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09-29-2013 08:24 PM
tigereye The only mod I regret is the Bestop bikini. It's great until you need to remove it in a hurry. Then it's a huge pain.
This forum has kept me from many mistakes.
09-25-2013 04:57 PM
carveric Krylon fusion is the way to go. I painted my door and most of my dash about 8 months ago and have not touched it since. Be sure to let it cure for at least 2 days before using though. I tried to put the door plastic on a few hours after painting the first time and a lot of the paint came off the near every place you had to touch to install. THe next time I waited 48-72 hours and I have had absolutely no problem since.
03-12-2013 10:08 AM
elclipo Avoid these:



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03-11-2013 01:50 PM
Qurtyslyn
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
Thanks, thats good to know.. good luck this year..
Not racing this year unfortunately, working qualifying and a checkpoint/spectator area.
03-11-2013 12:49 PM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by Qurtyslyn View Post
If you can find a way to break a Rigid, I'll be surprised. Last year at the Mint 400, they had one laying across two cinder blocks with a JKU parked on top of it during contingency.

Have to see what they have this year when I head down next week. Provided no one runs me over during qualifying.
Thanks, thats good to know.. good luck this year..
03-11-2013 12:38 PM
Qurtyslyn
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
I have neoprene (Wet O's) and love them. I have a set on my pickup as well that are over 10 years old and they look like new. So I think this is a personal preference thing. Also, my Jeep doesnt sit outside much, its usually parked in the garage at night and in covered parking during the day.
I would suggest you consider Rigid LED lights too. I dont have the stock or KC fog lights on my Jeep, I have the Rigids. In fact, I have 4 of the minis (4 LED small square units) and a 10" Rigid LED light bar at the winch. These units are hard core, and use very little watts compared to the KCs. The KCs that were on my Jeep (OEM) were plastic and broke, the Rigids are metal. Just a thought.
Dana
If you can find a way to break a Rigid, I'll be surprised. Last year at the Mint 400, they had one laying across two cinder blocks with a JKU parked on top of it during contingency.

Have to see what they have this year when I head down next week. Provided no one runs me over during qualifying.
03-11-2013 07:50 AM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by Dare View Post
thanks folks, learned a lot tonight, read the complete thread, so:
no K-N now
Neoprene seat covers (already on so will see how I like them)
No change to the exhaust at this time
Will stay away from the BB until ready to dish out a few more $$ for the "complete"deal
Go with KC off road lights (PO had them removed already so need to replace
Spyder recovery bumper (already installed, looks and fits great will see how it holds up)
Try the front spring swap with the XJ or ZJ springs since the front has the "jacked up rear" look
I have neoprene (Wet O's) and love them. I have a set on my pickup as well that are over 10 years old and they look like new. So I think this is a personal preference thing. Also, my Jeep doesnt sit outside much, its usually parked in the garage at night and in covered parking during the day.
I would suggest you consider Rigid LED lights too. I dont have the stock or KC fog lights on my Jeep, I have the Rigids. In fact, I have 4 of the minis (4 LED small square units) and a 10" Rigid LED light bar at the winch. These units are hard core, and use very little watts compared to the KCs. The KCs that were on my Jeep (OEM) were plastic and broke, the Rigids are metal. Just a thought.
Dana
03-11-2013 02:00 AM
K.wag stay away from rough country quick disconnects. I thought this was a rather fool proof part and thus had opted for the cheaper rough country product but they have been nothing but problems for me.
Stick to the JKS or currie anti rock
03-10-2013 11:27 PM
892586cyl
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Originally Posted by Redsand View Post
May need an adhesion promoter, or actual paint for plastic ,
Actually for interior or dash painting, go to a hobby shop and get tamiya model paint. You can find almost any color you want and it's made for most plastics and vinyls. It's An old kit car trick that's been done for years...
03-10-2013 11:15 PM
CarolinaBound
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Originally Posted by Dare View Post
Try the front spring swap with the XJ or ZJ springs since the front has the "jacked up rear" look
If you're gonna go with the v8 zj springs up front ya need 2" coil spacers or 2" Lift springs so that it sits level
03-10-2013 10:44 PM
Dare thanks folks, learned a lot tonight, read the complete thread, so:
no K-N now
Neoprene seat covers (already on so will see how I like them)
No change to the exhaust at this time
Will stay away from the BB until ready to dish out a few more $$ for the "complete"deal
Go with KC off road lights (PO had them removed already so need to replace
Spyder recovery bumper (already installed, looks and fits great will see how it holds up)
Try the front spring swap with the XJ or ZJ springs since the front has the "jacked up rear" look
03-10-2013 05:42 PM
ccbutts great thread! lots of good info
03-09-2013 11:23 PM
MountainManTJ
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Originally Posted by dingos_unlimited View Post

Don't have the seat covers. Bit I do have the tailgate storage setup. Good idea poor execution. The webbing on o.T. started to pull off the base material via poor stitching. I fixed it with am old school sewing machine ment for canvas. All I had in the pouch was a tow strap.
Ya that's wut I thought .. They look cool.. But poor quality .. Thanx
03-07-2013 06:41 AM
08 Ryan X I have covering sets covers. I like them a lot. Look great and more comfortable.
03-06-2013 09:02 PM
dingos_unlimited
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Originally Posted by MountainManTJ View Post
Anybody have experience with these seat covers? Look good.. Lots of storage for this n that... Anybody have..like? ... Hate?
Don't have the seat covers. Bit I do have the tailgate storage setup. Good idea poor execution. The webbing on o.T. started to pull off the base material via poor stitching. I fixed it with am old school sewing machine ment for canvas. All I had in the pouch was a tow strap.
03-06-2013 08:24 PM
blackrublj
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Originally Posted by Horn5413 View Post
The PO put a cold air kit on my 01 tj. Talk about noisy.. Luckily he gave me all the stock stuff with it. That will be going back on...
Yeah its a little noisy but i installed an aem dry flow cold air system and a banks cat back on my lj its not obnoxiously loud like a honda with a fart pipe. i like to hear my motor a little, my hiway mileage has gone from 15/16 to 18/19 that dont bother me none.
03-06-2013 04:49 PM
Qurtyslyn Not a Jeep, but this is what happens to Tube Bumpers when you hit a tree.




However... This is what happens to the Tree

03-06-2013 04:05 PM
jp2611
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Originally Posted by Fullback40 View Post
I bought the new Bestop Trektop with the sunroof option and tinted windows. The top is ok but I question the frameless design and how it will hold up with velcro and zippers holding it together over time. The sunroof option is great to get some sun and keep the kids covered in the backseat but its a bit more of a pain to take off than the stock top, it doesnt just fold back. Which makes it not as convienent to tuck behind the backseat and ride out. I kept the stock frame in case I just want to reskin it later.
It may depend on where you live, and your own personal use and taste, but other than the frame not being there I don't see a lot of difference between stock and frameless...Stock is zippers and velcro also........ or was on my '04....I like mine it is a LOT quieter and warmer than the halftop I was running!!
03-06-2013 03:56 PM
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03-06-2013 03:53 PM
Fullback40 I bought the new Bestop Trektop with the sunroof option and tinted windows. The top is ok but I question the frameless design and how it will hold up with velcro and zippers holding it together over time. The sunroof option is great to get some sun and keep the kids covered in the backseat but its a bit more of a pain to take off than the stock top, it doesnt just fold back. Which makes it not as convienent to tuck behind the backseat and ride out. I kept the stock frame in case I just want to reskin it later.
03-06-2013 03:08 PM
horrocks007 I regret the exhaust that I bought. It looks nice, and sounds OK at times, but totally should've saved my cash for something better. But it's my jeep, and I'm ok with it.

Focusing on sliders, skid plates, traction aids, re-gear, bumper, winch and tires. No particular order. But sliders are next. Looking at ACE. Good bang for the buck.
03-06-2013 03:02 PM
97flexy the one thing I didn't like a year after install was my 2.5L pacesetter header, I wish I woulda swapped out the warped stock manifold for a new manifold. coulda saved the money.
03-06-2013 02:47 PM
drillbit what about running boards? that will probably be the first thing ill be putting on once i get it. the one im looking at has diamond plates right under the door frame. will this have to be taken off to install running boards?
03-06-2013 02:19 PM
blueskiesbill Nates 4x4 is an inexpensive option for bumpers, sliders, swing aways, etc. quality product and American made. And you don't have to spend an arm and a leg.
03-06-2013 01:42 PM
PStov98TJ
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Originally Posted by drillbit View Post

thanks for the advice!
Not a problem! Just sleazy remember, you get what you pay for in mods. There's no way around it.
03-06-2013 01:38 PM
drillbit
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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ View Post
Square style bumpers with stingers are very popular and sturdy. It's not necessary though. In my opinion after market bumper > stock > tube bumper. But be careful of who you order bumpers from if you do it on eBay. thedirtworx is a reputable guy who makes quality stuff and sells it on eBay.

I however, learned this the hard way. I ordered some from a guy called bumperbarn that were complete crap (didn't fit, receiver wasn't centered, etc) and essentially lost $500.
thanks for the advice!
03-06-2013 01:33 PM
PStov98TJ Square style bumpers with stingers are very popular and sturdy. It's not necessary though. In my opinion after market bumper > stock > tube bumper. But be careful of who you order bumpers from if you do it on eBay. thedirtworx is a reputable guy who makes quality stuff and sells it on eBay.

I however, learned this the hard way. I ordered some from a guy called bumperbarn that were complete crap (didn't fit, receiver wasn't centered, etc) and essentially lost $500.
03-06-2013 01:29 PM
drillbit
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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ View Post
They are weak and very 90's style bumper. Of you hit a tube bumper on a tree or rock, it'll crumple straight into your grille or fender.


so would you recommend leaving it stock or maybe a diffrent style of bumper?
03-06-2013 01:25 PM
PStov98TJ They are weak and very 90's style bumper. Of you hit a tube bumper on a tree or rock, it'll crumple straight into your grille or fender.
03-06-2013 01:21 PM
drillbit
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Stuff new owners get sucked into:
  • BL > 1.25"
  • CAI and/or snorkels
  • Fancy cast iron diff plates (get welded plate)
  • Neoprene seat covers (hello swamp butt)
  • Putting stickers of every part you've ever installed on the fenders (I don't advertise for stuff I paid for)
  • Tube bumpers (I admit I wanted these when I first got my Jeep. Thank goodness I was broke from the payments)
  • Stupid loud exhaust systems (Annoying on trails)
what exactly is wrong with tube bumpers? i plan on getting my first jeep in the next few days and was going to look into them. possibly with the kc hilites
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