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Unread 01-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Continuation of Project Pandora (New Owner)

Hey all, I'm new to the jeep world and new on JF, so bare with me please. This 2002 TJ will be my first jeep, and I plan on keeping the Project Pandora thread alive, because it's the right thing to do and I have gotten a lot of requests. The jeep should arrive at the end of this week or beginning of next week, so as you can tell I'm pretty excited as I don't even have the jeep or seen it in real life. By the pics and talking to the owner Brian, known as Apex on here, I can tell this is gonna be a sweet build. I am open to a lot of ideas and can make a lot of them come true with my fab abilities. I am currently stationed at Fort Bliss, Tx. So yes I'm in the Army and might not have as much time as most people on here. I'm excited to get the jeep and chat with y'all on here. Here's a few pics of the jeep...

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Unread 01-08-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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A few things I plan on doing to it besides general maintenance is...

A Genright DIY full roll cage

A Genright DIY swing out tire carrier

Some sort of rock sliders, not sure exactly which ones

And some rear fenders, I will probably match the front with some metalcloaks.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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Glad to see youre on here and continuing it

That things rocking a super35 right?

Good on you for wanting a cage. It will make your rig a lot safer both on and offroad. Id shy away from cages that have the A pillar mounts that bolt to the door/dash lip like genrights. Their kit is a super nice setup and their quality is good but I just cant see doing all that work and relying on flimsy sheet metal to support the A pillar. Check out Poly Performance and Koz's kits that run down through the dash. I havent personally seen Genright's kit so they may have something in the design to address this, but I have seen 3 other brand's cages that mount like this and I wouldn't run a single on of them.

KOZ is getting my business after seeing their kit and helping put one together...plus the price

Good luck on your build
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Unread 01-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #4
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Yes on the super35. Thanks brother. I'll look into it. Thanks for the info.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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I know Brian and have wheeled with him. You bought a real nice jeep! Glad to see you will be continuing to post the build.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #6
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The passing of the torch......cool.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #7
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I hope the jeep is as cool as everyone is saying. I'm excited!
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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Its not so much that its the coolest jeep out there (its certainly a nice one though), its that it was built right. A well tuned correctly setup jeep will outperform fancy parts any day of the week.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:38 PM   #9
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I agree man. I'm gonna keep up on the "built right" part off it but build some pretty neat and practical things for it to. Did I mention I was excited? Lol
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #10
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What do y'all think? Poison Spider or Genright cage? Both unwelded. I'm trying to save a few bucks.


First two are PS next two are Genright
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #11
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Poison spider. They look sick imo
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:59 PM   #12
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I will say that a friend had his PSC full cage take FOREVER to get shipped to him...like several months. Supposedly that issue in their company has been addressed though. Both are nice cages and should have good fit and finish. Have you seen the rollover thread? Its got tons of pics of jeeps with no cages vs jeeps with various cages. Im not a fan of the A pillar in those but to each their own. If youre scared of cutting the dash, its a snap. If you just like those cages then

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/me...28/index2.html

Shows a couple different cages and how they held up

Ive seen one of these roll first hand (offroad) and the results only needed a new windshield frame, some paint, radiator filled with bottled water, and a few minutes for the oil to drain back down
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Unread 01-08-2012, 09:01 PM   #13
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Not a fan of the stanchions on either cage.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #14
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What kinds do you think are stronger and are easy to get in and out of the jeep?
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Unread 01-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #15
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What kinds do you think are stronger and are easy to get in and out of the jeep?
Through the dash is no doubt stronger. Its a bit more involved but not too difficult to outweigh the benefits.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/bl...10/index2.html

I should warn you, Blaines a bit blunt but knows his stuff. havent met him in person but he has answered a few questions of mine on here and over the phone
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