I haven't put anything on them to prevent rust. It doesn't rain or snow very often where I'm located so I'm fortunate in not having to deal with very much road salt. For the rears I'm not overly concerned as they're not very visible and I don't know how many people are going to be crawling under my jeep to view them. The fronts, which are more viewable I've always had success on keeping them rust free by routinely washing them. But I'm always open to suggestions if you have a method that's effective.Did you end up putting anything on the new shocks to stop them from rusting?
Thank you, I've read through your build thread a several times, very clean build. I like how each modification appears thought out and has a practical function. I used the Seam Sealer both inside and outside of the floor pans.Great thread! Your attention to detail reminds me a lot of my build thread, as I see you also used Seam Sealer around the edge of each tacked-in floor pan!
Do you plan to keep the stock steel wheels?
What paint did you use for the wheels?Thank you, I've read through your build thread a several times, very clean build. I like how each modification appears thought out and has a practical function. I used the Seam Sealer both inside and outside of the floor pans.
I'd been wavering back and forth on which rim to go with on the Jeep. In the past I’ve leaned towards an aftermarket rim for a more modern look and taste and was thinking of going that route. The only drawback is that with the backspacing of most aftermarket rims they'll stick further out from the fenders and get more mud/debris on the vehicle, which really isn’t that much of a deal breaker. So here I was I already have five matching stock rims, do I want to buy five matching aftermarket rims? While driving around I noted not many XJ's running the original stock rims, and a few eBay searches didnt returning very many results for the stock rims. Then while I read through Overland History's build thread and seeing how nice that Jeep looks nice with stock rims I decided to keep the original rims and freshen them up a bit. I tried to keep the paint as close as possible without custom mixing for ease of touch up if needed. Closest match I could find was Rust-O-leum metallic silver.
How the rim looked when removed from the Jeep.
Any refreshing job is all about the prep work. Started by removing the rust with 120-grit sandpaper. After a good sanding vacuumed the debris from the surface and re-sanded with 400-grit to smooth it out yet give the paint something to bit into. The 400-grit sanding was followed with another vacuuming of the debris and finished with a wipe down of denatured alcohol to get a nice clean surface.
To keep the the paint overspray off the tire I've seen overlapping of playing cards between the rim and tire used or tapping. I started using playing cards and quickly realized I didn't want to take the time to place all those playing cards in rim, I took about 3 minutes and taped it up. The first coat was a light coat mostly to get some coverage on the rim.
After about 10 minutes from the application of the first coat a heavier coat was applied making sure all of the surface was coated. Letting the heavy coat dry for about 20 minutes a second heavy coat was applied. While the paint was still semi-wet the tape was removed and it was left to cure over night.
With successful results on the practice rim the other rims were then painted as well.
man, that light bar made that thing 80's tastic, its almost a shame its off- but i mean if i had to choose the bar or a wildernest thats obviousGreat thread! I really like the work your doing and that Wildernest top is neat to see. I'll be following this thread for sure.
Comanche's are fun to drive and attract a lot of attention. You don't "see yourself" driving down the road very often. Here's my MJ next to my XJ ...
I also have a "barn find" Comanche ...
With a LOT of help from my brother Cam and Jason “the Mighty Drizit” we were able to rescue a 1988 barn find Comanche that had been sitting since 1999. It all started when Cam and I attended the Spring Barrie Auto Flea Market in June. We parked in the car show, me in my ’88 Comanche and him...www.jeepcentral.ca
The metallic silver that was used on the wheels or the color of the tail gate in the above photos? I have no plans on painting the Jeep. I like the roughness of the paint, give it some character and I don't feel bad when I add more pinstripping as I drive through brush. The tail gate was an extra one in better condition I had laying around.going to paint the entire truck? that'd be a good looking color on it