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2014 Willys JK 4dr 6spd
Build Date June 2014
Purchased July 2014 @ Huntington Beach CJDR
Servicing Dealer Orange Coast CJDR/OCMotorsports

Lift – I had the RE 2.5 kit on a previous jk and I would’ve gone that route again but my local terrains have deep ruts. Even though I rarely play on rocks, I got hung up on deep ruts and bent my geometry brackets. I wanted a kit that will eliminate the need for drop brackets, drive like my previous kit, and less bind when in flex situations. I always like new products so enter the New RK max travel kit.
Rock Krawler 2.5 Max Travel w/Triple Rate Coils, Krawler Joints, Pro Flex Joints (Northridge 4x4)
Bilstein 5100 3.5 front (Northridge 4x4)
Bilstein 5100 2.5 rear (Northridge 4x4)
Teraflex Coil Clips (Northridge 4x4)
Synergy Rear Correction Wedge (Northridge 4x4)
Teraflex Exhaust Spacer (Northridge 4x4)













Wheels/Tires/Insurance – My previous jk had fuel mavericks and they got roasted in bad environments. I wanted something with wheel protection so I snagged up the XHD’s (it was a tossup with interco birddogs). Tires… I’m a big fanboy of toyo since they treated me very well, and I was going to get the AT2’s again, but they were backordered. Since BFG came out with the 35” tires during the month of my lift install and available, I had to bite the bullet and cross my fingers on this one. So far they perform and I really like them…especially the sidewall protection (see their puncture test on their website). I chose the Maximus-3 tire carrier over over the others because of several factors… 1. it doesn’t hide the willys decal 2. it has the backup light accessory as well as other modular accessories to be added on anytime, and 3. the fact that I’ve seen the other brands more often on occasions.
Rugged Ridge XHD’s in Satin Black/Machined (Northridge 4x4)
Rugged Ridge Wheel Protectors (Northridge 4x4)
35x12.5/17 BFG KO2’s (Salinas Wheels and Tires, La Habra)
Maximus -3 Tire Carrier w/ backup LED light (Northridge 4x4/Maximus-3)
Offroad Evolution C Gussets (Offroad Evolution, Fullerton)
AEV Procal set to 34” tires and DRL fogs (Northridge 4x4)





Lights – I had the trucklites and really didn’t like the reflective housing. The projectors on the 8700 outshone the TL vastly. Trucklites have brighter hi’s though, but the evo 2’s are far superior and more crisp for night driving. So far I don’t see the need to spend $$ on any other lighting. Yes they look cool but it will be just a waste of money to use them never. I recently went camping and the JW’s are more than I need…for now.
JW Speaker 8700 Evolution 2 headlights (Amazon)
Trucklite Anti Flicker Harness (Northridge 4x4)



 

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Exterior/Protection – I had my grill custom made and getting a bull bar or stinger would ruin the appeal, and I’m not planning to add a winch anytime soon. I always loved the 10a bumper, but couldn’t fathom the price until I saw a takeoff from Crawlur Offroad. I drove 4 hours back/forth just to pick it up. On a side note, Crawlur Offroad in Indio hooked it up with the install. They were able to fabricate my oem plastic air dam to work with the 10a, and rerouted my PA speaker to have a clean look when stubbied. If they were much closer, I would trust them with my rig. Last, one of my first mod was the white knuckle offroad slider. So nice , I bought it twice.
10A Modular Front Bumper (Crawlur Offroad, Indio)
White Knuckle Offroad Sliders (White Knuckle Offroad, Hesperia)
Custom US Flag Wrangler Grill ([email protected])
Boltlock Hood Lock (4WP, Santa Ana)
Boltlock Cable Lock (4WP, Santa Ana)
Xpel Headlights/Grill (Advanced Auto Engineering, Cerritos)
Custom Distressed Decals (Decal Spec, Buena Park)









COMMUNICATIONS - I had the cooltech gatemount on my previous jk but with my current jk, opening the rear hardtop window while driving won’t work, hence the ultramount kit. I also had the cobra 19dxiv on my old jeep and I prefer that to my current 520xl since the 520 announces incoming transmission when on PA.
Cooltech LLC Ultramount kit (Cooltechllc.com)
Uniden 520XL (Amazon)
Rugged Ridge Hoop Mount (Amazon)
SWR Meter (Amazon)


INTERIOR – The headliners, warpig offroad spacers, and the grabars are my favorite interior mod. Now people love riding in the backseat and don’t have to call shotgun everytime. The metalcloak middle seat support also helps with the whining person in the middle. Since 2007, jeep couldn’t do it right with the back seat so I’m thankful for the aftermarket support.
Hothead Headliners (Hothead in Buena Park)
Mopar Door Sills (Amazon)
Mopar Slush Mats (OEM)
Mopar Cargo Mat (Premier CJDR West Covina)
Mopar Grab Handles (OEM)
Grabars (Northridge4x4)
Warpig Offroad rear seat spacer kit (Forum Member @WhiskeyMike)
Metalcloak middle seat support (Metalcloak.com)
LED Interior Lights (Advanced Car Creations, Garden Grove)
Street Fighter Glow in the dark ornament (classified)


This is my daily driver/family vehicle, with aspirations of using it as it should be used, while attaining great gas mileage. I expected at least 15-17mpg and <300 per tank, but I’m getting 17-19mpg and >320 per tank. I reached my goal, I’m mostly done with the mods for the year (still deciding on the Maximus-3 hi lift jack carrier/rotopax mount). Next year is a different story, but only subtle convenience features are on my for sure list. ETA March 2016.




 

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Do you just email him with a design in mind?
yes I did. and he will text you the whole process. Pretty cool. You could also contact him via facebook (that's how I found him although I deactivated my account years ago)
 

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Exterior/Protection – I had my grill custom made and getting a bull bar or stinger would ruin the appeal, and I’m not planning to add a winch anytime soon. I always loved the 10a bumper, but couldn’t fathom the price until I saw a takeoff from Crawlur Offroad. I drove 4 hours back/forth just to pick it up. On a side note, Crawlur Offroad in Indio hooked it up with the install. They were able to fabricate my oem plastic air dam to work with the 10a, and rerouted my PA speaker to have a clean look when stubbied. If they were much closer, I would trust them with my rig. Last, one of my first mod was the white knuckle offroad slider. So nice , I bought it twice.
10A Modular Front Bumper (Crawlur Offroad, Indio)
White Knuckle Offroad Sliders (White Knuckle Offroad, Hesperia)
Custom US Flag Wrangler Grill ([email protected])
Boltlock Hood Lock (4WP, Santa Ana)
Boltlock Cable Lock (4WP, Santa Ana)
Xpel Headlights/Grill (Advanced Auto Engineering, Cerritos)
Custom Distressed Decals (Decal Spec, Buena Park)









COMMUNICATIONS - I had the cooltech gatemount on my previous jk but with my current jk, opening the rear hardtop window while driving won’t work, hence the ultramount kit. I also had the cobra 19dxiv on my old jeep and I prefer that to my current 520xl since the 520 announces incoming transmission when on PA.
Cooltech LLC Ultramount kit (Cooltechllc.com)
Uniden 520XL (Amazon)
Rugged Ridge Hoop Mount (Amazon)
SWR Meter (Amazon)


INTERIOR – The headliners, warpig offroad spacers, and the grabars are my favorite interior mod. Now people love riding in the backseat and don’t have to call shotgun everytime. The metalcloak middle seat support also helps with the whining person in the middle. Since 2007, jeep couldn’t do it right with the back seat so I’m thankful for the aftermarket support.
Hothead Headliners (Hothead in Buena Park)
Mopar Door Sills (Amazon)
Mopar Slush Mats (OEM)
Mopar Cargo Mat (Premier CJDR West Covina)
Mopar Grab Handles (OEM)
Grabars (Northridge4x4)
Warpig Offroad rear seat spacer kit (Forum Member @WhiskeyMike)
Metalcloak middle seat support (Metalcloak.com)
LED Interior Lights (Advanced Car Creations, Garden Grove)
Street Fighter Glow in the dark ornament (classified)


This is my daily driver/family vehicle, with aspirations of using it as it should be used, while attaining great gas mileage. I expected at least 15-17mpg and <300 per tank, but I’m getting 17-19mpg and >320 per tank. I reached my goal, I’m mostly done with the mods for the year (still deciding on the Maximus-3 hi lift jack carrier/rotopax mount). Next year is a different story, but only subtle convenience features are on my for sure list. ETA March 2016.





Still running the 3.73 gears on this? Hows that working with the added weight and size of tires . . . I just know what I've read-- but sure would like to run 35"s without re-gearing etc.
 
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