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Unread 08-30-2013, 04:17 PM   #16
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How'd you plasti-dip just the letters?
It's actually pretty simple. It only took about 30 mins to do each side. I took some 2" blue painters tape and covered the entire logo with a single strip of tape. I then pressed on the edge of each letter revealing the outlines. I cut along that outline with my exacto knife, and removed the middle part of each letter. I sprayed several coats of dip on, and removed the tape before the last coat dried. I've been surprised how well it's held up! I've had it on there for 8 months now with no signs of peeling. I've even had people come up and ask if it was factory lol

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Unread 08-30-2013, 04:34 PM   #17
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Next came a few random mods and upgrades

BT Catch Can w/ custom mount
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Bedined Rear Step
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Sheet Metal Grill Mod
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ORT Badges/Stripes
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Commander Shift knob with custom ORT badge
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Unread 08-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #18
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Painted Mirror Covers
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Next to come was Armor and Recovery. I had none of the stock skids to start with. So luckily, my lovely mother has an 06 Jeep Commander with the off-road package. So one night someone ended up stealing all her skid plates.......They never did find the BAST@RD! Actually she was kind enough to let me have them since her Jeep stays strictly on pavement

4xguard Front and Rear Skids
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4xguard Belly Skid
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Stock Transfer Case Skid (Cleaned up and repainted flat black)
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Stock Tow Hooks (Cleaned up and repainted)
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Fully Armored Up!!!!
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Unread 08-31-2013, 09:06 AM   #19
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Thanks Man! I got my Associates Degree from Longview a couple years back. I've been mainly working lately and trying to save up for the rest. Looking to head down to Florida (UCF) maybe to finish my degree. Tired of all the cold winters and nothing to do locally lol
nice! I was at longview 04-06 as well before heading down to UCM to finish up. I was still playing baseball though, that had a big impact on school choices.

nothing to do locally?! whaaat?
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Unread 08-31-2013, 09:14 AM   #20
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This is one great looking wk. very clean build. Really like the headlights and the shifter nob. Gonna be looking into both of those mods. Can't wait to see what's next!!
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Unread 08-31-2013, 09:25 AM   #21
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nice jeep love what you've done with it.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 10:38 AM   #22
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nice! I was at longview 04-06 as well before heading down to UCM to finish up. I was still playing baseball though, that had a big impact on school choices.

nothing to do locally?! whaaat?
Haha, there's plenty to do in the summer. But winters are just a killer for me. I love being outside and out doing stuff. MO just gets cold, and drizzly for 8 months out of the year. I'd rather move to a hot climate all year round and vacation in colorado/utah for the winters.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 10:44 AM   #23
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This is one great looking wk. very clean build. Really like the headlights and the shifter nob. Gonna be looking into both of those mods. Can't wait to see what's next!!
Thanks man! Appreciate all the compliments. I've loved watching your build grow. Been watching it ever since I first got my jeep. I'll be posting up better pics of the headlights soon hopefully. Along with all my other light mods lol

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nice jeep love what you've done with it.
Thanks a lot!
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Unread 08-31-2013, 10:50 AM   #24
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I think this may be my favorite WK. Very nice, clean build man. Especially those headlights.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 11:15 AM   #25
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Nice build man just a little to clean for my taste but a lil mud can fix that lol. But seriously nice build.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 12:08 PM   #26
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Nice build man just a little to clean for my taste but a lil mud can fix that lol. But seriously nice build.
Are you calling my Jeep a mall crawler?! That the only thing it goes over is a parking lot curb? That hurts man....I do wheel it, but 90% of the pics I have were taken when I was still putting it all together this spring. I've been wheeling it all summer now that I have full skids. I'll make sure to take my camera next time I go to Kansas Rocks!
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Unread 08-31-2013, 12:15 PM   #27
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Man that looks great.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 04:59 PM   #28
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Time for the semi informative "How to" on my headlight design

This was definitely a fun project for me, because I had never done it before. But also was a very big learning experience.
I watched what Omelet did with his, and figured it didn't look too hard. Boy was I wrong lol

***WARNING***
I already purchased a 35 watt HID kit several months prior to this install. I kept getting flashed because of the glare caused by the HID's in the stock housings. Which is why I decided to fit projectors. I do NOT recommend just putting HID's in your stock housings! In many state's it is also illegal.


I started off by getting some aftermarket headlights off eBay for around 100 bucks.
I got the paint from automotivetouchup.com, Love their products!!!!
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I ordered my H1 projectors 5000K bulbs and mini gattling gun shrouds from theretrofitsource.com
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Time to get this party started!
I first opened the headlights up by heating them in an oven at 350 degrees several times for 15-20 minutes each time. I found its best to use a wide blade putty knife to open them.
I had trouble getting them to open with screw drivers like others have used. You will need to clean the rest of the butyl out of the channels that the lenses press into.
I wrapped the lenses of the headlights in saran wrap and set them off to the side for later. Once I had the headlight face removed and cleaned up, it was time to paint!


I taped off the chrome front rings first. I also took the side yellow reflectors off. I taped off the square shaped side marker towards the bottom of the reflector.
They are only held on by a couple clips.
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Once I had the headlights sanded down, I put on 2-3 coats of sandable primer down first.
I sanded it after the last coat dried to get any impurities out before the color coat.
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I then sprayed 3-4 coats of Dark Khaki. The color was a dead on match once it dried. After the color coats, I waited over night before I sprayed the clear coat.
I put on 4-5 coats of clear. The heaviest was the last coat to give it a glossy finish.
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Before the clear coat completely dried, I carefully removed the painters tape with a razor blade.
You have to be very careful here, not to touch any of your painted surfaces with the side of your hand. Luckily, that went pretty smooth for me
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The back portion of the headlight housing I decided to plastidip. It actually tuned out really well.
Plastidip has a good head tolerance so I knew it would work. I left the turn signal and high beam housings chrome.
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Next I had to modify the back of the light housings so the projectors would fit correctly. All it took was a drimel sanding bit to make the tabs flat with the housing.
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I originally wanted to use the gatling gun 2.0 shrouds (which are bigger than the mini's).
But I figured out after some modification to the shrouds and many calls and emails to retrofit source that the mounting for them is a pain to deal with!
The larger shrouds attach via a round ring that acts as a compression fitting. To make a long story short, this ring was made too small by their manufacturing department.
So they would not work with my projectors, at least not anytime soon. I got impatient, and had them send me the smaller shrouds instead.
Here's a pic of the larger shroud with the headlight:

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Unread 08-31-2013, 05:05 PM   #29
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I got the smaller ones a few days later, and installed the projectors into the headlights. I did not seal them up just yet though! I still had to aim them.
That part is pretty easy. Just make sure the beams are level together and tighten the back nut on the projectors.
I used some red locktite on the threads to make sure it wouldn't come undone.
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That same night I re-sealed the headlights with new butyl bought from any auto parts store.
They were ready for install the next day:
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And there you have it folks!!!! Here's the final product installed!

Daytime:
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Night:
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Unread 08-31-2013, 05:16 PM   #30
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Very clean man. Love the detailed mods. Cant wait to see all the other stuff you had on that list of yours! Lookin good!
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