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I decided to make a build thread although I have already done most of the mods I am planning to do... for now...
 

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I started off with a stock 2015 Willys Unlimited

 

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First thing I did was stick two blackout American Flag decals on. I'm going for the black and white theme.



Now originally I had the stars pointing the wrong way, but I ordered a second set and removed the wrong one with a hair drier and credit card.
 

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Next step was installing the Barricade HD bumper and Skidplate which turned out to be an absolute pain in the ass. I was doing it on my own and holding both the bumper and skid plate was a nightmare. In addition the skid plate bolt holes were marginally out of place. I ended up jamming the skid plate on with a hammer and using the deadly scissor jack to hold it in place while i bolted on the bumper.



Notice the American Flag facing the wrong way.

 

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My next installation was a set of off road lights. One Eyourlife 24" combo (Flood and Spot) light bar for the bumper and a pair of Kawell spot lights for the a pillars. I ordered both off amazon. I wired them up to a remote switch so that I could turn them on from about 75 feet away.



Here it is with doors off and the rugged ridge quick release mirrors

 

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This summer I bought a beach pass for Sandyneck in Barnstable on Cape Cod. Only made it out 4/5 times, but was worth it.



 

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My next purchase was a Smittybilt 9500 XRC winch and set of MAXSA Innovations traction boards which are basically a cheaper copy of the Maxtrax boards.

 

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After reading a bunch of threads I decided that I wanted a power socket in the rear trunk space.

I'm going to mount an inverter on the roll bar so I am going to wire the 12v cable hidden in the back area(or at least my mine did) into an aftermarket socket with more than one port. Once the plastic connecter was removed I connected the wire to the socket. Now I have two USB sockets and two three prong sockets above the rear roll bar.

These were the two plugs I had. The one in my hand is the 12v.



I then removed the plug and connected it to wires of the new 12v socket and shrink wrapped them.



I then used 3m tape to stick the socket to the backside of the roll bar housing plastic thing



I then attached the inverter to the top of the roll bar which is at a slight angle so you actually cannot see the inverter from the front. After I took the photo I actually routed the wire through the roll bar cover so it's hidden.



This thread was a great help: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/auxiliary-power-outlet-1364049.html
 

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Next I wanted a pair of flood lights lower down on the bumper to give a little more light around the edges. I ordered a pair of Kawell flood lights which are the same as the spot lights I had, but flood.

At this point I decided that I wanted to replace the remote switch with some a pillar switches from rugged ridge. I ended up making a DIY switch pod which I connected the lights to separately so I have:
A)Light Bar B) Flood Lights C)Spot Lights
 

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Here are some shots of me flexing the suspension ect.


 

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So this weekend I had to make an emergency run to Lowes to buy 80 cinderblocks to build the supports for a stage. We had one Ford Ranger and my Husky. We fit 40 in the pickup and the other 40 in the back of mine with the seats down. Needless to say my suspension was sitting very low at the back... I don't have a picture, but I'm sure you can imagine what 1500 lbs looked like in the back of a jku. I was only going a couple miles down the road though.

 

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I forgot to add this at the beginning (So maybe a mod can move this up to after the 3rd post)

I installed a rearview camera as the first time I tried to parallel park, I found it next to impossible to see how close I was to the car behind me with the damn spare and rear headrests. I bought an Esky camera and small LCD screen.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q65JHM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CFLMNC/ref=od_aui_detailpages01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I glued the camera to the bottom of the rear bumper as I thought that was the best location. In hindsight I would have tried to mount it higher maybe in the spare, but so far its worked well. I ran the power cable through the hole in the bottom of the car that is below the rear storage space. I ran this power cable up inside the rear cargo and into the right panel where I spliced into the reverse light wire. These videos were super helpful:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdar9ev_cTc
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU_3Sk4nucg
 

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After that I ran the video cable underneath the carpet all the way to under the front passenger seat where I mounted the LCD Screen. I mounted the LCD Screen using some 3M double sided tape in front of the shifter(I'm an auto). It honestly looks almost stock and works perfectly. I ran the power from the LCD screen into the center console as I don't ever use that power socket. Ideally I would hardwire it, but I just haven't got around to doing it.
 

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Looking good man. I like the roof basket. I miss having backup cameras, don't think I could be asked to install one on my jeep tho, so big props to you! Keep up the good work!
 

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Looking good man. I like the roof basket. I miss having backup cameras, don't think I could be asked to install one on my jeep tho, so big props to you! Keep up the good work!
Thanks man. It was super easy to do. Just makes life so much easier. I may install one in the front to act as a spotter.
 

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Today I installed 1.5" spacers for both the look and also in preparation for my lift and eventually 315/70/17 tires this christmas.



It took longer than expected due to me having to run and get a new torque wrench when I went to go bolt the spacers on. Luckily I happened to be doing the installation in the corner of a Walmart parking lot. Took about 1.5 hours total with hand tools and washing the parts that the spacers bolted on to (I forget the name).

I followed these instructions although they're pretty self explanatory: Spidertrax Wheel Spacers Installation Write-Up
 

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Jack the vehicle up and remove the wheel. I put the jeep in 4x4 and the handbrake on so that the wheels wouldn't move when I was bolting hard.



Bolt on the spacers with blue locktite (thread locker)



Even with just 1.5" on each wheel you can feel the jeep being more stable. The pictures don't show the change in stance, but the wheels are way more noticeable.



 

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I forgot to add this at the beginning (So maybe a mod can move this up to after the 3rd post)

I installed a rearview camera as the first time I tried to parallel park, I found it next to impossible to see how close I was to the car behind me with the damn spare and rear headrests. I bought an Esky camera and small LCD screen.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q65JHM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CFLMNC/ref=od_aui_detailpages01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I glued the camera to the bottom of the rear bumper as I thought that was the best location. In hindsight I would have tried to mount it higher maybe in the spare, but so far its worked well. I ran the power cable through the hole in the bottom of the car that is below the rear storage space. I ran this power cable up inside the rear cargo and into the right panel where I spliced into the reverse light wire. These videos were super helpful:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdar9ev_cTc
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU_3Sk4nucg

Can you post pictures of your LCD screen mounted in front of the shifter? I like this idea. I have seen some guys mounting a mirror'd screen to their existing rearview, but i think that gets in the way of your view out the front windshield
 
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