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Old 01-01-2014, 03:59 AM   #1
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Johnnymoha's 2014 JKU Build

Hey folks. Wanted to wait a little longer before starting a build thread, but I figured this would allow me to keep lots of the progression pictures in order. I started with a 2014 JKU Sport S with LSD from the Sheister Dealership here in Huntsville, AL. Didn't even stop to take a picture the first day, just took the freedom tops off and got the family ready for a ride(75 degrees in November). This was the best purchase I've ever made(maybe tied with my motorcycle).Anyway, all I've got done so far are the trek armor digital ACU seat covers and digital ACU paracord steering wheel wrap.Click image for larger version

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And a special M18 Claymore hitch cover that I found from GG&G in Arizona.
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I've got JCR Offroad sliders in the box waiting to be finished tomorrow and I'll try and put some progress pictures up too.

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Is it our new Classic Sliders?

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Old 01-07-2014, 02:10 PM   #3
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Whichever fit the 14 with no drilling .
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:30 PM   #4
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You will love your Trek Armor seat covers. I do! Interesting concept with the steering wheel. I have small hands so I probably wouldn't like it but it looks cool. Congrats on the new ride.
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:16 PM   #5
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I REALLY like them. I'm having some fit problems with mine though. I just can't get them to stop being floppy (lots of extra room) on the camo part of the seat bottom. I've tried readjusting after having them on for a couple months and no amount of tightening on the paracord draw or pulling and situating the velcro flap helps. Maybe I'm just missing something on how to get them to fit right, but the I can't figure it out. Still look great, just a little floppy looking in the sitting area.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:08 AM   #6
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Decided to make my own switch box to mount over the rear view. Here it is with the first switch. One side will have a master switch and the other will have a connector for all the really coil positives that run under the hood. All told the whole system will cost ~$130.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:16 AM   #7
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First set of lights to be wired up. Only lets me attach one picture per post...smittybilt 7690 mounts
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:53 PM   #8
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Got the jcr classic sliders on today.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2014, 04:05 AM   #9
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I got all the holes drilled out and I've got the microcontroller for the smart switching. Also found some military circular connectors that I bought because they were a good price and worked well with the theme. Just need to sand a paint the housing and drill the new hole for the connector in the insert. The idea behind controller is that is can tell whether I'm switching from high to low beams and turn off all of my "illegal" lights when I dim my high beams. But they will all work with a flick of the switch regardless of high or low beams. I may also add a a way to talk on the can interior bus but so that I can make them all come on with the lights when I unlock the vehicle.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:21 AM   #10
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Got the rugged ridge taillight guards installed. Ordered some 33x1250x15 Duratracs and 15x8 Black rock 952 street locks. Should be here next week and installed immediately.
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I got all the holes drilled out and I've got the microcontroller for the smart switching. Also found some military circular connectors that I bought because they were a good price and worked well with the theme. Just need to sand a paint the housing and drill the new hole for the connector in the insert. The idea behind controller is that is can tell whether I'm switching from high to low beams and turn off all of my "illegal" lights when I dim my high beams. But they will all work with a flick of the switch regardless of high or low beams. I may also add a a way to talk on the can interior bus but so that I can make them all come on with the lights when I unlock the vehicle.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:43 AM   #12
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Can't wait to see the finished product. Looks good!
Thanks! I got the rest of the switch guards in from perihelion(they're the only ones that make them). All I need now are the components for my low voltage circuit and driving the relays and it'll all come together. I'll put up some resources so others can build something similar if they feel like saving some money on switch panels or making their own custom one.
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Thanks! I got the rest of the switch guards in from perihelion(they're the only ones that make them). All I need now are the components for my low voltage circuit and driving the relays and it'll all come together. I'll put up some resources so others can build something similar if they feel like saving some money on switch panels or making their own custom one.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:00 PM   #14
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New rims and tires

15x8 black rock 952s with 33x12.5 duratracs. WhoohooClick image for larger version

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Any issues with the 15's?
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:50 AM   #16
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None that I've noticed. Calipers are so close that I had to run a piece between the rim and them to make sure they wouldn't rub. Also had someone very slowly move forward while I watched them roll from up close.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:43 AM   #17
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Put the Dynomax Evo Comp exhaust on. Just like everyone else says, getting the old stock muffler, reso, and pipes off is the hardest part. Took me forever to get the hangers out of the rubber isolators. Even with WD40. SOUNDS GREAT! When you aren't accelerating the drone that it has sounds a little ricey to me, but that part is fairly quiet. Loud when you hit the fast pedal though and the fart cannon sound turns into something like my flowmasters on my small block 350. Best $174 the jeep has seen.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:21 PM   #18
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Okay, so I took a front wheel off just to verify that I wasn't scrubbing the rotors. I wasn't, but I found that on the wheel, the flat spot that sits against the hub was smaller than the flat spot on the hub itself. That wouldn't be a big deal, except after the flat spot ends on the wheel it begins to slant backward. What this caused, was the rim to only make contact at the edge of the hub and none of the flat gets touched on the rim. Now I'm looking for an adapter solution that would basically just need to make the flat face of the hub a small diameter. If anyone knows, please share. I have plenty of clearance everywhere else.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:58 AM   #19
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Been a while, but I finally exhausted my options on the 15" rim situation. To be clear: 15" Procomp 152s WILL NOT FIT a 2014 JKU. It's the exact same problem that the Black rock 952 has. I even ordered 1 of them from summit just to make sure because I've seen rigs on another forum using them.

So, I decided to get the MB Razors which turned out great IMO. I didn't have to take a crazy hit on reselling the brand new tires. I had an offer for $600 on $1000 brand new tires, the difference in price was the same as buying a brand new set of 5 Razors.

I also added the Rugged Ridge quick disconnect rectangular mirrors from Amazon. They got terrible reviews, but looked like what I wanted. They work great and the mirror has just as wide of a viewing angle as my stock one. GREAT PRODUCT. It does whistle a ton and I read a bout a fix that I'll try this weekend.

Next mods are trimming the flares and getting a RIDICULOUSLY OVERPRICED Gobi stealth roof rack before kayak season.

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Looks good, Johnny!

I love my MBTKOs. Glad you found some MBs you like!
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Looks good, Johnny! I love my MBTKOs. Glad you found some MBs you like!

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MB is the wheel maker. TKO is the model. Johnny got MB Razors, so same maker, just different model.
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Thanks, I was glad to be done and have found some good wheels. I like those TKOs!
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Thanks! I do, too. Thought about changing the center caps to the Chaos, but I'm too cheap to spend the money when there's nothing wrong with the TKO caps. LOL
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Saw this jeep today, Looks great!
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Hey, thanks! You from Huntsville/Madison or New Hope? That pretty much everywhere I've been lately. Glad to see another local jeeper on here. You should get some pictures of yours up.
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Not the best picture, but finally got it naked. This is with a fender trim, no lift, 33" DTs, and 15" MB Razors. Also waiting on my Trektop NX to arrive and trying to make my mind up on a DirtyDog cargo net because it looks great or a flat tonno to keep opportunists out.

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Old 07-09-2014, 01:49 AM   #28
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Trektop NX came in just two days after ordering online. Slapped it on and drove to the beach and Fort Morgan. Got to do a little sand wheelin too.
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Looking really mean.

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Hey thanks! I definitely want to get rid of my front bumper for a stubby though. I think that might make it look even meaner.

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