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Unread 09-25-2013, 09:59 AM   #89026
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Choose the latter. On the Dubai plated red Wrangler, it's interesting how the AEV highline fenders don't line up with anything. They almost look bent in the middle. That stupid bumper only highlights the poor installation.
That's because they are bent in the middle. The snow-blindness effect of driving in the desert at mid-day combined with looking in the rear view mirror to check on the group as you discover a steep drop-off the hard way will do that.



It sheared the drivers side front body mount right off the chassis. The passenger one split. The frame's not as straight as it should be. The fenders never hit anything but they deformed. The good thing is the tub itself is still fine. Had I been running heavy duty tube fenders, maybe they would have stayed straight and the tub would have been damaged.


The new fenders should be test-fitted tomorrow.

The old ones looked like this when they were first installed. Note we seam welded one of the join lines in the fender, and the join line in the side of the tub for a smooth clean appearance that makes it look more factory.



Glad you like the bumper

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Unread 09-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #89027
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I think it's funny you just said "poor installation" when referring to one of the most detail oriented jeeps on here...not to mention one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest aev high line install I've seen....

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Am I supposed to assume that your Jeep is better than Oman's? Do you have more money tied into yours than he does? I would think that a company like AEV would be out of business if they made their products like you say they do. I also don't see anything stupid about his bumper.....Seriously though, if you don't like something, keep it to yourself and don't publicly criticize someones Jeep that isn't yours.

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Unread 09-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #89028
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Tightened up the front end like a boss. My stock bushings were toast!
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Unread 09-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #89029
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Unread 09-25-2013, 11:20 AM   #89030
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Well update:

New windshield frame came with some imperfections... So doing something different and getting it powdercoater a textured black to match my fenders. Hoping it will be one of a kind...

Also it seems the roll cage is tweaked I'm going to have to use spacers to fasten the passenger side cage bar to the windshield. It's about 3/4" away from even touching the windshield frame. Hopefully the hardtop still goes on!
I picked up a cage for $200. If its tweaked I feel that it would have a major weak point. I've been upside down too and after seeing how bad my roll cage was I wouldn't chance jerry riggin it. That's your life your talking about

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Unread 09-25-2013, 11:27 AM   #89031
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It's not fakey - it's tried and tested! Unfortunately had a head-on collision in the dunes about 6 years ago - that one prompted the AEV Highline install. This time bending the frame prompted the Brute conversion. Gotta find those silver linings on those cloudy moments.

Minor bends in the bumper that were straightened out. Thankfully these days - more people run dune flags.



Too bad those minor bumps on the street come with so much paperwork. Otherwise it would be very tempting!
Not calling the bumper fakey, I'm sure its strong as can be, albit massively heavy, it just looks like a bumper that should be on a mack truck hauling cattle. So on one point I really like the strength, but the onther hand it looks massively heavy and bulky. Now...if you could make that out of aluminum....
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Unread 09-25-2013, 12:30 PM   #89032
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Yep - started out as a Road Armor but then I wanted to put more lights on it, and finally add the winch again - I used to have the 10" LED where the winch would have come out.

Redesigned it myself on CAD - had the altered parts cut out on the waterjet, then the old parts of the Road Armor removed with a plasma cutter and the new parts welded in. I also changed the design to raise the side pods to flow with the Highline fenders better.

Nice jeep! What headlights are those on the bottom picture?
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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:20 PM   #89033
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Not calling the bumper fakey, I'm sure its strong as can be, albit massively heavy, it just looks like a bumper that should be on a mack truck hauling cattle. So on one point I really like the strength, but the onther hand it looks massively heavy and bulky. Now...if you could make that out of aluminum....
It's actually not that bad... The back is open - the front has lots of openings for the lights and grill design... It's never going to be considered light - but I would say compared to some of the 2x4 solid closed beam bumper designs - you might be surprised how close it can be...

I'm happy with how it gets me the winch, amber LED Rigid bars, Daytime Running Lights, Fog Lights and Driving Lights, and a front plate while still having a good approach angle and keeping the radiator unobstructed, and not having to move / remove the plate to access the winch...
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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #89034
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I really like how you dealt with the line on the body tub that doesn't line up with high lines; yours looks much more like a factory installation.

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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #89035
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Nice jeep! What headlights are those on the bottom picture?
JW Speaker 8700's. His are modded Harley lights but they make drop in TJ/JK headlights. Cost a small fortune though.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:36 PM   #89036
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I picked up a cage for $200. If its tweaked I feel that it would have a major weak point. I've been upside down too and after seeing how bad my roll cage was I wouldn't chance jerry riggin it. That's your life your talking about Live Free, Brad
It will just be a temporary fix. Not terribly worried about it. Next summer when I'm working again I'll pick up a used cage for replacement and use my welding skills to bad *** it out.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:48 PM   #89037
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Nice jeep! What headlights are those on the bottom picture?
JW Speaker 7" LED headlight.

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Mine are actually the Harley Davidson branded one (manufactured by JW Speaker) as that's what's available locally - and they're a bit bigger on the back side and the lenses are positioned very slightly differently. A lot of cutting is required to install the Harley ones and your state inspections may have an issue with them saying "MOTORCYCLE" on the lens. Definitely get the JW Speaker branded ones if you can get your hands on them as both those issues are solved.

My problem was the only shop selling the JW Speaker ones here had them with the black reflector and refused to order the chrome ones for me saying "everybody wants black" - "Really? Because I'm the only one standing here right now with cash in my hand to buy a set and I want them chrome, so they look like headlights." Customer Service Fail.


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JW Speaker Black Version that I didn't want...



Lower profile back fins make the JW Speaker one easier to install too.

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Unread 09-25-2013, 02:19 PM   #89038
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I really like how you dealt with the line on the body tub that doesn't line up with high lines; yours looks much more like a factory installation.

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Yep - we also slightly thickened up the line at the base of the windshield that used to go into the hood and now goes into the top of the fender. On the TJ tub that actually tapers in slightly while the fenders are straight so you get a slight step. Don't know exactly how they did it because there was a slight language barrier at the time - this time an American friend is doing all the fabrication body and paint work so it makes things easier. When we strip down the old paint maybe we'll see what they did

Also there is a seam where the top edge of the Highline Fender meets the formed front section that has the turn signal - this was also filled in. AEV recommends this step - we went ahead with all the others on our own initiative
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JW Speaker 8700's. His are modded Harley lights but they make drop in TJ/JK headlights. Cost a small fortune though.
Worth it though
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Unread 09-25-2013, 02:39 PM   #89040
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Worth it though
No argument here. They're on my very long to-buy list.
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