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Old 01-06-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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New JKU Purchase- Slow Build

I am new to the forum and I just purchased a White 2012 JKU. I had a 2009 Red JK which I traded in to get the 4-door. I am looking to build it slowly so any suggestions on the first things first would be great.

First Mod
32" BFG MT & Rubicon Wheel Package

Planned Mods-
ACE Rock Sliders
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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amazing how big of a difference a simple tire/wheel swap out does. Looks great

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #3
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Welcome! Great start! Good looking rig.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:56 PM   #4
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My goal is to make this a budget build so any advice would be great. I have read many people making duplicate mods because the first purchase was a cheap mod so any recommendations on items to avoid being cheap on would be useful as well.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:34 PM   #5
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Welcome Distrbuting GraBars are a mod I always recommend. They are a little pricey (~$90 for just the fronts), but they are DEFINITELY worth it. They are solid steel and they mount solidly as well. I have a picture in my build thread, if you're interested to see what they look like.

Nice looking jeep, off to a good start! X2 on the ACE sliders, too!
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:45 PM   #6
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Just added a bikini top and rock sliders this past week, pics to follow. Getting ready to take her up to Bald Mountain for moonlight madness in 3 weeks.
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:42 PM   #7
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Rock Sliders, Soft Top & Door Free

Pretty happy with the JK so far.
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:45 PM   #8
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Next steps are lift, 35" tires and bumpers.

I want to get a lift that I can purchase slowly, ie. purchase coils & shocks and then add control arms etc at a later date. I was looking at the Rubicon express 2.5" lift but as I understand it, the budget lift is not designed to add to later.

Any reccomendations?
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:31 PM   #9
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Received my new decals from Pixel Decals today. Love the look.

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Old 12-10-2014, 03:51 PM   #10
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So it is time to chose a lift. Since I plan on adding items to the lift I have dwindled down to 3 possible lifts for the ability to add control arms down the road. I have seen numerous posts on this topic but I would be interested in hearing specific feedback from those who have a 2012 JKU and run with 33" tires.

1- 2.5 Metal Cloak Dual Rate
JK Wrangler Lift Kit 2.5" Dual-Rate

2- 2.5 Rock Krawler flex Kit
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3- Rubicon Express 2.5 Standard with mono-tube coils
Rubicon Express Part RE7121M - 2.5 Inch Standard Coil Lift Kit with Mono Tube Shocks-WS3
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Let me know if you want to look at pricing options on the lifts. We have some specials going on and will always work with you to get the best price for you. We have just about everything for a JK.

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Old 12-22-2014, 10:42 AM   #12
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I went ahead and purchased the SRC Stinger Front bumper from Smittybuilt. Let's hope it comes in before Christmas. Pictures to follow.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:47 PM   #13
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So far so good. She's comming along... 'Merica!
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:23 AM   #14
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SRC Stinger Bumper Install

The bumper came in and the install was rather simple. Easily done by one person.
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