money in to getting the new axles built.

Wheeling with 31s is definitely not extreme, but I actually want to be able to wheel it. I can also hit some of the armor areas while it's short.
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:28 PM   #108
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Two of three pieces arrived for my next LITTLE project. The last piece is shipping from Hong Kong so it will take a couple more weeks to get it.

Will update when it's done.

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:48 AM   #109
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I mounted up the top. It's in great shape overall. The rear window is no good. The zipper part on the window is messed up. The others are great.

As mentioned, I do not really care for the grey color, but it's not so bad on my blue paint.

I am currently considering one of two options....selling this top as the canvas and windows only (keeping the hardware) and selling the complete PE top with frame/hardware/etc, then buying a Bestop Replace-a-Top as I should've done in the first place. Option 2 is selling both complete setups...canvas/windows/frames/hardware/etc and getting the Bestop Trektop NX or Rampage Fastback frameless and saying "eff off" to the frame setups.


(parking garage at work this morning)

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:50 AM   #110
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I love my rampage .
Just my .02
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:30 AM   #111
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I love my rampage .
Just my .02
That is exactly what I am looking to hear.
After talking to my buddy (erikpl), the frameless/fastback style is looking ever-better.

I still need/want to breakdown the pros and cons of the Rampage vs Bestop Trektop.

Right now, I am leaning toward the Bestop. I trust the quality of Bestop and I like that their top comes with the header bar built-in (vs the separate Rampage header bar). I also like that Bestop includes the door surrounds. For me, that means that I can sell mine with one of my current tops = more money in that sale.
The Bestop is $100 more than the Rampage, but I can see where that cost is coming from.

I have been alerted that some people may be having issues with the Bestop.....????
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get that back bumper painted man. i had the same problem with mine, looked grey, dull, faded. looks so much better that i bed lined it
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:18 PM   #113
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haha...it's on the short list of things to do. I repainted my front bumper last week. I think the 110* heat was too much for the paint. Since I need to do that over again, I didn't see the point in messing with the rear just yet.
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build looks like its coming alone good!
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:33 AM   #115
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I'm your bud and you still misspell my userid. lol

After seeing the pics, yeah, sell it and go with a black top or paint your flares gray.

Rear bumper already matches.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:21 AM   #116
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I sold the black top setup a couple weeks ago. I just picked up a set of brand new OEM windows (all three) for $170 this past weekend. They are tinted and have never been used.
I am still considering selling the whole setup and going with the Bestop Trektop NX, but at least for now, having the OEM sailcloth is fantastic....just wish it was black diamond.


This morning, I installed an auxillary input for my Alpine headunit. I rigged up a flush mount, dash mounted input. This aux input terminates at a 3.5mm headphone jack. That allows me to plug in any device to play through the stereo, but I did this specifically so I can plug my Evo 4G in.

I picked up these three parts from Ebay for about $12 total.








Next on the list there is a bracket to mount/hold my phone.
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Looks good!
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Nothing exciting to report other than my switch from Otrattw came in.
If I could stay home from work travel long enough, I might actually get it installed and the winshield lights wired up.

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I sold the 05 OEM top that I bought not long ago. It was fine enough, just not what I wanted.

I will be ordering a new soft top solution tomorrow! Pretty excited.

My wife's reaction to me buying a second top, selling both, and then telling her I was ordering something brand new....."can that be the last one for a while?"
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If you do get that NX Top let us know how you like it. Otherwise liking your "Blog".

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