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Old 04-23-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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2014 JKUR Mods Suggestions/Feedback

Since I bought my 2014 JKUR in August last year I have only added the step sides and floor mats because they really didn’t have much specific to the 2014 available to upgrade my Jeep at the time.


I am getting the mod bug now though and am looking for feedback/suggestions on the mods I have planned as well as those I am debating on which to choose from.

First off, my jeep is my DD. I use it to get to and from the bus stop 4 days a week @ 6 miles each way and sometimes to drive out to work (like this morning) @ 54 miles each way. Other than that I use it to run errands around town and on the weekends I find myself in the mountains quite often. Over the winter I didn’t get to play much honestly though. Last weekend I took it up in the mountains to play and loved the mud but the snow was still too deep in some areas so I ended up high centered one time. That was enough for me to realize I need to get a lift and bigger tires under this beast!

I am getting a quote to install the following mods:

· Rugged Ridge base bumper with stubby ends and a Double X Striker Guard (OM 11542.02KIT-A)
· Warn® 9.5cti Contactor Equipped Winch with 100' Spydura™ Synthetic Rope and Hawse Fairlead

And I am debating the following:

Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier Combo . . .
Either:

· Smittybilt® Rear XRC Bumper with 2" Receiver Hitch with
· OR-Fab™ Swing-A-Way Tire with RotopaX™ Container Carrier
Or:
· Smittybilt® XRC Rear Bumper with 2" Receiver Hitch & Tire Carrier Textured Black

Lift Kits which will work with 35” tires . . . (still figuring out which rims and tires to get though)
· Rock Krawler JK 3.5" Flex System
· Rock Krawler JK 3.5 X Factor Long Arm System

If anyone has comments/feedback or suggestions about any of the mods I have listed please let me know!

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:04 AM   #2
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The RK lifts are top quality so they are great choice. However, if you haven't already done so read a couple of the many threads talking about the benefits of going with the 2.5" lift kits that also enable to run up to 35" tires.

Nothing wrong with a taller lift but they invariably lead to a series of other modifications and reduce the reliability of the joints in your suspension, steering and driveline of your Jeep. Since you drive mainly on the road that may be important.

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Old 04-23-2014, 12:47 PM   #3
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I have read a ton of posts on this forum and there is so much information available that it is a real task to sift through and find something specific for my current year/model JK.

I appreciate the heads up and the advice!!

Looks like my lift options just changed to:

· Rock Krawler JK 2.5" Max. Travel System
or:
· Rock Krawler JK 2.5" X Factor System
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I've found it is not a lack of products but more a lack of websites updating their descriptions. I haven't bought anything that said it was through 2013 that didn't fit my 2014.

I personally went with the 2.5" lift with 35s and am happy.
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I've found it is not a lack of products but more a lack of websites updating their descriptions. I haven't bought anything that said it was through 2013 that didn't fit my 2014.

I personally went with the 2.5" lift with 35s and am happy.
For what it's worth, oil filters and mat retention systems are NOT the same 2013 to 2014.

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For what it's worth, oil filters and mat retention systems are NOT the same 2013 to 2014.

Yeah I did get my front slush mats from the dealer. But he said he already had those. And I assumed (I know, I know) he was referring to aftermarket bolt-on goodies.

I wonder what else is different on the 14.

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Yeah I did get my front slush mats from the dealer. But he said he already had those. And I assumed (I know, I know) he was referring to aftermarket bolt-on goodies.

I wonder what else is different on the 14.

I figured he was asking the same thing, but for those that didn't assUme that, I wanted to say it anyway.

The only other difference I am aware of is the clear front marker lenses. Not much changed 13 --> 14 at all.

I'm sure someone will correct me when I am wrong!
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Clear trumps yellow.
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Your are correct 14Sport, I was referring to the bolt-on goodies. The slush mats I originally purchased were not compatible with the '14 mounts though the shop said they were. Thus my modification shopping stopped last year and I have been waiting for the industry to catch up and update their goodies. Also love this forum for information regarding mods and how they work/look on the '14 JKU's.
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My bumper is ordered!! Should be here within the week hopefully. Now just trying to figure out the money to get my lift to put it all together.
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Question about my gears . . . I have 4.10's and am wondering if I will have any issues with the 2.5" RK Max Travel lift and 35" tires, along with the front and rear bumpers and the winch I am putting on there?? I read a few posts which say I should be okay but a few recommend going to a 4.56 or 4.88. Is this necessary or just a good thing if your going to be doing serious offroad/crawling?
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Question about my gears . . . I have 4.10's and am wondering if I will have any issues with the 2.5" RK Max Travel lift and 35" tires, along with the front and rear bumpers and the winch I am putting on there?? I read a few posts which say I should be okay but a few recommend going to a 4.56 or 4.88. Is this necessary or just a good thing if your going to be doing serious offroad/crawling?
you will be fine unless you are looking for absolute max performance. 4.10's and 35's will be fine.
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Go 2.5 for sure, that's what I have and clears 35s no problem. Also have 410 gears and you will be totally fine.
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I really appreciate the feedback! Not ready for max performance yet, but will be doing some off-roading/mudding!!
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Ordered my 2.5" Rock Krawler Max Travel Suspension System with the Bilstein 5100's and 2" bumpstops yesterday! Thanks to my wife for letting me get all this ordered! Getting excited!! Going to go today to look at tire and rim combinations.
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Clear trumps yellow.
I like the clear better. My old TJ had yellow and I was going to change them to clear. Just noticed my JK has them. Been 3 days since I got it and noticing new things about it everyday.
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Well, I cant believe I am the first to mention the obvious. You have already mentioned being high centered once. You will be again....it happens. The first mods I would suggest to your 2014 would be the first ones I added to my 2014....Skid Plates.
I took mine to Windrock and the factory gas tank plate came away with 3 separate scuffs. I realized the factory plates were not sufficient.

I have installed MORE Evap skid and
Rock Hard gas tank skid
Next for me is the Rock Hard Front Engine and Transmission skid which covers everything including both cat converters.....

I would also recommend undercoating. Every Jeep I see is rusting underneath....They start rusting as soon as they leave the factory. The local dealer paints them back black as part of the prep work when they arrive because they are already rusting everywhere underneath when they come off the truck.
The day after mine was delivered I soaked everything under it (except exhaust) in rubberized undercoating....8 cans. Six months later, after its first winter of salt and snow covered mountain roads and the bottom side of my Jeep is still looking new and flat black.....no rust anywhere.
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Well, I cant believe I am the first to mention the obvious. You have already mentioned being high centered once. You will be again....it happens. The first mods I would suggest to your 2014 would be the first ones I added to my 2014....Skid Plates.
I took mine to Windrock and the factory gas tank plate came away with 3 separate scuffs. I realized the factory plates were not sufficient.

I have installed MORE Evap skid and
Rock Hard gas tank skid
Next for me is the Rock Hard Front Engine and Transmission skid which covers everything including both cat converters.....

I would also recommend undercoating. Every Jeep I see is rusting underneath....They start rusting as soon as they leave the factory. The local dealer paints them back black as part of the prep work when they arrive because they are already rusting everywhere underneath when they come off the truck.
The day after mine was delivered I soaked everything under it (except exhaust) in rubberized undercoating....8 cans. Six months later, after its first winter of salt and snow covered mountain roads and the bottom side of my Jeep is still looking new and flat black.....no rust anywhere.
Can you expand a little on spraying the underneath. Are you literally under the jeep spraying everything you can see with rubberized coating? I'm moving to wi this summer and don't want the jeep rusted out.
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Can you expand a little on spraying the underneath. Are you literally under the jeep spraying everything you can see with rubberized coating? I'm moving to wi this summer and don't want the jeep rusted out.
He's right about the rust. Mine is already starting to rust and it's only a week old. I'm going to take mine to a place that does. That way I can blame them and be covered if it still rusts.
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Re: Or-fab tire carrier... I love mine, but look over install directions carefully to decide if that is really what you want to do. Install requires drilling a one inch hole thru the body near tail light, so the install is not easily reversible.

As stated, I had no problems doing this to my 2007 which has already been hacked on and welded up, but I don't think I would do this to my 2014 for which I have gentler plans.
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Can you expand a little on spraying the underneath. Are you literally under the jeep spraying everything you can see with rubberized coating? I'm moving to wi this summer and don't want the jeep rusted out.
I took mine to a local garage...nothing fancy, just an oil and lube place usually. I told them what I wanted and they ran to a local auto parts store and got 8 cans at about ten dollars per can. We went back to the garage and took off wheels and then painted the entire underbody while it was up on the rack.

We painted everything under it. It was a black and white can that said rubberized undercoating. It seems to have done a great job. He said just to touch it up each fall and I would be covered all winter long.
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I appreciate the information CAWillie. The undercarriage looks great so far but I plan on getting better protection underneath for sure. I had my old truck undercoated when I bought it but hadn't thought of it for my Jeep, another thing to add to the list. Guess I can do that when I install the lift. Thanks!

Jeep n co, thanks for letting me know about the install. When I originally looked it said you would need to drill a small hole . . . I didn't expect that to be a 1" hole Guess I will keep looking because I don't plan on cutting into my Jeep just yet. I am trying to find a tire carrier that will hold extra fuel tanks and a jack, etc. There area few of the Poison Spyder rear bumbers that look good, the search continues.
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Jeep n co, thanks for letting me know about the install. When I originally looked it said you would need to drill a small hole . . . I didn't expect that to be a 1" hole Guess I will keep looking because I don't plan on cutting into my Jeep just yet. I am trying to find a tire carrier that will hold extra fuel tanks and a jack, etc. There area few of the Poison Spyder rear bumbers that look good, the search continues.
Sure thing. Look into the Teraflex one, it might fit the bill.
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jeep n co, thanks again! I looked at the Teraflex tire carrier and it looks solid and doesn't require any extra holes to be drilled
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Installed my Rugged Ridge front bumper last night, finished just after midnight. Had to use a little persuasion to get the winch plate installed. Will post some pics later to update the current look of my Jeep.

After installing the Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel Suspension System with Bilstein 5100's and 2" Bumpstops. Which should arrive within the next 10 days I hope!

I have decided on the following tire/wheel combo. 35x12.5R17LT Open Country M/T tires on Level 8 Tracker 17x8.5 5-127 -6MTB wheels.

Then I need to get the TeraFlex JK HD Hinged Carrier and Adjustable Spare Tire Mounting Kit.

Today is the day to get the ball rolling on those. I can't wait to get this all put together and get back up in the mountains!!!!
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Got the bumper installed last night and installed the stubby ends today. Now I really need to get the lift and tires on it!! . . . and a winch, and . . .
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I dont know how low your bumper protects but I would flip your electronic disco motor. It gives you a bit more clearance. If you have the tools, its very easy, free and should take less than 1 hour.
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trailless, I was looking at that when I installed the bumper. Good idea! I will have to add that to the list when I install the lift this weekend.

Got my Wheels and Tires ordered yesterday, so I will have to drive with the stock wheels and tires for a week but it's all good!
It's all starting to come together!
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A little delayed in the install of my lift and tires due to some logistics issues but I am installing the lift and getting the wheels and tires mounted on Friday!!

The wait is torture though. It is like having all my Christmas presents open and in front of the tree but not being able to touch them!!

As an afterthought I ordered the DiabloSport InTune tuner yesterday, completely forgot that I would need to adjust for the new tire size. It will get here just in time to change the settings when the lift and wheels/tires are installed.
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Cool

Pulled the trigger tonight and ordered most of the things I have been browsing and reading about that I need to get this build to the level that I want:
  • WARN 9.5cti Winch
  • Poison Spyder JK RockBrawler II Rear Bumper
  • TeraFlex HD Hinged Carrier & Adjustable Spare Tire Mounting Kit
  • Hi-Lift Jack
  • ROTO PAX 3 gal. gas tank with the mounting bracket
  • H3R Performance MAXOUT 2.5lb. Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher and the nylon strap holder from Quadratec
  • Plus some 3/4" shackles.

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