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Old 04-02-2014, 08:14 PM   #61
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:49 PM   #62
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Nice work! I enjoy reading your posts. It gets me excited to start my own thread on my build.

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Old 04-03-2014, 05:28 PM   #63
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very nice build so far !! so you had the 130 unit prior to installing the pioneer nav unit? question do you have any links or info about removing the dash to install an aftermarket unit in a 2014 model ?
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very nice build so far !! so you had the 130 unit prior to installing the pioneer nav unit? question do you have any links or info about removing the dash to install an aftermarket unit in a 2014 model ?
Yes I did. It is actually very easy. Here is a video of step by step removal:

2011 / 2012 Jeep Wrangler Dash & Radio Removal - YouTube

He shows you the removal with the lower portion where you have temperature control, but you do not have to remove it. It stays in its place.
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Yes I did. It is actually very easy. Here is a video of step by step removal:

2011 / 2012 Jeep Wrangler Dash & Radio Removal - YouTube

He shows you the removal with the lower portion where you have temperature control, but you do not have to remove it. It stays in its place.
thanks brotha !! please keep us updated on your build status

So the whole driverside of the dash needs to be removed just to get at the radio ?
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:02 PM   #66
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Nice work! I enjoy reading your posts. It gets me excited to start my own thread on my build.
Thanks guys.

I actually finished wiring the switch pod today. Had to wire the power to the switches that comes only after the key is turned on. Wired up only two relays so far since I have no idea what I will use other two switches for, but they are ready if and when I will have other two accessories.

First switch will run my duallies mounted on the a-pillars, and second LED bar (most likely 20") will go on the front bumper.

Couple of notes:

1. I used switchable power for the power in to the switches form the front dash power charger.

2. There are plenty of ground connections under the dash (driver side).

Here is a quick (poor quality) phone picture of Truck-lites and Rigid Industries dually lights:

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Old 04-04-2014, 12:24 PM   #67
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Man, I'm amazed at the light output from your license plate! That's awesome!

Just kidding around. Very clean work you are doing. The build is going really well.
Does the light reflection from the pillar mounted spots off the hood cause any issues?

Keep on rockin' it!
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Haha yep, reflection from the flash on the license plate.

Honestly I have only tried them out couple of times, standing still just to level them and see how they look. Can't use them on most of the roads here but hopefully will try them out tomorrow night. Will be visiting my sister where there are not a lot of traffic and not much street lights.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:27 PM   #69
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Shot of my Truck Lites in the fog this morning. Laser Beam Effect!
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:37 PM   #71
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So I finally installed Teraflex Leveling Kit today.

Took me about 4 hours. The front was a bit of a pain to do, since it required to unbolt the drive shaft and the trackbar to get enough drop. Basically everything that Teraflex video tells you to do, you have to, so don't try to cut corners.

Also would have been easier if I had two jacks, but I only had one to work with. And finally another set of hands would have cut this job by at least an hour if not more.

Anyway, here are couple of pics:

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:16 PM   #72
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Looks great man!
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Thanks. Now the tires look small . I need 33s.
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A nice 285/75 would look great. Planning on keeping those Rubicon wheels?
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I am thinking of 285/70/17. I don't want to get a new tire carrier just yet, and 33s should be just fine for now, without doing any modifications to the third brake light . I am not sure what I want to do with the stock wheels. I want to get AEV wheels ether Pintler or Savegre, but that may change as well.
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Looks good.

I would just get some wider rims and wait till the tires are needed. There not that big of a difference between 32s and 33s tires.
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A nice 285/75 would look great. Planning on keeping those Rubicon wheels?
. I agree... Do you run that size? I'm looking at that size in KM2s on AEV Savegre wheels for my RubiX. Just curious.
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. I agree... Do you run that size? I'm looking at that size in KM2s on AEV Savegre wheels for my RubiX. Just curious.
Yes sir! I run 285/75R17 Toyo AT's on a 3.25" lift.
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I would like to run 285/75R17 but with 2" in the front and 1" in the rear lift I don't think it will work. Plus a reinforcement of tailgate would have to be done as well. So my best option is either go with 285/70R17 or wait until I go with a 2.5-3" lift. I don't really want to do any other lifts at this point as I am honestly fine with the way it looks right now, plus I am not completely set on which route I would go for my next lift.

I was originally set for AEV 2.5 but I am not sure anymore. A lot of options to choose from, but almost everyone has something that i do not like, so I may have to put couple of different options together from different setups. I like the option of progressive springs but I also may want to go either with adjustable valving shocks or reservoir shocks like Bilstein, Rancho or FOX. That is why I have put it away for now and went with Teraflex leveling kit.

Decisions decisions.
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Either way, your Jeep looks absolutely awesome man. Keep up the good work.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:17 PM   #81
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Was a nice weather today so I washed and put a coat of wax on.



Also, got a Rugged Ridge Headlight Trim to match my grill inserts.

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Old 04-09-2014, 06:22 PM   #82
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hey man can I ask you a question about the Geometry Correction Front Control Arm Drop Brackets? I noticed you had that on your mods list. I recently installed a 2.5" AEV lift and didn't use these brackets. do you know if they mitigate any extra wear on other parts or do they just make for a more comfy ride? my ride feels fine for me and I'm not super concerned from that perspective. but I would hate to think that $99 in parts could mitigate wear and I'm sleeping on that mod. thanks and great build thread thanks for posting.
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I have not actually installed the AEV lift kit, I went with Teraflex Leveling kit for now. The bracket as per AEV website states the following:

AEV's drop brackets change four distinct parameters:

- Lowers arm angle for ride quality.
- Lowers the instant center for better braking (antidive).
- Decreases operating angle of the driveshaft by reducing the range of travel.
- Corrects caster angles.

Adjustable control arms can do some things that the drop brackets can not:

- Move the axle position forward or aft which may be required with aftermarket HD axles.
- Change the pinion angles for aftermarket Cardan or Double Cardan driveshafts.
- Correct minor deviations in suspension geometry after an accident with mild frame damage.


So as you can see there are positives and negatives to using the bracket. Main negative that some people bring up by using the bracket is some clearance reduction.
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So I am still deciding on what I want to do as far as wheels/tires go as well as a real lift kit.

My wheel options are (so far):

1. Keep stocks and add adapters
2. Get AEV Pintlers or Savegre

Tire options are:

1. BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
2. Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Tire size (33" or 35") will depend on the lift selection mainly as well as what I want to do with tire carrier.

And finally, even though I like the stance of leveling kit, it is temporary, but what do I want to get next? I need it to perform well on road as it will be 80% daily driver, as well as off road when I do take it out.

Some of the requirements are:

1. Dual rate springs
2. Direct bolt on - No cutting (prefered)
3. No higher than 3 inch lift
4. Shocks should be properly valved for the spring rate
5. Preferably a complete kit

Too many options but I think I have narrowed it down to the following (not in order of preference):

1. AEV 2.5" DualSport XT
2. Old Man Emu 2.0-2.25 with Steering Damper
3. Metalcloak Dual-Rate Lift Kit, 2.5", ARB Edition
4. Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel with 2.0 Emulsion Shocks

There is some price difference but not too much. I want to get this done right once.

To be continued
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You've planned well. I trust AEV and have heard good things about their lifts. From the "Daily Driver" standpoint, I would highly recommend geometry correction brackets regardless of which lift you choose. Some AEV kits include them. We have 2 JKs, each with different brand 3" lifts and 35s. Installed AEV brackets on both Jeeps and it made a very noticeable difference (improvement) on the pavement as far as handling, bump steer, and brake dive.
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nice looking rig..love the color ...
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So I am still deciding on what I want to do as far as wheels/tires go as well as a real lift kit. My wheel options are (so far): 1. Keep stocks and add adapters 2. Get AEV Pintlers or Savegre Tire options are: 1. BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 2. Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Tire size (33" or 35") will depend on the lift selection mainly as well as what I want to do with tire carrier. And finally, even though I like the stance of leveling kit, it is temporary, but what do I want to get next? I need it to perform well on road as it will be 80% daily driver, as well as off road when I do take it out. Some of the requirements are: 1. Dual rate springs 2. Direct bolt on - No cutting (prefered) 3. No higher than 3 inch lift 4. Shocks should be properly valved for the spring rate 5. Preferably a complete kit Too many options but I think I have narrowed it down to the following (not in order of preference): 1. AEV 2.5" DualSport XT 2. Old Man Emu 2.0-2.25 with Steering Damper 3. Metalcloak Dual-Rate Lift Kit, 2.5", ARB Edition 4. Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel with 2.0 Emulsion Shocks There is some price difference but not too much. I want to get this done right once. To be continued
Looks like I'm on the same program as you. I have done months of research and was able to test drive a few lifted Rubicons while one was being built.

I have so far settled on...
AEV 2.5 lift kit
Geo Brackets
285/75/17 (34in 11.5 in wide) BFG KM2s
Black Savegre Wheels
AEV Tire carrier with LED 3rd brake light and backup Camera

My choices are because It's DD 85% of the time and my off roading will be dirt trails and some sand. No rock crawling.

Just saving up the funds now. I was going to do the leveling kit for the time being... But I figured I would just wait till I was ready to do the whole build at once.
The RubiX looks pretty nice in its stock position IMO.



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Thanks guys.

AEV is definitely a front runner. Just want to keep my options open until I am 100% sure even though that may make me question my decision after the fact

Anyway, while that is being decided, I want to keep things going and get a few more things to keep me occupied.

I want to get an LED 20" bar for the front bumper. Since I already have my pod switches prewired and relays done might as well get another accessory.

I also want to get a hoop. I am thinking of getting the Maximus Rubicon X Hoop & LED Light Bar Bracket. Seems to look nice and sleek.

I wanted a stinger, for the looks, but as much as I want it i do not think it will be very practical here.

I will also have to get a Maximus winch mount. I think I have settled on the winch. Based on some findings and recommendations, I will probably get the Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500. Although hook is fine, I will probably get the Factor 55 ProLink Shackle Mount to complete the look.

It does not require the relocation of the vac pump, and it does not cost an arm and a leg. They also seem to have a very good reliability reputation.

And to complete my front end, I will probably get the JW SPEAKER 6145 fogs and Maximus light brackets. I wanted to get the Truck-Lites Fogs to match my headlights, but I can't seem to find any brackets for them. This should be it for now I guess.
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Nice setup. I too have a JK Rubicon X in Anvil, similar stereo, I ordered with the 130, and replace with the Pioneer 8500. I was planning to rip out the speakers too, but I found that once I got it dialed in, the stock Alpines were actually pretty decent. I did add a powered subwoofer.

I like your light pod setup too. I think I might need to look into one.
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Thats the same experience as I had with my Pioneer with stock Alpines. It does sound very good actually. Night and day vs the stock 130.

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