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Old 12-10-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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My '14 Anvil JKUR build...

I've provided snippets of it elsewhere but I wanted a dedicated thread to delve deeper. I'll miss the monster Ford 7.3 F250 that I sold dearly and the gobs of torque that came with it. I was going to replace it with a '14 diesel quad cab 4x4 and then realized....why the hell do I need a tank? So somehow, the thought of a built up Jeep came out of nowhere and stuck in my head. I have zero interest in all things Chrysler/Fiat. Then I saw a properly built Jeep with a Hemi swap and I liked what I saw. Enough to go to the local Jeep dealer and lay down a deposit on a factory order.

Negotiating the deal was actually fun. I had never met the salesman before but we hit it off quickly. I made it clear - I would only deal with him and I was paying invoice. We shook hands, I gave them a check for $500 and got in the pipeline.



Once I got a VIN I was able to track the production of my specific vehicle as it was put together on the assembly line (Jeepstatus.com, IAMJEEP.com).



Seven or so weeks later and the salesman calls to say its in. I knew it was in transit but had no way of knowing when the dealer would pick it up from the hauler. Turns out the salesman tagged it as hot and it was brought to the dealer in one day. The day I picked it up it was pouring rain but the dealership prepped it to a T inside, had me give it my seal of approval, and the deal was consummated. I spent two minutes with an F&I guy telling him I worked in dealer finance, know the game, and want nothing. A few signatures and I was handed the keys and out the door. Thirteen mile drive home and here she was.



As nice as it is, the truck wasn't complete in my view. The vision I had entailed much more. Inside that garage door lay quite a few parts (note that some parts had been delivered and set outside the door but I hadn't noticed they were there yet).



I never knew how big the Jeep aftermarket was until I started looking. I thought the Mustang market was big but Jeep's have a huge following. I had always thought that Jeeps were for girlz or for guys that didn't have the wherewithal to graduate to a truck yet. One evening while surfing the web I found this article (flip through to page 20 and zoom). I got a kick out of that article and started to take a closer look at what AEV had to offer and really liked what I saw. While at the SEMA show in Vegas last month I wanted to see their stuff live so after seeing every Mustang on God's earth there I happened upon their booth. Here's what happened...

I now had a very good idea of what I wanted to add to my '14 Anvil four door Jeep (AEV's parts site)

- AEV front and rear bumpers
- AEV rear tire carrier
- AEV 2.5" lift kit with geometry correction brackets
- AEV Procal
- AEV Savegre wheels in black
- AEV Heat Reduction Hood
- Goodyear 315/70/17 Duratrac tires

This and a bevy of supporting parts.

I started this a few weeks ago when we had lows in the high teens. The heat was not in the tools! I started with the rear bumper. The factory unit is nothing more than a plastic shell that weighs as much as a few bags of potato chips. Note that the factory spare is mounted to the 5th door out back. With stock units failing with even just factory tires there was no way that I could mount a Duratrac spare in a 315 on there. The AEV unit moves the mount to a bracket/spindle that attaches directly to the framerail...












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The AEV hardware is HEAVY DUTY. There is no comparison to what came on the vehicle. There are multiple recovery attachment points on it, jacking points, and the end tanks can be filled with water for jaunts into the desert.

Since I was so cold I'd fire up the Jeep and step inside for a few minutes. While there I added a set of Jeep slushmats...



And since I couldn't peel off the factory visor sticker, I decided to cover it with something even more silly...





Parts were showing up every day. I got to know all the UPS, FedEx, and carrier guys very well. Most of the parts came from Rick at Quadratec. Great guy, he hooked me up with shipping and got everything to me fast. They had someone spray the AEV hood prior to shipment and I was eager to see if there was any damage as well as the color match. Anvil is an odd color and I didn't want a noticeably darker/lighter hue above the engine. That said, it was a work of art...













The hood bolted on without issue.


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Because it drove me nuts, I removed the tubular, bolt-on "Ruby Rails" (or rocker protective tubes), and cut off the ~2 inches that extends into the wheelwell. It would also ensure room come Duratrac time. Ridiculous...









We then had a warm spell the following week so I started on the 2.5" lift. I did the rear first, then front.











I then moved up front and disconnected the driveshaft and a host of other parts...



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I double, no triple checked everything and took care of a few minor issues with the kit, bolted the wheels back on and lowered the thing back down to earth.





Note that I also added a Mopar aftermarket gas fill door (and a locking cap inside) as well as a spare wheel cable lock. I know that the cable can be cut but that doesn't stop me from adding a deterrent. I now have a complete set of 2014 factory Rubicon wheels/BFG tires that will hopefully serve someone better than they can serve me.







On deck was the tires. Quadratec had Goodyear ship me a set of five directly from their factory in New Jersey. They....are...huge (Big V for scale)...



I searched locally for a shop that was experienced with truck tires that wouldn't mark up my Savegre wheels and that could balance them as best they could be, as well as install a set of five new TPMS sensors. I found a superb place where the guys in the back were as excited as I to see them go onto the Jeep. I couldn't fit everything in the Jeep and had to use my father in law's pickup to transport them. I had requested the stick on weights and wanted them only on the inside of the wheel. The shop not only accommodated that task but also used black weights to match the color of the wheel.

Holy cow am I ever ever adding weight to this thing. The wheel/tire assembly's are not light. A dab of anti-seize on each stud, I wrestled each wheel on, and then finished by adding a complete set of splined lug nuts and locks from Gorilla in black (lug nuts and a lock for the spare too).
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I stood back to admire what the Jeep had become (so far). The wife came out, looked at it for about five seconds and asked "is that gonna clear the garage door opening?"

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I'm happy to report that it did, but not by much. I never added everything up and just assumed I'd make it without issue. In the trades this phenomenon is known as "winging it." I got lucky here.

I finally pulled it out and drove it today but not before taking a few more photos...





















Closest thing to an animated 360* I can do.

I then set and plugged in AEV's Procal Module and made adjustments to the PCM with respect to tire diameter, shift points, and I lowered the TPMS threshold. Took me less than ten minutes to breeze through the instruction manual, make the necessary changes, and get on my way. What a sweet tool!

I put some miles on the truck today. I brought a tire pressure gauge with me as I knew I needed to air the monster Duratracs down a little. They were at 42 psi and I lowered it down to ~32 psi. Really cool is the in dash EVIC that shows you in (fairly) real time what the pressure is at each corner. Once down on pressure a bit, the vehicle rides very well. I dare say it handles well too. AEV ex-Chrysler vehicle dynamics engineers did a pretty good job with the 2.5" kit.

I'll do the AEV front bumper as soon as I can. Suffice it to say, I'm very happy with it so far. More to do and I really look forward to doing it.

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Looks awesome and very close to what I plan to do to my own! Looking forward to following the build.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #8
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I can not say enough good things about Quadratec. Rick applied the Wrangler Forum discount towards my purchases and has shipped each and every item I've ordered as quickly as possible. Great guy, great company, and I look forward to continuing to do business with them.
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Great thread!! Awesome looking jeep! Can't wait to see what else you o o it! Subscribed !
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I can not say enough good things about Quadratec. Rick applied the Wrangler Forum discount towards my purchases and has shipped each and every item I've ordered as quickly as possible. Great guy, great company, and I look forward to continuing to do business with them.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Tob! It really is a pleasure working with you. The Jeep is really coming together nicely. I'll be checking back from time to time on your updates. Keep up the great work!
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Thanks so much for the kind words, Tob! It really is a pleasure working with you. The Jeep is really coming together nicely. I'll be checking back from time to time on your updates. Keep up the great work!
Thanks for making this build easy to navigate Rick. Quadratec is definitely a cut above!
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damn, thats a pretty nice jeep. keep up the good work!
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Well thought out. Great looking rig!
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You have done a great job. I've never been a fan of matching fenders or top, but you've definitely changed my opinion on the matter. Great build! You've got a bada** looking Jeep.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words.

I admit to going back and forth on the body colored fenders. But then realized if I want to change to black I can simply buy something and bolt them right on. But if I bought the truck with black fenders but then wanted painted ones I'd have to pay to get them to match. I don't know, I suppose it does indeed work well with the triple anvil. Very military-ish, exactly the effect I wanted.

I'm trying to get the front bumper done but life keeps getting in the way. Beats the alternative though!
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Looks great so far man. I was thinking I may run the same lift and wheel combo, nice to see how good it looks on yours, thanks for posting...front bumper will be sweet, looking forward to see pictures...

on a curiosity side note and completely unrelated, I noticed the "Syracuse" destination on your invoice...where abouts? I grew up in Liverpool and moved to Atlanta abt 10yrs ago...got tired of the brutal lake-effect winters!
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Awesome job, keep up the good work. I think it looks great.
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I have a similar build-2014 jku with aev 2.5 , but used Rancho correction brackets and 33" Duratacs. Mostly went w 33s because i had them from previous Jeep and didnt want to spring for new 35's and the subsequent tailgate reinforcement/tire carrier. But i might go w 35's someday, although i only have 3:73 rear end--so who knows. Anyway yours looks really nice-congrats!
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I remember seeing you in the waiting room not too long ago….nice upgrades and great look!
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Looks great so far man. I was thinking I may run the same lift and wheel combo, nice to see how good it looks on yours, thanks for posting...front bumper will be sweet, looking forward to see pictures...

on a curiosity side note and completely unrelated, I noticed the "Syracuse" destination on your invoice...where abouts? I grew up in Liverpool and moved to Atlanta abt 10yrs ago...got tired of the brutal lake-effect winters!
I'm actually a few minutes from Niagara Falls, along the Niagara River. In between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. I've been here for over four decades and trust me - I'm tired of the winter here as well. We won't see much of the sun for about six months...

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I have a similar build-2014 jku with aev 2.5 , but used Rancho correction brackets and 33" Duratacs. Mostly went w 33s because i had them from previous Jeep and didnt want to spring for new 35's and the subsequent tailgate reinforcement/tire carrier. But i might go w 35's someday, although i only have 3:73 rear end--so who knows. Anyway yours looks really nice-congrats!
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Thank you gentlemen.

I finished up the AEV front bumper/skid plate today. Once again, the factory bumper was nothing but a mere plastic shell with an integrated thin steel plate (the rear was plastic only ). The included instructions could use some tweaking but gave you a fairly good indication of how to install everything the way AEV wants you to.



Before mounting the bumper, I sprayed a couple of coats of 3M undercoating inside the bumper and let it dry for a couple of days. Once mounted, I also taped off the top seam, blasted the valleys on each side of the bumper with a heat gun (working one side at a time), and filled the valley with black exterior caulk/sealant. I also slathered the threads of every fastener with anti-seize, something I have done throughout.









What a gorgeous bumper. Curves in just the right places and perfectly proportional...











I don't know how long I can stave off the inevitable "milky" effect/corrosion but I'm not going down without a fight!
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Once again, great build. Definitely put some thought into what you were doing. The full width bumper looks great with the stock fenders, and it's not overkill.
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Beautiful build thus far!!!! Enjoy!
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Nice build! Turned out great!
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Thanks for the kind words guys.

County98, I'm studying your build after seeing the link in your sig. Very nice...
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wow, I just ordered a JKUSahara same exact look though, REALLY like the rubicon wheels on yours and the new wheels too (what wheels are they ?) I really love that AEV front bumper so I looked it up and my wallet imploded lol
really like your build, great choices and style. . .
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outstanding, really like the color.
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wow, I just ordered a JKUSahara same exact look though, REALLY like the rubicon wheels on yours and the new wheels too (what wheels are they ?) I really love that AEV front bumper so I looked it up and my wallet imploded lol
really like your build, great choices and style. . .
I believe those are AEV wheels or just the Mopar classic five hole wheels, and very nice looking jeep OP hope I can get mine set up like this one day.
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wow, I just ordered a JKUSahara same exact look though, REALLY like the rubicon wheels on yours and the new wheels too (what wheels are they ?) I really love that AEV front bumper so I looked it up and my wallet imploded lol
really like your build, great choices and style. . .
Thanks man. The Rubi wheels/tires have 14 miles on them and are looking for new owner. The new wheels are AEV Savegre in matte black. I got them (as well as most everything else) from Rick at Quadratec.



I'm not into the black wheel thing at all but the wife suggested trying something new and I'm really glad I did. And yeah, the bumper prices are up there but man I gotta say, the craftsmanship is absolutely first rate.

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outstanding, really like the color.
Some hate it. And sometimes I see some of the other colors being offered and I think "I coulda had that." But I wanted to take the road less traveled and utilize a bit of the military-like quality of the Anvil as it has somewhat of an earth tone too. I like the reaction people have to it, especially fellow Jeep owners. I went to BestBuy today and I had two JKU's and a JK catch up to me and pace me from behind. The discussions may have been negative regarding color but they looked - and for extended periods at that!


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I believe those are AEV wheels or just the Mopar classic five hole wheels, and very nice looking jeep OP hope I can get mine set up like this one day.
I spent a lot of time studying photograph's of numerous JKU's, noting color, lift type, tire size, wheel offset, yada yada. I've got a long way to go but I think I have a pretty good idea of what it will take to get there.

Speaking of which, I took advantage of a special that Jason from Krawl Off-Road ran a short time ago. The Ace 4dr Rock Sliders showed up yesterday (Thanks Jason!!). A pretty basic install...

I've been a commercial tradesman for over 25 years so I can usually step off the beaten path when it comes to either the order of operations or the means necessary to get it done but I didn't here. I removed the body bolts/washers and ground a flat 180* apart. It was windy and raining so I caught the ground shavings in a pail so I didn't have rust marks on my shop floor.







I coated the washer where ground as well as on each face with cold spray galvanizing dry film.

The rails (which weigh ~39lbs each)...



I then drove each bolt/washer through their respective hole, a tight fit thanks to the sloppily stamped washers Jeep uses, slathered each bolt's threads in anti-seize, laid the rail across my body, and slid under the vehicle. A little finesse and each bolt can be started and tightened up.

I had picked up a roll of 3M's "Safety Walk Outdoor Tread" tape in the paint department of my local Home Depot as I wanted to have a grippy surface atop the rails where you'd stand on in order to get in or out of the Jeep. Not so much for me but so that I didn't hear any complaints from the fairer sex. The roll was 15' and what I photographed is what was left after I was done doing both sides...





I cut a few different lengths and radiused each corner. I also used a heat gun to warm the rails both prior to installing the tape as well as after to ensure a good bond.









I also taped and sprayed 3M undercoating on the rails underneath where you can't see as well as back far enough so that you don't ever get it on your pants. Everything came out great. Thumbs up on the Ace rails. They are the epitome of beef. Durable, well constructed with an excellent powder baked finish to boot. If I had another Jeep I'd be ordering another set from Jason in a heartbeat.

Oh, and I also added some graphics back on after losing them from the hood change. Paying homage to my Great Danes and to Scooby, in flat black as well as similar to original font...



I'm now on watch too...



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