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Old 04-27-2013, 06:05 PM   #211
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Bracket and electrical connector for the heated seat I'm assuming, pinch pull and a T27 and it was off, zip tied it to the inside of the seat frame. Didn't do the optional drilled hole for it, seemed really sturdy with just the two seat bolts. Took a total of about 30 minutes
Hey, a neat little trick I did with my tuffy was take one of those silicon baking mats, I think for a 13x9 pan and trim one side and put it in the bottom. Pretty cool as it is obviously heat resistant and tacky so my LC9 and extra mags stay put and don't slide around.

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Some modes for my Boy Warthog! Molle Bags, Weather Tech window vents (luv em'), Truck Lites (awesome), DIY grill mode with alum radiator screen, and old guy helper handles bolted into the frame. AND 'Secret' red switches for the disconnect and lockers!

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Another Round of Mods

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Anyone planning a "mild" leveling lift with upgraded shocks?

Sorry for the long winded dissertation..

To start, there's a huge difference how my XJ drives vs my JK. I don't know exactly what it is but my XJ with a RE 5.25" SuperFlex suspension and Rancho RS9000 shocks is way more tolerable on-road and absorbes all the small road bumps. Smooth as silk, easy steering and drives straight as an arrow compared to my new JK.

Yesterday, I took my JKUR10A to the dealer to pick up my XJ... on the way back my girlfriend drove my new 10A and I hopped in my Cherokee.

Well, when we got home she said "I hate the way this Jeep drives. It drives me and I feel it wandering back and forth. Next time, I want to drive your other Jeep."

Not sure what to make of this... however she feels my exact experiences after jumping from one vehicle into another. Also, keep in mind on my 10A I dropped the tire pressure to 38 lbs to see if the chatter across small road bumps would improve. I'm going air them back up to 46 lbs. because one improvement led to heavier steering and wandering effects.

Here's what I'm contemplating:

The 10A clearly needs something, not sure what at the moment. I don't want to lift this vehicle with a suspension kit where I need to climb into it, like my XJ. This needs to remain a daily driver with low center of gravity. I want to improve the on-road ride and driving experience with slightly taller 34" tires.

After measuring and watching the springs settle a bit, there's already 1/4" sag in the front. It started out at 22" even at all four corners with 11 miles on the clock - now has ~300. The quick math says it could use a Teraflex 1" spring isolator up front and 1/2" in the rear.

This would net 3/4" higher lift (rake) in the front than the rear as measured from the hub center to bottom of fender lips (at the radius). If I install a winch later this will settle 1/2" or 1/4" in the front, still leaving a nice moderate rake.

I think the issues with the chatter are these Bilstein shocks...

Therefore with all that said above, I'm considering the following...

Installing Teraflex 1" front and 1/2" rear pucks and investing in King OEM Performance shocks. This would maintain the OEM 10A spring rates, significantly improve dampening (adjustable) and allow enough clearance for 34" tires with 11.3" section widths. All using stock wheels and suspension components.

The issue would be selecting the correct length King OEM Performance shocks...

Thoughts?



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m998dna, It sounds pretty good to me. The only question I have is if you need to install spacers to increase your backspace so the tries don't rub at full turn? I have 305/70R17's ordered for mine, should be in Wednesday, and have a waiting order for the spacers in case I need them. Contemplating the 1" leveling kit as well.
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m998dna, It sounds pretty good to me. The only question I have is if you need to install spacers to increase your backspace so the tries don't rub at full turn? I have 305/70R17's ordered for mine, should be in Wednesday, and have a waiting order for the spacers in case I need them. Contemplating the 1" leveling kit as well.

I've seen 315's mounted on OE wheels without spacers. I think they clear, not sure how well. Here's a photo from a dealer in Texas... the owner's ride. I called this place and confirmed 2"-2.5" Mopar lift with no spacers.

Full turn can be remedied by adjusting the steering stops.

I would install a Mopar lift ... but since it only comes with springs, shocks and extended sway bar links, I'd rather keep my original springs (confirmed level sets!) and install pucks.

Some people are opposed to pucks..

I have 5.25" lift on my XJ using 4.5" springs with OE .5" isloator and RE 3/4" isolator. Works fine with the correct bump stops. Thing flexes and dances like a wild banshee. I have 31 x 10.5s .. slight rub at full lock on the lower control arms.

I really haven't looked underneath, not sure what type of springs the 10A has stock - progressive or linear rate springs. I guess if the Mopar (TeraFlex) springs are an upgrade to progressives then I may reconsider.

If not, you're simply trading alike springs... one slightly longer than the other. The spring rate may also be different.

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Spent five minutes to install the MetalCloak Center Rear Seat Support.

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Spent five minutes to install the MetalCloak Center Rear Seat Support.

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And then the rain interrupted other plans...
Cant wait to install mine..... still waiting....
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Spent five minutes to install the MetalCloak Center Rear Seat Support.

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I thought this was a joke...until i researched it lol
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I thought this was a joke...until i researched it lol
Nope, no joke, and that's my 7 year-old daughter doing the demo, so it doesn't take much. It's a minor thing, and the MC fix is so simple and yet well-done, it's not hardly worth a DIY.
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After addition of:
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Rampage Hood Locks
Truck Lite LED Headlights
Recon LED Smoke Turn Signals and Marker Lights

And finally, installed her IPCW LED Smoke Taillights:

All that electrical work and I only managed to blow one fuse! Not too shabby!
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Spent much of the day playing with Red. Knocked a number of minor mods off her list this weekend:

1. Had the driver/passenger windows tinted to match the back (~35% net)
2. AntennaX metal stubby
3. 'Hid' the garage door opener in the roll bar (no pic, PM for more info)
4. Installed my set of Surprise Straps
5. Bolted in the RuggedTuff Dead Pedal
6. Placed a full set of WeatherTech Liners Front and Back
7. Replaced the Map, Dome, License and Fog bulbs with KRAuto.com LEDs - all but the Fogs were plug and play, and they just required the shaving off of one 'nub' on the new bulbs. So much brighter!
8. Last, and possibly most important, I aired down to 36psi on all four corners, vastly improving the ride and handling!

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Spent five minutes to install the MetalCloak Center Rear Seat Support.

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And then the rain interrupted other plans...
Still waiting for my 10 A and the mod list keeps growing....

Placed my order for the MetalCloak today.
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Still waiting for my 10 A and the mod list keeps growing....

Placed my order for the MetalCloak today.
Mine was both a list/spreadsheet, as well as a small mountain in the garage. And that's without getting into any major stuff like lift, rims and treads!
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And then the rain interrupted other plans...
To note this is a JKU-only issue and fix.
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FYI, am in the middle of figuring out the Warn 9.5 cti-s install. It's not a drop in installation.

I am lucky that I have a fab guy on the payroll, so making a plate is no big deal. Going to have to do some relocating to get it to even drop in though.

I'll post some details when we figure out what to do.
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Just picked it up tonight!! This is my first Jeep and I cannot stop smiling!!! Awesome ride!!!
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Congrats! You've not wasted any time on the first mod(s). Nice wheels! What size tires did you go with?
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Congrats! You've not wasted any time on the first mod(s). Nice wheels! What size tires did you go with?
Exactly what I was going to say....
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AEV JK Savegre Black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs LT315/70R17. My dealership sells more lifted jeeps than regular ones. Once you drive each, you have to go lifted. I never even drove it stock! The quality of the ride is unbelievable, and the tires are quiet at highway speeds.
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For the Truck Lites, did you need to use an H4-H13 adapter, and the swap was pretty much plug and play? If you did have to use an adapter, was it included in the set, or did you have to order it separately?
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For the Truck Lites, did you need to use an H4-H13 adapter, and the swap was pretty much plug and play? If you did have to use an adapter, was it included in the set, or did you have to order it separately?
I used the adapter that came with them.
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I used the adapter that came with them.
Was that in a late model JK (last few years?) or from a model a few years back?

I am not an electrical guy, so just trying to figure out if there was some special adapater that was needed on JKs from the last few years ... or so I thought I remember reading in one of the aftermarket light threads.
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Grill guards?

Aloha. New to the forums, but have been lurking for a couple months. I ordered my first wrangler, a 10A, the first week of april. Currently it's in KZM and slowly making it's way out to the islands. Been putting together of list of mods/add ons I want to do, quite a few of which I learned about on these forums (Metalcloak seat support or instance...just assumed someone could sit in the middle seat of a vehicle and not sink...didn't think to examine it lol).

Anyways one of the mods I would like to do would be a grille guard or a bull bar. Mainly just for looks. Something like one of these:

Aries 1050 Black Grille Guard : Amazon.com : Automotive

MBRP 130716 Black Coated Front Light Bar/Grill Guard System : Amazon.com : Automotive

RealWheels, Classic Grill Guard With Light Mounts, Black 2007-2013 Jeep Wrangler JK & Wrangler Unlimited JK # 3001BPJ : Amazon.com : Automotive

However i'm not sure if something like that would work with the 10A bumper. I asked Quadratec support about the last link (RealWheels Classic Grill Guard) and they said it wouldn't work w/ the 10A bumper.

Anyone have any input or come across anything similar that would work w/ the 10A.

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Was that in a late model JK (last few years?) or from a model a few years back?

I am not an electrical guy, so just trying to figure out if there was some special adapater that was needed on JKs from the last few years ... or so I thought I remember reading in one of the aftermarket light threads.
I installed them on a 2012, I purchased them from Northridge so they came with the special adapter cords. they where completely plug and play. Only thing I did was the Electrical tape around the edge to remove some wiggle. It was super easy. I did flood the connectors with di-electric grease on principal, but I don't know if it was needed.
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For the Truck Lites, did you need to use an H4-H13 adapter, and the swap was pretty much plug and play? If you did have to use an adapter, was it included in the set, or did you have to order it separately?
If you order from Discount Fleet, the adapter dongle is not included, but is listed as an additional option ($16). You DO need the dongle. It is not the new flicker-reduction dongle as it is not yet available. BTW, check the 10A spreadsheet for a discount code.

ps - yes to plug and play, suggest a bit of dielectric grease on the connection.
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Mod #1, Goodyear MTR/Kevlars, 305/70R17, 34.1x12.1. Before everyone asks, no spacer at this point, just starts to rub at full turn. Rides great, feels stable, looks amazing!



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Anyone planning a "mild" leveling lift with upgraded shocks?

Sorry for the long winded dissertation..

To start, there's a huge difference how my XJ drives vs my JK. I don't know exactly what it is but my XJ with a RE 5.25" SuperFlex suspension and Rancho RS9000 shocks is way more tolerable on-road and absorbes all the small road bumps. Smooth as silk, easy steering and drives straight as an arrow compared to my new JK.

Yesterday, I took my JKUR10A to the dealer to pick up my XJ... on the way back my girlfriend drove my new 10A and I hopped in my Cherokee.

Well, when we got home she said "I hate the way this Jeep drives. It drives me and I feel it wandering back and forth. Next time, I want to drive your other Jeep."

Not sure what to make of this... however she feels my exact experiences after jumping from one vehicle into another. Also, keep in mind on my 10A I dropped the tire pressure to 38 lbs to see if the chatter across small road bumps would improve. I'm going air them back up to 46 lbs. because one improvement led to heavier steering and wandering effects.

Here's what I'm contemplating:

The 10A clearly needs something, not sure what at the moment. I don't want to lift this vehicle with a suspension kit where I need to climb into it, like my XJ. This needs to remain a daily driver with low center of gravity. I want to improve the on-road ride and driving experience with slightly taller 34" tires.

After measuring and watching the springs settle a bit, there's already 1/4" sag in the front. It started out at 22" even at all four corners with 11 miles on the clock - now has ~300. The quick math says it could use a Teraflex 1" spring isolator up front and 1/2" in the rear.

This would net 3/4" higher lift (rake) in the front than the rear as measured from the hub center to bottom of fender lips (at the radius). If I install a winch later this will settle 1/2" or 1/4" in the front, still leaving a nice moderate rake.

I think the issues with the chatter are these Bilstein shocks...

Therefore with all that said above, I'm considering the following...

Installing Teraflex 1" front and 1/2" rear pucks and investing in King OEM Performance shocks. This would maintain the OEM 10A spring rates, significantly improve dampening (adjustable) and allow enough clearance for 34" tires with 11.3" section widths. All using stock wheels and suspension components.

The issue would be selecting the correct length King OEM Performance shocks...

Thoughts?



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My thoughts would be that if that's not a typo on your psi then you should try running your tires between 27-30 psi and see if that help...
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My thoughts would be that if that's not a typo on your psi then you should try running your tires between 27-30 psi and see if that help...
This morning mine started out at 44 psi and worked its way to 49-50. The warmer it got the higher the pressure and the worse it handled. Installed the new treads at 40 psi and all is good so far.

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