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Old 10-24-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Scorpion II Build Thread

Hey guys, so finally after nearly a 2 month wait my 2014 Rubicon unlimited has arrived.

Now, before we go on to the build portion of the thread, respect must be paid to the original Scorpion. Owned it for 2 great years, clocked 23,000 miles, most of which Im happy to say have been adventure miles, taking me from Maine to Moab, to Colorado and never missed a beat. Never any issues, ran like a champ. Never let me down on the trail and always got me home. With that, we say goodbye to my first Jeep, and hope it goes to a good home. The dealer told me he has never seen a vehicle come back in such pristine shape, and pristine it was. Not a scratch inside or out. (Not sure if this is allowed, mods, feel free to remove this part if it violates any rules, but Scorpion is at Salerno Duane Jeep in Summit NJ, just in case anyone is looking for a pristine crush that was maintained better than most spinal surgery equipment.)







Here it is at the dealer, saying my final goodbyes. Gone but never forgotten.


When one door closes, another one opens...



There is a clear visible height difference between the two, I'd say nearly 2"





Factory fresh with only 3 miles on the clock.


I live only two miles away from the dealer, so the rig didn't even make 5 miles before it was officially modded. Mopar door sills, rugged ridge handle guards (those black round circles behind the door handles) and a 13" AntennaX antenna.





The rig was also immediately debaged (fender).

Finally, my preflight quality control checks. The freedom panels were immediately removed, and the seals we LIBERALLY greased with my favorite product, Honda Shin Etsu Grease.



Honda Genuine Shin-Etsu Grease : Amazon.com : Automotive

Stuff is worth every penny. Never had so much as a drop of water enter my 2012, and don't expect to have any enter this one.

Stay tuned for more updates. This build thread is gonna move quick, as I have most of the parts already. Going to order wheels/tires (315 duratracs) on Monday, and an Expedition One Rear bumper is coming soon after. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!

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Subscribed. Great looking Dune. Keep me in mind if you decide to sale your oem tires/rims.

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Subscribed. Great looking Dune. Keep me in mind if you decide to sale your oem tires/rims.
You got it, although I don't think I will due to the fact that IF I decide to trade it in down the road (if a diesel comes out for instance) then I'll need an original set and I'll be screwed.
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It's amazing how no one at the dealer or who would buy that will ever know how cool it once was. It would be fun to see the next owner become a member on here and it would be nice to see what they do with it

Also, very nice new rubicon. Is some of your old stuff going to get mounted on it or are you starting fresh?
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Of course its pristine when you turned it in, the parts have less than 50 miles on them
Probably the original stock tires too
Looking forward to the build....enjoy
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Of course its pristine when you turned it in, the parts have less than 50 miles on them
Probably the original stock tires too
Lol and the grill had a nice thick rubber coating to protect from any rock chips or salt
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congrats !! you finally picked her up eh? i thought you were still stuck in one of the KZ status updates still lol.
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It's amazing how no one at the dealer or who would buy that will ever know how cool it once was. It would be fun to see the next owner become a member on here and it would be nice to see what they do with it Also, very nice new rubicon. Is some of your old stuff going to get mounted on it or are you starting fresh?
So true. I did leave the scorpion on the side (dealer loved it) so if I ever see it on the street I'll definitely stop the owner for a little chit chat.
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Of course its pristine when you turned it in, the parts have less than 50 miles on them Probably the original stock tires too Looking forward to the build....enjoy
Haha, original tires had less than 2000 miles on them. Springs had less than 4000 miles, fenders had 0, side steps and front bumper had less than 50 miles to their name. New one will have even less. Suspension will have 10 miles on it, bumpers will have 10, exhaust, stock stereo, etc. It'll be fully built by next Friday
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Lol and the grill had a nice thick rubber coating to protect from any rock chips or salt
Best mod ever. Paint was flawless underneath.
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Cool, but I thought you were getting amped (color)?
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Cool, but I thought you were getting amped (color)?
I thought so too but I didn't like it outside of bright direct sunlight. I also didn't like the fact that if you get a scratch, since it's metallic, you will need to blend and blends never come out right. I also think that when built dune looks fantastic.
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I thought so too but I didn't like it outside of bright direct sunlight. I also didn't like the fact that if you get a scratch, since it's metallic, you will need to blend and blends never come out right. I also think that when built dune looks fantastic.
Oh, well I just remember you mentioning a while back you were getting amp'd. I was like... uhhhh that's kinda like tan. haha

I almost got a dune though, so I can't say much. I wanted a military color, but I found the commando that I got right now. Wish it was a rubicon, but I couldn't find a single rubicon in the southeast in CG flavor. Oh well.
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Congrats on the new Rubi! I'm not a huge fan of that color stock, but I'm sure it will look awesome once modded. Do you plan to dip the front grill immediately on this one too?

Also, whats with the magically Japanese grease? Can you tell me more about it please.. Where do you use it?
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Congrats on the new Rubi! I'm not a huge fan of that color stock, but I'm sure it will look awesome once modded. Do you plan to dip the front grill immediately on this one too? Also, whats with the magically Japanese grease? Can you tell me more about it please.. Where do you use it?
I plan on dipping the front grill immediately. I'll be doing it on Monday (won't drive it till then) so it will be protected from day 1. Going with 10 coats this time, 2 light and 8 heavy. The grease I learned about from my s2000, which as you know is a convertible. It is used and recommended by honda to treat the rubber seals. After using it on my s2000 for 10 years, the seals and all rubber still look brand new, and most importantly, the rubber is still plump and does an great job of sealing. Normally over time, rubber dries out (dry rots) and contracts. This makes any rubber seal ineffective. If you remove your freedom panels, you will notice a rubber seal near the windshield and by the back half of the top. If you grease the hell out of those seals, they will do a better job of repelling water and they will keep the seals healthy. A tube of this grease will last you a year if you grease every month (which I don't.) I only regrease if I remove the freedom panels, but for me, that might be a once every 6 month ordeal.
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I'll have to look into that grease.
Congrats on the new JK. I picked up my '14 Dune a month ago with 2 miles on it. Feels good to know that you were the first one to really drive it.
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I'll have to look into that grease.
Congrats on the new JK. I picked up my '14 Dune a month ago with 2 miles on it. Feels good to know that you were the first one to really drive it.
Definitely. When I hear people have leaks, I immediately think dried out rubber or a pinched seal. When I put my freedom panels back today, I pinched the seal. Luckily I was looking to make sure everything was perfect, and caught the problem, lifted the driver's panel back up and put it back down, which put the seal into the correct position. If I didn't catch it (I've seen owners just stick the panels back without checking) I could guarantee the interior would have been soaked if it rained. Its $13 for the tube...seems like cheap insurance to make sure your seals do their job.
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Looks like I will be buying some lube for my seals. Where does one find such lube?
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I'm buying some too... No hard top... But for tailgate and door seals for my 2 week old 14 jkur. As I'm cleaning up my 2005 4runner for sale I'm finding rubber seals for doors and tailgate are cracked or flat out falling apart. I don't want that for my jeep that I plan on having for 10 years. Thx for the idea! And looking forward to the build and your new adventure stories.
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Looking forward to your build. Also following you regarding your next trip out west this spring/summer/fall. I-70 cuts across Missouri and is 50 miles away from me. So if you're headed to Colorado this summer, i just might try to join your caravan as you come across I-70. I know right now your plans are for your east coast friends but i can find my own accommodations and maybe run some trails with you and your group. My first wrangler is in KZ status and Ouray/Silverton is first on my list this summer. Can not wait!
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Love it! I remember when you rolled in here asking about lights. You sure picked everything up asap and ran with it. Well done. Astonishing difference after and before of the first one. Hell, you should blow up a photo of the after of the old one, give it to that dealer and let him place it in the jeep as a sales point, this could be that but before you do that, print up some business cards 'jeep mod consultant' give it to the dealer and if the new buyer bites, you're in business.

With your handiwork eye for detail, that new Dune is going to be functional and showcase worthy.
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Regarding the Shin etsu grease: it's silicone-based, so won't that dry out the seals, over time? You hear the same thing about armour-all. I wonder if Vinylex, aerospace 303, or other non-silicone based protectants might work better.
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303 and armor all make the seals squeak
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Subscribed! I have been waiting to see this thread. Can't wait to see it start coming together. Also, just picked up that grease to give it a shot. $16 shipped on amazon.
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why did you decide to trade the old one in? just wanted a rubi?
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why did you decide to trade the old one in? just wanted a rubi?
I wanted a stronger front axle and lockers, and it only made sense to trade in for a rubi. I also wanted a regear. Trading in for the rubi was "cheaper" than having to do all of this to a Sahara.
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SPOD installed....



The wire dangling from the top of the windshield is for my Blackvue dashcam (which I suggest everyone get for every vehicle they own). It is much harder to install the SPOD on the 2014 (maybe the 2013s as well, if they have the new mirror) because chrysler already runs a fat set of wires up there, and when you add the SPOD harness, it's a lot of crap under there. Took a lot of swearing to get it into place. The foam filled hole on the driver's side is also different inside. It isn't a round hole on the exit (hood side) more like a teardrop, which makes getting fat wiring a PITA to get through there. Took me the better part of an hour to get the SPOD wire through, and a WHOLE LOT of swearing.

I threw my back out the other day, so Im unable to install my bumper (left the winch on it from Scorpion I) and I can't lift it alone, just waiting for a friend to have a little more time to help me out. More to come!
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NFRs2000NYC do those rocker switch replacements light up? Do they just pop off? Thanks!! I look forward to the progress on your new Jeep!

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