Drooartz’s Efficient Exploration Jeep - Page 2 - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Build Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 03-27-2014, 09:45 AM   #31
Jeeper
 
drooartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Utah mountains
Posts: 117
And the Jeep is here!

Picked it up after work yesterday. Dealer experience was fine, paperwork went smoothly and we were on our way.

Did my first mod as soon as I got home -- pulled out he heat gun to pull off the dealer sticker and decided to pull the side Sport and Wrangler decals as well. Left the front "Jeep" one for now, though that may go soon too. I like the Trail Rated badge, so that one will stay.







Next up will be the Sick Speed shift knobs, probably this weekend.

__________________
'14 Anvil JK Sport S manual (mine) - Build thread
'59 Bugeye Sprite
drooartz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-27-2014, 09:56 AM   #32
Jeeper
 
damndirtydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Eden Utah
Posts: 1,669
Not a big JeepForum fan but the Utah section is a lot more active for rides and trips than WF.
Nice jeep, we need to wheel sometime.

damndirtydog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-28-2014, 10:05 AM   #33
Jeeper
 
Highlandman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 63
Congrats on the new jeep. Love the color! Enjoy!
Highlandman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #34
Jeeper
 
drooartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Utah mountains
Posts: 117
The first mod: Sick Speed shift knobs

Did my first (tiny) mod last night and installed the Sick Speed shift knobs I bought before I had even ordered the Jeep. Watched a couple YouTube videos on removing the old knobs first, and dove in. The transfer case knob came right off with a decent tug, but the shift knob put up more of a fight. Had to pop off the top and bottom pieces of the knob and grab it with some pliers. Still off it came.

For both knobs I had to do some minor mods to get them to fit right. The Sick Speed knobs come with little plastic spacers to account for different thicknesses of shift levers. For the shifter I had to slightly open up the thinnest one to fit -- Dremel tool to the rescue.

A tip: get the spacers to fit BEFORE you install it into the knob. I didn't with the first one and it was a bit harder than it had to be.

For the transfer case knob the thickest spacer was just a touch too big. It got shimmed with a bit of paperboard from a cereal box.

All told it took me about 45 minutes to install them. A small thing, but I really like them. They're both very solidly mounted, feel great under the hand, and look like they could be stock.

__________________
'14 Anvil JK Sport S manual (mine) - Build thread
'59 Bugeye Sprite
drooartz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-28-2014, 10:14 AM   #35
Jeeper
 
drooartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Utah mountains
Posts: 117
Mod 1.5: de-stickering

This isn't really a mod, but I did remove the dealer sticker, side stickers (Wrangler/Sport) and the Jeep lettering on the grill. All the stickers came off easily with a heat gun and a little WD40.

The Jeep lettering was a bit harder. Heat gun softened up the adhesive well enough, and I used an old credit card to get behind the letters. A word of caution: I managed to get a small scratch in the paint when pulling off one of the letters -- the letter edges are a bit sharp, so take care (maybe mask around them first with some tape). I'll touch up the paint and it'll be fine, but boy was I pissed at myself when I realized there was a scratch.

It's a Jeep, I'll get over it.

__________________
'14 Anvil JK Sport S manual (mine) - Build thread
'59 Bugeye Sprite
drooartz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-28-2014, 01:55 PM   #36
Jeeper
 
rubiconsport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Fort Worth, Castle Rock, Encinitas
Posts: 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by drooartz View Post
Mod 1.5: de-stickering This isn't really a mod, but I did remove the dealer sticker, side stickers (Wrangler/Sport) and the Jeep lettering on the grill. All the stickers came off easily with a heat gun and a little WD40. The Jeep lettering was a bit harder. Heat gun softened up the adhesive well enough, and I used an old credit card to get behind the letters. A word of caution: I managed to get a small scratch in the paint when pulling off one of the letters -- the letter edges are a bit sharp, so take care (maybe mask around them first with some tape). I'll touch up the paint and it'll be fine, but boy was I pissed at myself when I realized there was a scratch. It's a Jeep, I'll get over it.
FYI - Learned this trick after I too scratched a door on a previous truck (edge of plastic-chrome letter dug into paint while lifting).

Use dental floss behind lettering to saw through all of the foam double-sided tape. Badges will pop right off with little or no effort. Worked great with no scratches on the last 2 vehicles I debadged.

I read another post where they used fishing line in the same manner and it had worked great too.
rubiconsport is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-28-2014, 05:00 PM   #37
Jeeper
 
drooartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Utah mountains
Posts: 117
I should have used the fishing line/floss trick -- was aware of it, just didn't think it necessary. My swearing proved otherwise.

Ah well, it was going to get scratched at some point.
__________________
'14 Anvil JK Sport S manual (mine) - Build thread
'59 Bugeye Sprite
drooartz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-28-2014, 10:30 PM   #38
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 240
Sub'd for similar interests/philosophy for my upcoming Jeep.
__________________
2014 JK Sport B Hydro Blue - 6spd, 3.73, Prem. Soft Top, AC, 32" tires
D-Man604 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #39
Jeeper
 
drooartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Utah mountains
Posts: 117
Tiny Mod: Freedom Top panel bag

A small mod, based on something I saw here about storing gear in the Jeep. I wanted to have a place in the Jeep to keep the bag for the Freedom Top panels, but it had to be out of the way. Decided on strapping it to the roll bar on the RH side. This is pretty much dead space, and doesn't interfere with any line-of-sight. A small thing, but still functional.

__________________
'14 Anvil JK Sport S manual (mine) - Build thread
'59 Bugeye Sprite
drooartz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-18-2014, 10:17 AM   #40
Jeeper
 
drooartz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Utah mountains
Posts: 117
15,000 mile update

Figured I should pop in for a 15,000 mile update. Not a bad mileage tally for 9 months. Still puts a smile on my face.

Shortly after bringing the Jeep home I took her down to the south end of Capitol Reef National Park for 4 days of exploring, hiking and camping. Couldn't have been a better trip or a better introduction to the new Jeep.







As for the Jeep, It's just right for me. I've been able to confidently take it everywhere I wanted to get to, with out feeling like I was anywhere near its limits. I added a set of Grabars a few weeks ago, and they've been a nice addition.

Issues? My tailgate stopper (see here) broke recently and my local dealer has ordered in the parts to repair it -- a known issue. That's it, really.

Future mods? Given the tailgate issue I've been eyeing the Teraflex rear tire hinge (using the stock tire mount). Eventually I'll replace the stock Goodyear SRA tires with something better, but for now they're doing fine. A headlight upgrade (maybe some Quadratec LED) would be nice as well, as the stock headlights are marginal at best.

That's it, really. Might throw some Rubicon takeoff shocks on it if a set come up cheap and local. I will be painting the stock wheels black some day, not a big fan of the silver but I otherwise like the wheels. I've wanted black wheels on a truck since I had my first FJ40 Land Cruiser back in the mid 1990s, so that will be a project for 2015.

__________________
'14 Anvil JK Sport S manual (mine) - Build thread
'59 Bugeye Sprite
drooartz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:58 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC