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Old 06-05-2011, 04:06 PM
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A few months ago I bought an 86 Cherokee. It had a 3 inch lift, a weber carb, and everything else was stock. The first thing I did to it was replace the OEM front bumper with an OR-Fab tube winch bumper. Once I had the bumper on I had to test it out. Being as smart as I am, I drove into the biggest hole I could find. I got super stuck and of course there wasn't anyone around to pull me out. I had to walk about a mile to find someone. As soon as I got home I started shopping for a winch. I found an 8500 SuperWinch for only 300 bucks. Now that I have a winch, I haven't needed to use except to pull other people out. Now I have plenty more I would like to do with this jeep but just like most other people, I need to save up for what I want. For now, Im doing basically free mods. I pulled all of the carpet and now in in the process of making the doors removable. Once the doors come off and on easily, I'm going to bedline the floor.

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If your thinking about doing the truck bed coating stuff on the floorboards I would recommend using the brand herculiner I used that on the inside of my xj it worked out perfect and all I did was roll it on!!!
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:05 PM
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I finally got my doors back on. I love that I can take them off anytime I want. A friend of mine suggested that I use the Bedliner that Rustoleum makes. I can pick it up at walmart for about 45 bucks. Does anyone else have any ideas?
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How did you make your doors able to be taken off..ive wanted to do that with mine but I wasn't sure what the best way was.
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I picked mine up from autozone and it ran like 20 bucks a can and I barely used a little over 1 can of the stuff and I put it on pretty thick!! But u also gotta buy the application kit which comes eighths pan brush and roller and scuff pad and just wipe the area down with some acetone then roll it on
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How did you make the doors removable
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The 86 model has roll pins in the door hinges. A lot of people said to remove those and put in some solid pins. I went with the roll pins and they work just fine for now. Im sure down the road I will have to get some solid pins. As soon as I get a chance, Ill post some pictures of my hinges.
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Here is the top hinge.

I took the doors off to make things a lot easier.
I cut the bottom "Ear" off of the hinge. I had to beat the bottom "ear" off of the pin. Once the bottom is off, the hinge should just come out. A little twisting might help. For the top hinge, I cut the pin in half and at and angle. I left the bottom hinge, I left the alone. This allows me to line up the bottom hinge first, insert it a little and then line up the top hinge.
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I pulled the head liner this morning. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. It took about 2 minutes. I've decided to Bedline the roof as well. Its just going to make cleaning the inside way easier. I like to run with no doors on so my interior gets pretty dirty. Pulling the headliner takes away the little barrier there was in between the roof and my head. I can feel the heat coming through the roof and it is really hot. It probably doesn't help that I live in Florida. I doubt it but hopefully the bedliner will help some.
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I used the Rustoleum roll in bedliner to line the inside of my Jeep today. It wasnt too hard. Im headed to Boggs and Boulders next weekend so we'll see how well it holds up.
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I wanna see the bedlining
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I cut my fenders this weekend. I was going to do the "Cut and Fold" but I said screw it and just hacked everything off. I think it looks pretty good. I need to hit the edges with a sander to straighten the lines a little bit but other than that it looks good. Hopefully I can find some tires to stuff in there now. I'll post some pictures once I get a chance.
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I too used herculiner (from autozone) for the floorboards and cargo area... It is awesome.. maybe someday ill have enuf pics to start a thread.... Just as soon as house is paid off and I gots a couple of those green things with the 1s on them.. lol What r they called again?????
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Here is a picture of my front fender. I think it looks pretty good considering this cut was free hand.
I went to Home Depot and bought all the wire and materials Im going to need to relocate my battery to the back of my XJ. Im adding an airbox so I can run a snorkle. Im tired of my air filter just sitting in the open. I have the adaptor for my carb in the mail and i need to Fab a battery box but everything is coming along nicely. Building my Jeep isnt going quite as fast as I would like. I need a way to slow down time and a way to become rich without doing anything. haha.

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I'm officially an owner of a Chevy 350. Currently tearing it down so I can throw it in the Jeep. I'm crazy excited.
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