Ohhhh and with that said, RJ has been driving my WJ lately in the snow for safety reasons. Being that its tall and she is short, I suggested installing 'side steps'. She loved the idea. Think about it...
Haha I like that you keep calling them 'steps'. I probably should too. I think I'm going to build them similar to JCR sliders, though I'm on the fence of which style to go with. I prefer Stage 3 but for doubling as a step for RJ, Stage 2 would be better. Maybe I'll kind of meet in the middle. Most likely I'll just bedline them as well - that or paint them black and stick on some skateboard grip tape. At least I have a little while to think about it...
I wasn't sure if I wanted it or not but found it hard to pass up. I picked it up for a pretty good price as well. The pictures above are with it temporarily 'placed'. I'm going to paint it before I install it.
If anyone is on today, would you...
1. Paint it grey-ish to match the bumpers
2. Color match it to "Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat"
3. Paint it with a plain Black from Krylon Fusion
I've been sick for a few days but am considering going out this afternoon to start on it. I may have RJ pick up some paint for me while she's out and about.
Also, for anyone who may have had one of these, when it's mounted, does the upper part hang forward a little or does it mount all the way back almost flush with the hood. It appears the upper mounting is done with self tapping screws. The lower I believe mounts with the tow hooks. I'm just curious of other's experiences.
I, too, thought matching black was probably the way to go. I worked on it for a while last weekend but didn't quite get it all prepped. I'm hoping I'll have time this weekend to work on it. We are cleaning the garage tonight so as long as it isn't in shambles, I should be good. I'll post pictures when I get it finished.
Side note, we accidentally lined up at a family dinner like this. It took me a while to even notice it was all the jeeps from big to small!
I was surprised I stumbled across it. It was listed as a Front Clip which made it less obvious what it was. I didn't really want/need it but I couldn't pass it up. I figured I'd clean it up, paint it, and slap it on. If I don't like it, I'll turn around and sell it off. I could easily break even on it if I decide to sell it someday.
Well, I have two pieces of information for ya'll. First off, I measured the tread depth on the DuraTracs after a year of use (I need to look at the mileage. I'll insert it here when I do.). I was pleased to find they are at 13/32. I rotate them every oil change (~5,000 miles) and they seem to be wearing evenly. I have one tire that's a tiny bit lower than the others but I'm thinking it has something to do with that tire leaving a nice black mark up my driveway when I was trying to back up it on ice in 2WD...
Second set of news... Well, not entirely news but more of something that's running through my mind...
Currently, I have the WJ and my wife has the TJ. We eventually want another SUV for her to drive but are waiting as long as we can to buy one. For now, she DD's the TJ and borrows the WJ when the weather isn't cooperating. We will most likely be getting her an SUV by summer.
So, that adds up to two SUVs and the TJ.
I also have this waiting for me for an unbelievable price (sorry for the quality, it's a picture of a picture):
It's a 1979 J-10 Honcho with a 360, T-18A 4 speed with a 6.32:1 granny low 1st gear, D20 Transfer Case with Twin-Stick, D44's Front and Back with the factory posi in the rear, and new Warn Premium Lockout Hubs. It's recently been repainted, has a 3" lift (springs and shocks, no blocks), and new 33 x 12.5 x 15 mud tires on new Mickey Thompson rims. No rust. We believe it only has 53,000 miles on it. There are also a couple other parts that will be 'thrown in' with the truck like a new ignition system, etc. as well. The only thing needed is a new windshield (cracked) and the interior needs restored, which isn't a problem being that my Mom can reupholster.
Here's the problem. We don't need 4 vehicles. I don't want RJ to sell her TJ so I can add another jeep to the stable. It's not her problem. Plus I like the TJ and it's paid off. I also want her to have an SUV for carrying around the baby but I want it to get better mileage than my WJ.
I'm debating selling the WJ.
KBB and NADA list my vehicle in its current condition selling private party for between $7-8K. If I sold it for 7, I could pay off the loan and with a couple extra bucks, buy the J10 out right (this would be my DD). I'm sure it will get bad fuel mileage but no more car payments will offset that quite a bit.
I don't want to sell the WJ but I don't see the need for 2 SUVs in our family. I also really like the J10 and wouldn't mind having a truck, especially for hauling wood and such.
Lay your thoughts on me. I'm not rushing into anything. The truck has been available to me for 7 months and isn't going anywhere currently. I just need to think logically and weigh out which I'd rather have. I would love to have both but I don't logically see why we would license and insure 4 vehicles just for the two of us. Plus, shuffling two in and two out of the garage would get annoying if I switched vehicles all the time.
I wouldnt do it, but im partial to WJ's. Only thing I can think of is older trucks break down more?
Either way thats a clean *** truck but do you wanna give up your comfort?
Good luck with your decision
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