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Old April 8th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #241
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your barn looks like it turned out really nice
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Old April 20th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #242
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Thanks Randy. Im happy with the barn..getting plenty of use out of it.

Here's the acc/cigarette lighter plug for my smart fone charger.



Here is my rigged up rear view mirror mount with a clip to hold my phone. So now I can video and drive at the same time. Whoot!!


Started to work on my rear body armor again tonight. Didn't likebthe tube I had on it before. So I cut it all off and restarted. Its 3/16" plate on the rear, painted red oxide primer right now. Will be painted the Sunkist orange that my jeep is now. And the tube will he black.

This is before tube.


Here is with the tube bent and tack welded on.






Now this pic shows where the outer body armor will have some 1.75" .25" wall dom going from the roll cage IN the jeep to the 3/16 plate on the outside. To give it that much more rigidity. Its only two spots, but I figured for side armor that would h enough.

Hope all this ends up keeping my body together for a few more years.

Next on the list is moving front shock mounts up 1" so I have a little more up travel and can set the jeep a little lower. And to add some sweet progressive rate bump stops up front. And rear soon.
Also want to do some sort of windshield frame protection, I keep smashing it. You can only buy it for TJs. ???

Any ideas?? For windshield protection.

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Old April 21st, 2013, 09:50 AM   #243
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Time may be a little tighter for me with my little girl arriving Tuesday last week.
Meet....
Avahlyn (ava-lynn) Grace Smith
4/16/13
# 6.11oz 19" long




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Old April 21st, 2013, 10:18 AM   #244
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It sure is a good thing she looks like her mom


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Old April 21st, 2013, 11:53 AM   #245
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Old April 21st, 2013, 01:08 PM   #246
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My windshield protection.
It ties into the rockers at the bottom, windshield hinges mid point and to the cage at the top. The tie in at the top is a Z-bracket so my soft top doors will still close.

You can see from the scratches that it does a pretty good job. I have flopped several times and rolled it onto my lid once with no damage to the glass. But I've managed to break the glass several times since I did this because of sticks & roots.







Here is where it gets really nice. If you can keep from hitting the cowl, once you get contact with the hoop you can power on past.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 05:49 PM   #247
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I like it! Can't believe I didn't even notice this on ur rig. I was looking at pix of it the other day, the tube blended right in. Looks good.
I am going to try to copy your idea
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Old April 21st, 2013, 06:25 PM   #248
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Feel free. I tried to give you multiple pics but one thing that doesn't show in any of them very well is that the top bar flares out in front of the windshield at the top allowing enough room to get a soft top on and off of the channel.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 06:52 PM   #249
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Build looks great bud, glad to see you back at it.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 07:00 PM   #250
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Thanks Kyle, finally working on my own crap.

I think I understand the "z" bracket to tie windshield tube to interior cage.

Thinking about trying to incorporate the windshield hinge bolts into tue same thing u did with the door hinges.
Or possibly tie it to the roll cage inside behind tue the door hinges. .
Hmm lots to ponder.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 08:09 PM   #251
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Kind of ignored some of the visitors we had today to tinker on the jeep, and do some work for some spare $$$.

So I got the sides all welded up and ready for primer and paint!





Got some more side work to do tomorrow. .may or may not get any further. We shall c!

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I'll snap a couple close ups tonight.
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Here you go. The purpose of the flair back at the top was to get as close to the cage as possible so that a small tree would not get caught in between. As you can see, I haven't done much damage to the frame so it's doing its job. I also had to notch it on the underside to get the soft top into the rail.




Here you can see how tight the Z fits to the windshield frame to allow the soft door to fit in place and also how much hand room there is to get the soft top in place.

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Awesome! Thanks for the up close pix. That helps alot!..

Got the side protection painted today n cleared. since it was so nice.




Painted! !!



Cleared!

Maybe get em Bolted on in a day or so..
Whoot!!!!!

Im really getting the itch....that I haven't been able to scratch in a while.
Ready to go wheeling!!!!...
Probably have to wait till may 4th though. .do some blessing then twisted.

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Looks awesome!
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Well got them set on there tonight, too much going on to get a lot done. But hope tomorrow to get most of it done.. looks tough and sharp painted. ...except now the whole jeep looks durty. .





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Old April 24th, 2013, 07:56 PM   #257
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Looks good dude!
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Well they are officially mounted to the jeep. And tied into the cage thru the body




Bad pic but where the armor goes thru the body into the cage.

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Old April 28th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #259
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Got the front bumps on tonight, they are set for 1" more up travel then I have. Goin to move my shock towers up 1 to 2 inches in the next night or two. So thatll b ok.
Also going to try bumps in the rear to see if I can keep leaf springs on this thing.

Here's a pic of the front bumps


This one lands just next to the housing. Pic makes it look like right on the top of it.



Also spent an hour vacuuming since I haven't cleaned it since Drummond last October!!
Maybe ill wash it this week too...get r prettied up fer da blessin..


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Old April 28th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #260
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Look nice!

I should bring the ranger down and do my shock mounts and bumps....
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