I don't have a source for the torx screws, but I think the rear bolts would be easy to acquire.
The ring is brown, and not black. I painted my wood rails a long time ago, so I had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder, JJ!
How about information on my other query; were the stocker boards Red or White oak? FWIW, White oak is more resistant to rot than Red oak, so that's what I'd use for replacement boards. Oh, and If I were building a "Red Mistress" customized Scrambler, I'd use a deep, rich Mahogany wood with a black ring.
Last edited by MarknessMonster; 09-13-2012 at 12:18 PM.
It can be very hard to distinguish red oak from white oak - it's not the color so much as it is differences in density and grain. I've had lumber supply companies try to pass off red oak for white; it's possible they don't know the difference or they have high school kids doing the sorting. The easiest way to tell is to see the tree it was cut from, I grew up in the northeast deer hunting and we all knew the deer preferred white oak over red oak acorns, so learned real quick the difference in the leaves:
The stock boards were white oak - you're right MM, it's more resistant and that's why it was used. Red oak is used more for interior work. With proper sealing and maintenance, you can have good results with both. White is typically harder to work with because of its density, but good results last a long time.
I thought about using a mahogany or teak when I had my first pair built, but the cost was outrageous and, once stained, I don't think there's that much of an advantage other than bragging rights.
My plans are to install Dana 44's. As much as I hate to admit it this is going to be a street queen and probably never taken off road and maybe never used in 4WD. I would have made it a 2WD but I was...