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Old 12-07-2018, 03:08 PM
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2014 JKUR Granite Crystal Metallic Overland Build

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I picked up a new to me 2014 Rubicon Unlimited in mid October. I got a 6 speed, 410 gears, leather, no factory navigation. Awesome condition and low miles. Looks like the previous owner never wheeled with it. Had zero scratches when I got it. Now that I've had it just under 2 months it has plenty pinstripes but I got some Smittybilt magnetic armor for that.


The first week of owning it I took it out right away to some of the trails in San Bernardino Mountains.

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Second week of owning it in October I got the Olympic spare tire mount for a RotoPax mount and fuel storage. I have a 3.5 gallon Fuel Pax
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That same week I got a Vector Offroad Bar, some Ram X Mounts, mounted my phone and tablet to view my maps when on the trails..
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The reason I wanted a Wrangler was because I've always loved them as a kid but could never afford it growing up. I loved how you can take off the doors and top, absolute freedom! So I haven't removed the top yet because the weather has been really cold lately. But 3 weeks into having the Jeep, I got Rugged Ridge removable doors front and rear and upgraded the lighting as well to some Pro Comp LED Headlights and Xprite LED Foglights. Wow, what a difference! Night and day difference with the lighting.




As for the Rugged Ridge doors, I love them! The first time I hit the trails with them, it was like 40 degrees in the mountain and it was so damn cold. But I loved every minute of it!
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On Black Friday I decided to order a CB, got the Cobra 75 with a 5 foot tunable Firestik, a Pro Comm aluminum rear tire carrier mount for the antenna. Got 18ft coax from Firestik as well.



I also got a dirt cheap solid bumper from Quadratec on sale for $200 bucks!
Rampage Products 99306 Rock Rage Front Bumper. It's now back to $300. I couldn't pass up on the deal. It fits my current fog lights so no need to buy again. I'll eventually get a winch but for now, I am shopping for a rear bumper and tire carrier setup.
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And off topic, but my primary offroad vehicle prior to the Jeep was my 2015 Ram 2500. It's a long bed crew cab, it's a tank. It is a pain in the ass to impossible to take into the mountains. Because of that, I was very limited as to where I can go explore. That is another reason for buying the Jeep. Most recent upgrade to my truck was the Leitner Desings rack. I have my Smittybilt XL Overland Tent in the garage ready to mount up there.
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Dayuum, you just got all kinds of goodness! Good lookn rigs man..glad you’re enjoyn them too!


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Really nice upgrades Nice to see you out hitting the trails!

Are you going to lift it?



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Looks awesome so far! Keep the pics coming!

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Really nice upgrades Nice to see you out hitting the trails!

Are you going to lift it?



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Steven, thank you. Assuming you mean the Jeep? Yes that is the plan, but not just yet. I have been on several trails now with the Jeep, just did Holcomb Valley a 22 mile trail in Big Bear Ca in the snow yesterday and so far all the trails I've done, the Rubicon performs excellent in stock height. I do want to go with a 4.5" lift eventually but I'll be honest, there are soooo many brands and so many different styles of kits, regular kits, kits with arms, 8 arms, it can get confusing and I don't know what will work best for my needs. I want articulation, but I am NOT rock crawling at all. I am overlanding and the occasional minor flex here and there when getting to hard to reach places. What should I even look into for my needs? Should I go with the 8 arm upgrade?
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Just ordered a really inexpensive rear bumper and tire carrier from Extreme Terrain, the Barricade Trail Force HD. It isn't tow rated, but that doesn't matter to me as I have my Ram 2500 for that, I never planned on towing with the Jeep. It's 3/16 steel with good welds according to the excellent hundreds of reviews it has. Should work out really good for me it seems, and was only $375, that is stupid cheap for both a bumper and tire carrier. Hopefully it isn't crap, reviews are all very positive!


Next up will be a winch, then a lift hopefully.
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Bumper went on real smooth. Looks great. Tire carrier installed really easy too. No struggle. Used a jack and block of wood and got the bumper on by myself. I'll post pics soon.




Just waiting on my 3rd brake light extension to arrive next week. I haven't installed the spare yet because of that, and I have to figure out a new solution for my CB antenna because the tire carrier gate won't close if the previous mount I had remains. Which was an aluminum mount that went on the factory tire carrier. Stay tuned..looking into a Barricade Roof Rack next and another Shittybilt rooftop tent. I love my Overlander XL so much I feel like getting the smaller version for the Jeep.
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Steven, thank you. Assuming you mean the Jeep? Yes that is the plan, but not just yet. I have been on several trails now with the Jeep, just did Holcomb Valley a 22 mile trail in Big Bear Ca in the snow yesterday and so far all the trails I've done, the Rubicon performs excellent in stock height. I do want to go with a 4.5" lift eventually but I'll be honest, there are soooo many brands and so many different styles of kits, regular kits, kits with arms, 8 arms, it can get confusing and I don't know what will work best for my needs. I want articulation, but I am NOT rock crawling at all. I am overlanding and the occasional minor flex here and there when getting to hard to reach places. What should I even look into for my needs? Should I go with the 8 arm upgrade?
Sorry I missed this, I would have replied quicker.

I know what you mean, the stock Rubicon is one heck of a off road package! Very cool to see you are out using it off road and learning it's capabilities.

When it comes time to lift you Jeep, I would recommend a 3.5" lift. You don't need to at 4.5" with a JKU. At 3.5" you can still run stock driveshaft, as long as you are not doing crazy flex.

Do some research on Metal Cloak, as well as others. I'm running their 3.5" Game Changer, and it's fantastic, on and off road. The on road performance will be a huge upgrade over stock, and they flex like a long arm. Metal Cloaks edge is their DuroFlex bushings. They have also done the engineering to improve all aspects of your Jeep's suspension performance, not just lifting it.

I will be putting a Game Changer in my wife's Jeep tomorrow, I like them that much. I have a good write-up on the lift install in my Blog.

Good luck with your choices, keep the posts coming


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Sorry I missed this, I would have replied quicker.

I know what you mean, the stock Rubicon is one heck of a off road package! Very cool to see you are out using it off road and learning it's capabilities.

When it comes time to lift you Jeep, I would recommend a 3.5" lift. You don't need to at 4.5" with a JKU. At 3.5" you can still run stock driveshaft, as long as you are not doing crazy flex.

Do some research on Metal Cloak, as well as others. I'm running their 3.5" Game Changer, and it's fantastic, on and off road. The on road performance will be a huge upgrade over stock, and they flex like a long arm. Metal Cloaks edge is their DuroFlex bushings. They have also done the engineering to improve all aspects of your Jeep's suspension performance, not just lifting it.

I will be putting a Game Changer in my wife's Jeep tomorrow, I like them that much. I have a good write-up on the lift install in my Blog.

Good luck with your choices, keep the posts coming


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I was checking those out too actually and leaning towards it, doing research on the forums. Did you go with the Mid or Long Travel version that requires welding? If the long travel, are you flux core welding, MIG, or TIG welding it? I imagine my little Lincoln flux core will NOT cut it and I'll need to at least MIG weld or even stick weld. Your input is greatly appreciated.


I was also eying the much more affordable Metal Cloak Overlander 3.5 setup. Doesn't have all the arms and just has the relocation brackets for the front arms but utilizes all the factory Rubicon arms still. Seeing as how I'm not crawling and just overlanding with the occasional flex, not sure if the Game Changer is overkill for me. I was looking at the Game Changer with the Rocksport shocks and not the 6 pack.
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Got the rear bumper on with pics

Used a jack and a block of wood to raise the bumper by myself and align it so I can bolt it on. Was actually really simple to do. Had to do the tire carrier another day because night fell....
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I finished installing the tire carrier and mounted the spare in the rear. I had to order a 3rd brake light extension bracket to reuse my factory 3rd brake light.




Also got some tail light covers and headlight covers as well to protect them from branches/shrubs when on tight trails.




The 3rd brake light bracket arrived Monday the 24th and I installed it that same day, just haven't photographed it yet. Will do so this week. Also waiting on a CB antenna hinge mount I ordered from a local fab shop in Big Bear CA.




I'll post pics of the 3rd brake light bracket once I get my CB antenna hinge mount on and put the CB antenna back on.
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I bought a Smittybilt X2O 10k winch with synthetic line over the Christmas holiday from Rockridge 4x4. Miguel here on the forums really hooked me up, can't wait to get it and hook it all up. Next up I'm deciding between a Rhino Rack Backbone system or a Barricade roof rack that requires zero drilling. I want to get a Smittybilt RTT.


I haven't really thought about lifting it yet, well I have, but it isn't a priority really because all the trails I've gone to around here in Socal, I have great clearance. Haven't had clearance issues. And I am not rock climbing at all, I like to overland and drive far out to remote places and camp out in the middle of nowhere. So the factory Rubicon height has been working out for me just fine for now.

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