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Old 02-26-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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First let me that I am not new to off roading ( 9 years in my last vehicle ) but this will be my first Wrangler. A mater of fact this will be the first time I have not owned a truck.

In the truck I have been to Harlan Kentucky, Coal Creek Tennessee, URE North Carolina, Rausch creek Pennsylvania, and all over George Washington Forest in Virginia. I love the truck but after 9 years it was time for something new.

I originally wanted a 2 door but with one kid still at home and 2 dogs the 4 door is needed. So on 2/14/2014 traded my 2005 Nissan frontier NISMO







for a 2014 Rubicon 4 door.




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Old 02-26-2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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At this time I do not want to lift it. I would prefer to get a feel for want it can do stock before I do any drastic changes.
I did want a wider stance just in case I slide on the trail the tires would make contact before the body. I thought about wheel spacer but decided that money would be better spent on a new set of rims. Plus the new rims also give me a wider footprint.

I ordered a set for 5 rims from discount tire direct.

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Old 03-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #4
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I cam across a great deal for tube doors on craigslist that I had to jump on. 4 Bestop HighRock 4x4 Element Doors with both front door Enclosures for $225.
All they need is 1 latch that is missing and TLC. I was going to waiting till I had the mirrors, but the weather was so nice today and I was too excited so I installed the front tube doors and removed the freedom top as soon as I got home from picking they up.





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Old 03-21-2014, 02:39 PM   #5
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I did a few more cosmetic things this week.

First I did the grill mod. I found a company on e-bay selling a complete kit for $25. only took me 20 minutes. Turned out good.




I also had the silver Rubicon and Wrangler sticker removed and replaced with red ones. I love how it turned out.







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Old 04-06-2014, 04:50 PM   #7
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I pick up a soft top off the at was on anther 2014 off of craigslist for $400 last month for the summer and install it earlier this week. I like the look. It took me 1 1/2 hour to remove the hard top and install the soft top. Not bad for my first time since was in no rush.



I also picked up a bestop hoss door cart off of someone from anther forum. not bad for $75. Now I just need the roof cart.

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Old 04-16-2014, 06:46 PM   #8
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This past week I picked up a few things for my Wrangler. Got a Jeep logo fuel door from ebay for $42. found out about the deal here in a thread last week.





Yesterday I made a major score on Craigslist. I got a never used tow strap, a new in a box Tuffy driver's under seat storage box, a like new Bestop hoss door and roof carts all for $150.




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Old 04-24-2014, 06:54 PM   #9
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Made a huge step forward in getting the vehicle ready for the trails this week.
I have spent the last 2 months looking for a sliders that would fit my needs and let me there are so many choices there I still probably didn't see them all.

Man was I excited when I found the TJM sliders. It was everything I was looking for plus they were half of what I was planning to sped. I would discrible them as mini boat sliders.
I ordered them from Extreme Terrain were I got a great deal on them and in 23 hours they were at my house.







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Old 04-24-2014, 07:08 PM   #10
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Made a huge step forward in getting the vehicle ready for the trails this week.
I have spent the last 2 months looking for a sliders that would fit my needs and let me there are so many choices there I still probably didn't see them all.

Man was I excited when I found the TJM sliders. It was everything I was looking for plus they were half of what I was planning to sped. I would discrible them as mini boat sliders.
I ordered them from Extreme Terrain were I got a great deal on them and in 23 hours they were at my house.







They look awesome on there! I'm glad we could get them to you so fast. I love the cut out for the HiLift. It makes it easier and safer to use one. Those sliders look really stout. Hopefully they'll come back with a little less paint on them! Have fun out there.
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:45 PM   #12
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Ok, this week I was planing to ordered the TJM engine and transmission skid plates but instead I found a pretty good deal on a Rubicon X front bumper.





The bumper did come with the front skid plate.






To be honest, l have always like this bumper. It was the only reason I looked at the Rubicon X but I had no plans to purchasing a Rubicon X specially at the prices I`ve seen them go for. I will rock this for a year and may next year I will get that TJM bumper I have been looking at.
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Old 05-18-2014, 01:39 PM   #13
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Went to the NOVAjeepers show and shine yesterday. There were well over a hundred Jeeps so I got to see a lot of different things on jeeps. Somethings I liked. Some I didn't.

I did take advantage of the RTI ramp. I got a 601 with my stock Rubicon. I was quite impressed with the Rubicon. Going up the ramp I never touched the gas. It just crawled right up there.








I didn't win anything but I did get a great deal on diff covers and lower control arm skids form Attitude off road.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:41 AM   #14
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I installed my lower control arm skid on.
The front ones are made by Skid Row. I pick them up and the NOVAJeepers Show & Shine from Attitude off road for only $50. What a great buy. These things well designed.





I also ordered a pair of rear lower control arms made by Rough Country from Extreme Terrain. I hade a coupon code so I only paid $17 for them.



Now I already have a set of Bestop element tube doors and was planning on getting all the parts to encloses by I found a great deal on a pair of Beastop soft doors on craigslist. I only got the 2 front ones by for only $100 I will how I like them. If I do end up like them then I will ordered the rear doors.




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I also got my replacement mirrors in this week also. I found a place the OEM mirrors and only paid $60 for a pair.



Since we finally mirrors went ahead and removed all the doors for the weekend. I mounted them to the tube doors.







Next week the relocation brackets should be and will be able to mount the mirrors the A-pillar.
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Build looks good....keep up good work
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You are the "Craigslist Master". I have been looking for deals on x bumper and outdoors in NC and can never find anything. PM if you are ready for TJM bumper and want to unload x bumper

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You are the "Craigslist Master". I have been looking for deals on x bumper and outdoors in NC and can never find anything. PM if you are ready for TJM bumper and want to unload x bumper

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Ha! I do felt crazy lucky with the stuff I have found. I guess it's has to with the area I live in (some of the richest counties in the country) and I have been saving up for other things so I has the cash in hand.
I have to I omit most of the things I bought were in the plans to get but but the deals were to big to pass up. Of course this had then me off my main focus of getting armor.

Probably when I am ready for a wench I will want to switch bumpers.
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Ha! I do felt crazy lucky with the stuff I have found. I guess it's has to with the area I live in (some of the richest counties in the country) and I have been saving up for other things so I has the cash in hand.
I have to I omit most of the things I bought were in the plans to get but but the deals were to big to pass up. Of course this had then me off my main focus of getting armor.

Probably when I am ready for a wench I will want to switch bumpers.
Cool, please keep me in mind on the bumper/skid & soft doors if u decide to change parts. I want first dibs.
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Time for an update. I few things didn't go my way.
First I got 2 SOLID diff covers. After I bought them I found out that most diff covers with may contact with suspension if the vehicle is not lifted. I contacted the vendor and he assured me that they had corrected that issue. So I went ahead and did a test fit. Sure enough the track bar hits the diff covers. So that was a no go.
Next up were the mirrors. I got a pair of rough trail mirror relocation brackets for the OEM look a like mirrors I purchased hopping I would have the same view. Will that wss not the case. On the passenger side with the doors off I could barely see the mirror and with soft doors on I can't even see the housing. I also felt the driver's side sat to low so both of came off afer a day of use.
Next was the hi-lift mount. I purchased a Rugged Riggs hi-lift mount from anther jeep owner. He stated that it was only a few months old so I thought it was a good deal for $67 shipped. What he didn't inform me that he drilled 3 extra holes in the unit and that it did not include the hardware. I was having trouble finding the right size spacers so I contacted Rugged Riggs to see if I could purchase the items. They informed me that they do not sell the hardware by itself but they did have a unit in the return bin and would send me the complete hardware kit for no charge.





I really like the design. it takes up no space inside the vehicle and it's really convenient and easy to get to when it's needed.
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Now for some good news. I finally took my vehicle out for it's first trail ride at 4500 miles. I was planning on waiting till I had more armor but I was getting impatient. me and my wife had a few days off in the middle the week and it seemed perfect knowing you would have the whole trail from ourselves so on a Thursday we headed up to George Washington National Forest. I am very familiar with a few the trails in the area so I had no concern of just going up there by ourselves. We did it a few times in our previous vehicles as always nice to be alone and by ourselves.






I found a few spots to test the suspension.





I also discovered the areas that need improvement. There were a few spots that I was getting high centered on due to the long wheel base. A small lift maybe in my future.



I have also have heard that the stock gas tank. I can testify that it is not since I was able to put a small dent in it my first outing. So looks like the gas tank skid will be added to my list of armor needs.

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Nice build. Glad you finally got it off road. I used to have a Nissan back in the day. I had a 94 king cab 4x4. Loved it. I was going to get a Toyota but for $3000 less I got more features in the Nissan and the best part was it easily out wheeled my friends' Toyotas. I still prefer my Jeeps though
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Just a small update. I finally got around to mounting the fire extinguisher. I had a small one left over from my truck and a great spot for it right on the driver's seat frame.



Normally when I got out on the trails it's just me and my wife but in case I do end up wheeling with someone a want a C.B. I went with the Cooltech system since it looks so clean and does not take up any room.






I also added the 3/4 spacer lift. Since I am planning to keep my stock tires as long as possible I didn't want do to high. It's a small change but noticeable to me. For $40 you can't bet that. Plus it only took me 40mins to do.




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I got my new bumper.


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How do you like the Cooltech CB? How was installation? What did you use for an antenna mount?
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How do you like the Cooltech CB? How was installation? What did you use for an antenna mount?
I can't give the best review since I haven't used it on a trail yet. When I first installed it the Cobra 75 was not transmitting. I took my Jeep to a local C.B. and found it was the head unit. Cooltech did sent me anther one.

The antenna mount comes with the kit. Very easy install. Since the antenna is not in the tailgate you don't have to worry about moving parts.
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We're you able to put those spacers on in your driveway or did you use a lift?
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We're you able to put those spacers on in your driveway or did you use a lift?
You could do it in a driveway. I just used a lift since that is where I work.
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Got the TJM Rock Krawler Front Bumper on Friday night. I had to go out of town for the on Saturday so I wired on the the LED lights that comes with the bumper and relocation the vacuum pump today. Thanks Gobig for answering my questions.
The bumper went on without a problem. everything lines up great. The only thing I had to do that was not in the instructions was to jack up side of the vehicle to install the winch plate. This maybe do to the fact that I am not lifted.
The approach angle is greatly increase with the new bumper.



Love that the bumper has Hi-lift jacking points for recovery. I test lifted both side and the bumper does not flex.



For the vacuum pump, since I don't have a winch I just filled it now.



I am very happy with the bumper and love the way it looks.





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Coming together very nice -- looks good. Are you running 33" tires?

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