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Old 04-09-2014, 01:25 PM   #1
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Vagabond Expedition build

I'm planning on a very long road trip through North America with the Jeep... possibly even South America as well... but with all journey's I have to start somewhere.. Does WF let me link out to my blog? I'm still working on the blog: vagabondexpedition.com

Brand new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited "Altitude Edition".


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Old 04-09-2014, 01:27 PM   #2
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Next must-have was tinted windows... I just asked for something that matched the rear (factory tint) and ended up with this.



I'm happy with it.

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:28 PM   #3
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An almost all black "Altitude Edition" Jeep with a stainless steel antenna?
A friend of mine was able to take care of this and I had the antenna done with black e-coat.

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:30 PM   #4
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The ever-popular stuffing the soundbar and sub-box with polyfill material.

Some of you don't think it helps, some do. I am a believer - I used to work in the professional auto sound industry. Just don't over stuff it and turn down your bass, but up the volume.



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Old 04-09-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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Since buying in July(?) 2012, a few months pass by and I road trip across Canada (Ontario to Alberta in October 2012).

I let the Jeep sit all winter while using a company ford f250 pickup to get around, and got back into building out the Vagabond Expedition in 2013.

3.5" Pro-Comp lift, Dunlop Fierce Attitude tires (35") and Worx Triad wheels.



Added the window vent visors and blind spot mirrors too!
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:35 PM   #6
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As we all know, stock lighting is awful.
I added three Rigid Dually D2 lights in front.

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:36 PM   #7
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then two more D2 floods on the pillars:

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:40 PM   #8
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out exploring Calgary/High River area after the 2013 flooding:




(Yellow line is an exposed natural gas line - that area beside the road was all a fairly deep ditch at one point).
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #9
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The road is completely washed out here... despite having the jeep, I'm not attempting any serious offroading here:


This river was much further to the left of this photo. Now there is essentially a new river where the road had been for many many years.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:45 PM   #10
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GOBI Stealth rack finally arrived and installed it:




Picked up some mud at work too... that ford F250 got stuck in a puddle - 4wd and 4lo wouldn't get me out... I wanted to see how the jeep would react, and it walked through in 2wd with easy. I had to force it to get dirty that day!
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:46 PM   #11
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dual steering stabilizers added and took a weekend road trip to Glacier National Park Montana and drove the Going to the Sun Road.

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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Inside is a bit messy at the moment, but I usually carry a fairly well stocked back end...

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:57 PM   #13
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12V accessory socket above the rear view mirror - I have it power my GPS (I have the navigation head unit, but like to run 2 GPS units at the same time with different zoom levels). I've also added a USB laptop light here as a map light. An extra cell phone charger cable is hanging down here.

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Thats a sharp rig you got! Good luck on your travels!
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:25 AM   #16
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nice Jeep, have fun on your road trip
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:19 AM   #17
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Nice looking JK, can I ask why dual steering stabilizers?
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:48 PM   #18
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Ah a build with a purpose.

Respect.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:35 PM   #19
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Nice looking JK, can I ask why dual steering stabilizers?
Simply because I'm not well educated with what I need/should be doing to the Jeep for lift/stabilizers/etc. It's parts I can see, but don't really understand, and this was 'recommended' by the shop that outfitted me with the lift.

If/when I re-do things, I'll go with just a single.. or maybe a better lift kit will eliminate some steering bumps.
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Installed KC HiLites mounting tabs on the side of my GOBI rack - I'm still researching lighting options - I want something bright enough for 'rock lights', but not blinding bright to also use as a camping 'area light'.

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Installed Dirty Dog "Trench Covers" to get rid of that nasty gap with the hinges.
These things are quite sturdy and just 'stick' on the back of the seat (the trench covers have the top with velcro across - so it just sticks to the seat carpet).

I camp out in the back of the jeep often and have been fighting for a long time with a strong/sturdy way to fill in the gap.

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Old 04-19-2014, 01:56 PM   #22
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Finally got around to installing my KC Hilites LED headlight replacements....




I'll post some night photos (& thoughts) once it gets dark...
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:57 PM   #23
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For those interested in knowing more about the 'trench covers' from Dirty Dog, they just velcro into place:



And can easily come off and fold up into a manageable size if you have heavy cargo in the back where they won't slider under if you're tipping the seat up:

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I love this build! I've been toying with the idea of trading my 2-door in on a 4-door, to make a family expedition rig. Something I can take the wife and Kids out in on weekend adventures. This makes it look even more compelling.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:48 PM   #25
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Thanks for your comments YJ Nate!
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Spent today building a roof top wiring harness (not pictured) - I'll put three Rigid SRM diffused lights up top for 'area lighting' when camping/night wheeling, etc. Only have one right now on the rear. Two more on order.

Wired under the hood to my own build relay box and inside to the a-pillar for control:
top switch = rear light(s)
middle switch = left light
bottom switch = right light




Above is the Rigid SRM diffused - not glare from the sun. I like the small size of these lights and hoping they aren't too bright to use as camp ground area lights.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:11 PM   #27
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Nice build! Enjoy
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:57 PM   #28
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One of my first road trips was to "Screaming Heads", Huntsville Ontario... clearly this is before most of my other 'mods'.

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Old 04-28-2014, 06:02 PM   #29
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some of my other mods from last year:

AEV floor mats:


Rear 12V power plug with USB output:


Rear tablet holder (I do solo trips & sleep in the back of the Jeep regularly).. I'll lay & watch a movie as I fall asleep:


Rear passenger window screen. It's held on the outside of the jeep with magnet strips. Fresh air in, bugs out.

(I need to update this for the 2014 camping season - sliding the screen & magnets around to create the best 'seal' to keep bugs out scuffs the clear coat slightly. I'll come up with a new idea).
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The screen is a fantastic idea. If the magnets are strong enough, try the loop (soft) side of some adhesive Velcro strips to cover them. Not sure how the screen attach exactly but that should protect your clear coat.

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