Archive for January, 2012

The XJ bares more stickers

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well folks, I added some stickers again.  To be exact; I removed some, and added some.  I added the “Rescue” badging sticker on both sides, where you would normally find the model identifier (like “Wrangler”).  I’m still not quite sure if it will stay on there forever…we’ll see.  I added some stickers of locations I’ve visited and changed some of the ones that were already on there with better ones.  No! I am not going sticker crazy.  At least I don’t think so…yet.  I do think the XJ looks better now. 

Stickers on the Driver's side that depict locations visited...Rescue badging sticker as well...

 
On the passenger’s side, I’ve added: Jeep Garage (Jeepgarage.org), North American XJ Association (NAXJA.org), and OK Offroad…

...and passenger's side which includes clubs, forums, and components...Rescue badging as well...

 

THIS is sticker crazy!!!!!

 
Wow…
 
 

Interior Mods continue

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

The interior modification bug continues to bite.  I suppose this happens with every Jeep owner.  I like the clean and organized look.  I haven’t really added too many storage modifications lately.  However, prior to posting my “Storage Modification” post, I bought Husky floor liners.  My XJ has no carpet, just spray-on bed liner, so I wanted some insulation as well as a little sound dampening on my floors.  Anyway, once I installed them, I was relatively pleased.  I had hoped that they would be a little thicker than they are because they do seem a little flimsy in some respects.  For example, the raised borders of the mats (primarily the rear cargo one), appears to be susceptible to warping/bending fairly easily.  It also seemd like the rear cargo liner didn’t quite fit exactly as I would have imagined.  I was hoping it would have seemed a little bit more customized for each year/model.  The instructions stipulated that some cutting of the border of the front liner/mat, may be necessary to accomodate for the driver’s seat mounting bracket-ther was no way I was going to take the chance and cut some of the liner off.  Not exactly what I was hoping for based on the cost.  Don’t get me wrong; overall, I am fairly satisfied.  The rear passenger ones are very nice and fit perfectly.  Check out the pictures below…

Driver's side floor liner-the one the instructions said may need cutting...

 

Passenger's side liner. Fits very well...

 

Rear seat floor liner. The best fitting Husky liner...

 

Rear cargo area. Didn't seem to fit exactly....still very functional though...

 
 
Recently, I added another Handle from which to hang odds and ends off of, as well as a “Clear Canister” container that is available at Home Depot.  They resemble the plastic tubes in which you would deposit cash or a check at the bank in the drive-through with.  Remember? You would stick your document in a tube, place in the box, push a button, and watch the tube shoot to the teller inside the bank.  So, I liked the concept and mounted it on the rear panel, just beside the hatch opening.  I keep small screws and the such in it.  It comes with a mounting bracket and two screws…really easy.  Those canisters are also modular; which means you can “nest” (as the manufacturers instructions calls it) them together.  Look at the picture above, just above and to the left of the black bag…
 
I also found the map pouch I used to wear on my Body Armor, and decided it would be useful in the XJ.  I mounted it just beside the transfer case shifter on the molding on the driver’s side.  I keep a Surfire, a knife, and a tire gauge in it.  It is in a perfect location.  The pouch was part of the MOLLE system family of pouches, so it was a challenge to find a way of mounting it.  I finally found a tactical eyeglass holder strap (probably not the right nomenclature).  I mounted that with two screws and snapped the map pouch on the strap.  It’s nice and secure. 
 
 

Map pouch I used to have on my body armor. I kept the IR flag on it. Holds a knife, flashlight and tire gauge...

 
 
More to come.  I’m always on the lookout for more easy and affordable ways to store and arrange things in the XJ…