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05-22-2013 10:00 AM
richsipe Today I got to try out my Spring/Fall configuration with the new look / armor / trailgate. I have it setup with a Bestop Safari Top and Bestop Duster.

As I live in the Pacific NW, it got the rain test right away! Actually we got real rain yesterday instead of the misty crap we usually have 9 months out of the year here. Anyways, it worked great. Stayed dry and everything looks great. This time I put on the door surrounds and I like the look/function better than last year when I was running it without the surronds. Also I chose not to do the windjammer because I really don't love that look and I like having the feel of the outside.

The picture is pretty bad but the light was horrible. Will do better later but won't be for a while as this weekend taking the dodge and trailer out for camping.

05-15-2013 06:43 PM
richsipe
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Originally Posted by SHADYDC View Post
so if i hit a tree, my jeep will turn into awesome??? i might just try this lol looks sweet
As long as its a "money tree" then yep!
05-15-2013 12:22 PM
Scootsk
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Originally Posted by richsipe View Post

They say about 300 lbs. I have say on it too no problem. I am 170 so not huge but it feels sturdy. The hinges at the bottom would be the weakest point probably but don't know exactly what that is.
That would hold me and a sandwich! That's it! Lol!
05-14-2013 02:22 PM
SHADYDC so if i hit a tree, my jeep will turn into awesome??? i might just try this lol looks sweet
05-14-2013 01:49 PM
richsipe
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Originally Posted by Scootsk View Post
Rich, what is the weigh limit for the trail gate? I see you two kids on it but would it hold my big azz? Don't ask, it's big!
They say about 300 lbs. I have say on it too no problem. I am 170 so not huge but it feels sturdy. The hinges at the bottom would be the weakest point probably but don't know exactly what that is.
05-12-2013 07:25 PM
Scootsk Rich, what is the weigh limit for the trail gate? I see you two kids on it but would it hold my big azz? Don't ask, it's big!
04-25-2013 01:32 PM
richsipe
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Originally Posted by jeepinmike View Post
You did the right thing keeping it and made great choices in your approach to fixing it. Nice work! You really took lemons and made lemonaid (bun half intended).

So, what did we all learn?? Always turn your front wheels when parking on a slope so that the vehicle doesn't roll straight down hill or off a cliff(unless of course there is a drop on both sides!). Crappy way to learn/get reminded.
Actually even better: NEVER leave your manual vehicle idling on a hill while you do anything out of it BECAUSE the only thing holding it there is the Parking Brake... which can fail. I would have been SOL with the wheels turned anyways as this happened on my property in the mountains which is actually pretty much on the side of a mountain - trees and ditches either side.
04-25-2013 11:45 AM
jeepinmike You did the right thing keeping it and made great choices in your approach to fixing it. Nice work! You really took lemons and made lemonaid (bun half intended).

So, what did we all learn?? Always turn your front wheels when parking on a slope so that the vehicle doesn't roll straight down hill or off a cliff(unless of course there is a drop on both sides!). Crappy way to learn/get reminded.
04-25-2013 11:03 AM
Scout0718
way to go!

Great read, still cannot believe that your Jeep was considered salvage that is crazy. I do not blame you for saving her and doing all the work yourself, it looks great
04-25-2013 09:28 AM
richsipe
Top Down Beauty Pictures

I was finally able to take the hard top off with the promise of at least a week of nice weather (I live in the PNW so first since ... October?). Anyways took the opportunity to take some beauty shots in the yard. Really like how everything ended up.

Here is the Complete Picture Gallery

Here are some of my favorite shots:





04-15-2013 04:22 PM
richsipe
Plastidip Rocker Panels

Since I don't have the last piece of my armor - probably PSC Rocker Knockers - yet I decided to play around with some plastidip to make the rear crusher corners look like they are a bit more integrated. I figure also if I do get rocker panel armor I will leave the plastidip there as a bit of paint barrier.

Started with this:


Masked off where I wanted to plastidip:


Finished with this:



Two things: I like the look but I would like to probably remove my entry guards (think they are Mopars) and also I should have maybe sloped the rear line more with the linke of the corners.
03-08-2013 09:34 PM
richsipe
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Originally Posted by budke View Post
And this is exactly why I am not telling my insurance about my wreck. I also have USAA, but I don't trust insurance. lol Even though my TJ is newer and has less miles, I have a LOT more damage. They probably would have totaled mine. But, I'm only $35 into my rebuild now and it will be drivable after maybe another $500. Compared to the few THOUSAND it would cost a shop to do it. But, I'm buying used parts and doing the work myself.
Had to do again I would have done the same. For sure for sure. I figured that is why I had insurance in the first place. I was wrong ...
03-08-2013 07:56 AM
fourty4magjr
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Originally Posted by richsipe View Post
Yes. Great. Plenty of light. Wife even commented they were too bright. It's not like having KCs behind you don't get me wrong but as good or better than stock.
Awesome thanks! Ill probably end up with those and some flush mount led taillights.
03-08-2013 02:19 AM
budke And this is exactly why I am not telling my insurance about my wreck. I also have USAA, but I don't trust insurance. lol Even though my TJ is newer and has less miles, I have a LOT more damage. They probably would have totaled mine. But, I'm only $35 into my rebuild now and it will be drivable after maybe another $500. Compared to the few THOUSAND it would cost a shop to do it. But, I'm buying used parts and doing the work myself.
03-07-2013 10:29 PM
richsipe
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Originally Posted by fourty4magjr View Post
I was wondering about those lights! Do they work well as reverse lights?
Yes. Great. Plenty of light. Wife even commented they were too bright. It's not like having KCs behind you don't get me wrong but as good or better than stock.
03-06-2013 05:51 PM
fourty4magjr I was wondering about those lights! Do they work well as reverse lights?
03-06-2013 04:15 PM
1jeeplvr Love the write up and thanks for reminding me to check on my Ins for my thousands upon thousands of dollars in mods I have to get insured.Also glad you decided to fix it and not let it go to the scrapyard.I bought mine from a dealer I worked for for 1500.00 because someone traded it in because it had a rotted frame(body was beautiful) and because of that it was going to get scrapped.I saved her & did a frame swap and now the mods have gotten waaayy out of hand but I love her.
03-06-2013 02:19 PM
wwch99tj Great work...
02-06-2013 10:48 PM
richsipe Yep! Plenty bright. Happy with it.

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02-06-2013 02:19 PM
richsipe
LED Cats Eye Style Backup Lights

Finally got my backup lights installed!

After a bunch of searching and going back and forth between types of lights to use as backup/reverse lights in my rebuild I settled on these from Amazon : 2x Custom Black Anodized Aluminum 6500K Xenon White 4.5W SMD LED Eagle Eye Lamps Back Up Backup Reverse Parking Light For Car Van SUV Coupe Sedan : Amazon.com : Automotive For $19 shipped it was worth the experiment.

I didn't want to cut large 2" holes in my corner armor or have huge lights also in my bumper. I looked into doing fog light style led lights but I was just too worried about where to mount them and having damage being on the back bumper. After installing my LED License plate bolts I liked the style and they were fairly bright. These are 4.5W each so about 4x bright so I figured they would work.

The installation was very easy. I just drilled a hole (pretty small really) in my bumper and then wired the wires through into the wire I had left ready during my LED light install. The wires were plenty long enough just with the lights so that was nice. Once again, they are LED lights and that means the smallest wire diameter possible which can make hooking them up fun.

The Smittybilt SRC rear bumper I have has openings on the ends so I took advantage of that to mount the lights near the ends of the bumpers to make access a breeze.

I did a few things to try and extend their life: I filled up the hollow inside of the bolt where the wire comes through with silicon. If you look around many people complain about the waterproofness of one LED light style or another so I didn't want to take any chances. I also used some silicone behind the light to help keep it from rattling and stay placed. I am also going to seal around the light lens with some clear silicone because I can tell it is not currently sealed.

The only roadblock I ran into is when I first hooked them up nothing worked. After regaining my composure I started troubleshooting and found that the Backup Fuse was out. For anybody in the same situation: the fuse box is behind the glove box and the Backup Fuse is number 7 (also ABS for some reason?) and it should be a 10A. Also a neat fact about the manual is you just have to have it in Reverse then turn the key to the on position and the backup/reverse lights will come on - no need to start the Jeep. This is AWESOME for trying to test the lights, otherwise you would have to have help ... and gas yourself out of the garage!

The final look is great. They do stick out a bit more than I would like as you can see in the picture on Amazon that the two little ridges are both outside of the mounting hole.

The lights (well one) are the little dots toward the outside of the bumper near my daughter's arm!




Close Up: The circuit board the LEDs are on has a bit yellow of a color when viewed from some angles but this is a bonus for me with my yellow tj!




01-30-2013 10:35 PM
richsipe
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Originally Posted by Matt074
Glad you got it fixed. Looks good

Who makes the rear rack that was on it?
It is a Garvin Trail Rack http://www.wildernessracks.com/jeep/...-wrangler.html

It really saved my rig from more damage. It also has a cool system for supporting your tailgate so you can run the bigger spare on your tailgate. Super useful but a bit of a pain every time you need to get into the tailgate. I used some nylon and rubber washers to keep mine from rattling.
01-30-2013 08:55 PM
Matt074 Glad you got it fixed. Looks good

Who makes the rear rack that was on it?
01-29-2013 08:28 PM
cBill15 Thanks for the story. I too have a story of bringing a jeep back from the dead. I can tell it and post a few pics if u would like to hear it. I just wanted to say thanks, and I appreciate what you did for yourself and the jeep community. You have an awesomer ride now, so keep on keepin on.
01-12-2013 03:01 PM
richsipe Thanks all! I am still working through my reverse light plan and once that is done I am 100% legal reconstructed but far from done.

Really wanting to do something with the inside of the tub and do something to complete the rockers to tie it together
01-12-2013 10:36 AM
mudmagnet63 Loved the write up. You ended up with an awsome rig good job.

01-12-2013 08:08 AM
Hook Moore Great job with the jeep AND the writing !
01-12-2013 07:07 AM
TnDz TJ Good read!

I used to have USAA.... I never realized that the upgrades can hurt you in the process as you went through... I thought it would help!!! I know that with a standard USAA policy, you are covered for up to $5000 of aftermarket upgrades ( showing proof of purchases if need be ).

I'm glad it all worked out for you and Jeep looks better than ever!
01-11-2013 09:32 PM
fourty4magjr Awesome work man! it was an entertaining read, and you made the right choice by bringing the jeep back awesome job!!!!
01-11-2013 07:30 PM
SS Adrenaline This is awesome brother. Good for you for keeping her. She loves you for bringing her back to life.
Cheers.
01-11-2013 05:49 PM
richsipe
LED License Plate Lights Install

Since I mounted my license plate (well with zip ties anyways) up on my spare tire I was technically illegal driving at night with no license plate lights - technically ...

Anyways I ordered from Amazon a set of LED License Plate Lights which although they were named: Banggood 2 x White LED Motorcycle & Car License Plate Bolt Light I hoped that they would work for what I had in mind.

I finally got a few minutes after the holidays to install the LED Light bolts and am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I first had to find a way to run the wires so I drilled through the bottom and into the vertical support of the tire carrier to create a race. I also drilled an outlet hole at the top under where the tire mounts. This way I could run the wire only outside of the jeep for about an inch then under and up through the tire carrier inside then out the top and into the lights.

The tricky part here is I need to be able and unplug these at any time when I need to get the tire off!. For now I didn't have a ton of time so I just used some waterproof quick disconnects - should work well enough.

These bolts mount through the license plate to usually hold the license plate onto the mount but since I haven't made my mount yet they actually just mount the lights to the license plate.

A hint here is to make sure you know how to solder wires because the wires on the LED lights are SMALL and there is no way you are going to be able to use a butt connector etc and have it last. I get it though because they have to pass through the bolt and hole in the license plate and they are pretty low voltage even for LEDs so nearly 0 amp draw.

I am really impressed so far with the lights. They throw off the perfect amount of light aimed right where I need it

Here are all my picts - little lame because it was dark when I finished and I blurred out my license plate about like a toddler set loose with whiteout would but anyways ...

Done:


Darker:


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