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RicardoJM
06-13-2011, 11:39 AM
It seems to have taken a while to get here this year but summer has arrived and is in full swing. After two years, I've cleaned up the garage enough that I can park my FJ40 in it and for the past two weeks have been running the rig with the top and doors off. The past couple of years, I've been running a Paki top and the hard doors. This summer I want to run even more open air. Going without doors entirely is not an option for me. I decided to get some tube doors. Fortunately there are many options from the various vendors out there. I looked at all the designs and really like the "birfield" image in the design from Redline. I called Justin at Redline last week and ordered a set.

I installed them yesterday. The hardware and instructions were nicely boxed up, and organized.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube001.jpg

The doors are very nice; hefty and solid. The fabrication work is excellent. Even unfinished, the look too nice for my rig.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube002.jpg

I set about to installing them and quickly had the hinges in place. The hardware is all stainless and assembly is very easy.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube003.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube004.jpg

To remove my stock latches, an impact driver worked very nicely. This is the tech part of the post.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube005.jpg

I mushroomed and bent hinge pins when removing the hard doors, but a little massaging on the vise and some light grinding and they were good to go. The longest part of the process was getting the fit fine tuned. Eventually, I got it dialed in.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube006.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube007.jpg

With a little help from Randy, we installed the SOR top and here is the new summer look for my FJ40.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/tube/w_tube008.jpg

The doors are great!! Thanks Justin.

wesintl
06-13-2011, 12:09 PM
awesome ricardo! i love the birf design in their doors :D

Jacket
06-13-2011, 12:36 PM
What size tires you runnin' these days? They look taller than the last time I saw your truck?

corsair23
06-13-2011, 12:49 PM
Looking GREAT Ricardo :thumb:

RicardoJM
06-13-2011, 01:00 PM
What size tires you runnin' these days? They look taller than the last time I saw your truck?

33 X 10.5 and the Rancho AAL lift. This winter, I came to understand that my 31" tires were 11 years old:eek: and I replaced them the very next day. :thumb:

Jacket
06-13-2011, 01:01 PM
Cool. Your shackle angles look a lot like mine now.....

Air Randy
06-13-2011, 06:14 PM
awesome ricardo! i love the birf design in their doors :D

It looks great! Now, if only it had some white spoke wagon wheels it would really make that blue paint pop! :D

RockRunner
06-13-2011, 06:22 PM
Nice looking summer set up! Enjoy it.

RLMS
06-13-2011, 08:30 PM
Looks sweet Ricardo! Glad you like them!! Now I need a set fir my own 40:eek:

Justin

wesintl
06-13-2011, 09:25 PM
Justin, have you ever made them without the bottom tube so it was just the birf?

RLMS
06-13-2011, 11:08 PM
Justin, have you ever made them without the bottom tube so it was just the birf?

No we have not done that, mainly because the strength of the door would drop! We wanted the structure to be able to be used as a pivot point if needed, and provide as much side impact protection as possible. And yes we have used the doors as a " slider pivot point " before on the penrose trail system.

Justin

MDH33
06-14-2011, 09:09 AM
Very nice Ricardo, thanks for posting the progress! Get me motivated to pull my top and doors for the summer!

PhatFJ
06-14-2011, 09:34 AM
Looks GREAT Ricardo!!

Rzeppa
06-14-2011, 11:42 AM
Those look great Ricardo! You be stylin'!

corsair23
06-14-2011, 01:38 PM
Justin, have you ever made them without the bottom tube so it was just the birf?

No we have not done that, mainly because the strength of the door would drop! We wanted the structure to be able to be used as a pivot point if needed, and provide as much side impact protection as possible.

I wonder if some creative paint application would make the bottom tube appear to not be there? Looking at Ricardo's pic, if the bottom tube were painted black it would definitely make the "birf" part stand out more...I would think it would work for most colors but...

Hulk
06-14-2011, 02:23 PM
To accomplish this objective: just paint the birf part a different color, like orange, gold or yellow. Leave the other parts blue.

RLMS
06-14-2011, 05:14 PM
To accomplish this objective: just paint the birf part a different color, like orange, gold or yellow. Leave the other parts blue.

perfect!

RicardoJM
06-14-2011, 06:15 PM
Ok, I know there are some photoshop experts out there - make that birf design stand out:D.

Air Randy
06-15-2011, 10:54 AM
Ok, I know there are some photoshop experts out there - make that birf design stand out:D.
And while you are ai it, photo shop some white spoke wheels on to it so we can see what it looks like :)

Rzeppa
06-15-2011, 11:21 AM
To accomplish this objective: just paint the birf part a different color, like orange, gold or yellow. Leave the other parts blue.

Like this?

corsair23
06-15-2011, 04:40 PM
Like this?

I'll preface this by saying that I am NOT a Photoshop expert and in fact did this is MS Paint...But I was thinking more along the lines of something like this :hill:

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FJBRADY
06-15-2011, 04:43 PM
I'll preface this by saying that I am NOT a Photoshop expert and in fact did this is MS Paint...But I was thinking more along the lines of something like this :hill:

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I like that! Good on ya Jeff. :thumb:

subzali
06-15-2011, 05:03 PM
That's sharp lookin'. Makes the birf pop.

Rezarf
06-15-2011, 10:42 PM
Looking good Richardo

Rezarf
06-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Here's the birf look your after... ;)

http://forum.ih8mud.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=200993&stc=1&d=1199595488