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Old 02-12-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon from Germany - Modified of course !

Hi,

The modifications on my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK 3.8 AT Rubicon are nearly finished.

Following mods have been done:

3.5" Rubicon Express Superflex
Bilstein 5100
Bilstein Steering Damper
AEV Front Bumper
AEV Skid Plate
Bestop Rear Bumper
Warn 9.5ti Winch w/synth. rope
AEV Snorkel
Tow Hook
Hella Luminator Compact
Bestop Tire Carrier
Steelflex Break Hoses
Mike Sander's Corrosion Protection

What's still missing ? Fitting tires ! The OEM 32" bicycle tires look shitty and will be replaced by 35" ones. But still not available...











Between the two mounts a Rock Crawling Roller will be installed.



















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Original Height:





New Height:





With the new tires the car will grow by another 1,5 ", hard to climb.

Greetings from Hamburg, Germany


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Very nice. What part of Germany? My brother lives over there.

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Hi Brian,

Thanks.

Living in Hamburg in the North of Germany. Second biggest city of Germany, biggest German harbour and the most beautiful metropole in Germany (okay, Paris, Rome and Barcelona are better but in Germany nothing as nice...).

Being 43 yo, married, one 9 yo boy and have a passion for offroading. Reading a lot of German 4x4 magazines but also the JP magazine and Petersen's (but hard to get here).

Working in a chemical company and travelling a lot (privately and by business). Have contacts to European, Australian, Canadian and Malaysian/Singaporean Fourwheelers. Was driving of course in Europe, but also in Malaysia, Singapore, Wadi Rum in Jordan and I have enjoyed Dune Bashing in Saudi Arabia.



As second car I am driving a Landrover Discovery IV 3.0 tdv6 HSE (245 hp, 600 NM torque).





Before my Jeep I had also a modified Suzuki Grand Vitara (low gear, diff lock, snorkel, winch, 2" Trailmaster).







Ah, yes some years ago I also had a Volvo XC 90. It it was not as bad as to be expected from a softroader. But nothing for hc offroading...



Hope this gives a short survey. Sorry for did not introduce my person in advance.

Have a nice evening. For me it's very late now.

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Your BMW is quiet old by age but looks to be in extreme good shape. Very rare in Germany nowadays...too much rain and rust.

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Nice looking Jeep, I am super jealous of all the modifications. Welcome to the Forum and enjoy that ride!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #8
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That's a really nice looking jeep.. welcome...
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I've been looking at the snorkel kits. Did you install that as a kit yourself? I know that a custom hood can be purchased that has the cutout already in place, but wanted to know how difficult it was both to install and to get the nerve up to cut a hole in the hood.

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Welcome to the forum! Your JK looks great.

Wow - never noticed how bad the ackerman angle is on the JK's steering.
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Thanks, guys.

There are a lot of better looking rigs in the US.

But in Germany all mods have to be approved by technical authorities. And they are exremely strict, nearly everything is forbidden here. But of course with some cleverness you can find solutions:

I don't have a front bumper (because the front guard would be illegal). I have a winch carrier with integrated winch guard...

Normally I have to use a huge big awful looking number plate. So I have deinstalled all possibilities to install that plate but have imported the US plate carrier. Then I had to convince the German authorities to accept that no standard EU plate can be installed. Of course with technical inspection. So I get (and paid) special permittance for a small bike plate (normally for 80 ccm light bikes only)...

M/T tires are more and more banned in Europe. Due to stupid "noise regulations" the actual M/Ts have to wear a S for Silent. The offroad performance of such tires is already slightly reduced. As next step in 2016 M/Ts shall be forbidden totally...

You see, Germans have to be creative to get acceptable rigs.

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I've been looking at the snorkel kits. Did you install that as a kit yourself? I know that a custom hood can be purchased that has the cutout already in place, but wanted to know how difficult it was both to install and to get the nerve up to cut a hole in the hood.

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Hi Jack,

"Trennmaschine" is a German word. Are you German ?

Snorkel is very easy to install. You don't need the spare hood from AEV. With the snorkel they deliver you an installation guide including a template. You should have a good electrical saw. Small mistakes in sawing will be covered by an also included frame.

No problem, be brave.

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Old 02-13-2011, 04:37 AM   #12
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Hi Jack,

found these pics from German buddy:


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That in-bumper winch looks intriguing. Am I correct thinking it goes into the stock bumber? American jeeps get a different, straight bumper, which only takes a winch on top.
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That in-bumper winch looks intriguing. Am I correct thinking it goes into the stock bumber? American jeeps get a different, straight bumper, which only takes a winch on top.
There are a number of aftermarket bumpers and plates that will drop a winch down between the frame fails... it was a good design Jeep did with the front of the JK like that... unlike the TJ which has a crossmember right in the front.
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Only partly (typical American melting pot Irish/German). The name 'dieTrennMaschine' comes from the work I do - by profession I handle incident responses/breaches and security assessments for cyber systems. Since I have a bit of a rep within our team for ripping application systems apart, someone put a label on my office door one morning that had a picture of Jack the Ripper and the name on it. I wanted to use a test account on a system later that day without anything obvious but at the same time wanted something a bit ominous for the client, and that moniker stuck. I try to keep my language skills up, although there aren't many people I get to practice with in the states.

The snorkel install looks much easier than I thought. All I need is a new saw blade for my Sawzall and it looks like I could handle the template. Looks like a lot of tape is in order as well. What is that T-handle laying in the 2nd photo? I'm ordering another round of parts soon, so I may just go ahead and add the snorkel kit at the same time.
Have you had a chance to 'drink-test' it yet?

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See you got a snorkel, did you get a breather hose extension also? If your going to play in water at all you should. Here is one that I got, River Raider SMILIN' BOB'S BREATHER HOSE EXTENSION KIT

Smilin' Bob's Breather Hose Extension Kit - $48.00 : River Raider Off Road LLC., The home of quality jeep parts.
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Did you get a special license plate - or did you radomly end up with JK number.
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Did you get a special license plate - or did you radomly end up with JK number.
Nothing is random, all hard work; the JK on the plate and the small size of it.

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See you got a snorkel, did you get a breather hose extension also? If your going to play in water at all you should. Here is one that I got, River Raider SMILIN' BOB'S BREATHER HOSE EXTENSION KIT

Smilin' Bob's Breather Hose Extension Kit - $48.00 : River Raider Off Road LLC., The home of quality jeep parts.
Yes, Sir ! Axle and differential breath valves are extended. The pipes ends on the backside of the engine.

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Only partly (typical American melting pot Irish/German). The name 'dieTrennMaschine' comes from the work I do - by profession I handle incident responses/breaches and security assessments for cyber systems. Since I have a bit of a rep within our team for ripping application systems apart, someone put a label on my office door one morning that had a picture of Jack the Ripper and the name on it. I wanted to use a test account on a system later that day without anything obvious but at the same time wanted something a bit ominous for the client, and that moniker stuck. I try to keep my language skills up, although there aren't many people I get to practice with in the states.

The snorkel install looks much easier than I thought. All I need is a new saw blade for my Sawzall and it looks like I could handle the template. Looks like a lot of tape is in order as well. What is that T-handle laying in the 2nd photo? I'm ordering another round of parts soon, so I may just go ahead and add the snorkel kit at the same time.
Have you had a chance to 'drink-test' it yet?

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Hi Jack,

TRENNMASCHINE sound like Friday the 13th' Jason...scary.

No offroad testing now, the car has been modified 2 weeks ago only. The mysterious T-tool is a simple wrench.

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No offroad testing now, the car has been modified 2 weeks ago only. The mysterious T-tool is a simple wrench.

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I didn't see a car. I saw a pretty sweet Jeep.
Hi Seadog,

Don't be too hard. If it has 35 inch tyres it will look somewhat better. Perhaps still no car in your eyes... but to be honest car drivers are enough on this world, I want to drive an offroad rig ...

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Hi all,

now the 32" bicycle tyres are off and 35" Cooper Discoverer S/T are installed. Now the proportions are okay...





Any my Bestop Rear Bumper has a massive roller now...

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Das Jeep ist ja Fabelhat! (hope that means what I think it does)..

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Hows the rubbing with those tires on stock rims?
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Some more pics:





Some helping tools for my son to enter...







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I like it


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I had no idea they permitted red rear blinkers in Germany.
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I had no idea they permitted red rear blinkers in Germany.
Hi,

hmmm, yes you are allright. Never checked that. Perhaps the European version has yellow bulbs behind the clear colourless part of the cover ? Don't know but will check.

However everything is legalized at that car...also the tyre profile coming out of the fenders...normally also not possible in Germany.

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Great looking Jeep! I like the look of the stock wheels, I have been trying to decide weather or not to replace with the larger tires and lift.

Those are some great previous rides. I too, have the XC90/Rubicon combo. Although the Volvo mostly stays in the garage.
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