debating the drop down tailgate too. do you like how it functions? as in, the latches and how secure it is when closed?
Thanks, yeah I like how it functions. The toggle lever on the passenger side is a neat design. You can make it seal as tight as your willing to push on the gate to engage the toggle, only mild tension is needed for a tight seal though. I just went outside all looked at the tub striker again and added a washer behind it. Now it operates smoothly. The HD hinges are also nothing to get excited about. Just off the shelf CJ aftermarket hinges, Not sure what I was expecting.... they are probably just fine for the job.
Just wanted to follow up on some of my impressions on the Swag Tailgate kit. I've had a chance to show it to several friends now, most had never seen or heard of the kit. Well they all think it's pretty cool. And a few of them who have more experience than me using self tapping hardware said that the self tappers are very legit and will hold up just fine. I just wanted to clear that up since I was pretty hard on them in my initial reaction post. So now my only real gripe is that I think the tub hinge mount should be a solid plate all the way across, as you can see some flexing on the hinge area with weight on the gate. I'm pretty sure I'll be hitting up Troy for the aluminum solid plate he offers. Overall it's growing on me.
I've wanted to line the inside of my tub since I bought the jeep but never have because the previous owner actually redid the rear carpet and sprayed ADHESIVE!! down to keep it in place....... I've just left it for years but finally have had enough and just want it nice and clean inside there. So anyways prep began tonight. I got my son in on it too..... lots of tedious sanding ahead of us. I've decided the Raptor liner is gonna work good, and plan to be spraying next Saturday, so i've got a week to get it ready..... we made good progress tonight i thought!
Wow, if you thought your prep took a while.... imagine this~!
My helper, great kid!
Well we got it cleaned up a bit and made some good progress on the rear area.
Should be able to put in a couple hours tomorrow also.
Getting close to being ready to spray on Saturday. Underestimated how long it takes to mask.... uhg. Hard to know if rolling it would be faster or spraying in the long run. I think i'll like the results from spraying better though. Overall this is a much bigger project than it seems imo.... having fun in the garage though....
I have the raptor kit in my YJ. Awesome product for the money!!! You are going to love it. A little advice, when applying the liner dont get to close or it will flaten out and you will loose the textured look. Great looking Wrangler.
Go slow go far go fast never last.
Thanks for the advise, I was a little concerned about that. I want to stay close to avoid as much over spray as possible, especially when i'm doing the hard to reach places, but also want a good finish. Hope I can figure it out....
Ended up spraying today. Overall pretty happy with it. Was kind of looking for a fifth bottle though. It surprised me how quickly I went through them. There's already more than a couple spots I can see now caused by gun angle and spray direction, and not hitting it the other direction. One small can of this liner in aerosol form would really be handy to take care of minor mistakes. I ran out of light today so we will see tomorrow if anything really bothers me. I know once I get all the interior in and stop staring at it so hard it'll all be fine. I'm just a little over critical of my work usually. Handling this stuff is easy, but my recommendation is to purchase one extra bottle.
Went wheeling on Memorial Day! Really happy with how everything is performing. The new Teraflex shocks in the front seem to work real good and the additional droop gave a more planted feeling in situations where the jeep was really flexed out. Also the RC Long Arms are working just fine for me. All of the steep climbs I like to do, all of the ledges, just everything I throw at it, it feels solid. No drama, bad behavior, noise or weirdness. Here's some pics, it was a great day~!
Next thing im ordering is a Savvy GTS. Can't wait to get it.