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Old 03-23-2011, 12:50 AM   #1
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Cool First round of mods went well.....Pictures!

In the beginning......




Here is the result so far....






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Old 03-23-2011, 01:16 AM   #2
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Did you install a lift kit as well?


Like the wheels.

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Old 03-23-2011, 02:02 AM   #3
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love it! not your normal set of wheels so it makes you stand out. good work so far
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:21 AM   #4
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How do you like the bumper ?
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:15 AM   #5
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Geez and that's just the first round? Jealous!!
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Lookin good!
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Looking great for the first round!
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what exhaust did you put on.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:54 PM   #9
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What!! those are my rims give them back
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #10
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Dang! Looks like someone made out well on their trip to Las Vegas! Jeep looks awesome!!
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #11
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daaaayyuummm. list of mods??
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:47 PM   #12
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I'm going to try and reply to all so far here. First off thanks for the compliments. I did it all myself with my dad over two days in a garage so it was a lot of fun! So that leads me to the first ...

TheDoc- I did install the lift myself. It's a rough country 3 1/4 inch with 2.2 performance shocks. Came with coils and spacers.

Drake- I love the bumpers so far, but they are heavy so I would only recommend putting them on after a lift.

Green Machine- Its a GIBSON cat back system. Sounds great on the outside and is a little loud inside. However, some dynamat for stereos under the carpet helped that.

Blegon---mods are listed in my jeep profile however. My jeep is on quadratecs site and all but the rocker guards from smittybuilt are listed there. Here is the link.

07 JK Sahara Unlimited by Jason H. of Bourbonnais, IL - Quadratec

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Awesome man. Good job. I wish my dad was as into jeeping as I am. That must have been great
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Awesome!!!
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:03 PM   #15
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Nice First Round of Mods...

SWEET! <JEALOUS>

Going to buddy's house this weekend for some basic mods... rear bumper, air intake, valve cover, moving mirrors... BASIC!

Will post B&A pics once we are finished.

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Looks good. I almost bought a jk when I before I found my LJ.
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Did you get the storage ends for your bumper ? If so is there enough room for normal gear like tools and rope ?
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:11 PM   #18
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awsome man....its like lookin into the potential future of mine, nice to see some of my potential mods on the same color and style jeep as mine
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Drake,

Due to the cost difference I didn't go with the storage ends. I am not sure how much stuff you can really store in them. Maybe some jumper cables, small hand tools?
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Due to the cost difference I didn't go with the storage ends. I am not sure how much stuff you can really store in them. Maybe some jumper cables, small hand tools?
Thank you so much for your help good luck with your jeep
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Awesome mods. I have the same rims XD HOSS and the gibson dual exhaust. Where did you install the dynomat to help reduce the sound from the gibson? Mine settled in about a 1000 miles but was loud inside when I first put it on.
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Awesome mods. I have the same rims XD HOSS and the gibson dual exhaust. Where did you install the dynomat to help reduce the sound from the gibson? Mine settled in about a 1000 miles but was loud inside when I first put it on.
I love the rims and exhaust. What tires did you go with?

I basically just custom fit the Dynamat to fit under the carpet in the rear behind the seat. Not a 100% fit but helped. I haven't hit the 1000 miles you mentioned so I suppose it might get better. Did you see a big change after the 1000 miles?
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I love the rims and exhaust. What tires did you go with?

I basically just custom fit the Dynamat to fit under the carpet in the rear behind the seat. Not a 100% fit but helped. I haven't hit the 1000 miles you mentioned so I suppose it might get better. Did you see a big change after the 1000 miles?
I went with the 33's Nitto Trail Grapplers and a Rough Country 2.5 Lift w/shocks. I will be upgrading the stereo system completely and I had read about dynomat so that is good to know that it will help reduce the exhaust noise in the cabin and with the sound.

When I first got the Gibson dual installed it looked really good, then I fired her up in my garage and was impressed with the sound. Then I went for a drive with the hardtop on and at 60 it was very LOUD in the cabin with windows down. Roll up windows not to bad. Took the top off and sounded good but the wind probably helped with canceling out the drone.
I was almost ready to put the stock exhaust back on but I read here that it will settle in nicely after some miles driven. Some say 5000 miles but mine really settled in after 1000 miles and I am pleased.
One note though for some reason when I first installed the exhaust where it slides onto the existing pipe, there is notch on the gibson with the c clamp bolts clamp down looked like it had slipped out a little and the c clamp bolts felt a little loose. I simply loosed the bolts, sprayed the pipe with wd-40 and pushed the gibson all the way so the nub went all the way to the grove channel and really tightend the c clamp bolts down hard. Went for a test drive and noticed improved sound. One problem is that the pipe comming from the engine is creased over the rear axle and this is where it changes the pressure and sound waves so the gibson seems louder in the cabin. Next I am getting the Bestop Trextop NX looks great with the slant back and rims/tires combo.
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Oh man. That's what my Jeep wants to be when it grows up...
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Looks great!

Did you have any trouble mounting the Smitty side rails? I have read other posts where they didn't fit correctly and required some grinding.
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Looks great!

Did you have any trouble mounting the Smitty side rails? I have read other posts where they didn't fit correctly and required some grinding.


You are right on...... the rails look great. However, the front mounting holes are not drilled correctly. I had to grind/drill them out I would say about an 8th of an inch or so to make them work. Not a hard thing to do, but when you pay money you expect something to just "work".
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:43 AM   #28
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Smile A few more pics ....

I decided to get some new decals. They are light and dark grey. Thought the grey sahara would look better on the black jeep than the stock brown. You can also see my newly added Rugged Ridge hinge covers. What do you all think?





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where you get the gray sahara stickers....got a black unlimited and agree the grey looks way better than the tan
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where you get the gray sahara stickers....got a black unlimited and agree the grey looks way better than the tan
Awesome guy here in IL has a website ...lots of good jeep stickers in like 14 custom colors.....

pixeldecals.com


he makes them to order and you get them to your door in about 10 days. He made both the sahara and dharma stickers. Good quality and easy application! I got the sahara with the light grey and then dark grey as the letters and shadow side of the mountains.

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