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Old 02-12-2014, 07:28 AM   #1
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14JKRU "Black Beauty" Build

Well I just picked up my brand new '14 JKRU this past Monday after trading in my '12 JKU Sport!!!! The 14 has 4:10s, hard top, remote start and the 430N radio. The pic is of me and my "Black Beauty" after picking taking her home for the first time!!!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:37 AM   #2
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Mesh Grill Inserts/fuel door

Im starting small for the time being... I opted to begin with a low cost, high reward mod. I added black mesh grill inserts to the grill. Used black coated gutter guard from Home Depot, zip tie blocks and zip ties. I think it turned out well!! I also added the Rugged Ridge locking fuel door. Quick and easy to install and looks great!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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Good looking jeep!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:42 AM   #4
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Custom Grab Handles

I actually made these for the '12 and decided to use them on the '14. They are made of 550 cord and are supper easy to instal. The handles take some time but are well worth it. Installed them to the front, to the head rest behind the front seat and to the roll bar to the rear entry.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:47 AM   #5
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cleaned up

just gave the Rubi a bath!!! So much snow here lately but had a break so i thought i would clean her up!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:49 AM   #6
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Spacers and rails

Smittybilt SRC body armor rails on order. Also getting the 13" off road antenna, and 1.75" wheel spacers. The spacers should hold me over until my AEV 4.5" lift and 37s!!!! I just love the "beefier" look or wider tires!!!
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:55 AM   #7
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Rock Slide Engineering front bumper HELP!

I'm thinking of getting the RSE full width front bumper with bull bar. Does anyone know who make a LED fog light that will fit in the light slots in the bumper? eventually I want to change all stock lights for LEDs but haven't seen any that are big enough to fit in the slot! Of course I could go with the suggested PIAAs, but they aren't LED. Thanks for any and all help!
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #8
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Spacers installed!!! Really happy about the beefier look!! Took all of about 30 min!
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Installed Smittybilt tailgate molle cover! I think this is the pouch set up I will go with....at least as of now. Also added the Smittybilt first aid.
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I have been looking at the SmittyBilt tailgate cover and after seeing yours i think that will definitely be my next purchase.
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I have been looking at the SmittyBilt tailgate cover and after seeing yours i think that will definitely be my next purchase.
truthfully, I was thinking of going with the fold down table type, but for the price of the smitty, you really can't beat it. Just make sure to keep it tight!! The bags they give you with the tailgate cover aren't Milspec by any means, but better than nothing. Mine are the 6x10s from 5.11 tactical, the large Maxpedition bottle holder to hold a 2 qt nalgene and a standard issue E-Tool and holder. I hope you enjoy!
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The Smittybilt stuff looks really good. Thanks for posting it. Did you buy directly from them?

I was thinking about getting some Marz Tactical FAIK that mount to the back of the head rest. I like your set up.
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The Smittybilt stuff looks really good. Thanks for posting it. Did you buy directly from them?

I was thinking about getting some Marz Tactical FAIK that mount to the back of the head rest. I like your set up.
THANKS!! I ordered the tailgate cover directly from Smittybilt and the first aid pouch off of ebay. Marz Tactical makes some quality stuff for sure. I just liked the Smittybilt because it was designed to use the roll bar. i just figured i would keep the passenger area clear considering that if i needed the first aid kit, i would be outside of the vehicle anyway...thats why i liked the ability to quickly detach the bag.
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The Smittybilt stuff looks really good. Thanks for posting it. Did you buy directly from them?

I was thinking about getting some Marz Tactical FAIK that mount to the back of the head rest. I like your set up.
Also, if you want to mount to the back of the seat (if you have MOLLE there), i would look into the S.O.Tech Viper Flat IFAK pouch. It doesn't have much depth so to not interfere with passengers but is easily and quickly employable in the event you need it. It is what I will probably switch to when I get my Trek Armor seat covers....just thought I would pass it along!
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:23 PM   #15
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Smile Slider on the way

Just found out that the Smillybilt SRC armor's will be here tomorrow. Going to install them this weekend! Hopefully its a smoother experience than some have written about!!! Ill take pics and post how is goes. Also, just got the go ahead from the wife and will order my AEV Heat Reduction Hood (painted to match) and custom "RUBICON" decals tomorrow.
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Installed Smittybilt tailgate molle cover! I think this is the pouch set up I will go with....at least as of now. Also added the Smittybilt first aid.
Love this set up, I had also considered the fold down table but after seeing this I am sold. Great build so far
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Love this set up, I had also considered the fold down table but after seeing this I am sold. Great build so far
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:23 PM   #18
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Smittybilt SRC side armor install

Last night I installed the Smittybilt SRC armor. I wish I could say that it was a seamless process, but I'd be lying!! Truth is, it was anything but. Although after reading through some threads on hear, I wasn't expecting a silky smooth install, but was frustrated nonetheless when I thought about how much I spent for them and the fact that the directions make no mention of these necessary fabrications. On the driver's side, I had to grind out the holes for the body mount bolts as well as the washer. On the passenger side, I had to grind the washer and into the frame of the side step to get the bolt closest to the front end on. In was a pain in the neck, but as some others have stated, once I got them on, they looked pretty dang good, and from what I can tell very solid! Total install time was about 3.5-4 hours. Im sure that this time could have been reduced had I had a better hand held grinder and a larger drip bit. I just used a dremel and chewed up about 15 grinding wheels. Bottom line is I got 'er done and I'm happy with the final product!!
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Looks good, I'll be following this since we have very similar Jeeps
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Looks good, I'll be following this since we have very similar Jeeps
awesome!!! Do you have a thread for yours? I'm always looking for new ideas!!
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:02 PM   #22
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Muffler Painted

I was sick of the chrome look of the muffler at the back end of my all black Jeep, so I decided to paint it to match. I used Rostoleum black satin finish High Heat grill paint. I prepped the area with steel wool and a wire brush and taped off the areas I didn't want paint. I think it turned out pretty dang well. I also figured that it would protect the metal from rusting as I already saw signs of rust on the welded brackets holding the muffler to the frame.
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Installed the BesTop driver's side under seat storage box. Tool all of 15 min. Had to remove bracket under seat and zip tie wires to seat frame. I love having secure storage for conceal carry purposes. The Bestop is about $30 cheaper than the tuffy. This one seems to be of great quality and extremely solid!!! I think I am going to secure the included drawer carpet with double stick tape though to keep if from sliding around!
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:40 PM   #24
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Finally got my AntennaX 13" off-road antenna and Mopar entry guards!
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I dig how your build is going, especially the BesTop. I'm looking into some underseat storage for the rear seat. Let's say it'll have to accommodate something a little longer than what will fit in the BesTop

However, for quick under the seat stuff it looks awesome!
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Spacers installed!!! Really happy about the beefier look!! Took all of about 30 min!

What did you do there? Was a lift needed? Does it affect normal driving? Thanks. Looks great
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What did you do there? Was a lift needed? Does it affect normal driving? Thanks. Looks great
no lift yet, just spacers. They are 1.75" from Spidertrax. They are super easy to install. There is absolutely no difference that I've experienced in how it drives. Hope this helps!
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Nothing big, but I added blue lug nuts. I think they are subtle as to not be overbearing but adds a bit of flair. Blue and silver "RUBICON" decals shipped yesterday!!
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There is a place that sell color lug nuts?
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There is a place that sell color lug nuts?
i ordered them from quadratech. They have blue, red and I think black

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