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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_2531.jpg The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_2532.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_2535.jpg


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    Finished my corner armor and tail lights. The armor will smooth out in the bottom inside corners after I repair the tub behind them. That will be during the frame swap when I fix up the tub. I'm trying to do away will all rust...that leads to my next up grade


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    Next upgrade is to replace my old fenders (with the flat fenders I did years ago) with some brand new fenders. Only this time I'm running them in a "high line) configuration.


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    Starting on my high-line fendersThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_2540.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_2541.jpg


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    I'd like to know more about this - are you cutting up the stock fenders and making them flat fenders, or replacing them entirely?
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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    My stock fenders were rusty in the tj spots (very top, mid way back) years ago I made some flat fenders where I cut the factory fenders apart and bolted on the pieces I made. I wanted to replace my old fender setup (the cut-up fenders with the pieces I made) with some new fenders. I ordered these from amazon bean new for $200 delivered. I'm mounting them higher up to create what people call high-line fenders. Basically it creates more tire room with less lift and allows you to run stock fenders and flares but gives you more tire clearance than if you were running aftermarket flat fenders. You can use your factory fenders if they aren't rusted. AEV used to (or may still) make a kit to do this however it cost around $2000.


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    I will add a aftermarket fender flare (not sure which ones I like) before the Jeep is "finished". I still need to install the driver side and cut the hood. I will add pictures and keep this updated. If you have any questions please ask and I will try to answer them.


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    Are you going to have to cut the hood to accommodate the highline fenders?
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    Yes, I'm going to have to take 3.5"-4" inches out of it.


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    Got the driver fender on and trimmed the hood down, I saved the pieces I trimmed off the hood so I can weld them on the bottom edge to “finish” the edge.The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0034.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0035.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0036.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0037.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0038.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0039.jpg


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    Made a little more progress this past weekend...The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0119.jpgThe Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0120.jpg
    I ended up having to use hood pins to hold my hood down. I didn’t want to go the hood pin route but I was unable to make my latches work with the shortened hood in such a fashion that I would be happy with them.


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    In spite of their small size they seem to be super strong. I haven’t noticed any hood flutter with them as of yet. I’m going to be adding flares to the fenders and possibly changing up my front turn signals back to factory (&#129310 before I store it for the winter.


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    Pins look good. IIRC there are short bands for high lined hoods. I'll post back if I find them.

    Also saw a video on someone bending some metal to fill on along the grill a bit tighter.

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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    Thanks for looking those up. I will check them out. I like these pins a lot better than the generic auto part store pins. I plan to cut and weld in some sheet metal filler pieces to clean up the fender to grille gaps. I also need to cut off a bit more of the hood and re-weld it as well as weld back on some of the reinforcement I cut out of the fenders during the fitting process. I’m just running out of time for this year ugh...


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    Re: The Cheap Wrangler Build...

    Finally got my fender flares on. I’ve had the fronts on for two weeks but haven’t had a chance to do the rears. The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0148.jpg The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0149.jpg

    What slowed me down is that I needed to trim the rear fenders out a bit and figure out where to mount the rears as I was trying to match the height with the “high-lined” fronts. Plus whenever I’m outside my neighbor is over asking for help or with questions about this.The Cheap Wrangler Build...-img_0150.jpg

    That tends to slow my progress down ugh


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