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What’s the consensus on whether the tailgate vent on the 05’s can be eliminated with a hardtop? There are no vents on the hardtop. Will it create a vacuum when shutting the doors and be a bother? Or is it no big deal?
 
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Worked on rust removal from the rear fender. Rear Rubi flares came off. It’s hard to see them go, but 3 out of 4 doesn’t make a set and both front fenders need to be replaced and all painted. Too much $$$ for a 16 year old. MCE’s installed on rear. Fronts coming soon. He may keep the Rubi flares for a rainy day.

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Scuff em up and get the gouges smoothed out as best you can. Adhesion promotor, then prime, then a couple coats of Rust-Oleum bed liner. They will be black textured that matches most of the aftermarket textured powder coat that suppliers like to use. Good weekend job.
 
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I know some people throw out the wheel well liners, but I like them, especially on the 05-06’s when’re they Evap Canister is behind the rear passenger wheel. These had a tear on each one. I sewed them up with my leather sewing kit! Had to have one of my girls show me how to tie them off. 🤣 They love to sew.

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Inside is getting stripped and cleaned. Kaleb broke one of the bolts that holds the drivers seat to the tub. 😏

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New tire day. These are about the only MT tire I could find for the stock Moab 16” rims that were Load C. These Irok ND’s were from the Blem list, but I don’t see anything wrong with them. The bead is really thick, about 3/4”. Too bad they won’t be mounted for awhile. Added to the tire pile. 🤣 This thing is going to look GOOD! It should perform even BETTER!

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New tire day. These are about the only MT tire I could find for the stock Moab 16” rims that were Load C. These Irok ND’s were from the Blem list, but I don’t see anything wrong with them. The bead is really thick, about 3/4”. Too bad they won’t be mounted for awhile. Added to the tire pile. 🤣

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What happened by the door there?
 
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What happened by the door there?

My wife staring at the new LED headlights and giving her honest Mom opinion.

I didn't notice she was in the picture till you pointed it out. LOL

EDIT: Oh, that door. There's the garage door, the driver's door, I even looked at the backyard gate. Head scratching.

The spot by the driver's door is my fault. I was trying to get the sliders off. I put a little heat on the backside of the nutsert and the paint bubbled and left the surface. I was so mad at myself. 🤦🏼‍♂️ I am fixing it. It's scheduled for paint day. That will be a big day.