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kramer2k 10-06-2012 06:38 AM

Kramer2k's Build Thread
 
I ordered my Jeep on August 7 from Brian and Ryan at Fields CDJR in Sanford, FL. Anyone considering a Jeep purchase should give these guys a chance, they were fantastic to deal with. Highly recommended.

I picked up my 2013 Commando Green JKUR last Saturday.

Here it is in all it's stockness. :angel: Better drink it in because it won't stay like that for long. LOL

http://i.imgur.com/6IMHE.jpg

I drove it home and it had 155 miles on it when I put in the garage and threw it on jack stands. Installation of the Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel Pro lift commenced on Monday. I was only able to work on it for a few hours a day in the evenings. I ran into a few hiccups along the way, but overall it was a pretty straightforward job.

Here is how it sat with the lift installed but on stock wheels and tires.

http://i.imgur.com/rx19B.jpg

I took it to Discount Tire on Friday to get my 35" Goodyear MTR w/K tires and 15" Black Rock Vipers installed. I was so giddy when I saw these bad boys go on. :dance:

Here it is with the new wheels and tires and lift. :cool:

http://i.imgur.com/c4odO.jpg

I love these wheels a lot! Thanks KJeeper for making these wheels cool. :p His setup helped me make a decision to jump on the Vipers. I love the look.

http://i.imgur.com/g3apn.jpg


To be continued....

kramer2k 10-06-2012 06:46 AM

Before I even started on the lift, I began putting on all the little mods I had piling up in my garage before I even had my Jeep.

I installed a Mopar fuel filler door. I really like this mod. It gives a cleaner, more complete look to the Jeep IMO. And it's solid! The door is metal and seems to have a good paint layer to it.

http://i.imgur.com/5TvjF.jpg

I installed the Drake grille inserts. Naturally I went with black. Again, these things are solid! I wasn't expecting them to be made so well and thick when I picked them up. As before, this really puts a nice polishing touch on the overall look of the Jeep. Seeing the radiator through the grille is hideous and I couldn't stand for it. :redface:

http://i.imgur.com/0A3Yr.jpg

I also took off the chrome JEEP emblem and put my $8 eBay black JEEP emblem on. A 10 minute job and it's 100% better looking.

I also debadged the side and installed a black, reflective RUBICON sticker set on the hood. You can see I'm not a fan of chrome or white shiny stuff on my Jeep.

http://i.imgur.com/NMZBM.jpg

I also installed Vector Off-Road UFOs on the hood. I'll never drop the windshield so this was an easy decision for me. I don't like the huge rubber bumpers that are there from the factory. I also replaced the footman's loop with a small set of UFOs.

http://i.imgur.com/TPel6.jpg

And lastly, for now, I have a picture of my Antenna X off road antenna. You can also see the reflective nature of the RUBICON stickers on the hood.

http://i.imgur.com/RImW4.jpg

I'm working on a special project for the tailgate right now. I have another set of UFOs and a plate from Swag Off-Road that I'm working on. I'll run without a spare hanging on the rear for right now. My next purchase will be a rear bumper and carrier. And I have an appointment with the tint guy next Friday.

kjeeper10 10-06-2012 07:08 AM

:popcorn:

Love the wheels :D they look sick with CG seriously.

kbwwolf 10-06-2012 07:13 AM

Way to go on the wheels! Pretty sure you're the first on WF to run those.

Jeep looks really good. :thumb:

kramer2k 10-06-2012 07:43 AM

Thanks guys. :)

Actually, I think Ken was the first to run the BR Vipers. I had to tell the guys at Discount Tire the 15" version does indeed fit the JK.


Now I need some sunshine to get the doors and tops off. We've been getting rain daily. My AEV ProCal should be here next Wednesday. And I've got a set of Skinny Pedal door hangers on the way too. And my Bestop Hoss window roll is ready for action and standing by too. I'll get some more pictures up when the weather is nice. It's supposed to cool off to a high of 80* and be mostly sunny on Monday. :cool:

kjeeper10 10-06-2012 07:51 AM

3rd :)

jkuknowit was the first. (Spelling?)

JeeperJake 10-06-2012 09:03 AM

NICE!!!!

Just saw this color in person at the dealer a few days ago. I'm a big fan of green, and what you've done certainly hits the mark for me.

PieFace 10-06-2012 10:16 AM

well done. I was thinking of starting over this year with dune

Mumbles 10-06-2012 11:13 AM

Nice looking jeep man ! Wish I had some money to start modding mine lol.

tomgillotti 10-06-2012 11:23 AM

Thanks to your recommendation, I'll be getting mine from Fields on Monday!! Had I guessed better I would have been there when it was delivered on Wednesday!!

PM me your info and I'll make sure they send you the referral fee (to help pay for some more mods!!)

kramer2k 10-06-2012 08:29 PM

Wow Tom! Thanks and I'm glad you're getting your Jeep soon. :thumb:



On the topic of my lift, I do have a slight situation with the front track bar.

I'm getting a little bit of a "clunk" on initial steering input from a stop sign or something.

Here is a picture of my front track bar at the axle side and you can see the nick in my track bar.

http://i.imgur.com/7R7bd.jpg

I had my buddy turn the steering wheel back and forth in park and you can see and hear that the front track bar is making contact with the mounting bracket in the picture above.

Does anyone else have an experience like this? Any correction to fix this? Any input is greatly appreciated.

basecamper 10-06-2012 09:13 PM

Great looking Jeep :thumb:

I love the mods that look great but your not sure at first glance if it didn't come from the factory like that e.g. Black Jeep hood emblem, black Rubicon decals, etc. Great Job!!

kramer2k 10-07-2012 09:28 AM

Pictures are all sized properly now. Thanks a lot to MTH. :thumb:

That won't happen again.

Any input on the front track bar problem I mentioned a couple posts ago?

I dialed it in per the RK installation instructions. And I split the thread showing on each end evenly between the frame end and axle end.

Could I simply take my roto tool and just notch out a small area there so there is no contact with the mounting bracket? I wouldn't think there'd be any structural strength lost.


And I was at HD yesterday and had to take a shot next to a real Humvee towing a communication package.

http://i.imgur.com/Jp1gr.jpg

Trapjaw 10-07-2012 11:35 AM

Looks sweet!

MillerWelds87 10-07-2012 11:53 AM

Your Jeep is BA. Youve givin me more new ideas for mine! Funny how little mods can do so much!

kjeeper10 10-07-2012 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k
Pictures are all sized properly now. Thanks a lot to MTH. :thumb:

That won't happen again.

Any input on the front track bar problem I mentioned a couple posts ago?

I dialed it in per the RK installation instructions. And I split the thread showing on each end evenly between the frame end and axle end.

Could I simply take my roto tool and just notch out a small area there so there is no contact with the mounting bracket? I wouldn't think there'd be any structural strength lost.

And I was at HD yesterday and had to take a shot next to a real Humvee towing a communication package.

Hey bud,

Notch it out like you said or install a heavy duty bracket.
You probably are not looking to do a drag link flip kit or anything. But I believe there are brackets that beef up the mount and keep the TB at the stock angle.

Edit: I know RK says to even the threads but there would be no issues if you adjust more thread on that side. Just as long as the TB stays the same length and the axle is centered.

Good luck

kramer2k 10-07-2012 07:54 PM

Thanks Ken. :thumb:

I may look into an aftermarket bracket. Since I'm looking into aftermarket steering stabilizers right now I may just to a full combo together that includes a SS and TB/SS relocation bracket. For now though I think I will indeed notch it out just slightly.

1Topp 10-07-2012 08:10 PM

:thumb:

kramer2k 10-08-2012 04:52 PM

Took out the Jeep finally and let him get a little sand on his shoes.

The Jeep has been doing superb since I installed the lift and wheels and tires. It took two trips to the dealership to get the steering properly dialed in, but I think it's good now.

http://i.imgur.com/5vsJz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LUCnx.png

http://i.imgur.com/GvCKh.jpg

And found a little tiny rock to do a small flex on the Jeep. Awww...so cute. :hide: His first muscle flex. I had to stop right there because the rear pinch seam and Rubi rail is most certainly in need of a trim. At this small amount of flex I only had about 1/2" of space between the tire and rail.

http://i.imgur.com/s8jL7.png

http://i.imgur.com/hvRP7.png

http://i.imgur.com/up7mK.png

And The Big Green Jeep went on his first boat ride aboard the St. Johns River Ferry

http://i.imgur.com/WgAbt.jpg

Mumbles 10-08-2012 08:16 PM

Nice !

fljeepleo 10-08-2012 08:30 PM

I feel weird Kramer having you jeep as by computer background. It's just so sexy!

kramer2k 10-08-2012 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fljeepleo (Post 2871997)
I feel weird Kramer having you jeep as by computer background. It's just so sexy!

Thanks!

I'll be installing a little tailgate project I've been working on tomorrow. Naturally pics will follow. :whistling:

Then it's time to start the project of trimming the Rubi rails and pinch seam.

COStrider 10-09-2012 10:41 AM

Have you considered sand blasting and powder coating the wheels BLACK. It's your jeep but IMHO that would look f-ing sick!

MacCTD 10-09-2012 10:51 AM

Looks good, any balance issues with the tires? Thought I read on here 35" tires on 15" rims are very hard to get balanced correctly.

kjeeper10 10-09-2012 11:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MacCTD
Looks good, any balance issues with the tires? Thought I read on here 35" tires on 15" rims are very hard to get balanced correctly.

:popcorn:

kjeeper10 10-09-2012 11:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by costrider
have you considered sand blasting and powder coating the wheels black. It's your jeep but imho that would look f-ing sick!

fail......

rragpaoa 10-09-2012 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 2872028)
Thanks!

I'll be installing a little tailgate project I've been working on tomorrow. Naturally pics will follow. :whistling:

Then it's time to start the project of trimming the Rubi rails and pinch seam.

Awesome. I have the CG and I love the way yours is looking. Yours is the model I will be following closely for my mods. Only thing is that I am keeping the silver stickers since I actually like the stealthiness of them.
Please post your method and pics on the trimming of the RubiRails and pinch seam since that's what I will be doing in the next month or so.
Thanks!

rragpaoa 10-09-2012 11:16 AM

k2K,

Does the BS on the wheels and the 35" tires work OK with the stock fender flares at full articulation? I'm going 35" also but the fender flares are last on my list to change out or cut.

Thanks.

kramer2k 10-09-2012 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by COStrider (Post 2873482)
Have you considered sand blasting and powder coating the wheels BLACK. It's your jeep but IMHO that would look f-ing sick!

Eesh, not a chance mate. I can appreciate Jeepers going with black wheels though, so I'm not just writing you off. :) I was explicitly against black wheels from the get-go. I know a lot of people are fans of black wheels, especially on this color, but they tend to get lost in the overall view of the Jeep and clash against the tires IMO. Black Rock Vipers are also available in black for those that are curious. But again, I wanted the contrast between the gray wheels and black rubber that these provide, while at the same time accentuating the big rubber look of a 35" tire against a 15" wheel.

I'm getting the windows tinted Friday, and I think that'll help "dark it out" some and really bring it together. So the wheels will become even more of a focal point, which is what I want in a wheel.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MacCTD (Post 2873521)
Looks good, any balance issues with the tires? Thought I read on here 35" tires on 15" rims are very hard to get balanced correctly.

They all balanced out just fine. I will say this though, it's not for lack of weights being used! LOL They used a crap ton of them on the wheels. But they are indeed balanced nicely. I drove it about 80 miles yesterday to the beach and around town and it has great on-road manners.

kjeeper10 10-09-2012 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k
Eesh, not a chance mate. I can appreciate Jeepers going with black wheels though, so I'm not just writing you off. :) I was explicitly against black wheels from the get-go. I know a lot of people are fans of black wheels, especially on this color, but they tend to get lost in the overall view of the Jeep and clash against the tires IMO. Black Rock Vipers are also available in black for those that are curious. But again, I wanted the contrast between the gray wheels and black rubber that these provide, while at the same time accentuating the big rubber look of a 35" tire against a 15" wheel.

They all balanced out just fine so far. I will say this though, it's not for lack of weights being used! LOL They used a crap ton of them on the wheels. But they are indeed balanced nicely. I drove it about 80 miles yesterday to the beach and around town and it has great on-road manners.

Where did they use the weights ?


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