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Unread 06-30-2014, 04:00 AM   #61
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Or You could do the JK8 for less than 130k.. and have something really new.. http://www.quadratec.com/products/12503_8000_07.htm

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Unread 06-30-2014, 09:48 AM   #62
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Or You could do the JK8 for less than 130k.. and have something really new.. http://www.quadratec.com/products/12503_8000_07.htm
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Don't get me wrong, the new Brutes and JK8's are cool but if I could afford one of those I wouldn't be driving a 1981 Ford Escort to work everyday to support my Jeep addiction.
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Unread 06-30-2014, 09:54 AM   #63
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Should you build a brute

I am in the process of doing the same. I started with a 06 Rubicon. I choose to do this because I put a 5.3 in it and knew I would be throwing out everything (interior included) but the axles and transfer case. If you plan on keeping everything else as is, go for it with the jeep you have. If your going to change a bunch of stuff start over. The line-x will be a non-issue. Just wire wheel it off to the floor seam and when you have finished welding it back and seam sealing go back to line-x and have the cover the new areas. One last thing, it is significantly easier with a good donor vehicle. If you start with a basket case that has been wrecked it will be more difficult and expensive.

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Unread 06-30-2014, 10:02 AM   #64
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I am in the process of doing the same. I started with a 06 Rubicon. I choose to do this because I put a 5.3 in it and knew I would be throwing out everything (interior included) but the axles and transfer case. If you plan on keeping everything else as is, go for it with the jeep you have. If your going to change a bunch of stuff start over. The line-x will be a non-issue. Just wire wheel it off to the floor seam and when you have finished welding it back and seam sealing go back to line-x and have the cover the new areas. One last thing, it is significantly easier with a good donor vehicle. If you start with a basket case that has been wrecked it will be more difficult and expensive.

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Thanks a lot! Best of luck to you as well!
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Unread 06-30-2014, 10:41 AM   #65
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Don't get me wrong, the new Brutes and JK8's are cool but if I could afford one of those I wouldn't be driving a 1981 Ford Escort to work everyday to support my Jeep addiction.
I bet that 1981 Escort sounds good, considering you work at Flowmaster.
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Unread 06-30-2014, 12:06 PM   #66
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I bet that 1981 Escort sounds good, considering you work at Flowmaster.
She's definitely a head turner!
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Unread 06-30-2014, 03:51 PM   #67
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just a thought on the line-x, I wonder how dry ice would work? Make it real brittle so it chips off easy.
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Unread 07-03-2014, 03:19 PM   #68
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just a thought on the line-x, I wonder how dry ice would work? Make it real brittle so it chips off easy.
That's definitely a creative approach. I'll have to drop by Line-X and see what they have to say.
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Unread 07-03-2014, 05:25 PM   #69
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That's definitely a creative approach. I'll have to drop by Line-X and see what they have to say.
The only way to remove it is a sharp knife, prybar and brute strength.

Trust me.. name a method we've tried it.
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Unread 07-03-2014, 05:26 PM   #70
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just a thought on the line-x, I wonder how dry ice would work? Make it real brittle so it chips off easy.
The easiest way is if it holds together and peels off at once. Its a pain in the *** when it chips and peels apart.
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Unread 07-03-2014, 05:32 PM   #71
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I've never seen line-x peel, but maybe with some prying it might?
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Unread 07-03-2014, 05:37 PM   #72
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I've never seen line-x peel, but maybe with some prying it might?
Yea it can be really tough depending on how well it bonded but I've done it many times.

I usually pry enough just to get an edge then grab it with pliers or just my hands and yank on it.
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Yea it can be really tough depending on how well it bonded but I've done it many times.

I usually pry enough just to get an edge then grab it with pliers or just my hands and yank on it.
Yeah, that makes sense. I definitely wasn't planning on taking all of the Line-X out. I would really only need to remove enough so that I could get to the areas that need to be separated.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 08:22 PM   #74
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Gotta say that's a nice rig, I wouldn't do it. Buy a junker...if not to practice on first anyway.
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Gotta say that's a nice rig, I wouldn't do it. Buy a junker...if not to practice on first anyway.
Thanks! I took a long drive through the Redwoods to the coast just north of Jenner, CA with my girlfriend yesterday. It was about 80 degrees outside so we had the top and doors off all day. I really started to second guess my plans. The drive reminded me of why I originally bought a soft top Jeep and not a pickup.
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