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Old 09-12-2018, 10:21 PM
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2018 JKU long term build

Very first post here and yes I'm new to Jeeps. Always had a truck and recently gave up my '16 blacked out Ram for this bare beans unlimited.
That said, I'm as happy as can be. Absolutely love the thing and cannot wait to get started on bolting on stuff.

First upgrade was headlights. Figured I would listen to the advice of most people on here and go with substance over form. Went with the JW speakers. Sat there for a while but finally decided as a result of a nice little bonus from Northridge.

Up next, a lift... or brakes. As far as the lift is concerned, I'm leaning towards the jks 3.5 inch or rock krawler 3.5 inch. This is my daily driver and would want to maintain the highway drivability. Brakes may honestly be next though. Because I love in south florida and spend a lot of time fighting traffic, I can truly appreciate some good brakes on the thing...

He she is as it stands... along with my little ones enjoying it. We definitely are always near the water so the jeep will mostly be something beach ready. Later in life, she'll see some mud
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2018, 11:37 PM
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Update has been a long time coming. We have been enjoying the jeep, daily driver-ing, with the occasional top off and enjoying some recently great south Florida weather.

As mentioned before, I am considering the typical lift, wheels, etc.. but as things goes, I have to address a few things prior. Up first was a step. I truly spent quite some time looking at different options. The girls dont really care what I get as long as I make it easier for them to jump in. The future wifey is another story. Before the Jeep, I had a beautiful Ram 1500 with a set of Nerf steps. I didn't want anything large and they were unobtrusive. When I asked for her input, the first thing she said was, "anything but those". And then came the specifics. Balancing on the tight space with heels, having heels get stuck or scuffed on them... you name it. So I opened a vendor site and just asked her to choose a couple. At the end of the day, I realized she wanted something as large of a footing as possible with no holes. I was originally aiming at the Metalcloak side rails that convert to a sort of step but that got nixed.

After further research, I decided on the AMP Power Steps. Great folks at Morris helped me in ordering the proper ones for the JK and received them in a shorter time frame than I anticipated.

Now I was planning on installing them on a weekend but as things go, I decided to get cracking as soon as I got the opportunity. By 10 that night. And in short order, the steps were installed and wired. I was not looking forward to the wiring but can happily admit that the instructions were very simple.

Got them buttoned up, called the team over and showed off the steps. The little ones loved them, gave me props, and went back to watch Teen Titans. Due to the timing and limited lighting, the photos are not great so I apologize in advance but I am really happy as they tuck up enough to not be an eyesore and provide full support for anyone getting in and out.

Now, I do have a problem. They come with LED lights. Have mounting brackets and all. Simple wiring to the control module. The problem, the darn things wont turn off. I've ensured all connections are tight, and went over the instructions a million times to ensure nothing was missed. AMP customer service is extremely helpful so far and had even provided a new control module but it continues. What I have found is that a second connector going to the module which also controls the rear doors may be the problem. So I have it disconnected at the moment. I'll provide a follow up once the issue is resolved but we need to use the steps so the front doors will need to be opened for now. If anyone has any experience with this issue, please let me know.
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Old 10-28-2018, 11:38 PM
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Old 10-28-2018, 11:48 PM
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I was also able to get a hold of Sahara wheels and tires from a good friend of mine who bought some XD Grenades and had them laying around. Changed the look entirely in my opinion. Also, bought me some extra time in pulling the trigger on a set of wheels and tires myself. I really do like the way it looks now so I can focus on drivability mods for now.

Cant beat free either!!! Took them to the local tire shop and had them change out the tps from the stock wheels to the news one and had an alignment to make sure we had no issues with the new set.

Ordered the Procal again with the help of Morris and reset the tire size for a proper speedometer reading.

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Old 11-25-2018, 09:47 PM
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Happy Thanksgiving to all. I had been patiently waiting for this day to pull the trigger on several mods I had an eye on. Truth be told, I was deciding between the JKUS mods or mods for my center console. Considering how much I drive, I decided it best to stick with the JKUS and get some goodies to enjoy her more.

I again consulted with those who will be sharing the ride for some input along the way. We ended up grabbing a set of Black Rhino Armory 17" wheels. This was primarily an aesthetic choice but I wanted to maintain the ability to go camping or offroading so larger wheels were not for us down the road. Gotta admit, the military look also appeals to me too and they look different.

Ordered some Milestar Patagonia 35" wheels to go on with the new wheels. These are having some good reviews lately and I was happy with the deal I got on them. Guess we will see what all the hype is about firsthand.

The next morning I finally ordered the 3.5" gamechanger Metalcloak lift kit and Teraflex spare tire mod for the 5th wheel. When it came to suspension, I did not want to really stress out over making my choice so I followed the suggestions from you fine folks and went this route. Really excited about this kit and what my rig will be capable of when it's on.

Finally, I need to ensure we can stop properly because traffic, well traffic sucks down here, so I ordered the Crown BBK. I cannot afford to drive 50 car lengths behind someone where commute to some clients will take me longer than an hour and a half.

I am really looking forward to start wrenching on her and get her sitting right. Any tips will be helpful along the way and much appreciated.

I almost forgot, I had ordered the Banks intake kit to increase some gas mileage knowing that increasing our tire size down the line will affect mileage the other way. The kit was ordered over a month ago but was getting kicked around the garage as work just kept taking up most of my time. Install happened without a hitch. I have certainly noticed gains in mileage already. Approximately 2mpg.

I'll keep checking in over the next several days and will post some pics of that install.


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