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Strangely, our RHD version at least, does not come with a dead pedal/footrest. I found it uncomfortable on long trips, so doing something about it.

A bit of CAD work going on here!


Scrap piece of stainless from Dads place.


Ran some beads on the front face of it.


Thought I would try the new dies that came with the bead roller to add some stiffness to the sides.


Turned out alright for some quick work.


Much more comfortable now.
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Wow, great work! That foot rest looks like a labour of love, if it weren’t so much work you’d possibly be getting requests.
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I have listed the Freedom side steps and window shields on eBay and just wanted to confirm that there are factory holes through the door sill pinch seam? They didn't look like they had been drilled later as most are uniformly oval in shape. 5 each side through that seam.
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Doesn't seem to be much interest here in moding the KK so not sure to bother with little things I doing to it?


Just like the XJ, the rear doors don't swing open very far. Can see why it was hard on our big American Akita Kuma to get in and out past the door when going up the ramp.


Not a lot of gap there so was doubtful how much further I could make the door swing open.


Stock door swings open to 847mm.


These doors rely on two fingers on each hinge that hit a pressed up bump or stop to limit how far it opens.


The bottom hinge is harder to work on and are joined as well.


Top ones are easy to see and work on so just have to start trimming away a bit at a time evenly on all four 'fingers'. These can even be cut with an angle grinder with a cutoff disc.


I found a 10mm air powered belt sander worked the best.


Getting into the upper part of the bottom stop was the hardest. Using a grinding stone on a Dremel was the only thing I could get in there.


One thing I had to watch out for was that the spring loaded arm, that helps keep the door open, didn't run off the end!


Kept making sure that the stops were hitting flat on and that they all hit at the same time. The spring loaded arm is now about as far as you can go and really didn't want to thin the upper fingers anymore either.


Still got enough room when fully open.


Now it opens to 912mm, or 65mm/2.75" further than before.


Doesn't sound like a lot but it is very noticeable.
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Great to see you keeping the spirit alive!
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Thanks for the section move and retitling the build mate. Very thoughtful of you.
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Well look where the GOJEEP plates are now!


I couldn't leave it stock with my custom plates on there now could I! Might still need a little lift too.


Got the biggest tyre I could fit without having to start trimming and regearing. Front is a bit tight but doesn't rub anywhere.


Rear has plenty of room.


The wheels are PDW Exide 17x8" with +35mm offset. That brings the wheel only 5 mm further out than stock and the 245/70R17 Toyo Open Country ATII another 5 mm. Overall width 20 mm wider but track change is only 10mm. Well within legal limits and good for the bearings and steering etc.


Tooks a few weeks of cleaning and detailing to get it looking this good as don't think it was washed or vacuumed once in the last 5 years that I remember!


It has been cut, polished and waxed 3 times in as many weeks! The paint felt like sand paper before I started.
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Looks great. I’d be surprised if you don’t report some damage to the rear of the front well liners in the future. The first flex test while turning the wheels should about do it.
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