What did you do TO your Gladiator today?

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No car washing at home - drought. Have to spread out water usage.............

I put the splash guards and bug deflector from my 2020 onto the 2022.
Anyone know a source for the clear adhesive backed paint protector film like comes with the MOPAR bug deflector to protect the paint where the bug deflector may rub against the truck? They come with a strip of it - but I moved this from my 2020 to the 2022 so need more of that for this truck.


Two things about the splash guards - Jeep needs to redesign the fronts to take advantage of the structure of the truck to attach them to.
In the pics below, you can see where they rub on the metal structure where there are push pin type retainers already there. They could use that spot as another attachment point for the front splash guards.
Also - the bracket they added to the right side to prevent the right wheel from rolling under the truck and flipping it in an accident - they'll need to redesign the right front splash guard to work around that. I trimmed my splash guard to fit around it.

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My Bull Dog winch plate arrived - holy cow, that thing is STOUT, heavy, thick and strong looking. I can't believe how heavy it is.

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I know. Like a $400 dealer install. Gotta have a place to cart my stevia because f-ing starbucks being stingy and all LOL
Hey I hear you .. I used to be all about some stevia too... but now I like the Monk fruit... less aftertaste to me....
 

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I got my drive shaft in late tonight via ups. Pulled the old one out but broke 3 bolts off at the pinion yoke. Went and got some “heat” from Home Depot and was able to get them out. Gah. Install wasn’t much fun but definitely happy when I opened the package and there was bolts ready to go.
Honestly, I’m not happy with the design of the driveshaft but dammz… those bolts that hold the driveshaft to the yikes are way way way too soft IMO. I’ll be upgrading to a heavy duty driveshaft sooner than later.

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Finished the grey/black badge conversion on the Rubicon. Very satisfied.
Excuse the repeat photos but I just wanted to show how they play together, style-wise.

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Nicely done! Looks great with the AEV Salta XRs.
 

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I got my drive shaft in late tonight via ups. Pulled the old one out but broke 3 bolts off at the pinion yoke. Went and got some “heat” from Home Depot and was able to get them out. Gah. Install wasn’t much fun but definitely happy when I opened the package and there was bolts ready to go.
Honestly, I’m not happy with the design of the driveshaft but dammz… those bolts that hold the driveshaft to the yikes are way way way too soft IMO. I’ll be upgrading to a heavy duty driveshaft sooner than later.

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Those broken bolts are a "Ohh f**k me" moment.
 


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I got my drive shaft in late tonight via ups. Pulled the old one out but broke 3 bolts off at the pinion yoke. Went and got some “heat” from Home Depot and was able to get them out. Gah. Install wasn’t much fun but definitely happy when I opened the package and there was bolts ready to go.
Honestly, I’m not happy with the design of the driveshaft but dammz… those bolts that hold the driveshaft to the yikes are way way way too soft IMO. I’ll be upgrading to a heavy duty driveshaft sooner than later.

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I was thinking. If you would have sprayed the bolts with rotting whale meat oil. Those bolts would have spun right out, almost by their selves.
 

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Those broken bolts are a "Ohh f**k me" moment.
it definitely was on the first one… the other two were meh.:facepalm:
I was thinking. If you would have sprayed the bolts with rotting whale meat oil. Those bolts would have spun right out, almost by their selves.
I did try the pb blaster first… then had to go buy a torch… just fried them out!
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it definitely was on the first one… the other two were meh.:facepalm:

I did try the pb blaster first… then had to go buy a torch… just fried them out!
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I was thinking. If you would have sprayed the bolts with rotting whale meat oil. Those bolts would have spun right out, almost by their selves.
Not everybody (read nobody) wants to live through that pain....


Someone had to say it
 


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I did the Gladiator tailgate badges. I know there not for everyone, but I like them. I waited for them to finally come out with the color match stin-gray because I didn't want it to look to heavy with all black.

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I got my drive shaft in late tonight via ups. Pulled the old one out but broke 3 bolts off at the pinion yoke. Went and got some “heat” from Home Depot and was able to get them out. Gah. Install wasn’t much fun but definitely happy when I opened the package and there was bolts ready to go.
Honestly, I’m not happy with the design of the driveshaft but dammz… those bolts that hold the driveshaft to the yikes are way way way too soft IMO. I’ll be upgrading to a heavy duty driveshaft sooner than later.

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Yeah. Not the most fun project. Glad that nasty one is out of there for you though. Good work. I started feeling those soft bolts on the way out of the t-case. I got lucky, but didn’t use power tools. I was scared to break one. I finished 30 mins before having to pick up my kids.
 

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Yeah. Not the most fun project. Glad that nasty one is out of there for you though. Good work. I started feeling those soft bolts on the way out of the t-case. I got lucky, but didn’t use power tools. I was scared to break one. I finished 30 mins before having to pick up my kids.
Glad you got yours in with no issues… those dammed soft bolts lol
 

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Glad you got yours in with no issues… those dammed soft bolts lol
There were some. The U joint end uses 6mm Allen. And you can’t access the top and bottom middles without a long ball end. Nasty.
 

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