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Nothing wrong with a black roof....looks badassed and keeps you warm in the winter.

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I discovered AVS now makes low profile wind deflectors. After camping in the rain recently and not being able to crack my windows sufficiently to get airflow and still keep out the drips, I picked up a set of these. You want to look for Auto Ventshade p/n 894041. These things are super low profileóshould keep noise to a minimum while driving.

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Looks great!
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Black '14 6MT
Stock bumpers
Some mods

Rear Diff Lock on Demand mod: https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...mand-hack.html

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OEM roof rack removal
First day of ownership, I had to pull this thing off so it would fit in my parking garage. Also, the OEM roof rack isnít very useful for its bulk. In my haste, I removed the bolts with an impact driver and managed to vibrate the internal mounting brackets loose in the process. Thought I was going to have to drop the headliner, but managed to fish them out with some ingenuity and patience. The solution was a couple of wire hooks with magnets on the ends to catch the brackets. Only took about two hours to get get them sorted out...




I drove like this for a few weeks before getting the Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform mounted.



Now that the internal brackets are loose, adding/removing hardware is a delicate processóI really should have been more careful in the first place. The stock butyl rubber patches that Rhino ships with the Backbone system are woefully inadequate to seal around the mounting holes, so after one visit to the car wash I sat and watched the water soak through. When I called RR, they seemed mystified that I would have problems.



Ended up using butyl rubber window tape and some pieces of bicycle inner tube to seal the holes (pro tip: bicycle tube is WAY too soft and wraps itself around the bolt threads creating a huge mess. Avoid). Only took me two more attempts to get everything sealed up. Only.



The rack setup with the Sunseeker awning is flat-out awesome in both sun and rain, though bashing the awning through brush takes its toll on the vinyl storage cover. Working on some kind of protector for the leading end.

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Awesome stereo

This was a no-brainer. How are you even supposed to drive without massive subs? The roof rack was a temporary thing before I got the Rhino Rack.

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Cargo mounts
The stock ones are pretty underwhelming. I 3d printed some covers and used off the shelf stainless hooks. I try not to overload these since the M6 bolts arenít that beefy, but they easily accommodate tie downs with 150lb of gear.





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I lack both welding skills and a sufficient garage, so had these done by Auburn Off Road. Canít recommend these guys enough. Friendly and professional. John even took photos of the process for me. End caps by Metal Tech.





Extra nice touch on tidying up the fender bump out.

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None More Black
Blacked out all the things. This proved to be far more of a pain in the ass than I expected. Paint remover peeled a few parts clean in seconds, others fought it to the death and needed extensive sanding. If I did it again I would skip the paint stripper and just sand everything. Opted for black plastic door handles, figuring paint would wear off. Iím fairly impressed with how durable the bumper paint is, howeverómultiple car washes and miles of rocks and bug impacts and itís still holding. I have plans to do the mirror lowers to match the body and black out the uppers as soon as the weather improves.



This was the moment I decided I need to get a metal front bumper.


Sweet grill, bruh.


Pull the rear bumper until you think youíre going to break it. Comes off with a bang. Very exciting!


Itís like, how much more black could this be?


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Door ding protectors
Some people call them rock sliders, I guess. The Jerk seems to be a magnet for people with fancy cars...





Got mine from White Knuckle Off Roadógreat price, and I like the shape of the flares. They went on pretty easy with a jack and some help, but the mounting points donít give you much room to wrench. Knuckle-buster.

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