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Unread 01-27-2016, 03:03 PM
Will Cabell Will Cabell is offline
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I would like highline flares on the trailer!

The parts are starting to come together. Found 1 Salta wheel on eBay and decided to buy it, sure enough a week later on a business trip a Salta wheel pops up on Craigslist -so now I have a pair for the trailer.

Since one of my goals is to have this trailer lockable Ill be using a TJ gate on the back and most likely a Poison Spyder CJ gate on the front. The factory tailgate I have just looks so hideous with the vent. So, I got to brainstorming a solution and since I couldnt find another postal Jeep stamped door I decided to make my own from scratch -with help. I bought some Jeep tailgate decals off of ebay and had them scanned into CAD software. From there measurements were made and bingo the most baller set of Jeep tailgate bling has been born. Now the biggest challenge I have in front on me is trying to figure out the best way to mount these aluminum letters. Im trying to avoid using 3M tape or glue -suggestions?

Savvy Tailgate skin:


Aluminum letter 3/8 thick


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Something like this:


Throwback to the old LJ tailgate made from a postal gate:

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Unread 01-27-2016, 03:21 PM
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Id really like to find a shop that has one of these welders so I can get some of the aluminum threads welded on, I think this would make the letters easy to take on and off...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLBOuS9qW_w
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Unread 04-29-2016, 12:17 PM
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Not much of any update but slowly making progress on the trailer. I responded to a craigslist posting of someone selling 1 brand new Jeep rubicon wheel and BFG Km tire. We agreed on a price and time/location to meet -Which wasnt in the best part of town. Well the guy showed up in a Mustang without the wheel/tire, proceeded to eye me down pretty good (maybe checking to see if I was a cop or not idk) and told me I needed to follow him to his house to get it which was in a very bad part of town. I took a leap of faith and followed him after sending a photo of his license plate and my last known location to my wife. At this guys house he goes inside and brings out a brand new wheel and tire. Almost without a doubt this thing is stolen lol. What a day.... should start making good progress on this next week!
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Unread 05-07-2016, 04:00 PM
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Went out to a friends house today to get this axle swap wrapped up -its been on my to do list for a long time. Pulled out the junk <2000lb axle and burned the perches onto the new 3500lb axle. Swapped it under the Jeep and thought everything was gravy. Well the adapters I bought to clear the hubs werent thick enough -so the AEV wheels couldnt go on -Dang it! A few photos from the day...

For reference in case anyone is interested the axle Im using is 61" hub face to hub face. The previous axle was 65" hub face to hub face. Im going to need 2" wheel adapters for the AEV wheels to fit/clear the hubs. Im using adapters so I can have 5x4.5 lug pattern for TJ wheels, in the event someone would ever want to run TJ wheels down the road. My axle came from Southwest Wheel Company and it was $163 shipped to my door.

Wish I had taken a photo of the axle I pulled out -I think the photo of it behind the old LJ shows how small it was and that it had been cut and lengthened at one time.
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Unread 05-13-2016, 07:08 PM
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Excited to have gotten the wheels on today, tailgate and wrap/paint is next. Any recommendation on paint/wrap color? Is there a big cost jump in having a custom wrap made? Thinking about olive green....


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Unread 06-10-2016, 12:44 PM
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Took off the soft toneau and RTT in favor of a hard top. Still a long way to go but moving forward...
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Unread 06-16-2016, 07:42 PM
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Looking good You could do the 3M 1080 Wrap in Matte Olive green. That would look good or even better Line X a custom color. Even with Powder Coat my trailer is chipping

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Unread 07-10-2016, 12:35 PM
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Got the hardtop back into one piece -one of my old sailing buddies is doing the fiberglass work. I think it turned out awesome! I decided the front tailgate had no purpose and that it should be welded up -that will also give me a greater area to mount the hinge for the hardtop.
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Unread 07-10-2016, 08:20 PM
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Looking great Will!!! Bring it down this winter for some FL camping. My new trailer should be done by mid August.

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Unread 07-26-2016, 08:24 AM
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Thanks Ben -Curious to see your next trailer. Ive made a little more progress. I had the front tailgate area welded up -now Ive got a solid area to mount a hinge for the hardtop, I didnt see the value in the front tailgate anyway. The hardtop was put back on for fitment now that its one piece again.







Hard to believe not that lot ago it looked like this:
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