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Old 03-12-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Cajun's 2012 Bright Silver Metallic Unlimited build

This is my first Jeep and after doing lots of reading about recent model Jeeps I was set on a 2012 or newer. I knew I wanted the following.

4 door
Automatic
Keyless entry
3.73 gears
Hardtop
Silver or Dark Red Paint
An awesome price

My hope was to find one with mods I was looking for already installed but, no luck or when I did they wanted more than I could build one for. After seriously looking for a few months I found an untouched 2012 that had the options I wanted for a great price. I purchased my Jeep on 2/7/14 with 28,000 miles on it.


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Old 03-12-2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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Initially my plan was simple, a 2.5" lift and 35" tires.... After researching it lead to a few other items... Needless to say it's been an interesting month of Jeep ownership and I got a lot accomplished. After owning my Jeep for 7 days the temp got above 70 for the weekend so the top and doors were removed.


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Old 03-12-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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After the removing the top and doors I quickly realized I needed a more permanent storage solution for them.

I went with PVC door holders





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Old 03-12-2014, 07:29 PM   #4
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hand crank hoist for top









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Old 03-12-2014, 07:32 PM   #5
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In my search for wheels and tires I determined I didn't want to worry about the extra weight of the tire on the tailgate (plus my kids climb on the tire all the time) and I liked the look of the tire carrier mounted on the bumper. So I added that to the list. Then I thought getting just a rear bumper would not look good so I ended up getting barricade front and rear bumpers. I installed them the last week of February.



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Old 03-12-2014, 07:41 PM   #6
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other mods I did along the way.

Added fuel door


DIY Grill inserts


New options...
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:58 PM   #7
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Upcoming upgrades.

3/18 - Scheduled to have 2.5" Rubicon Express lift with mono tube shocks installed - I didn't want to tackle this myself

Fuel Boost 17x9 wheels on order with 35" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:31 PM   #8
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I'm open to thoughts comments and suggestions on what to do next. Thanks...
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Good looking Jeep and slick hard top hoist. Looking forward to seeing pics of your new wheels and tires. I have the 2.5" Rubicon Express lift w/monotube shocks and am quite pleased.
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Lift wheels and tires... I'm happy with the results.
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This completes phase 1 of my build... phase 2 will likely include the following.
- Winch with synthetic rope.
- light bar on front bumper
- zombie (lower a-pillar) lights
- inside winch control
- Spod or a homemade version

I'm not committed to any particular manufacturer for these components so I'm open to thoughts and suggestions.

Thanks
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Good looking Jeep and slick hard top hoist. Looking forward to seeing pics of your new wheels and tires. I have the 2.5" Rubicon Express lift w/monotube shocks and am quite pleased.
Thanks. Glad to hear you are happy with the same lift. So far so good for me. I think ended up with about 3" of lift from it based on my before and after measurements.
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Looks great!! Like your hoist, we need to get one. Maybe then I wouldn't take out the tail light while helping hubby put the hard top back on!! Those things are $50 to replace!!

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Good ideas, thx for sharing. Your jeep looks awesome.


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Looks great!! Like your hoist, we need to get one. Maybe then I wouldn't take out the tail light while helping hubby put the hard top back on!! Those things are $50 to replace!!

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Ouch.... That's half the cost of the hoist. Hopefully that's your last mishap.
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Ouch.... That's half the cost of the hoist. Hopefully that's your last mishap.
Did you purchase the parts individually or a kit? That's a great price!!
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I bought the parts myself. I spent $80 at lowes with rope alone being $30. I could have probably found that less someplace else. Here is a picture of the parts from Lowes the second bail of rope is not shown but included in the $80.



I found the crank on amazon for under $20. So the total was $100 for everything.

The kits IMO are way overpriced, less flexible, and require the same effort to install.

If you have any questions let me know.
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I bought the parts myself. I spent $80 at lowes with rope alone being $30. I could have probably found that less someplace else. Here is a picture of the parts from Lowes the second bail of rope is not shown but included in the $80. I found the crank on amazon for under $20. So the total was $100 for everything. The kits IMO are way overpriced, less flexible, and require the same effort to install. If you have any questions let me know.
Awesome! Thx for the info & pic.
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My son an I finally had a free weekend so we took "Boudreaux" (the name my daughter gave the Jeep) on her maiden voyage. We had a blast. Can't wait till we can do it again.

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Love the look! Wheels are great. Bridgeport looks like a lot of fun. Where about is it located? We are in Austin, and made it up to Barnwell a few weeks ago. Looking for other parks in striking distance. Cheers
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Love the look! Wheels are great. Bridgeport looks like a lot of fun. Where about is it located? We are in Austin, and made it up to Barnwell a few weeks ago. Looking for other parks in striking distance. Cheers
Thanks Mike... Bridgeport is northwest of Fort Worth, a little far for you.

Barnwell looks nice, I'll have to check it out next time we head down to Austin.
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I few months ago I installed JCR rock rails and they have done great offroad; I'm very happy with them...

Also I got some Christmas goodies and finally had time to install them...

Warn Zeon winch
Spod
Rigid 10" E2 combo light bar
Rigid D2 lights with A Pillar mounts
OTRATTW switch covers

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After the removing the top and doors I quickly realized I needed a more permanent storage solution for them.

I went with PVC door holders





Have you had any issues with the PVC cracking?
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None. I do have a few nicks and chunks missing from the pipe insulation but that's it.

If I were to build it again I would not glue the upper PVC U pieces to the base. This would allow me to take it apart when hauling it. I take it with me to off road vehicle parks so I can store the doors once I get there. Since it fully glued it just takes up a lot of space in the jeep.
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When you say store the doors when you get there, do you store them in the Jeep with that PVC stand? If so, thats even more awesome?

Mind giving measurements on it? Need to build something like that myself. Overall HxWxD would probably be enough.
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Oh, and the Jeep looks great! Considering an sPod myself.
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When you say store the doors when you get there, do you store them in the Jeep with that PVC stand? If so, thats even more awesome?

Mind giving measurements on it? Need to build something like that myself. Overall HxWxD would probably be enough.
No. Not in the jeep. The place has a spot where people park their trailers and pull vehicles, disconnect swaybars and drop stuff off. I set the rack down in that area and put my doors on it. Several other people lean their doors against a tree or their trailer ect. The rack just makes it easier.

This pic should help you with the dimensions.
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Makes sense. And perfect, thank you very much!
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Nice build
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Love the pvc door holders

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