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03-23-2012 05:20 AM
pprice72 Well, slight change in plans.
I was going to go with the fuel revolver 15x8 wheels, but the deal could not get them so I told them not to worry with it and I would order myself.
As I went to order them I notced they were 4.75" BS and the Teraflex called for 4.5" or less....So, I just decided to order the Black Rock Vipers in black from Discount Direct along with my 33x12.5x15 Duratrac tires. They will mount tires and install sensors, and I got the lifetime warranty.

I also added the
Body armor tail light guards
Mopar fuel filler door in black
Drake off road billet Alum locking fuel cap

I am only going to have about a day and a half to install as much as I can before I will be tied up for a month or two, so...I plan to do the lift and wheel install (hope that does not take up all my time), and front bumper and winch install. If I have time, I may try to wire up the Spod and a couple lights, and easy stuff like the fuel door and tail light guards.
2 more weeks from today and I will be back in the country and on the road to pick her up! I am excited!!!
03-21-2012 07:32 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by pprice72 View Post
I am doing the 2.5" lift, would that not replace those springs anyway?
Yup, they will. No need to check springs then.
03-21-2012 04:44 AM
pprice72 Just ordered my Spod...Got the Gen II. They told me they dont make the Gen I anymore (I was worried about not getting the newest one)...GREAT people to deal with and I just ordered it yesterday and got a tracking number today

They fasssst
03-20-2012 08:00 AM
pprice72 kbwwolf,
I will check them when I go to pick up the jeep on the 6th (I am buying all this just and dont even have my Jeep picked up yet lol).

I am doing the 2.5" lift, would that not replace those springs anyway?

I am not so much worried about the actual towing of the load as all I wil ever pull is my VERY light Kayak trailer with kayaks. I am more worried about the pin connector and receiver hitch point.

Thanks for the heads up on the side armor! Maybe with knowing this I can get it done a little quicker than 2 days lol....Or maybe not

Thanks Cold, I am pretty excited to get the Jeep home and tear it all apart!!!
03-20-2012 07:53 AM
Cold I took some long hard looks at the Rock Hard bumpers. I came close to buying this one Rock Hard 4X4 RH5005 - Rock Hard 4x4 Parts Full Width Front Bumper for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec . The only thing that stopped me was wanting the added clearence of a stubby. But I seriously considered a matching set

I think you have a good building going. Its going to look good!
03-20-2012 07:51 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by pprice72 View Post
Oh ya, and I am getting these (I swear mine will not look exactly like yours kbwwolf haha)...I live all the way across the country anyway

Smittybilt 76634 - Smittybilt SRC Side Armor in Textured Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec
I'm not worried...it's all been done before, and will be done again.

Be aware that the side armor took some serious grinding, both with my Dremel (bolt holes) and my 4" angle grinder (a fat weld) before I could get the driver's side on. After grinding, I had to rustproof and paint the exposed portions, so what should've been a 1 hour job turned into a 2-day ordeal.

To me it was worth it, and not unexpected.
03-20-2012 07:49 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by pprice72 View Post
I wonder though, my jeep has the tow package...How will it work with these aftermarket bumpers?
Check your spring strength. There's a tag on top of each spring...last 2 numbers denote spring strenght.

Like this:

This one is a 58.



Make sure you check BOTH fronts, since they're sometimes different. 19 is the highest rate for fronts; 60 for rear. You'll get the least sag with these, or say, 18/59.
03-20-2012 07:44 AM
pprice72 Oh ya, and I am getting these (I swear mine will not look exactly like yours kbwwolf haha)...I live all the way across the country anyway

Smittybilt 76634 - Smittybilt SRC Side Armor in Textured Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec
03-20-2012 07:35 AM
pprice72 Ok, I like this also

Rear/ with tire rack
Rock Hard 4X4 RH5001 - Rock Hard 4x4 Parts Rear Bumper in Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited - Quadratec

Front
Rampage Products 86510 - Rampage Products Front Recovery Bumper for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

They look like they will go together even though they are different brands, and I save about 1500$

I wonder though, my jeep has the tow package...How will it work with these aftermarket bumpers?
03-20-2012 06:53 AM
pprice72 Dang Yall, I am ready to order the rest of my stuff and I got it all in my cart but am having a hard time hitting the Buy button as you all have me really thing about the fact that I may be paying to much for the front and rear bumpers

I did however add a winch
WARN M8000 Self-Recovery Winch (12V DC) 100' Spydura™ Synthetic Rope and Polished Aluminum Hawse Fairlead


The bumper, winch plate, and shipping is $3189.95

I guess before I hit the buy button I am going to look at some other bumper (front and rear) combos that I would be just as happy with. If I cant, then I will just go ahead and buy these.

Time for some more searching Guess I will start with kbwwolf's ride, see what he has got (I have a jeep crush on your ride dude haha)
03-18-2012 10:45 AM
pprice72
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Originally Posted by Casotakar1229 View Post
by the look of that list of mods your new jeep will be looking badass in no time. post up some pics when it's all said and done! and congrats.
I hope so
I will post up pics before, during, and after .

Thanks!!
03-18-2012 10:42 AM
Casotakar1229 by the look of that list of mods your new jeep will be looking badass in no time. post up some pics when it's all said and done! and congrats.
03-18-2012 10:39 AM
pprice72 Here are the dealer specs and photos of the Jeep I bought

Houston, TX 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara New SUV Spring, TX Sugar Land, TX River Oaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
03-18-2012 10:11 AM
pprice72
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Originally Posted by kbwwolf View Post
You might've seen this in your WF travels, but if not: Gen II SPOD

Overall, sounds like you've got a good plan. Don't misunderstand me about the bumpers...I'm not knocking them. They're just exorbitantly expensive.

But if that's what you want, hey...

And I definitely think you're wise to steer clear of the 35's and the nosebleed lifts. Sounds like you already got an off-road toy, anyway.

Here's a link to some grab handles (lots of others out there, of course...this is just what I settled on):

MasterCraft Safety®: Grab Handles

Enjoy it!
I did see that about the Gen II, I think I read they should be coming out next month.
I think I have read just about everything you have posted about your jeep (my favorite on here), and it does not look like you "settle" very much lol.

Thanks for the link!

No worries about the 35's, I have had some pretty massive toys in the past (my last Z-71 had 38's) and I know the limits I want to keep with this Jeep. I think it will turn out to be nice looking, functunal for what I want it for, and still ride good.

Thanks for the link to the handles; I will check them out for sure!
I like what you have done with the side of your jeep; I do not like the factory "running boards" (or whatever they are called). I think those will be replaced in the very near future!

I will have TONS of pics as I go, no worries there! I will even get some pics of my other jeep for this forum as some may like it in the CJ group.

Responding to other post
As for the price of the bumpers...I did not think they were that bad for some good quality bumpers so that is not an issue. If I really wanted a 4" lift with 35's, I would get it, but as I said, 35's is not even in my planning for this jeep, and any more lift than what I got for it would be useless for the creeks and trails I will be on.
03-18-2012 09:53 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by pprice72 View Post
kbwwolf, your jeep is where I got the Spod info from (love it by the way).
You might've seen this in your WF travels, but if not: Gen II SPOD

Overall, sounds like you've got a good plan. Don't misunderstand me about the bumpers...I'm not knocking them. They're just exorbitantly expensive.

But if that's what you want, hey...

And I definitely think you're wise to steer clear of the 35's and the nosebleed lifts. Sounds like you already got an off-road toy, anyway.

Here's a link to some grab handles (lots of others out there, of course...this is just what I settled on):

MasterCraft Safety®: Grab Handles

Enjoy it!
03-18-2012 09:43 AM
JPi1
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Originally Posted by killerbee812
X2 on the cost of bumpers.
Sounds like a solid plan to me,but I can’t see spending $2,500 for bumpers on a Mall Crawler. And no winch on the bumpers? You won’t need a winch at the Mall. I have nothing against Mall Crawlers actually like a lot of them. And some would call mine one. Lol But I would take that money and get some 35’s on 20’s for that Mall look. If it’s more about Malling you wont be happy with the look of 33’s!
I agree, take some of that bumper $$ and put a 4" lift with 35"s, you won't regret it.
03-18-2012 09:25 AM
pprice72
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Originally Posted by CG3 View Post
Personally I think the AEV bumpers are great. Aesthetic lines that flow. Strong and well made. Especially if you add the hood to your jeep that has that curvy thing on top. Then it becomes a work of art! (Sorry for the oh so non technical term). AND if you do go off road to go camping, the rear bumper carries extra non potable water for showers, doing dishes etc...
Wasn't my choice, due to price, but my bumper wasn't that much less in the big picture.
ALSO... if you aren't using your rig for climbing rocks... a full bumper is much better protection in case of an accident or hitting things (like errant cattle) off road when things go bump in the dark... A shorter bumper obviously is better for climbing around on things... as you can get your front tire closer to the rock/ledge/whatever you want to scale...
jmofwiw

MaxTrax work awesome for self extraction in mud/sand and snow...
You don't have floor mats on your list.
Grab handle thingys help you get in.
A nice set of rock rails protects....
33's are my choice. Maybe not as *tough* looking, but easier to push... better gas mileage, cheaper to replace.
You wrote this the same time as my last post...You read my mind
Floor mats are a for sure. I was just reading about some on here (cant remember what they were called), that look very good. The Grab handle things, I will add, thanks!
03-18-2012 09:21 AM
pprice72
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Originally Posted by killerbee812 View Post
Oh and did you checkout the stubbys like Kjeeper10 and others have? You can add light bars to those and they look great. Will save you some dough.

I have looked at them and did think about them (less weight), but with my wife driving this thing also, I wanted some good protection between her and the other idiots on the road. Read some very good things about the bumpers which is why I picked them.
03-18-2012 09:20 AM
CG3 Personally I think the AEV bumpers are great. Aesthetic lines that flow. Strong and well made. Especially if you add the hood to your jeep that has that curvy thing on top. Then it becomes a work of art! (Sorry for the oh so non technical term). AND if you do go off road to go camping, the rear bumper carries extra non potable water for showers, doing dishes etc...
Wasn't my choice, due to price, but my bumper wasn't that much less in the big picture.
ALSO... if you aren't using your rig for climbing rocks... a full bumper is much better protection in case of an accident or hitting things (like errant cattle) off road when things go bump in the dark... A shorter bumper obviously is better for climbing around on things... as you can get your front tire closer to the rock/ledge/whatever you want to scale...
jmofwiw

MaxTrax work awesome for self extraction in mud/sand and snow...
You don't have floor mats on your list.
Grab handle thingys help you get in.
A nice set of rock rails protects....
33's are my choice. Maybe not as *tough* looking, but easier to push... better gas mileage, cheaper to replace.
03-18-2012 09:19 AM
pprice72 kbwwolf, your jeep is where I got the Spod info from (love it by the way).

I may have mislead a little by calling it a mall crawler, It will see off road plenty, just nothing as extreeme as some on here do. I am gone a lot out of the country so I want to keep it drivable for my wife (who will just cruise around town in it from time to time).

I will be using it for hunting, creek runs (we do that a lot in Ms.), offroading in the Smokies, beaches in Fl. (we go to both places a lot), etc. It will just not be all the time.

When we go on the creeks it is VERY dark most of the time which is why all the lighting (trail winds back and forth across creek and it really helps to see good).

I already have a jacked up CJ with 35's and a 383 motor, I will be fine on 33's with this one .
03-18-2012 08:35 AM
killerbee812 Oh and did you checkout the stubbys like Kjeeper10 and others have? You can add light bars to those and they look great. Will save you some dough.
03-18-2012 08:34 AM
killerbee812 X2 on the cost of bumpers.
Sounds like a solid plan to me,but I can’t see spending $2,500 for bumpers on a Mall Crawler. And no winch on the bumpers? You won’t need a winch at the Mall. I have nothing against Mall Crawlers actually like a lot of them. And some would call mine one. Lol But I would take that money and get some 35’s on 20’s for that Mall look. If it’s more about Malling you wont be happy with the look of 33’s!
03-18-2012 07:50 AM
kbwwolf The sPOD rocks...which is good, cuz you've got enough lights to power a small town.

The cost of those bumpers is way too extreme, IMO (not in terms of being able to find a better deal...their just too expensive).

Pics when you're done!
03-18-2012 07:20 AM
pprice72 Yeah, a thumbs up

I have been reading on here non stop for about 2 weeks to come up with that list.
I want it to look tough, but have it where my wife can still drive it if she wants.
We wont be doing any extreeme off-roading like some, but will sure get it off road on our trips to the mountains and the beach! Other than that, it will be a "Mall cruiser" (I think thats what yall call it lol).

I did forget the winch, but I have not really had much of a chance yet to read up on them. I know I will get a Warn, and I know I want the synthetic line, but not sure which model yet.
03-18-2012 05:48 AM
kjeeper10
03-18-2012 05:12 AM
pprice72 I added prices for each in case someone thinks...Hey dude, you paying to much for that, or hey bro, for that money I would get this.....
03-18-2012 03:51 AM
pprice72
My starting build plans for new JK

Thanks to your help on here I found my new BFG Sahara with all the options I wanted, in Houston TX.
It is pretty much loaded and has the max tow package which includes the 3.73 gears.

I get back in the country on the 5th and will go pick her up on the 6th (about a 500 mile drive one way).

I have already started ordering stuff for her and plan to tear her apart as soon as I get her home (is there any other way?).

I got the dealer to buy back my stock wheels and install..
Fuel Revolver 15x8 blk wheels on Duratec 33x12.5x15 tires

Suspension:
I have ordered the Taraflex 2.5" lift w/ shocks (712.49$)

Bumpers:
ordering the AEV premium front bumper (1199.99$)
AEV rear bumper w/ tire carrier (1199.99$)

Lighting:
Ordering the Rugged Ridge light bar (219.99$)
KC slimlights 8 total (739.96$)
SPOD (435.00$)

This is about it to get me started....What do you think?? Good or bad!!
Anything else that is a "must have" for my start-up?

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