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Old 08-15-2022, 03:24 PM   #21
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that thang is brawwny! very cool.



Do you have to pull the interior out to get at the battery or does it slide in from the front?
I have to unbolt the dash (4 screws), but also the battery is adhesive taped. Kind of a pain but I wanted to make a big battery work and be somewhat functional still lol.
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Old 08-26-2022, 11:28 AM   #22
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Thank you for the response👍. I picked up the front bumper, it's in the way. The rear one might be a problem for me, that conversion bracket doesn't seem to be available anymore, same with the side sliders.

I'm finding that because I got into this so late, aftermarket support is drying up because it's discontinued.

I did pick up that spare tire cover, do you have a pic of how you mounted it to the body?
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Old 08-26-2022, 11:06 PM   #23
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Thank you for the response. I picked up the front bumper, it's in the way. The rear one might be a problem for me, that conversion bracket doesn't seem to be available anymore, same with the side sliders.



I'm finding that because I got into this so late, aftermarket support is drying up because it's discontinued.



I did pick up that spare tire cover, do you have a pic of how you mounted it to the body?
That sucks on the rear mount. Maybe there's an overseas version? Or if it were me I'd probably fit another conversion mount made for a different chassis and try to fit it to the HPI rails. That's if you're certain you want to run the TF2 bumpers.

Took some pics for you. The spare tire mount is a universal one from overseas. The spare would keep getting loose and fall off under crashes so I made a few holes in the male piece to accept a body clip. I wanted the spare cover to hug the back door as close as possible and wanted to add the ladder so I melted the shape of it into the back of the spare cover.

Furthermore, I want to make some kind of brace that connects the spare mount and the rear-most roof rack clips just for some added reinforcement to support the spare cover on the lexan. I had made a few from the spare plastic links but they broke lol.







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Old 08-30-2022, 10:40 AM   #24
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Nice pics of your rear end!

Just kidding! Thanks for sharing the pics of the rear tire mount. I've been thinking about adding a spare tire to my new FJ build, but I don't have the rear bumper with tire carrier. The way you did yours just might work out for mine. Great job on getting it mounted! Looks great!
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Old 09-03-2022, 10:50 AM   #25
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The more I study these pics, I think I'm noticing some finer scale details, like a rear windshield wiper and also a rear door hinge? Did you 3D print those? I have a fuel door as well as door handles that I have added. Also, regarding the rear spare tire mount, do you have a link or perhaps a part number? I'm OK with purchasing a part here & there from overseas. Thx again.
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Old 09-03-2022, 11:24 AM   #26
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The more I study these pics, I think I'm noticing some finer scale details, like a rear windshield wiper and also a rear door hinge? Did you 3D print those? I have a fuel door as well as door handles that I have added. Also, regarding the rear spare tire mount, do you have a link or perhaps a part number? I'm OK with purchasing a part here & there from overseas. Thx again.
I didn't print the wiper or hinge. The wiper is actually a universal one although was listed as the rear wiper via Exclusive RC. The real wiper has a tiny blade so keep that in mind, I just left it alone. And the hinge actually had a huge antenna on it but I cut it off because I only wanted the hinge lol.

Link to exact spare mount:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/20317514102...mis&media=COPY



If you compare these 2 stock photos from the listing with mine, you can see I reversed the mounting position and cut off the support ribs so the mount is flush against the body.
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Old 11-21-2022, 12:11 PM   #27
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Amain had a fall crawl yesterday. Unfortunately, I was late to the show n shine but main attending reason was to hike the monkey face area of the Bidwell Park. I have footage but I forgot my tripod!! So I gotta chop footage and upload still. Here's some captures at least.








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