WSS - Do you have pictures of the brackets you used to mount the CB and HAM? I may want to do the same thing with my CB.
Also, good point about inspecting it. I did open the box when I got it, didn't inspect it though, just took out the install instructions and left the rest inside the box.
And, i'm cool with the tone of the thread an the PR for Tuffy. Like i said earlier, other than the finish, the thing is built like a beast and it will still look good once i'm done with it.
In the end, I did not use any mounts. If you look close to the side pic, you will see two screws, both different sizes. I used the existing mount hole on the side of the CB and tri band to hold them in place. The CB (cobra 29) fit with just using the washers used in the original mount. The tri-band being narrower, I used some long screws and bushings to reach from the side. Works good.
I have three, no issues with any of them (one is from the mid 90's). That's a risk you take when you put something away and don't use it until long after the warranty is up. I have a Kenmore gas stove that's been sitting in the box in my shop for 3 years. Would I expect Sears to warranty it for ANY problems that it might have out of the box? Nope. I made the decision to stick it in the corner unopened, so the fact that I didn't take it out and check it over FALLS ON ME. From the manufacturer's point of view, who's to say you didn't spill something on it (brake fluid) or do something to it while it was on the shelf? I'm not saying you did, but I do think it's 100% unreasonable to ***** about something that is 2 years out of warranty, especially when you're *****ing about something that isn't covered under warranty to begin with.
This is the kinda whiny crap I would expect to see in the JK forum. We drive rough riding, leaking, gas guzzling CJ's. Rattle can it and throw it in your Jeep.
85 CJ7 258, borla header, Team Rush, MC2100 ,optima batt, Warn 8274, agr super box 2 & pump, T5 w/ B&M shifter, centerforce 2, superior 1 piece axles, warn hubs 2.5 in lift, 31" BFG MT
I don't see what the big deal is, take off the rust, hit it with some Rustoleum, and install it.
Tuffy makes good stuff and rarely have I ever bought a metal product from any manufacturer for my Jeep that it didn't start showing some rust at some point. I get rid of the rust, hit it with some spray paint, and the problem is solved.
I hate to hear you're having trouble with that console! I understand you called us at Tuffy regarding this issue and we said it probably wouldn't be warrantied. However, you started this post on Wednesday and e-mailed us the link to it on Thursday. Up until then we hadn't seen photos of the situation. Now that I've seen what's going on, it does look like the cleaning and prep work didn't get the job done before we PC'd it. Someone should be contacting you Monday in regards to getting this solved.
It seems like a bit of a "Perfect Storm" - the one console that had an unknown issue was the one that sat on a shelf for several years!
Ok, so i'm kinda pissed and venting a little. But I also figured it would be good info to pass along.
About 2-3 years ago I bought a Tuffy Security Console for my CJ. Never got around to installing it until now. So, as I'm installing the new deck in the console I notice that there is rust and chipped paint on the side of the thing. Upon closer inspection I can see where the finish is bubbling up and it is clearly rusting underneath there.
So I call Tuffy customer service and they won't do jack about it. Apparently their products are "Lifetime Warranty" against "defects in material and workmanship" excludes paint and coatings.
So buyer beware. I know it's a Jeep and not a Porche so i'm not going to loose any sleep over it. However it does chap my *** a bit to know how much I paid for this thing and it rusted just sitting in my fully finished climate controlled garage.
And as it always is with this type of person and post, there is a lot more to the real story.