Well... I do love the thought of the Rampage top, and truthfully since she is a garage queen she would most of the time just sit with the bikini part...BUT I can get another Smittybilt replacement canvas with tint for like $190, so I just dont think I can justify the extra cost of the rampage.
I need to order a top and rock sliders this week - Need to modify the ends of the sliders to fit around the rokmens, which I suspect is going to be a barrel of fun. Gotta test fit the inner fenders, get a place for everything under the hood, then off to paint. Still have to modify the hood a bit yet.
If someone could explain the birds and bees to me, I'd like to figure out how to make a love child with this Jeep.
Thanks bud! They are going to be color matched. Yesterday I ordered replacement canvas, rock sliders, and I "accidently" bid on a Warn gas tank skid and won it - . So I've spent $1200 in the last like 3 days I need to slow down for a bit.
Ironically/unfortunately I have the opportunity to buy back a PRISTINE 8274 winch I sold to a buddy a year or so ago for $600 bucks. It comes at a bad time, but I am not sure I can justify the cost of a winch since I am so awesome and never get stuck .
I am kinda thinking that $600 would be better spent getting my belly off the ground, or buying a Detroit/buying gears - etc.
Anywho, all for now. My lowrider is for sale in the Non Jeep section, and my flipper 01 Cherokee Limited is for sale in the Jeep section - somebody make my day and buy both!!!
I am thinking about lowering the Jeep, but I wonder if it will be worth the time and money to do so... I have 2.5" RC coils now.. Pro Comp makes a 2" spring that I have had experience with - rides pretty good. Teraflex has a 2" spring but those baring the name are silly expensive. To my knowledge there are no manufacturers of 1-1.5" lift springs. I've been doing some research and the Rubicon spring thing looks to be a myth. Higher spring rate yes - might add something small over stock in the rear, typically nothing in the front. I could raise the coil mounts on the frame - but it's not worth it to me. Meh.
Soft top came yesterday. Still trying to figure out how I'm going to explain the gas tank skid to the wife - she doesn't know about that quite yet.
EDIT* Wonder if the 2.5" RC springs for a 4 popper would have a different rate and get me 1.5-1.75" of lift? Hmm.
Well this idea came about well over a year ago, had quite a few stumbles, then has been sitting for a few months. With 2 kids who are getting bigger and need to take more stuff, this basket idea came about. As we all know there is ZERO room behind the back seat.
This is a prototype - back story - a buddy and I are kinda in the works to start a business if you will mass producing various items, this was kinda idea numero uno. Now that it's on here - not sure how I feel about it.
Anyway, the base part bolts to the tailgate, and the top frame part is removable, the basket is a Bestop brand basket. It may end up on the trailer project, but we'll see I suppose. Once items are on the basket, there will be quite a bit of weight hanging off the factory hinges, and I don't think they'll be up to the task. Of course I do have a kinda custom tire carrierin the works, but that might be a while as I have MUCHO to do.
Again - PROTOTYPE... Sorry for the cell phone pics.
Isn't this just the cutest...
In other related news. Left work early on Friday to arrive home BEFORE my wife to find the Warn gas tank skid on the porch - BAM!
Waiting on sliders - gotta mock before fenders can go for paint. I did not time any of that right unfortunately.
Have the drivers side wiring tucked into the grill and the JK fog all hooked up. Passenger side I have to splice in a new plug due to damage.
Rear spreader bar painted.
Top and side windows on - back window yet to go. Been cool and rainy, and it was super tough to get on - hoping it stretches as is, no hot sun to work with.
Rock sliders showed up - wrong ones, not what I ordered. So currently fighting with E-Auto grilles off ebay to get me the right ones. Think I am going to go forward with finish mounting the fenders, I can't waste anymore time - I want to be driving this thing soon.
Stupid good deals. I am buying something today that I didn't want, but it fell in my lap for a smoking hot deal. Here is a hint - It's a major city in Michigan.