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    Smittybilt G.E.A.R Tail Gate Cover Done The Right Way.......Well My Way!

    Ok. I got a 50 dollar gift certificate so I decided to give this thing a shot. 59 bucks, so I wasn't out of pocket a whole bunch. I read some stuff and heard for some of you guys that is was........well.........ok at best. When it arrived, I understood why. It's cool and I like the idea of it, but the screws are shit, and I can see how the elastic bands can sag over time. But fuck it, I am putting it on anyway with a little spin.

    Start the day having to drive across town to Academy Sports to get my kid an air soft gun for xmas. What a fucking pain in the ass. Took me an hour and a half just to get through the fucking check out line, but look at this coolness. 430 foot per second, 300 round capacity, Greatness.



    So after all that shit, it's time for a Beer and look over the distructions, and since Army Navy football game is on, got to support out troops!



    WOw, that was a waste of time reading that shit. Too the trash with all of ya! Throw the screws in the trash too except for 1 for the next picture. Those screws suck.



    Here is what I will be using to secure this disaster to my tail gate. 6 1.0 25 mm hex bolts. See the difference in what come with this thing!



    Time to get the tools needed. Duct Tape (of course),Drill, Bit, Tap, Marker, My New Bolts, and Rubber Washers! Couple of reasons I am using these bolts. First, those screws suck ass. Second, I have my CB cable running through the tail gate and just in case I need access to it, I prefer to do it right. Third, If I am drilling holes in my shit, I want to use some type of rubber washer to keep all the salty air and shit off fresh metal. Florida blows for rust. I also used the same tye of bolt to install my sPOD. I used 8 1.25's I think. A little bigger. WHen I got my sPOD, it did not have the hardware to secure it so I improvised and decided I really like these bolts.



    Next, duct tape that bitch on and mark your holes with a sharpie!



    Then drill your fucking holes. Be fucking careful too!



    See this is simple shit Smittybilt could have done, but no, why would they do that!

    The tap the shit out of you holes.



    Ok, now that all the highly technical shit is over, time for a brewsky! It's Saturday and I am thirsty.



    Speaking of, I am getting thirsty typing this.......Back in a few.
    Last edited by jkristie44; 12-10-2011 at 06:21 PM.

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    Now that I am hydrated, I will continue......................

    Now that you got a little break drinking a beer, it's time to get focused. So what I am going to do is, put a rubber washer on the backside and the front side of the fucking thing. WHatever it's called.



    SO when you screw it in, it looks something like this.



    Use you alan wrench that I forgot to mention you needed in the begining to tighten all the fuckers down.



    Not really sure I remember why I took this picture, but I bet I had a good reason when I was soberish.



    Then put the two bags on, which by the way, was the biggest pain in the ass of this who project. Well, outside of forgetting to pull the the allan wrech thing out before starting. Wasted like a 1/2 hour trying to find it.



    Once finished, realize that the bigger bag on the left hits the factory subwoofer and undo all those snaps again and reposition it. In sumation. It's cool idea, could be better made, and if I speeled alot of words wrong, tough shit. I am half cocked right now.

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    I should remount mine with those nice bolts and washers, good job!
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    Who is your daddy? dr.dirty's Avatar
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    Looks good man

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    You have 2 bags? Rod's wife is gonna be confused.
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    Looks like a good idea. Molle stuff needs to be 1000D Cordura for durability and colorfastness... Is the elastic you're talking about the horizontal bands?
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    Powered By power bottoms jkristie44's Avatar
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    Yeah, the horizontal bands I could see stretching out over time if you had heavy shit in the bags.

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    If anything you have a nice Tail Gate Cover
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    What exactly did you use to thread the holes for those bolts? How is it holding up? I wanted to add the same system but felt the same way about those self tapping screws. I really like your idea and it looks a lot more clean and professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cop215 View Post
    What exactly did you use to thread the holes for those bolts? How is it holding up? I wanted to add the same system but felt the same way about those self tapping screws. I really like your idea and it looks a lot more clean and professional.
    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess he used a tap.
    Especially since theres one in the picture with the drill and the duct tape (next to the sharpie, under the drill bit)
    but this is pure speculation on my part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkristie44 View Post


    The tap the shit out of you holes.
    a quote from James. In regular person speak that means, get a tap of the size and thread pitch that matches your hardware and run it through the hole you drilled.

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    The reason I asked is that is seems unusual to use a tap on such thin sheet metal. Doesn't seem like much thread to screw into.

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    Smittybilt G.E.A.R Tail Gate Cover Done The Right Way.......Well My Way!

    Quote Originally Posted by cop215 View Post
    The reason I asked is that is seems unusual to use a tap on such thin sheet metal. Doesn't seem like much thread to screw into.
    It's not much sheet metal, that's for sure. But it's the same metal area that those stupid course thread self tappers would use that came with the product.

    The screws that James replace them with are a finer tread, more threads to hold it in the thin sheet metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcDawg View Post
    It's not much sheet metal, that's for sure. But it's the same metal area that those stupid course thread self tappers would use that came with the product.

    The screws that James replace them with are a finer tread, more threads to hold it in the thin sheet metal.
    Very True!!! Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it!!

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    I guess all questions were answered here.

    And I don't know how well it has held up since I traded the Sliver Shit Box in, but I won't put it on my new one.

 

 

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