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Unread 11-04-2010, 10:39 AM   #31
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Small update, just won a set of A to Z Fabrication LJ rocker panels, diamond plated and coated (retail cost from Zach would be $415 on this model) for $55 + shipping on eBay!!! Literally couldn't be happier. $99 total for these babies, which I'll have to trim down to fit the TJ but that won't be a problem.

Looks like I'll have a lot to do next time I'm in Boston... install the new winch solenoid, cut and install the rocker panels, and maybe even get around to mounting the new (as in I ordered it 2 years ago and it's still in the box in the basement) SRC Classic rear bumper... but that depends on whether or not it's rated for towing, which is something I still haven't figured out. I guess I could have my tow hitch AND the bumper? although that might look strange.

Anyway. Here are some more pics from earlier this year, out with a buddy







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Unread 11-10-2010, 09:19 PM   #32
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A to Z Fab rockers got delivered by UPS today to the house in MA... 2 weeks till I'm back up there to install!
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Unread 11-18-2010, 02:53 PM   #33
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One week and counting until I'm back up in Boston. At that point I'll put in the new solenoid assembly, and do some cutting on the A-Z panels in order to get them to fit. That install might need to happen over Christmas as I'll only be back up north for 4 days for Thanksgiving. I've been checking out some fog and driving lights, and have been considering putting some extra lights on the bumper, and maybe even a mount across the hood with some lights just for extra visibility.

I found Northern Industrial lights for $12.99 in a pair, and they would just need a relay and switch in ordeer to be fully functional. Also found a build on here:

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My idea would be to have 4 lights like that, in the same kind of tube housing, bolted on the hood mounts where people put these/hi-lift mounts. From the reviews on these lights, sounds like it might be a pretty good and cheap mod. Either way, just a quick update as to what's going on. I'll be posting pictures next week of these things being put on and fixed. I'm hoping my replacement solenoid assembly works the way it should, and that the wiring is all okay.

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Unread 11-26-2010, 08:49 AM   #34
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So, the new solenoid assembly DID NOT work.... UGH! This means that it's the motor, in which case I might as well just invest in a new winch altogether. Hopefully the company I bought the assembly from will accept a return. I'm really disappointed that it did not work. In other news, the rocker panels are apparently the TJ version, not the LJ which means I'll need to do no cutting whatsoever. Will probably get around to installing those tomorrow. These things are BEASTLY and I couldn't have possibly gotten a better deal on them.

I put the hard top back on Wednesday night, and discovered that my headlight was out on the passenger side. Half an hour outside in the very windy and very cold AutoZone parking lot, and I have new Sylvania 3.2k's in both spots.



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Unread 11-26-2010, 09:22 AM   #35
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Unread 11-29-2010, 07:33 AM   #36
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Got those rockers installed this weekend, took longer than I wanted, but that's okay since I had to cut them down to size for TJs. Contradictory to my last post, they ARE in fact LJ rockers. Only took 3 cuts per side to get the thing down to where it needed to be in order to fit. Stock holes lined up well with the floorboards, and I was sure to silicone every hole in the body to help against any future rust. Maybe that will work, maybe not but it was worth the try.

I'm pretty happy with how they came out! I've got an e-mail into Zach asking for the remaining hardware (some was missing) but they're on there pretty sturdy for now. I won't be beating on them as I'm back in Orlando already.

Girlfriend snapped some pics from Day 1 & 2:











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Unread 11-29-2010, 07:25 PM   #37
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A color altered picture (ignore the trees, my goal here was to get the TJ looking like it really does)... took the girlfriend and the puppies out to the state forest for an afternoon walk, and out to lunch after. This is in the Wal-Mart parking lot Looks damn good. Will definitely be putting 33x10.5s on when these tires are done, and filling up some of that open space in the wheel wells.

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Unread 12-16-2010, 09:46 PM   #38
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Flying back up to Boston from Orlando tomorrow for the Holidays. Hopefully this nor-easter will hit hard in the New England area and I'll get some good snow wheeling in! Asked family members for parts for the jeep, so I should hopefully be getting some more lights mounted, and possibly even a XRC-8 installed. Pictures shall be posted! Hopefully I can lend a hand pulling some stuck people out of ditches and things, I miss doing that in the snow!

Happy holidays guys!
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Unread 12-16-2010, 10:21 PM   #39
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Am i the only one that thinks you got an insane deal on your rockers?? how did you do that, TEACH ME
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Unread 12-16-2010, 10:39 PM   #40
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Am i the only one that thinks you got an insane deal on your rockers?? how did you do that, TEACH ME
Apparently! I update this thing but I have come to believe nobody reads it. It was honestly just luck on the rockers. I checked eBay for them and found the auction about a day and a half before it ended, and the price was about $15. I bid against one other guy, and set my max bid at $150, knowing that was still ridiculously low, and assuming I would lose. He bid again in the last few minutes, but my auto-bid jumped it to $55 and I won.

It's probably one of the cheapest (financial cost-wise) mods I've done, with the greatest return of safety/protection! And they look f'n sweet, too.

Thanks for reading, though. Makes me feel like I'm not the only one on this thread!
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Unread 12-16-2010, 10:39 PM   #41
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It only seems like an insane deal because they are so insanely thin. They're pure looks and offer hardly any protection. For his purpose though they are ideal as they provide a good step as well as good looks.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #42
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It only seems like an insane deal because they are so insanely thin. They're pure looks and offer hardly any protection. For his purpose though they are ideal as they provide a good step as well as good looks.
That's a joke, right? I'm not that good at "reading" sarcasm. Lets have a look at thickness of rockers for sale...
  • Olympic 4x4 - 1/8th inch
  • Smittybilt XRC- 3/16th inch
  • OR-FAB - 3/16th inch
  • Fabtech- 1/4 inch
  • A to Z - 3/16th inch
  • Warn- 3/16th inch

The only physical damage to the body of my Jeep is a dent where my Hi-Lift slipped and dented under the door panel. These would have protected that, or any other type of material (rock, whatever) doing the same thing. That's what they're designed to do. These rockers are $420 in the configuration I got new from Zach. You do not know "my purpose" so please do not speak on my behalf.

Also, ever considered why half the people on here run them? Or checked out their reviews?

Sorry if I seem on a horse here but your comment was both rude and unnecessary.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 10:05 AM   #43
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I LOVE THOSE ROCKERS, THEY LOOK SWEET! i just wish i had them, i might start checking ebay. those look just as good as any of the other rockers i have seen. i was just gonna buy cheap diamond plate rockers for $50 bucks to cover up the dents and crinkles from where i have hit rocks. should have bought rockers a long time ago. keep it up, looks sweet!
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Unread 12-19-2010, 08:12 PM   #44
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Vacation Update No. 1:

My girlfriend got me some long range driving lights, standard 6", 100w H3 lamps, black ABS housing and some unfortunate chrome brush guards. She immedately apologized for them being chrome, knowing that everything else on the TJ is in fact black... No worries, a quick trip to Lowes for some Rustoleum, some 300 grit sand paper, and half an hour later, we have black! I warmed the spray paint inside, shot it outside, and brought the grilles back in to sit in the corner of the wood stove room to dry. Installation will most likely occur on the windshield hinges via brackets I'll make this week. Can't bring myself to spend $30 on Rugged Ridge brackets.

Here are some painting before & after pics... installation pics will come when it's complete. How are you guys running cable through the windshield seal into the dash?

enjoy! black looks soooooo much better.



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Unread 12-19-2010, 11:41 PM   #45
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Jeep looks good!
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