Jeep Wrangler Forum - Reply to Topic
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Tech Forums > Builders Corner > fabbin some alternate freedom panels?

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Thread: fabbin some alternate freedom panels? Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
12-03-2011 01:52 AM
aelwero Nothing recent. Our newborn is having apneatic episodes related to being a preemie and requires a huge amount of attention. Mods, projects, and even sleeping have all been put on hold for a while..
12-02-2011 11:17 PM
IP0VV3R Have you gotten anywhere on this
11-01-2011 06:14 PM
VinceAlten Lookin good! I just bought a 91 jeep and looking for a top, but this looks pretty awesome so far! I am in Las Cruces until March and need to complete my jeep projects by mid Feb to be able to ship it overseas... Might look into something similar if yours turns out as good as I think it will!
10-08-2011 08:03 PM
IP0VV3R You could probably use clear plexiglas and put window tint on it
10-07-2011 10:01 PM
aelwero went around to hardware stores and got some materials...


got an initial frame put together... the concept was to just have a few straps at key points for now, trying to keep it as simple as I can. primed and cemented it all up, making sure to keep everything level and straight (it doesn't come back apart once you get it cemented up). and took it out for a test fit.



3 straps on it at this point, and it's pretty darn secure there's a little bit of play in it, but attaching the plexi to the top will eliminate what little there is. the mating surface is completely flat with the single curved edge, and I'm pretty sure I can form that using the existing panel as a form with a small butane torch and some patience. straps are rated at 800 pounds and are attached to the frame itself with screws, so it's probably more secure than the factory panel.



rear strap. this one is actually screwed to the plastic portion of the sound bar, because it would be a PITA to wrap it all the way around every time.



side strap.



front attaches to the footmans loop that the factory panels clamps in on. I rotated the strap up a bit before screwing it on to maximise the downward tension on this one. It might have to get redone somehow though, because I'm not sure if it's going to have enough downward pull, especially with this:



thsi front outer elbow is sitting directly on the steel bracket that the rollbar attaches to at the windshield, and it looks a little tall

gonna do some surgery on it with an angle grinder tomorrow and see if it's still viable. If not, I'm either going to have to cut the corner off and put in two more 45 degree corners, or scrap the whole frame and start over with 1". total cost for this PVC frame is at $10, $4.90 for the 10' PVC stick, .80 cents for each elbow, and the straps will just move to the new frame if it comes to that, so meh


Smoked plexi ain't happenin... only way to get it in a large enough size is custom order off the 'net and ship... $150 per panel... Aint' spendin that much without a proof of concept at least

anyone ever tried nightshades paint on clear plexi?
thinkin either that or the "magnetic cling" style window tint (which will also help keep scratches down... bonus)

It's raining (it almost never rains in el paso, except on the day that I would rather have my freedom panel off the jeep to use as a plexi form...), so I have the freedom panels put back on, so no forming today...
10-06-2011 10:47 PM
schnutzy
10-06-2011 03:20 PM
aelwero
fabbin some alternate freedom panels?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Celtic View Post
I would rather see Chrysler do a dark tinted glass Freedom Top option for both the front two panels and the rear enclosure.
that one sentence has been stuck in my head all day...

I'm thinking smoked plexi, heated up and rolled to match the curve of the existing freedom panels (probably heated and formed using the actual freedom panel as a guide...), with some fabbed structure around the outside, probably a PVC pipe frame (lightweight, easy to work, and cemented together properly, nice and solid... probably 'glass it to make it look a little cleaner...) on the underside to lend structure to it and to provide somewhere to attach mounting hardware (perhaps even the actual OEM fittings). then a rear seat "freedom extension" set, fabbed the same way but with some sort of mounting system that goes on the back roll bar (probably something very similar to the big circle screw ins on the back of the front freedom panels, and the allen bolts from the factory top holding the front), and then leave the back open, or maybe build a curved "turtle back" style cover for the cargo area using the same method...

started out in my head as a "novel idea" kinda deal, but I'm starting to think I'm gonna hafta try this...

any thoughts?

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:45 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC