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Old 03-27-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Build Thread: Sierra Nevada Edition

Hey everyone,

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.

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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sounds good , good luck with your build !!

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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Im curious about doing the Rubicon, too, with my daily driver. Enjoy looking forward to what you come up with.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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Sounds good, and congrats on the jeep. I am also a first time jeep owner, and live in the valley. See you on the trails!!
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Really need pics.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
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Fresh off the truck 2-6-13

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Old 03-31-2013, 01:34 AM   #8
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Where in the Central Valley? I am in Bakersfield with a 2013 JKU Commando Green.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:14 AM   #10
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Did the first photo shoot yesterday "stock".









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Old 03-31-2013, 11:17 PM   #11
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Looks good! I'd rather be out of Fresno than Bakersfield but my daughter lives down here. I'm a flyfisherman and there's many more good options out of Fresno than Bakersfield.
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Have to love a True Blue JKUR!
Thanks, It is a great color when it's in the sun
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Bushwacker Flat Fender Flares

Found this at my front door tonight. Now I have something to do this weekend.
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Nice color choice...we will have to meet up and hit the trails!!!

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Looking forward to the install.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:02 PM   #18
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Bushwacker Flat Fender installed

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).

Here is the finished product.



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Old 04-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #19
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AntennaX and mopar fuel door

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.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:53 PM   #21
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Looks fantastic! Keep the pictures coming.
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Looking good !
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T-REX Grill install

Ordered a mesh grill insert from T-REX Grilles last week and it was sitting at the door when I got home friday night.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:30 PM   #24
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Installed the T-REX grill today

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.

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Very cool. Keep us posted. Thanks.
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Mopar Door Sill Guards

Installed the Mopar Door Sill Guards Today. These are a must have to save the paint!

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Found this at my front door tonight. Now I have something to do this weekend.
Love the build so far.
Time for some larger wheels

What size tires can one fit with just the flare change?
35's?

Where did you order the flares from? Cost you paid as they seem to vary
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fastNugly,

You're telling me! I have the wheels and tires (starting with 35's) on order. It's a painful wait, trust me.

My understanding is that 35's can fit under the bushwacker flat flares, might rub with hardcore crawling. I'll find out soon.

I got the flares from my local shop. I had a gift card to burn. i think they were around 550.
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fastNugly,

You're telling me! I have the wheels and tires (starting with 35's) on order. It's a painful wait, trust me.

My understanding is that 35's can fit under the bushwacker flat flares, might rub with hardcore crawling. I'll find out soon.

I got the flares from my local shop. I had a gift card to burn. i think they were around 550.
This is what I heard too.
35's would fit.
What did you order?
Just tires or rims too?

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