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Old 11-07-2010, 06:25 PM   #31
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nice! it does look much cleaner. I just removed the dealer sticker today with a hair dryer, never thought about the sport/and trailrated..

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:48 PM   #32
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Looks really good. Wanna see it with the lift done!

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Old 11-08-2010, 01:39 AM   #33
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:30 AM   #34
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Very nice!.. what size tires and lift do you have??
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #35
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As do you sir! Awesome Rubi. Looks like fun!
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:10 AM   #36
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Very nice!.. what size tires and lift do you have??
35"km2s and 2.5" OME Springs.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:08 AM   #37
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Love the color, she's in the brotherhood now
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:06 AM   #38
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35"km2s and 2.5" OME Springs.

thanks - the flares are cool as hell too...
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:41 PM   #39
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Thats bad luck put ur badge back on lol
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:50 PM   #40
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I did the Rear Seat Angle Adjustment Mod today. The girls were complaining that the back seat was too upright... which is fair if you've ever sat back there.

The spacer dimensions I found on the forum-that-sensors didn't work for me (maybe 2011 is different) hence the extra holes in the longer rear spacers.

I made my spacers out of 1-1/2 x 3/8 Aluminum bar stock. Only $12.01 (cut) from a local metal supply.

The 4 for the front legs are 1-1/2 long with a 1/2 hole, 3/4 from the end.

The 3 for the rear brackets are 4" long with a 1/2 hole 1-3/4 from the end.




First remove the 4 bolts on the front legs. 18 mm socket. Probably going to need a breaker bar and a 6-point socket because they are TIGHT!




Next, use the ratcheting feature of the seat belts to hold up the seat bottoms and remove the 3 bolts on the rear brackets. Again, they are TIGHT.




Next loosen the 2 nuts and one bolt on the rear of the rear brackets.




Now, tilt the brackets back and insert the long spacers. I had to egg out one of the 3 holes on a seat bracket to get things lined up... not quite enough slop to get that bolt started straight.

After they're done, don't forget tighten down the rear nuts and bolt.




Finally, mount the short spacers under the front legs.




Have a brew and let the kids try it out

It might be hard to tell from the pics, but the long spacers kick the bottom of the seat-back forward for more recline and the short spacers lift the front of the seat bottom for more comfort... and in my opinion more safety. That extra angle on the seat bottom will help prevent a person from submarining under the seat belt in a front collision. Also note that the bolts are plenty long enough to still go entirely through the weld-nuts on the body. I really don't want to start a tirade on safety, so please only consider this mod at your own risk.
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:57 PM   #41
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Great pics and explanations. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:34 PM   #42
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Oops -- typo on the length of the short 4... sorry.

Also, if I were to do this again, I'd probably go ahead make the long ones an inch longer with the hole 2-1/4 from the end, but the dims below are what I used.

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I made my spacers out of 1-1/2 x 3/8 Aluminum bar stock. Only $12.01 (cut) from a local metal supply.

The 4 for the front legs are 2-1/2 long with a 1/2 hole, 3/4 from the end.

The 3 for the rear brackets are 4" long with a 1/2 hole 1-3/4 from the end.
P.S. lift kit goes on tomorrow!
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:08 PM   #43
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Looked long and hard (thats what she said) for my yellow Jeep, got to love um.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #44
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Looks really good. Wanna see it with the lift done!
Done!

It's great when a good plan comes together. Thanks to all those on the forum that unknowingly helped me select the parts.

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2" OME LT kit
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:11 PM   #45
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Today, I added these "soft ties" I bought off ebay -- they make a nice handle for the girls to grab and pull themselves up into the back seat.

I'd recommend the ones with a twist in one of the loops. The twist seems to make the loop stay open and easier to put your hand through.



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Old 11-20-2010, 08:16 PM   #46
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Today's project was to mount up some Pilot PL-360C fog lamps with yellow Lamin-X

Write up here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/pil...all-69648.html

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:00 PM   #47
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nice job on your jeep.. even the ties straps - cool touch. these are motorcycle 18" ones???
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:04 PM   #48
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nice job on your jeep.. even the ties straps - cool touch. these are motorcycle 18" ones???
Thanks -- yeah they came from a motorcycle shop. They're 16" long (which I think are the actual length of the ones advertised as 18")
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:30 PM   #49
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Great job on the mods.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:37 PM   #50
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General Grabber AT2 33x12.50x17 tires installed.

I used a Teraflex adapter and Daystar tailgate bumpstops to mount the spare.

Just the lift kit left to go -- woo hoo.






I love the look of the tires are they on the stock wheels in this picture? Could you leave it like this and not need the lift kit?
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:40 PM   #51
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I love the look of the tires are they on the stock wheels in this picture? Could you leave it like this and not need the lift kit?
Thanks. Yes, stock wheels.

I'm not sure on no lift. I'm guessing it would be fine for road use, but offroad the tires could hit the fenders at large flex. Maybe others could confirm, but I think that's why you see a recommendation for flat fenders with no lift and 33x12.5's.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:24 PM   #52
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Thanks. Yes, stock wheels.

I'm not sure on no lift. I'm guessing it would be fine for road use, but offroad the tires could hit the fenders at large flex. Maybe others could confirm, but I think that's why you see a recommendation for flat fenders with no lift and 33x12.5's.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:30 PM   #53
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love the color; love the mods; and most of all Love The Pics!!

Great Job!
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:36 AM   #55
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Looks great! Can you give some feedback on street ride quality before and after the lift/tires?

Thanks
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Looks great! Can you give some feedback on street ride quality before and after the lift/tires?

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The ride is only a little stiffer than stock, but not annoying for bad roads like we have here in Michigan. Not bouncy, but almost sportscar-like. I don't think you can go wrong with OME.

The tires are slightly noisier, but not as noisy as my father-in-laws stock Rubicon tires on his Islander. Seem good in the rain... no snow yet.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:39 PM   #57
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Very nice look!

Did you have any trouble getting your tire guy to mount those 12.50's on the stock wheels? I've got a 2011 Dark Green Rubicon Unlimited that I would like to put 35x12.50x17 tires on the Rubi wheels and some of the tire places tell me the wheels are not wide enough...... I plan on a 3.5-4.0 lift with wheel spacers also. Have you had the tires in the snow yet? I'm still trying to pick a tire to go with. I do almost all highway driving (24000-26000 miles a year) but still want an agressive look. any feed back on your tires would be great.
By the way, I,m going to do the rear seat recline. Thanks for the write up.

Again looks Great!
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Very nice look!

Did you have any trouble getting your tire guy to mount those 12.50's on the stock wheels?
Thanks. I did go to a small shop to get the install to avoid that question. They are technically rated for a rim at least 8-1/2, but the guy at the shop said they'd be fine... and obviously others here have done it.

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Have you had the tires in the snow yet? I'm still trying to pick a tire to go with. I do almost all highway driving (24000-26000 miles a year) but still want an agressive look. any feed back on your tires would be great.
No major snow yet, but with the snow we did have, they seemed very good. On par with the dedicated snow tires on my old Volvo 240. If you've googled these tires you've probably seen similar reviews for snow.

I did mess around with the air pressure this week to increase the contact patch, and I'm down to 30 psi, so I was happy that I got an AEV ProCal for Christmas to change the low-pressure setting. I also set the tire diameter to 31.25" to make the speedo match a GPS.
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:07 PM   #60
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Knocked out a couple more mods today...
- Rallylights Hella H4 headlights with Optilux XB bulbs
I'm a Philips X-treme Power +80 convert!!!

The Philips X-treme +80's provide way better light in my Hella H4's than the Hella Optilux XB 80/100W bulbs I put in originally.

Honestly, I should have known better after reading Stern's stuff for years, but I thought I'd give the blue-tint a try and to overcome the downfalls by over wattage. I think they probably would have made a deer pop out on the edge of the highway, but the blue'ish light was really absorbed by the gray/black road surface and it seemed dark... at least to my eyes. Everything really pops with the +80's

Thumbs way up!

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