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Old 02-07-2019, 10:27 AM
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So here's to firsts. I was in search of a new vehicle for my daily driver, and have always been interested in Jeep Wranglers. I have 2 coworkers with 2 door JK's, and after talking with them, kind of caught the Jeep bug. After many months of searching, I found exactly what I was looking for, at least what I was looking for as a starting point. On 1/3 I purchased a 2014 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon X. It was about a 3 hour drive from my house, which living in rural Nebraska is no big deal. It is solid Billet Silver Metallic, top, fenders, and all. This was the exact color combination I was looking for, and one of the few that I was actually able to find, so I was happy it was within close proximity. It was also a one owner with a clean history, which were also requirements.

The next first is forum posting. I'm not a social media person at all, but after browsing these forums (which I have spent hours doing), I realized that this whole Jeep ownership thing comes with the added benefit of having an awesome online community. So, I'm planning to become an active member of this community as well, and hopefully be able to help and inspire others the way that you all have done for me. So, without further ado, here begins my Jeep build.

Goal:
I want a daily driver, that checks the following boxes:
1. Turns heads, but in a subtle way. I don't want a big jacked up Jeep. I want something that is clean, looks well built, and has somewhat of an aggressive look.
2. Is comfortable. It needs to ride good, minimal road noise, and able to take on longer trips.
3. Is able to handle mild offroading. It is a Jeep, and I want to be able to take it offroad at times, since that is what they're made for!
4. Performance. I want it have good acceleration, power to pass, and maintain somewhat good fuel economy.
5. Audio/Technology. I want to have a premium sound experience, and want to have several of the creature features that are available on most newer model vehicles, that unfortunately are just finding their way onto Jeeps (JL's)
6. Affordable. I want to accomplish all of this without breaking the bank. I am a big fan of DIY, as well as bargain shopping/finding deals. For the most part everything that I plan on doing will be done my me personally.

So that's where I'm going to start. I already have several mods completed, and will start to detail them in my build thread. Also, please bear with me as I learn the in's and out's of forums and posting!
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:32 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome! Good looking ride!


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Old 02-07-2019, 10:33 AM   #3
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Nice looking Jeep. Bonus: you got the 10A bumpers.
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So here's to firsts. I was in search of a new vehicle for my daily driver, and have always been interested in Jeep Wranglers. I have 2 coworkers with 2 door JK's, and after talking with them, kind of caught the Jeep bug. After many months of searching, I found exactly what I was looking for, at least what I was looking for as a starting point. On 1/3 I purchased a 2014 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon X. It was about a 3 hour drive from my house, which living in rural Nebraska is no big deal. It is solid Billet Silver Metallic, top, fenders, and all. This was the exact color combination I was looking for, and one of the few that I was actually able to find, so I was happy it was within close proximity. It was also a one owner with a clean history, which were also requirements.

The next first is forum posting. I'm not a social media person at all, but after browsing these forums (which I have spent hours doing), I realized that this whole Jeep ownership thing comes with the added benefit of having an awesome online community. So, I'm planning to become an active member of this community as well, and hopefully be able to help and inspire others the way that you all have done for me. So, without further ado, here begins my Jeep build.

Goal:
I want a daily driver, that checks the following boxes:
1. Turns heads, but in a subtle way. I don't want a big jacked up Jeep. I want something that is clean, looks well built, and has somewhat of an aggressive look.
2. Is comfortable. It needs to ride good, minimal road noise, and able to take on longer trips.
3. Is able to handle mild offroading. It is a Jeep, and I want to be able to take it offroad at times, since that is what they're made for!
4. Performance. I want it have good acceleration, power to pass, and maintain somewhat good fuel economy.
5. Audio/Technology. I want to have a premium sound experience, and want to have several of the creature features that are available on most newer model vehicles, that unfortunately are just finding their way onto Jeeps (JL's)
6. Affordable. I want to accomplish all of this without breaking the bank. I am a big fan of DIY, as well as bargain shopping/finding deals. For the most part everything that I plan on doing will be done my me personally.

So that's where I'm going to start. I already have several mods completed, and will start to detail them in my build thread. Also, please bear with me as I learn the in's and out's of forums and posting!
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Congrats on the new Jeep, you are starting from a very solid platform with your Rubicon.

As you mentioned you're going to find a lot of great build examples on this forum. I have what sounds to be a very similar build to what you are looking to do, that is under Granite Rubi Build. That may be helpful? I also have more details on that build on my Blog:

www.expeditionbuilds.com

Good luck with your choices, looking forward to seeing your build evolve.


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Welcome and good luck! Some things I did that might help.

Stereo - There are lots of ways to upgrade your stereo from cheap and easy DIY to full on overhaul. I planned on doing lots of stuff to my stereo based on reading stuff. I started with a JL Audio Stealthbox and Amp and have since done nothing because to me thats all I needed. Highly suggest starting with a sub and amp as it will change the quality of all the remaining speakers.

More Aggresive Look while maintaining ride - Small lift (2.5" or less maybe even just a level kit), Wheel Spacers or aftermarket rims (keep 17's), and 35's IMO make the jeep look like it should from the factory. If you plan to get bigger tires consider the fact you might want to regear. Generally speaking, Larger/heavier tires = less acceleration/stopping power. I have 35's and 4.56 gearing and it rides better then stock (again in my opinion).

The rest of the stuff, bumpers, armor, lights and light bars, and all the other stuff is totally personal preference. I suggest you get an instagram account if you don't have one and start following jeeps and the various vendors. It has really helped me decide if I like a product before you buy it by seeing it on tons of other jeeps.

Good luck with the build, make sure to wave!
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1. Turns heads, but in a subtle way. I don't want a big jacked up Jeep. I want something that is clean, looks well built, and has somewhat of an aggressive look.
This is going to mean something different for everyone. Maybe for you it's a light bar and angry eyes grill. Honestly, I think a Wrangler looks just fine the way it is so what you change visually is entirely up to you.

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2. Is comfortable. It needs to ride good, minimal road noise, and able to take on longer trips.
It's never going to be any better than it is right now. Hopefully you like it and aren't going to try to improve it in this respect. You could argue that a mild lift with progressive springs will make it a bit more comfortable but it's not much of a difference.

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3. Is able to handle mild offroading. It is a Jeep, and I want to be able to take it offroad at times, since that is what they're made for!
You bought a Rubicon. It can already handle far more than mild offroading.

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4. Performance. I want it have good acceleration, power to pass, and maintain somewhat good fuel economy.
If you're happy with how it performs right now, then great. Anything you do to make it quicker is going to cost you in fuel economy. Except maybe trimming weight. If you have a soft top it might be a little better. If you open that soft top then it's game over as you now drive a parachute.

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5. Audio/Technology. I want to have a premium sound experience, and want to have several of the creature features that are available on most newer model vehicles, that unfortunately are just finding their way onto Jeeps (JL's)
From everything you've said, I think this is where you should spend your money. The sky is the limit here and I suspect everything you do is going to increase your enjoyment of your Jeep.

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6. Affordable. I want to accomplish all of this without breaking the bank. I am a big fan of DIY, as well as bargain shopping/finding deals. For the most part everything that I plan on doing will be done my me personally.
With audio stuff, you can spend as much or as little as you want.

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As mentioned, you got a Rubicon. You can handle mild offroading without even locking in the diffs! You're already overqualified for mild offroading.

Tires: You could downgrade the type from the off road BFGs that are likely on it to the Wrangler tires that Sports get. These will be quieter and last longer. If you want a bit of a raised look, up the size just a bit.

Lift: It doesn't sound like you necessarily want or need a lift, but as with all Wrangler Unlimiteds, you've got the Wrangler "rake". The front's lower than the back. Find a Teraflex 1" rubber spring lift for the front only. This will level the Jeep out so it doesn't look like Bubba is sitting on the front bumper anymore.

There are an absolute ton of modifications you can do. Think about what you want and ask around here before you pull the trigger. It's unlikely you can even think of something that hasn't been tried by many others before you.
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Review this thread...he had similar goals...and reached them.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f314/2...d-2329329.html

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