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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2002, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tube Fenders, Nearly Complete

I spent another weekend fabbing, on the Jeep(but I did get out for a couple of hours, to point the Jeep up hill, on some local rocks). I finished the new skid plate/tranny mount/crossmember,..it is a full 2" higher than the previouse version. But mostly I was working on finishing the Tube Fenders, which were finished tonight,(except for hooking up all of the extra compressor, and electrical doo-dads that were mounted on the old fenders). I still have a hood rollover bar, to fabricate this week, and I need to doll up the fenders, and paint em, but for the most part they are complete. They arent that tough to build, but they are time consuming, getting everything right.
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Another astetically (sp)pleasing yet funcional mod by H8. Looks good man keep it up
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very sweet, could you post a picture with the hood down also?....[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Jeff...looking reeeeeal good there pal!

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Looking good Jeff, please post some picks with the hood down also how many hours do you think you have on the fenders?

Great job!

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I really like the fenders. They don't look that tought to fab either. You could have done them on your own, more than likely. Are you going to line the fenders or leave them open to the elements. You might be able to get away with them being open on the rocks, but mud will require some protection.

I looked at my fenders this weekend and that would be fun project. I am really surprised that someone isn't already making them in a ready to sell format.

Did I mention that I really like them. Talk about going flat fender....




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I also would like to see a pic from the front with the hood down when you get done. Looks Sweet though. Mike

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I drove it to work today, so I should be able to snap a couple of digital pics of it, "with the hood down" today sometime.

They are fairly easy to fabricate, as long as you have a tube bender and know how to use it,(I dont, but a freind of mine did the bending for me). I also have a plasma cutter at my disposal, from one of my Sponsors, (Valley Rents). I too, am a little surprised that someone hasnt started fabricating them in kit form. If produced with a laser or Computer aided plasma, it would be verry easy to fab them. The time comes mostly from having to grind the panels to a perfect fit at the tube, for a smooth seamless look. I went through (5) 4 1/2" grinding wheels, and was up to ass in metal dust, when I finished the panels.
I probably have about 8 hours on them, and Joel has another 4 fabbing the tubes and mounts, and another 4 fabbing the radiator mount/cross member.
As far as the fenders getting covered, the lower underside on the 45 degree angle will get bolt on 1/8" sheet steel. The inner fender wells at the side of the engine will get 1/4"thick rubber skirts(I have a ballance of a roll of the stuff that 24 hour fittness uses on theri weight room floors). I will only use the the rubber skirts for mud wheeling.
The angled area below the battery on the passenger side is getting a flip down hinged electrical panel at the upper half(where the typical rats nest of wires occures under the battery). The other side may get the same thing with the air compressor plumbing, and a welder mounted to it.
The rock lights will be integrated into/onto the fender also. These fenders are great, they are stronger, have more room, more usable mounting surface, easier engine access, and they are easily unbolted form the Jeep.
I thought it would be good to show the project in its phases to show how simple it really can be.

Also here is a pic of the radiator mount/ and cross member. The center/upper section can be removed at the flanges on both sides the that the top of the radiator can be accessed without removing the entire mount. It also adds some roll protection for the high dollar radiator.


Thanks for the compliments, I hope it inspires some of you to fab them for your own rigs.

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Ahhh! Finally, some good pics of this fender project. I've been wanting to do this to my Jeep, but I was having a hard time visualizing it.. I didn't know that you were doing this mod to your rig Jeff. Thanks for posting these pics! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img] They look fawesome! Are ya' going to be in the Boise area any time soon?! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Great job [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img] Bret

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Lookin good Jeff. Sure has changed a lot since I last saw it in August.
BTW, good luck in the TTC voting.

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