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Old 09-16-2018, 12:48 PM
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Got too many projects going on so I have slowed down a little bit. Not much though...I have acquired most the parts for the Scrambler to get it where I want it to be. Everything except the seats and rust repairs...

New steering wheel
new shift knobs for T-176 and transfercase
BDS 2.5" lift
Warrior shackles
ION wheel and 32" STT Pros (already installed)
Power steering to replace the manual steering

Mechanically it is a 9.5 out of a 10. Everything works and the engine runs smooth as glass. Almost too good if that is a thing. I replaced the crappy electric fan with a flex-a-lite twin fan and temps never run above 210 now. Even on the hot days we have had down here in GA. I replaced the thermostat with a 180 degree and put a new water pump on. That should take care of the over heating issues with it for a while.

Next on to Rupertcon.
I replaced my Level 8 Bully Pro wheels with KMC XD Machete beadlocks. I loved the Bully Pros but could not air down below 12 PSI on them without busting a bead.
To air up quickly I have two air sources. I have the ARB twin under the front seat and added a PowerTanks 15# tank. To resolve some electrical issues with running batteries down I added a Genesis dual battery set up.
I had to add a 4th Jeep to the stable since a JKU, Grand Cherokee and Scrambler were not enough. Now there is mini Rupertcon. I couldn't resist.

Next on the list for Rupertcon is PRP suspension seats but I am not in a huge hurry for these.

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That is a really nice scrambler with low miles. What is the market like on those far as price and available parts? A guy locally has one fixed up really nice asking $25k

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That is a really nice scrambler with low miles. What is the market like on those far as price and available parts? A guy locally has one fixed up really nice asking $25k


25k is reasonable for a really nice one. I paid a little under $7k for this one. It has really good bones but needs some sheet metal work. Parts are easy enough. Itís basically a CJ-7 with an extra 10Ē of wheel base. All other CJ parts are compatible and they are quite available.


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25k is reasonable for a really nice one. I paid a little under $7k for this one. It has really good bones but needs some sheet metal work. Parts are easy enough. Itís basically a CJ-7 with an extra 10Ē of wheel base. All other CJ parts are compatible and they are quite available.


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Very nice build!!!
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Just read through the whole build. Great work so far. I just bought a JKU sport that is built up. We had almost identical builds till you caged it and went with 60s and 40s. Iím on 37s now with the PR ultimate 44 up front, ten factory axles in the 44 in the rear both with arb air lockers. I have the redneck ram though and it is amazing turning 37s. Iíll get to wheel it this weekend in some rocks here in NC. Awesome vision for it though. Reading through it was funny how similar our builds were. Keep up the great work on all your projects! Whatís the Grand Cherokee look like? Thatís what I sold before I bought the JKU.




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My Grand Cherokee was a 2015 Summit Eco Diesel. I just sold it and bought a new F-250 Powerstroke. I am now looking for a gooseneck trailer to haul the Jeep on.
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So a few updates...although it is slowing down...It is time to go into saving mode at least for a little while.
Added PRP seats to the front and just ordered the rear seats.
new trailer to haul Rupertcon.
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Well done sir, fantastic build!! Thanks for the two audio threads too, very helpful. I’m about to embark on gutting my interior to sound proof & wire for a stereo/sound upgrade. You’ve got me sold on the 2015 Alpine factory sub ... Any advice on the Alpine 209 restyle HU? I also want to add front & rear cameras (did you consider side cameras, I think it supports 4?) ... It’s sitting in my garage waiting to go, I haven’t had quite the experience you have building stereos but I spent a few summers building custom stereos in a Good Guys instal garage. I agree that there is something truly rewarding about doing something yourself, plus it saves on instal costs. Any advice or thoughts will be greatly appreciated, thanks again for taking the time to chronolog your build, it’s been inspiring & informative.

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Awesome and thank you for the kind words. I absolutely love the X209. It supports a rear camera only unless you buy the camera accessory module. That does support front, rear and side cameras. I did not go with the side cameras...yet. I have actually hit it with a pressure washer a couple of times and there are no signs of water getting into it. I think Alpine did this unit just right. I would imagine that Alpine is done with the restyle kit for the JKs...but who knows. They may come out with a 309 which has more capability and better water proofing...so far I am happy with this one. I did not go sound proofing and may have actually reversed any sound proofing. No carpet and Line-X all over the inside. The sound system is loud enough to over come any and all road noise. I would not recommend doing this in a daily driver but for my purpose it makes clean up much easier. PRP seats, no carpet and a water proof sound system means I can hit this thing with a pressure washer when it gets dirty and not worry about too much. I do have to wrap the AMP in a garbage bag before I pressure wash it but it is suspended and easy to fully cover. The amp if 5 1/2 years old now and has never given me a problem.
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Well done sir, fantastic build!! Thanks for the two audio threads too, very helpful. Iím about to embark on gutting my interior to sound proof & wire for a stereo/sound upgrade. Youíve got me sold on the 2015 Alpine factory sub ... Any advice on the Alpine 209 restyle HU? I also want to add front & rear cameras (did you consider side cameras, I think it supports 4?) ... Itís sitting in my garage waiting to go, I havenít had quite the experience you have building stereos but I spent a few summers building custom stereos in a Good Guys instal garage. I agree that there is something truly rewarding about doing something yourself, plus it saves on instal costs. Any advice or thoughts will be greatly appreciated, thanks again for taking the time to chronolog your build, itís been inspiring & informative.

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Long time no post on here. The Jeep is still growing. Small changes in preparation for a motor swap. I am selling the X209-WRA and going with the newer X409-WRA. Mainly because I like the mechless (no DVD/CD) player so less things to go wrong. The 209 has been fantastic but out with the old and in the with new. Since my last post we moved about 50 miles east of Suwanee to Winder. No more postage stamp lots and HOA restrictions. The house included a bar so as you can imagine it is my work shop complete with a two post lift and 60 gallon compressor. I also just had the RK 3 link long arm upgrade installed and so far very happy with the results. I broke my Steer Smarts tie rod at the threaded shaft so replaced it with the RK 2.5 ton tie rod. Since the SS was only the threaded end, I picked up another to have as a spare. Other than that...not much going on with the Jeep. Enjoying it as much now (even more) than when I bought it new 7 years ago.
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Great thread, please keep it alive with your updates

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