Clover Patch Window Roll
After you drop your top and relize the top down is the only way to drive a Jeep during the summer months. Heck its been 4-years for myself and I love every minute of it from Mothers Day up until the end of September.
The question I hear from every new Jeep owner as well its the same question I see on many and I mean many forums is what do you do with your side windows and the rear window? I roll up the rear window and keep it with my soft top because its easier to roll up then it is to remove and store. The side windows for me have always been a concern up until the steel doors come off and Im out of the garage. The poor windows layed on a piece of cardboard or up until recently have been laying on my door hanger.
Door Hanging System by RNventions
Storing your doors while off during the summer on the floor is just an accident waiting to happen. No its not a car wreck or a fire hazard, but $1200-$1500 a pair not to mention the paint needed to color match can get really expensive after you knock them over or heck even run them over.
I've looked through several magazines over the last 4-years and to be honest I thought the same thing most Jeep owners think. I'll just stand them in the corner on a piece of cardboard and forget about them. I was exchanging emails with RNventions and they said why don't you try our door hanging brackets. After 5 seconds of thinking about it I said send me a set.
I think I must have at least 3 or 4 small coolers that I rotate through because none of them actually seem to fit my TJ the way I like it. My last run I had a soft cooler that was literally square with a small metal frame at the bottom. It fit in my passenger seat, but I knew it would be a problem so I tried to mash it between the passenger seat and the dash. It worked, but nothing like mashed chips and a sandwich I picked up at a gas station before heading out.
Looking around on the net I came across a cooler made by JpCooler a few months back. Sure it was a cool idea, but who wants a big long cooler sitting in their Jeep. I did, but I knew a lot of space would be wasted because of its interior size. Knowing I was going on another trip I took a gander at JpCooler.com again amazingly enough they came up with a new cooler that addressed my little problem.
Now I have a cooler with two seperate pockets. One for dry and one for cold food.
Tuffy Glove box in a TJ
Driving around in my 00 TJ I came to the conclusion that there is absolutely no security in my Jeep when an ordinary screw driver could rip open my glove box and center console. So I decided to purchase a Tuffy Glove box.
Installation was really easy and shouldn't really take you more than 60minutes. Thats including gathering any tools, emptying out your glove box and looking for something to drink while your installing.
Tuffy Underseat storage drawer
If your like me you wonder what to do with half the stuff you need to carry in your Jeep. I drive a 00 TJ every day to work. So I would carry a milk crate in the back of my TJ. I would throw the same things in everyday and of course I would then empty the same things when I went out and played. I would carry a flashlight, jumper cables, rain coat, Spec book for road and bridge construction, pens, paper and some other little things. During the summer my content would change, but my routine for loading and unloading everyday continued. I finally got feed up and decided lets give Tuffy a chance. I really enjoy their glove box so Im sure the rear underseat storage drawer had to be a snap to install.
I gathered my tools called out by their instructions and decided it was time to install. Now instead of doing a detailed install using their instructions I did a write-up on how I actually did the install. What I thought would be an easy install became a nightmare. The working space under the box was really tight and assuming a lot from what I thought the instructions said drove me nuts. Nothing like taking things off just to reinstall just because you misread the instructions. I did a bit of swearing and swore I would never do an install again and when/If the Jeep sold the box was going with.
Have no fear I changed a few things and I hope my little bit of insight helps you when you decide to purchase this well built item. Its well worth the effort
CJ/Wrangler Hard Top Hanger & Hoist
For the first two summers that I had my '95 YJ, the hard top had to sit on a wooden palette on my lawn whenever it wasn'&t on the Jeep. Not only was it unprotected from the elements and vandals, but it also required two strong people to lift it off the Jeep and over the yard fence. I've seen hangers/hoists advertised in catalogs for $100-140, but that just seemed a bit pricy to me, so I decided to make my own. And it only cost about $25.
Gas can rack
I had been plotting to get storage for two 5-gallon NATO cans for some time. The main reason for needing them was a trip I was to take into an area where I would run out of gas before coming to another gas station. I needed enough reserve to get back out without walking.
The objection I had to commercial solutions was mainly that they were costly and often heavy. It would be enough of a weight concern that I would be stowing about 80 pounds of fuel without adding another 100 pounds of steel to support it. There had to be another way.
Grand Cherokee Roof Rack Cross Bars and Skid Strips
Adjustable roof cross bars and skid strips were included as standard equipment on all 99-01 Grand Cherokee's. Starting with model year 2002 production, the factory eliminated the rubber strips and made the bars optional. The bars are also available via the Mopar accessory catalog. The easily-installed adhesive-backed skid strips can be ordered through any Jeep parts dealer but are expensive, the MSRP for the six strips required is $72.00. Other roof rack attachments for a variety of different applications can also be found in the Mopar accessory catalog, as well as from other manufacturers. Includes part numbers and optimum position to reduce wind noise.
HI-lift Jack Mount
I bought a new 48" Hi-Lift Jack from the local Flea Market for $35. To store it inside the Jeep I got 2 chain link fence holders for $0.57 each. These things go around the fence post then bolt to the link part of the fence and are 2-3/4 Dia. Two 5/16 X 3" bolts, two locknuts and two wingnuts. Put the fence straps around the roll bar and padding facing inward toward each other at the height you want to store the jack and tighten the lock nuts with the 5/16 bolts facing to the rear. You can re-adjust the height any time. Remove the jack foot and put the holes in the jack leg over the 5/16 bolts and tighten the wing nuts. Done. This takes about 30 minutes and keeps your Jack clean. You can get cable bicycle locks and thread around the rollbar and through the jack leg for security.
Hi-Lift Mount Part II "The RELO"
Well, here we are again on the Hi-Lift install. This time around I had to install the jack on the front bumper, because I just recently installed a new rear bumper from COMP4X4. The installation is straight forward and is even easier than the rear bumper hi-lift install. Basically follow the instructions I used for the rear bumper install and you will have no problems.
Jerry Can Modifications
Tired of your "Blitz" can not blitzing very fast? Finding yourself holding your jerry can forever as the gas slowly trickles into your tank? Wait no more, as this easy inexpensive fix will have the gas flowing like it should. What this fix will do is replace that tiny air hole with a larger hole and will prevent massive amounts of fuel from spilling onto the ground or all over the side of your vehicle.
This is a sweet storage unit for safely stowing away an axe & shovel in the back of a Jeep Wrangler with minimal room loss. Best of all, the rear seat doesn't need to be removed.
M-416 trailer Project
I have always been a Jeep nut and really enjoy off-roading and camping. In Oct. of 2001, I bought my third Jeep, a 2002 Wrangler X. I also currently own a 1950 CJ-3A. I was reading up on some Jeep sites and found that many people have used old military "Jeep" trailers to tow behind their 4x4. As I found there were a number of resources on-line for this kind of thing, I decided that I wanted one of my own.
The Cheap Eye Bolt Trick
By Fidel Gonzales
When packing a short wheel base Jeep for adventure, many Jeepers have learned to pack tight and strap it down right. One way to assist in this endeavor is with the use of eye bolts
TJ Gun Rack Install
Because the area in which I Jeep (southcentral Alaska) is heavily populated by brown and black bears, I don't like to leave the pavement without a firearm of appropriate stopping power. When I get to a place where I want to park the Jeep and continue on foot, I don't want to have to mess with getting my weapon out of a gun case or whatever, I want to grab it, load it, and go; this means I need a gun rack in which to carry it.
Underhood Hi-lift Installation
This is just a quick rundown on the latest tinkering I did yesterday. Keep in mind that putting the jack under the hood will only work if you have the 48" version.
u-bolts - 2"x5/16" stainless steel - 2 total
rubber tie down - 8" - or the equivalent (velcro straps work well too)
rubber tape - used as anti-chafing wrap on the radiator support rods
1. Open the hood and lay it back all the way to the windshield. Disconnect the battery terminal - even though this job has nothing to do with the electrical system it's always a good practice to get used to do doing. Besides, after you pull the terminal, you'll want to lay something over the battery to keep from bumping the jack against the top (I just used an old flannel).
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