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Old 03-26-2014, 05:19 PM   #1
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Fr8Dawgs 2014 Rubi build thread

Well, today I parted ways with my beloved 2006 Rubicon. It was a tough choice since I have only owned her for a year... anyway, I am excited about the new rig and hope to post pics here of my mods.

Specs: 2014 2 dr Rubicon, Auto trans, Billet Silver, hard top. Also has fancy powered locks/windows, and keyless entry with remote start... when did jeeps get so fancy! lol

Plans so far:

2.5" lift (leaning toward the Teraflex 2.5" spring kit with bilstien shocks)

35" Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. Had the duratrac on my TJ and it was the best tire I have ever rode. Good in mud, snow, and rocks... or a combination of all 3. Not too loud on the road either

Haven't decided on wheels yet... love the rubicon wheels, but not sure if there is enough backspacing to run a 35x 12.5 tire. Anyone have any advice here?

Anyway, I will post some pics of the new rig in its stock form shortly...

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Old 04-23-2014, 09:55 PM   #2
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The day I brought her home! 9 miles on the odo


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Old 04-23-2014, 10:02 PM   #3
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Let the mods begin!

Project-JK decals (Might delete the "wrangler" decal) and the antenna-x 13"



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how good does that antenna work
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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TRUCKLIGHTS!!! used the trucklight "anti flicker" harness and they work PERFECT! As has been mentioned 1000's of times before, these things ROCK! The drivers side light was loose in the mount, used a little weatherstripping to tighten it up. Worked great.



The trucklight anti flicker harness. GET THESE, NO FLICKER AT ALL!





Comparison to the stock junkers... These lights look Cool when theyre off! One of the main reasons I chose them over the JW speaker lights

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Old 04-23-2014, 10:22 PM   #6
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Knockoff Mopar fuel door from Ebay. Cost me $43, it seems fairly high quality, the only problem is that it swings open a little too easy... But its a good knockoff and the price was right, ill probably keep it until it starts rusting or doesnt stay closed lol



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Old 04-25-2014, 01:16 PM   #7
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how good does that antenna work
Works great! I don't listen to AM/FM that much, but I did not notice any reduction in reception around town... Now, I am sure that there is going to be a reduction in performance when trying to pick up stations further away. Its just how antennas work. But the "cool" factor is worth the reduction in performance for me because I primarily use Sirius or aux input.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:35 PM   #8
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Works great! I don't listen to AM/FM that much, but I did not notice any reduction in reception around town... Now, I am sure that there is going to be a reduction in performance when trying to pick up stations further away. Its just how antennas work. But the "cool" factor is worth the reduction in performance for me because I primarily use Sirius or aux input.
I've heard that trees mess the reception up. I'm in need of one since mine snapped off. I just can't find a own
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:47 AM   #9
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Haha I ordered that Fuel cover to lol Going to put it on tomorrow. Jeeps Looking good though.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:48 AM   #10
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I've heard that trees mess the reception up. I'm in need of one since mine snapped off. I just can't find a own
You can find em here:
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:32 PM   #11
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Some more stuff done today. Get my Quadratec floor liners and cargo liner in. Love em!




Wired up an S-Pod to control my Rigid Dualys on the A-Pillars:



And my Rigid backup lights:






Still debating on where I want to go suspension wise. I am pretty set on running 33" tires so I may do the Rock Krawler 1.5" coils... or just get some 19/60 coils with Rancho shocks and call it a day. As soon as I have the money for new wheels and tires, Ill be making a decision on lift.

POSER SHOTS!! haha


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Sweet ride man! Welcome to the JK 2-door club.
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:19 PM   #13
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New Shoes! 285/75r16 Duratracs on ProComp LaPaz series wheels (16x8, 4.5 BS)

FINALLY LOOKS LIKE A REAL JEEP! Lol

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Old 07-24-2014, 04:30 AM   #14
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Nice, practical build. I like those little backup lights! Have been trying to figure out what I want to do for lighting to the rear of the Jeep. Pretty handy to have when setting up camp after dark!

And, that's likely my next tire size, just one step up from the 265's on 16's that I'm running now.
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Looks great!!
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Looks great! I ran that TF 2.5 on my other JKU and I loved it. The TF shocks are pretty good too. I liked those procomp wheels too!!!

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Old 07-25-2014, 03:33 PM   #17
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I decided to go with the Rock Krawler 1.5 coils.

My frankenlift consists of the following:

RK 1.5 coils (2.75" lift on a 2 door)
Rancho 9000XL shocks (29 front 30 rear)
Rock Krawler adjustable trackbar
Teraflex rear trackbar relocation bracket
Rancho control arm drop bracket (for caster... May upgrade to adjustable arms)
JKS adjustable swaybar links (moving the stock rears up front)
2" bumpstops
Brakeline drop brackets

Waiting on parts from Rock Krawler. Then ill be attempting to install all this myself.... Yikes
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:08 PM   #18
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Good looking build. Really like the backup lights. Never seen them mounted there. Might have to copy you ha! Keep it up!
Check out my build thread to see what I did with the back since I don't run a spare tire
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:50 AM   #19
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Good looking build. Really like the backup lights. Never seen them mounted there. Might have to copy you ha! Keep it up!
Check out my build thread to see what I did with the back since I don't run a spare tire
Thanks! I was thinkin about a plate over the tire carrier holes like youve got... But my next mod will be a rear bumper with tire carrier (the expedition one tire carrier attaches to the tailgate)... So im just gonna leave it for now.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:55 AM   #20
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Nice build!

I am looking to mount my SR-Q2's on my rear light's with the same brackets. Does the wire to the Spod run under the Jeep or under the carpet inside?
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:18 PM   #21
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I ran the wires to the backup lights through the interior along the factory wiring harness
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:30 PM   #22
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Got my suspension system installed on friday! Had a buddy helping out, and an impact wrench that decided to quit working at the end of the day when it was time to tighten everything down... All said and done, it took us a little over 8 hours to do the install which included:

Rock Krawler 1.5 coils
Rancho 9000xl shocks
Teraflex axle side rear trackbar bracket
Rancho control arm drop brackets
Grade 8 bolt kit
JKS rear swaybar links
Rock Krawler bombproof front trackbar
Teraflex front and rear spring retainer clips

Decided to hold off on the brakeline brackets for now as the stockers seemed to be long enough. Ill upgrade to extended stainless lines at some point

Also held off on bumpstops. Drilled the front shock perch to add them if needed at a later date. Gotta get over to my buddies shop to put her up on a forklift to check flex...

On to the pics:

Installed my moded and line-xed ARB bullbar:



Rear axle: done! I got exactly 2" lift in the rear:



Front drivers coil in!



How she sits now (2.5" front, 2" rear):





I am MORE than pleased with how this all turned out! It rides stiffer, but its not harsh and really drives great! Had to center the steering wheel a bit, but that was easy... Going for an alignment on thursday.

The hardest part was the jam nuts on the Rock Krawler trackbar... Im still mot sure if theyre tight enough, but i also lock tited em down after dialing in the length to center the axle, time will tell on that I guess.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:52 PM   #23
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Congrats! Looks great.
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I really dig the way that your front bumper looks! What all did you do to it to get it to look like that because IMHO it looks way better than a stock ARB bumper.
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I really dig the way that your front bumper looks! What all did you do to it to get it to look like that because IMHO it looks way better than a stock ARB bumper.
Thanks!

I had the holes for the signal lights welded closed, then coated it with line-x. I couldnt figure out how to wire the signal lights, plus they are really cheap lights... So i got rid of em.
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I love this jeep. Amazing build, can't wait to see what's to come.
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I love this jeep. Amazing build, can't wait to see what's to come.
Thanks! Next up is a rear bumper/tire carrier. Gotta save up a little $$$ though
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:32 PM   #29
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Quick update:

DO NOT BUY A TRACKBAR WITH JAM NUTS!

The jam nuts on my rock krawler track bar suck. Ill be locktiting them for a temporary fix, but I will be getting the teraflex monster trackbar asap. The adjustment sleeve is a brilliant design that allows you to adjust the length of the bar while its mounted...

Plus jam nuts suck to tighten. Trust me. Mine came loose in 3 weeks of use... after nearly killing myself to get it as tight as possible. Im a little annoyed.

That is all
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:40 AM   #30
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After reading all the negative reviews of 50" light bars (loud on the freeway, makes soft tops buffet, etc), i have decided that a more traditional lighting installation was in order.

I was all set on saving for the ARB Intensity LED's until I realized I can get lights with Cree chips, more LEDs, and more power for a LOT less. Generally, I am against buying rip off clones from China, but when the price is less than a 1/3 of the Arb, I decided to give them a shot. I figured auxiliary lighting isnt really a critical item, so why pay out the nose for a name brand when the Chinese clone Led's have such a great track record as far as light bars go?

I needed a longer range lighting solution as my Rigid D2's, Inspired Engineering revolver fog lights, and Truklite headlamps do a great job with near field light spread.

What I got:

ARB knockoffs in Spot pattern!



Omgcar Pair 9inch 111W CREE LED Driving Work Light ATV Ute Offroad Beat 120W Bar | eBay

There are NO reviews for these lights anywhere on the net, so I will post up my experience with them. They were delivered yesterday, and seem very high quality! Stay tuned for a review!

Couple of data points, these are 9" diameter and have more Leds than the ARB Intensity... And of COURSE they come out with a 185w version after I order my 111w. Oh well, still more power than the ARB's lol

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