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Old 08-07-2018, 07:46 PM
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My 2013 MOAB JKU build .. picture and "how to" heavy

I can't post images here yet.. but if you click the links they take you to build stories over on fourwheeler.com

New to the site, so I thought I would share the build on my 2013 Wranger JKU Moab.. which is a glorified Sahara with a bit more off road content.

What made it a great deal (I bought it slightly used) was that it already came with very nice AEV front and rear bumpers along with side sliders/steps.

After buying it in the middle of 2016 we decided to take it asap to Moab Utah.. so that meant we had to do some upgrades (or at least that was a good excuse)

I'm the editor of Super Chevy Magazine and work right next to the guys at JP, so I offered to shoot some of the build to use in stories.

In any event.. when I bought the Moab it was bone stock with 20,000 miles on it.

First up was doing an AEV tire carriers with a ton of related accessories. We also did the AEV Pintle wheels and some Nitto G2 tires.

Complete story here:
AEV Jeep Spare Tire, Water, And Gas Carrier Install


I daily drive this, have kids, and a 5' 2" wife, so I just wanted a smaller lift. Given that I opted for the AEV 2.5" lift with control arm relocation kit. We also did a matching Bilstein steering damper and rear diff cover.

Complete story here:
Low-Lifting A Jeep JK


Those two stories made our trip to Moab great.. really happy with the 2.5" lift and the Jeep rides and drives great. I now have 77,000 miles on it (so well over 50,000 miles in two years) with no aftermarket part problems.

Well, the AEV tire carrier did strip out a bolt that hold the rear tire in place. So we tack welded in a support nut and now I check that it's tight once a month when doing my monthly nut/bolt check.

I also did a cold air intake.. not that I think it adds much performance, but mostly because it looked better and I can easily clean my filter. The Jeep felt peppier on the freeway, but that could easily have been in my mind.

http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/en...s-and-engines/



Cosmetically (and somewhat functionally) I did the front poly urethane hood strap replacements to ditch the flutter and added a hood look. Replaced the battery with an Odyssey and did a few bits.

In the interior, before Utah, I added bunch of Dynamat along with the HotHeads headlines. Together these quieted down the interior noise and keeps the heat down a bit too. Plus, IMO, the audio system seems better.

Complete story here:
How To: Insulate and Silence Your Jeep?s Interior


One thing that always bugged my with my Moab was Jeep's choice to use tan seats.. just the seats, nothing else tan. They looked REALLY out of place with the otherwise black interior.

So I went to my friends over at TMI Interiors and they developed a replacement Jeep interior kit that is really nice and one that can be customized in quite a few colors and designs.

I went with black with a white stripe and suede inserts. I also did their replacement roll bar cover. They use the factory foam, but replace the seat covers. So, while you COULD do it yourself I would recommend an interior shop.

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Next up is installing a new Superwinch EXP winch in the AEV bumper along with a pair of Baja Design lights all controlled by a Painless Trail Rocker switch system. Need this done before we drive the Jeep up to Yellowstone in October

Will update as I made changes and such.. great site and way too many ideas here on how to spend money.. sorta dangerous.

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Old 08-07-2018, 07:47 PM
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Ha.. guess I'm too much of a newb to be able to post images using IMG tags.. oh well, images are in the links.

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Here's some pics from your story...
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Great write ups btw! I have a glorified Sahara myself
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Great Build! What tires/size are you running?
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:04 AM
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Great Build! What tires/size are you running?
Just mounted new 285/75/17 Falken Wild Peaks.. LOVE THEM.. ride great

Had the same size before but a Nitto.. was happy with them and they still looked great (minor feathering) after 50,000 miles.
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So.. might as well update.

Working on getting the Jeep ready for a big trip to Yellowstone soon.. so parts that have been piling up are going on including the new Falkens mentioned before.

Superwinch EXP.. this is their new winch and it's really really nice. Good features and a damn fine looking winch if you care. I really like the integrated picatinny rails where I will be mounting a pair of Baja Design XL80s.

The winch BARELY fit in the AEV bumper.. but it did fit. To use the light mounts I did need to do some minor surgery on the grill, but it was minor and not noticable. The lights are 9,500 lumens each.
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I also installed new Baja Design JK Fog Pocket Squadron lights.. much better than stock and they fit the stock AEV bracket with minor tweaking. I'm still fine tuning the aim, but so far so good.

Baja Design makes some really nice stuff.
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This was a busy week as I also did the Crown Big Brake Kit on the front. Braking is much improved and they fit in my 17-inch AEV wheels
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I also ordered the Terraflex rear rotor kit, which should be here in the next day or so. This week I need to wire up the winch along with the XL lights and a CB with splitter I started installing (making the rear antenna mount to work with the AEV tire carrier and fuel tank was a challenge).
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Oh, and since I forgot to post about it I had installed a new interior kit from TMI. The Jeep had tan seats which looked stupid with the black interior. TMI came up with a cool design to tie into the white of the jeep. Came out really nice.
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Those seats are absolutely gorgeous! That white stripe is a nice touch. Also, your right about the superwinch, looks great and I love the color. The brake upgrade is something that's on my Jeep bucket list too.

Question, with the AEV bumper and winch, how did your AEV lift handle the weight? Did you have to install a small spacer to fix any rake? (I'm running the same lift and just curious if I'll have to address any rake when I add a winch.)

Your rig is coming along great!
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Your build looks great! Love the new seats. I was looking at the TMI website, and only saw vinyl listed. Is that what you used on yours?


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Those seats are absolutely gorgeous! That white stripe is a nice touch. Also, your right about the superwinch, looks great and I love the color. The brake upgrade is something that's on my Jeep bucket list too.

Question, with the AEV bumper and winch, how did your AEV lift handle the weight? Did you have to install a small spacer to fix any rake? (I'm running the same lift and just curious if I'll have to address any rake when I add a winch.)

Your rig is coming along great!
Actually, before the winch it was a touch front high .. after it sits level, maybe a touch down in the front. The Moab came with the AEV front bumper and the Jeep has an AEV lift. Maybe they assumed the added weight on the front (100 lbs) of a winch?

Anyways, with the winch and lights installed it looks great, so go for it! I will post pictures from Yellowstone.
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Your build looks great! Love the new seats. I was looking at the TMI website, and only saw vinyl listed. Is that what you used on yours?

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Yep, they are vinyl.. they might offer leather if you call.. I've done a lot of cars there and they seem open to custom colors and such. The material seems very high quality and has held up great so far.

So, what's better.. cheap leather or quality vinyl? lol -- in any event, they are comfortable.
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Awesome write ups! Jeep looks great. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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