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Today 06:38 AM
meadmichaelj This was last summer. I made my stock hard top into a "sunrider" hard top. It was pretty easy. I drew the line I wanted to cut, then used a jigsaw, bolted on some hinges, added door trim and glued on some weather stripping. All I had to do was unlatch the front and get out and flip it back. Drove it on the highway open without issue (if your jeep is in a position where this would flip forward, there are bigger problems) but it did bounce a bit so I started tossing a strap over it and to the center roll bar. Anyway, the weatherstripping didn't do its job, the thing leaked like crazy, completely soaked seats, so I would leave the plugs out of the floor and keep the seats tumbled forward on days it might rain. Also I was worried about the stress of the hinges possibly cracking the hard top around the screws, so I'm not certain about how structurally sound it was. I know they make two piece hard tops, which are crazy expensive, so this is a cheap way to do it with an existing top, plus it flips back rather than lifting off. But the roof really should be reinforced (fiberglass maybe?) under the hinges, and needs a better way to keep water out, maybe an overlapping channel like the two piece tops have.
I have a soft top now, so this top sits out back, but I plan to re visit it and try to fix those issues. It still would be cool to use in the spring/fall when it's colder but I might get an occasional nice day and flip it back, and I'll run my soft top in the summer.



Today 06:01 AM
meadmichaelj
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Originally Posted by srad600 View Post
Mead....just use flexible hose for the vents or was the stock movable?


I thought I was done with my Jeep but now Im considering this lol. I have a tablet sitting around doing nothing lol.

Hows the sound? Im assuming your using a 3.5 audio jack that splits to standard RCA?
I hadn't gotten a chance to finish the vents yet, but I was planning to put some weather strip around the back edges of the vents and bolt some sort of... flange (if that's the word I'm looking for) on the dash that the weather strip presses against, and connect the flange to the old vent duct with a small sheet metal duct. But yeah, maybe a flexible hose could be a good way to go... something just long enough to be able to clip it to the back of the vents while the bezel is out a bit and then slide into place. I trimmed the stock vents more than I needed to because I wasn't sure how it was going to lay out yet, but I could have kept them taller and had less of a gap to fill. But if I go with flexible hose, that could turn out a good thing as that's the space I'll need for the hose to move into when I press the bezel into place.

Right now I've got a 3.5 to RCA going from the EQ to a bluetooth receiver and the tablet auto-connects to the bluetooth when the screen turns on. Everything fit so tight I can't get a 3.5 jack into the tablet because the vent will be in the way, but I do worry the bluetooth takes away some sound quality, even though it sounds pretty good. But I've had the bluetooth lose connection for some reason and that's inconvenient. I might just have to modify the edge of the vent somehow to allow the jack some clearance. On that note, the USB cable to power the tablet is putting some stress on the tablet's USB port I'm sure, because that's a very tight bend as well.
Today 05:54 AM
ArthurTJ04
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Originally Posted by Rock Kicker View Post

Where'd you get the hood panel? I'm lookin to do the same, especially on my XJ.
Quadratec
Search there Hyline Hood Panel.
Today 04:07 AM
Rock Kicker
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Originally Posted by ArthurTJ04 View Post
Painted my hood hinges flat black. Replaced my blinker and side markers with a darker ones, bulbs are orange and the lenses aren't that dark so it is visible. Put the decal on the hood. I order these with Andy his name here is 10tonvinyl he does great work, price is right, and quality is top notch. Thanks again brother.
Where'd you get the hood panel? I'm lookin to do the same, especially on my XJ.
Today 04:03 AM
Rock Kicker
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Originally Posted by myred88 View Post
that is the greatest dash i've ever seen
x2
Today 01:16 AM
PHILDABEAST Swapped out the full doors for tube doors. Pulled off the hard top and then dropped it, luckily the spare tire and my head caught it before it hit the ground.
Yesterday 10:27 PM
samizdad
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Originally Posted by meadmichaelj View Post
I just finished making a custom stereo bezel for my TJ. I cut away most of the center dash so I could have a more compact bezel that's flush with the glove box. I put in a 7" Android tablet and managed to work my CB in there too. I've never seen a mod like it, so I thought I should finally sign up on here now that I have something to share that might inspire others to come up with similar mods.
I plan on making a new version at some point that includes a switch panel, once I can afford a winch and offriading lights, etc. But for now this works pretty well. I've got a usb charger wired in to the ignition switched 12V, and an app that turns on the screen when there is power and locks the screen when the power is off, and there are no exposed buttons for anyone to wake/mess with the tablet when the car is off. On that note, you have to take everything apart to get the tablet out, so this isn't the kind of thing where you pop it in and out, but I've seen slide in tablet mounts in custom car dashes before.
Very nice. Clean install, looks nice.
Yesterday 10:05 PM
srad600 Mead....just use flexible hose for the vents or was the stock movable?


I thought I was done with my Jeep but now Im considering this lol. I have a tablet sitting around doing nothing lol.

Hows the sound? Im assuming your using a 3.5 audio jack that splits to standard RCA?
Yesterday 09:50 PM
srad600 I FINALLY got to drive it with the new 4.88 gears.

Hot damn, I love it.

So today I drove it for the first time with but all not installed today:
4.88s instead of 3.55s
New axle bearings, seals etc.
New ball joints
New hubs and wheel bearings
New U joints every where in the axles too.
Eaton E-locker.


Didnt push anything at all yet. Taking the break in very seriously. The only bad news is I have to take it apart again when I get my Chromo shafts in. Wasnt till putting it back together that we realized there is a slightly twisted rear shaft.

Surprised the 44 twisted before the HP30.
Yesterday 07:58 PM
Cogburn Finally took her topless for the first time... Loved it and turned a lot of heads
Yesterday 06:28 PM
wbeers690
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Originally Posted by echo2 View Post
These work great....

I used big gear ties.. like a large rubber coated twisty tie.. I put them in the belts and if I have all the Windows out I put them around the sail panels so they don't flap
Yesterday 03:14 PM
ArthurTJ04 Painted my hood hinges flat black.
Replaced my blinker and side markers with a darker ones, bulbs are orange and the lenses aren't that dark so it is visible.
Put the decal on the hood. I order these with Andy his name here is 10tonvinyl he does great work, price is right, and quality is top notch. Thanks again brother.
Yesterday 02:31 PM
HSL 4X4
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Originally Posted by Momamac View Post
Bought 4 cans of Eastwood Internal Frame Coat for it on-line...had a coupon code and found out today they have a sale going on, came to $74.11 including ground shipping...had to jump on that! Saved around $20! Frame is in great condition, just want to do keep it that way!
Dang might have to jump on this deal too, thanks for the heads up!
Yesterday 11:57 AM
Momamac Bought 4 cans of Eastwood Internal Frame Coat for it on-line...had a coupon code and found out today they have a sale going on, came to $74.11 including ground shipping...had to jump on that! Saved around $20! Frame is in great condition, just want to do keep it that way!
Yesterday 11:39 AM
Medixtj01
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Originally Posted by meadmichaelj View Post
Actually, here's a close up of it. Not that hot glue necessarily requires a picture, but yeah..
Thanks
Yesterday 11:16 AM
meadmichaelj
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Originally Posted by Medixtj01 View Post
Mead
What did you use to relocate the factory switches?
Actually, here's a close up of it. Not that hot glue necessarily requires a picture, but yeah..

Yesterday 11:08 AM
meadmichaelj
Quote:
Originally Posted by Medixtj01 View Post
Mead
What did you use to relocate the factory switches?
Hot glue. lol. No, seriously. I spent a few hours searching online for some sort of switch plate that takes the TJ stock switches, then gave up and searched for Contura switches that will do rear wiper, defrost, overdrive... and gave up on that as hopeless as well. I couldn't make a bracket that lined up the switches perfectly (even 1mm off and they get stuck against the edge of the metal) so I held them carefully in place and piled on lots of hot glue to the back of the sheet metal. Not the solution I had hoped for, but I'll see how long it takes them to fall off.
Yesterday 11:07 AM
ArthurTJ04 X2
Yesterday 11:04 AM
Jazmin
Quote:
Originally Posted by meadmichaelj View Post
I just finished making a custom stereo bezel for my TJ. I cut away most of the center dash so I could have a more compact bezel that's flush with the glove box. I put in a 7" Android tablet and managed to work my CB in there too. I've never seen a mod like it, so I thought I should finally sign up on here now that I have something to share that might inspire others to come up with similar mods. I plan on making a new version at some point that includes a switch panel, once I can afford a winch and offriading lights, etc. But for now this works pretty well. I've got a usb charger wired in to the ignition switched 12V, and an app that turns on the screen when there is power and locks the screen when the power is off, and there are no exposed buttons for anyone to wake/mess with the tablet when the car is off. On that note, you have to take everything apart to get the tablet out, so this isn't the kind of thing where you pop it in and out, but I've seen slide in tablet mounts in custom car dashes before.
That's awesome. Now I want one!
Yesterday 10:27 AM
Medixtj01 Mead
What did you use to relocate the factory switches?
Yesterday 09:49 AM
meadmichaelj Thanks, here's a couple pics of the process.

Here's the dash cut away, and what I did for amps. I bought a 4ch and 2ch Punch amp and they are small enough to stuff in the corners and just clear the back of the crossover.


Here's how I made a template, first with some foam board, then cut out of 20 gauge sheet metal. (I learned that a Dremel is a frustratingly slow way to cut holes in sheet metal and that I need to buy an angle grinder.)


Here's the side view of the components together. I was able to take the face off my CB and rotate it 90 degrees since it is connected with ribbon cables. It never would have fit in there straight back. The crossover barely fits, the RCA cables get smooshed against the defroster vent, but it just makes it.


And finally, A straight on picture, day/night.

https://googledrive.com/host/0B7pogU.../Dashmod05.jpg

The blue LED light from the crossover is almost blinding at night, I wish it had a dimmer, but I'll look for one that is either not so bright, or maybe have a flip cover for it or something.
Yesterday 09:37 AM
DJs97TJs
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Originally Posted by GabeTJ View Post
did you try buffing it out? (Sorry I couldn't resist)
Haha it's good. That's what every local person said about it
Yesterday 09:36 AM
DJs97TJs
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post

cried? I woulda pooped my pants.. Oh my.. I hope you are ok.. now on to a new build with the knowledge you gained from the prior one.
Definitely know I want a 6 cyl and hard top this go around
Yesterday 09:31 AM
MyRed88
Quote:
Originally Posted by meadmichaelj View Post
I just finished making a custom stereo bezel for my TJ. I cut away most of the center dash so I could have a more compact bezel that's flush with the glove box. I put in a 7" Android tablet and managed to work my CB in there too. I've never seen a mod like it, so I thought I should finally sign up on here now that I have something to share that might inspire others to come up with similar mods. I plan on making a new version at some point that includes a switch panel, once I can afford a winch and offriading lights, etc. But for now this works pretty well. I've got a usb charger wired in to the ignition switched 12V, and an app that turns on the screen when there is power and locks the screen when the power is off, and there are no exposed buttons for anyone to wake/mess with the tablet when the car is off. On that note, you have to take everything apart to get the tablet out, so this isn't the kind of thing where you pop it in and out, but I've seen slide in tablet mounts in custom car dashes before.
that is the greatest Dash I've ever seen
Yesterday 09:24 AM
ArthurTJ04
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Originally Posted by tsteb View Post
Yeah if you don't mind.
Here you go.

Attachment 1004353
Yesterday 09:20 AM
HSL 4X4 That custom dash thing is pretty legit
Yesterday 09:18 AM
meadmichaelj I just finished making a custom stereo bezel for my TJ. I cut away most of the center dash so I could have a more compact bezel that's flush with the glove box. I put in a 7" Android tablet and managed to work my CB in there too. I've never seen a mod like it, so I thought I should finally sign up on here now that I have something to share that might inspire others to come up with similar mods.
I plan on making a new version at some point that includes a switch panel, once I can afford a winch and offriading lights, etc. But for now this works pretty well. I've got a usb charger wired in to the ignition switched 12V, and an app that turns on the screen when there is power and locks the screen when the power is off, and there are no exposed buttons for anyone to wake/mess with the tablet when the car is off. On that note, you have to take everything apart to get the tablet out, so this isn't the kind of thing where you pop it in and out, but I've seen slide in tablet mounts in custom car dashes before.
Yesterday 08:51 AM
tsteb
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Originally Posted by echo2 View Post
These work great....
I use Velcro straps
Yesterday 08:46 AM
tsteb
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Originally Posted by ArthurTJ04 View Post
You want a picture of the wheels?
Yeah if you don't mind.
Yesterday 06:58 AM
echo2
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Originally Posted by huskersdave View Post
Zipped tied my backseat seatbelts to the rollbar so they would stop flapping. I than drove it down the interstate for 3 hours with the top down.

These work great....

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