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Topic Review (Newest First)
Today 01:13 PM
Dr.Ew Man, those look great! Strong work.
Today 12:15 PM
Milkman First I want to thank Jeff for his time and his help making up my set of hinges.

These are very impressive when you get them bolted on. The tailgate feels more secure and mine closes much easier than stock.

Now to some pics of them installed.









10-20-2014 10:49 AM
jscherb One more thing about these hinges... they're designed so that accessory carriers can easily be mounted to them, so as soon as Tom gets his hinges painted and installed we'll be working on a Hi-Lift carrier to mount to them. I've got similar hinges on my LJ and I've done a Hi-Lift carrier for that Jeep, so now it's time to do one for the JK with these hinges. The TJ/LJ version of the Hi-Lift carrier in action on the trail:



10-19-2014 03:37 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by Espo78 View Post
Looks great! I want a set hahaha
I can probably make that happen, stay tuned...
10-19-2014 03:30 PM
Espo78 Looks great! I want a set hahaha
10-19-2014 12:02 PM
jscherb Tom and I finished up the machining on his heavy-duty hinges this morning, all they need now is a little final sanding and then painting. Here's one during a test install:



Just like on the factory hinges, there's a positive stop to prevent the tailgate from opening too far.



Ready for finishing:

10-18-2014 11:02 AM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by SilverMiner View Post
Replace "ugly" with "cool" and I am in agreement.
I'm designing the JK Safari Cab for me, and if other people like it too, that's great. If other people don't like it, that's fine too.

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Originally Posted by SilverMiner View Post
I want a set of those HD hinges alone, I think they would be a big seller as a separate option and alternative to the overly pricey Teraflex unit.
If you like the hinges and might want a pair on your JK stay tuned, I'll have some news about them on November 4.
10-18-2014 10:38 AM
SilverMiner Replace "ugly" with "cool" and I am in agreement.

I want a set of those HD hinges alone, I think they would be a big seller as a separate option and alternative to the overly pricey Teraflex unit.

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Ugly looks like a land rover
10-18-2014 09:40 AM
clull05rubi Ugly looks like a land rover
10-18-2014 09:26 AM
jscherb Barn door project progress update... I made a mold and molded some wiper cavity covers, in this first photo is the early model barn door with the wiper cover installed, the wiring harness plug comes out the bottom, and it's the same plug as the JK's hardtop plug. This one's still got the temporary plywood "window" installed.



And here's the later model wide barn door; the cover isn't installed yet so you can see the wiper motor inside.



Tom's got pretty heavy tires on his JK and since he upgraded to them he's been concerned about the weight on the tailgate hinges, so while we're in the process of doing his barn door we're also doing a heavy-duty hinge upgrade. Here's a shot of the work in progress on the new hinges; all of the machining isn't done yet but you can see the difference between these and the wimpy factory hinge alongside:

10-18-2014 08:40 AM
PaWillys Ah ok. I'll keep checking back here because those lines on the top are pretty cool. They are different and I kinda like it. It gives it a retro type look as it reminds me of some of the old Willys steel tops for the M38/M38A1. Not to mention the added functionality of the top and the "roveresque" windows. Thanks for the reply. You have designed some awesome tops and I want to be a customer.
10-18-2014 06:19 AM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by PaWillys View Post
so has anyone brought to market the Safari top for 2Dr JK with barn door?
how about the hybrid modular top you designed? I really like the slop of the Safari top and would like to possibly pick up on of your designed tops.
I'm still in the process of making the molds for the JK Safari Cab so no, it isn't on the market.
10-17-2014 11:45 PM
PaWillys so has anyone brought to market the Safari top for 2Dr JK with barn door?
how about the hybrid modular top you designed? I really like the slop of the Safari top and would like to possibly pick up on of your designed tops.
10-17-2014 08:22 PM
Milkman
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Originally Posted by Espo78 View Post
I can tell you that the drip rails on the soft top (which basically function about the same as the hardtop) are terrible. They act as a funnel and when you open the door water just pours right in from the front of the door opening and gets your legs wet. Maybe this is a good opportunity to fix this issue if you can figure out how.
Interesting, I agree the soft top drip rails aren't that good.

My hardtop drip rails work great tho. I have to dress up for work and don't have any problem with drips. I wonder if having the leveling kit on my jeep to get rid of the factory rake doesn't let the water pool up in the front of the rail?

I think the stick on rails are a good compromise. Run without them or in my case run with them.
10-17-2014 04:43 PM
Espo78 I can tell you that the drip rails on the soft top (which basically function about the same as the hardtop) are terrible. They act as a funnel and when you open the door water just pours right in from the front of the door opening and gets your legs wet. Maybe this is a good opportunity to fix this issue if you can figure out how.
10-17-2014 08:06 AM
jscherb I got a photo of the Ursa Minor drip rails - they seem to be fairly small, and I'm told they're separate pieces attached with 3M double-sided tape. I think I'll take the same approach on the JK Safari Cab.

10-17-2014 06:00 AM
jscherb Does anyone here have an Ursa Minor JK camper top or a Smittybilt JK hardtop? I'm asking because neither of them have drip rails over the doors like the factory top does; take a look at the barn door concept drawing I did on an Ursa Minor photo below.

On the Smittybilt top, I can imagine they decided not to include drip rails because it's cheaper to manufacture the top without that detail, but I don't know if the "cheaper to build it that way" argument would apply to the very expensive Ursa Minor top.

The reason I bring this up is that as I'm making the molds for the JK Safari Cab, I can either include drip rails in the molds or not, so I'm wondering if people with the Smittybilt or UM tops wish they had drip rails. When you open the door in the rain to get out, do you get wetter in those tops than you might in a factory top?

The Ursa Minor top without drip rails:



The Smittybilt top without drip rails:



The drip rail over the doors are visible in this shot of a factory hardtop that I edited to include the Safari Cab:



Edit: someone on the Expo forum just told me that the Ursa Minor has does have drip rails and they're stuck on with 3M tape, although I don't see them in the UM photo above. I've asked him if he has a better photo or more detail. I'll post what I learn from him.

Also, no drip rails are in evidence in this photo of the AT Habitat camper top (co-developed with UM).



I'm just trying to understand how much the drip rails help keep occupants dry when entering/exiting the vehicle in the rain so I can decide if I should include them in my molds.
10-16-2014 08:04 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by Espo78 View Post
CRAP I'm Sorry Jeff didn't mean to call you the wrong name. I was pretty tired yesterday. :/
Not a problem, don't worry about it. Of course you know this means if I ever decide to make some barn doors for people you can't be on the list... (just kidding)
10-16-2014 03:43 PM
Espo78 CRAP I'm Sorry Jeff didn't mean to call you the wrong name. I was pretty tired yesterday. :/
10-15-2014 06:40 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by Espo78 View Post
Yes, I know John. You mention it a lot. :P

Can't wait to see these new products!
Sorry . The reason I often mention that I design these things as a hobby is because people sometimes get the wrong idea and think I'm in business to sell things, or they think that because I'm designing something it's going to automatically become a commercial product. Nope, it's just a hobby.
Jeff
10-15-2014 06:15 PM
Espo78 Yes, I know John. You mention it a lot. :P

Can't wait to see these new products!
10-15-2014 05:41 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by Espo78 View Post
OK you're right, they can make cool stuff. They just never SELL it, which kind of defeats the purpose. But that's where guys like you come in, right?!
Well, I don't sell anything either, I just design stuff that I think is cool. A number of my designs have made it to the market though, but not sold by me... so far four different companies have licensed designs from me and six of my designs are already on the market and more to come soon.

And on that subject... this afternoon I got an email with draft copies of flyers, posters and a booth banner from a company that's licensed 4 of my designs and plans to debut them at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next month. I'll be at the SEMA Show and I'll post details from the show of the product debut. (3 of the designs apply to the JK BTW).
10-15-2014 04:40 PM
Espo78
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
I think the Jeep designers have done lots of cool things with the basic JK platform, what about the J12 and the Nukizer?



I mention those two because they've been on my mind lately... I've been doing some design work on a possible J12/Nukizer front end kit over the last week, the other day I picked this up to help with design details...


OK you're right, they can make cool stuff. They just never SELL it, which kind of defeats the purpose. But that's where guys like you come in, right?!
10-15-2014 02:18 PM
skooter ....and in Anvil no less
10-15-2014 09:11 AM
jscherb Here's another photo/drawing concept view of the JK Safari Cab, this time in body color instead of black. In this higher vantage point view you can see how the Alpine windows wrap over the roof a bit. I've also moved the third brake light up to the hardtop so it doesn't block the view out of the rear window.

10-15-2014 06:55 AM
skooter
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
A drawing simulating the JKU Safari Cab showing the windows on either side of the barn door for improved rearward visibility, an Alpine window on the roof which curves over the top, and a slider window on the side.

Take my money...please...i want one
10-14-2014 06:56 PM
RAMM241
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
A drawing simulating the JKU Safari Cab showing the windows on either side of the barn door for improved rearward visibility, an Alpine window on the roof which curves over the top, and a slider window on the side.
Love the work you're doing with this whole thread. Always a pleasure to read. Keep it up!
10-14-2014 05:24 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by Espo78 View Post
Looks natural. Why can't the factory ever make stuff this cool?
I think the Jeep designers have done lots of cool things with the basic JK platform, what about the J12 and the Nukizer?



I mention those two because they've been on my mind lately... I've been doing some design work on a possible J12/Nukizer front end kit over the last week, the other day I picked this up to help with design details...

10-14-2014 05:21 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by unusedusername View Post
I know it's a mock up, but it looks awesome.

Why is the snorkel facing towards the rear? Is it on backwards?
Thank you.

I don't know about the snorkel, this is just a photo I found on the 'net.

I'm working on a few more concept drawings on other photos, I'll try to get them posted soon.
10-14-2014 05:20 PM
jscherb
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Originally Posted by JCDriller View Post
Wow that looks fantastic!
I'm working on the mold for the hardtop rear panel right now (with the opera windows on either side of the barn door), I should have the mold done this week and hopefully will have the first part out of the mold by the middle of next week, so very soon I can start showing some actual parts instead of just concept drawings.

Update on the barn door: That's moving along too, although Tom's schedule and mine haven't been working too well together lately. Today I did make the mold for the cover plate for the wiper cavity and I'll start molding a few of those tomorrow.
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