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Unread 04-05-2013, 06:48 PM   #31
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Looks like it's going to be an awesome build! Silver and black WJ crew Here's mine
Haha, looks good man. Did you paint the door handles or pick up some from a Laredo?

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Unread 04-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #32
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Haha, looks good man. Did you paint the door handles or pick up some from a Laredo?
The door handles are stock

My dub is a Special Edition: Laredo/Limited. The only thing I've painted (technically plasti-dipped) is the front grille and lower fascia.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #33
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Started to work toward trimming the fenders. I removed the rock rails today. Here is a pic of the rails with the caps removed and some rust work done. I also found that there was a lot of rust inside the tube. Why Chrysler didn't weld caps on these to keep the oxygen out is beyond me. Anyway, I want to save them. I poured some rust inhibitor in the tube and I am letting it sit. Ideally it would be good to soak the rails in a vat of this stuff but this is the most I can do. Once the chemical reaction is done I will spray them out. Here is a pic of the inhibitor. While I have these rails off I am going to pound some tubing into them and seal the caps. I am not going to use the Chrysler caps. I will either have a shop weld on new ones or I will just gorilla glue something on. The idea is to deflect moisture and cut down on the oxygen in the tube. More to come...
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Unread 04-08-2013, 01:55 PM   #34
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Knocked out some trimming today. Still a pretty close call and it's time to admit that these tires are too big for this lift. Also time to admit that I love how they look.

Putting a metal cutting wheel on the grinder sliced through that sheet metal like butter. I made some relief cuts to the pinch weld and hammered it down too. Also hit the bare metal with some primer. Now I need to bedline the whole well. That's a project for another day.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #35
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Placeholder for cladding trim and final product.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 07:36 PM   #36
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good start on the build . i had to cut a lot more. i was fine on the street with my 32" but when i would hit the trail it really rubbed a lot and i made the decision to do the full cut and relocate the washer bottle
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Unread 04-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #37
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Yeah, I need to keep going for when I disconnect. My problem isn't really the fender or rocker, it's the pinch weld. I could stand to beat it some more. The offset of my wheels is putting that weld right in the danger zone of grabbing that tread. It's either that or the fact that I am over 3" on factory CA's. I'm really just putting off buying adjustables and kicking that axle forward.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #38
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I haven't been able to get to the Jeep for a few days. Spring has me cleaning the yard, planting grass seed, and organizing the shed. Anyway, I just thought I would stop and type out my list...

1. Finish sanding and painting rock rails
2. Baja trim the front bumper (I did a test flex the other night. Time for the bumper to get trimmed while I save for a new one.)
3. Maintenance (oil, cabin air filter, spark plugs)
4. I should be receiving rear shackles and hitch tire carrier from Detours late this week or early next week.
5. Detail it so that I can cover it in dirt again.
6. Washer bottle relo
7. Wire driving lights
8. Re-wire winch to include a shut off switch for the quick disco connections

Good times, I'm excited but, the list is growing.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #39
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Received hitch mounted tires carrier and rear shackle mounts from Detours today. I haven't test fitted anything yet but it all looks good out of the box. Welds are clean and everything is solid. Grade 8 hardware included. It came primed so I will rattle can it all black. Teaser pics...
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Unread 04-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #40
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Painted the hitch carrier flat black and threw it on the jeep today. I really like it and I'm glad to not have it on the roof or in the cargo area anymore. Still a couple things to finish up with this. The holes for the hitch pin are off by about 1/8" so I am going to use a dremel to open them for a locking hitch pin (I don't want anyone walking away with this set-up) and the actual plate that holds the wheel is adjustable. There is a horizontal bar that comes through the back of the carrier toward the body and back window of the jeep. I have it adjusted all the way in toward the jeep now (where I like it) and the horizontal bar is about 1/4" from the jeep. Bad news so, I need to shorten it. Just a little cutting, not too much so I can leave room for larger tires.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #41
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you adding a license plate bracket to the wheel?
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Unread 04-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #42
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you adding a license plate bracket to the wheel?
Yes, I have to. It's a law in NH to have the plate and have it lighted. That's a problem for another day. I will just grab a cheap lighted plate holder but I haven't thought about how I am going to run the wires yet.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 05:14 PM   #43
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Yes, I have to. It's a law in NH to have the plate and have it lighted. That's a problem for another day. I will just grab a cheap lighted plate holder but I haven't thought about how I am going to run the wires yet.
run them through the wheel, down the back of the carrier, through the hitch bezel and then once its hidden behind the bumper cover, you can run it up to the tail light and into the cabin
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Good idea. I have a bunch of electrical to take care of. I just recevied a 500amp solenoid for the winch, need to wire my driving lights on the grille, and need to wire the license plate holder. I will put my electrician hat on one of these days. Oh and a CB if I ever get around to buying one.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:38 PM   #45
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Swapped the auto dim mirror today. Pretty straight forward but a bunch of the door trim rivets broke. I had some that I ordered off amazon a while ago.
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