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Yesterday 09:37 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by ArthurTJ04 View Post
Thats an incredible progress you made on the jeep. Great build. I was able to finally purchase my TJ last summer. Made a few changes to mine. I want it to be a DD but at the same time be able to go off road. Great Idea to also document all of it on here. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! It is really pretty fun to go back and look at the progression. I am anxious to get more work done, but so happy with where it is heading.
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Originally Posted by Mulvihill64 View Post
Hendrix should be posting a writeup for his hiline hood on jeep-owner fairly soon
I actually think he posted one on JF a while back. I am just not a body guy and would never expect mine to come close to what he has done.
Yesterday 08:40 PM
Mulvihill64 Hendrix should be posting a writeup for his hiline hood on jeep-owner fairly soon
Yesterday 05:55 PM
ArthurTJ04 Thats an incredible progress you made on the jeep. Great build. I was able to finally purchase my TJ last summer. Made a few changes to mine. I want it to be a DD but at the same time be able to go off road. Great Idea to also document all of it on here. Thanks for sharing.
Yesterday 03:14 PM
TXST8tj Yes, I will be using the edge trim for the cut edge. I would actually prefer a stock hood because I like the look of my PSC hood louver vs an AEV hood. I think the louver looks better with my build than the AEV would.

There is a guy on JF (Hendrix) that does body work for a living. He reattached the very bottom, finished edge of the stock hood when he cut his for hiline. The hood has the look of a stock hood. I think he made and sold a few of them, but don't think he is doing any more.

I would also love if someone offered a hiline hood without that indent at the front where the latches used to be. I run hood pins, so that indent is not necessary. It would however require a good deal of body work to remove and flush that area out.


*Edit - oh, and thanks for sharing that link. I had not seen that yet. I liked seeing how he handled mounting some of the accessories.
04-22-2014 10:42 PM
kdilly
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
I plan to.

I intend to get a new hood before all is said and done, so cutting this one will let me know exactly where the best line to cut will be for the new hood.

I really wish someone other than AEV would offer a stock hiline hood for sale that has a factory quality edge/finish to it.
I don't know if you've seen it or not, but there is a guy on JF who did an install of the DeFender xc's and he used some edge trim from o'reillys to finish the edges of the hood after he cut them.
Here it is: Poison Spyder DeFender XC install - JeepForum.com

I completely agree though, AEV's hood is ridiculously priced, I think like $800 plus freight shipping unpainted.

I think I'm going to pull the trigger on these fenders as well. Northridge 4x4 has some great prices with discount codes and free shipping.
04-22-2014 10:21 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by kdilly View Post
Are you also going to use the grinder to cut the hood for those fenders?
I plan to.

I intend to get a new hood before all is said and done, so cutting this one will let me know exactly where the best line to cut will be for the new hood.

I really wish someone other than AEV would offer a stock hiline hood for sale that has a factory quality edge/finish to it.
04-22-2014 10:16 PM
kdilly Are you also going to use the grinder to cut the hood for those fenders?
04-22-2014 09:59 PM
TXST8tj Grinder with cut-off wheel. I have a steady hand and the 3/16" is easy to cut. The passenger side looks like they came manufactured that way.....if I do say so myself.
04-22-2014 07:41 PM
GSXRMAN14 What are you using to trim the rockers?
04-22-2014 04:32 PM
TXST8tj Driver fender loosely on. Made marks to clearance the bottom of fender to fit with rocker. Then I can mount the inner fender and mark and trim the rocker.....then at least the rockers will finally be done.



04-21-2014 09:36 PM
TXST8tj I finally got the rear part of the stock cage out today. I had previously removed all but five of the floor bolts on the B pillar. They were 'locked' in place by the seam sealer stuff. I took the time to wire wheel that junk out of the way of the bolt heads. Some of it was inside the heads of the bolts, so after messing with that for a minute, I decided to stop messing around and just welded 1/2" bolts to the heads of the torx bolts. Not like I am going to show any close-ups of my welds, but they did their job and held so I could back the bolts out.
What a pain.






I hope to drop the 'new' rear section in tomorrow. I picked up hex head grade 8 hardware to replace all of the torx bolts.



I also got the driver's side rocker guard mounted, and everything unbolted from the fender. The new one goes on tomorrow. Then I can trim the front part of the rocker guard and get them off to powdercoating.





On another note, those wheel dollies are still proving to be a great investment for me since my Jeep seems to spend more time in pieces than not.
04-14-2014 06:31 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by erickpl View Post
For some reason I was thinking your Ford was white.

When I first saw the pic, I thought it was a for a customer!! Man that truck has really grown! But it'd look even better with that gooseneck trailer behind it hauling a blue built TJ eastbound on I-10 towards Alabama.
haha...not mine, just all of the fleet trucks I outfit; like this one:






Thanks, it really has taken great shape over the last year. Once I decided I would not be able to help myself from doing some modifications, I put together a plan that would keep it beefy looking, but reasonable.

That eastbound trip will certainly happen before too long!
04-14-2014 11:08 AM
erickpl For some reason I was thinking your Ford was white.

When I first saw the pic, I thought it was a for a customer!! Man that truck has really grown! But it'd look even better with that gooseneck trailer behind it hauling a blue built TJ eastbound on I-10 towards Alabama.
04-14-2014 08:35 AM
GSXRMAN14
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
Thanks guys! I loved it before, but it's a new kinda awesome now! Last thing to do with it is a front replacement bumper...if anything else at all.


It's funny. When I first got it, I said I was going to leave it stock. A year later, 3" lift, wheels, tires, LED lightbar, rear bumper, auto-drop steps, stereo. Haha
Its hard to leave a vehicle stock when there is just so much offered for it to really make it one of a kind or your own
04-13-2014 09:41 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by GSXRMAN14 View Post
That's a bad looking truck!!!
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Originally Posted by crisjacof View Post
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Thanks guys! I loved it before, but it's a new kinda awesome now! Last thing to do with it is a front replacement bumper...if anything else at all.


It's funny. When I first got it, I said I was going to leave it stock. A year later, 3" lift, wheels, tires, LED lightbar, rear bumper, auto-drop steps, stereo. Haha
04-13-2014 02:40 PM
crisjacof
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Originally Posted by gsxrman14 View Post
that's a bad looking truck!!!
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04-13-2014 11:29 AM
GSXRMAN14 That's a bad looking truck!!!
04-12-2014 11:35 PM
TXST8tj All done!!


04-12-2014 01:27 PM
GSXRMAN14
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
I vote for the PSC. You can't lose with the quality of either, but I think the PSC Defender series is a better looking fender. I have always been a fan of the tube style fenders (bought some pre-bent tubes to make my own some time back), but the stamped style is more of an OEM look. That also makes for a better finish for when it comes to paint or coat them.
Are you going with hi-lines or standard?
I'll be going standard. No plans to go over 35's. That's even if I decide to go 35's.
04-12-2014 11:54 AM
TXST8tj Butch, when I have a another legitimate wrenching day I will let you know.

Either way I'll get you over here this week.
04-11-2014 09:33 PM
LSU_TJ I really need to just sneak over to your house one day and just HANG OUT!!!

I think I could learn stuff just by osmosis!
04-11-2014 09:09 PM
TXST8tj Sneak peak at what I was up to today


04-11-2014 09:08 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by GSXRMAN14 View Post
Sounds like you are going to be busy... I am undecided if I want to get the GenRights 4'' fenders or Poison Spyders 3'' fenders... I want to order next week but just can't make up my mind.
I vote for the PSC. You can't lose with the quality of either, but I think the PSC Defender series is a better looking fender. I have always been a fan of the tube style fenders (bought some pre-bent tubes to make my own some time back), but the stamped style is more of an OEM look. That also makes for a better finish for when it comes to paint or coat them.
Are you going with hi-lines or standard?
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Originally Posted by Dougzin View Post
Look at the psc 3' tapered flares. iMO the best looking flares out there at the moment. I have them.
Agreed
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Originally Posted by Commando Solo View Post
I know this was a while ago and I don't know if you're still using it, but I was curious about the trunk box you made.

Did it ever get rained on directly? What did you do if anything to waterproof it?
I am not using that trunk because I put it in my buddy's daughter's TJ when I got the Corbeau Baja rear bench seat. The shape of the bench is totally different, so it would not have the same fit.

With the new cage section installed, I can finally build the new version of the trunk/sub enclosure. Between the Baja bench seat, PSC trailgate, and rear harness bar, this enclosure will require quite a different design.
With the tube behind the rear seat, I will not have the height to lift the enclosure straight up, when it comes time to install or remove it, so that is a factor I have to consider. The flat aspect of the trailgate will allow it to have more of a simple shape up against it, which just means less cuts and a tighter fit.

I also have a nicer sub for the new enclosure....nothing wrong with the JL 10w0 (running two of them in my truck), but I wanted a little more punch, so I have a 10w3v3 to take its place.


To answer your question, it did receive some direct rain. My top is almost never on, so any possibility of water, it was getting hit with it. I sprayed bedliner from a can on it and it did a great job of sealing the MDF. I did not have any issues with soggy wood or pealing or anything like that. Good coverage is the key. I would not recommend the spraycan stuff though as it was not a very thick product. It sealed it, and that was the bare minimum of what it needed to do, but it did not look as good as if using a roll-on product.
I have Monstaliner for the tub, so I plan to spray the enclosure with that at the same time.
04-11-2014 03:14 PM
Commando Solo I know this was a while ago and I don't know if you're still using it, but I was curious about the trunk box you made.

Did it ever get rained on directly? What did you do if anything to waterproof it?
04-10-2014 11:24 PM
Dougzin
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Originally Posted by GSXRMAN14 View Post
Sounds like you are going to be busy... I am undecided if I want to get the GenRights 4'' fenders or Poison Spyders 3'' fenders... I want to order next week but just can't make up my mind. Also, I think it will look funny with 33's because I am switching my 2.5'' rancho lift to MC 3.5'' lift. Already ordered the front upper control arms, rear trac bar, next will be front trac bar, lower f/r control arms and springs. I have currie rear adj uppers already. Do you think it will look funny?
Look at the psc 3' tapered flares. iMO the best looking flares out there at the moment. I have them.
04-10-2014 10:20 PM
GSXRMAN14 Sounds like you are going to be busy... I am undecided if I want to get the GenRights 4'' fenders or Poison Spyders 3'' fenders... I want to order next week but just can't make up my mind. Also, I think it will look funny with 33's because I am switching my 2.5'' rancho lift to MC 3.5'' lift. Already ordered the front upper control arms, rear trac bar, next will be front trac bar, lower f/r control arms and springs. I have currie rear adj uppers already. Do you think it will look funny?
04-10-2014 10:07 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by GSXRMAN14 View Post
Any updates on the inner fender install?
Nothing yet. I had to shift gears a bit. I had some other projects take precedence this week.
Jeep related, I have been working on removing the back section of the rollbar to get the new one in and out of storage. I have removed all bolts except the bottom two on each side of the B pillar base plate. They are covered in that seam sealer stuff, so I am having to scrape it off before I can break those bolts loose. The rest is unbolted and ready to come out.
04-09-2014 06:42 PM
GSXRMAN14 Any updates on the inner fender install?
04-09-2014 02:46 PM
TXST8tj
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Originally Posted by LSU_TJ View Post
Want to try it out this week?
It will likely be next week before I would be able to do that. You can get it over here sooner, though if you can.
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Originally Posted by erickpl View Post
Very nice. I'm sure that would travel to Alabama quite well too.
I fully expect to test it out in your direction


We are probably going to add a toolbox to the front somewhere to store straps and such.
04-09-2014 02:31 PM
erickpl Very nice. I'm sure that would travel to Alabama quite well too.
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