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TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 02:38 PM

A Girl and her first Jeep Build! 2012 JK
 
I thought it would be fun, for my own purposes and possibly others, to document my Jeep's many changes. :cool:

First, let us catch up to today!

Bone stock, day one (October, 2012). Mine is on the left... husband's on the right.
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0c27b25a.jpg

And it begins! (This is how our driveway looks on most weekends) 2.5" Rough Country on 33's... a humble beginning.
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9c392235.jpg

Testing it out, successfully!
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...psed112d95.jpg

Next came a CB (self fabricated mount), rocksliders, and decals
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...Neuron/442.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1dffcf64.jpg

At this point, my husband has his 4" lift on 35's. I am jealous.
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8525d682.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...pscdf6e478.jpg

Other various parts have gone on, such as Steering stabilizer, Swaybar quick discos, etc. etc. Now comes the bumper and winch...
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...psddfdd3e5.jpg

Next, the chopped fender flares!
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps622354d9.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps13b1c62f.jpg

And it didn't take long... already in my 4" (Zone) lift and 35's!
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps14c33b89.jpg

(note the still connected swaybar... spur of the moment hill climbing in the neighborhood!)
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps68304539.jpg

Now that I am off to a somewhat respectable start, I will try to document my build as I go. My husband is holding off on upgrading his 2012 until he returns from Afghanistan next year. At that point in time, we will be looking into axle swaps and 37's. :) Would love to hear some opinions, suggestions, questions, what have you. I absolutely love owning a jeep, and we have a blast working on them!

:p

Casotakar1229 03-12-2013 03:06 PM

nice build! y'all must have way too much fun with 2 jeeps and it must be difficult deciding which to drive.

liking those 35s or are you itching for 37s?

kramer2k 03-12-2013 03:12 PM

Nice Jeep. :thumb: I'm digging the Brawler Lite.

kenb1023 03-12-2013 03:13 PM

Looks sweet and the Jeep isn’t not bad either. Seriously though, good work on the build. Nice machine. Thank your husband for me for his service and all my prayers for his safe return.

kappaknight 03-12-2013 03:17 PM

I'm such a pansy... shots like this scare me more than some of the rock crawling stuff. For some reason I always think the Jeep will tip over in the cabin.

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...ps13b1c62f.jpg

TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenb1023 (Post 3494072)
Looks sweet and the Jeep isnít not bad either. Seriously though, good work on the build. Nice machine. Thank your husband for me for his service and all my prayers for his safe return.

Thanks! I'll be sure to tell him. :) We run with a chapter from Military Jeepers (I am a veteran myself) and it is awesome to be a part of such a great jeep community. Tons of support. Really cool!

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3494066)
Nice Jeep. :thumb: I'm digging the Brawler Lite.

Thanks! It is by far my favorite purchase. I wanted one before I even had my own jeep!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Casotakar1229 (Post 3494048)
nice build! y'all must have way too much fun with 2 jeeps and it must be difficult deciding which to drive.

liking those 35s or are you itching for 37s?

Yeah, we have a lot of fun. He bought one first and we argued about who got to drive so we figured it best that I buy one too! It is great to go wheeling together all the time.

I love the 35's but can't wait for 37's... that will come with a lot of extra work though so I will be waiting awhile. :)

TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kappaknight (Post 3494080)
I'm such a pansy... shots like this scare me more than some of the rock crawling stuff. For some reason I always think the Jeep will tip over in the cabin.

I tend to like the off camber stuff better than the hill climbs... I would rather just tip over than to roll off the side of a cliff lol! :eek:

Mom2one 03-12-2013 03:39 PM

You go girl!!! Love it! I love that you and your husband do the jeep thing together too! We can't afford that right now but in the next few years we plan on retiring, getting a second jeep and then using them to explore all the beautiful places that you can only see with a jeep. Good job........Enjoy!

Jayrubicon 03-12-2013 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasJeepGirl (Post 3493953)
I thought it would be fun, for my own purposes and possibly others, to document my Jeep's many changes. :cool:

First, let us catch up to today!

Bone stock, day one (October, 2012). Mine is on the left... husband's on the right.

And it begins! (This is how our driveway looks on most weekends) 2.5" Rough Country on 33's... a humble beginning.

Testing it out, successfully!

Next came a CB (self fabricated mount), rocksliders, and decals

At this point, my husband has his 4" lift on 35's. I am jealous.

Other various parts have gone on, such as Steering stabilizer, Swaybar quick discos, etc. etc. Now comes the bumper and winch...

Next, the chopped fender flares!

And it didn't take long... already in my 4" (Zone) lift and 35's!

(note the still connected swaybar... spur of the moment hill climbing in the neighborhood!)

Now that I am off to a somewhat respectable start, I will try to document my build as I go. My husband is holding off on upgrading his 2012 until he returns from Afghanistan next year. At that point in time, we will be looking into axle swaps and 37's. :) Would love to hear some opinions, suggestions, questions, what have you. I absolutely love owning a jeep, and we have a blast working on them!

:p

Those stickers on the switch panel are great! Lol
Where did you find those?

markwoodlief 03-12-2013 03:46 PM

where did you get these stickers? I love it!!

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...pscdf6e478.jpg

TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 03:51 PM

Jk Wrangler Funny Switch Bezel Decals

:D

Jayrubicon 03-12-2013 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasJeepGirl (Post 3494229)

Cool.... Thanks!

Mom2one 03-12-2013 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by markwoodlief (Post 3494209)
where did you get these stickers? I love it!!

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/...pscdf6e478.jpg

You can also order them straight from Pixeldecals a little cheaper.

JK Funny Switch Bezel Decals

Thorshammer7 03-12-2013 04:01 PM

Very, very cool Jeep. Nice choices !! Thanks for your service.

Bad_Dog 03-12-2013 04:26 PM

LOVE the stickers! I need one that says "Passenger Eject", or something to that affect. This way, when the wifey starts to backseat drive, I just have to point to that button. :D

asianhulk 03-12-2013 04:26 PM

Very nice! You stated that your only 4'11" in my thread. Better not lift it too much :p Just kidding, looking good!

TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 04:43 PM

Huh? I am definitely almost 6' tall... must be thinking of someone else! :)

AdrianVall 03-12-2013 04:54 PM

Wow! Very nice build! Looking awesome so far. What front bumper is that if you don't mind me asking?

TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianVall (Post 3494493)
Wow! Very nice build! Looking awesome so far. What front bumper is that if you don't mind me asking?

Poison Spyder BrawlerLite with Trail Stinger. I love PSC stuff... I want it all!
:dance:

Jeep Wrangler JK Front Bumper | JK Brawler Lite Front Bumper with Trail Stinger | Poison Spyder Customs

GunToter 03-12-2013 08:13 PM

I like it. Especially the AVN sticker. Spent some time crewing a 47. I know the group your talking about wheeling with. I hate to say but the only run in I've had with them wasnt a pleasent one, especially as a fellow Vet. Oh well, not everyone can be as awesome as me.

I always figured 4" of lift would be too much for a 2 door with "only" 35's, but dang that looks good! May have to start rethinking my lift choice.

Now, I dont mean to sound rude here or anything, it's just a bunch of hearsay, I'd like to hear from somebody who actually uses the products. I havent heard much good about Zone lifts or Smittybilt sliders. What is your take on them? The Smitty sliders are exactly the look and "snugness" to the body that I want, but want to make sure they'll install with out too much hastle and protect rather than krinkle as some posts would have you believe. I also hear about the Zone lifts riding like poo on the road. I drive 80 miles a day with a jacked up back from Iraq and A'stan, so I need somewhat of a decent ride (as a 2 door Jeep can give anyways!). Was there anything not in the kit that you ended up needing (extended brake lines, steering correction, ect; and how are the driveshaft angles with that much lift?

Sorry, I just realy like how you've built your Jeep so far, along the same lines as I'd like to build mine.

JKralph 03-12-2013 08:26 PM

:popcorn: very nice :thumb:

TexasJeepGirl 03-12-2013 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GunToter (Post 3495443)
I like it. Especially the AVN sticker. Spent some time crewing a 47. I know the group your talking about wheeling with. I hate to say but the only run in I've had with them wasnt a pleasent one, especially as a fellow Vet. Oh well, not everyone can be as awesome as me.

I always figured 4" of lift would be too much for a 2 door with "only" 35's, but dang that looks good! May have to start rethinking my lift choice.

Now, I dont mean to sound rude here or anything, it's just a bunch of hearsay, I'd like to hear from somebody who actually uses the products. I havent heard much good about Zone lifts or Smittybilt sliders. What is your take on them? The Smitty sliders are exactly the look and "snugness" to the body that I want, but want to make sure they'll install with out too much hastle and protect rather than krinkle as some posts would have you believe. I also hear about the Zone lifts riding like poo on the road. I drive 80 miles a day with a jacked up back from Iraq and A'stan, so I need somewhat of a decent ride (as a 2 door Jeep can give anyways!). Was there anything not in the kit that you ended up needing (extended brake lines, steering correction, ect; and how are the driveshaft angles with that much lift?

Sorry, I just realy like how you've built your Jeep so far, along the same lines as I'd like to build mine.

Yay aviation! I used to work on Apaches, and my husband now flies them. (No, we didn't meet that way lol) As for the MJers, I hate to hear that you had a bad experience. I can think of a few personalities who might not be the friendliest though... :hide:

I hear you on the jacked up back... I did the same thing (thanks Iraq) and broke my pelvis too... I love the Zone kit. I upgraded to Nitro shocks and I think I get a pretty good ride. When you order it an exhaust mod is included, although we also opted to cut about an inch off the exhaust and move part of it back (something other lift kits mention, like the 4" RC, in their instructions but not Zone), and I bought a new pitman arm as well. The brake line brackets just got relocated and it seems to be just fine. I have been happy thus far.

As for the Smittybilts, I was very wary myself. They actually updated their rock sliders so they wouldn't crumple as easily. I've put some weight on mine and they are rock solid so far. We did have to dremel down the mounting locations about a 1/10 of an inch to get it to fit but that was no biggie. I've been happy with them.

If you are ever in the Belton area and want to check out the Jeep shoot me a message. :thumb:

GunToter 03-12-2013 09:11 PM

Good to hear! I have an 09 so I dont think I'd need the exhaust spacers, but pitman for sure. Cool, thanks.

Good to hear about the Smitty's too, I aint scared of a little wallering. Some folks made it sound like they practicaly had to cut and re-weld lol. If I still had the tools to do that I wouldnt be buying any in the first place! Would you trust them as a jacking point for a hilift?

I go through Belton a lot, my family is still down in Round Rock. Infact, a couple buddies and me were talking about maybe going to Iron Bridge and getting dirty this weekend. Need to see how some other things pan out first though. If we go I'll PM ya incase your itchin for some mud.

Thanks for the answers. VA is re-evaluating my disability, they voluntarily are looking to up my percentage with back pay (first good thing the VA has done for me) If it happens I'm going mod crazy!

If you find yourself in Waco PM me too.

DirkC 03-13-2013 05:01 PM

I'd love to hear where you go the decals for the console (crawler mode, nuke, eject etc). I saw that and now I have to have it! :thumb:

Please let me know!!

watusibison 03-13-2013 06:25 PM

TexasJeepGirl,

Very awesome looking Jeep!

JK NOOB 03-13-2013 06:47 PM

:thumb:

SullyRock71 03-13-2013 09:26 PM

Very cool that you guys are building your Jeeps up together! My thanks and prayers to your husband on his safe return and thanks for your service as well!

TexasJeepGirl 03-13-2013 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SullyRock71
Very cool that you guys are building your Jeeps up together! My thanks and prayers to your husband on his safe return and thanks for your service as well!

Thanks! It's fun being able to do it together, although we get really competitive and its expensive when you have TWO! :P

warbird24 03-14-2013 05:59 AM

Damn, I miss living in that part of the country!

catahoula1 03-14-2013 06:57 AM

Your Jeep rocks! Loving the mods!:thumb:


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