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Unread 09-14-2009, 10:02 AM   #151
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Made a simple but solid/rugged mounting system for my LJ Hard Top.

I did this on my old 88 YJ and was really pleased with it. The idea behind this is to spread the load on the hardtop mounting surface so no single point of the fiberglass is asked to bear the entire load should any form of incidental contact happen off road or otherwise.

In short one of the more common things I saw with other Jeeps was the fiberglass around the bolts would crack or wear at a much higher rate due to the pressure put on the glass whether from overtightening, contact offroad (trees, etc..) or anything else really.

Anyhow, I'm rambling. On with the info...

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1"x36"x1/8" Alluminum, holes made with 3/8" drill bit
Forget the length on the Eye Hook bolts, think it's 2.5" but I know diameter is 5/16"
I experiemented with both single/double nut at the top to square up the mounting surface. Single Bolt seems to be the best if you want to use a double washer system on the underside of the bolt.
Top and Bottom I used a regular washer as well as a rubber washer.
I also used a nylon threadded nut to secure the bolts, could just as easily use locktite if you want.

Total Hardware investment about $20

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I really like that idea,i will be putting my hardtop on before too long and think i'll steal that idea!

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Unread 09-14-2009, 10:11 AM   #152
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I picked up a center console at Walmart for about $20. It's for a van but it fits perfectly between the front seats of my YJ. It's fits nice and tight so I didn't even bother trying to bolt it down.-It's nice to have cup holders and a place to throw my junk.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 10:51 AM   #153
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I picked up a center console at Walmart for about $20.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 11:17 AM   #154
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20mm ammo can center console. Was actually really easy to make and worked perfectly. Just yesterday I installed a Tuffy console that I got for an insanely cheap price and I actually already miss the ammo can. Tons of storage space and a perfect arm rest.

40 bucks for everything including hardware, paint and a lock.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 03:51 PM   #155
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20mm ammo can center console. Was actually really easy to make and worked perfectly. Just yesterday I installed a Tuffy console that I got for an insanely cheap price and I actually already miss the ammo can. Tons of storage space and a perfect arm rest.

40 bucks for everything including hardware, paint and a lock.
I have been wanting to do this, I bought a center console from rugged ridge and that thing is way too tight, and can easily be broken into.

Have you thought about retro-fitting some cup holders to it, is there enough room to do so?

Maybe that will be my next project
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Unread 09-14-2009, 05:23 PM   #156
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I have been wanting to do this, I bought a center console from rugged ridge and that thing is way too tight, and can easily be broken into.

Have you thought about retro-fitting some cup holders to it, is there enough room to do so?

Maybe that will be my next project
That was one of the biggest negatives about having it was that there were no cupholders. Tuffy sells cupholders separately that I could drill out some holes in the box and mount and that was the way that I was going to go about doing it. Unfortunately there isn't enough room in the front but I had planned to mount them in the back.

I'm going to give my Tuffy console a few weeks to see if it grows on me and if not the ammo can is going back in.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 05:27 PM   #157
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That was one of the biggest negatives about having it was that there were no cupholders. Tuffy sells cupholders separately that I could drill out some holes in the box and mount and that was the way that I was going to go about doing it. Unfortunately there isn't enough room in the front but I had planned to mount them in the back.

I'm going to give my Tuffy console a few weeks to see if it grows on me and if not the ammo can is going back in.
I love my tuffy, cup holders, cd player, padded arm rest, solid construction
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Unread 09-14-2009, 08:13 PM   #158
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Every console ive had with cupholders ended in either me or the jeep wearing my coffee at about 10 after 6 in the morning... I do really like the idea of having the stereo in the console though.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 09:29 PM   #159
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i painted my wheels black for about 30 bucks!



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Unread 09-14-2009, 09:36 PM   #160
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other things-

on my zj-
i got one of the big buckets that pool chemicals come in, washed it out, and use it to store fluids in. it is bungee corded in the back of my zj.- FREE
since i am alone most of the time and do carry a lot of stuff at times i took out the bottoms of the rear seats to increase storage. wj's can drill out the pin that holds it in and get one that will allow you to pull it out and put back in if that makes sense.

on my xj-
wally world fog lights under front bumper- $20-25
small round lights under the back bumper for use as backup lights- $15
pulled off the trim- FREE
i got the duplicolor bedliner and did the sides up to where the trim was + the fenders and rear bumper- about $60
home brew air intake with cone filter- $50
built a box to put a cheapo wallyworld speaker thing on so that the speakers wouldnt get punctured- about 10 for the box and 20 for the speaker thing



oh and always put in a fire extinguisher or two.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 09:39 PM   #161
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I really like that idea,i will be putting my hardtop on before too long and think i'll steal that idea!
awesome I really like the ability to use bungee hooks to tie anything down in the back, etc...

The rubber washers help absorb any noise and vibration so I'm pretty happy with that. Just FYI the underside of the body mount area has very little room to work with so it took a while to find a washer that would fit on the bottom.

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Unread 09-15-2009, 08:29 AM   #162
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New seats in my YJ for under $100

Just got done installing seats in my YJ.

Went down to the junkyard and picked out a pair from a 2002 Ford ZX2. They were not a direct bolt in. I had to fab up some supports for the Jeep risers using some 2" x 1/4" flat stock. They also sit a lot higher than the stock seats, enough so that, at 6'2", the top of my head is just about even the the roll bar. I have to have the steering wheel tilted all the way up for leg clearance. But the fab work was all bolt together, no welding required.


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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:33 AM   #163
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Where's all the cheap XJ mods!?
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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:40 AM   #164
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other things-

on my zj-
i got one of the big buckets that pool chemicals come in, washed it out, and use it to store fluids in. it is bungee corded in the back of my zj.- FREE
since i am alone most of the time and do carry a lot of stuff at times i took out the bottoms of the rear seats to increase storage. wj's can drill out the pin that holds it in and get one that will allow you to pull it out and put back in if that makes sense.

on my xj-
wally world fog lights under front bumper- $20-25
small round lights under the back bumper for use as backup lights- $15
pulled off the trim- FREE
i got the duplicolor bedliner and did the sides up to where the trim was + the fenders and rear bumper- about $60
home brew air intake with cone filter- $50
built a box to put a cheapo wallyworld speaker thing on so that the speakers wouldnt get punctured- about 10 for the box and 20 for the speaker thing



oh and always put in a fire extinguisher or two.

-I bought the same speakers for my YJ. It sits in the back and when I need to- I can just un-clip the wires and lock it up!
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Unread 09-15-2009, 10:42 AM   #165
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Well ok...but you're forcing me to clean out my Jeep!
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