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I picked up my 2017 JKU Rubicon on 6/30/17. It's my first jeep and I've been *negotiating* with the wife for a year or a year and a half to get it.

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2017 JKU Rubicon
Granite Crystal
6MT, Connectivity Group, Hard Top, Side air bags

Springs: 18/59 - same right to left

As delivered in the dealership lot:



When I picked it up, I was impressed by how level it looked. Then, I got it home and took a picture at a more predictable angle. You can see compared to the siding on the house that there is a much more pronounced rake than I initially realized.



Long term plan:
- Leveling kit
- 33 x 10.5/17 or similar tires & wheels
- A soft top for summer use
- Front & Rear bumpers and a winch

Other than that, I don't see me doing much. I'll keep it stock and learn to wheel. I did plan to get started on all this ASAP but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be for my 5 year old to get in and out. I think that's going to delay lifts and tires for a while.

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Round 1

Now that my thread has been approved, I can start in on minor updates. I managed to wait 2 whole weeks before changing things. This doesn't bode well for my plan to keep it mostly stock.

1 - Trailer Hitch:

I'll only ever use this for bike racks or cargo racks so $59 for an aftermarket hitch is way better than $495 from FCA. I got the Quadratec version with the captive nuts so it was a super easy install and didn't have to remove the bumper.



2 - Cool guy shorty antenna

 

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New update - locking lugs - Gorilla Automotive high security lug nuts.

The nuts themselves stick out a little farther than stock but the security socket seems to be well built and reasonably individualized. Overall, I think a good upgrade at 1/3 the price of the FCA option.

 

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Round 2

I'm up to my first big change: Rock sliders/rails. I wanted something that also doubled as a step to help people shorter than me get in the Jeep. I ended up with the ACE Engineering Rock sliders.

Product impressions: These are REALLY sturdy and well built. I got the gen2 version that doesn't require grinding of the captive washer on the body isolator mounting bolts. I also like that they can be used in conjunction with the Rubi rails because that keeps people from kicking the body when they use the rail as a step. The finish also matches the texture of the stock fenders fairly well.

The install is easy if you know the trick: apply downward pressure on the Body Isolator Mounting Bolt when removing them and apply upward pressure when re-assembling them. If you do that, the whole process should take less than an hour. Also when re-assembling, use blue Loctite and torque to 80 ft-lbs. There is conflicting information on the internet about the torque spec so make sure you use the right one.

First pic: Side view:


Second pic: Top view. This gives you a good idea of how far they stick out
 

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New tire carrier

A few months ago, I took advantage of the Northridge 4x4 deal on the Tereflex HD tire carrier combo. Yesterday, I had a free afternoon to wrench and got to installing things.

A few things first: The instructions and various installation videos on the internet make a big point of supporting the tailgate with wood blocks or similar to keep the bolt holes aligned while doing the install. I did some measuring and hand-fitting. I made my blocks from pieces of 2x4 and mine measure just about 1-7/16 of an inch. Assuming that you have a stock bumper, I'd cut the blocks to 1.5" and then remove material with sandpaper or a file until you get a tight fit.

I remove the stock carrier and this is what I see:


I am surprised at the amount of crap that collected under the carrier in only one year. I did a good cleanup in an attempt to keep abrasive material from screwing up the paint on the door.

Then, the hinges come off. As expected, the are under the hinges was unpainted and had a tiny amount of rust. Some 400 grit sandpaper removed that nicely.



Then, a little bit of masking in prep for primer and paint:


Removing the masking tape, we have some freshly-applied MOPAR granite-crystal spraypaint. I got some runs because I was extra worried about overspray but I doubt they will be noticeable under the new carrier.


Then, we can re-assemble the tire carrier on the jeep. I'll note that I had to remove and reattach the carrier several times due to fitting issues. I ended up using several screwdrivers to keep the various bolt holes aligned while I tightened the T50 size bolts incrementally.


After all that, Viola:


Everything function checked appropriately. I drove to work and nothing fell off so I feel like that is a success. I have an offroad trip planned later this month which should be a real test.
 

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Big changes coming

After no updates for a while, look what the brown truck of fun delivered:



It's a MetalCloak 2.5" True Dual Lift with an extra set of Lower Control Arms. Hope to have it installed in the next few weeks and then I'll post some before and after pics.

Really just wanted to give thanks to @KrawlOff-Road.com for being super flexible and easy to work with and delivering the goods I was looking for. I'm not sure if the mention function will work as I expect, but they are good people and I'd do business with them again. I hope they see this one.
 

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Lift installed

I got my lift installed and joined the #CloakedRepublic. Nice stuff @MetalCloak

For the curious, I did some before and after measurements. All the measurements were taken through the center cap of the wheel to the lowest point on the fender.
Front: 3" almost exactly.
Rear: 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 (different right to left)

Visual impressions:
Certainly looks flatter when compared to the original picture in the thread. The pictures are within about a foot of each other where I park and compared to the siding on the house, we're a lot more level.

I also like the bigger gap between the fender and the wheel. Now there is room for something else when I wear out the stock tires.

Driving impressions:
Very smooth and controlled. I pulled a stupid maneuver in traffic about 3 miles from where I had the install done and the jeep just drove where I pointed it. I can tell I sit a bit higher when driving but everything tracks and drives very nicely. Overall, I'm super impressed with the product and the install.

Without further delay, here you go.
 

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I recently ordered the same kit but opted for all control arms and track bars etc. Love the look! Nice Jeep!


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I recently ordered the same kit but opted for all control arms and track bars etc. Love the look! Nice Jeep!

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Thanks! I'll do the rear control arms eventually but I had to get costs under control somehow.

Unless, of course, I break something. That way you can talk yourself into a required upgrade....
 

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New Top

I have been wanting a soft top for a while to make it easier to go open air when the weather is nice.

Here we go with the BestTop TrekTop NX Soft top in Black Diamond:



I will say that so far, I'm super impressed. When the instructions said to expect a 4 hour install, I was a bit worried. However, everything went together very smoothly and it only took me about 2.5 hours working by myself. Everything fit very well and there was no hand fitting or parts modification required.

About 3 hours after I got done we had a thunderstorm and I'm happy to report no leaks!
 
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