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Old 11-20-2016, 06:56 PM
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Wow, after a few days now driving with these on, I've seen my MPG dip about 1 full mpg. I was hovering at 17.1 prior, now i"m down to 16.1~16.2

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So got these from Opar today.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They're door hinge covers, with adhesive tape on the insides, to apply on top of the real door hinges. Basically to keep with the black/green theme I have going... I heard that replacing the real door hinges could result in cracking the surrounding paint as well as rusting may creep in.. So I opted for the cheaper/easier option lol.

And you sort of get what you pay for.. these were cheaper, and you can tell, the amount of adhesive strips isn't really enough honestly. Atleast for the bigger flat pieces. As I pushed them down onto the hinge, you can feel the middle where the adhesive is, push down, adhere...and then, "pop up" and you can tell the adhesive isn't fully flush against the hinge underneath.

They remain snapped on, but with little adhesive contact on some. I don't have much confidence they'll stay put for long after constant opening and closing of the doors... Plus the wind factor on the hood hinges may be something that causes them to pop off..

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So...I went and dun it. After weighing both sides of the eternal debate rather K&N air filters are worth it, I went for one. At 50 bucks, the damn thing is NOT going to kill me or hurt me in anyway, so why not? I don't have to worry about replacing the papers and I'll be saving a tree somewhere (xD) Anyway, it arrived today, slide it in, and I'll be keeping an eye on MPG, and a feel out for any additional HP or "pick up"

The filter I gotta say was pretty oily. The bag it was shipped in had a good amount of pink oil on the insides. So I'll probably grab the cleaning and oil kit for it, when I hit the target cleaning mileage.


Considering I don't take Gretchen off road, I have no worries about dirt and dust.

Fits like a charm!:

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Well I took the first step in Winter moding Gretchin. Gave her underside a coating of two full cans of fluid film. Because I applied it without lifting it up, I wasn't really able to reach some spots, but I covered most of the lug nuts, bolts, seams and jagged areas that I assume salt and other crap will collect and rust out. I have two left over. If I can get to my mechanic for an oil change and tire rotation, I may apply one more can while he has it lifted up...



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Fluid film?

What is this? I've never heard of something like this. Does it protect from salt and corrosion? How often do you need to apply it?
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What is this? I've never heard of something like this. Does it protect from salt and corrosion? How often do you need to apply it?
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Yep! Exactly. It's sort of the prevention method to having to use WD40 and rust eating up your Jeep's under carriage. There's a *huge* thread about it here:
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It's a big thread but it's a wealth of information.
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I finally got my front bumper! Ordered from Extreme Terrain (gee whiz do I love that place..) A bit saddened that I had to loose my green hooks on the stock bumper, but fear now, I plan to get some nice bright green D Hooks! Check out the pics and let me know what you think:


Big Friggin Box..




With the stock bumper off...



The bumper unwrapped and un-boxed, she's pretty big!




My only complaint is that this bumper, doesn't provide any holes for the skid plate cover. This plate cover, keeps the flood light wires and makes for a much neater look. Without it, the Jeep to me looks too "open" in the front, plus the two floodlight wires will just be hanging out in the wind. So we had to cut gaps in the skid plate cover to slide into the rails of the new bumper. Also I had to add double sided mechanics tape and applied it to the lip of the plate cover to the inside lip of the bumper...
A bit of cludge but it works:




Once it's done..Viola! She's on!!



From the front:




Overall I love it! I'm just ticked that it required a some cutting of my own skid plate to get it back on! But overall, it's heavy, textured and thick, and very solid feeling! Thoughts n' comments?
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So, I added in a dashboard insert, from Azzy Designs!(Azzy's Design Works)

This one is the "Overlord" design, and boy I love it!! I got the idea for this from BigBadWilly in his thread: https://www.wranglerforum.com/f314/ar...1374482-2.html
^thanks BigBadWilly!

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I gotta add a pic of the initial start up, where the all the lights are on so you can see the fully lite dash


My only complain and worry after installing this, is that now that I had to remove and replace the needles for the gauges...my gas needle only moves like half the time I start it up... I took it apart and reapplied it, but it's still not working completely

Any tips? I really hope I didn't break anything...
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Been on a blitz of smaller changes with Gretch recently. Added some D-Rings. They were intitally bare metal, so I broke out the trust (and seemingly never ending) can of Mopar green paint and spray 'em good:



Like the goof that I am, I sprayed them with the bolts still in them, so when they dried I take out the bolts and spray the bare spots:



Anyway here's the front bumper without the hooks...



Annnd them put on:

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A huge thank you to Eddie Man who provided me with the idea of doing a Instrument Reset. To recount the process:

1. Now initiate, Relearn Cluster to your Jeep by
a) Holding down the odometer button while turning key to accessory mode.
b) Cluster will reset and relearn. Wait for the odometer to come back on (usually about 30 seconds).
c) Turn off ignition then start Jeep.


Annnd proof is in the pudding...or in this case should I say.. proof is in the unleaded gasoline:







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Needed one last tweak of the instrument panel. Works now, and I'm loving it!

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A BIG shout out to Jamie (if you want his contact info, PM me) for getting me these! A bit tricky to first get working, but once setup, I can have them on without the headlights, or with the headlights, I love them! Nice and bright, and perfect size. I didn't want anything too big and obnoxious...












The size of these lil guys surprises me with the amount of light they shed
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Nice rig!

May have missed something here but why did you reset the instrument cluster? Any other advantages to doing so?
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Nice rig!

May have missed something here but why did you reset the instrument cluster? Any other advantages to doing so?
Oh, wasn't sure if I ever stated that lol... When I got the new dashboard plate, I messed up the fuel gauge and it wasn't moving at all, even when full of gas. So One of the idea's was the reset the instrument cluster. I think though, it was fixed by me turning it counter clockwise, (or was it clock-wise?) all the way around, then filling up... I don't remember, one of those combinations worked...
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Well, I got my Bestop Hybrid top, and boy do I love really love it so far. It looks sharp, rides quiet, and the convertible top is top notch! My only three complaints so far, is that opening the top would be nice if it had some sort of tool to lift it up and fold it back. You sort of have to pry open the latches then stand up to lift it up...no biggie though, I'm not that lazy xD.

The 2nd problem is that mine arrived with a slight "tear" underneath the driver side window. The stitching is coming a bit undone and it prevents the seam to be tucked underneath the driver side window. I'm worried that this will cause rain to seap inside...I doubt it, but still my OCD is causing me fits here!

The third complaint is more about Bestop's marketing... While this is probably my fault for not reading enough, it doesn't expressly state that the rear window wiper moter doesn't fit the bestop window. Why this is even the case baffles me, and honestly it seems like it's just bestop's way to get you to buy their own motor, and spend another 150... There's absolutely no reason why the motor casing should be different...
That really grinds my gears..

Anyway aside from that, I am loving it... I really don't think I'm going back to a hard top after this.


With the hard top off...



Goodbye Hard top! Wish I could keep ya buddy!




My back window pane removed:





Mr. Bestop gingerly placed on....









I of course had to add my Star Trek reference...



The Sun Rider top open! Since my last car which had a sun roof, I was itching to get a convertible. Sorry but the freedom panels weren't cutting it...
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So to recap, I really love the top. Been driving it around and praying for sunny warm days! It did arrive with a slight tear underneath the driver side window. Pfft, no worries, sent an email to Bestop customer service, they sent me a completely new left side for the top, free of charge. I popped it on. PERFECT. It didn't even take that long to swap it out, the design of the top is sort of modular. I really...really can not express my happiness with the top. yea they charge a bit more...but to me, it's worth it purely for the quality and the fall back customer support in the good 'ol USA.


Below is the new driver side panel without the tear. Fits like a glove!

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New to the forum and I'm going through and stalking people's builds - LOVE this!

Thanks! Hard to believe it's almost been a year since I got her! Do you have your Jeep yet? or still considering which you're looking for?
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We are still looking - wife wants it in xtreme purple and they are hard to find down here in the combo she's wanting.
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We are still looking - wife wants it in xtreme purple and they are hard to find down here in the combo she's wanting.
!! If you can get an xtreme purple Do it!! I love the color myself, but it was near impossible to get one!
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!! If you can get an xtreme purple Do it!! I love the color myself, but it was near impossible to get one!
Oh trust me it's an absolute. If we can't find one in purple, we won't be getting one for her. Luckily there are a few around here that are available. Just have to find time to go test drive one
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Haven't visited in a while! Some update pics! I finally had her named officially!



SWAMP THING!! (one of my favorite comics)
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Rapture! The leaking stops!


This is a big big big thank you to Bestop customer support. So about two months ago, I notice leaks happening inside my Jeep. When it rained heavily, the back gate area, and the passenger side floor would be soaked with water.
After it rains, the carpet near the tail gated is soaked, and the tray that coveres the jack is always flooded. So much so that it completely rusted my jack and wrench there..

So naturally I tried what any self respecting Jeep owner would do... try to fix it myself! A can of leak sealent...store bought weather striping...and lots of tape later....

Failed.


So hanging my head in defeat I contacted Bestop, and boy were they helpful. They sent me a TWO new liners for the rear gate, for underneath the window, and a brand new header for the passenger side. Completely free of charge. They didn't even charge shipping... They just wanted some pics, and my reciept, and boom, two weeks later I get my stuff...
I mean at first I was a bit miffed that it was leaking in two spots..for the amount of money spent on this top, I was expecting something akin to titanium....But they were so very helpful and patient as I sent images and concerns, and even sent me two stickers ( ) So the point is, today I fixed BOTH leaks in my jeep. I put on the new header, and the near rear strip, and because it wasn't raining, I took up the hose and sprayed the living daylights out of my beloved "Green Gretchin" and not a drop came through on either side!


So long story short a huge thank you to Bestop!
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Rapture! The leaking stops!


This is a big big big thank you to Bestop customer support. So about two months ago, I notice leaks happening inside my Jeep. When it rained heavily, the back gate area, and the passenger side floor would be soaked with water.
After it rains, the carpet near the tail gated is soaked, and the tray that coveres the jack is always flooded. So much so that it completely rusted my jack and wrench there..

So naturally I tried what any self respecting Jeep owner would do... try to fix it myself! A can of leak sealent...store bought weather striping...and lots of tape later....

Failed.


So hanging my head in defeat I contacted Bestop, and boy were they helpful. They sent me a TWO new liners for the rear gate, for underneath the window, and a brand new header for the passenger side. Completely free of charge. They didn't even charge shipping... They just wanted some pics, and my reciept, and boom, two weeks later I get my stuff...
I mean at first I was a bit miffed that it was leaking in two spots..for the amount of money spent on this top, I was expecting something akin to titanium....But they were so very helpful and patient as I sent images and concerns, and even sent me two stickers ( ) So the point is, today I fixed BOTH leaks in my jeep. I put on the new header, and the near rear strip, and because it wasn't raining, I took up the hose and sprayed the living daylights out of my beloved "Green Gretchin" and not a drop came through on either side!


So long story short a huge thank you to Bestop!

What was different about the door surround they sent? Also, what exactly did they send for the tailgate area?
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So! After probably 5 to 6 months of leaking it's finally fixed! The leak was happening in two places. One leak was on the passenger side door. The "Header" piece that is underneath the foldable sunroof and above the passenger door, was somehow being drenched with water. The Header piece, as seen in the picture has a "reservoir"…and it was getting filled with rain and then overflowing into the cabin. After each rain, I could open up the suntop, and see that this piece was filled with water. Not Good…. The second leak came from the back. The water was coming in from the rear window and dripping onto the cargo trunk area. This was flooding out the subwoofer and carpet (And soaking anything that I had back there). At first I thought that it was the window itself, maybe getting into through the two black clamp hinges. So finally after many failed attempts (see below) I finally contacted Bestop for help and boy were they a joy to deal with… They sent me the Header piece and and ENTIRE new read window and weather strip. All for free…Absolutely nothing paid for… So the Passenger side header I replaced, and realized that the passenger side roof wasn't aligned compeltely… Once this was put on… BINGO! It's a dry as a whistle! And as for the rear…I first wanted to test just using the weather strip, since it's far easier to put on a new weather strip instead of replacing the entire window. So I pulled off the old weather strip and did notice it had some creases. I put the new one on…. and hot diggity that worked as well! Here in NJ we got pounded by rain over the last two days, and I waited until it was all over…and with my breath held, I opened up my rear gate…not a drop! I owe a big big thanks to Bestop for their excellent support…. Now the second part of this…is the cleanup…I really goof'd when trying to fix this myself. I bought some of that spray on sealent thinking I could just stop gap the leaking…yea…I completely destroyed the passenger side window pillar piece. I ordered a new one from MOPAR that should be arriving soon. I also got black sealant run off and excess spray on my beautiful lime green door paint! Anyone know how to remove or "melt" this stuff? I don't want to run the factory paint job underneath though. Plus all over my glove box is the crusty rough texture now of excess sealant spray that blew onto the surface, so I've been scrapping that off lightly as not to scratch the plastic surface of the dash… Overall I'm happy that the leak has stopped…now I just have to clean up the mess that I made… like I said I ordered the two pieces (window pillar is the right term) that fit inside the cabin, underneath the passenger side window…I may have to replace the top passenger side dashboard cover and passenger side AC vent… Progress pics of the clean up will be posted..for now see the pics of the new door surround header and the completely ruined window pillar.
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What was different about the door surround they sent? Also, what exactly did they send for the tailgate area?
See the above post for the door surround question. It was filling up with rain water and then spilling into the cabin... And they sent me a completely new back window, as well as rubber weather strips for the top of the closign window and the bottom where the tail gate connects to the bottom of the window
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See the above post for the door surround question. It was filling up with rain water and then spilling into the cabin... And they sent me a completely new back window, as well as rubber weather strips for the top of the closign window and the bottom where the tail gate connects to the bottom of the window
Sorry for repeating, but what was different about the new surround that stopped the leak? Was there a defect in the original?
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Sorry for repeating, but what was different about the new surround that stopped the leak? Was there a defect in the original?

No worries, I looked at both when I had them side by side...and honestly I don't know.. They literally were identical except for the Bestop emblem on the side of the one that they sent me. I think this may have been an error in installation on my part. It's the only thing I can chalk it up to, because now that I have the new one on, the folding portion of the top, seems a bit more snug, and covers the outside rail more than it did on the other one.

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