NEW Bestop Sunrider for Hardtops

The new Bestop 52450-17 & Bestop 52450-35 Sunrider Tops for Jeep JK Hardtops are the first Jeep top product on the market that allows Jeep JK owners with factory hard tops instant access to a open-air driving option. Operating the Sunrider for Hardtops is a matter of simply flipping back the top. Done. In a matter of seconds you have a open air driving experience for your Jeep JK hard top!. The Sunrider for Hardtops is designed to easily replace … Continue reading

New WARN Industries Ascent Truck Bumpers

WARN is showing off some of its new products at SEMA 2015. The first new big product is a new line low profile bumpers for full sized Dodge, Ford and Chevy trucks. WARN Ascent bumpers! WARN has offered its HD Bumper line for full sized trucks for quite a few years. The Heavy Duty “HD” Bumpers are traditionally rather large profile & extremely heavy bumpers aimed at maximum protection and bulk over being low profile. Thats where the new Ascent … Continue reading

Free Accessory Kit with WARN Self Recovery Winches ends August 31!

The deal to receive a free $200 winching accessory kit with WARN winch purchases ends on August 31, 2015! Dont miss out on the opportunity to get this free upgrade with a winch purchase! The Medium Duty Winching Accessory Kit is Warns most popular winching accessory kit. It includes a 20,000lb capacity snatch block, tree trunk protector, recovery strap, two D-shackles & WARN branded winching gloves! All packed up nicely in a heavy duty denier carry bag. This limited time … Continue reading

Fenders & Body Armor Installation

TNT Body Armor installed

Cole and I went to the shop on a Saturday and fitted the body armor.  It was pretty straight forward with no major surprises.  TNT includes a battery box with their fenders, but we couldn’t get it low enough to fit the Optima battery without jamming the battery into the computer harness.  The inner fender gives you plenty of room in the wheel well, but it has to get that room from somewhere, and that somewhere is the engine bay.  … Continue reading

Walker Evans Street Wheels

Walker Evans Wheels

Check out this sweet set of full polish Walker Evans Street Wheels with BFG KO’s mounted.  These are going on a 2013 JK Rubicon that’s in the shop now for Yukon gears, mild lift, Warn Elite Bumpers , a Warn ZEON 10-S winch, and a few other mods.  The owner is planning to do All 4 Fun in Silverton Colorado with us this year.

Radiator Install, Body Lift & Belly Armor

At the shop, the first thing I want to do is get the Jeep running so we can move it around easier.  We’ll have to move it in and out of the shop and/or from one bay to another on work days.  Customer work comes first! It starts fine but with no radiator we can only run it a few seconds, so job one is the cooling system.  We installed the Champion polished aluminum 3 row radiator after flushing the … Continue reading

Headed to our shop


With the body shop swamped with deer strikes, I’m taking the Rubicon to our shop for a radiator, skid plates, body armor, etc.  I have a Champion aluminum radiator and TNT Customs tube fenders, rockers, rear corners and belly armor, plus Daystar 1″ body lift/body mounts and 1″ lifted motor mounts.  I also have a Daystar transmission mount that will go on with the TNT Customs high clearance transfer case cross member. Discussions around the shop seem to be leading … Continue reading

Grille & Hood Bolted On


Charlie & his crew have the new grille and hood bolted on and are getting pretty close with the frame work.  The whitetail rut is here now and the deer strikes have started to fill the yard up at the body shop, so my “family” job may have to wait. The Jeep will be headed to our shop soon anyway, for the tube fenders etc.  Then it’ll come back to the body shop for paint.

On the frame machine


The Jeep went straight to the frame machine on Monday.  My brother owns and operates Charlies Collision Repair in West Pelzer SC.  He’ll be handling the frame work, aligning body panels, paint, etc.  I’ll likely let him replace the air bags as well since he and his crew are familiar with them.

Picked up this ’05 Rubicon


We just picked up this 2005 Jeep Rubicon.  Hope we can make a nice trail/street rig out of this.  Only 82,000 miles on her so she ought to have plenty of life left.  It needs some frame work, both air bags, hood, fender, grille, radiator, a/c condenser, etc.  We have a hood and grille already, and I think we’ll go with tube fenders.