TeraFlex Nebo Jeep JK Roof Rack at SEMA 2015

TeraFlex Jeep JK Nebo Roof Rack Install Video

TeraFlex Nebo Jeep JK Roof Rack

Product Description

The TeraFlex Nebo Jeep JK Roof Rack incorporates OEM aesthetics and styling with rugged performance in a purpose-built configuration that will give you the capacity to extend your adventure even further. Continue reading →

ATX Ravine Wheel Install – SEMA Bound, 2015

                One of the main highlights of any Jeep bound for the trails looking for challenges to conquer or longing for malls to crawl would rest at all 4 corners bound in rubber.  Wheels are a big part of a vehicles persona and what the owner wants it to be and is a huge part of our SEMA bound JK.  When we started looking for a wheel to put on our SEMA build we turned to the pros at Northridge 4×4 in Silverdale, WA.  We had worked with them before helping put a handle on sway control, installing a massive set of Hellwig sway bars and trusted their judgement on what we were trying to accomplish.

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Jeep JK Sway Bar Upgrade

Staying in Control – Jeep JK Sway Bar Upgrade

Staying in Control - Jeep JK Sway Bar Upgrade

Most of the off road community is very familiar with a sway bars and their end links or more specifically making them disconnect to allow for more suspension travel off-road.  There are also a number of “off-road sway bars” that are great on the trail because you don’t have to work your disconnects which are very popular and still prevent the crazy body roll you would get without them period.  But what about the other part… What about making your Jeep handle on-road??  What about for that other 90% of the time the most of us spend traveling here to there?  What about that time you spend traveling to your wheeling or adventure destination with your rig loaded to the max with camping gear, bikes, kids, cooler, chairs and maybe a roof top tent?  

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Bedliner in a Jeep JK

Bedliner in a Jeep JK? Yes I finally broke down and had the interior floor of my Jeep JK sprayed with bedliner. It’s been something I’ve wanted to have done for a few years now and I’m glad I did. The guys over at Xtreme Coating in Portland, OR were more than happy to help me out with this task!

My first task was to strip out the interior. That meant I would have to pull the seats, carpet, center console, seat belts, plastic trim, remove the stock floor sound deadening, and take the doors & top off.

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Since I’ve been driving my Jeep for a few years now without carpet that step was easy. What wasn’t so easy was getting the stock floor sound deadening removed.

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I found that using a torch and a sharp scraper worked best. I’ve also heard dry ice works great too.

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The seat and seat belt bolts were also very difficult to get out. I had to spray them with penetrating lube like WD40 and heat them up with a torch.

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Here’s what my Jeep looked like stripped for bedliner.

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Another thing to think about if you want to save some money, sand the floor before you take it into the shop. That is one step I forgot to do and the labor for that is a few hours. The guys at Xtreme Coatings were gracious enough to provide some photos of what to sand.

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I personally went with Xtreme Coatings because I’ve seen their work in the past on other peoples Jeeps and I was very impressed. I’ve had other shops spray bedliner in my truck bed and had it peel after 2 years. I’ve also done the brush on bedliner in my old VW Bug. I was not impressed with how it turned out. It was either too chunky in spots or not enough chunks in others. This is definitely something I would take your time on and make sure it’s done right because if you do this is the final results.

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The above photo is a closeup image of the rear trunk cover that I burned the carpet off with a torch and had sprayed with bedliner. I think it turned out amazing.

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The above photo is a closeup image of one of the seat bolts. I didn’t cover or clean the treads much since the bedliner acts as a lock tight. This does make reinstalling the seat bolts just as difficult as taking them out but without the expense of using lock tight to make sure they don’t unthread later.

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The above photo is a closeup image of one of the door jams I had sprayed. This was one thing Xtreme Coatings recommended and I’m glad they did. having the door jams bedlined really helps protect the body from peoples shoes scratching it up. It also looks really cool when the doors are off!

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The above photo was taken before the rear seats were reinstalled.

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Overall I love that having the bedliner quieted down the cab from road noise, it’s helped shield some of the heat from the exhaust, and not only looks amazing but cleans up easily too!

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We did some product testing down at Sand Lake, OR and at Browns Camp in the Tillamook State Forest.

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After a weekend in the sand and mud my floor was nasty as you can tell from the above photo.

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With a little bit of water and a brush the dirt and sand cleaned out really nicely!

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RCV Dana 30/44 Jeep JK Front Axle Install

RCV Dana 30/44 Jeep JK Front Axle Install

RCV Dana 30/44 Jeep JK Front Axle Install

RCV Dana 30/44 Jeep JK Front Axle Install

In the very near future I will be installing the RCV Ultimate Dana 44 CV Axle Set for my 2010 Jeep JK Rubicon. Along with installing the axles I will be installing RCV Tube Seals for Standard Diameter Dana 30 and 44 Axle Tubes. RCVPerformance has been very helpful with all my questions and they shipped out my order extremely fast. I really appreciate the great customer service.

Before we get started I thought we could watch the install video that RCV put together!

Blacked Out Tail Lights and Turn Signals Write-Up

Blacked Out Tail Lights and Turn Signals Write-Up

I wanted to share with you all the easy and inexpensive mods that I’ve done to my Jeep over the last few years. Tinting your turn signals and tail lights is one of the easiest ones I’ve done.

Turn Signals

Let’s start with the front turn signals. Here’s a good example of what the stock Jeep JK turn signals look like.

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Reach from the side of the Jeep and twist bulb holder out of housing. At this point you will see the connector has a lock on it to keep it from coming unplugged. Slide lock back and unplug harness. It’s that simple!!

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Blacked Out Turn Signals Write-UpAs you can tell I just used some paper towels for catching some of the over spray. Apply as many coats of paint as you like for a darker result.Reverse the removal steps to reinstall your turn signals and enjoy!

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Tail Lights

Here’s a great before photo of the stock tail lights on my Jeep.

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Using the Phillips Screwdriver (or Drill with Phillips Bit) remove the two screws from the lens on the INSIDE of the light. Pull the housing away from the Jeep, that’s all. Only two screws hold it on. Disconnect the harness from the Jeep. Driver’s side has two plugs, passenger has only one.

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I applied two coats to this tail light but you can do as many as you would like.

 

Blacked Out Tail Lights Write-UpI decided to cut out a section of the masking tape to also paint the side of the tail lights.

 

Blacked Out Tail Lights Write-UpAs you can tell my Jeep was a little dirty when I started this mod but overall it came out really well and didn’t take very long at all.

The photo on the right is a recent photo that I took of my Jeep. It’s been over two years and the paint is still holding strong and it looks just as good as the first day I did this mod. 

You will need these items:

  • Tinting Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Phillips Screwdriver or Drill
  • Clean Rag
  • Cardboard or Paper

You’ve probably noticed the stock front bumper has been chopped and the custom made grill insert as well. We will get to those mods in a later post.

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Blacked Out Turn Signals Write-UpUsing a clean rag I made sure the surface of the turn signals were clean of any dirt. I didn’t bother masking these off since people can only see the face of the turn signals, so after cleaning the surface I applied two coats of paint to the first turn signal to show the difference in what a tinted one looks compared to a stock one.

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The above photo that I recently took of my front grill. It’s been over two years since I did this mod and even though a lot has changed to my grill you can see that the turn signals still looks as good as the first day I did it.


 

Blacked Out Tail Lights Write-Up

Once you have the tail lights off make sure to clean the surface with a rag and using the masking tape cover any parts that you don’t want sprayed. This image shows the process I used.

 

Blacked Out Tail Lights Write-Up

After applying a few coats to the first tail light I wanted to put the stock one next to it to show you the difference.

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Reverse the removal step to reinstall the tail lights. It’s pretty straight forward.

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