Unfortunately in the Jeeping world, one thing you find out is that
things aren't always as they seem. Case in point is a pair of Go Rhino
steps I scored on ebay. The ad stated that the steps were for a 87-97
Jeep Wrangler. So, I paid the "Buy it now" price and waited. The
package came in, I quickly checked it to see if any damage was evident,
and since none was, I stored the boxes in the garage for installation
when the weather broke. Well, after the lift was completed, it seemed
like a good time to install the steps, so I pulled one out of the box,
and read the instructions. Turns out that these particular steps were
intended for a late model pickup, not a Jeep; and since it has been more
than 60 days, neither the seller nor ebay is willing to help. So, I'll
have to sell these pieces, and see about getting something else. And
yes, I did learn a lesson here.
Second issue. I had ordered stainless steel hinges made by Kentrol at 4
Wheel Drive Hardware. When they came in, I checked out the contents, and
went out side to install them. Problem was, that the new hinges did not
come with the required bushings for the doors. And it turn out that
no-one, including the manufacturer, Kentrol has those bushings.
Apparently, one is required to figure out a way to reuse the ones on the
vehicle, and I've not been able to figure out how to get this done. The
local dealerships also do not sell the bushings separately, only with
the hinges, so it looks like I'll be wasting some more cash this way.
wasting cash certainly happened here. The Kentrol hinges were
manufactured in a way that required me to attempt drilling out the areas
where the door pins go (check the pic) in order to install the pin
bushings that I ended up purchasing from a local dealer. (BTW, I had to
buy 4 lower hinge sections in order to get the bushings) To make a long
story shorter, I was not successful in drilling out the door hinges, and
the door hinges were trash canned. The tailgate hinges were only
slightly less of a problem. The upper one installed with no problems,
but the lower would simply not be budged. The Torx-headed bolts in the
tailgate stripped out, and I even broke one of my bolt extractors trying
to remove one. At this point, I looked at this as a sign from the Jeep
gods, and simply left the original on the bottom, and painted both
Rustoleum black so the difference wasn't as noticeable. One last thing;
an email to Kentrol had absolutely no effect, not even an apology.
Needless to say, I won't be purchasing Kentrol products again.
The mirror movers I
bought From Quadratec were another issue entirely. Not much to install,
they also lasted a good bit before needing refinish. The only real issue
is when the doors are on, you cant even see the passenger side mirror.
The guy I talked to @ Quadratec regarding this problem verbally shrugged his shoulders.
(what I recognize as "the Wal-Mart salute) Hmm...
here's a rant that's not on the R 'N R page. I realize that a great
amount of pride is taken by those in the Jeep community on their
fabrication skills, and rightly so. I personally prefer to actually be
able to bolt on a bolt on part without having to complete work that
should have been done at the factory, especially when the parts are well
over $200 to purchase. I also liked it better when ebayers were just
normal folks trying to make a buck or two from excess stuff, not people
being nothing more that distributors of parts with no idea what they are
actually selling. TO be totally honest, I have not been as vigilant as I
usually am regarding online purchasing, and I probably deserved the
problems described above. Or maybe not.