Where have you been all my life, Gladys?

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Video please?? I would love to see that thing in action! Im sorry you have an issue with your 67 designs mount, I know you will get it right though.
video of Gladys? I really gotta break out the go-pro 3 and take some footage.





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Met @pilotpat today in Title Town. No idea why neither of us thought to snap a photo of our Gladiators or us, lol. I got a few photos at L L L L LAMBEAU!

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In case anybody buys a 67 design jl/JT dash mount and it's wobbly, taking the screws out will screw up the 3M pad.
Also, there was what looks like red locktite on the screws.

So I believe my wobbly one was just not torqued properly from factory.
Unfortunately if you do what I did they won't warranty their wobbly part. (i anticipated this and was hoping I could just "field fix" it as they call it to lessen the downtime of their stupid warranty process.

Send part back to them, they fix or replace then send back. Instead of replacing a 3 minute old defective part directly.

Anyways, all is not lost, i have to buy a new 3m piece, re-locktite, PROPERLY TORQUE the screws/bolts then I should be back in business. Should be less downtime too.

EDIT: LMAO, its $6 plus $5 shipping, so i'm just going to buy 2 for $17.25 shipped and i'll have a spare.
OMG! Just realized shipping of THEIR defective part back and forth would have been at the buyers expense anyways.....Their lucky I like the look of their product so much, hopefully it functions as well too.

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In case anybody buys a 67 design jl/JT dash mount and it's wobbly, taking the screws out will screw up the 3M pad.
Also, there was what looks like red locktite on the screws.

So I believe my wobbly one was just not torqued properly from factory.

If you want to drill the two "optional holes" and don't want to lower the windshield, I suggest buying the Milwaukee Shockwave right angle adapter, then a 1/4" HEX chuck drill bit. Can't wait to use this thing.

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I just installed the rail, no drill required. Use a small drill bit and spin it by hand to make an indention for the screws to set into, then you should be able to put the screws in with turning and a little bit of pressure. I used a PH2 bit in a 1/4" socket to turn the screws in the tight space between the rail and windshield.
 

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Well thanks a lot. I was just going to go with what Jeep said the indents were made for and get 3 2x4 and be done with it. Well after seeing what you did, you just increased how much time I'm going to spend on that project. THANKS! LOL

I may have been called a perfectionist a few times. I kinda believe in Its not worth doing unless you do it right ( i thought there is a saying like that, lol).

So this was my journey to make the 2x4 bed supports better.

I measured the indent on the wheel wells, they're actually 4" wide. So I used my Festool track saw to rip down a 2x6 to 4".
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Next I wanted the edges to hug the slope better, so I set the miter saw to max 60deg, and cut both sides slightly bigger on purpose.
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Now I put on the truck, there's a gap...good!
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Now I'm doing what my finish carpenter friend calls "walking it in". Its a process of slicing tiny bits off a miter saw to slowly make something fit perfectly. I'm sure most of you are like, ITS A 2X4, WHO CARES. I'll explain why it matters in a bit.

To walk it in, put piece of wood on fence, sowly push cut edge of board into the saw blade. This will cause the blade to deflect (bend). The more pressure, the more bend. Don't over do it. Now pull the miter saw up, the blade will fling back to straight. Come down with the saw and slice a tiny bit off the board.
When you need to take more off just cut the kerf of the blade. Trust me, this takes patience. When doing this with a 2x4 for a bed of a truck if you take too much off, oh well. When you're working with an expensive piece of crown moulding, you may think hey, I can take more off. Then BOOM, you took too much off. PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE. LOL
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Still gap
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Keep cutting it. Over and over. Took maybe 5-6 cut and checks until it was perfect., well KINDA.
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Unfortunately the angle is more than 60deg, so there's a gap on each side because my miter saw can't cut greater than 60deg., LOL So much for perfection. Here's where I will mention why I went to such lengths. As i hoped, the piece sits nicely in the indentation of the wheel well. So well in fact that when you push a piece of plywood over it, it doesn't slide out, or when you pull the last piece of plywood off the truck, the board still doesn't slide out. I was actually going to bevel cut the long edges to make it fit PERFECTLY, but I wanted to get going to the UP and walking in a compound cut like that is hard to do. Typically I would need to make a test piece for the one miter, and a test piece for the bevel, then combine the 2 on a final board. Even for me, that was a bit overkill.

Next, the 7" tall board. Jeep suggests 2, 2x4s. I'd rather have 1 piece, so i'm starting with an 8" wide board.
Too wide.
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Still too wide.
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Walk it in
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Measure with a straight edge for perfect height.
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Set my track saw depth gauges to 6 and 28/32.
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Rip
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Check with straight edge, yep, it touches both boards and tailgate simultaneously. YAY!
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Go to menards and get 2 sheets of 3/4 plywood.
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Stop for a nice plywood shot with Gladys.
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Pulling sheets off the bed onto saw horses is easy. Throw my track saw on there to rip the boards down to 34" to make a plywood door for my deer stand.
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Loaded up......DAMN I NEED A TOPPER. If you are carrying sheet goods, there's only like 10" or so of space above plywood to store tools before the tonneau cover. This isn't enough space and I had to put my milwaukee toolbox in the child seat.......oh well. Trip to U.P. was a success. Deer stand has new door. Gladys got to play in the stream a bit and get her first mud on her fenders, lol.
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Well thanks a lot. I was just going to go with what Jeep said the indents were made for and get 3 2x4 and be done with it. Well after seeing what you did, you just increased how much time I'm going to spend on that project. THANKS! LOL
let me know if you do a double bevel trapezoidal type pyramid thingy. When i get some more time i'll try it.
 

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let me know if you do a double bevel trapezoidal type pyramid thingy. When i get some more time i'll try it.
I'm not that OCD! LOL, The angle cut on the end is easy, but my biggest interest is in the fact that Jeeps measurement for the boards is not correct, so will also cut down instead of just stacking 2x4s.
 
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I'm not that OCD! LOL, The angle cut on the end is easy, but my biggest interest is in the fact that Jeeps measurement for the boards is not correct, so will also cut down instead of just stacking 2x4s.
yeah its weird, because I also have a 1/2" rubber mat and needed 6 28/32". So without the rubber mat I would have needed 7 3/8" which is not 2, 2x4s.

And actually a 2x8 won't be tall enough cuz those are only 7 1/4"

I would measure before you buy a 2x10, maybe my measuring was way off, but I don't think so.
 
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Well I decided to take the doors off for the first time. Holy cow they're heavier that I thought. Originally I was going to carry them to the basement. F That!

I quickly needed to make a proper door holder, because I doubt this would cut it.
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First one was too weak and bent. Glad it did, otherwise I may have come home to two doors on the ground.
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Second attempt much safer. Rated at like 500-1000 lbs.
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Then I went to my spot to take another photo. My wife spotted me for the first time, poorly. My tire was barely on the rock. Lol I'm a dork I know.
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Congrats sir!
You've beat me getting the doors off.
I just have nowhere to put them, and not ready (yet) to carry them from my 5th floor parking spot to the elevator and up to my 17th floor condo.
This damn thing is going to make me buy a damn house, I just know it's coming...
 

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You should try the JK or TJ doors. These are paperweights in comparison


Well I decided to take the doors off for the first time. Holy cow they're heavier that I thought. Originally I was going to carry them to the basement. F That!

I quickly needed to make a proper door holder, because I doubt this would cut it.
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First one was too weak and bent. Glad it did, otherwise I may have come home to two doors on the ground.
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Second attempt much safer. Rated at like 500-1000 lbs.
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Then I went to my spot to take another photo. My wife spotted me for the first time, poorly. My tire was barely on the rock. Lol I'm a dork I know.
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I took the doors and freedom panels off Gladys this weekend. It was really fun.
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I've been contemplating getting a tattoo for some time now. Finally set a date next month. My wife and i were debating which lower leg to get the tattoo on. She said she thinks it should be on my right leg. Well Gladys and @Bekah gave me an idea today while my wife and I were running errands. Imagining sticking my leg out and resting it on these pegs that @Bekah got, it dawned on me. I'll get to show off the leg tattoo much more if its on my left leg. :LOL:
Tattoo will be based on this picture, but with my two boys climbing the stairs together.
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@Bekah 's photo - https://www.jeepgladiatorforum.com/...our-gladiator-today.15435/page-76#post-319935
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My Calf and generic Walmart Gators. I'm calling them that cuz i want a Gator JT, lol
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