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Old 09-21-2022, 05:33 PM
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In Today's News . . .

Thanks Melford1972.

Been busy with family stuff.
I have no complaints..
The wife has been MORE than understanding with my focus on the Jeep this summer!

So a couple of items...

Here are the little clips that the arm rests attach to.

Best to add a small amount of Goop to hold them in place before they get knocked out by accident.

Ask me how I know !

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ASLO -

It is best to install them BEFORE you put the panels on.
Hmm, I was short some clips, so put the rear panels on figuring I would get some clips later. ( I did btw )

Its really easy install these normally, but NOT after the panels are on.

So how to proceed ... ??

I used the armrest bolt to hold the clip and feed it through the panel hole.
Not easy to manipulate it into position. Might have been easier to remove the panels again...

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An hour later? Got them in.

Dammit this was frustrating.....

Lesson : Put the dam clips on BEFORE the trim panels !!!
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver - 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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Old 09-21-2022, 06:10 PM
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In Today's News . . .

What is this latest delivery??

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It's the headliner!
The kit from BJs Off Road btw.
I did NOT expect it to come rolled up ??

Step one :
Remove from box, and roll it the opposite way to try and get it flattened out.

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After some time, laid them flat, letting them settle into a somewhat flat configuration again. ( "Somewhat" )

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Note there is a front and back piece to deal with.

Here is the larger front piece.
Note, it has the cutouts for the dome lamp and sun visors.

There are a few layers...
Foam board, foam, headliner fabric, and some reinforcements here and there.

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My buddy came over to help.

Good thing!
Installing this was like putting a wet noodle into a precise location in a 30 mph wind. UGH

Here it goes...
Into the Jeep.
Get it as close to final position first, then try to get the edges parrallel and square. ( Good luck with that! )

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Instructions were very general.

One of the confusing parts... there is extra material on the edges.
They say not to tuck it up under the headliner as it is installed.
They state this is to help with things not being straight in the Jeeps.
I am still not entirely sure how to finish this yet.

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After hours of fussing, we got the basics installed.

Now, unlike the "directions", we left the front header piece installed loosely with a few screws.
This enabled it to help hold the front in place while we fought with each side.

We also made up a contraption to hold the rear up while we tried to fit the front. ( Boxes )

Would have been better to have at least 3 people !

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Then installed the front dome lamp.
Note - It takes more trimming to open up the hole...
And not easy to locate the mounting holes.

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The basics installed
Note, the extra material is not yet dealt with.

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I asked they leave out the rear switch cutout - and they did.
In addition, they also left out the rear dome lamp hole as well.
More fun locating that!

Had to relocate the center strip slightly.. ( the metal part mounted on the body)
This is the part that the center trim snaps onto.
This is my old trim, temporarily installed as it's damaged / broken.
Have a somewhat better one, but would love to find a MUCH better one. ANYBODY ??

Again, note the extra material hanging below the edge rail holding the headliner on the sides.

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Next up? Sun visor mounting

Yep, had to do a lot of trimming to get the plastic trim buckets to sit well.

Be very careful as these things are easy to break!
Get them to lay flat on the sheet metal surface before installing the visors over them.

Oh, and trimming the headliner? One would think it was easy, right?

NOPE. pita. Very tough to cut through the various layers.

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Pass side installed:

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"Extra" fun .. had to run the Compass/Temperature rear view mirror wires up over the headliner and not drill through them.
Cut a slot at the forward edge for clearance
Oh, also had to run the radio mic up there too for the Bluetooth.

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Most everything installed...
STILL have to figure out how to handle that extra material and make it look nice ??

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Two of us started at 10 am...
Brad left at 3:30 pm.
I finished up around 7 pm. And it's not complete.
Long tiring day.
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver - 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280

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Old 09-22-2022, 07:07 PM
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The headliner and jeep is looking good!

I have a couple of the headliner center pieces one is spoken for. They are for 79 and later, I don't know if it would work for you. It's a solid wide piece of plastic not shiny chrome. I can send you a pic. Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 09-22-2022, 10:07 PM
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The headliner and jeep is looking good!

I have a couple of the headliner center pieces one is spoken for. They are for 79 and later, I don't know if it would work for you. It's a solid wide piece of plastic not shiny chrome. I can send you a pic. Let me know if you are interested.

Awesome! Sent you a pm...
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver - 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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