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post #1 of 150 Old 02-27-2008, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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YJ Dovetail Build

Well it has officially begun.... OJTV8XJ and I have started disassembly of my jeep to dovetail it and in the process its also getting a new paint job , and most likely herculiner sprayed in.

Here is what I have for pics so far... more to come this weekend.

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Heres the jeep after the basics have been removed




Old Damage that is going to be fixed before hidden with rockers:


Cage we built over the summer getting cut out to be narrowed:





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Now the custom Brake Lights: (steel to make brake light buckets)





Finally the CJ gate I'm going to use unless I find one in better shape on the cheap:

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Aaron...I'm loving the taillights, but what do you mean by "dovetailing" your Jeep?

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Aaron...I'm loving the taillights, but what do you mean by "dovetailing" your Jeep?
Narrowing the rear end.

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I'll be narrowing the rear section of the tub. The sides from the end of the center hoop of the cage to the back of the jeep with angle in. We'll be cutting out 14" from each side were the old brake lights were. Actually I don't remember exactly how much we're cutting out.

I also don't think i'll ever pass another jeep running those tail lights.

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Cool! Can't wait to see the "After" photos!!

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Looks good Aaron.

Are you going to stretch it out along with the dovetail?

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No, the stretch isn't in the budget just yet. It is one of the "long-term" plans though. Doug you should throw up a pic of yours so those who haven't seen a dove tail before will know kinda where mine is going. I think ours will look diff since mine is getting lots of body work.

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post #9 of 150 Old 02-27-2008, 02:21 PM
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dovetails are pretty sweet
cant wait to see it done

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Doug you should throw up a pic of yours so those who haven't seen a dove tail before will know kinda where mine is going.
No problem.

And mine is very hack. I can't do bodywork if my life depended on it!

Can't wait to see it done.

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im new to this kind of stuff... is doin this just to get better tire clearance and to avoid hitting things as much?

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It has multiple benefits. The body is out of the way so less likely to get damaged on obstacles. It allows for more tire clearance since it gives more room for compression since the body isn't over the tire. When you run very little lift (me 5.5" and 36's) this is necessary if I want much compression.

Truth be told I'm also doing it because no one else around here ever has.

Doug thanks for the pics, we'll see how mine turns out. It should look at least decent we're taking our time. Besides in your case no need for body work isn't yours strictly trail?

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thats what i thought, thanks

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Yeah, mine doesn't see any pavement. I think if I put any time into the body, I know I'd crunch it the next time out! So I don't bother wasting my time.

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Edit: How do you plan on doing the cage?

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http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=658313 my favorite build right now, second pic.
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=626346 good in progress pics
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=553746
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=552224

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