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Old 01-17-2019, 04:16 PM
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Got my Yeti installed and then aligned. My numbers were 5.2* of caster before I added a 1Ē spacer and then the caster dropped to 4.5-4.7*. They left it there. Then added my Yeti and threw the tie off and now itís straight as an arrow. I didnít notice the drop in caster so I will probably leave it there for awhile. There might be some clearance issues with the Recon skid plate. None while driving but on bumps maybe. I will reuse the one I cut from my 2 door which should solve the issue. I will drive around for a week or so and then determine if I should add the Griffen.

Gonna be pretty boring for mods for awhile. Iím pretty happy with how it looks with the new KO2ís. Gonna plan a trip to Colorado is late February to let Nick play in the snow and just get away. Maybe get to play in some snow with the Jeep as well.





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Got my Yeti installed and then aligned. My numbers were 5.2* of caster before I added a 1Ē spacer and then the caster dropped to 4.5-4.7*. They left it there. Then added my Yeti and threw the tie off and now itís straight as an arrow. I didnít notice the drop in caster so I will probably leave it there for awhile. There might be some clearance issues with the Recon skid plate. None while driving but on bumps maybe. I will reuse the one I cut from my 2 door which should solve the issue. I will drive around for a week or so and then determine if I should add the Griffen.

Gonna be pretty boring for mods for awhile. Iím pretty happy with how it looks with the new KO2ís. Gonna plan a trip to Colorado is late February to let Nick play in the snow and just get away. Maybe get to play in some snow with the Jeep as well.



Looks great! As for Colorado, stop in Colorado Springs, head over to Buena Vista for some awesome views then up to Breckenridge. All three of those places are Nick friendly and offer some great hiking opportunities for a few ideas. I lived in CO for a long time before moving North.

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Looks great! As for Colorado, stop in Colorado Springs, head over to Buena Vista for some awesome views then up to Breckenridge. All three of those places are Nick friendly and offer some great hiking opportunities for a few ideas. I lived in CO for a long time before moving North.

Thatís probably where I was thinking. Itís a little closer than the western side.
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One thing i wanted to add to my experience installing the Yeti. Go rent a ball joint separator for the drag link at the pitman arm. All the other joints popped off with some persuasion from a hammer. It was probably overall one of the easier installs Iíve done. Took about 2.5 hours including the time to go rent the tool. Saved myself $300 because I was going to have my alignment shop install it to save time. I have a 6 month warranty on all alignment work so I can get adjustments as much as I want in the 6 months and I found out I had 3 days left. So I saved the $300 and renting the tool was free. Tool used looked like this.

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[QUOTE=DallasRecon;34142155]One thing i wanted to add to my experience installing the Yeti. Go rent a ball joint separator for the drag link at the pitman arm. All the other joints popped off with some persuasion from a hammer. It was probably overall one of the easier installs Iíve done. Took about 2.5 hours including the time to go rent the tool. Saved myself $300 because I was going to have my alignment shop install it to save time. I have a 6 month warranty on all alignment work so I can get adjustments as much as I want in the 6 months and I found out I had 3 days left. So I saved the $300 and renting the tool was free. Tool used looked like this.

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I decided to put my front Bartact seat covers back on. Even though I love the look of my Recon leather seats with red stitching, I want to keep the bolsters looking new. I forgot how awesome these things are with the zippered pockets and Molle.

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Decided to use my old skid from my 2 door that was already trimmed for the SteerSmarts drag link. Then I trimmed the extra piece close to the pitman side of drag link. It was about 1/4Ē from hitting. Now I have 2 fingers space all the way around. Added a couple coats of paint for the hell of it.





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I was bored and it was just laying around so I decided to put my Hellwig rear sway bar back on to see how it does now that I have the softer KO2ís. In just my initial drive, I forgot how well it does for reducing sway. And everyday I realize how much stiffer the Ridge Grapplers were. So much happier with the KO2ís.

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Decided to remove my Kargo Masters Safari hinge steps. I thought I would use them more. They are great for short people with a roof rack, but I bought them so I could wash/wax the top. Used them once. So if anyone wants them they are for sale. I think i like the way it looks without them better.

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Decided to remove my Kargo Masters Safari hinge steps. I thought I would use them more. They are great for short people with a roof rack, but I bought them so I could wash/wax the top. Used them once. So if anyone wants them they are for sale. I think i like the way it looks without them better.



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Thanks. He would prefer not to be tied to the tow hooks, but it was really windy and he had a bath so I used nature's blow dryer. Washing the Jeep tomorrow and using that Beadmaker.
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Thanks. He would prefer not to be tied to the tow hooks, but it was really windy and he had a bath so I used nature's blow dryer. Washing the Jeep tomorrow and using that Beadmaker.


Sweet, longevity isnít great with all the rain weíve been getting. But damn it looks good otherwise.

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Sweet, longevity isnít great with all the rain weíve been getting. But damn it looks good otherwise.

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Thats what I was afraid of. I guess nothing really beats wax for longevity.
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Thats what I was afraid of. I guess nothing really beats wax for longevity.


The proper ceramic coatings are likely the best for longevity. Lots of people top coat with this stuff instead of making it the primary line of defense.


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The proper ceramic coatings are likely the best for longevity. Lots of people top coat with this stuff instead of making it the primary line of defense.


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Yeah I donít want to spend the time or money for all that.
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You're running wheel spacers with the stock rims, right? Need to pickup a set and was curious which ones you went with.
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Finally "upgraded" my radio. I hated my 730N in my Rubicon. I also hated my 430N in my Recon. I have always hated touchscreen anything. I was one of the last people to adopt Apple. Still miss my Blackberry. I like big buttons that don’t distract me while driving. I had planned on replacing the 430 with the 130S. Never got around to it and then one day a few weeks ago I was getting some stuff out of my front seat and hit the screen. It cracked it and made the touchscreen useless.

So I decided today to call Collins Bros Jeeps in Wylie since they always have stock parts. I installed it today and I should have done it the day i bought the Recon so I could have recouped some money, but now the screen is broken. Oh well. I’m so much happier with this cheap looking radio. Sounds the same except I think it gets better reception. My 430 was never very good. I always hated having the inside of my Jeep being lit up at night and the polarity of my sunglasses made the screen useless from certain angles. This 130s doesn’t do that. I know most people would choose the touchscreen over the cheap 130, but the JK touchscreen are garbage and the NAV is some of the worst around. The 130 fits in there better too.

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^^^^That may have been the longest justification post about a 130s ever.
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I have a love hate relationship with that 430. Looks cool, but essentially a pain in the ass to use.

Easy to see why you did it.

Probably took you longer to write the post than install it.
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I have a love hate relationship with that 430. Looks cool, but essentially a pain in the ass to use.

Easy to see why you did it.

Probably took you longer to write the post than install it.

Pretty much.
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Sure hope I tensioned the winch rope properly.

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Sure hope I tensioned the winch rope properly.

Front end looks great




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I put my steering stabilizer back on and found some play in steering wheel with it off. Not sure where itís coming from, but it last at the complete lockout on passenger side. Does anyone has any suggestions as to where the play might be coming from?? Itís not a big deal because I donít notice when driving.

Then I took my drivers side rear seat out. Iím thinking building a box to make the floor flat and store tools,etc in. so much room and Nick loves it. I mainly pulled it because it makes it way easier for Nick to jump in and out. I might make a removable flat floor just for those few nights I might sleep in my Jeep.





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Have you considered the Goose gear system?

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Could be overkill though.
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Have you considered the Goose gear system?

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Could be overkill though.

Definitely overkill for my needs. I wouldnít want my dirty ass dog walking all over the beautiful Goose Gear stuff.
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Definitely overkill for my needs. I wouldnít want my dirty ass dog walking all over the beautiful Goose Gear stuff.
Was just going to post that. Goose gear. They might have just seat area fills and not have to get the whole cargo bay. Thatís exactly what your looking for and I would throw in some nice Berber carpet on top of that so itís a nice soft surface.

I have some Berber in the old Jeep cargo bay and its NICE and soft.
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Was just going to post that. Goose gear. They might have just seat area fills and not have to get the whole cargo bay. Thatís exactly what your looking for and I would throw in some nice Berber carpet on top of that so itís a nice soft surface.



I have some Berber in the old Jeep cargo bay and its NICE and soft.

You have to purchase the whole rear and I think something else. Not worth to me when I can do something albeit ghetto for about $50.
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I've ran 3 different sets of KO2's. 37" in D load, 315 in E load and now the 315 in C load. These are the most comfortable tire I've ever ran on a Jeep. Never been able to stand the ride when 28 or above on any tire in D or E load. My C load Ridge Grapplers were very firm almost stiff at 24. I have these KO2's at 34 right now and its great. 32 might be the perfect balance, but its nice that I don't have to run at 24psi to feel comfortable. I thought my Falcons or Mopar coils were the source, but it was definitely the RG's. Super happy my decision. Can't wait to install my SteerSmarts Yeti.
I have the ko2 on my old Jeep and they made the 17 yr Jeep feel soft again. Those tires are totally soft feeling.

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I had to do 28 psi with the km2 because I was bouncing into ceiling at 32. Thatís 25 cold and warms up to 28 psi.

Then I just got the trail grapplers and they are way better then the km2 and I have noticed I can drive with 30/31, havenít tried 32 ish yet.
Point is these trail grapplers are soft as well and I can do a higher psi and do not Have to do that 25 cold/goes to 28 warm psi.

I like having the option.

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Sorry it did not work out. The RGs are definitely bounds above the stock KMs that I moved up from, which was all I have to compare. It really sounds like the KO2s are the way to go, plus the 315 vs 285 just look more at home on a JKU. That's my biggest gripe with my RGs, I wish I would have just went with 315s. Next round will be 315 and most likely KO2s.
Km1 are ok but every one of these tires are better. I would say the ko2 and the trail grapplers are two of the best. Those Patagoniaís are getting hot, wonder how they feel when driving.

Only thing some people said they see more damage on the ko2 coming off the trails then the trail grapplers I have now. Even though I just have two of my trail grapplers get a dig and I had to get one new tire already, in first two mths of having the new tires.

Be cool to have 10 wheels. Have a dedicated set for off road and use ko2 for normal use.

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