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Old 04-29-2013, 09:00 AM   #31
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This is what I heard too.
35's would fit.
What did you order?
Just tires or rims too?
35's will fit on a stock jku but it requires a stuby front bumper and you will want to trim the rear pinch seam. A local guy did this with his wifes jeep. They did eventually add a lift but he was curious if 35's would fit and already had the tires. His wife drove around like that for a few months.

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35's will fit on a stock jku but it requires a stubby front bumper and you will want to trim the rear pinch seam. A local guy did this with his wifes jeep. They did eventually add a lift but he was curious if 35's would fit and already had the tires. His wife drove around like that for a few months.
Got it!
with the 10A bumpers, there are the corner pieces that can be removed to turn it into a stubby and the pinch seam (I will find someone here that did this) should not be an issue

Debating whether to to go 34" (305/70/15) or 35" at this point
Have the 3.73 (could not upgrade it) but dont mind swapping gears as well

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:58 AM   #33
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I ordered some procomp rims (7005) and Nitto Trail Grappler M/T 35's.

My 2013 unlimited rubicon has the pinch seams cut from the factory. The Rubicon rock rails just need to be cut back about 2", but I have LOD sliders on the way.
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I ordered some procomp rims (7005) and Nitto Trail Grappler M/T 35's.

My 2013 unlimited rubicon has the pinch seams cut from the factory. The Rubicon rock rails just need to be cut back about 2", but I have LOD sliders on the way.
Nice!
And you are installing these without lifting for now, right?
The trail grapplers look amazing.
For me its between the Trails or BFG Muds. Only thing is Trails weigh 10-12lbs more but are cheaper than the BFG. They also look better and I believe they last longer.

Pls let me know how it rides when you get it and how much your MPG and performance is affected. I know it will get affected but by how much

Thanks man
Keep the build going strong. Once I get my JKUR, I will start a build page as well
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:02 AM   #35
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yeah, no lift for a few months.
i was looking at the goodyear wrangler MT/R's and the Trail Grapplers. I know the Grapplers are a little heavy but i like the look and the price was better, so i ordered them. I can always get something else on the next set.

The waiting is the hardest part!
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:03 AM   #36
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ProComp 7005 and 35" Nitto Trail Grapplers

FINALLY got time to put them on!



I took off the stock rubicon rock sliders/rails because it was only about an inch clearance between the end of the slider/rail and the tire. I have them sold anyway along with the stock BFG tires. Anyone looking for some stock rubi rims?
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:34 AM   #37
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looks excellent !!! i love the color almost ended up getting a true blue pearl sahara last week but the deal didn't pan out...
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:58 AM   #38
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Very Nice looking Jeep. I'm doing the same to an 09' I just bought,,,wife doesn't like the fact I know the UPS guy by name now.... LMAO
I live in Tracy, I'll be following your build. Rubicon trail is amazing, I've been through there several times but haven't been back in over 15 yrs. Hope to get there before the summer is up. I understand the Jeepers Jamboree is something else !
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Back to the build

I've been away for a while but lots of parts have been showing up! Here's what came in during the break....

Rigid Industries LED Lights:

50" E-Series LED Light Bar
10" SR-Series LED Light Bar
Dually LED Pair - Spot
Dually D2 LED Pair - Driving
Brackets for 50" and A-Pillar



LoD Armor Lite Midwidth Front Bumper with Bull Bar, Fairlead Mounting Plate, Skid Plate and cut to run Rigid Dually Driving lights.



ICON Vehicle Dynamics - 3" Suspension Lift System - Stage 3



AEV Heat Reduction Hood



Die-Tech Off-Road - Mirror Brackets and Axle C - Gussets





Lots of work ahead!
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #40
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Wow dude!
Thats like Christmas in July....lol

Cant wait to see it completed
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Looks good. Can't wait to see it finished.
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C gussets

Had the C gussets put on today. Took way more time than I thought it would, just over 6 hrs.







I'll be working on the front bumper tomorrow.
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Thumbs up

I hope you like the ICON setup. I used to run their suspensions on my Tacomas back when they were called Donahoe. Good stuff! I'm lookig at them when I do eventually get around to lifting the Jeep.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:28 PM   #44
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LoD Armor Lite Front Bumper installed

Got the front bumper on today. Pretty easy install.

The bumper came well packaged for shipping.


unpacked



The light tabs didn't quite fit the Rigid D2's prefect so I had to file the sides down some to be able to slide the brackets over and then use some washers (spacers) to center the lights in the cutouts.







Installed





I really like the look of the finished product. Much better than stock!
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Wow man! your Wrang is starting to really take shape

Can you snap other pics from 10-15 feet away?
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Can you snap other pics from 10-15 feet away?
this is the only photo I have right now.



I had a little extra time today so I slapped on the mounting brackets for the A-piller lights and 50" light bar. Lights aren't wired up yet, just wanted to see how they looked, so i threw them on just for this poser shot.
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Looking good!!!

I've had a set of the Bushwacker flats in my shed waiting to be put on for a month now. I need to just grow a pair and do it. They look great on your rig.
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this is the only photo I have right now.



I had a little extra time today so I slapped on the mounting brackets for the A-piller lights and 50" light bar. Lights aren't wired up yet, just wanted to see how they looked, so i threw them on just for this poser shot.
Looks damn good!
What A pillar mount is that? Brand?
I'm guessing it houses the D2 and the 50" bar up top?
Looking for something like that.
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Looking good!!!

I've had a set of the Bushwacker flats in my shed waiting to be put on for a month now. I need to just grow a pair and do it. They look great on your rig.
Big Fran,
Thanks! I'm a newbie and did mine as one of the first things I did. It was way easier than I thought. You just bolt on the brackets on and then cut/trim the wheel well liner. I used a utility knife with a brand new blade. Go slow and use light pressure when pushing the blade along. I cut the liner on the jeep and try to cut it as close to even with the body as possible. on the first one i made two passes and got the feel for the pressure/technic needed to slowly cut. it helps if the liner is warm too. after the first one you'll be good to go, it really was easy to do.
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Looks damn good!
What A pillar mount is that? Brand?
I'm guessing it houses the D2 and the 50" bar up top?
Looking for something like that.
Thanks

I have the Rigid mounts for the D2's on the hood and the 50" up top. I had to get 1/2" longer bolts for the D2's because you'll be going thur two brackets and the thick rubber liner between the body and bracket. I'll post some closeups of the setup.
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Looks great ..... I like the mods you've done so far!
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Looks damn good!
What A pillar mount is that? Brand?
I'm guessing it houses the D2 and the 50" bar up top?
Looking for something like that.

fastNulgy,

Here is a closeup of the mount brackets for the 50" and D2's on the A-pillar.





Again, I had to get 1/2" longer bolts the have enough threads because of the 2 rubber gaskets (one between the body and 50" bracket and one between the 50" and the D2 bracket).
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Thank you.
So it's a rigid pillar mount.... Do you happen to know the part number?
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Thank you.
So it's a rigid pillar mount.... Do you happen to know the part number?
Yeah, both brackets are from Rigid Industries.

The 50" windshield mount is part #40131. (Quadratec Part No: 97061.20800)

The A-pillar D2 mounts are part #40331. (Quadratec Part No: 97061.20850)

Both are a few bucks cheaper at Quardratec than directly from Rigid.
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Wink sPOD install

Put this in yesterday! I was a little worried about doing this by myself, as I have no electrical experience at all and didn't want to jack up the electrical system on my jeep.

At first inspection the sPOD system looks first class. All the connections were firm and nicely wired up. Very clean work by the people at sPOD.

After reading the instructions a few times and going through the steps on a dry run. I started off by removing the freedom tops on my JK hardtop to give me more room to work. Then, I went ahead and removed the driver side sun visor, because that corner piece looked to be holding up the windshield header cover. Next, was to pull off the windshield header cover plate. I just pulled straight towards me from the front and back (against windshield) with my fingers. Working across from the passenger side to the driver side. The header is just held up by 3 clips on each passenger/driver side.





The wires for the rearview mirror run along the windshield header, so be careful not to pull so hard that you damage them. You can see the wire, in the top photo above, running behind the metal clip. The wire is held in place with 3 plastic clips that come out easy.

I then removed the plastic screw that was holding the corner piece where the sun visor and the mic for the uconnect are located on the A-pillar. I know these little pieces are a PITA but I have had pretty good luck getting them to come out. I gently pulled on the corner piece and with a screwdriver use very very very light force and back out the screw - came right out.



The last thing holding the corner piece up is a white plastic clip (pin??) Pull straight down and it will come off, but just remember that the mic is still connected!



Unplugged the mic for the uconnect and just pull up on the remaining plastic piece on the A-pillar.

Next up was to remove the plastic cover on the driver side of the dash. I was able to use my fingers and pop off the cover.



It's held in place with 6 plastic clips.



With all the plastic panels off and a clean line to run the wiring for the sPOD system. I just needed to find the hole in the firewall and punch through. I have a 2013 Auto trans. so the instructions say to use the factory hole up under the dash, above where the left foot of the driver would rest. The black circle to the left of the sliver bracket in the photo below.



When you punch through the black rubbery circle, you will come out through the firewall to the right side of the brake booster (looking from the front of the jeep).



Now time to put things together. First thing is to mount up the bracket for the sPOD switches. After playing around with the placement of the bracket. I found that it was best to place the bracket just over the small hole to the right of the center footman loop. This centered my sPOD panel between the sun visors.



As, the instructions say, I had to trim away some of the windshield header to fit around the sPOD bracket. This is what I ended up with.



I cut an extra notch in the center of the windshield header because, between the header and the footman loop/windshield frame, the wire had a pretty tight fit.



I was afraid that it would rub through the wires over time and since the windshield header is basically covered by the sPOD panel in that area why not.



Once that was done I just had to secure the sPOD wire to the factory wires with some zip ties. Mount the bracket for the sPOD control box as directed and then run the power leads to the battery.



And BAM!





I am very happy with how easy it was to install this system (i didn't have to call for help this time). This looks to be a great product as the materials and workmanship are exactly what other users (this and other forums) have said.

Now to figure out what to put on the 6 switches.
So far I have a windshield light bar, A-pillar lights and lights for the bull bar.
I need 3 more things!
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LoD Rock Sliders install

My LoD rock sliders came in yesterday!



These things are beefy! Each side weights about 68lbs. Total shipping weight was 158lbs. 145lbs for the crate with both sliders inside and 13lbs for the slide plates and hardware.

Very well packaged - the finish of the sliders was perfect.



unpacked everything.



Had some helpers put the slide plates on. A drop of thread lock on each bolt.



I followed the directions from the LoD website. So, the first thing to do is to remove the stock rubicon rock rails or step if you have any. My rock rails were already off because I sold them on craigslist. Then remove the bolts holding the stock transmission and transfer case skids on the frame rails. I then wiped the frame rails clean with some cleaner and a rag.



I used a jack stand on one end and a floor jack on the other end to lift the slider in place against the frame. This was a one man install.



Now replace the 2 stock bolts (to hold the rock slider tight to the frame. With the rock slider tight and straight, start marking the 7 places that need to be drilled. I used a No.2 pencil to trace the holes onto the cleaned frame rails. After removing the rock slider, use a center punch to mark the center for the drill bit.



Then drill all 7 holes with a 13/32 bit.



With a 7/16 x NF20 tap, a crescent wrench and some cutting oil. Tap each hole that you just drilled into the frame rail. 1/4 turn at a time -- 1/4 turn forward then backward to clean out the tap.



After all holes are cut, replace the slider and things should look like this.



I put some thread lock on each bolt and tightened everything up. I was a little skeptical about how tight to make the bolts because the frame rail isn't all that thick and only a few thread teeth are biting. Also, the sliders came with 2 long bolts and 2 very thick washers. I put them on the front of each slider just below the bolt that was drilled and tapped. It seems to belong there because there is a hole on the slider bracket and a factory hole (big) in the frame rail that match up.



The thick washer covers it up after everything is tight.



Just did the same thing to the passenger side (just use the gas tank skid plate bolts) and you're done.

These are very sturdy and look bad a$$.





My jeep is starting to look like JEEP!
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Quadratec All-Weather Floor and Cargo Mats

Forgot to add these to the build.







With 3 kids, these are great!!!

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