Cruising around SEMA I saw alot of vehicles running billet replacement products for handles, shift knobs, underhood caps, grab bars, seat risers, etc. I think my Jeep is at a point where it just now needs some finishing touches so I pulled the trigger on a bunch of Drake Off Road's billet aluminum parts. They are relatively inexpensive (most around $25 each) without sacrificing quality as they are heavy duty billet aluminum pieces.
I started with the underhood accessories which consisted of replacement caps for just about everything with a cap. In every example, the construction of the billet cap vs the OEM plastic cap is second to none. They all installed quite easily as you litteraly just take the OEM cap off and replace it with the Drake billet cap. But here is a recap of some of the highlights that needed a little explaining (plus some that didn't
All the caps can be had from Quadratec.....http://www.quadratec.com/products/pr...hp?kw=drake+jk
Here's what I started with. Plain and boring....
First off, the power steering cap. Simply unscrew the old cap, stare in amazement at the quality of the Drake cap, then install the Drake cap.
Next we have the radiator cap which doesn't fully replace the OEM cap but rather covers it.
First step is to loosen a small set screw along the edge of the drake cap using a 3/32" allen wrench. Next, remove the red protector from the bottom of the Drake cap which exposes an adhesive disk.
Next remove the OEM cap from the radiator and then place it inside the Drake cap cover.
Using the 3/32" allen wrench, tighten the small set screw which will help lock the OEM cap inside the Drake cover. Done!
Next is the washer fluid bottle. The cap has a small hook that it's attached to that you simply unhook it from. As a replacement to that hook, the Drake cap has a braided wire loop that you simply put over the neck of the coolant bottle and then screw the new billet camp on.