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Old 02-17-2017, 04:32 AM   #1
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Potential Build Thread: 2015 JKUR "Jessie"

Hello all this is my first go around at creating a build thread. im gonna start off saying this is going to be a slow build and for most of the beginning its gonna be asking for help in what Direction im going to take the build and small DIY mods i can do. the reason its gonna be a slow build is im gonna try and take the responsible adult way and try to pay off as much as i can before i start sinking money into it.

Now that's outta the way i'd like to introduce the patient Jessie. she is a bone stock 2015 Bright White Rubicon unlimited 6 speed Man's Mission. this is my first jeep but i'm not new to the car world with lingo and mods and how everything works, but i will say im not a pro and im always open for correction and knowledge from others. I've been a long time lurker on these forums and have seen people asking for help on how to build there jeep and a majority of the response is whats the end goal of the build. so that's where i would like to start.

My end goal is to have this jeep be a good daily driver but off road capable. for this jeep to satisfy the daily driver section in needs to be able to cruise the highway at 65 MPH within a reasonable RPM range 2300 to 2600 with no issues our sounding like its gonna grenade, and handle respectably around corners on the back roads. for the off road part if any trails its going to see there is gonna be lots of mud and rocks not to many overland trails where i live in NYS mostly woods and power-lines.

i have a small list of mods that i plan on doing and i would appreciate any feedback i can get on them or other things i missed. im also in the process of saving for a new front axle if or when the stock one breaks. so if any has any recommendations on one that wont break the bank that would be greatly appreciated too!



Engine:
• Borla cat-back exhaust
• Cold air intake
• Superchips trial dash 2
Driveline:
• Chromoly axle shafts
• C-Gussets
• Adams 1310 Front drive shaft
• Center force Dual friction clutch (When OEM wears out)
• 5.13 gears with stock Rubi lockers
Suspension/Steering:
• Rock Krawler 3.5” X-Factor (i live 15min from there shop in waterford NY)
• Dynatrac ball joints
• High steer skit (maybe new Drag link)
• Currie Tie-Rod
• Reid Racing knuckles
• PSC HD Steering Box
Exterior:
• Stubby front bumper with stinger
• Rear bumper/tire carrier combo
• VKS rock sliders
• Skid plates
• Winch
• Metal Flat fenders
Wheels/tires:
• 37x13.50xR17Copper Discovery STT PRO
• 17” Steelies with 4in back spacing
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Nice list!

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Nice list!
Thank you!! its gonna be a while to complete it alot of big ticket items but many are a necessity... or well i make my self think they are
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Nice, the list looks well thought out, and should achieve your build objectives. Take a look at Steer Smarts Yeti steering linkages, for drag link and tie rod. Good luck with the build.


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Nice, the list looks well thought out, and should achieve your build objectives. Take a look at Steer Smarts Yeti steering linkages, for drag link and tie rod. Good luck with the build.

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Ive been looking at the them all. The screw in joint are a big selling point plus rebuildable. When it comes to steering i want the best to avoid any issues
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Ive been looking at the them all. The screw in joint are a big selling point plus rebuildable. When it comes to steering i want the best to avoid any issues
I did the same thing, looked/researched them all. I think the Yeti is the best out there.


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I did the same thing, looked/researched them all. I think the Yeti is the best out there.


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they are in the top 3 for steering components. Thank you for your input! this is the type of support im looking for!
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Looks good. the only items that are still up in the air is armor besides the VKS sliders. Try to find a local powdercoater. I prefer to have armor shipped in bare steel or unless they are local. A lot can happen during shipping. Good luck with your build.
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Looks good. the only items that are still up in the air is armor besides the VKS sliders. Try to find a local powdercoater. I prefer to have armor shipped in bare steel or unless they are local. A lot can happen during shipping. Good luck with your build.
Let me know when you toss out all those icky old parts. I'll swing buy and clean that area for you - for FREE.
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Let me know when you toss out all those icky old parts. I'll swing buy and clean that area for you - for FREE.
to me, my jeep is still stock lol
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Hello all this is my first go around at creating a build thread. im gonna start off saying this is going to be a slow build and for most of the beginning its gonna be asking for help in what Direction im going to take the build and small DIY mods i can do. the reason its gonna be a slow build is im gonna try and take the responsible adult way and try to pay off as much as i can before i start sinking money into it.

Now that's outta the way i'd like to introduce the patient Jessie. she is a bone stock 2015 Bright White Rubicon unlimited 6 speed Man's Mission. this is my first jeep but i'm not new to the car world with lingo and mods and how everything works, but i will say im not a pro and im always open for correction and knowledge from others. I've been a long time lurker on these forums and have seen people asking for help on how to build there jeep and a majority of the response is whats the end goal of the build. so that's where i would like to start.

My end goal is to have this jeep be a good daily driver but off road capable. for this jeep to satisfy the daily driver section in needs to be able to cruise the highway at 65 MPH within a reasonable RPM range 2300 to 2600 with no issues our sounding like its gonna grenade, and handle respectably around corners on the back roads. for the off road part if any trails its going to see there is gonna be lots of mud and rocks not to many overland trails where i live in NYS mostly woods and power-lines.

i have a small list of mods that i plan on doing and i would appreciate any feedback i can get on them or other things i missed. im also in the process of saving for a new front axle if or when the stock one breaks. so if any has any recommendations on one that wont break the bank that would be greatly appreciated too!



Engine:
• Borla cat-back exhaust
• Cold air intake
• Superchips trial dash 2
Driveline:
• Chromoly axle shafts
• C-Gussets
• Adams 1310 Front drive shaft
• Center force Dual friction clutch (When OEM wears out)
• 5.13 gears with stock Rubi lockers
Suspension/Steering:
• Rock Krawler 3.5” X-Factor (i live 15min from there shop in waterford NY)
• Dynatrac ball joints
• High steer skit (maybe new Drag link)
• Currie Tie-Rod
• Reid Racing knuckles
• PSC HD Steering Box
Exterior:
• Stubby front bumper with stinger
• Rear bumper/tire carrier combo
• VKS rock sliders
• Skid plates
• Winch
• Metal Flat fenders
Wheels/tires:
• 37x13.50xR17Copper Discovery STT PRO
• 17” Steelies with 4in back spacing
Do you anticipate the clutch will give out any time soon? You are one of the first posters to mention upgrading the clutch at any time. I never even thought about the clutch possibly needing to be changed in the wranlger's lifetime.
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Looks good. the only items that are still up in the air is armor besides the VKS sliders. Try to find a local powdercoater. I prefer to have armor shipped in bare steel or unless they are local. A lot can happen during shipping. Good luck with your build.
I have a few local options for powder coating and also a line-X dealer. since i do live in the northeast rust is a big pet peeve of mine especially if it affects the look of the jeep. VKS ships bare steel which is a plus and so does poison spider. i may have to budget a little more to go with poison spider. i know they offer a steel or aluminum options what would be the best if I'm going to do my own coating?
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Let me know when you toss out all those icky old parts. I'll swing buy and clean that area for you - for FREE.
you will be first on my list to call to clean out the old stock parts! if they arnt trashed. i plan on replacing things as they wear unless they are absolutely necessary to go on the jeep at that time.
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Do you anticipate the clutch will give out any time soon? You are one of the first posters to mention upgrading the clutch at any time. I never even thought about the clutch possibly needing to be changed in the wranlger's lifetime.
the jeep has 16190 miles on it currently and at least once or twice every time i take it out i smell a faint burning mostly going up hills that are not at highway speeds. doesn't happen all the time but its defiantly not normal. with the additional weight being added plus the jump to 37's and some wheeling I'm going to budget for it to go out before 100K. i hope it doesn't come to that but better safe then sorry
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the jeep has 16190 miles on it currently and at least once or twice every time i take it out i smell a faint burning mostly going up hills that are not at highway speeds. doesn't happen all the time but its defiantly not normal. with the additional weight being added plus the jump to 37's and some wheeling I'm going to budget for it to go out before 100K. i hope it doesn't come to that but better safe then sorry
Are you the only owner and so it is a factory issue, or did you buy it second hand, and the first owner might have abused the clutch?
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I have a few local options for powder coating and also a line-X dealer. since i do live in the northeast rust is a big pet peeve of mine especially if it affects the look of the jeep. VKS ships bare steel which is a plus and so does poison spider. i may have to budget a little more to go with poison spider. i know they offer a steel or aluminum options what would be the best if I'm going to do my own coating?
Aluminum is just a tad more expensive. It will ultimately depend on your needs.

I use steel in offroad/accident-prevalent areas such as the front/rear/sides. Only my PS fenders are aluminum. I did take time to do some actual weight comparison from oem to my current mods (on my build thread). It should help you out so you know what's expected.
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Are you the only owner and so it is a factory issue, or did you buy it second hand, and the first owner might have abused the clutch?
I bought it pre owned with 14k miles on it from the same jeep dealer the original owner bought it new from. I took a stab with the assumption it was women driven due to it having a rear tire cover saying jeep with the e's being puppy paws.
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Aluminum is just a tad more expensive. It will ultimately depend on your needs.

I use steel in offroad/accident-prevalent areas such as the front/rear/sides. Only my PS fenders are aluminum. I did take time to do some actual weight comparison from oem to my current mods (on my build thread). It should help you out so you know what's expected.
Ive skimmed threw your build and it is quite impressive and it turned out beautiful!! Ill have to go back and look for that part id be interested to know the comparison. I do like the idea of steel for front and rear bumpers for on and off road collisions. Thank you for all of the insight it can get very confusing with all the little nit picky object's that can go on a wrangler
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Quick update. i have been doing some research on headlights and fog lights for the jeep since i first got her. ive looked at everything from amazon specials to JW speakers. ive come to the conclusion that i dont need those fancy headlight assemblies its just not the look im going for. so instead i went with the Auxbeam F-16 Series H13 LED Headlight Conversion Kit and Alla Lighting 80W High Power Osram Xtremely Super Bright 2504 PSX24W LED Bulbs for fog lights. both kits are plug and play and installed in minutes with perfect fit. i found that adjustment may be needed on the headlights but not always. ill post a pic up of the lights when i get outta work.

one more thing i wanna run by forum members. i've always loved the look of red Diff covers and since im not gonna be rock crawling right away i would wanna put that money towards something else thats needed sooner. so i guess my few questions are what brand red spray paint/Bedliner did you use and did you take the cover off to do it or did you do it with it installed on the housing? thanks in advance and P.S i will eventually get upgraded diff covers this is till then
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I bought it pre owned with 14k miles on it from the same jeep dealer the original owner bought it new from. I took a stab with the assumption it was women driven due to it having a rear tire cover saying jeep with the e's being puppy paws.
Maybe, the owner was secretly a street racer to confuse the cops.
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Maybe, the owner was secretly a street racer to confuse the cops.
haha i doubt it! i can pedal a bike faster then this thing, its very obvious that it was purpose built for not having a road to drive on. but the plus side is i never have to worry about a speeding ticket

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