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I've been benefitting by the knowledge and insights of the people on this forum (and others) for a long time and realize that it's only fair to contribute, as well. So, with that said, this thread is dedicated to my on-going build for my 2016 Willys Wheeler 2-door. I've made a number of modifications since I got it in Nov. '16 (after saying goodbye to my '98 TJ) so there will be a fair amount of catch-up in my posts below showing modifications to-date. So, to start, here it is stock about two weeks after I bought it and after a very small mud puddle:
 

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The holidays brought on a few niceties such as Mopar Door Entry Guards, a Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Pod, Rugged Ridge Black Lug Nuts, a Rugged Ridge Locking Gas Cap, and a Teraflex Tailgate Table.
 

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The next big add-on was a Garvin Adventure Rack (to support the Smittybilt Overlander Tent I have).
 

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Since I don't have a great way to remove my hardtop (I'd go the hoist route but, in some sort of strange sequence of events that I'm not sure how it happens (but not my area of expertise) I have no studs running through the majority of the garage ceiling) I decided to add a Bestop Trektop NX so I can go topless spring through fall without needing help. I love this top (especially the flip-top sunroof)!
 

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I added a Kicker Hideaway Sub & Amp Combo (the wiring was a PITA since I tapped into the rear wiring) and a Surco Hardtop Carrier to hold my hard top while the Bestop Trektop NX is on.
 

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I added a Barricade Extreme HD Bumper because I planned to add a winch. I ended up going with the Barricade 12,000lb Winch. I don't plan on needing a winch incredibly often but the 12,000lb and 9,500lb wireless were the same price and I don't trust that the wireless remote would work when I need it to so why not get the extra power? I also went synthetic since I didn't want to carry around a cable dampener or worry about burrs.
 

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Also, I replaced the fairlead you see above with a hawse I got from Amazon. I hit it with some truck liner spray from Lowe's and it looks like it came with it all along. If you also look at the photo above, I added Delta 3088 Series 3.5 Xenon Bumper Fog Lights when I changed bumpers.
 

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I threw in some JL Audio Coaxial Speakers into the rollbar to try to ramp up my sound quality in the Jeep. While they sound great, I haven't been able to actually tell much difference from the OEM speakers. I added Axial LED Smoke Tail Lights, as well. I plan to add a third light with the same style.
 

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So I talked myself into a dual battery system because I plan to do more overland camping and really liked the idea of having an auxiliary battery I could run my lights and any other "niceties" off of without risking running my standard battery down. Plus, I figured it was a good idea to run the winch off a better CCA battery. So I went with a Rugged Ridge Dual Battery Tray and a Rugged Ridge Dual Battery Relay Kit. The Dual Battery Tray install went pretty well.
 

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The Rugged Ridge Dual Battery Relay Kit, however, was a different deal...the mounting location provided by the write-up wasn't aligned. After speaking to Rugged Ridge reps, they couldn't figure it out either. If you have nothing going on, go try to search out that specific kit on a 2012+ Wrangler and you'll find nothing because, apparently, there was some sort of miscommunication between the two. I ended up fabricating my own mount by cutting a piece of sheet metal (shown in the pic below) but even then, my isolator was WAY too hot even when in the neutral (off) position so I removed it. I re-checked all the wiring and I'm not certain what's wrong so it's sitting off the Jeep at the moment. If you have dealt with the kit on a 2012+ JK please feel free to reach out and tell me what stupid thing I'm doing that's causing the isolator to stay so hot.
 

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So I'm hitting up my first trail this coming weekend so I plan on throwing these Rugged Ridge Magnetic Panels on the Willy to keep my Rhino nice and intact for a bit longer...Sorry, with the color it's a bit hard to see where the panels are.
 

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My upcoming modifications include:
  • CB Radio & Antenna/Mount
  • Seat Covers
  • Smittybilt Air Compressor
I'm also planning to do a 2.5" lift soon. I've pored over the opinions throughout this and other forums and I've narrowed down to either the Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Coil Lift w/Monotubes (RE7121) or the TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit w/9550 shocks (1251002).

The pros I see to the RE lift are that it's about $80 cheaper (including not needing an exhaust spacer) and the shocks are relabeled Bilsteins which, if I'm being honest, I don't have a reference for but everyone on here seems to see them as phenomenal so I'll assume that's the case, too. Also, from what I understand, I won't have to do anything extra (exhaust extension, drivetrain, etc.) once I put this lift kit on.

The con, if I'm to believe what I've read on the forums, is that I won't get as much flex with this kit as the Teraflex but, as I plan to do some off-roading but not much actual rock-climbing, I don't think that'll matter much. But feel free to correct me if this is a bigger deal than I'm making it.

The pros of the TeraFlex lift are the rave reviews it gets across the board and, if I decide, I can go with just the kit w/out shocks (use OEM extensions) then add Fox 2.0 Performance Shocks a bit later.

The con would be the extra money (including an exhaust spacer).

Either way, I recognize that my JK spends 80%+ of the time on the road and not off-road so I want to make sure that my lift doesn't sacrifice ride quality on the road.

Regardless of which lift kit I go with, I plan to stick with my Willys Wheels for the foreseeable future so I'll throw 1.75" spacers (probably Spidertrax, but maybe Rugged Ridge) on to achieve my 4.5" backspace.

Anyone who is running either of those setups, feel free to share your experience so far.
 

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@16WillyKY heres' an old review I did with RE. They revised their coils late 2015. They use to have the same manufacturer as teraflex and metalcloak (betts springs). Flex will ultimately be determined by shocks/coils. With the re, you are indeed getting rebadged bilsteins which have great warranty ... I replaced my driver rear for free due to leaking after 1 year.

I do prefer the teraflex rear trackbar bracket as opposed to RE's, but I have not heard of any trackbar bracket break ... only the non welded RK old style TB brackets.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/rubicon-express-2-5-monosteins-review-254067.html
 
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