First Modification-Painting interior of Hard Top

The fist modification that I did to my jeep was have the hard top interior painted.  All jeep hardtops come in a white/cream paint.  They do this to make the interior brighter inside, I personal do not like the color and chose to pain the inside black. I did this in my 2013 JKU when I got the hardtop. The two factors that drove me to paint that hardtop was that at JKFreaks Fest in the spring of 2015 at Rausch Creek, I won a set of Hot Heads headline insulation kit.  The kit was black, and having two distinct color wasn’t a good combo.  I myself painted the hardtop with 6-8 cans of flat black spray paint.  It was a good job, but over time the paint flacked off.  On this jeep I have a local body shop, VanDevere Collision paint shop di the work this time.  Having a professional paint job will look better and last longer than a few can of spray paint.   

After the top was painted I bought the MOPAR headliner kit.  This add alot of insulation for heat and noise.  Below you can see how the snow can show the warmer and cooler parts of the hardtop, where the snow is starting to accumulate is whee the headliner is. An added plus is that I can put the Overland required patch collection up there.  

https://www.expeditionteamoverland.com/2018-JKU-Rubicon-Recon-Gobi-Build/Painting-Hard-Top

One update on the headliner kit, they are held up with string double sided tape, but over the past 2 years, I have had 1 panel fall down, and I have since added new and more 3M double sided tape.  

I will keep you all posted on the durability of the tape.

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As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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