Thank you for the compliments.
could one get some information on this "cutting fenders" thing... did you just cut it at the factory line around the top for both front and rear... I like the look a lot and if I end up getting a JK to do my freak build, I might use that idea.
The beauty of the cut fender mod is that you can cut them however you like. I used the look of the narrow RR tube fenders for mine. Some guys have cut them very narrow like the smittybilt metal fenders and some have cut them wider then I did for more wheel coverage. I did not make and sharp angles so that when I put on the edge guard there was no problems with it pinching. A search of the forums will show you some optional cuts. Couple of things that I did above and beyond what I have seen is that I spent some extra time trimming the factory support under the flare to give it extra support and then I urethaned the flare to the support to make it solid with no flap. High speed tests have been successful. I cut the factory splash guard in the front so I could reuse and it really has no functional purpose but it hides the engine bay. All the exposed areas in the front and all of the back I sprayed black texture.
What did you "modify" on the mountaineer rack?
Did yours come w/ all the right parts? =)
The way Olympic engineered the rear mounts (closest to the tailgate) was for two bolts to go thru the rack, then thru a spacer and then a C-clamp on the outside of the rollbar. When weight was put on the rack it did not support very well. I used their spacer and mounted it vertical and then drilled two holes thru the rollbar. Rack is very, very sturdy now. Here is a pic...
Now, if we can only get the suspension to not sound like 2 kids jumping up and down on a antique bunk bed it will be perfect!!!!!
Your too kind. I would have said 70's porno in a VW bus!! Working on a solution!
It looks damn good in the pics, can't wait to see it in person.
I like the olympic rack. Once it goes in, can it be removed easily or swing up out of the way? I usually throw my roof panels back there, but I've been wanting to have more gear storage area.
Very easy to take out, would not swing up. You can see in my picture above that each side has two knobs and then there are two right behind the seat (left and right). Would take 10 minutes top to remove/no tools needed.
In theory, yeah... Maybe if they gave you all of the right parts and you didn't come up w/ ones that barely fit down from the local hardware store (ok, I'm not bitter - they were really nice about it, but frak - all thread carriage bolts are like unicorns around here). So, yeah, if the rollbar clamps went on/off easy, it would be. The rear supports have a little knob that makes them easy to do.
Mine came with all of the hardware but I did have to cut one bolt that was freakishly too long (like 5 extra inches too long?). Now that I have it done I might grind doen the extra threads protruding down out of the rack.