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Old 12-31-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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2014 Granite JKU Build

So off we go with a new one. Had to do something while my big ticket items are on their way. Thanks to this forum I was introduced to the wonderful world of Plasti-Dip. So hit my emblem, door and hood latches, and keyholes. Like the subtle offset with the gray. A few things I learned:
1. Very important. Make sure you take the cans out of your Jeep before you tape up your doors. Yes I'm a dumbass and had to crawl in through the back to retrieve them.
2. Shake can very well for about two minutes. The second coat I did not shake as long as it came out a little "chunkier".
3. I did 5 coats but 4 woulda done it.
4. This stuff is very forgiving and "self-leveling". Don't freak out if it looks like crap right after you spray it. Once it dries it looks great.
5. Be careful peeling away tape and over spray. It will peel off your hinges if it's still joined. I actually used an exacto knife and LIGHTLY scored it around the hinges in some spots.

A few before and afters. Let me know if there are any questions. Sorry about crappy pics, camera phone in a crowded garage full of Christmas junk.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Also added the Mopar fuel door after Plasti-Dipping the silver nuts around the outside. Wish I had taken pics during install but lighting sucked. Not too hard, just a few plastic clips holding the old one on and a rubber gasket to swap out.
Also removed the SPORT stickers and replaced the WU with black ones to match the new Plasti-Dip hinges and emblem. Last I plasti-dipped the trail rated badge and the antennae because why not.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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I plastidipped my hood too. I love the relief it creates Also used the can a little further away to create more of a rough texture. Used the smooth method for my hinges though.



Not the greatest job in the world, but the picture makes it look worse than it actually is.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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Looks sharp. The stuff is addictive. I like some of the grills I've seen done too but couldn't commit to that yet. Couldn't believe I was spray painting a one week old Jeep.
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Right ? Mine was just new to me, but I'd never really modded a vehicle before. I messed up the hood pretty badly the first time I tried plastidipping it and it was an adrenaline moment seeing if it would peal off. It did. Worked great.
"Looks sharp" almost makes me want to say you're military.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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that color is awesome btw
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:21 PM   #7
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Thanks fl. Yeah, went in to buy a black one and they had a granite in the showroom, immediately changed my mind.
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:43 PM   #8
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Well it's 72 degrees and sunny outside so had to do something. Still waiting on lift and tires so did a few small things.

Installed the Rugged Ridge hitch. $44 on Amazon
Very easy to do and made me glad I didn't opt for the Max Tow package. Make it easy and take the extra 5 minutes to loosen or remove the rear bumper. 2 bolts near the ends, just behind the tire on each side, and one bolt each side near the edges of the muffler. Wiring plugs directly into rear tail light assembly.

While I was down there went ahead and painted the muffler and tail pipe with high temp spray paint. Wiped it down with alcohol and went to town with a couple of coats. Really like the difference.

Also added some Rugged Ridge grab handles. $13.37 a pair on Amazon
Can't beat these for the price. Had them on my last Jeep but forgot to remove them before trading it in.

And last stuck on some sill protectors. $34 for 4 Door on Amazon
Cleaned the sill with alcohol and stuck 'em on. Fit perfect and look great.

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Old 01-26-2014, 08:54 PM   #9
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Finally got the lift installed. AEV SC 3.5. Did it myself not having any idea what I was getting into. Actually went pretty smooth aside from the fact of putting the front springs on the rear and not realizing it until I was installing the fronts. Yes I admit when I'm a dumbass. Set it on top of 35" KM2s and Pintlers. Pretty amazing difference. My back, knees, and knuckles are feeling it. Phase 1 is now complete aside from a tire carrier. Phase 2 will be stereo/lighting upgrades. Phase 3 is front bumper. Hurry up IRS refund check. A few pics...

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Old 01-29-2014, 01:00 PM   #10
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Great looking jeep! That's exactly what I ordered and am looking to do to my Granite JKU when she comes in!! keep posting pics!
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Looks great! Can you tell us what gear ratio your running and how it performs with the 35's? I'm planning on the AEV 2.5 lift with 34 or 35's and can't decide if I should re-gear or not.
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looks great! Can you tell us what gear ratio your running and how it performs with the 35's? I'm planning on the aev 2.5 lift with 34 or 35's and can't decide if i should re-gear or not.
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Yeah, what gear ratio - and are you happy with the way it drives still (compared to stock)? ALSO - what ARE you going to do for a rear carrier? So the DT 315's don't fit the stock carrier after all? Please help us that are hearing conflicting info. Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:58 PM   #14
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Thanks everybody. I'm running the stock 3.73 and so far have had no issues or problems with the 35s. I used the pro-cal for the reprogram based on tire height. Very rarely I've gotten a weird shift point/ high rev on the highway but it corrects quickly. Not even sure if it's related. No off road yet, hopefully soon.

Still deciding on a tire carrier. I like the ACE bumper/ tire carrier combo but need something sooner than 6-8 weeks. Also waiting to see what JCROffroad comes up with for their new design, looks pretty awesome. Probably just gonna buy the Tera-Flex hinged for now to buy me some time while I decide and sell when I get the bumper. I change my mind everyday.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:04 PM   #15
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ACE Rock Sliders! Bought from Krawl Off-Road and installed yesterday. Very easy. Remove the three body mount bolts on each side, small amount of grinding on the washers to make them fit in the holes, and bolt it right in. Fit right around the Rubi rails and looks great. Took about an hour. Very happy with the look and seem very well built and solid. Ready to tear them up!

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Yeah, what gear ratio - and are you happy with the way it drives still (compared to stock)? ALSO - what ARE you going to do for a rear carrier? So the DT 315's don't fit the stock carrier after all? Please help us that are hearing conflicting info. Thanks!
To be honest I didn't even try to fit a tire on the spare carrier. My spare wheel/tire is still being delivered. When it arrives I'll check. I've heard conflicting info also but the warnings of breaking welds/ hinges was enough for me not to even consider the stock carrier. That being said, the dealership I used had a Jeep they lifted for sale that had 315 pro-comps on the stock carrier and said they have not had a problem doing it that way.

And if anyone can tell me why these pics are rotating I'd appreciate it.
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What a gorgeous color, I'm still on the fence whether I want to go with black or granite but I think I'm leaning more towards Granite at the moment.
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What a gorgeous color, I'm still on the fence whether I want to go with black or granite but I think I'm leaning more towards Granite at the moment.
I feel ya. I went to the dealership absolutely sure I was getting a black one. Saw an Anvil I liked instead. Went inside to get the keys and they had a granite on the showroom floor. Knew instantly that's what I wanted. I love it, lots of compliments on the color. Good luck.
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Yeah, what gear ratio - and are you happy with the way it drives still (compared to stock)? ALSO - what ARE you going to do for a rear carrier? So the DT 315's don't fit the stock carrier after all? Please help us that are hearing conflicting info. Thanks!
We ran the 315-70R-17 DuraTrac on the stock carrier for about six weeks while we waited for the ACE bumper/tire carrier combo from the Black Friday sale to come in. The tailgate made it through okay, but we didn't go off-road during that time. Wouldn't have ran it that way that long, except for waiting on delivery.
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Beautiful machine. I wanted Granite so bad, but didn't want to wait for a build.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:37 PM   #21
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Thanks Jim.

Installed the ACE Pro Series rear with tire carrier. Fairly straightforward and ACE has a decent install video on you tube. Solid bumper and very good price. Really like the look. Trying to figure out where to put the camera now. Was gonna drill the bumper but it seems the hitch would obscure the view. First world problems...

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Old 02-28-2014, 02:36 PM   #22
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Granite with black pintlers looks so badass, very clean rig!
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love the look. I am looking into a rear bumper and the ace one is the one i want. I have an ace stubby on the front just waiting for my funds to build up for that rear one..

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