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Old 04-18-2017, 08:58 PM
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My 2013 Billet Metalic Silver JKU SAHARA build!

Time to start chronicling my build. It's going to go slow until I get my 65 mustang coupe sold. The wife asked me to only have 1 project car at a time. So it time to put the mustang money into the JKU.

She was purchased on 3/21/17. As soon as I got her home I took off the Wrangler, Unlimited and Sahara stickers. Iknow what the car is I dont need it to tell me.
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:03 PM
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I have been reading a ton of threads and getting awsome ideas from all you guys and gals. So on week 2 the next thing was to head to Lowes and grab some metal screen, zip tie anchors, epoxy, bed liner spray. I made myself a mesh grill insert. An easy project and now her radiator is safe from large rocks
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Before i forget the rear seat already had the spacers for the rear seat recline which was a bonus. But I did order the MetalCloak rear seat support. It was to cheap to pass up. It slipped in and zip tied right up in like 3 minutes. What a world of difference that support makes.
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:16 PM
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I liked the idea of having more tie downs in the back. So i searched the interwebs and found the rear tie down loops for like $3 a piece i think. So I ordered 6 and bolted them under the hard top bolts.
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The inside can get a bit hot due to the lack of insulation. I also have a son with a genetic disorder where he is physically unable to sweat. So he can't regulate his body temp. We have to use a/c, cooling rags, water to keep his body temp regulated. So off to the local tint shop for some ceramic tint to keep out the heat and infared rays too. I had them do the windshield ( yeah yeah i know the legalities) in the lightest shade. I had them do every other window in the next shade up. It looks great and cut a ton of heat. Unfortunately I don't have any good pics of it. The freedom top still radiates quite a bit of heat. So I'm looking into hot heads liners or equivalent. Just haven't researched enough to make a decision.
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I was planning my 1st off road trip for Saturday 4/15. A friend was going to take me up off Cleighorn Rd near Silverwood Lake. So I ordered an ARB twin compressor with a M.O.R.E. mounting plate. I figured I'd adventually need an sPOD so instead of mounting a single switch for the compressor to take it out later I went ahead and ordered the 6 switch dual Blue LED one. The sPOD was beyond simple to mount and hook up. The ARB compressor was easy to hook up as well. However the M.O.R.E. mount was a giant pain to get the 2 bottom bolts mounted to the. Extension posts. Having to go up underneath the inner fender liner. To air up I also ordered the ARB air up kit and the Smitty Built automatic air down caps. So now I can easily air down and back up again. I also ordered the Yukon recovery kit. It came with a 20' 30k lb synthetic rope, a synthetic shakle, 2 black steel shakles, a bag to carry it all and some leather gloves. Since neather of us has a winch yet. By the way. 1st trip on the trails was more fun than I could have imagined. The wife and boys loved it as much as I did. We are all hooked!!! Can't wait to sell the mustang now so I can get serious about this build!
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So i had some free time and Hothead Headliners is about 15 miles from me. I ran by their shop and the owner Mike was awsome. They had the black liners with sound deadener and side windows in stock and they are running 15% off right now! It took me about 2 hrs start to finish, sand/ clean/ wipe down / install of everything. Super easy but shoulders tired at the end because working overhead the whole time. I can't review them yet because haven't driven with them and it is too cool now to real tell how much heat they are blocking. However i do love the look of them. Fit and finish are second to none. So fire highly recommend just on finish/look/and dealing with Mike!
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2 simple add ons today. Some grab handles. When i went wheeling last weekend the lack of plces to hold on was noticeable and even the wife asked me to get that figured out. Plus the grab bars will come in handy for her to enter and exit once lifted too. Black grab bars up front. I went with generic ones off amazon because I didn't want to spend over $100. They were Opar brand shipped with my prime for $34. Read alot about people dropping the horizontal bolt behind the trim. But if you take your time once you feel the bolt completely loose then there is plenty of room to tip your socket enough that the bolt will stay in as you pull it out. You just can't be in a rush to pull it out. The bars bolt right up with an allen wrench. I put a small bit of blue lock tight just to be safe. My factory bolts looked like they had a bit of red on them. The bars angle out of the windshield and don't seem to obstruct your view at all and are so sturdy i can shake the whole jeep. I also put the Jeep brand handles above all 3 passenger doors. Jeep brand because they were free!

I also installed Vector offroad hood UFO's. I can't possibly think of a time i will need the rubber bumpers to drive with my windshield down. Just wont happen. Pulled the 5 Christmas tree push pins out of the hood insulation. The rubber bumpers had 2 small flanges that had to be pinched in as you pulled them out. The UFO's bolt right in with a nylock nut. Replace the hood insulation and you're done. 10 minute operation!
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nice, love how the headliners look!
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nice, love how the headliners look!
Thks. Though the pictures don't do them justice. Hard to get a good picture with the phone. Look better in person.

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