I had to buy a new battery for the other car, so I thought I would take the stock JK battery out and run it in the other car and buy a Die-Hard Platinum P-5 with 850 CCA for the JK. It's smaller than the stock battery but fits great in the stock battery tray and all the cables line up and fit great.
Great thread and a beautiful Jeep. Love all the pics and detail. Hope to do something similar with mine once I get it. I like the name of the build. Gave me an idea. I hope the dealer can find one this week cause I'm going crazy already and if I have to wait 8 weeks for to order one, I might not make it.
2014 White Rubicon Unlimited
Teraflex 2.5 lift - Rancho 9000XLs - Rancho CA Brackets - Spiderweb Shade - Cobra 75WXST CB Radio My Build Thread
Installed the LoD Armor Lite Stubby Front Bumper today. To run my 37's I had to switch it out from the the Mid-Width to the Stubby for clearance when the wheels are turned and flexed. Love it my LoD stuff!
I love my Rancho tube doors, but there was one thing that I didn't like about them. They don't come with limit straps to keep the doors from swinging 180* and hitting the body of the jeep. With 3 kids jumping in and out, it was a matter of time as to when the door was going to go flying around and hit the front body panel with the side view mirror.
The $40 (for a pair) price tag for brand x limit straps online is just crazy! So, I ran over to the local true value hardware store and picked up some supplies to make my own straps.
The black strapping 1" width ($.20/ft and my store had blue, red or black maybe orange and yellow too??). A bag of (10) zinc (or stainless steel) #8 x 5/8" oval head phillips screws was $1.09. The strap loops were $1.99 each.
So i bought :
7ft of strapping - $1.40
1 bag of (10) screws - $1.09
4 strap loops - $7.96
tax - $.91
total cost = $11.36
I used a 1/2" drill bit to make the loops on both ends and had my Mom (yes I'm loved) sew the loops.
Hard to see but the stitching goes around to form a square with an "x" in the middle.
I found that the rear straps need to be about 1" longer than the fronts. But I guess that will depend on how far you want the doors to open.
I drilled the holes using a 1/8" bit, but the screws were very tight (one broke off when I was tightening it down so I ran the drill with the bit around the hole a few times to open it up just a little, I didn't have a 9/64 to try)
Bought a CB last week and installed it last night. I chose the Cobra 75 WX ST for its compact size and ease of install. I purchased the kit from right channel radios with the 4' firestik II.
I installed the "connector box" on the firewall behind the glovebox. Using a factory bolt on one side and some 3M tape on the other.
Covered by the carpet.
Ran the CB power leads through the large rubber grommet, in the upper right corner behind the glovebox, that the main factory wires run through the firewall.
View from inside the jeep looking up.
View from the engine bay behind the wheel well plastic liner and below the battery tray.
I ran the antenna coaxial cable along the passenger side behind the plastic molding and under the carpet.
All the way back to the tailgate.
Then removed the plastic cover plate and ran the coaxial cable along the factory wires and pulled the cable through the tailgate by removing the rubber grommet on the outside of the tailgate and fishing the cable through.
Drilled a hole into the rubber grommet and sliced it so i could get the coaxial cable to fit and replaced the grommet back into the tailgate.
I made the antenna mount bracket from some scrap 1/4" stainless steel I had and bolted it to the tailgate with some stainless steel hardware.
Bought the Cool Tech VersaMount2 to mount the hand unit up out of the way.
Was able to get my SWR meter to read 1.4 on both channel 1 and 40 so I guess i'm good to go.
The antenna tip sits a little over 12" above the top of the jeep.
Just skimmed though your whole thread-great job! It will be hard getting your first dent and scratch! I spent a lot of time up in the Sierra and my 12 JKUR has a lots scratches now. Lots of fun though, the kids love it! I try not to worry about scratches anymore. That unlimited is a great family vehicle as well.
Last night I replaced the thin and weak "bracket" (i wouldn't call sheet metal a skid plate) with the Rock Hard 4x4 Evap Skid. Hardest part of the install is trying to disconnect the 2 smaller hoses. Gotta be careful to not break the small clips that hold the 2 hoses on. I used 2 tiny screwdrivers to work the clips free. Also, the Rock Hard skid is a little thinner than the stock bracket. Which gives a little move room for the driveline and muffler if running an after market one.
Finished the install of the Rock Hard Sport Cage yesterday. Followed the instructions from the ProjectJK site and i thought it was pretty straight forward and easy to do by myself. The install requires you to drill 8 holes total.
Hardest thing to do is drilling the 3 on the driver and passenger door frames.
Once the 3 holes are drill you mount the side bars into place, using the stock bolts on top of the windshield
and 3 button head bolts, included, to the door frame.
Mount the lower crossbar just above the dash.
I like the grab handles on the side bars.
Mount the upper crossbar as far forward as possible.
You'll have to trim about an inch and a half off the foam roll bar pad to clear the mounting clamp on the upper crossbar.
Installing the front center crossbar requires drilling 2 holes in the B-pillar roll bar.
The rear center cross bar goes on top of the front center crossbar and shares the mounting holes drilled and mounts to factory holes at the rear.
I will say that having the lower crossbar across the dash seems to block the lower corners of the windshield some but I'll get use to it. Makes me feel like I'm driving something more like a tank!
That's one more mod to cross off the list and time to move on to the next - Brake upgrade to help stop this thing!
A few have said that I need to take it to the dirt, so I finally did. Just an easy trail up to Bald Mtn lookout. Does this get me out of the Mall Crawler classification? Had a great time with a few other friends that have Jeeps too. I didn't have a camera, but got a few pics from my bud.