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This build started as an attempt to meet 2 different needs -
1. Build a vehicle that can long run replace a trailer only 4runner as the family wheeler, and
2. Be my wife's daily driver and something that both her and the kids enjoy every day.

To meet #2 we started with a 2015 rubicon with way too many extras (who knew you could get leather seats on a wrangler).
How we bought her -
 

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The general plan for the build called for:
1. 2.5" lift
2. 35" tires
3. new sliders with rub bars for both the step and the rock protection
4. front and rear bumpers

The first purchase was a 2.5" Rubicon express lift from 4wheel parts in Raleigh. So far we're happy with it, but next time we'll do more research and end up with KJeeper's recommended 2.5" teraflex version most likely.

How it looked with only that on the trails:
 

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Next we had to get some unexpected basics out of the way.
1. Sunshade - screaming toddlers are unpleasant, so keeping the sun out of their eyes became a priority. Spiderweb shade installed and that problem was fixed.
2. Hi-lift - initially no place to put that, so we added a high lift mount.
3. Antenna - we took enough antenna whips on the trail that the stock was replaced with the AntennaX version. Since we listen only to Sirius or bluetooth, no difference in reception.
4. Grill insert - got this one just for aesthetics - JWM4x4.
5. storage for the tailgate. Easy enough to install, but still scary to drill holes into a 2 month old vehicle.




 

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Finished up the three next steps on the build last weekend. The bumpers got installed before the uwharrie trip, and the sliders came just after.
We went with the LOD mid after significant debate - we wanted more than a stubby, but wanted to avoid a full width which narrowed down the good choices quickly.


Similar issues on the rear - We wanted mostly full coverage, but wanted the tailgate swingaway to work easily while the vehicle was still new. So LOD stubby without the tire carrier it was. We're already second guessing this one - the stock 32" tire didn't fit with the bumper until the relocation bracket we got for the 35's was installed. I guess we will see once the 35 is mounted if it works.
 

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The sliders proved to be the most exciting piece - We originally ordered them in mid february, but ran into legit out of stock issues from extreme terrain so had to change plans. After the initial barricade sliders fell through we switched to a more long term solution and went with RockHard 4x4 sliders. Even those proved exicting since their vendors claimed in stock but kept pushing delivery. Many thanks to Rock Hard for helping me out and helping me get them directly from them once that vendor fell through.

The sliders are excellent, but there were a lot of issues getting the body mounts to screw back in - one of them needs a new body mount needs to be replaced with slightly longer one for it to thread correctly (I hope).
 

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So far so good. Almost forgot the most important mod -
Fixed (most of the) crappy sound in the jeep. Thanks to Pressurized and RubiconSS for the tips. This was the thread I used for most of the info:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/speaker-upgrade-infinity-6032si-904409.html
For a 2015 the things I learned on the stereo upgrade -
1. The infinity speakers are a huge upgrade over the premium even in the 2015. it does leave the new 2.5" stock tweeters in the soundbar but still better
2. Even in the 2015, the subwoofer is really medicore. loud echoing bass, but not clean at all. The 2014 and below replacement doesn't fit, but putting polyfill in the enclosure helped with the echoing. So still worth removing for the 5 minutes it takes to put the polyfill in.

After these mods we're finally happy with how it sounds. The tweeter mod will get done, but that one makes me more nervous.
 

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Next we had to get some unexpected basics out of the way.

5. storage for the tailgate. Easy enough to install, but still scary to drill holes into a 2 month old vehicle.


This was scary for me too! But after it was done it looks great. my neighbor got envious and I'm pretty sure he is ordering his soon. :happyyes:
 

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Coming along. Wheels and tires are on order with Discount Tire now, so just waiting on those to see how much of the fenders I need to trim.
 

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New Wheels and Tires

New wheels and tires came in and are mounted -
315/70/R17 Wrangler MT/R on the new level 8 bully pro wheels. Very impressed at first look and drive with both. And the wife and kids like them both. :)

 

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Great job!
 

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Wife friendly jeep build ? First off my 2012 jku auto is mine ! I put DV8 bumpers front and rear, 9.5 xrc synthetic , 50" 40" two 5" and a 20" rigid liter .... Guy has to see. Has DV8 rock runner suspension with JKS QUICKER DISCOS , 4:88 gears and front and rear air lockers! Plus full belly skids and lod sliders . Just got my adventure trailer fully outfitted from the boys in Presscott ..nav cb satellite phone, 35 12.5 18 nitto trail grasp mt all around including trailer wit xd rock stars in the center.
Now what makes this a wife built jeep :) I bought her a new Porsche before I made all the mods so I would not have to listen to her lol
 
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