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gcjeeping 11-07-2013 08:13 PM

MY WJ rear QTR protection w/nudge bar and recessed LED tails.
So after a few dent's in the rear QTR's and fenders as well as some broken taillight I finally got around to making some rear QTR protection with nudge bars and recessed LED tail lights.

I also built in a lockable compartment on the pass side. I made it as a remote power station and switches to turn the LED bars, side lights and BU lights. Also put in a cigaret lighter plug and the remote box for my power inverter. It has 2 110v and 2 USB receptacles. It has a switch to turn the inverter on and off from the remote box.

Started with remnant 10 gauge diamond plate, 24 riv-nuts, stainless hex cap screws and two harbor freight LED tail lights. Picked up a mailbox lock from Lowe's. I already had the toggle switches and pipe for the nudge bars.

Made some paper templates.

Cut the plate with the plasma and test fitted and adjusted as needed. I used a bottle jack, scrap metal 2x4 to put the bends in the plate.

Next was drilling holes and installing riv-nuts. I made my own riv-nut tool. I taped the plate to the jeep and drilled through the plate and fender at once.

gcjeeping 11-07-2013 08:13 PM

Cut the metal for the recessed LED tail lights and tack welded them in.

Cut and tack welded the fender pieces. The plate that is flat and facing out is scrap I had and is thicker than the 10 gauge. I had to cut reliefs in the curved bent part to get the bend right. Will fill them in when I weld them up.

gcjeeping 11-07-2013 08:14 PM

All welded up and a coat of primmer.

Also hole was cut for door to access power outlets.

Made a box out of scrap sheet metal for the power outlets and switches. Spot welded it in and sealed around it with RTV.

Waiting to install.

Fitted on and LED's wired up. I tapped into the trailer harness after the relays to get the LED to work like trailer lights. That way I didn't need to make any new wiring for them. Also added red reflectors to help keep it legal. Might have to add a side marker light too.

Access door. Put the cigarette lighter plug in. Will do switches and power outlets later.

gcjeeping 11-07-2013 08:14 PM

Cut and bent the tube then welded it on. Primed the tube and put the panels on the Jeep.

Here is the little power panel. The 3 switches are to turn on the LED bars, side roof rack lights and back up lights. Any or all can be turned on without starting or getting into the Jeep. The Cig lighter is always hot and the 120v/USB box is turned on/off by the switch on the box. Also added a mailbox lock to keep it secure.

A view from the back. LED's off, park, brake and vid of hazards.

Below is a video. Click on pick

Merc1973 11-08-2013 11:03 AM


Looks great GCJeeping. Very creative and well executed.

adavis39 11-08-2013 11:18 AM

looks great...never got around to finishing mine before I sold it. Glad someone did it :D

gcjeeping 11-08-2013 11:32 AM

Thanks. It was a fun build. Might paint them OD green to match the rest of the Jeep.


skain8 11-08-2013 11:32 AM

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Did you seal the plate to the sheetmetal at all? My concern would be moisture and other gunk trapped between the two panels.

adavis39 - sold? WTF!?

gcjeeping 11-08-2013 11:56 AM

Gunna run some RTV around it before I decide if I want to paint it to match the rest of the Jeep.

adavis39 11-08-2013 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by skain8 (Post 17544345)

Did you seal the plate to the sheetmetal at all? My concern would be moisture and other gunk trapped between the two panels.

adavis39 - sold? WTF!?

yup......few weeks back. she gone :(

its-me-B 11-08-2013 09:03 PM

Just badass

PatriotUSMC 11-09-2013 12:10 AM

Yeah that looks great and I love the lock box!

alfaitalia 11-09-2013 04:27 AM

Looks good and tough and I like it really have got too much free time on you hands! Im still trying to find the time to finish my hidden winch mount.....that I started about the same time you started yours!
50 hour a week job, 4 year old son and a house/garden that constantly needs repairs due to wind damage from living on the beach eats up all my time!
Good job!:thumbsup:

gcjeeping 11-18-2013 12:28 AM

Thanks. Yeh you you got a lot on your plate. I'm retired after 20+ years in the military. I remember the days of working all the time. Thankfully I'm done with that and still got good health to keep Jeepin. Got the kids out of the nest and living in sunny Ca now so that helps too. I never put the hidden plate on mine. Went a different rout. The finished plate is still in the garage though.

TX-WJ 05-06-2014 01:40 PM

Wow this looks great!. May need to steal this idea at some point. :cheers2:

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