I decided I wanted to do a highline on my new(to me) jeep. I was originally going to do a highline with the stock fenders, but I've wanted tube fenders so I decided to go ahead and do both at the same time. I had the jeep torn apart fixing the exhaust so it seemed like as good a time as any to start. I had pulled the fender off to get better access to the manifold so I was already one step ahead.
Passenger side off
I ordered tubes from Jeeptubes.com. They are very nice pieces. Well bent and accurate. They were well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. They require a little work to fit well, but I paid a fraction of what highlines cost built and I wanted to get more fab experience.
I ordered front tubes and flares as well as rear flares.
Next it was time to actually cut the hood. I taped along the body line and cut just below it. I figure I can always cut a little more off, but I think I might leave the line as it is. I saw a thread on jeepforum where someone had rewelded the lower lip back on for rigidity so I may try that down the line.
Point of no return
Next I started on some brackets to attach the tubes. I used some angle iron and flat stock.
I sliced and re-welded the top of the angle so it matches the body line a little better
Drivers side tube tacked into place. I may have to do a little adjusting, but I think its in a pretty good spot.
Head on shot
The hood is sitting a little high, it pulls down pretty lcose to the top of the tube so I'm not woried about that gap right now. The latches should keep it close.
So far Im pretty happy with the progress considering I've not done anything this in depth before.
More to come.
Its been a long time since i started this project and a lot of time since I posted any progress. Time and funds dictated when I could work on this but, ive finally got most of this done.
I decided to go with hood pins rather than the stock latches
I wanted to use round JK turn signals for a CJ look, but in the interest of saving money I decided to reuse the stock rectangle lamps. I actually kind of like the look so it worked out.
I still have to figure out what I'm going to do for inner fenders. When I tried working with the stock inners before, it didn't really seem to work. I may look at something like GenRights inner fender kit, Ive also thought about getting some aluminium and make a couple panels that way.
Now I just need to get some bigger meats toput under there. That probably wont happen til tax time though...
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2002 WJ Limited all stock for now - Current
'97 TJ Sport 4.0L, D30/D44 4.88 Gears, RE Extreme Duty 5.5" LA with Rear Tri Link truss, 35x12.50/R15 MT Baja MTZs, 15x8 Pro Comps, RE Anti-Sway Bar Quick Disconnects, RE Monotube Shocks, AA SYE, Tom Wood's CV DS, Magnaflow Exhaust, Spectre Performance Intake through Cowl, etc...