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This is my first Jeep and after doing lots of reading about recent model Jeeps I was set on a 2012 or newer. I knew I wanted the following.

4 door
Automatic
Keyless entry
3.73 gears
Hardtop
Silver or Dark Red Paint
An awesome price

My hope was to find one with mods I was looking for already installed but, no luck or when I did they wanted more than I could build one for. After seriously looking for a few months I found an untouched 2012 that had the options I wanted for a great price. I purchased my Jeep on 2/7/14 with 28,000 miles on it.

 

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Initially my plan was simple, a 2.5" lift and 35" tires.... After researching it lead to a few other items... Needless to say it's been an interesting month of Jeep ownership and I got a lot accomplished. After owning my Jeep for 7 days the temp got above 70 for the weekend so the top and doors were removed.

 

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After the removing the top and doors I quickly realized I needed a more permanent storage solution for them.

I went with PVC door holders





 

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In my search for wheels and tires I determined I didn't want to worry about the extra weight of the tire on the tailgate (plus my kids climb on the tire all the time) and I liked the look of the tire carrier mounted on the bumper. So I added that to the list. Then I thought getting just a rear bumper would not look good so I ended up getting barricade front and rear bumpers. I installed them the last week of February.



 

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Upcoming upgrades.

3/18 - Scheduled to have 2.5" Rubicon Express lift with mono tube shocks installed - I didn't want to tackle this myself

Fuel Boost 17x9 wheels on order with 35" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar.
 

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Good looking Jeep and slick hard top hoist. Looking forward to seeing pics of your new wheels and tires. I have the 2.5" Rubicon Express lift w/monotube shocks and am quite pleased.
 

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This completes phase 1 of my build... phase 2 will likely include the following.
- Winch with synthetic rope.
- light bar on front bumper
- zombie (lower a-pillar) lights
- inside winch control
- Spod or a homemade version

I'm not committed to any particular manufacturer for these components so I'm open to thoughts and suggestions.

Thanks
 

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Good looking Jeep and slick hard top hoist. Looking forward to seeing pics of your new wheels and tires. I have the 2.5" Rubicon Express lift w/monotube shocks and am quite pleased.
Thanks. Glad to hear you are happy with the same lift. So far so good for me. I think ended up with about 3" of lift from it based on my before and after measurements.
 

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Looks great!! Like your hoist, we need to get one. Maybe then I wouldn't take out the tail light while helping hubby put the hard top back on!! Those things are $50 to replace!!

Debi
 

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Looks great!! Like your hoist, we need to get one. Maybe then I wouldn't take out the tail light while helping hubby put the hard top back on!! Those things are $50 to replace!!

Debi
Ouch.... That's half the cost of the hoist. Hopefully that's your last mishap.
 

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I bought the parts myself. I spent $80 at lowes with rope alone being $30. I could have probably found that less someplace else. Here is a picture of the parts from Lowes the second bail of rope is not shown but included in the $80.



I found the crank on amazon for under $20. So the total was $100 for everything.

The kits IMO are way overpriced, less flexible, and require the same effort to install.

If you have any questions let me know.
 

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I bought the parts myself. I spent $80 at lowes with rope alone being $30. I could have probably found that less someplace else. Here is a picture of the parts from Lowes the second bail of rope is not shown but included in the $80. I found the crank on amazon for under $20. So the total was $100 for everything. The kits IMO are way overpriced, less flexible, and require the same effort to install. If you have any questions let me know.
Awesome! Thx for the info & pic.
 
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