|07-27-2013 06:18 PM|
Was a super read from beginning to end. I can honestly say if I saw that color on the Jeep lot I would have picked it over black. Am I really saying that? Love that dark cherry red. Really rich looking and goes great contrasting with the black wheels, etc.
All of your mods were very tastefully done and well thought out. You gave me a lot of great ideas for my 2013 JKU.
Thanks again for sharing. Can't wait to see your future mods.
|07-10-2013 03:29 PM|
Poor wife had no idea the monster she would create buying you that Jeep.
There is only one thing missing in those photos; there's no dirt or mud.
Take it out and get it dirty.
|07-10-2013 03:05 PM|
|05-17-2013 10:00 AM|
|Jerkstore||Nice read -- and nice rig.|
|05-16-2013 06:42 PM|
|Jtyson||Reading your thread was just great. Really enjoyed it. Just like you, I'm not a too handy either but iv forced myself to learn so I could really appreciate everything I do to my jeep. You have a nice looking jeep and continue the spending and hard work lol it makes us all feel better when we're not the only ones letting our accounts take a beating.|
|05-16-2013 05:24 PM|
Thanks for the description. I think I have a handle on what you're saying. I was just curious because I'm out there looking for a bikini top now and wanted to get your feedback on it.
|05-16-2013 08:58 AM|
|reade||Very nice looking ride.|
|05-15-2013 11:06 PM|
I can't take pictures because of the hard top, but I'll try to describe what I did.
There are four straps to secure around the sound bar. The two corner straps arrived with the spider balls already looped thru the grommet, with the spider ball end the furthest away from the strap. I wiggled the spider balls thru the gap between the hard top and sound bar, then I wrapped it around the roll bar and wedged it in the gap between the sound bar and roll bar. It's been holding tight and secure.
For the middle straps, I think they want the grommet of the strap to align with the hole for the freedom top bolts, then secure it with the spider ball using the same bolt hole and wrap it around the sound bar. I didn't do that. I slipped the spider ball strap up through the sound bar using the gap behind the freedom bolt hole. I used a coat hanger to fish the spidershade strap and spiderball strap through the space between the hard top and the sound bar. This allows me to continue to reinstall the freedom top bolts without removing the spidershade.
It's really difficult to describe, and I probably didn't do a very good job.
|05-14-2013 09:17 PM|
Can I ask how your bikini shade worked out for you to set up? How does it secure around the roll bar? If it's like mine, the part behind both drivers and passenger seat is nothing but a big sound pod. Does it wrap around that somehow?
|05-14-2013 02:41 PM|
|05-13-2013 04:26 PM|
|05-13-2013 02:29 PM|
Love your thread, by the way, and didn't mean to sidetrack / hijack it...
|05-13-2013 12:41 PM|
|05-13-2013 11:44 AM|
|05-10-2013 04:20 PM|
|05-10-2013 03:48 PM|
|yellowtailfan||Really Nice Jeep - I like it a lot!|
|05-10-2013 02:46 PM|
I took it to Rausch and went rock crawling for the weekend. The rings held up beautifully, all of them had the paint scratched off, but the wheel itself had 0 damage. So they were well worth the $28 I paid for each.
|05-10-2013 01:50 PM|
Upgrade from 130N to Media Center 430N RBZ
Today I installed a Media Center 430N RBZ radio I purchased from a reseller on eBay for $400 shipped. The reseller was USAAccessories, and everything was exactly as pictured, and they promptly provided my AntiTheft code.
The install was really straightforward, even for me. I followed the instructions and pictures from this JK Forum thread and the advice found on this Wrangler Forum thread for my purchase and install.
What a nice upgrade! My uConnect worked flawlessly; I didn't even have to set up my phone again. I activated Sirius over the internet and was ready to go in just a few minutes. The USB port in the console still works, too.
Here's a picture of my new radio product code and build date (280th day of 2011, I think)
And the back. A note: even though the dot on the back is green, the buttons on this unit have blue backlighting.
The software info screen, for those that are interested:
And, finally, the finished install. Notice the Jeep logo
|04-29-2013 08:34 PM|
|whayes||The "rash rings" are a great idea, Lowerumble. Thanks for the tip!|
|04-29-2013 04:09 PM|
|Lowerumble||Thanks for the info! I am ordering some of those handles and that phone mount. I really think the wheels look good how you have them set up. Just an fyi. I have the rugged ridge wheels which have a similiar concept. But you can buy "rash rings" (what I call them) that bolt in along the rim for some protection offroad. If your wheel company doesn't make them, I am sure that you could have 4 machined pretty cheaply if you wanted to protect those wheels when you go offroad. Essentialy, you could remove the plastic spacers, install the ring and mount it with the same screw to secure it. Or you could stop by the hardware and get a second set of "buttonhead" screws that would be less likely to get snagged. Here is a pic of the green painted optional ring installed. Normally without this ring, my screws were silver and just screwed into the outside of the wheel as an accent also.|
|04-29-2013 03:19 PM|
|04-29-2013 02:35 PM|
|Y-Guy||Wonderful writeup and PICS! Thanks. You've headed where I was looking to go with my Jeep. Thanks for the ProClip pics, I've been looking at one and your pics helped make my mind up.|
|04-29-2013 08:39 AM|
|J33P4M3||Whayes! Great writeup. I have only begun my journey. I want to improve the wheels and tires of my 10th Anniversary unlimited, but don't want to add a lift kit. (afraid of warranty issues down the road).|
|04-29-2013 08:28 AM|
|CosmoMonster||Welcome to the club. Nice, clean and smart mods. I like your set up. As for mid life crisis, I had mine early. I bought a 2011 JKU and a 2011 JK last year 4 months apart. I lost the JKU to the wife and kids. But the JK is mne.|
|04-29-2013 08:23 AM|
|Senior Chief||Nice build and excellent write-up.....|
|04-29-2013 08:11 AM|
|Daideo||Nice write up and thanks for the info on ProClip. I've been looking for something sturdy and the fact the the base can support various phones as you upgrade is great. Ordering tonight|
|04-29-2013 07:18 AM|
|SuperTJ||Great job! Good looking rig|
|04-29-2013 07:10 AM|
|Bar01||Those wheels!!! nice.|
|04-29-2013 01:11 AM|
|04-29-2013 01:09 AM|
Thanks! I definitely agree on the bumpers, but the bank account needs a break! Just Empty Every Pocket, right? And, I've thought about painting the muffler; just not wild about laying down on the ground and spraying paint from flat on my back. I'm a fairly sloppy painter, and usually apply three coats at once (one on me, one on the ground, and one on whatever I'm painting). I'm afraid I'll paint something I shouldn't, but maybe I'm over-thinking it.
On to your questions. Here are two more pics of the ProClip iPhone mount
On the wheels, the red inserts are held on with 3M tape. After the tires were on the Jeep, I cleaned the application area with an alcohol wipe and stuck them on. Here's a pic of the front and back:
The bolts around the rim are actually two pieces: a metal screw and a plastic dome. These are not secured with any adhesive, just screwed in after the wheels are on the jeep. The manufacturer provides a plastic-y allen wrench that won't scratch the screw head and will prevent over-tightening.
Both the red inserts and the bolts are completely optional. Ludski runs his with the inserts, but without the bolts. I tried various configurations, and decided the bolts served to define the break between the tire and wheel that's often lost with black rims. You could also remove them (all 40 of them!) fairly quickly if you were off-road and concerned about damage.
I ordered an extra set (8) of each to have on hand for when I lose or break one
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