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Old 04-07-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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Stevilís RubiX Cubed Build

I realized Iím doing enough mods and planning even more so I thought I would enjoy creating a build thread to share.

First, the name - this is my 3rd jeep, and itís a Rubicon X, so RubiX3 seemed like a cool moniker, and when read out would be Rubix Cubed. And noÖ Iím not going for a replica of this:

I custom ordered my 2014 Anvil Rubicon X package back in November, and picked it up early February. My first jeep was a 98 TJ Sport, 2nd was a 2012 Sahara, neither of them were heavily modded, but after lurking here for a long time I really figured out what I wanted. SO, I convinced my wife that I would save money by buying a new Jeep and selling the old and the order was placed: Rubicon, X Package, Automatic transmission, Dual Tops (body color), remote start, supplemental side air bags, auto A/C. I also got plain fenders and the base stereo (which no on-lot X came with that I could find) since I knew Iíd be ripping them off/out anyway since after market flat fenders are cooler and the stock head unit is total crap - so why pay the money?

My first objective was to meet my wifeís criteria: backup-camera and parking sensors. So, of course, I needed a new head unit, subwoofer and CBÖ all detailed here:

2014 JKUR X Audio Rip-out & Custom Build Thread

Still need to get the parking sensors in, and I just did the front camera, but realized it shows an inverted image which is perfectly suitable for a rear camera, but not for front, so Iíll need to order a replacement for that. Iíve also since junked the stubby 5Ē antenna X, and will be looking for an alternative. Likely a multiplexor with either the CB or HAM radio antenna. Waiting for a review on this one: Use Your CB Antenna As Your AM/FM Radio Easily!

Iíve also been exploring additional comms equipment. I picked up a Baofeng UV-B6 handheld transceiver for $40 that does the 2M & 70CM HAM bands, as well as FRS, GMRS and Marine. That has gotten me interested enough to work on getting my HAM license, and fixed mobile unit may be in the future. Weíll see.

I added front mud/splash guards, since I was tired of the sides of my jeep covered in mud and junk (itís my daily driver) just from the commute. I installed them with quick push connects, so it will be a few minute job to remove them when I hit the trails.

And, after lurking over on Expedition Portal, I got all excited about roof top tents and dispersed camping, so got a great deal on a CVT Mt. Shasta Roof Top Tent off craigslist.

Of course that needed a good rack to sit on, so after a bunch of research and determining I wanted a no-drill setup that I could use with hard or soft-top, ended up with the Gobi Stealth rack. Alec @ EAD Offroad gave me a good deal ordering through them, and fingers crossed, it arrives tomorrow, a few weeks ahead of when I thought I'd get it! EAD also hooked me up with an ARB awning and mosquito net.

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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Here are the front mudguards installed



I did use 2 screws for each mudflap + 4 quick disconnects. I'll swap out the screws later I think. I'm really not sure if I'm going to even bother taking them off on the trail. We will see.

It was also helpful to turn the steering wheel all the way left & right to get the drill in there to bore out the holes.

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:26 PM   #3
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Gobi Rack and ARB Awning

This arrived today!!!

EAD offroad hooked me up and delivered inside of Gobi's factory direct estimate.

Now I know what I'm doing tomorrow night...

So I will finally have a place to mount these:



Also courtesy of EAD offroad.

Thanks Alec!

My wife texted met to know it arrived... I texted her back to to get it unboxed.. She told me "got it installed already and the rooftop tent is on as well" if only...
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I realized Iím doing enough mods and planning even more so I thought I would enjoy creating a build thread to share.

First, the name - this is my 3rd jeep, and itís a Rubicon X, so RubiX3 seemed like a cool moniker, and when read out would be Rubix Cubed. And noÖ Iím not going for a replica of this:

I custom ordered my 2014 Anvil Rubicon X package back in November, and picked it up early February. My first jeep was a 98 TJ Sport, 2nd was a 2012 Sahara, neither of them were heavily modded, but after lurking here for a long time I really figured out what I wanted. SO, I convinced my wife that I would save money by buying a new Jeep and selling the old and the order was placed: Rubicon, X Package, Automatic transmission, Dual Tops (body color), remote start, supplemental side air bags, auto A/C. I also got plain fenders and the base stereo (which no on-lot X came with that I could find) since I knew Iíd be ripping them off/out anyway since after market flat fenders are cooler and the stock head unit is total crap - so why pay the money?

My first objective was to meet my wifeís criteria: backup-camera and parking sensors. So, of course, I needed a new head unit, subwoofer and CBÖ all detailed here:

2014 JKUR X Audio Rip-out & Custom Build Thread

Still need to get the parking sensors in, and I just did the front camera, but realized it shows an inverted image which is perfectly suitable for a rear camera, but not for front, so Iíll need to order a replacement for that. Iíve also since junked the stubby 5Ē antenna X, and will be looking for an alternative. Likely a multiplexor with either the CB or HAM radio antenna. Waiting for a review on this one: Use Your CB Antenna As Your AM/FM Radio Easily!

Iíve also been exploring additional comms equipment. I picked up a Baofeng UV-B6 handheld transceiver for $40 that does the 2M & 70CM HAM bands, as well as FRS, GMRS and Marine. That has gotten me interested enough to work on getting my HAM license, and fixed mobile unit may be in the future. Weíll see.

I added front mud/splash guards, since I was tired of the sides of my jeep covered in mud and junk (itís my daily driver) just from the commute. I installed them with quick push connects, so it will be a few minute job to remove them when I hit the trails.

And, after lurking over on Expedition Portal, I got all excited about roof top tents and dispersed camping, so got a great deal on a CVT Mt. Shasta Roof Top Tent off craigslist.

Of course that needed a good rack to sit on, so after a bunch of research and determining I wanted a no-drill setup that I could use with hard or soft-top, ended up with the Gobi Stealth rack. Alec @ EAD Offroad gave me a good deal ordering through them, and fingers crossed, it arrives tomorrow, a few weeks ahead of when I thought I'd get it! EAD also hooked me up with an ARB awning and mosquito net.
Holy doublemint twins batman

I have the exact same Rubi-X ordered, same UV-B6 (using Chirp), same plans for comms, same plans for mud guards, same plan for awning. Only difference is sleeping arrangements, and front camera/parking sensors.
will be following along closely on your build.

I'm thinking about a Kenwood D710-A to use as a crossband repeater when out hiking away from the Jeep, and using a tablet ported into an after market head unit for nav/music (just now starting to look into this).

So keep those posts and pictures coming!
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:51 PM   #5
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Comanche Scott... that is pretty crazy! We'll have to compare notes on the ham setup. I still don't have my license, but am going to get it before the deadline in June when the test bank is new. I'm planning to play with APRS, and never thought about a mobile repeater. That's a good idea.

On Wednesday I started installing the Gobi rack, and finished it up tonight.

Good news for Rubicon X owners, you don't need to totally take off the back bumper, just the plastic end-cap-wraparound things. They unscrew with 3 10mm bolts on the inside:



This is the original inside bracket: you have to remove this to attach the Gobi rack components, and I found that when reinstalling this bracket had to mount it on the back side of the bumper mount.



Not the best picture, but here's how I handled propping up the top rack so I could bolt it on. I thought I could handle this myself, but wasn't able to. My wife was able to help me attach the bolts while I held the rack in place.



then... I totally forgot about my garage door opener being in the way, so had to do some tricky navigation to get the jeep backed up in a way that I could lower the rack and not get it hung up on the garage door opener... My wife wasn't pleased... but was satisfied when nothing else I could do would possibly kill me...



I finished up with the rack, installed the ladder, upper stabilizers and the ARB awning mounts. My camera died, but I'll post some more pics tomorrow.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:27 PM   #6
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The Gobi rack is fully installed and I'm digging it. I also got my ARB 2500 awning installed. The awning wasn't the easiest. First I had to go to the home despot and secure new bolts, and then it was pretty hard to hold up an 8' awning by myself... After I got it on I realized that contrary to the instructions attaching the awning to the rack adapters first then just hanging the adapters on the rack rail would have made it much easier. When I remove it for storage that's what I'll do.

The rack:

The awning installed:


I also started on the rear sensors... But f'ed up the drilling for one of the right ones. There's a screw bracket in the way. I got the hole bored, but now need to figure out how to easily remove it. You can see in the 1st pic the hole.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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The CVT RTT is installed. Taking it out with the family (wife, 3 yr old daughter and 6 yr old
Son) tomorrow for a shakedown overnight at a local park.


I shifted it to the drivers side more, so the annex wouldn't bump up so tight against the wheel. I may end up shifting it forward, but I'll see how it stakes out tomorrow. Advantage of foreword is I could use the rear rack space for cargo.

We are totally glamping in this... I have a double high queen air bed in the annex (with a headboard! Ha ha). Fits perfectly. Wife's happy so I am too!
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:47 PM   #8
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And here we are in the wild.

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That has to be one of the coolest and most practical things i have ever seen. Really nice
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That has to be one of the coolest and most practical things i have ever seen. Really nice
X2.
Large screened patio. Plenty of shade, beautiful views from the loft, Large master bedroom. Serene setting.


Sounds like the perfect summer home!
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Very nice setup
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I have actually been doing a bunch, but haven't put any pics up. Tonight I pulled the ends off my X bumper to see how it would be as a stubby. I like it, but like many others I broke the "nuts" and stripped a few bolts removing them. Not sure they will go back on with the original ones. But, I'm not sure I'm putting them back on! I'll see after I get my metal cloak fenders how I like the look. I also replaced the stock fog lights with LEDs. The picture just shows one replaced so you can see the difference.

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