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post #1 of Old 06-23-2014, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Should I Cut My Jeep in Half and Build a Brute?

I have been going back and forth for a while now on whether or not to order the AEV Brute kit. One of my concerns is that the interior of my Jeep has been Line-X'ed and I'm not sure how much of an added nuisance that will be when we have to cut the seam welds to install the cab closeout? Any thoughts or opinions?

Here is a pic of my Jeep as it sits now.



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post #2 of Old 06-23-2014, 11:52 AM
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thats a nice looking jeep, id rather take a junker and make it a brute than strip down a nice rig to do the same
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post #3 of Old 06-23-2014, 11:52 AM
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I think it looks great as it is.

I don't even own a jeep anymore
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post #4 of Old 06-23-2014, 11:57 AM
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Chop it!
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post #5 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:00 PM
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thats a nice looking jeep, id rather take a junker and make it a brute than strip down a nice rig to do the same
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I think it looks great as it is.
I agree. I would find a jeep that needs some tlc and bring it back to life.
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post #6 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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thats a nice looking jeep, id rather take a junker and make it a brute than strip down a nice rig to do the same
I have considered that as well. I feel like I would still want to make all of upgrades that I have on my current rig to the Brute. My thought is, why not start with what I've already got...especially since the AEV Highline kit has been discontinued for the TJ.
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post #7 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:04 PM
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If you have another car go for it! It's going to be less of a hassle if you start with something nice.
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post #8 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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If you have another car go for it! It's going to be less of a hassle if you start with something nice.
I have a 1981 Ford Escort that I use as my commuter!
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post #9 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:10 PM
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As for the line-x, I really don't think it will be that bad.
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post #10 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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As for the line-x, I really don't think it will be that bad.
I'm thinking a heat gun and a box cutter might work, at least where the seam needs to be pried at the top of the waterfall behind the front seats. That's what I've gathered from the reading that I've done about removing Line-X.
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post #11 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:22 PM
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I'm thinking a heat gun and a box cutter might work, at least where the seam needs to be pried at the top of the waterfall behind the front seats. That's what I've gathered from the reading that I've done about removing Line-X.
That's what I thinking too.
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post #12 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:28 PM
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You just need a trust worthy buddy to help you. Have him start the cutting then there's no turning back. I think you will be happy with the finished product!
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post #13 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:31 PM
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Those do look cool but man that's a lot of money! By the time you figure in the cost of your jeep, all of the upgrades, and then add $10k for the kit and another $3k for a paint job you're up to $30k invested in a 15 yr old jeep. Can you slap a Flowmaster sticker and use it as a tax write off? That would take some of the sting out of it.
And I'm no body shop guy but 60 hours to do all of that work sounds really optimistic to me.
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post #14 of Old 06-23-2014, 12:36 PM
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If you are worried about the linex, then maybe building a brute aint for you.

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post #15 of Old 06-23-2014, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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If you are worried about the linex, then maybe building a brute aint for you.
I was more or less looking for some insight into removing it, from someone who has done it. I was hoping to do as clean of a job as possible cutting through the Line-X in hopes of using the left over tub to make an off-road trailer.
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