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post #46 of 347 Old 03-19-2011, 08:31 PM
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if you're glassing any ways, any thoughts on using foam for a core instead of ply wood?


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post #47 of 347 Old 03-19-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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if you're glassing any ways, any thoughts on using foam for a core instead of ply wood?
What kinda foam? Like the stuff they blast into boat hulls?

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post #48 of 347 Old 03-20-2011, 07:01 PM
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have you thought about making a interior cage and have the roof hinges mount to that? you will likely need to build a frame around the hole and attach the frame to the interior cage as I think that the factory roof, once cut, will be very weak. I am thinking that once you put pressure on the latch system, the mating surface where the jeep roof and the removable roof meet will likely buckle with the pressure, not giving you a good seal. Another idea is to have a lip at the front most edge that overlaps the removable roof to act as a wind buffer at speed. This would make installing it a bit more tricky, but I think that w/o it, it may have a nasty wind leak. Just some insight. Take it for what it's worth. Cool idea. Subscribed ! ! !

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post #49 of 347 Old 03-20-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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have you thought about making a interior cage and have the roof hinges mount to that?
I'd love to make a cage but the more I think about it the more "slippery slope" it becomes. Ya know, you start thinking about upgrading to 35"s and some how that idea turns into 37"s on MOGs? I just have to know when to say when.

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you will likely need to build a frame around the hole and attach the frame to the interior cage as I think that the factory roof, once cut, will be very weak. I am thinking that once you put pressure on the latch system, the mating surface where the jeep roof and the removable roof meet will likely buckle with the pressure, not giving you a good seal.
I'm not sure if I explained it completely but the roof will be welded to the stock channel going around the upper seam. It will be pretty rigid, and load bearing for once in its life! (the stock cross members arent even attached to the unibody structure, just the roof!)

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Another idea is to have a lip at the front most edge that overlaps the removable roof to act as a wind buffer at speed. This would make installing it a bit more tricky, but I think that w/o it, it may have a nasty wind leak. Just some insight. Take it for what it's worth. Cool idea. Subscribed ! ! !
I like the way you think, because I already thought of that Unfortunately I havent found a Ventvisor product that I could rig up to work, Im sure I could fab something up. IDK I have bigger fish to fry. But thanks for the insight!!!

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post #50 of 347 Old 03-24-2011, 08:07 AM
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Ok, in the future if you are going to start a project like this you need to shoot me a PM. I'm not on here as much as I used to be, so I don't just lurk. The only threads I usually check out are ones I'm already subscribed too or something specific I'm searching for. I just happened to see a post of yours with this link in your sig. GET TO WORK on this! I can't wait to see what you come up with. I am getting ready to spend a year in Afghanistan and I have TONS of plans for the HEEP when I get back. I might have to consider something like this when I'm designing the cage.
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What kinda foam? Like the stuff they blast into boat hulls?

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Depends on the resin system you end up using. But i believe if you go with some west system from resin from west marine you can definitely use a polyurethane foam. I'll try to dig up some places you can get it from. Same idea as a surfboard in the long run though

edit: just noticed i need to to change my sig. no longer in the XJ club hah

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http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=50957&familyName=Core-Cell+A500+Plain+Foam+Sheets

May be a little pricey for what your trying to do. I think i remember in one of my jobs some where along the way some one used some of that blue of pink wall insulation foam for a core. If you go that route you may want to do a test piece to make sure the resin wont eat the foam.

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post #53 of 347 Old 03-26-2011, 11:06 AM
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any progress? im excited to see this

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post #54 of 347 Old 03-27-2011, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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any progress? im excited to see this
Yeah its kinda slowed since its 20 ****ing degrees outside

I have some pics to post up, just been kinda lazy, i'll put something up tonight

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Oh, and the MoonVisor will probably have to go PM if your interested.

Might be able to work it into the project but IDK

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post #56 of 347 Old 03-27-2011, 06:08 PM
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Yeah its kinda slowed since its 20 ****ing degrees outside

I have some pics to post up, just been kinda lazy, i'll put something up tonight
dang, it was 93 degrees here in pensacola today haha

Im excited to see progress.
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only going to be 43 degrees here in NC tomorrow. My kids are getting really irritated. It was rainiy and cold all weekend. My 7 year old daughter commented a few times today... "It is SUPPOSED to be SPU-RING"
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only going to be 43 degrees here in NC tomorrow. My kids are getting really irritated. It was rainiy and cold all weekend. My 7 year old daughter commented a few times today... "It is SUPPOSED to be SPU-RING"
man thats lame. I would go crazy!

its windows down, beads of sweat dripping off your nose, while you work on the jeep weather here.

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only going to be 43 degrees here in NC tomorrow. My kids are getting really irritated. It was rainiy and cold all weekend. My 7 year old daughter commented a few times today... "It is SUPPOSED to be SPU-RING"
I could work in 43 degrees, 20 still numbs my fingers.

I think im going to gather all my supplies this week then bang it out on the weekend IF its warm enough. frickin new york i tell ya what

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post #60 of 347 Old 03-27-2011, 10:08 PM
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what the hell?! it was only 10 degrees here and i was having a blast with the warm weather cleaning up the garage and yard!

Is it considered "stuck" if you get yourself out?
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