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Old 03-14-2018, 07:18 PM
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Hello everyone. I have a brand new 2017 Sahara JK, which i will be building in this thread mostly to keep track of all of my modifications. Critique and input is always welcome. Thank you for checking this thread out, and enjoy the build!

I received my Jeep by surprise at night- December of 2017. I had absolutely no idea i was going to have a JK.



(Photo of the night i got it)

Shortly after, my uncle purchased me a small gift, and congratulated me on the new Jeep.




Here's a photo i took the morning after, when i washed it.



And so the modifications began.

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Congrats and welcome to the forum! Looking forward to watching the build.


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One of the first things i decided to do was remove my spare tire, and change the tail lights. Strangely enough, the tire pressure sensor in the spare was not functioning , so i purchased a replacement after removing my spare. I used a Poison Spyder license plate holder cover to plug the hole on the left side of the tub. I relocated my license plate using a Motobilt relocation bracket, and also purchased an auxiliary license plate light which i wired to the right tail light.

In the process of doing all of this, i managed to lose a tail light screw.

- Note to self, never lose a tail light screw. They're a pain in the ass to replace because the size of the screw is ridiculous.

For anyone looking for that specific screw, the info is: SCREW. Tapping Pan Head. M4.2X1.41X45.80 Mopar Replacement 06511141AA

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:36 PM
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Thank you! There's plenty to come! I'm sure i'll provide at least a little entertainment.
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(I forgot to mention, i added white door handle inserts, just to give the door handle a little bit of flare.)

The next modification to come was a lift and tires. I decided to go with a "home built" lift, which in essence was different parts from different companies to make my personal favorite lift.

I wanted to do things correctly- so i purchased everything I needed, which included a heavy duty adjustable track bar, a set of control arm drop brackets, a speedometer calibration device, and a few other things to ensure I don't have any problems.

Alongside these things, i needed wheel spacers to run the stock wheels with oversized tires- so i purchased a set of 1.5 inch spacers off of Ebay which ran me about $60. Most people would prefer to buy spacers from a reputable company, but i assure you- if you purchase spacers which are hub-centric and not large (Anything beyond 2.5" spacers), you'll be fine- just use red Loctite on the threads when installing.

Before i installed my home-built lift, i decided to coat my frame with a glossy anti-rust coating, similar to POR15. The coating i used came from Napa, which i chose over POR15- because it is completely UV resistant, meaning i do not have to paint over it once i apply it to my frame. I simply apply and forget.

The tires i decided to go with are Federal Couragia M/T. I've had good luck with these tires in the past, therefore i chose to continue to use these tires on my JK. I like the fact that they work well on the road, and shred through mud off-road, which is mostly what we have down here in Florida.





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UV resistant coating on the frame? do you plan on parking upside down in the sun?
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UV resistant coating on the frame? do you plan on parking upside down in the sun?
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Thanks for asking Bubbabud! The reason why the undercoating is UV resistant is because most anti-rust coatings cannot handle the sun. Once they are exposed to the sun for a long period of time, they can actually change color or start "chalking" which in turn will speed up rusting. Also, these coatings that are not UV resistant MUST be top coated with something else that can be exposed to the sun (to prevent these effects).

Seems like a little too much work, so i decided to pay extra for something that will do everything in one. No need to coat the frame with two different products.
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I haven't added any modifications- because i've been purchasing things for camping trips and just-in-case scenarios. I have other things in the Jeep that i did not include, they were a little hard to get to. Please let me know if you suggest anything i should add:



Starting from the left:

Slime Tire Plug Kit
Slime digital PSI gauge
Grit Performance Rapid Tire Deflator
Slime Pro Tire Patches
Rugged Geek Portable Jump Starter
Emergency Poncho
Ronson Butane Jet Lighter
LifeStraw
Ozark Trail Multitool
Emergency Mylar Blanket
LED Headlamp
Stanley Flask filled with 91% Rubbing Alcohol
Justincase Medkit
Morakniv Basic
LED Flashlight/Lantern
Duralast 4 Ton Bottle Jack

I also have a few things coming in the mail, aswell as some things in the tailgate area that i did not include. Please feel free to suggest some things!
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Consider one of the tail gate storage solutions like the MPAC MOLLE rack or some of the under seat bags from Jeep Swag to store your gear in. If you're looking for survival gear advice I'm sure I and several others could weigh in there.
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Before suspension & tires:






The day the tires arrived:





Time to install the lift and the tires!







After lift & tires:

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FYI. None of your pics are showing up for me.
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FYI. None of your pics are showing up for me.
same. i don't see anything.

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Jeep Specs:2017 JKU Sport Auto|Factory 3.73 |MetalCloak 2.5" lift | 16" Boulders with 315/75/16 Duratracs| Falcon 3.1 shocks [/B] Poison Spyder Ricochet Sliders [B]
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