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Unread 04-04-2014, 12:58 PM   #721
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kconnor,

You looking to buy one soon? I too have been waiting for about 6 months
to let the new designed ones get circulated throughout the distributors.

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Unread 04-20-2014, 12:03 AM   #722
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the new tubs are out. Feel free to get it from your friendly neighborhood MDJuan dealer.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:13 AM   #723
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Tub Cowl Radious

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Got my Repli-tub bolted on the '85 CJ7 the other day. Amazed at how well it lined up and how quickly it went on. I did have to enlarge the trans hole and cut the hole in the firewall for the wiring harness that feeds the control module (along with countless other holes as listed in my restoration thread). It seems that the radius on the cowl has improved over the last few years as I know keith460 had struggled with this. There are still kinks and waves that need sorting out but the hood lines up very well after making a slight hood adjustment (a little downward pressure on the hood over a 2x4 to raise it up just a bit on the driver's side). The next big issue I see is the triangle area on the sides beneath the windshield. Each side seems sucked in a bit at the bottom of the triangle and there is an ugly weld on the line on the cowl. We'll fill it just enough so as not to lose the definition of the triangle and cut a new line in the filler. We may even be able to coax everything out a bit. Maybe a careful maneuver with a hi-lift jack on the inside from side to side to use as a spreader. It seems like it would have been so much easier to take more care here when all the pieces were welded together. I would love to see that fixed in future renditions on the CJ7 body. Also I'll use spacers to shim the roll bar on the back as the ribs on the tops of the wheel wells are continuous and do not have a break like the OEM body. A couple other minor complaints and a lot of filler, but overall it is very nice considering I'll have a completely rust free Jeep. If you are on the fence about getting a Replitub, I'd say pull the trigger and do it!
@Rommel,

Has the cowl radius issue been sorted out on the new tubs yet? I've seen this mentioned a number of times and though it says it's better, there still seems to be issues.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 12:52 AM   #724
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cowl radius has been improved. I will post how we did it soon
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Unread 05-12-2014, 05:25 PM   #725
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is there a demand for YJ tops?
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Unread 05-12-2014, 06:43 PM   #726
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I see a lot of people looking for cj5 tops.
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Unread 05-13-2014, 05:37 PM   #727
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announcing an improvement for cj5,cj7 and cj8 firewalls:

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Unread 05-13-2014, 05:56 PM   #728
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And dashboard improvements!

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Unread 05-13-2014, 11:25 PM   #729
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And dashboard improvements!

Rommel,

That dash looks great! How come I don't see them advertised by any US Jeep parts vendors? All I see are the ones from other companies that don't have the correct speaker grilles.

Also.. Keith has the exact measurements.. Would it be possible for you to offer "Laredo" versions with the clock and tachometer holes pre-punched?

One last question on the dash.. The "flat" for the wiper switch that actually makes the hole "D" shaped.. What orientation is it? I believe on pre-'83 dash panels the wiper switch hole "D" the flat is at 12-o'clock and after that when the switch changed the flat was moved to the 5-o'clock position. Also at that time the fold over on the ends of the dash panel were eliminated.

Thanks for continuing to make these improvements!
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Unread 05-14-2014, 07:03 AM   #730
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Hi Rommel,

Glad to see more improvements and can't wait to see the improved cowl radius. If I recall from other posts we were seeing two issues. 1 - waves in the radious as if they were bent over a board and 2 - improper curve in the radious that didn't match with the curve of the hood very well.
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Unread 05-15-2014, 09:15 PM   #731
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The radius on my tub actually was pretty close. We tweaked the hood on one side to match. Hard to say if it was the body or the hood that was off. The segmented bends were definitely primitive. A little filler and it looks pretty nice.Glad to see all the improvements coming along. Rommel, do they new tubs get pulled in on the sides still or has that been fixed?
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Unread 05-20-2014, 07:52 PM   #732
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Has anyone tried one of the new tubs yet? Im looking at getting a tub for my '80 cj7 and I got a quote for one from Willys-overland for just shy of $5k to have it delivered to my house. That was for their steel tub, w/ the jeep emblem and no extra protective coating they offer. That seems a bit steep. WO is obviously appealing since they fix all the issues but if MD Juans new ones have less issues then thats def the route to go. Im not a fabricator so i dont know what i would actually have the skill set to do.

Also who's a good place to order the MD Juan tubs from? and do they have the jeep emblem on the side. Thats kind of a must IMO.
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Unread 05-21-2014, 06:03 AM   #733
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Rommel,

What in the world is that Jeep behind the hardtop in the picture a few posts above? I've never seen anything like it! YJ hard tops are easy to find in my area as are CJ tops. What is difficult to find are good quality, working rear window assemblies. Hinges are usually rusted, shocks are worn. I wonder if someone could come up with a rear frame that would work universally to accommodate both YJ and CJ tailgates.
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Unread 05-21-2014, 07:20 AM   #734
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Rommel,

What in the world is that Jeep behind the hardtop in the picture a few posts above? I've never seen anything like it! YJ hard tops are easy to find in my area as are CJ tops. What is difficult to find are good quality, working rear window assemblies. Hinges are usually rusted, shocks are worn. I wonder if someone could come up with a rear frame that would work universally to accommodate both YJ and CJ tailgates.
That was our attempt to make a custom grille

can you post pics of the rear window assemblies?
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Unread 05-24-2014, 10:41 PM   #735
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I sold my CJ7 top so I can't get pics or measurements. I'm sure someone else here could. Do you need YJ top pics? I'm thinking not since you have one there.
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