I've been lurking for the last year and finally pulled the trigger on buying a new 2013 JK Unlimited Rubicon (True Blue, Auto Trans. w/ 4.10). As a first time Jeep owner, I thought it would be cool to have a writeup of the build process. I hope to receive help/insight from other members that have been down this road before me and help others that follow. Also, to be able to look back at the whole project later, like a scrapbook.
Since I live in the Central Valley of California with the Sierra Nevada mountains in my backyard I've decided that I would call my build thread "Sierra Nevada Edition". My goal is to build a daily driver that is also trail worthy (I want to do the Rubicon Trail in August). I plan to take advantage of some of the local trails and gain some experience on the easier trails at first.
Over the next few months I'll be updating this thread with my progress and questions about parts, mods, experiences and installs.
Keep us updated on the build. I live in Pleasanton and also just picked up a 2013 Rubicon Unlimited. I'm heading to the Sierras for a two week trail trip with my two oldest boys. Trails, fire roads, fishing, shooting and hiking. I would like to see what you do to the Jeep and how it performs.
Got the Bushwacker fenders on today. The install was pretty easy and straight forward, the first one I did (the drive side front) took me 2hrs to do. I did everything one step at a time and triple check each step. It was scary to be cutting and ripping parts off a brand new car (I only have 47mi on it), but the other 3 fenders took another 2.5hrs to do (4.5hrs total).
Also installed antennaX shorty and the Mopar fuel door.
I've been looking for bumpers and sliders for awhile now, so I stepped up and ordered the LoD - Armor Lite Mid-Width front, LoD - Signature Series 4-Door Rock Sliders and the LoD - Signature Series Shorty Rear Bumper w/Tire Carrier. Should be here in 4-6 weeks.
I got a chance to install the T-REX grill today after finishing some honey-do's. The install was pretty much straight forward and only took me about 30min to do. The kit comes with the stainless steel mesh grill powder coated black and all the hardware needed for installation (speed clips and screws).
First step was to remove the stock grill. After removing the wiring from the turn signals. I used two flathead screwdrivers to lift and remove the factory (pop up) clips
Then I just pulled the bottom center of the grill and popped off the grill (just give it a quick firm tug). I laid the grill face down on a thick beach towel and test fit the grill to see how things lined up and to see where the holes (4) had to be drilled. I found that it was better to place the speed clips on and then mark the mounting holes, as the clips can only be placed in curtain places because of the limited space and the width of the clips.
Once all the holes were drilled, I replaced the clips and tightened the screws. Then lined up the bottom of the grill and snapped the bottom half in (don't forget the snaps above the turn signals). Lined up the holes on top of the grill and replaced the 6 pop up clips and that's it. Very easy and quick. I'm very happy with how easy the install was and the quality of the grill seems to be top notch.