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Old 03-17-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Show off your homemade mods.

As you all know times are tuff and the price for our jeep mods are getting higher so i figured it would be cool if some of you could show off your own homemade mods that you have done through out the years with your jks or any other jeep for that matter mine was i made my own light bar for around $45.00 dollers using just 1x1 tubing northern tool lights and sliding door stops. hope you like them

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Old 03-17-2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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The Problem:
Uncomfortable dog, lack of stowage space, no tie-downs, etc.

The materials:
Some left-over plywood, indoor/outdoor carpet, track tie-downs, computer rack brackets, drill, sawzall, screws and bolts

The dog shelf:



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Smooth haired collie?
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Rear bumper: 3' x 6' 3/16" wall tubing with d-ring mounts; tire carrier: a to z fab. tire carrier parts with 2"x2" 3/16" wall tubing. Hope ya like!


post more pics if anyone wants to see more. send me a pm or something
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The Problem:
Uncomfortable dog, lack of stowage space, no tie-downs, etc.

The materials:
Some left-over plywood, indoor/outdoor carpet, track tie-downs, computer rack brackets, drill, sawzall, screws and bolts

The dog shelf:


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Rear bumper: 3' x 6' 3/16" wall tubing with d-ring mounts; tire carrier: a to z fab. tire carrier parts with 2"x2" 3/16" wall tubing. Hope ya like!


post more pics if anyone wants to see more. send me a pm or something
what all did that cost? looks great
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The dog shelf was nearly free except I bought the fancy tie-downs for about $60; I didn't have to though...

The dog is mostly pit bull; we're not sure about the entire bloodline though.
She's a Wundermutt.

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Logan - Nice rear bumper
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were do you get the piece that the tire carrier spins on ( the bearing piece?) I want to make my own to add to my bumper but I dont want something that will rust up or not work right in a year. and I would like it to have a grease zirk or zerk what ever there called thanks
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hey logan, what's the ru sticker in the back for? not rutgers is it?

and nice mods everybody. i like that dog platform/shelf thing...
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were do you get the piece that the tire carrier spins on ( the bearing piece?) I want to make my own to add to my bumper but I dont want something that will rust up or not work right in a year. and I would like it to have a grease zirk or zerk what ever there called thanks
might try www.Jeeptubes.com
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hey logan, what's the ru sticker in the back for? not rutgers is it?

and nice mods everybody. i like that dog platform/shelf thing...
i go to college at Radford University, its in VA
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ahhh ok... so you guys are stealing our RU thing... i get it. haha jk (kinda...)

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Not a true "home-brew" but rather a redneck enginerred option using whats out there via retail internet channels. Anyhow, here it is.
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When heading out for the weekend I found that between myself, the boy and the dog, I needed more places to stuff... stuff. So I began ogling the wonderful $1200+ expedition racks and quickly realized I needed to come up with a different solution.

So I found a rack support system that looked pretty trick but the rack itself was some plastic piece of junk. It was rated at 75lbs, what a joke. At the time the rack system was carried by BestTop but High Rock 4x4 has since picked up the product. Anyhow, I dug around online and found a ATV hitch haul from Cabelas that was the same size as the BestTop rack. It was made of steel and was rated at 200lbs. Much better.

Support system was around $70 and the hitch haul was on sale for $50. Well within my budget

So I ordered up and when everything arrived I took all the hitch parts from the hitch haul and tossed em in the corner, drilled a few holes in the rack to line up with the supports, bolted it up and the rest is history.









I did find that the rear supports tended to sag when loaded up with a few hundred lbs of gear so I drilled & tapped 2 holes and inserted a pair of 1/4" stainless steel screws to handle the vertical load. Worked like a champ.

This idea should work for TJ's too as the support system comes with extra sport bar collars to fit the smaller diameter bars as well as multiple bolt locations to account for the narrower body. Should work well for a 4 door JK as well.

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Not a true "home-brew" but rather a redneck enginerred option using whats out there via retail internet channels. Anyhow, here it is.
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When heading out for the weekend I found that between myself, the boy and the dog, I needed more places to stuff... stuff. So I began ogling the wonderful $1200+ expedition racks and quickly realized I needed to come up with a different solution.

So I found a rack support system that looked pretty trick but the rack itself was some plastic piece of junk. It was rated at 75lbs, what a joke. At the time the rack system was carried by BestTop but High Rock 4x4 has since picked up the product. Anyhow, I dug around online and found a ATV hitch haul from Cabelas that was the same size as the BestTop rack. It was made of steel and was rated at 200lbs. Much better.

Support system was around $70 and the hitch haul was on sale for $50. Well within my budget

So I ordered up and when everything arrived I took all the hitch parts from the hitch haul and tossed em in the corner, drilled a few holes in the rack to line up with the supports, bolted it up and the rest is history.









I did find that the rear supports tended to sag when loaded up with a few hundred lbs of gear so I drilled & tapped 2 holes and inserted a pair of 1/4" stainless steel screws to handle the vertical load. Worked like a champ.

This idea should work for TJ's too as the support system comes with extra sport bar collars to fit the smaller diameter bars as well as multiple bolt locations to account for the narrower body. Should work well for a 4 door JK as well.

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now thats cool and just what i was talking about looks great
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:25 AM   #16
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I was lokking through diffrent web sights on homemade mods and i found two that looked pretty cool!

Jeep Homemade Swaybar Disconnects

Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource this one shows hoe to chop your factury fenders for more tire clerance.

if you guys have any more please keep posting them
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awesome job scott! i think highrock 4x4 is bestop, but not positive

and i have that same thing of juicy fruit in my jeep... just wish the damn flavor lasted longer! haha
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:41 PM   #18
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:28 AM   #19
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So you made those? Details?
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Smile bumpers

Not I, but a good friend here in Tuscaloosa, he is 20 years old and a natural born welder. He loves hand building bumpers,racks,rocker guards, and anything else associated with 4x4's. He has no blue prints or anything, builds em piece by piece on the jeep in his shop. Sprays them with some type of Rhino lining also. Next project for me he is working on is rock rails/step bars, and he wants to build me some type of roof rack.
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that is badass man... i'm digging those bumpers. that's a very talented guy, love the rear bumper with the guards for the extra back up lights, looks store bought.
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Those bumpers are sick, Id love some that look like that. Tell That guy he'd have some business if he posted up on here.
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Talking Bumpers

I have been trying to get him to come up with a business name of some type. He told me tonight that he wants to try and build a swingaway rear tire carrier made to the rear bumper with attachments for Hi-Lift jack, etc. He has made several for all types of jeeps and trucks. If you are interested, I can pass along his number, he is always looking for business, but I warn you, he likes to have the vehicle at his shop so he can see how it looks on it. He told me that if he builds one, and doesnt like how it looks, he will start over. Each bumper is different, made to the specifications of the buyer. He does not go by any blue print, he just does it piece by piece, they are very strong, and I think look as good, if not better than any I could order, and they are one of a kind. Check out my Jeep profile for more pics of the bumpers if any one is interested.
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Not I, but a good friend here in Tuscaloosa, he is 20 years old and a natural born welder. He loves hand building bumpers,racks,rocker guards, and anything else associated with 4x4's. He has no blue prints or anything, builds em piece by piece on the jeep in his shop. Sprays them with some type of Rhino lining also. Next project for me he is working on is rock rails/step bars, and he wants to build me some type of roof rack.
Brilliant work.


I keep smashing my trailer wiring on abrupt departures.
So I lifted the Jeep 2.5" last week ---- and promptly smashed the wiring off on a 3 foot ledge...

So I took an aluminum server bracket, cut it to size, drilled a 2" hole, mounting holes, etc., and shot it with truckbed liner. Then I used threaded rivet inserts on the frame and mounted it with 1/4" screws (that will hopefully snap and dangle rather than bend on impact).
Voila. A heavy duty harness mount; need to build a box to protect it...

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I will have to remember that, thanks, that never came to mind
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Cheli,

How much did this run you? They look amazing!
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I have $1100 roughly totla, that is as of right now! Starting next week, it will begin increasing again as I plan on leaving it with him so he can build me some rock rails and hopefully a swingaway tire carrier.
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let me know how much the roofrack costs when you have it done. Baja has a new one coming out that I like but, you know...
It's on my "eventual list" anyhow.
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Amazing work on the bumpers. Looks like he has a talent!!
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He is awesome, and hilldweller I will ask him later on today for an "estimate" for you if he can. Thanks all for the comments. He is also wanting to build a roll cage. I will try to get him to join the WF and get his info out there to any who are interested. Believe it or not, this is just a side job that he does in his spare time. Anything that you all would be interested in him building, just let me know and I will run it by him. Anybody have any info for aftermarket wheels at a cheap price, my factory wheels have to go!

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