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    Winter Upgrades and Maintanance

    Well my Jeep is away for the winter and now the fun begins. Stage one is going to be all the things to do with the rear end. Stage two is going to be the front end and three is going to be the lift.

    Stage one entails (not in any order):

    1. Poison Spider Crusher Corners w/LEDs
    2. CJ Tailgate Conversion
    3. Rust Removal
    4. Gas Tank Skid Plate Construction
    5. Tire Swingarm construction
    6. Bar step for rocker guards

    Stage two entails:

    1. Steering box change
    2. Stinger for bumper
    3. Winch control box under the hood
    4. Engine Skid Plate
    5. Throttle Body Spacer
    6. Ignition system tune-up
    7. Body Work

    Stage Three entails:

    1. 4" Suspension Lift
    2. Front and Rear Aussie Lockers

    Misc. Work to be done:

    1. Center console install
    2. Vent system fix
    3. Cabin air filter
    4. Soft top change

    I'll start to post pics as I go, won't be an everyday thing, but I will do it as I can. I've begun to remove the tail lights and tailgate and such, and will have parts for sale as I go along (FYI) haha. Let me know what you think and any opinions you may have are welcome. If I run into a problem any advice would also be appreciated. Thanks!

    HERE I GO!!!!!
    1998 TJ 2.5L LO- 4" RE/OME Lift, Bilstein shocks, 33" BFG KM2's, 8500lbs Superwinch, Front/Rear Warn Bumpers, LED tail lights, CJ Tailgate, superior axle seals, 4.56s, SOLID diff covers and Aussie locked front and rear & Taurus Electric Fan.
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    I'm anxious to see your CJ tailgate conversion as I have the same project on the list for this winter. How were you planning on mounting the hinges to the tub? There are several different methods and I haven't decided which route to take.




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    Put a piece of 1/4" plate behind the tub for strength should do the trick.

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    Yes, that's definately needed, but how were you planning on accessing it?

    - Drop the gas tank and access it from behind (write-up in JP Mag but their Jeeps aren't rusty like ours)

    - Cut slots from the back and slide the plate in, then weld and paint.



    Another common issue is creating a functioning latching system. The CJ gates have those little flippers inside which you would access by unlocking and opening the glass, but they aren't accessible with a TJ hardtop. I semi-solved this problem on mine by never putting the hard top back on (summer Jeep, like yours).


    Be sure to take pics.


    LC.

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    Yea, that's also what I was thinking, just don't put the hard top on. But if I ever do, I figure I'll just put latches on the outside to close it...lets be honest, if someone really wants to get into a jeep, they will.

    And for the tailgate, Ya, drop the gas tank and access from behind, then maybe close it up...not 100% sure if I will or not...if I don;t I'll make sure there's drainage holes in there.

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    So this is where I'm starting, got the spare and the lights off. Tried to get the bolts off for the tailgate but they stripped, so I'll have to drill them out! And the second pic is the rust bubble that I'm going to repair.
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    Sweet, looking forward to follow along.....
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    Done yet?

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    Well I got the chance to work on the jeep yesterday and was able to get the tailgate off by drilling all of the bolts. I tried to get the ones that were hidden behind the hinges when they are closed and my torx drive snapped and stayed inside the bolt and wouldn't come out so I had to use a die grinder for 10mins to wear it down so that the drill bit would go through again. But it's all off now....anyone need a tailgate? ha ha
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    Well I haven't really done any work on this recently, but I was able to get the bumper off and the gas tank lowered, next step is to take it off....anyone have any tips?
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    I'll be watching your build as it is quite similar to mine!!! Good Luck
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    Gas Tank off and now to the rust! Any tips on grinding rust off?

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    Have any problems with the connectors? I'll be dropping mine tomorrow. Any areas that were more difficult than others?

    Cheers,

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    I had to cut the wires cause the connector wouldn't come apart.

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    lmao your just drilling and cutting everythign!!!! i love it!! great way to get shit done on jeeps, good old rust buckets

    happy building

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    Quote Originally Posted by HamiltonianYU View Post
    Gas Tank off and now to the rust! Any tips on grinding rust off?
    I like to use a wire wheel on an angle grinder. the kind of wire wheel where the wires are twisted together in bunches. takes the rust off fast and with little effort. more thorough than a sanding disc, and wont thin out the metal like a grinding disc. A sandblaster if you have access to one would do good to make sure the metal is clean of all specs of rust, and is a good surface for an etching primer to stick to

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    You get this thing all built up yet ian?? winters going to be over soon!!! springs coming fast

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    I know it is, I'm slacking!

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    Well I got all the rust off...for the most part anyways. Going to paint it tomorrow and start to recondition my crusher corners and cj tailgate before I install them. I'll try and get some pics up tomorrow! I'm not longer slacking! haha.

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    Oh, and I also got some LED reverse lights, so it'll be a nice when its put together. I know you need to put a resister or something on the wires, or get a new flasher module, anyone know where I can get one? Or where along the wires I should put the resisters.

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