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Project Jeep TJ/JK build

Truck/SUV item created by Flexin, Oct 30, 2013

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  1. Soulwatcher

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    Very nice ride you have there, a little too nice to get dirty if you ask me lol. I bet that Jeep is going to be great in the snow with those new tires.

    P.S.I always wanted a 4x4 I just never bought one.

    Greg
     
  2. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Thanks. Yeah some feel it should be dirty all the time but it is too new. I need to keep it looking good. I will still play with it but just might not go as crazy as I was going to with a $5000 Jeep.

    I have heard good things about those tires in the snow. I'm big on running winter tires in the winter. It is a big thing to me. Well these tires are winter rated. They have the mountain/snowflake which means it is rated to perform well in snow. People say they are great. I will see. I'm picky when it comes to traction in the snow. So hopefully they work well so I don't have to buy winter tires for it at the end of the year.

    I always wanted one as well. We had the AWD Tribute which was great in the snow. This is the first 4wd I owned myself. Not the first I have drove. I'm excited about finally owning this Jeep.

    I put on a logo tonight.

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    James
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    I might have issues. Does it bother anyone else that the Goodyear is off center a little? If I take it off and turn it, it will be at the top. It won't be perfectly centered but it will be close. LOL. I think I'm going to have to switch it.

    James
     
  3. Velvetsongs

    Velvetsongs Active Member Founding Member

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    Yes, you do have issues. I have issues too, that's why the Goodyear being off-center kind of bothers me as well:roflmao:.
    Throws off the visual feng-shui.

    Glad that you got your Jeep:thumbsup::snaphappy:.
     
  4. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    LOL so your saying I'm crazy but I'm not alone? :roflmao:

    I had to change it. Did it tonight. It is still off just a bit. The only way that would be fixed would be to get the tire turned but then I would have to call myself crazy.

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    I also had to change turn the center cap so "Jeep" was sitting more level.

    James
     
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  5. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I also did a a repair to the door frame on the passenger side. This was like that when I bought it. Someone must have let the door swing open. The anchor bent and it allowed the strap to bend the metal. That caused the paint to crack and then rust. I straightened the anchor with a hammer and a bench vise. I then bent the metal back into place. It isn't perfect but it is pretty close. I didn't want to break anymore paint if I could help it. Then I used paint touch up to repaint (after sanding), I then put on a second coat about 30 minutes later. You have to wait 24 hours to clear coat it so I will do that tomorrow after a little wet sanding to smooth it out.

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    I used Dupli-Color Scratch Fix All in 1. We will see how it turns out. But the product seems pretty good.
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    James
     
  6. Velvetsongs

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    Yes, that is exactly what I'm saying:thumbsup:. I wouldn't call it crazy so much as... particular. I drive my son crazy with that kind of stuff, like the way a certain lamp shade is tilted on a lamp and I have to have him "Move it just a touch to the right, no... too much... stop right there. No. Now back to the left... juuuust a touch." Or the way the books are on the book shelf, or the way a can of soup is in the cabinet.

    I said all that to say, I'd probably have to get that tire turned at some point to make the Goodyear straight. It would continue to bug me if I didn't do it.

    And turning the cap so that "Jeep" was more level--Totally nothing wrong with that. That type of thing affects a person, let me tell you.
    For instance, I put a sticker on the bumper of my car, and the sticker is about an inch too far to the right on my bumper. Makes the whole back of the car look unbalanced to me. Every time I look at it, it grates on my nerves.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    To turn the tire I would have to take it to the shop and have it broken down, turned, then rebalanced. That could be $25 or more. That could go towards other parts for the Jeep. Plus I will rotate the spare in with the other tires to keep them good. Because of that I might end up doing them all in the end. I'm not that crazy. LOL

    James
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I updated my details for this in the showcase.

    I'm loving this Jeep and so is my family.

    So far for upgrades I want to put on a trailer hitch and I want to upgrade my speakers in the dash and in the sound bar. I'm getting three months of free satellite so I don't want to touch the head unit right now. Plus I like the location of the factory antenna. Not sure where I would mount an aftermarket unit if I decided to keep satellite radio.

    I have someone looking into making me a windshield decal for the site as well as some gear and wrench ones in black for the sides. I still need to decide on a grill insert to protect the radiator.

    James
     
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    SOO glad you veto'd the 4-door business, they look like they were an engineering afterthought. THIS is what a Jeep is all about 2 doors, 4wd.

    Speaking of 4wd what kind of mpg's are you seeing so far?
     
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  10. Flexin

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    I thought the same thing when they first came out. Then one day I saw a picture of a black one, lifted, 35" tires, topless and bar doors. :woot: Looked sweet. Then they started to grow on me. Most of the time I will be by myself so it isn't an issue but there is times when that extra space behind the rear seats will come in handy. I could still end up with one down the road but this is my Jeep right now.

    I do love the turning radius in this rig. Feels like you could so a figure eight on a dime.

    Fuel mileage has surprised me so far.

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    The June 29th one is a trip I took with the wife and kids. The first 170 miles was taking the old scenic route. It ranged from 50-90 kms/h (31-55 mph). The ride how was on the highway. I didn't buy a Jeep worrying about fuel mileage but it is nice to know that it isn't that bad. Way better then the Mazda Tribute we had and I feel I'm doing better then the Acura TL I was driving before it.

    James
     
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    Well yesterday morning on the way to work I went to pass a slow moving van. In front of him was a blast dump trailer so I decided to pass him too. As I'm making the pass I hear a bang that causes me to duck a little. Look up and over to the passenger side and I see a bulls eye chip in the windshield.

    I was not impressed. Found out that my insurance doesn't cover them and the shops now was $70 for one. I have two on the Jeep and one on the Corolla. I have the gear and the skill to fix them. The only issue is some of my product dried up. For what they are charging it is more then worth it to order the product and do it myself.

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    James
     
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    Well I ordered my materials to do my windshield chip repairs. I got in on the last day of a 10% off deal. Every little bit helps. Hopefully it will be in this week so I can get the two chips on my windshield and the one on @Lisa Corolla.

    James
     
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    If the passing was done "illegally", do you think there is a lesson here to be learned about passing people?:whistling: You're a man, so probably not:joyful:.

    Good for you that you did the repairs yourself:clapping::clapping:. I haven't looked at your repair thread yet, but I will.

    Bottom line, unless there are severe time constraints involved, or an injury hindering one from doing so, why pay someone else to do a job that one is qualified to do one's own self, especially when it comes to car/truck repair?

    My dad is a mechanic, and he always says that people who fix cars for a living always approach fixing someone's
    car with the attitude that they have that person "over a barrel", and therefore can charge astronomical prices because most
    people don't have the know-how to fix things that have to do with cars.

    It must be a great feeling to know that you don't have to depend on anyone to fix a vehicle for you.
     
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    Oh the pass was legal. I was on the highway with two lanes in our direction. The van I passed was doing less then the speed limit. That is the reason for the pass in the first place.

    I would have had it done if insurance covered it just to save money right now and I didn't have my resins. Then when I had to pay for it, it worked out cheaper to buy my supplies and just do it myself.

    It does feel good to be able to do work myself. I will still pay for some things because of the lack of proper tools mostly.

    If I feel I can do the job right then I will do it.

    I want a bigger house and garage so I can work on getting a hoist. Then I can do even more myself. Repair costs are not getting any cheaper.

    Your father is right. And some take advantage of that fact. Some others don't. Finding a good fair mechanic can be hard.

    James
     
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    A bigger house and a bigger garage... :thumbsup::happy::singing::singing::singing::clapping::clapping::clapping::praying::praying:
    Although I am extremely grateful for what I have now, I understand where you're coming from.

    Yeah, well, if insurance covers the cost, then that's something that can save one time. My mom is big on the convenience of a thing, and she will pay for convenience, so yeah, I get that. But hey, it worked out cheaper for you to do it, so that's great.

    My dad always has bad things to say about mechanics, and since he and I live in different states, he cringes every time I tell him how
    much I paid to get something done in a shop as opposed to him doing it.
    He has some very crude and rude things to say, but what can I do,
    I have to get my car fixed, and he's not here to do it, so one does what one must:thumbsup:.

    Money and time permitting, I plan to learn how to be a mechanic myself. It's a dream I have:smug::inlove:.
    I have a feeling that I'd be really good at it.
     
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    Yeah with our family of four, our house is getting small. The kids are growing. Plus I would like a much bigger garage. With that I could do a lot of things. One is getting back into detailing.

    Well the insurance thing was more about money. It would have been the cheapest way. Plus your right it does save time. I had to order the product and wait for it to come in. But that ended up being just less then a week so it wasn't too bad. If it was winter then it would be more of an issue and the time could cost me a windshield.

    You don't have much of a choice. If you can't do it yourself then you need to pay someone. Learning to do things yourself is great if you have the time, tools and the space to work on it. It also helps if you have someone to help if you run into problems.

    James
     
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    DSC_1825 (Medium).JPG DSC_1826 (Medium).JPG DSC_1831 (Medium).JPG I added some more decals. I had another gear and wrench done in black for the fenders and I had a windshield decal done. I installed the fender ones last week or so and the windshield one tonight. Hopefully that one holds up to the wipers. If not I have some spares but I don't want to replace it too often. Took a little while to get it lined up the way I wanted.

    James
     
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    Doing the camping trip in the 2 door JK was tight. We made it work but it was tight. One way to solve this is to trade for an Unlimited JK. But the less expensive options are

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    • trailer

    The hitch carrier should do the trick and can easily be removed when not needed. It would cost $80+ or so. Plus I need a hitch which I would need for a trailer anyway.

    The trailer would cost a lot more. Could be 10X or more then the hitch carrier. But I'm have been thinking about a roof top tent (RTT) and it would be sweet to mount it on top of a trailer. It would save me removing it after a trip. And a roof rack to mount it to can cost as much as a trailer. The trailer could be used for a lot of things but I could have it with all of the camping gear all ready to go. If I go that route I would want to came a lot to make the purchase worth it.

    James
     
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