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Old 10-09-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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2012 JKU Rubicon Photo, Exterior Accessories

Here's a photo of my month old 2012 Rubicon with a few mods I added for my wife. Tinted the front drivers and passenger windows to match the rest of the jeep. I really like the looks and it keep the inside cooler on hot sunny days. Rugged ridge billet aluminum grill inserts to protect the radiator fins. MOPAR side steps and MOPAR mud flaps to protect the paint from our daily driving on rocks and gravel to and from work. Rugged Ridge bug deflector. I had to clamp a couple of pieces of 3/4" x 1/8" steel bar stock to the plastic deflector and heat it with a heat gun and then bent it up to give it more effectiveness at diverting the windstream. So far, it really helps keep the bugs off of the windshield. Also, added Rugged Ridge front and rear floor liners. One more thing to add. The wife wants a Huskers spare tire cover. We really LOVE our new Jeep, it's a dream come true!!!!
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Nice looking Jeep!! You should post back about the mud flaps and if you/your wife like them or not, I notice rocks a lot more now that I drive a bigger vehicle and those look nice and understated.

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Old 10-10-2011, 10:52 AM   #3
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View of Grill Inserts

Realized that on the first photo you can't see the grill inserts. So, here ya go.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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WHat type of tint did you use to match?...jeep looks sexy!
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:07 AM   #5
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that bug guard looks like itll whistle something wicked, do you actually recommend it? does it work?
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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It seems as if most things I do have both positive and negative ramifications. I just try to make sure that the positive attributes will vastly outweigh the negative one's. This bug guard does create a little bit of wind noise, but barely noticeable. I read a ton of posts that bug deflectors were useless. Well, if they are all designed like this one was, I can see why. Now, I'm not an expert, but have taken a number of physics courses and have a machine shop as a hobby, so I do a lot of real world projects. It was my opinion that the rear edge of the shield needed to be raised to create the type of aerodynamic effects needed to deflect bugs, so I sandwiched the rear edge of the plastic with two pieces of 3/4" x 1/8" steel bar stock. Then I took about half an hour slowly heating the steel with a heat gun. When the plastic was pliable, I put about a 60 degree up-angle on the rear edge. So far, only the huge bumble bees make it to the windscreen. YES, it helps a lot with the smaller bugs. I'm not certain about the ideal angle of the rear edge yet, but this is a vast improvement from having nothing at all.
One interesting side note. I always Rain-X the windshield so that at speed, you really don't even need to use your wipers since the glass is so hydrophobic the water just beads up and flies off. After the addition of the modified bug deflector at hi-way speeds, the beads of rain would sporaticaly dance around the windshield. First going up, then down or sideways etc. Obviously, there was a lot of chaotic turbulence taking place at or near the windshield. Now, I have changed the angle just a bit in an attempt to shift the turbulence to just above and behind the windscreen. I'll re-post when I have more data.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:42 AM   #7
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WHat type of tint did you use to match?...jeep looks sexy!
Sorry, I don't have the exact type of tint material that the tech used. Here in Nebraska, we can only be tinted on those side front windows to a level of 35% transmission. The tech told me that this tint is just barely legal, so that is as good as I can get. Oh, don't use ammonia based window cleaners on windows that have the tinted film, it will degrade the adhesive.
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Good to know. I just went with rain-x and no shield myself, but mostly because research seemed to indicate that are fairly useless stock, as you noted. I'm actually more concerned with how long those will actually last more than the noise, let me know if they survive the winter! Very cool that you were able to get it modified to work though, definitely keep us posted.
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Door Handle Guards

Nice Rubi, I have a one month old 2011 that is your twin on the exterior. I noticed while wheeling that some rocks hit the side of the vehicle while turning the wheels. I may have to consider front flaps as I am inclined to get ACE slider rails vs the step.

On previous vehicles, I have always hated all the scratches which accumulate on the paint under my door handles, so I just installed the rough country door guard discs. They actually look very nice under the black handles and will compliment the fuel filler door (when I decide which one to buy )

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