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I originally ordered a 2015 JKU Sport exactly how I wanted but as I was browsing the dealer's site today I found a Sahara that closely matched my build. I contacted the sales guy that placed my order and asked him to get me a price and it was good enough to make me jump.

So, here's how the build starts:

2015 JKU Sahara in Firecracker Red
Automatic
Hard Top
Max Tow
Connectivity
Trac Lok
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Heated Seats
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I got some small stuff done today.

Swapped out the chrome Jeep badge for gloss black.



I used some cheap fish line to pull the plastic pieces and was able to peel most of the foam adhesive by hand. A little goo gone finished it up. The painters tape really helps keep line things up.





Much better!
 

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Swapped out the 130 for a 430 using the instructions here. I got it on ebay and was able to confirm that the backlighting matches the oem green.



At first it booted with a Ram logo but the next restart loaded up the Jeep logo. Great success!

 

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Added the Mopar door sills. I can't believe these aren't factory... especially since they retail for less than $35. They match the Sahara nerf bars perfectly.

 

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I also removed the Sahara decals today and replaced with my American flag decals in gloss black. The Sahara decals peeled off pretty easily and goo gone took care of the rest.



The 2" painter's tape came in handy again. It helped assure the spacing was even on both sides and that the decals were level with the Wrangler decals.





Edit: I just noticed the camera angle makes it look a little crooked. It isn't though. :D I'll get a better shot when I wash it.
 

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Oh, forgot to post this here. I ordered the red/black Spacer Mesh seat covers from CoverKing. Here's a quick compare of the color. In direct sunlight, Firecracker Red is a bit brighter than the seat cover's red. However, in any other lighting or shade it balances out pretty well. I can't wait to get these on and the top off. I'm planning to treat with 303 fabric guard first and am waiting for a sunny day to let them dry sufficiently.

 

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Subbing for one of my March D1 guys. I guess I should get my build thread going here soon too. I'll be curious to hear what you think of the coverkings, I'm looking at them too.
 

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Subbing for one of my March D1 guys. I guess I should get my build thread going here soon too. I'll be curious to hear what you think of the coverkings, I'm looking at them too.
The fabric is very similar to the mesh you see on modern athletic shoes so I think it will breathe and hold up pretty well. The whole set was $220 so I won't feel too put out if they don't work out. The quality and construction seems pretty solid. I'll know more once they go on.


In the meantime I'm considering my hard top storage options. I was planning on the premium soft top but the Sahara came with the hard top so it will be off 6-7 months a year. I kinda threw myself a curveball.
 

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Oh yeah, the tires should be here Wednesday. I had originally ordered Grabber AT2s for the Sport in 275/70/17. Luckily DTD didn't have them in stock and had to order from the distributor else they would have shipped already, so I was able to call Friday and cancel. Danny at DTD is great.

The best part is tires for 18s are cheaper so I was able to order the tires I really wanted (BFG KO2) in 275/70/18 for the same price at the 17 Grabbers because of the DTD ebay promo.:bop: And they will be closer to true 33s than the Grabbers on 17. Now I need to find a Flashcal.
 

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The fabric is very similar to the mesh you see on modern athletic shoes so I think it will breathe and hold up pretty well. The whole set was $220 so I won't feel too put out if they don't work out. The quality and construction seems pretty solid. I'll know more once they go on.


In the meantime I'm considering my hard top storage options. I was planning on the premium soft top but the Sahara came with the hard top so it will be off 6-7 months a year. I kinda threw myself a curveball.
Yeah I think quadratech has a deal on the neoprene ones for like $180, so I'm probably going to order them and see what's up. Leather with the top down in Florida all of the time gets hot!

There seems to be a good deal of soft top options and I've read of people being able to pull the premium top off craigslist for $700 or so which is good. I have the premium on mine and I really like it so far. It's a big improvement over the top on my 2008 I had.

Oh yeah, the tires should be here Wednesday. I had originally ordered Grabber AT2s for the Sport in 275/70/17. Luckily DTD didn't have them in stock and had to order from the distributor else they would have shipped already, so I was able to call Friday and cancel. Danny at DTD is great.

The best part is tires for 18s are cheaper so I was able to order the tires I really wanted (BFG KO2) in 275/70/18 for the same price at the 17 Grabbers because of the DTD ebay promo.:bop: And they will be closer to true 33s than the Grabbers on 17. Now I need to find a Flashcal.
That's awesome on the tires, unusual the 18's are cheaper. Can't wait to see pics!
 

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Yeah I think quadratech has a deal on the neoprene ones for like $180, so I'm probably going to order them and see what's up. Leather with the top down in Florida all of the time gets hot!
You may want to check some reviews on the neoprene covers. Lots of people have said they get very hot and trap heat. I'm not sure it would be any improvement over leather, esp in sticky FL.
 

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You may want to check some reviews on the neoprene covers. Lots of people have said they get very hot and trap heat. I'm not sure it would be any improvement over leather, esp in sticky FL.
Interesting, I didn't realize that thanks for the heads up. I just googled and found a chart comparing all of their different materials. I like the mesh you got which may be an option but I want to be sure I get something waterproof in case I get caught with the top down as it rains every day here during the summer. Anyway I'll stop derailing your thread!
 

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Interesting, I didn't realize that thanks for the heads up. I just googled and found a chart comparing all of their different materials. I like the mesh you got which may be an option but I want to be sure I get something waterproof in case I get caught with the top down as it rains every day here during the summer. Anyway I'll stop derailing your thread!
Hah - no worries. I'm always down to talk shop. :D
 

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I got some more stuff done today, thanks to the rain.

I installed the Rugged Ridge grille insert (the perforated, not the mesh). I think it looks pretty good and I'm surprised I haven't seen many others use it. One issue I did have was that some of the plastic that tucks under the grille had to be trimmed to make room for the nut that attaches the guard. If I had read the install instructions sooner I would have just bought some of those sticky zip tie clips and used those instead.

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Close up since the lighting wasn't great in the garage
 

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While I had the grille off I decided to go ahead and put the H4s and Cibies in. This was pretty straight forward once I learned how the stupid bulb unplugs (hint: slide the red clip and push the plastic lever next to the clip)

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I need to aim them still but the light output is already quite a bit better. I'm also planning to get a relay harness and swap in 80/100 bulbs.
 

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I also put in the rear seat recline kit from Warpig Offroad. This was the biggest pain in the ass project I've had in a while... not due to the product but the factory uses some serious loctite and there's not much room to work with a breaker bar or torque wrench. I have about 4 or 5 cuts on my hands from the sharp metal and I busted the back of my hand against one of the metal supports when I lost my leverage on the breaker bar. Ouch!

Anyway, the seating position feels more comfortable but I see what others are saying about it being more difficult to get in. Oh well, it's in now and not coming out any time soon.

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Oh yeah, word to the wise if you swap antennas. There's loctite in there too which makes seating the new antenna pretty difficult. I installed it yesterday and the reception was terrible but there was an obvious gap between the mast and the mount. I asked about it in the general JK thread and was informed there should be no gap. So I took some pliers and a cloth and muscled it in a bit more until I hit an obvious stopping point. No more gap and the reception improved in the garage. I'll have to drive around to test it out more.

 
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