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Old 05-25-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Mild '12 JK build

Got my '12 JK sport on 4/22. I have done alot of reading on WR. Great forum lots of good info, thanks.
My factory options are, auto, AC, 3.73s and Sirius radio. Bought the Jeep for around 2.5% below invoice, dealer had to get the Jeep from a dealer 130 miles away.
The following is what I have done to it and why.

Factory steps: Bought them online for $280, I have two small kids so the steps were a must, I know they are not the toughest but they are good for my useage and I really like the looks with the factory flares.

Suspension: Origionally I ordered a Teraflex leveling kit fron QT but thankfully it was backordered, after a little more research I cancelled the order and bought a set of new take off JKU springs. I had 14s, and 55s stock, I changed out to 18s, and 58s. I also bought a set of Rubicon take of shocks from the same seller. They sell on eBay. $215 for both shipped.
Install took about 3 hours, I did it myself one night after dinner. The spring and shock change added 1.5" of lift in the front and 3/4" of lift in the rear. The ride is much more controlled with much less body roll.

Wheels and tires: I know everyone likes the smaller wheels, I personally like the stock 17" wheels and I need to keep the wheels inside the fenders to be able to get an inspection sticker, I also like that they are hub centric.
I bought a set of take off 17" sport wheels and a set of Toyo P285/70/17 tires, being P rated they are only 44 lbs each, I bought the wheels from a forum member for $250 and the tires from www.treaddepot.com for $178 each. I am very happy with both.

The JK is a daily drive that my wife drives, the kids can get into and out of easily, and still drives like stock. I can notice a decrease in acceleration with the change in tires but it is worth it from a looks standpoint. I am very happy with everything I have done so far, next I plan on adding some driving lights and a couple other little things.
Below are some pictures, stock and after the "mods".
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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Add some rollbar velcro mounted grab handles. Great when standing on the steps and wiggling butt just right into seat. You can add headrest velcro handles in back for kids.

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Old 05-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Whoa . . .

A new guy who actually USED the search feature. I am stunned. I almost don't know what to say.

Nice.
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Wish I had done that much research pre-buy. Stubby antenna and you're good.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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Looks Great
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:15 AM   #6
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Got my Procal yesterday, corrected for the bigger tires, took about 2 minutes speedometer and mileage are now accurate, very pleased with everything. Next is some type of lights.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:19 AM   #7
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Whoa . . .

A new guy who actually USED the search feature. I am stunned. I almost don't know what to say.

Nice.
And put the right coils on.
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Looks good. Very tasteful and not overdone. Those wheels/tires made it look 100% better.
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Nice upgrades. Well done.
Did you set the parking lights as DRL's using the pro cal?
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Nice upgrades. Well done.
Did you set the parking lights as DRL's using the pro cal?
Thanks, I have not tried the DRLs yet.
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Looks great. Nice subtle upgrades.

Any rub with the tires?
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #12
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Thanks, I have not tried the DRLs yet.
Tried turning on the DRL but they did not work, it did honk the horn twice so I know it was programed.
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Looks great. Nice subtle upgrades.

Any rub with the tires?
None, they also did not run without the spring change, but I have not really flexed the suspension either.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #14
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Tried turning on the DRL but they did not work, it did honk the horn twice so I know it was programed.
This one stumped me for like 5 mins after programeing 5 times. E brake has to be off and it has to be in gear before the DRL comes on. Had my daughter in the front of the jeep turn the jeep on no lights. Shes like no daddy no lights. The directions just say being in gear but the ebrake has to be off also. nice jeep bro.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:39 PM   #15
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This one stumped me for like 5 mins after programeing 5 times. E brake has to be off and it has to be in gear before the DRL comes on. Had my daughter in the front of the jeep turn the jeep on no lights. Shes like no daddy no lights. The directions just say being in gear but the ebrake has to be off also. nice jeep bro.
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I checked it by putting it in gear with the emergency brake on but no lights, makes sense now. I set the turn signals as my DRLs, works great.
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Can you set the fog lights to DRL?
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:06 PM   #17
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Yup. You just need a procal.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #18
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Installed the M.O.R.E dead pedal today, http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/m-o...ml#post2525722
Very please with it.
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Added Tuffy tailgate security enclosure.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/tuf...jk-170337.html
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:48 PM   #20
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Whoa . . .

A new guy who actually USED the search feature. I am stunned. I almost don't know what to say.

Nice.
I'm new here and before I posted anything I used the search hundreds of times. Not wanting to ask questions that have been asked 200 times before.
And not wanting to ask the really stupid question I'm sure all newbee have.
I would like to say thanks for all that I have learned here can't thank everyone so I'll thank all of you. I did ask a maybe stupid question on the airing down post so here it is again. What are Rubicon tires? they look to be the same tires that came on my 2012 wrangler sport but I could be wrong.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:00 PM   #21
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Added a Mopar light bar and IPF 968 lights, had to redo the wiring harness' on the lights so I could route them through the light bar. The 968s come with 55W bulbs installed and 100W, I am using the 55W and they seem pretty good, much brighter than the high beams.
Jeep has been great, no issues so far, I have about 5k miles on it now, getting around 20mpg consistantly.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:35 AM   #22
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Did a couple things recently, installed the Daystar 3/4" spacers, Daystar™ - Driven by Design
they make the Jeep much quieter over bumps which I did not expect, no issues otherwise seems the same just 3/4" higher.
Painted my wheels will Duplicolor graphite paint, very happy with the way they came out, I would prefer the color to be slightly lighter but it is what it is. I cleared them as well, both the paint and clear seem like good products.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:32 AM   #23
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nice looking rig you got there. im about to do the same lift set up you are doing except i got a set of 19/60 springs. i was wondering if you had any more pics of your jeep with the spacers added? trying to get a feel for how tall mine would stand
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:03 AM   #24
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I had forgot I posted here just after I got my 2012 jeep. Well things have progress from then to now. Now I really understand why jeeps are money pits. But so much fun.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:54 AM   #25
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Added some window vent shades and BFG 315/70/17s on black Pintlers.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:54 AM   #26
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Lol. I love how mild mods always turn into moderate mods. I am assuming your next pic will show new bumpers and a winch.

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