Felt I needed a day off to just tinker...so i took a vacation day, and got a whole lot done.
Both fenders are fully installed. I mounted the fuse box, charcoal canister, and all emissions junk to fenders, and got the battery wired up. Installed a set of stock tj rear springs, and set the rear pinion angle and torqued everything down. Also, not pictured below...i did install a set of hood pins to hold the hood down.
As seen above...picked up a set of bestop soft doors, just the lowers.
looks awesome man! Can you post some more pics of the inner fenders you fab'd up? Did the BTF ones already come with that flange that's bent down on the top of the fender towards the engine?
Thanks! If you look at this pic, the BTF kit comes with a piece of tubing going from the tub to the grill, the triangular shaped boxed section that bolts to the tub, the top plate that has the bend in it, and a small brace for the front. When i test fitted it i barely had room to mount 1 thing. I added the welded section seen below for more coverage against mud/rocks getting kicked up, and so i could easily mount all accessories back in place. I did move the battery to the back, but a new bracket could be fab'd up to keep it up front (if you are using a dry cell so it could sit at an angle).
This is before i did all the grinding and added the extra metal...you can see how open it leaves the engine bay:
So i am a big fan of half doors, but i wanted a more lightweight/custom solution for mine. You can see above a bought a set of used bestop soft lowers. I am now turning them into hard lower doors, using some precut door skins:
Basically, you rip off the soft covering, and stitch weld the frame of the door to the skin:
still need to do the drivers side, then sand/paint. will be the same black as the front fenders.
I have also ordered bestop soft uppers for the doors.
Total cost so far:
$67 - Bestop lower doors, used
$112 - PSC door skins
$300 - new soft uppers (could have gone with used ones, but i wanted nice new ones)
Sold my old hard doors for $600, still came out ahead.
what are you going to do to seal the half doors off at the tub?
I will be using some of the door seals that were on the bestop soft doors when i got them. It will be 'mostly' sealed, it doesnt have to be perfect. Most of any water will be deflected by the bestop soft uppers, thats good enough for me.
New bumper/tire carrier installed. LOD offroad is the company.
Initial thoughts: If you want the bumper quickly...you might want to go with another company. This took 2 months to get to me. Easy install, had to drill 4 holes, and contrary to their directions, i was able to drill and install without dropping gas tank (having a 1/2" body lift helped). It came powdercoated, which i really like, and the tire mounting system looks to be solid. Now, my only concerns...it mounts using 6 bolts total...4 to the rear crossmember, and 2 underneath. It does NOT use the holes the factory ties into (the ones on the outside edges). I already bought some bumper/frame tie ins, thinking that it would use those (as most do). So future mod, i will most likely be grinding some of the powder coat off and welding on an additional bracket on each side, so it will attach in more points. If i am going to be using this as a recovery point, i want to be sure it is solidly attached.
Barnes 4x4 stubby front bumper installed, and the doors are mostly finished:
Took the jeep on a 70 mile round trip, first extended one since swapping in the 8.8. Everything is working great, except the gas tank just barely kisses the diff cover on bigger bumps. Guess i need to buy some lower adjustables and pull the axle in a hair.