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I finally get to make my own build thread after owning my Jeep for a little over a year. I worked very hard running my own side business and all of these mods are funded by it. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to finish what I would call my stage 1. My Jeep currently has 12k miles and I haven't had any issues other than the water pump.

Current Mods: - not much really ...
spiderwebshade
quadratec floor mats
metalcloak rear seat support

Stage 1 Mods (purchased and on its way):
5 rugged ridge satin black rims purchased from 4wd.com
5 35" nitto trail grapplers purchased from 4wd.com
(4wd.com gave me the best price on all 5 mounted, balanced, with TPMS & black lugs)
3.5" metalcloak game changer ARB edition
OME steering stabilizer
metalcloak vacuum pump relocation kit
metalcloak frame built front bumper #1401 with centered fixed fairlead
metalcloak rear bumper/tire carrier 62" crawler

Loose ends to complete Stage 1:
select an exhaust (leaning toward dynomax competition exhaust)
either AFE Y pipe or replace the front axle, i do not want spacers
these decisions i have some time to sort out as the wheels alone will take 3 weeks.

I will be posting a full writeup of the install with plenty of pictures all around. Over the next month I will most likely add little things like antenna, door sill protectors, lockbox, grill inserts and more but I consider that mostly cosmetic. If you would like to buy my stock '13 Rubicon wheels, PM me.
 

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Sounds like a big upgrade in the works! Have fun with it! :thumb:

You know what we always say though...

PICS OR IT NEVER HAPPENED!!! :D
 

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everything has been shipped or will be shipped by the end of the week! my rugged ridge quick release mirrors came along with the 13" antenna X.

BUT, drum roll ... the biggest and most important mod came on 5/27/14 at 8:53am ...

if you can't find any wheeling buddies, create them! he and mommy are doing great.
 

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WOW! :thumb:

That is awesome news!
Congratulations, glad to hear everyone is doing great.
 

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thanks everyone! we are excited. today i added the rugged ridge quick disconnect mirrors and the 13" antenna X. for $45 you cannot beat these mirrors.
 

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thanks for the suggestion. i just ordered my solution for the lift and drive shaft droop.

i decided to hold off on the new drive shaft until october so i will be ready for my jeep jamboree trip in november. in the meantime i will take my chances and use the rancho exhaust pipe: Rancho RS720003 - Rancho Exhaust Pipe Kit for 12-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with 2-5" Lift - Quadratec

the only negative thing i have seen about it is it puts the exhaust lower than what you would want in a rig but i am ok with that and will to take the risk until october. its $5 - $10 more than exhaust spacers and a much better solution IMO.
 

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preview!
 

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jeep goes under the knife this weekend ... my shipment from MC arrived today. i also added the following:

aFe 49-46232 MACH Force XP 3" Hi-Tuck "RB" Cat-Back Exhaust
black Jeep logo
 

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they look so much better in person!
 

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making progress ... control arms and springs are in and the new AFE exhaust with the rancho kit is installed.
 

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sorry for the posts that make no sense. my write up and all the pictures should be done soon. slight shipping fiasco with UPS which has now been resolved.
 

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Stage 1 Complete - actual build time lapse and opinions/reviews of the install coming soon
My initial driving impressions: I am 5'10" and stepping into the cab is some real work. It is a lot higher than I anticipated. You get on the internet and forums and you see all these pictures but they do not do any rig justice. Until you are standing there you just don't know. So for me, none of my pictures do the rig justice. It is way more epic in person. I have had so many people talk to me about my Jeep after the work. So, its tall. I climb in and start the ignition. The AFE exhaust rumbles to life and I immediately like what I hear. I back out and begin my first drive. I love the exhaust. First thing I do is gun it out of the parking area and I am relieved to not feel any real loss of power and the exhaust just sounds awesome. I take a few curves that I do on a daily basis and notice there is no more body roll and the Jeep stays firmly planted around the turn. Did I mention the exhaust sounds great. I take the Jeep out onto the highway where I finally noticed the loss of power. Running 4.10 with a manual I have bit more room and control but I did notice a lack of power around 65-70 mph. My uneducated impression makes me feel like I want to be at higher RPMs (basically what a regear is). So basically thats it. Everything is way better than stock, period.

Exhaust
already said i love it. so glad i did not go with anything louder as i think it is borderline too loud for passengers (wife) but perfect for me. its tucked up high and was an easy well built kit to install.

the rancho adapter i have mixed feelings on. its better than exhaust spacers but as you will see in the pictures below it does hang a bit too low for comfort. it is fine for now, but when i replace the drive shaft before my jeep jamboree trip in november i will have a shop remove it and install a permanent solution.

Tires & Wheels
the rugged ridge rims and nittos are a great combo. i have gotten a ton of compliments and they are so much larger in person. this is a common theme with everything. one thing i was very surprised at was how quiet the tires are. i only noticed them at the 70mph + speed.

Front Bumper
front bumper is perfect. i haven't installed the winch guard bar yet because i was getting impatient and i don't think MC sent me the hardware to do so. in the pictures you will notice it is just begging for a winch. i need some D rings.

to make room for the bumper, we relocated the vacuum pump with the MC's relocation kit (pictured). we also swung the sway bar disconnect motor up and out of the way (kit from MC) for a better approach angle and its safe now. rattled canned it black so it doesn't stick out.

Rear Bumper
rear bumper was a long task to get just right. in the pictures the tire is not resting on the bottom plate and this has been fixed. it locks tight and up close to the jeep and then swings out and locks out of the way. the mechanism to keep it locked closed is very impressive. super secure and very easy pull up to release. i am so glad i went with the crawler end caps from MC. i think it looks amazing and can't wait to replace the fenders. the low center of gravity and mounting angle is a great feature and even with 35s i can see out the back very well. i may pickup the license plate relocation kit.

Lift
what can i say, its metalcloak and the ride is amazing. 3.5" is perfect and i would strongly advise against the 2.5" for anyone with a 4 door. it looks great and very proportional. i think 2.5" wouldn't be enough. the quality of the control arms is astounding and the quality of the ride speaks for itself.

Shocks
As most know the other kit from MC comes with their 6pak shocks. I wanted them but since I could not currently utilize them and that they are expensive I went with the kit that comes with OME shocks. I have zero complaints. The ride is great and I thought I was going to hate the yellow shocks under the Jeep but I honestly love it. Great color to offset everything else and it just screams "I have been modded".

I cannot speak for the steering stabilizer from OME as I did not drive it before the install. It was something I was told I should have so I got it.

Enough talk, pictures in the next post!
 

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phew!





i didn't have to trim them! they stay out of the way full flex, surprising.


vacuum pump relocation


sway bar disconnect motor


steering stabilizer
 

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thats a lot of bumpstop on the rear. Also, i think the stack is supposed to slant forward not staggered back and forth.
Otherwise it looks great!
 

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I know the front with stock fenders is supposed to be three. I will double check the rear and also the placement. Thanks!
 

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thats a lot of bumpstop on the rear. Also, i think the stack is supposed to slant forward not staggered back and forth.
Otherwise it looks great!
so the bump stops are supposed to be staggered but staggered forward, not how they are now. i can't find anything on their site about the amount. will give them a call today.
 
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