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Old 02-26-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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ljvsnyder's Rock Lobster build

Well, this is going to be a slow build based on available money.
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Couple of mods Smittybilt Gear tailgate cover
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I have also added Quadratec floor liners, Rugged Ridge grab handles front and rear, and Smittybilt SRC side step/rock rails. I also added a home made long grab handle for my kids to get in and out of the rear seats.

Coming shortly are front and rear bumpers and if budget allows some real tires.
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Well, this is going to be a slow build based on available money.
aren't they all?

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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If I can push my $1000 insurance money budget I may have new tires rear bumper and possibly wheels off ebay.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:23 PM   #4
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Added a rugged ridge air dry air filter. Seeing abou a .5mpg fuel mileage gain in town.
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Take it slow man. No reason to get yourself into a financial bind because of the Jeep.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:30 AM   #6
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That is what is good about getting rear ended. Insurance is paying for most of these mods. Nothimg on credit yet.
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Good day. I have a 2007 and I am wondering if any one know if a new engine 3.6 from a newer jk would fit in my 2007..
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:51 AM   #8
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Lol, anybody that actually hits a rock lobster Wrangler needs to be designated as legally blind on their drivers license.
Slow builds are fun, it's continuous gratification and the Visa card doesn't get beat to death.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:51 AM   #9
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frilopo, not sure I am qualified to answer that question. You may want to check out the JK Tech forum. I am sure it could be done.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:54 AM   #10
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Yeah, i have purchased a few small mods. And getting ready to order tires and the replacement rear bumper. I found a smitybilt src clone rear for $300 and a set of Falken Rocky Mountain 285/75-16's for $544.00. Got to love Ebay.
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Went away for vacation an my smittybilt rear bumper showed up. And now we have a snowstorm coming and I don't have a garage to do the install. Packaging was well done.



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Can't wait to see it, too bad you won't be able to get it on right away. I know the feeling.
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This bipolar weather is killing me. Driving home 70 degrees today 30 and rain/snow. Ugh.
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This bipolar weather is killing me. Driving home 70 degrees today 30 and rain/snow. Ugh.
holy crap!
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:17 PM   #15
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Got the tires installed. This looks much better. Now I need to sell the 225/75-16 tires I have in my garage.

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Lol, anybody that actually hits a rock lobster Wrangler needs to be designated as legally blind on their drivers license.
Slow builds are fun, it's continuous gratification and the Visa card doesn't get beat to death.
People on cell phones aren't looking at the color of the jeep. Dude texting ran into the back of my Solar Yellow LJ a few months back. No way he shouldn't have seen that.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:30 PM   #17
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She wasn't on cell and the roads were ice covered, plus she was way to inexperienced to be driving on it as fast as she was. Leason learned for her and free mod money for me. Oh I also installed a set of rugged ridge mat black vent visors. They already have saved the inside as my daughter left her window down a little during the snow/rain storm.

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Any rub with those tires on the stock wheels?
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:16 PM   #19
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Not yet, but they were just installed today. I haven't had an opportunity to flex her out much just a small rock pile, and u didn't hear or feel any rub.

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Old 03-23-2014, 02:42 PM   #20
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Installed a Smittybilt SRC rear bumper. My two girls were my only helpers wish I had taken photos of them turning wrenches it was cute. I will post pics of the bumper later. Seems well built and fit was nice and tight. If anything I would change in the design I would add a third bolt to the frame attachments more like the stock tow hook. Thought about the ebay generic version, but there are subtle differences between the two and for me and using it to tow the smittybilt seemed more stought.
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Purchased a used procal and got the speedo much closer after tire install. The flaken rocky mountain 285/75-16 on stock 16 inch wheels measured right at 31.75" with 35psi. Shorter than I thought. Speedometer is currently .4 mph off. I may try a different setting to get it closer.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:37 PM   #23
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Added rugged ridge rocker guards. The smittybilt src collected rockes that kept chewing up the rockers. They were a littke long just sawed the end off a little.

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Also added a black jeep grill logo. The paint on the grill is very thin and the eraser wheel buned through the paint. Planed on a black grill in the future anyway. So thus speed up the process. When I do that I think I will paint the logo rock lobster to stand out.

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Update on rocker guards. It looks like the plastic wasn't properly preped before the 3m was attached as it pulled away from the guard as you can see in the pic.


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Well I appear ti be the only one posting, but must say rugged ridge is standing behind their product and sending a replacement part. Sucks having to remove everything and reprep the rockers, but kudos to rugged ridge for standing behind their product.
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Is that a rugged ridge or smittybilt rocker?

Btw your jeeps looks really good!
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The bars are smittybilt. I also installed rugged ridge rocker guards as rocks kept landing on the bars and scratching the hell out of the paint
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Thanks for the compliment.
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I purchased Daystar tailgate bumpstop, short story they won't go in working with them on this issue. However in the meantime black raquetballs for $4.00 work fine.

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Here are some fresh shots of where she satnds before the next stage, which includes a black grill, Rock Krawler 1.5" coils and Rancho RS9000XL shocks.



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