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This will be a nothing fancy JKUR build. If you are looking for a lifted rock crawler then this is not for you.

I'll use this thread to keep track of my modifications and prices

Purchased a 2018 JKUR in black with the following options:
  • Automatic
  • 4.10 Axles
  • Tow Package
  • Connectivity Package
  • Hard Top
  • Radio 430N
  • Alpine System with Sub
  • Remote Start
Purchased 07-08-2018. Photo right after purchase (took hard top off and removed side stickers):



07-10-2018:
  • Purchased Best Top Extended Bikini and Best Top Windshield Channel. $145
  • Ordered Rugged Ridge Door Sill Guards $40
  • Ordered Gas Cap Door $40
Future plans:
  • New bumper or Rock Hard factory bumper winch plate
  • Winch with synthetic line
  • Front leveling kit. Size depends on how much sag bumper/plate and winch cause
  • At some point I may upgrade the factory radio to something a bit better
That's about it.. I do not have any plans to lift (other than a front leveling kit) nor do I have any plans for larger tires. I am sure I'll add a few things here and there but as of now, nothing major.
 

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07-16-2018:

Installed door sill guards
Ordered Rock Hard 5010 Winch Plate (for use with factory bumper) $160
Ordered Warn M8000 Synthetic $870
Ordered Daystar .75" front leveling kit. $35

I have about 1" of rake right now. The plate and winch will add about 90 pounds so probably about 1 1/8'ish" of rake after installing them. The .75 kit will make up for that loss and add a little extra to level it out a little more.

Will also install a Bolt Hood Lock when the winch gets slapped on.

Installing the Alpine i207 WRA tomorrow. Will post photos after it done. Also adding the Brandmotion backup camera tomorrow as well..
 

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07-16-2018:

Installed door sill guards
Ordered Rock Hard 5010 Winch Plate (for use with factory bumper)
Ordered Warn M8000 Synthetic
Ordered Daystar .75" front leveling kit.

I have about 1" of rake right now. The plate and winch will add about 90 pounds so probably about 1 1/8'ish" of rake after installing them. The .75 kit will make up for that loss and add a little extra to level it out a little more.

Will also install a Bolt Hood Lock when the winch gets slapped on.

Installing the Alpine i207 WRA tomorrow. Will post photos after it done. Also adding the Brandmotion backup camera tomorrow as well..
Welcome to the madness! You are sure building on a solid foundation.

I'm also running the M8000-S, nice choice, rock solid reliability, light weight and small profile.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the i207 WRA. I'm still running my 430N, and will upgrade at some point.


-Steven
 
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Welcome to the madness! You are sure building on a solid foundation.

I'm also running the M8000-S, nice choice, rock solid reliability, light weight and small profile.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the i207 WRA. I'm still running my 430N, and will upgrade at some point.


-Steven
Oh yeah, the madness! Fun stuff but pricey! LOL

I've previously been a huge fan of Ramsey Winches. Had a Ramsey on my YJ back in 87 and another on my TJ in 97.... My CJ7 had a M8000 (my 1st Warn) and it was just as reliable as the Ramsey's were....

I looked at Ramsey this time but holy cow! They sure are proud of their winches these days. I guess they were pricey back when I was buying them bit still....

The M8000 is rock solid! I wanted to keep weight down so I went synthetic and instead of a full bumper swap, I opted for the Rock Hard, which has stellar reviews and is only 30 lbs. The M8000-S weighs about 55 pounds according to Warm so I'll only be adding about 85 pounds to the front, total.. This will also allow me to easily keep my front license plate (State Law)..

I'll report back tomorrow on the i207 WRA and the Brandmotion backup camera.

After this round the only things left that interest me are:

BedTred kit for Jeep so I can ax the factory carpet ($650'ish)
10A Rubicon Hood ($1,500 for hood and paint)
ARB Compressor under hood. Maybe a single as I don;t care if it takes me 2 min per tire to air up. ($350 for a kit)
 

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07-17-18

Installed Alpine i207 WRA and Brandmotion Backup Camera.

Initial thoughts. The sound quality is MUCH better than the 430N and it's also MUCH louder. Sound so far, is much more crisp and clear. I am no audiophile but this sounds night and day better....





















Up next, I should have my winch, plate, grille guard and front leveling kit all in by next Tuesday.. Install probably on Wednesday next week... :thumb:
 

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Installed Alpine i207 WRA and Brandmotion Backup Camera.

Initial thoughts. The sound quality is MUCH better than the 430N and it's also MUCH louder. Sound so far, is much more crisp and clear. I am no audiophile but this sounds night and day better...

Install looks great! How long did it take you? If you’re interested, you can also change the startup logo/image to be customized.
 

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Install looks great! How long did it take you? If you’re interested, you can also change the startup logo/image to be customized.
2 hours total but I had my son help who is an electrician and a master at installing stuff.. He did radio and I did camera.. LOL

Cool... How do you change that? I've briefly looked in the manual but didn't see anything that popped out..

Think I found how to do it...

Is it this?



Edit: Yup that was easy and took like 2 seconds...

Put this on there for now until I find something else..

 

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2 hours total but I had my son help who is an electrician and a master at installing stuff.. He did radio and I did camera.. LOL

Cool... How do you change that? I've briefly looked in the manual but didn't see anything that popped out..

Think I found how to do it...

You got it done quickly. It helps to tag team the install. Yes those are the instructions to change the opening screen. Somewhere on the forum there was a link to several images that work as replacement images and are quite nice looking.

The restyle unit is awesome. I did find the factory sub to still be under powered from the factory amp and also didn’t allow control over subwoofer gain settings. So I ended up bypassing the factory amp for just the sub and installed an alpine mono amp under the passenger seat to give it more power. It sounds so much better with it. You can feel the low end now.
 

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You got it done quickly. It helps to tag team the install. Yes those are the instructions to change the opening screen. Somewhere on the forum there was a link to several images that work as replacement images and are quite nice looking.

The restyle unit is awesome. I did find the factory sub to still be under powered from the factory amp and also didn’t allow control over subwoofer gain settings. So I ended up bypassing the factory amp for just the sub and installed an alpine mono amp under the passenger seat to give it more power. It sounds so much better with it. You can feel the low end now.
We did get it done quickly. Well my son did! He was done with the radio in about an hour and a half so he was stuck waiting on me to run the camera wire.

If you happen to see the thread again with the splash screen images a link to it would be appreciated.

Got the tracking numbers for all the gear I am waiting on. Should all be here by Tuesday.

Warn m8000 Synthetic
Rock Hard Winch Plate
Rock Hard Grille Guard Hoop
.75" front spacer leveling kit
.50" front spacer leveling kit
Bolt Hood Lock

I ordered 2 different sizes in the spacers as I want to see how much sag I get from adding the winch and plate. Depending on that, I'll use either the .50 or .75 spacers on the front.

Also kicking around this ARB kit for under the hood. Comes with everything including the mount and accessories..

https://www.northridge4x4.com/part/...air-compressor-package-w-evo-compressor-mount
 

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Nice I need to look at the back up camera.
 
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Will need at least 1 inch in front to level that out. That’s what I used with a new steel front bumper without a winch. Sets very nice now and got rid of the rake which I hated.
 

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Installed Alpine i207 WRA and Brandmotion Backup Camera.

Initial thoughts. The sound quality is MUCH better than the 430N and it's also MUCH louder. Sound so far, is much more crisp and clear. I am no audiophile but this sounds night and day better...
Looks great! How do you like the mic location? Have you tried it with phone calls yet? I’m curious how well the people on the other end of the line can hear you while driving. I’m looking at installing the same head unit.
 

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Will need at least 1 inch in front to level that out. That’s what I used with a new steel front bumper without a winch. Sets very nice now and got rid of the rake which I hated.
Yes I have about 1" of rake now but my winch and plate combo only adds about 85'ish pounds to the front.

I don't mind a little rake so I assume I'll use the .75". I also ordered the .50 just in case. I'll measure the rake after the winch and plate is on and decide from there..

Looks great! How do you like the mic location? Have you tried it with phone calls yet? I’m curious how well the people on the other end of the line can hear you while driving. I’m looking at installing the same head unit.
The mic location is fine. I have the hard top off and when driving at City speeds yesterday it heard me just fine when I asked it to read me incoming SMS and Google Assistant several testing questions..

I only made one call in the Jeep yesterday and that was to XM for them to swap over my subscription. The call was fine and I assume they didn't have any issues hearing me on their end as nothing was said. I was parked during this call though. I'll test it out more today and report back but my top is off so I am sure that will have some effect when mobile...
 

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I am happy with it. It does have the parking guide lines but the one slight bummer is they don't move with steering wheel movement... They are fixed guide lines but overall I am very happy with it. I got it for $174 @ Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QAYHIVE/
good price. I have to get the one that is compatible with the stock 430N and I think it is a bit more due to the programmer.
 
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How do you like the mic location? Have you tried it with phone calls yet? I’m curious how well the people on the other end of the line can hear you while driving. I’m looking at installing the same head unit.
So I had a few chances to further test this..

One call yesterday with top off (bikini on) @ city speeds of 30-35 mph no issues at all other than them saying the could tell I was driving by the background noise. They heard me just fine otherwise.

Another call at freeway speed with top off (bikini on) @ 65-70 mph and it was much more problematic. I was talking to my son and the background noise was causing him problems hearing me.

I assume once I pop the hard top back on it will work much better but I won't know for a few months....
 

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So I had a few chances to further test this..

One call yesterday with top off (bikini on) @ city speeds of 30-35 mph no issues at all other than them saying the could tell I was driving by the background noise. They heard me just fine otherwise.

Another call at freeway speed with top off (bikini on) @ 65-70 mph and it was much more problematic. I was talking to my son and the background noise was causing him problems hearing me.

I assume once I pop the hard top back on it will work much better but I won't know for a few months....
So basically, just like the OEM system....which is good considering it's a soft top vehicle. I was more concerned about echoing and just general crappy quality. I think we all understand and accept the limitations of a convertible.


Thanks for following up. I'll be installing mine this weekend.
 

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So basically, just like the OEM system....which is good considering it's a soft top vehicle. I was more concerned about echoing and just general crappy quality. I think we all understand and accept the limitations of a convertible.

Thanks for following up. I'll be installing mine this weekend.
No problem.. Mine is a hard top with a bikini but yeah, same concept. No issues with echoing or quality. At city speeds I was actually surprised how well they could hear me and they had no complaints..

If you have the Alpine Sub and Amp make sure you swap the front and rear speaker connections on the i207 wiring harness. If you don't swap them nav prompts won't work. It's in the install manual, page 12 I think...

 

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If you have the Alpine Sub and Amp make sure you swap the front and rear speaker connections on the i207 wiring harness. If you don't swap them nav prompts won't work. It's in the install manual, page 12 I think...

Yeah, I saw that, but thanks for the heads up.
 
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