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Old 10-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Thumbs up The "Silver Bullet" build thread!

Hi guys, well it seems like everyone and their mother has a build thread, so I figured, heck why not a thread for the "Silver Bullet".


So anyways, I picked up my 2014 JKUR on October 2 and already had some goodies lined up.

I had already purchased a set of 17" moab rims off the local buy and sell which I planned to wrap some 35" BFG MT KM2s around. I like the moab style rim over the new Rubi rim, and immediately plastidipped them. I got the rims cheap enough that I would have no qualms about getting them dinged up or rock rash.

I also immediately ordered a set of Rancho Geometry correction brackets after reading the reviews and recommendations of Kjeeper10. He seems very knowledgeable and to me it makes perfect sense why so many guys love the AEV lifts that include the AEV brackets. Personally I think the Rancho's are built better and I'm looking forward to seeing how the Bullet rides with the brackets installed.

As for a lift, I wanted a small lift which would provide just enough clearance to clear 35's without needing driveline mods or hopefully exhaust mods, so I ended up decided on a TF 2.5" spring lift with shock adapters. I was almost ready to order a BB, however I do plan on running aftermarket bumpers and a winch and wanted the extra spring rate of longer springs.

I also had to purchase some 1.5" wheel spacers to run the factory offset wheels, and ended up going with Spidertrax. I'm very happy with the quality of all components I've purchased so far.

Before pic:




There was a bit of rake, however I am parked on a bit of an incline.




Rancho brackets came shortly after purchasing the Jeep..


Plastidipped Moab rims:




35" KM2s installed on rims, and mounted to the Jeep.








The rims and tires installed. We had a bit of an issue with scheduling, so the lift won't be installed until Saturday or Monday.

Surprisingly no rub at all with the front "air dam" removed as well as the rock rails.


I'm happy to have the new tires on, however I can't wait to see it with a bit more lift!

More pics to come..




Also, if anyone in Ontario Canada (Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo/Guelph/London area) need a good source for tires and lift install, contact Joe at Ontario Tire Market on Victoria street (Contact Us) kitchener. Very fair prices and the guys in the shop are great. I highly recommend!

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Looks good. I'll keep an eye open for your jeep, as I'm from the Waterloo area. I bought the same rims as well. I'm dipping them black, and installing my snows on them.
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On the rack..






Before alignment...





After alignment...





It rides beautifully and I can honestly say the ride is as good or better than stock with the TF spring lift and Rancho correction brackets.

Not much more to do now except cut my rubi rails, figure out a solution for carrying my spare and I also have my eye on some ACE rock rails I just need to replenish the bank account for a bit first
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After installing the 2.5" TF lift...





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Old 10-31-2013, 09:27 AM   #6
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Future mods/wish list:

-Cut rubi rails
-ACE Rock Rails
-Solution for carrying my spare. Either TF hinge or custom bumper with tire carriers. I'm running naked until I have a solution, don't want to bugger my tail gate.
-I bought my Rubi hard top only. I plan to purchase a Trektop and Besttop softdoors over the winter
-Build hard top trolley
-Build solution for storing hard doors
-Buy and install Racor hardtop lift
-PSC brawler lite




Or EVO, can't decide..

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Looking good! Do you have the Spidertrax installed in these pics?
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Looking good! Do you have the Spidertrax installed in these pics?
Yes 1.5" spidertrax are installed. We tried installing the tires before the 'trax arrived and there was NO chance. The back tire was pressed right against the control arm.

Here's a shot showing how much tire is sticking out. I'm pretty happy with the distance. I probably could have went with 1.75" but 1.5" works well without too much rubber hanging out.

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Mods, could you please edit my post above and plug this picture under "after alignment" for me please? I accidentally posted same pic twice..


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great looking jeep, im going up there to kitchener from windsor for a visit within couple weeks ill pass by the place and ask for joe
how much lift did you end up getting ?
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great looking jeep, im going up there to kitchener from windsor for a visit within couple weeks ill pass by the place and ask for joe
how much lift did you end up getting ?
I went with 2.5" TF spring lift.. Honestly, I completely forgot to take a "before" and "after".

I had 17/60's stock from the factory, so it had a bit of a lift to it already.

What is your name? I'll be by the shop tomorrow and let Joe know you might be dropping by. He's a great guy and very reasonably priced for tires and labor.

Please let him know Chris sent you!
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I went with 2.5" TF spring lift.. Honestly, I completely forgot to take a "before" and "after".

I had 17/60's stock from the factory, so it had a bit of a lift to it already.

What is your name? I'll be by the shop tomorrow and let Joe know you might be dropping by. He's a great guy and very reasonably priced for tires and labor.

Please let him know Chris sent you!
my name is Ahmad, if for any reason i dont go up there within two weeks ill give him a call get prices and set an appointment i dont mind driving 2.5-3 hours for a good clean job
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Rubi rails trimmed 1" and reinstalled and factory spare tire holder removed.




Next mod will most likely be ACE rock rails.
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Rubi rails trimmed 1" and reinstalled.. Next mod will most likely be ACE rock rails.
Were you able to reinstall the caps in the ends?
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Were the Rancho brackets really needed? I cant imagine the 2.5" lift changed the geomentry of the front arms that much if at all?
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Thanks for the response and pic regarding the spacers! I think I will go with the 1.75 ... whenever I get the money.

As for the front, that Poison Spyder looks so much nicer (imo) than the EVO.

Rig looks great!!!
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Looks great!

I have the 2.5 inch TF lift and I ended up putting the terraflex adjustable track bar and the adjustable control arms on it. It made a HUGE difference in ride quality! The 2.5 inches does make a big difference.
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Thanks for the comments guys! Yeah I agree, 2.5" is definitely enough to warrant either correction brackets or adjustable control arms.

I'm happy with my decision in regards to the brackets. The ride is excellent, probably just as good or better than the factory ride was. I needed something that was solid on the road as my wife will be driving it occasionally on the highways when the weather gets bad, so I wanted as good as ride as possible. I still like her, and I love my Jeep and the last thing I wanted was her cracking it up because of bump steer or strange handling characteristics.

In regards to the end caps on the Rubi rails.. The day I installed them I took it to get undercoated and rustproofed, and I had the guys shoot some undercoating in the rails and then when I got home before it dried I stick the caps it. Now that it's dry, they aren't moving


In regards to front bumper.. I like the PSC as well, however I really like the look of the welds in the picture of that EVO. I won't be adding bumpers until next spring so I have a bit of time to decide..

I'm also planning to buy a Trektop and besttop soft doors sometime over the winter.

Thanks again for the comments guys, it's appreciated.
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Just bought a 2014 2dr Silver Jeep Wrangler, my first. How did you plastidip your wheels exactly and how hard/long did it take to do? And have you considered plastidip on your grill?

Btw your Jeep looks awesome! I can't wait to see future mods.
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Just bought a 2014 2dr Silver Jeep Wrangler, my first. How did you plastidip your wheels exactly and how hard/long did it take to do? And have you considered plastidip on your grill?

Btw your Jeep looks awesome! I can't wait to see future mods.

Hi there, thank you for the compliment. I'm very happy with how things are progressing.


I plastidipped my wheels with the tires off, and in hindsight this was probably a mistake because I had a few touch ups to do from the mounting of the tires and also from being on the alignment rack.

They were fairly straight forward to do.. I gave the wheels a nice wipe down with an alcohol soaked paper shop towel and allowed them to dry.
Then I put on a very light first coat of plastidip and let it dry for about 1/2 hour, then put on progressively heavier coats up to around 5 coats. I also liked the "textured" look of the dip when sprayed further away so my last couple coats were probably from about 20 inches or so away from the rim. When they were finished, they looked almost like stone finish sort of.

If I were to do it again, I would have waited until the tires were mounted and use index cards between the rim and tire and spray them on the Jeep, however I had the rims about a month before the Jeep, and was anxious to work on something

It wasn't very hard to do and I'm happy with how they turned out.


Funny you should ask about plastidipping the grill...




I just finished doing it last Sunday. Very easy job to do.. the grill was a breeze to remove, and I think I had it removed, cleaned, dipped and reassembled in about 1.5-2hrs maximum. My only regret was not doing this the day I brought the Jeep home as I did already find a chip in the paint on the grill.

I wasnt't sure if I'd like that much black in contrast with the silver, but so far I think it looks good. I plan to purchase some best top soft doors and trektop NX over the winter, so we'll see if it's too much black with the soft doors next spring. If so, I may strip the black and dip it again in clear.


Post up some pictures of your Jeep!
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Hi there, thank you for the compliment. I'm very happy with how things are progressing.


I plastidipped my wheels with the tires off, and in hindsight this was probably a mistake because I had a few touch ups to do from the mounting of the tires and also from being on the alignment rack.

They were fairly straight forward to do.. I gave the wheels a nice wipe down with an alcohol soaked paper shop towel and allowed them to dry.
Then I put on a very light first coat of plastidip and let it dry for about 1/2 hour, then put on progressively heavier coats up to around 5 coats. I also liked the "textured" look of the dip when sprayed further away so my last couple coats were probably from about 20 inches or so away from the rim. When they were finished, they looked almost like stone finish sort of.

If I were to do it again, I would have waited until the tires were mounted and use index cards between the rim and tire and spray them on the Jeep, however I had the rims about a month before the Jeep, and was anxious to work on something

It wasn't very hard to do and I'm happy with how they turned out.


Funny you should ask about plastidipping the grill...




I just finished doing it last Sunday. Very easy job to do.. the grill was a breeze to remove, and I think I had it removed, cleaned, dipped and reassembled in about 1.5-2hrs maximum. My only regret was not doing this the day I brought the Jeep home as I did already find a chip in the paint on the grill.

I wasnt't sure if I'd like that much black in contrast with the silver, but so far I think it looks good. I plan to purchase some best top soft doors and trektop NX over the winter, so we'll see if it's too much black with the soft doors next spring. If so, I may strip the black and dip it again in clear.


Post up some pictures of your Jeep!
Great build…looking good! Regarding bumpers, I've been pleased with the ACE JK Pro w/tire carrier and LED backup lights. Very, very solid and high quality (I don't have any connection to them). Went in reverse order as you…did all the hardware but have yet to add tires and lift. Mine looks a little goofy with the weenie tires and all the brawn, haha. thanks for all the pics…great to see how it is turning out!
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Hi there, thank you for the compliment. I'm very happy with how things are progressing. I plastidipped my wheels with the tires off, and in hindsight this was probably a mistake because I had a few touch ups to do from the mounting of the tires and also from being on the alignment rack. They were fairly straight forward to do.. I gave the wheels a nice wipe down with an alcohol soaked paper shop towel and allowed them to dry. Then I put on a very light first coat of plastidip and let it dry for about 1/2 hour, then put on progressively heavier coats up to around 5 coats. I also liked the "textured" look of the dip when sprayed further away so my last couple coats were probably from about 20 inches or so away from the rim. When they were finished, they looked almost like stone finish sort of. If I were to do it again, I would have waited until the tires were mounted and use index cards between the rim and tire and spray them on the Jeep, however I had the rims about a month before the Jeep, and was anxious to work on something It wasn't very hard to do and I'm happy with how they turned out. Funny you should ask about plastidipping the grill... I just finished doing it last Sunday. Very easy job to do.. the grill was a breeze to remove, and I think I had it removed, cleaned, dipped and reassembled in about 1.5-2hrs maximum. My only regret was not doing this the day I brought the Jeep home as I did already find a chip in the paint on the grill. I wasnt't sure if I'd like that much black in contrast with the silver, but so far I think it looks good. I plan to purchase some best top soft doors and trektop NX over the winter, so we'll see if it's too much black with the soft doors next spring. If so, I may strip the black and dip it again in clear. Post up some pictures of your Jeep!

Check out mine now, plasti dipped my wheels and grille, absolutely love the look of the grill! Also threw a Magnaflow Magnapack on today.
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Hey guys, I was cleaning out an old filing cabinet when I came across these pics and wanted to share. This is my first ever Jeep ('85 CJ7) I bought when I was around 17. I paid just under $1800 and it was a lump when I first got it. It was charcoal gray and had holes in the tub large enough you could pass a basketball through them.

I purchased complete formed tub sides, a new fiberglass hood, welded in a flat panel where the tail gate was and basically reformed from hand the floor panels on both sides. The engine ran well but didn't like rain. I suspect it had a cracked distributor cap. I put 33" BFG MTs on it on contruction vehicle (scissor lift) 10" steel rims that were bright orange when I bought them new for $100. I then sand blasted them and the dash panel and had them powder coated silver to match.

I loved this Jeep and traded it in on a '95 Corvette. I put about $3K into it above what I paid, and the dealer gave me $7200 on it on trade it.

It's definitely an addiction and I highly doubt I will ever be without a Jeep again as long as I live, and love my '14 but wish now I had skipped the 'Vette and kept this rig!

Nothing like riding in a leaf spring vehicle with D300, T4 4 speed tranny and manual locking hubs. It rode like a tractor and I loved it!



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