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post #16 of 205 Old 06-28-2012, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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I dunno, my console is pretty beat up, though
Even if you have to plasti-dip it once a year, at least it'll look better for a while.


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post #17 of 205 Old 06-30-2012, 10:44 AM
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Just curious - why the elevation on the mirror that requires such a long bar and thus both hinges? I have driven a few rods that have the mirror down low and adapted, if the thread was 6" long you could get by with just the top hinge...

I put a rectangular wide angle mounted vertical (I bought several to try and took back the ones that I did not use) at the bottom of the pillar. I will have to relocate when I put the cage in. And I use a wide-angle on the windshield (put the stem as far right as you can while still being able to adjust the mirror) for the right side. I can see better with the jeep than I can the 55 and its door mount rounds.

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The wagon should, of course, be as light as possible, but strength should not be sacrificed to lightness, for on any but the regularly traveled roads, the wagon will get many a hard knock...
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post #18 of 205 Old 06-30-2012, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious - why the elevation on the mirror that requires such a long bar and thus both hinges? I have driven a few rods that have the mirror down low and adapted, if the thread was 6" long you could get by with just the top hinge...
The elevation is simply there because I don't have any power tools to cut off the excess rod. I could lie and say it's through both hinges because it adds stability, or because I like the way it looks (which I do). But really, I just don't own a Dremel or a grinder. And I'm too lazy to take my hacksaw to it.

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post #19 of 205 Old 07-01-2012, 09:59 AM
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I understand completely. Chewing through it with teeth is not an option.

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post #20 of 205 Old 07-05-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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I understand completely. Chewing through it with teeth is not an option.
I took my hacksaw to the threaded rod last night. After 5 minutes of sawing without any discernible progress, I decided to visit my buddy and use his angle grinder after work today.

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post #21 of 205 Old 07-05-2012, 01:23 PM
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Pick up a new hacksaw blade too. Mine with a new blade cuts right through threaded rod.

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Here's another bit of cheap tinkering. I picked up the JK Wrangler Funny Switch Decals from pixeldecals.com for a cool $7. I took some Windex to my buttons and added a little bit of humor to my Jeep. I decided to put the "Self Destruct" decal over my ESC off switch, the Nuke decal over my electrical outlet switch, and the Invisibility Mode and Submarine Mode over the dead switches. I decided I wanted to make use of the Crawl Mode and Mall Crawl decals as well, so I added those to the respective sides of the transfer case shifter.

Perhaps it's a little cheesy, but I get a good laugh out of it, and it adds some color.




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post #23 of 205 Old 07-12-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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This mod's for you, Bishop.
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Wait...that's some funny **** right there
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post #25 of 205 Old 07-12-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Wait...that's some funny **** right there
The stickers or the mirror?

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The stickers or the mirror?
The stickers..,those are great
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post #27 of 205 Old 07-12-2012, 08:32 PM
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Dude you had a great idea with the mirrors but your finished product isn't so great. Hopefully I can get a pic here cause I've been doing the same thing for years and you can make that much more compact and only use the upper hinge

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Dude you had a great idea with the mirrors but your finished product isn't so great. Hopefully I can get a pic here cause I've been doing the same thing for years and you can make that much more compact and only use the upper hinge
Yeah, that mirror seems like it would look nice and clean! I used the angle grinder today and made a short piece so I could use only the top hinge, but I went back to a longer piece because I like having both hinges look like they serve a purpose.

If I were like molshove and ran with doors off for months at a time, I'd probably remove the lower hinge altogether. But as it stands, I want to keep the lower hinge in place, but I don't want it to feel like I'm neglecting it like a redheaded stepchild. So I give it the honorary role of supporting my mirror.

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I put about 450 miles on my Jeep on Friday night and Saturday night sans doors. And I hiked a cool 12.0 miles of the Mount Harvard trail (Colorado's third tallest peak). On the way home from the campsite on Saturday night, I spent about two hours driving in the pouring rain with temperatures around 55 degrees. My passenger and I weren't at all uncomfortable, as the seat heaters did an admirable job and our clothing was all waterproof. My friend took this photo of me cruising through the Eisenhower Tunnel around 9:30pm.
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In case y'all didn't know, Jason at Krawl Off-Road is currently doing a "name your price" sale. Details here. I emailed him and gave an offer on some Weld-On ACE Rock Sliders, and he came back with a counter offer. I accepted and paid my money, so now I have some ACE Rock Sliders on their way!

I'm going to see what it will take to bribe one of the other guys in the area (ncb? VoodooJK?) to help me out with the welding. My plan is to weld the tubes, gussets, and flanges together, then weld those to the rails. Then I'll either bedline, rattle can, or powdercoat the rails before welding them to the frame.

So the question I have for the 2 or 3 people who might possibly read this: Should I go with bedliner, rattle can, or powdercoating? The upside to the rattle can is that I could choose a contrasting color. The upside to the bedliner is I could do it myself (not sure if I want the typical bedliner texture, though). And of course, powdercoating always looks great but costs $$.

Any thoughts?

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