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Old 08-05-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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2014 JKU Rubicon OEV Overland/Expedition Vehicle

Hey everyone!

I decided to make a build thread, I'm new to the community just bought my first jeep about 3 months or so ago. My goals are to make a vehicle set up for Overlanding/Expedition type of trips. This means making sure I'm set up for pretty much any situation I could think of.

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Old 08-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:48 PM   #3
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AEV 3.5 inch lift
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:21 PM   #4
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:48 AM   #5
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:51 AM   #6
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Alright also got these done as well:

- AEV front premium bumper
- Warn VR800-S winch
- Rear AEV bumper with tire carrier
- Hi lift jack mount


Next thing is probably 35" tires, my stock 32" tires look a little small for that 3.5 inch lift
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Looking good! I plan on going with a 2.5 AEV lift and possible the rear bumper as well... Did you install the AEV rear view cam?
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:38 AM   #8
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Looking Good Mbahu! It will look even sweeter with the 35s. Are you in Nor Cal or So cal?
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:08 AM   #9
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Looking good! I plan on going with a 2.5 AEV lift and possible the rear bumper as well... Did you install the AEV rear view cam?
I didn't do the rear view cam although I'd probably recommend it because you can't see anything out the back window anymore hahha you can see but it's definitely cut off more than the stock tire carrier.
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Looking Good Mbahu! It will look even sweeter with the 35s. Are you in Nor Cal or So cal?
Thank you!! Yes the 35's are a must for me now. SoCal for me sir
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I didn't do the rear view cam although I'd probably recommend it because you can't see anything out the back window anymore hahha you can see but it's definitely cut off more than the stock tire carrier.
That was my fear.. I'm just going to opt for AEV bumper.. And save the tire carrier & camera for another upgrade..
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:50 AM   #12
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Next on my list:

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35" Tires. The question on the tires is KM2 or Nittos?
I know the KM2 are a favorite and they look great. However I don't know whats really different between the two.
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I went Nitto and love them, aggressive, but quiet. If you're in San Diego message me and I'll take you for a spin on the nittos so you can feel/hear the ride.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:45 PM   #14
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35" KM2's installed

Trimmed the stock rubicon rails to accommodate
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How do you like the AEV bumper? Have you used the water container feature on the AEV bumper yet? Defintely a plus that it is rated for potable water.

I'm torn between the Teraflex hinge style tire carrier and the AEV system....still driving around with the stock empty carrier and my spare 35" in the trunk...
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How do you like the AEV bumper? Have you used the water container feature on the AEV bumper yet? Defintely a plus that it is rated for potable water. I'm torn between the Teraflex hinge style tire carrier and the AEV system....still driving around with the stock empty carrier and my spare 35" in the trunk...
You know I really like the AEV bumpers. They have a very nice unified look. As for the tire carrier the more I've used it the easier it's become to swing the door open it was a little tight at first. Now that it's loosened up and I have a 35" tire on there I can see the benefit of removing the tire from the door.
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How do you like the AEV bumper? Have you used the water container feature on the AEV bumper yet? Defintely a plus that it is rated for potable water.

I'm torn between the Teraflex hinge style tire carrier and the AEV system....still driving around with the stock empty carrier and my spare 35" in the trunk...
I also use the AEV tire carrier, it works very well. The biggest problem with the Teraflex carrier is that it still uses the tailgate. If the tire catches a ledge or hard surface while you're going up an incline the tailgate will be easily damaged.

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So this may sound like a silly question, but here goes. Does it fit into your garage with the 3.5" lift and the 35" tires?
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very nice build mate, soft and simple! I love it!!!
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So this may sound like a silly question, but here goes. Does it fit into your garage with the 3.5" lift and the 35" tires?
Hahaha not a silly question at all! I was worried about it myself but it still fit
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very nice build mate, soft and simple! I love it!!!
Thank you sir! I want all the pieces I'm adding to look cohesive like the jeep was built this way
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Good looking build, clean and simple!
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Looks sweet... Sounds like we're going for the same look
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Did you go with the D or E series rated Nitto Trail Grappler tires......I'm told the E series is better for occasional trail use and will get better tread life. It has a 10 ply construction
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Did you go with the D or E series rated Nitto Trail Grappler tires......I'm told the E series is better for occasional trail use and will get better tread life. It has a 10 ply construction
Hey there! I actually went with the KM2's. Love them!
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Good looking build, clean and simple!
Thank you! My goals are to make changes that don't drastically alter the look of the jeep but for it too look like it came from the factory built this way. That's why I don't have a lot of random odds and ends on it
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Absolutely love the build I was thinking about going with the aev bumpers they look great but I can't get over how the tire carrier keeps the spare alittle off center. As little of center as it is it drives me nuts lol. If I end up with the aev rear bumper I'll probably just do the terraflex hinge
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Absolutely love the build I was thinking about going with the aev bumpers they look great but I can't get over how the tire carrier keeps the spare alittle off center. As little of center as it is it drives me nuts lol. If I end up with the aev rear bumper I'll probably just do the terraflex hinge
I believe if you decide to, AEV has a fuel carrier that goes behind the tire and I believe once that's on there it makes the tire look more centered.
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Baka rack expedition Roof rack
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Baka rack expedition Roof rack
Now I'm guessing it doesn't fit in the garage anymore?

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