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Old 03-10-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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YTSEJAM Build

Starting a build thread on my 2011 JKU Mango Tango Sport. Until last weekend, in the almost 2 years that I have had it, I have done very few things. This would include a grill insert, a stubby from Antenna X, the Mopar Gas Cover, the Bushwacker Trail Armor, Delta Quad Bars, and replacing my fender decal to personalize my ride. I replaced the stock grey stickers with reflective black courtesy of pixeldecals.com (highly recommend). Night Pic with reflection:





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My goal here is not to provide a complete walk-thru of everything, but to timeline my steps and, of course, to show off my Jeep. I will get into more details on things that were not that well explained in the instructions, or things that I have seen others inquire about on the forum. Most of my decisions have been based on this being my daily driver, and other things I see on the forum that interest me. If you do have question, please ask! Here we go:

In case you are wondering, I have little auto experience, but I am hands-on and enjoy putting the time into projects. I also have the mentality that I can do anything that I put my mind to (courtesy of George McFly in Back to the Future).

From the start, if you are going to install it, get the right tools to do the job. I by no means got the best tool in the line to get the job done, but I did get necessary tools and didn’t go cheap. I live in a condo, and have no garage, so I had to be conscience of my need versus my use. Here are my choices (so far), not including basic tools:

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Old 03-10-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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Seats

Alright, so the first task I approached was install of iggees seat covers and to put in seat heaters (not wired yet - future project). I got the covers for Xmas so I have been anxious to get going. Take the seats out! Don't attempt otherwise. Love these seat covers, just love them. The only thing better would have been katzkins, but I don't have the money for that. These seat covers are perfect for dogs, and cover up the ugly factory pattern (the only thing I hated about my jeep when I bought it). It really does improve the appearance of the interior.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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Hood Latches

Next on the list were rugged ridge hood latches. I drive the mid-Atlantic region for work, so I was just waiting for the day my hood slammed into my windshield. Not anymore. These fix hood flutter 100%. I will say that these things are remarkably larger than the OEM hood latch, but a must on the install list.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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LED Dome Lights

Led light dome light swap. Many of you are doing this, and while I like the idea, I am not a big fan of the spot lights white that everyone is using. My wife is usually the one who wants to use these lights while I am driving. So, there is no sense in blinding me! Plus, I never find myself misplacing a lot of things on my floorboard and don’t need the bright light. I did, however, choose an amber led to go with the Mango Tango flow. They are not super bright, but do the trick. I will probably add some more orange interior accent lights down the road.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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Wheel spacers. Wanted a wider stance, but I am not buying new tires and wheels until my OEM tires are done. So, sometime around next tax season I will probably have new shoes and a lift. These are an easy install using your OEM Jack and a set of jack stands. I went with the rugged ridge (like their products and wanted black and not blue). These, like the Spidetrax, have a recessed space to account for the factory washers on the rotor. This means you don’t have to pop them off. Like the improved look.
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Interior

Some interior goodies. The daystar dash panel with the GPS mount is exactly what I wanted two years ago. It is great and gives back about 2” of space on the window. I will say that I had to chop off about 0.25” off the front of the mount. It stuck up too high and the tray wouldn’t fit well. The end that was cut off is concealed. Also added an EZ Pass black cover to get rid of that annoying white box that is in my window. I also installed the MORE Dead Pedal. Get it!
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #8
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Marker/Turn Signals

I ordered the clear marker signal replacements, but wanted to smoke them out. I know that there are smoked led markers available, but I have heard negative things about the quality. For, now I just used Lamin-x. I like it so much and think it is a great product that I am going to eventually smoke out my headlights and my fog lights. For those of you that are curious, the light shines through perfectly – even during daylight. **Also, key point here when you replace your markers: you need to by a rivet tool!!! I didn’t realize this until afterwards, but found a cheap tool at Harbor Freight. Cost like 12 bucks, and it comes with a lot of rivets.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #9
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Bumper, skid, light bar

And not, let the chopping begin! I was hesitant to do this, but and supper glad I chose to chop the bumper. It makes my Jeep look more like a Jeep. I added the VDP Stubby Endcaps because they match the factory bumper exactly, and the other available endcaps have a flat out edge. VDP’s follow the line of the grill, which I think it looks better. I also added a MBRP Light bad and a pair of IPF’s 968 driving lights (to be wired later, but I did run the wires through the bar).

I also added a Rugged Ridge front skid to replace the factory plastic air dam. This hunk of metal is a beast. It is high quality and looks great. If I had to do it over again, I would have spray painted the spot on the frame where the RR logo is cut out on the skid. It would have looked cool and allowed the laser cut logo to show up, which it currently doesn’t with black on black. Several have inquired about 2010 and up requiring slight modification to install so I wanted to show what you what is removed from the frame. It is simply removed with a sawzall.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:13 PM   #10
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Smart Doors

The last project I completed this weekend was the Star Fab rear door Smart Doors. I ordered the whole set, but the fronts have been on backorder for about a month. I thought I would go ahead an install these for “practice”. A lot of people on here are nervous about these, because you have to cut into the door. Let me emphasize that Star Fab has done a great job laying this out and making it super simple. It is nerve racking drilling a 2” hole into my door, but as long as you follow the instructions, you will be okay. I will note that the door moves very tight at first, but after opening and closing it about 20 times, it is pretty smooth.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:17 PM   #11
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Electrical/Switches

Up next….electrical. With all the plans of adding accessories, I wanted to prewire and not have cabling everywhere. There are pre-made circuits out there, but the only one I wanted I couldn’t seem to find anymore (Bussman Rear Terminal Relay). The others are really waterproof enough, and in the case of Painless Wiring, they are way overpriced, don’t really support the load correctly with relays, and is not much better than just wiring all separate circuits. I ordered a bunch of stuff from Waytek wire, and will be making my own fuse/relay box. I am way in over my head here, but many people have done it, so I am sure I’ll eventually make it work. What’s the worst I could do…blow up my Jeep?

My goal here is to make as factory of a look as possible. To do this, I will be using the A pillar from Rigged Ridge on both driver and passenger sides (yes the color matches perfectly if you order the right interior year!). The most essential part to this are the switches. The Rugged Ridge ones are the old Contura II switches, and I hate the look. I found and ordered 4 Contura V switches that have etched graphics, so it makes it look more factory-like. The sizing of the switch body is a little different than the older style, so I had to cut the pillar slightly different to accommodate. I am about to order the remaining switches this week. This is still a work in progress, but here are some snapshots of what I have started.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:29 PM   #13
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Slightly, but only for the last 20 years!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:55 AM   #15
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You should hook up some rock lights, hook them up to a switch labeled drum solo, and let the fun begin!!!
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:14 PM   #16
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Finally got around to building the box. School and work have kept me busy. Next up, finishing the pillar switches and prepping installation...



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Love the fuse panel work. I made something very similar for my Dodge Ram truck I traded on my Jeep and will be doing something similar. It's funny you mentioned that Bussman rear terminal relay / fuse block, I have one I ordered way back I planned to use and I also got all my stuff from Waytek. I need to get some more items like the plugs and the proper crimping tool before I begin. I like the the older style Contura switches with the raised bumps and a simple light. Looks good.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:24 PM   #18
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Thanks! It he older rear terminal relays only have one bussed side, the fuse side I believe. This one is new to stock at waytec and had both sides bussed. I flipped my relays upside down to use the bussed terminal as my ground. That way I didn't daisy chain my grounds.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:26 PM   #19
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Thanks! It he older rear terminal relays only have one bussed side, the fuse side I believe. This one is new to stock at waytec and had both sides bussed. I flipped my relays upside down to use the bussed terminal as my ground. That way I didn't daisy chain my grounds.
Oh, and I super glued the female weather tech connectors to the base. Clamped each one for about five minutes and it seems to be holding pretty well.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:34 PM   #20
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Planning on finally getting to the electrical and amp tomorrow. Prepping some last minute items due to wild hairs continually flying up my you know what.



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Replacing the delta quads with the new kc headlights. I'll be selling the quads soon. Just wanted to change to dot approved and fully sealed assembly. Before I install them though, I am adding gun smoke laminx to match my turn signals. I had to trim the nubs off the lights first. Not sure why they added these to the lights, as most vehicles don't use these anymore and it's amazingly easy to direct a jeeps headlight. Anyways, this is what it looked like.

Trimming nubs

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Before and after laminx. Painted the light rings too. Glad I held on to them!


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Looks like it is turning out nice. Where did you pick up the laminx?
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:02 AM   #22
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Straight from lamin-x.com
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I Really Want To Build One Of Those Fuse/Relay Blocks. How Much Did Everything Cost You. Yours Turned Out Really Nice. Good Job!
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So what was the outcome with the laminx. What color film was that and did it block light transmission?
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:15 PM   #25
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So what was the outcome with the laminx. What color film was that and did it block light transmission?
Laminx sucks. I took it all off. Gets out out and it start to bubble. It did a great job with light transfer, but couldn't get over the bubbling.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:22 PM   #26
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Took some time off from working on the Jeep - not by choice though. I ended up replacing the Rugged Ridge pillar mounts with the daystar. The rugged ridge ones didn't fit properly, and they move when you open or close the door.

Switch panel ready to insert, but have family coming in so it may be next weekend.
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Fuse box complete and wired up. Found a great spot for it on the drivers side of the engine,


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Now on to rewiring the amp to fix best buys crappy job, and also inserting a sub and signal restorer by audio control. More to come...
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Do you like the SmartDoor assemblies? How have they lasted so far? Are they easy to disconnect when you want to take the door off? Their website doesn't give any info on how to disconnect them and what is looks like when you take the doors off.
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Do you like the SmartDoor assemblies? How have they lasted so far? Are they easy to disconnect when you want to take the door off? Their website doesn't give any info on how to disconnect them and what is looks like when you take the doors off.
I love em! I honestly wanted to put them on because my wife was not as conscience of how the door swings and I didn't want and dings in them. . Plus, I actually do prefer them to be static when open. As far as removal....super easy. The only additional thing you will have to do it remove one T50 per door - shown below on right, above the strap and in silver.


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