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Old 12-22-2018, 09:38 PM
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Project RedRover - '17 JKUR

Finally got back into a Jeep again July of 2018. My goal with Project RedRover is to just document all the goofy little mods and places it goes.

Here it is the 1st day it came home, new to me.

2017 Firecracker Red JKUR

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A few days later with a lack of time, had the local shop toss a Rough Country 2.5 spacer lift under it. It got twitchy on the highway the one closest to us needs some repaving. All the truck and studded tires have done a number on it, so the Jeep got walked all over the road while I held on for dear life.
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Decided to try out Nitto Ridge Grapplers. In the past I have ran Duratracs and Wildpeak AT3/Ws since I mostly drive on the freeway. Of course as predicted it became more twitchy. But it looked good!

285/75r17 on a stock wheel with a well rated Amazon wheel spacer.
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Put some front Teraflex sport arms on that I scored from AOR and that made a monstrous difference in the twitchyness. Not quite back to orignal manners, but close enough for me.

Then we took it out wheeling up to Cooks Lake, ID
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Took it wheeling again then slapped some Procomp Headlights in. Single best investment so far. They are bright with clean cutoff lines. When I hit the high beams it is like I am firing a wide body laser beam down the street.

Just before the headlamps, I added the AppCar app. A windows based application that gives you access to the computer similar in end function as a Flashcal or Procal, just a bit more technical and closer to my budget. This allowed me to move the Daytime running lights to my fog lamps since the Procomps do not have that feature, program the tire size, and adjust my TPMS for lower pressures. I'm sure it has other features, but I have not had the time to dive into it yet.
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Installed a DV8 RS-10 rear bumper with a TC-6 tire carrier.
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Swapped over to some Patagonia Milestar M/T tires LT315/70R17 (35X12.50R17LT). They are a D load rating and look beefy! Then ran them hard in Rain, Ice and Snow coming away pretty happy with them. They are a touch more noisy then the Nittos, but perform better in the inclement weather.
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Those tires look so much better. I have the Nitto's which i've been happy with, but these will be great too!
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Daystar Hood Latch

Boring mod..

Semis on opposing two lane stretches doing 60mph plus make me wobble and my hood too. And since I still appreciate the look of the hood, I chose some Daystars. Takes a gorilla to open the hood latch now, but it does not budge one single bit. Not sure why Jeep never just contracted out to Daystar for the improved version and mounted them at the factory. Not like an additional $10 would suck to much out of the profit margin.

Clipped off the old plastic pins and screwed down the new ones in less than 15 minutes.
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I did not fully appreciate the TC-6 tire carrier so I installed a Smittybilt Pivot Tire Carrier instead. Directions sucked big time, but overall I love it! The little Smitty has a few cool features included that leaned me that way. Then took it out and vibe tested it.
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Wheels

Recently I was get funny looks in the parking lot. At first, I thought it was my sexy Jeep, then I thought it was my twins in the back seat making farting noises as a grandma came out of a restaurant. Alas when I was twin-less one day, I realized it was me turning the steering wheel a bit too much with the air dam still installed and untrimmed. Climbed under the Jeep and spent five whole minutes removing it.

Then finally had some new wheels put on from Quadratec. Chose the Hardrock Black with machined accents. Time to toss out the wheel spacers. Stance is good, no rubbing. Pretty happy adding that splash of black to the red.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/92615_24X5_PG.htm

In the end... I still think it needs more black. Mostly up top. Gonna have to look into a roof rack by spring as I think that will tone down that brightness up there.

Probably look into a ghetto bumper front bumper soon too..
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Seat Recline

Installed the Ohio Diesel Seat recline kit from Amazon. As I was installing it, I had the perception from where the spacers were being placed that there was no way that it was going to provide any additional space for my kiddos feet. As they are sitting in car seats at 3 years old there feet were big enough to have to angle them as they sat in the seat.

Put the car seats back in and low and behold I gained some extra space! More room for their feet and an unexpected amount of space for getting them into the seat.

Sad part, I have had this kit sitting around the house since August and just installed it this weekend.
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Did an oil change recently and decided I am gonna commit to 5w-20 Pennzoil Platinum as it meets the Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395 along with Mopar Oil filters torqued to 8ft-lbs.

The blend of not having a ton of time on my hands and cold temps has kept most of the stuff I have ordered in the boxes. -Sadness-

Although I tried to install the CHMSL AEV third brake light today with plans of hooking up the camera only to find out that the wheels don't fit with the width of LED fixture. Time to break out the cutoff wheel since I like the brightness of the AEV.

Gonna swap out the front bumper next Monday no matter the temperature.
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Recently I was get funny looks in the parking lot. At first, I thought it was my sexy Jeep, then I thought it was my twins in the back seat making farting noises as a grandma came out of a restaurant. Alas when I was twin-less one day, I realized it was me turning the steering wheel a bit too much with the air dam still installed and untrimmed. Climbed under the Jeep and spent five whole minutes removing it.

Then finally had some new wheels put on from Quadratec. Chose the Hardrock Black with machined accents. Time to toss out the wheel spacers. Stance is good, no rubbing. Pretty happy adding that splash of black to the red.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/92615_24X5_PG.htm

In the end... I still think it needs more black. Mostly up top. Gonna have to look into a roof rack by spring as I think that will tone down that brightness up there.

Probably look into a ghetto bumper front bumper soon too..
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Thank you sir! Your rig is one of builds that i track emulate some of the features.
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Thank you sir! Your rig is one of builds that i track emulate some of the features.

And now you are buying some of my parts.
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Barricade Mid Width Bumper

The Barricade mid width bumper from Extreme Terrain was a good deal during one of the recent sales.

https://www.extremeterrain.com/barri...er-j20850.html

The videos about this bumper indicated that the hardest part about the install was taking off the bumper. As it turns out, the videos on Youtube sucked. A simple ⅜” ratchet with a tilting head and two different depth 18mm sockets allowed me to zip the bumper off in 10 minutes.


Good thing... it was 30 degrees in the garage... BRRR..
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Xprite Fog Lamps

Hooked up Xprite fog lamps to match the Procomp headlight color temperature. Since I am running my fogs as daytime running lamps, a pretest was done to make sure they function, for both anti-flicker and as a DRL before attaching them to the bumper. Bolting them into the bumper proved to be the most challenging part of the whole bumper install with my big hands, small screws and smaller spaces. Another bonus with these lights, are that they come with a harness that is long enough to connect into the existing one.

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Bolted the Barricade to the Jeep with a total install time of about 1.5 hours including me trying to keep warm in between. The OEM bumper weighs in at 35lbs and the new Barricade is 79lbs. Interestingly enough my steering has felt “light” which I think is a result of adding the tire carrier, rear bumper and 35” tire to the booty. My hope is that by adding the new front bumper and soon a winch that should add some weight to the front steering. Adding 45lbs to front end did not drop the front end more than a ¼”.
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I had to travel a lot the last two months. Rotated the Patagonia's with 6,000 miles since installation. Ran them through snow, ice and rain at 30psi. All 4 measured 17/32".

One of the discount guys thinks I can get 60k out of them at this pace. I'm sure, I will get tired of the them long before that and want to try on something new.
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Smittybilt X20 Winch

Never felt like I needed a winch until I moved up here. So for more self comfort added a Smittybilt X20 10k. Install was easy, taking about 2 hours with my mistakes. Adding the winch added a 64lbs to the front. Front end only dropped a 1/4" and feels more stable at speed. Hopefully that high speed boat feeling goes away soon as I stretch it's legs on the freeway. I'm planning on wheeling with some of the Idaho folks in the next few weeks and they highly recommended a winch. None of them spit on my my winch choice.
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Nice addition Ya don't need one until you need one

Your build is looking good! Keep up the nice work Amigo.


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Thanks Steven!

I kinda wanna get stuck now, just to use it.
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Looks great! I’m a bit confused by one part though. all 2017 -2018 Rubi’s came stock with LED headlights and fog lights. I wonder why yours were halogen hmmmm.
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Looks great! I’m a bit confused by one part though. all 2017 -2018 Rubi’s came stock with LED headlights and fog lights. I wonder why yours were halogen hmmmm.
Thanks for compliment!

Interestingly enough, mine was built in USA imported to Canada, then imported back into the USA where I bought it used. I suspect it was a standard in the USA to come with LEDs stock perhaps not Canadian Rubi's?

It also seems like an enigma color combo. Red top should in my opinion have color matched bumpers. I always look at the Jeep and think something is off. Tentatively I am going for a roof rack that will darken the top and then possibly do color matched fenders of some type. Along with that the local dealer here seems to buy quite a few of these from Canada, so there are more up here with that color mismatch.
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Rubi Rail Adjustment

Turns out the Rubi rails are rubbing the tires at full flex. So it was time to chop an inch and a quarter off my rails. Failed with the chop saw with a metal blade. Perhaps it was the fact that I had cut a bunch of plastic fence with it last summer. Stenched up the house for the rest of the day. Cutting it with the Sawzall was faster and straight enough.
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