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Unread 04-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #166
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Al's Liner is what you want. It's DIY, and you can tint it any color with regular automotive paint pigment. I sprayed mine, and not only did it turn out great, it held up in Moab.

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Unread 04-11-2012, 01:34 PM   #167
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Oh alright, I did not remember that. And they do look good black.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 01:37 PM   #168
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Ah Al's Liner. I'll look into it!
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Unread 04-11-2012, 01:58 PM   #169
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Take your time on the prep work if you end up using the bedliners. Did my whole Cherokee a few years back. she has now faded from black to grey, and seems to have washed some of it off. It took a few years to fade and it's been parked for 5 years. But I figured it would have lasted it longer. I think it was called hercuiliner or something like that. Ended up being extremely rough, not something you would want to brush up against bare skinned.

So I recommend taking your time on the prep work, don't rush it, and use a higher quality product. I wouldn't want to redo it.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 02:13 PM   #170
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Congrats on the job/child on the way! That's always exciting news.

As far as the CB/antenna go, I'm in the same boat currently about that being one of my next (and hopefully very soon) upgrades. While I like the look of the tail light mount, I think it would help the range to be more centered. I was looking at a hood channel mount:





Hood/Trunk Mount

I haven't had a ton of time to really think it through but at a quick glance (and if my memory serves me well), the top of the fender to the bottom of the channel is 1.75" deep, meaning the 2" mount coupled with the "Fire-Ring" connector might be sleek and provide an even look to the factory antenna.

Edit: I think the fender channel has a slight slope to it. My thoughts were to slip a washer or two under one side to help plumb the antenna to the same angle as the existing antenna.

I also was thinking on a base load antenna with a small base to keep up the 'factory look'. Maybe something like this:



I honestly need to do a little more research on the antenna itself. I think I'm going to stick with a flexible type of antenna in hopes of not bending the fender or breaking the antenna on a low hanging branch or my garage door.

In regards to the CB, I'm considering mounting mine up with the EVIC - maybe drill the mounting bracket into the back towards the windshield. That would keep it clean and easy to access - probably run the wires along the head liner and down the pillar.

Anyway, just some ideas for you. I've been thinking quite a bit about these issues so maybe my ideas will spark up some thoughts for you.
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The latest lift kit from Rough Country? :D
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Your symptoms sounds just like what it does when it's not doing what it should because of how it is.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 02:14 PM   #171
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Oh yeah, I'm all about the prep work. I did the wheels and the skinny gold belt-line trim on my ZJ. Took 4 hours of prep for 10 minutes of spray paint, but the results were spot-on perfect. The wheels got a couple hours each... the surface was too far gone to make them perfect, but they turned out really nice.

Herculiner crossed my mind but they only have a couple colors. So far Monstaliner is looking the best but I'm looking at Al's too.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 02:18 PM   #172
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@Chris - I was looking at that very same combo - Fire-Ring connector and the hood/trunk tab mount. I considered the panel mount on the fender but didn't want to deal with getting a wire in there or clamping down the mount itself. Just seems like a nightmare without pulling the fender, and I don't want to do that at all.

For flexibility, I was planning on using the spring mount because branches and trail walls are a concern for me. Garage clearance is just never going to happen with a CB antenna, hence the need for a quick connect antenna.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 02:22 PM   #173
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Yeah that does seem like quite a bit of work for a CB mount.

I don't know if I've seen a WJ with a hood channel mount so I guess one of us might be the guinea pig on this. If you get to it first, I'm sure I'll be asking for the little hints!
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Unread 04-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #174
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I am not entirely sure what I did or didn't do, but I blame it on the hercuilner. But I may not have prepped the surface right, hard to say at this point. Being 6-7 years since I painted it, buts its parked since I bought my wj. I would just try to find one that will give you an even consistent texture.

And congrats on the job, and the addition to the family.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #175
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Herculiner sucks. I used it on the inside of my TJ years ago and it faded over one summer.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 04:14 PM   #176
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Sorta glad I am not the only one to have trouble with it, at least Its less likely that I screwed it up.

What would be better. To roll or spray it on, it might be one way to clean up the look of my truck. Not the whole truck but the lower portion and maybe some of the underbelly.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 04:51 PM   #177
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Another idea I've been throwing around is picking up a set of Rubicon takeoffs and making them fit so I'm keeping an eye on craigslist. I know I'm sitting a bit low for 32s, but it's possible. There are quite a few running them at 3" with trimming. I'm at 2-3/4", close enough.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 04:57 PM   #178
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Food for thought... I ran a bald set of 32" ATs without any rubbing issues with only 1.6" of lift. Granted I never disco'd the rear with those on so there's a chance full flex things could get tight... I cant say I wheeled the bald 32s enough to tell. It was with my bumpers and the BB so expect light front bumper trimming. Not sure what a set of rubi takeoffs with MTs would do but with 3" I feel like you'll be fine. Heck I'm getting a set of 32s this summer and im just bout 3" of lift I'll let you know how it works out if you haven't made a move by then.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #179
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Another idea I've been throwing around is picking up a set of Rubicon takeoffs and making them fit so I'm keeping an eye on craigslist. I know I'm sitting a bit low for 32s, but it's possible. There are quite a few running them at 3" with trimming. I'm at 2-3/4", close enough.
I guess your refering to the bfg muds? What is the actual diameter of those do you know, I read somewhere else you posted that
bfg diameters arent correct to the size.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 10:54 PM   #180
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Yeah, the 17" Moab rims with the 255/75-17 BF-G Mud Terrain KM1. It's very interesting tire, only made in a single size and a lighter load-range C for the Wrangler application. Since sets usually come up pretty cheap, I'm going to keep an eye out for them. I am not a huge fan of the Rogue Chromes and the chrome is actually peeling so bad out of the barrels it is almost ready to start peeling off the face.

The BF-G M/T KM2 Diameters run undersized. Not sure why. As far as I know, the KM1s are pretty accurate on sizing, 32.1" would be the converted P-metric size. I think with bump stops and trimming it won't be an issue. It'll probably rip my washer bottle off too. But this is all long-term, sometime-over-the-summer planning. Putting it all down on JF to help me stay on track.
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