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Unread 05-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Time for some upgrades!

I recently purchased some C&C Fab DIY tube fenders with 3" flares. I got rid of my TAG pocket flares completely and am going with TJ flares on the rear.

Also, since my front fenders are off I'm taking care of a few other things. My ECU has been showing signs of needing brain surgery so I'm putting new capacitors in it. Also, the area at the front of the frame where there is the oblong hole with a patch of extra metal is starting to rust so I'm taking care of that.

The C&C fenders are great and the folks there are great to work with. If you are considering purchasing them I would suggest calling them direct. I got a great deal, they cut off a little from shipping and gave me the TJ rear plastic flares free!

One thing of note about the fenders; If I had to do it again I would have spent the extra $100 and got them pr-welded. I have spent more than $50 per side getting them together. I have a welder and am capable of doing the work but not sure if it's worth it just to say I welded them together myself.

I will take some pictures of the work that I have done and update as it gets near completion. I have to get it all done by next weeks Memorial Day camping trip.

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Unread 05-16-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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Pics...I would like to see it.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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Fender Work

Getting the front fenders completed is taking longer than expected. Mostly due to the time I've been able to work on them and also due to me being somewhat of a perfectionist.

Here are the pictures so far:

A quick "before" picture



After:



I started with the passenger side and it's almost ready for some MONSTALINER



Getting the driver side ready for top skins



Inner fender cut



One of my first test fits - kinda gives a contrast



Hopefully I can get the fronts done tomorrow.

UPDATE May 20th:

Got the fenders almost ready to install

Everything ready for seam sealer and primer



MONSTALINER done





Maybe done tomorrow???

Final Update!

Got them done and installed yesterday. Here are the pics:







Plenty of room to flex. I used to rub but now I have about an inch to spare. My break line is tight so I guess I need to relocate them



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Unread 05-17-2013, 12:09 PM   #4
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Rear TJ Flare work

I've been working on the rear TJ flares as well.

I've got the wheel well cut and everything almost ready to install. I just need to trim my wheel well liner and treat the cut metal so it doesn't rust. I was able to keep the inner lip on the TJ flare. I know some folks trim it off but I wanted to keep it to protect the tire from the sharp edge of sheet metal.

Here are some pics so far:

Trimmed



Amount trimmed off



More pics when it's done.

UPDATE May 20th:

The rear TJ flares are on! Painted with plastic paint. Once the front is done I will get better pictures.

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Unread 05-17-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Rust Repair

The front of the frame at the reinforced area has been rusting badly over the years. I finally decided to get rid of it. You can see from the picture where I'm talking about. I learned that that reinforced area is there for an anchor point for shipping, so it's not a big deal just to eliminate it. I treated the area with Rust Bullet. My complete frame is treated with Rust Bullet.



Ready to top coat with black Rustoleum

UPDATE:

Done

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Unread 05-17-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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Brain Surgery

I started working on getting new capacitors in my ECU. I went to Radio Shack and got the needed replacements. They had them in stock. As the other threads on this subject state, getting the gel off is the hardest part.

Here are some pics of the process:

Popping the cover off is really easy



Here you can see the three that need changed



Then you just take your utility knife and cut around the perimeter of the gel/board and gently lift it out. Here you can see how thick the gel is.



More pics to follow on this as well. After I got it out it was 23:30 and time for BED.

UPDATE (MAY 18th):

Finished the brain surgery. It wasn't as hard as I thought. The hardest part is getting all of the gel out of the way on both sides. Then it's just getting the old ones out, the new ones in and then sealed back up. Here are some pics:

Old ones out



Gel off back side



New ones in



Sealed up with 100% silicone



DONE! Won't know if it worked until 1; I get everything back together and 2; when it gets cold again.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project to see if it's something I may do down the line. I'm crawling this one.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #8
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Got the capacitors in the ECU and back together and added some updated pictures to that section.


I also got the rear TJ flares completed and the front fenders welded and ready for paint. I'll update those pictures tomorrow.
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Almost ready to get the Jeep back on the road! Updated pictures above.
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Finished!

Checkout the updated pictures above. I really like the tube fenders and love that added room.

I guess the brain surgery on my ECU worked because the Jeep fired right up and runs great.

Let me know what you think.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #11
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man those front fenders are cool!!! where can I get set of them at?
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Looking good Johnboy but I kind like your old flairs also. What Kind of welder are you using?
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man those front fenders are cool!!! where can I get set of them at?
Thanks!

Got them here:

http://www.ccfabs.com/
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Looking good Johnboy but I kind like your old flairs also. What Kind of welder are you using?
My old flares look like your new flares, glad you like them.

I have the Hobard Handler 140. For me it was the right choice. About the biggest you can go on 110V three prong power. I have used it a lot and it has done everything I've needed it to do. I added gas last year and am even more happy with it. Flux core will get the job done, it just has a lot of splatter and you have to constantly clean you welds, especially if you do a lot of start and stopping during a weld.

I got the smallest bottle of mixed gas that Tractor Supply carries and it will last about 3 hours of weld time. It was $150 for the bottle per-filled and cost about $25 to exchange for a filled one.

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http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...140-mig-welder
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