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Old 03-06-2013, 05:51 PM   #31
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I was wondering about those lights! Do they work well as reverse lights?

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #32
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I was wondering about those lights! Do they work well as reverse lights?
Yes. Great. Plenty of light. Wife even commented they were too bright. It's not like having KCs behind you don't get me wrong but as good or better than stock.

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:19 AM   #33
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And this is exactly why I am not telling my insurance about my wreck. I also have USAA, but I don't trust insurance. lol Even though my TJ is newer and has less miles, I have a LOT more damage. They probably would have totaled mine. But, I'm only $35 into my rebuild now and it will be drivable after maybe another $500. Compared to the few THOUSAND it would cost a shop to do it. But, I'm buying used parts and doing the work myself.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:56 AM   #34
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Yes. Great. Plenty of light. Wife even commented they were too bright. It's not like having KCs behind you don't get me wrong but as good or better than stock.
Awesome thanks! Ill probably end up with those and some flush mount led taillights.
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And this is exactly why I am not telling my insurance about my wreck. I also have USAA, but I don't trust insurance. lol Even though my TJ is newer and has less miles, I have a LOT more damage. They probably would have totaled mine. But, I'm only $35 into my rebuild now and it will be drivable after maybe another $500. Compared to the few THOUSAND it would cost a shop to do it. But, I'm buying used parts and doing the work myself.
Had to do again I would have done the same. For sure for sure. I figured that is why I had insurance in the first place. I was wrong ...
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:22 PM   #36
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Plastidip Rocker Panels

Since I don't have the last piece of my armor - probably PSC Rocker Knockers - yet I decided to play around with some plastidip to make the rear crusher corners look like they are a bit more integrated. I figure also if I do get rocker panel armor I will leave the plastidip there as a bit of paint barrier.

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Masked off where I wanted to plastidip:


Finished with this:



Two things: I like the look but I would like to probably remove my entry guards (think they are Mopars) and also I should have maybe sloped the rear line more with the linke of the corners.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:28 AM   #37
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Top Down Beauty Pictures

I was finally able to take the hard top off with the promise of at least a week of nice weather (I live in the PNW so first since ... October?). Anyways took the opportunity to take some beauty shots in the yard. Really like how everything ended up.

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:03 AM   #38
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way to go!

Great read, still cannot believe that your Jeep was considered salvage that is crazy. I do not blame you for saving her and doing all the work yourself, it looks great
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:45 AM   #39
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You did the right thing keeping it and made great choices in your approach to fixing it. Nice work! You really took lemons and made lemonaid (bun half intended).

So, what did we all learn?? Always turn your front wheels when parking on a slope so that the vehicle doesn't roll straight down hill or off a cliff(unless of course there is a drop on both sides!). Crappy way to learn/get reminded.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #40
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You did the right thing keeping it and made great choices in your approach to fixing it. Nice work! You really took lemons and made lemonaid (bun half intended).

So, what did we all learn?? Always turn your front wheels when parking on a slope so that the vehicle doesn't roll straight down hill or off a cliff(unless of course there is a drop on both sides!). Crappy way to learn/get reminded.
Actually even better: NEVER leave your manual vehicle idling on a hill while you do anything out of it BECAUSE the only thing holding it there is the Parking Brake... which can fail. I would have been SOL with the wheels turned anyways as this happened on my property in the mountains which is actually pretty much on the side of a mountain - trees and ditches either side.
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Rich, what is the weigh limit for the trail gate? I see you two kids on it but would it hold my big azz? Don't ask, it's big!
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Rich, what is the weigh limit for the trail gate? I see you two kids on it but would it hold my big azz? Don't ask, it's big!
They say about 300 lbs. I have say on it too no problem. I am 170 so not huge but it feels sturdy. The hinges at the bottom would be the weakest point probably but don't know exactly what that is.
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so if i hit a tree, my jeep will turn into awesome??? i might just try this lol looks sweet
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #44
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They say about 300 lbs. I have say on it too no problem. I am 170 so not huge but it feels sturdy. The hinges at the bottom would be the weakest point probably but don't know exactly what that is.
That would hold me and a sandwich! That's it! Lol!
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so if i hit a tree, my jeep will turn into awesome??? i might just try this lol looks sweet
As long as its a "money tree" then yep!
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:00 AM   #46
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Today I got to try out my Spring/Fall configuration with the new look / armor / trailgate. I have it setup with a Bestop Safari Top and Bestop Duster.

As I live in the Pacific NW, it got the rain test right away! Actually we got real rain yesterday instead of the misty crap we usually have 9 months out of the year here. Anyways, it worked great. Stayed dry and everything looks great. This time I put on the door surrounds and I like the look/function better than last year when I was running it without the surronds. Also I chose not to do the windjammer because I really don't love that look and I like having the feel of the outside.

The picture is pretty bad but the light was horrible. Will do better later but won't be for a while as this weekend taking the dodge and trailer out for camping.


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