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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
My name is Jason and...I like Jeeps. If you’re clicking on this page to check it out, chances are you do to. Jeep enthusiasts want both aesthetics and durability so that they can hit the road, or trail, looking good and knowing that the products that outfit their jeep are built to withstand the elements. In my search for a durable replacement shift-boot for my CJ -7, I could only find rubber boots that are known to crack and wear down from sun and cold exposure. Surprisingly, there are no high quality, durable replacement Jeep shift-boots on the market today. So, I decided to craft my own. After a year of designing and testing out the materials and design of the boots, I am proud to offer Stronghold Shiftboots (C). But we need your help to make this a reality!!
Stronghold Shiftboots are made from marine grade vinyl. Marine grade vinyl allows the boots to resist molding and cracking down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. I designed each boot to attach to a trim bezel made from quality UV protected ABS plastic with a matte textured finish. They are sewn and assembled in the USA; in my garage in fact. The boots are designed to withstand the elements and environments many drivers put their Jeeps through without breaking down, drying out or cracking.
Stronghold is currently offering shift-boots for all CJ models in black and camo marine grade vinyl for T176/177, T4/5, and SR-4 transmission with a Dana 300 transfer case, including the twin stick upgrade. We have plans to expand not only our color options but our product line as well to include boots for more variations of CJ's, YJ's, WJ's and JK's.
To purchase the boot you need for your Jeep, choose the reward that matches your transmission and transfer-case installed in your Jeep. If your Jeep has the Twin-Stick upgrade, we offer boots for those too. Kickstarter only gave us so much space to name our rewards, so we have abbreviated "Twin-Stick" to TS on some of the rewards. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
At the end of the campaign, if we reach our goal, we will send out a survey to give us more information about which color vinyl you would like and to confirm your order.
Stronghold understands that some backers may want to give more, or are waiting for us to fund this campaign so we can start on the next project which may include support for your Jeep, so we have offered multiple rewards for everyone. Below is a sample of what the stickers, shirts, and hats will look like if you choose to back us by purchasing one or more of these. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Stronghold Shiftboots has already designed, tested, and manufactured the initial mold for the first line of CJ shiftboots and we are confident that the product that we are offering will exceed your expectations. We have priced and sourced all of our materials as well as accounted for materials, assembly, and shipping into our cost. If we reach our $10,000 goal before the 30 day campaign is over, we will begin assembling the boots to satisfy the orders that are placed. Once funded, we will ship out all the orders that have been completed along with a timeline for the remainder orders.
The biggest risk involved is having this product sell much faster than anticipated and not being able to produce shiftboots in a satisfactory time frame. This will be mitigated by adding another person to assist with manufacture and assembly and this potential cost has already been accounted for.
As always, we will keep all of our backers informed on where we are at each step of the way. We would like to thank your time in learning about us and appreciate your support!
Custom black or camo vinyl shift boot with black trim bezel to fit the T4, T5 or SR4 Transmission and Custom black vinyl shift boot with black trim bezel to fit the Dana 300 Transfer Case (w/o T176 Transmission).