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post #1 of 122 Old 10-20-2015, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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So coming from the desert racing life, I am new to the Jeep life and am excited to be apart of it. Racing in the desert is something only my copilot and I can truly enjoy to make sense as to why it costs so much $$$! After coming to terms with the idea my 1450 class truck was never going to get finished with its rebuild after a shop fire, I decided to part out everything I could. I was able to pick up a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon that needed some work but nothing I can't handle. I am excited to have a toy my wife, son and child on the way can now enjoy as well as myself!
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Looks like the work and the fun are just beginning..!

Good for you.

Better get a Rak to put the load on!

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Sweet! I've got the same color. Did you pick it up here in AZ?
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Sweet! I've got the same color. Did you pick it up here in AZ?
I did. Up in North Phoenix.
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Got to tair into the jeep today. Pulled the oil pan off and redid both gaskets and a fresh oil change. Hopefully this solves my oil leak issue! Only pic I snapped was of the crankcase. Once I'm able to upload pics again I will.
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Sounds like a job!
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We'll have got all the new Moog steering arms and ball joints and replaced the worn out steering stabilizer. Also replaced both wheel hubs with Timikn hubs and since I was under there, I went ahead and added a Taraflex 1" leveling kit. Finally replaced all the brake pads with Power Stop Z17 pads. The ride feels great and I no longer have the death wobble! I picked up a set of 2015 rubicon wheels and tires new for cheaper then buying just tiers and it's like a hole new JK! Lol I just need to figure out how to post pics now.
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Was able to get out with some guys from the base and do some wheeling this weekend. I am extremely happy with everything! The jeep ran great and I was able to keep up with the lifted guys with no problem. Granted we didn't hit any major obstacles but still feel pretty satisfied with how well the JKUR handles. Here are some pics of the trip.







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Also had a nice Craigslist find. A set of LED H13 headlight bulbs used but work great. They are $100 off Amazon but I got them for $20 lol. And it satisfies my want for truck lights or JW Speeker headlights for now lol

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Great pics looks like you were headed somewhere near Mt Lemmon! Or towards Florence! We are planning a run this Saturday up near Chiva falls and chimney rock if you are interested check out the thread in the tucson section. Glad the jeep is working out well !
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Great pics looks like you were headed somewhere near Mt Lemmon! Or towards Florence! We are planning a run this Saturday up near Chiva falls and chimney rock if you are interested check out the thread in the tucson section. Glad the jeep is working out well !
Thank you and yes we where out at the 96 ranch goest town by willow springs. I would be down to go if I didn't already have plans but thank you for the invite!
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Got some time to do my bumper mod yesterday. Also swapped out my old headlights with a set I picked up off another guys 2013 JK.





Did a little fix to one of the headlight adjustment screws. Washer on each side and a lock nut on the back.



The fenders and rear bumper where painted with a undercoating spry paint so I just did the same to the front so it all matches.



Final product with the VDP bumper caps

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Looks good. Nice and clean looking!
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I like it !
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Thanks guys! I'm happy with the look now. That sun faded bumper was killing it for me lol
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Had a good time out with some guys from the base yesterday.








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Looks like fun ! Well be running chimney rock trail if interested next weekend.
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Looks like fun ! Well be running chimney rock trail if interested next weekend.
I hear that is a fun one. Unfortunately I will be painting and getting my baby's room all ready this next weekend. Thanks for the invite theo

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I hear that is a fun one. Unfortunately I will be painting and getting my baby's room all ready this next weekend. Thanks for the invite theo
I know how that is we have another one on the way in July
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Got a chance to add a few mods to the jeep. Mounted my hi lift Jack, daystar hood latch mod, replaced my stock cup holder (never had one), and rear seat recline kit to help place my sons new Recaro car seat at the right angles. Then a while back I picked up a Mishimoto aluminum radiator and Riddler diff cover off creagslist.












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Been a few months without posting any updates but I have been able to do a few things.

To start l, I went all out and picked up someVisionX Vortex headlights. I got a great deal on them fromone of the off road shops that used to sponsor my 1450 truck. The best part is I can run the high beam and low beam together.






Picked up a Currie Antirock front sway bar off a guy for trade of my E disco. Was able to use my Taraflex links until I get a lift.


Little naberhood flex test


Used Jeep Speed Shop brackets to mount my Trans oil cooler.


And lastly did the locker mods, ESS kill switch, and wired my headlight halos and rear dust light all to switchs using OTRATTW switchs and Daystar dash panel.
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Got some new decals to start the new color scheme





I also had this laying around and seen a way to use it as a replacement T-case knob

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The start to the future lift that will be coming eventually.

ADS 2 1/8" smooth body shocks with piggyback reservoirs and clicker adjusters. This things are best of the best!

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One of the few things I kept from my old race truck was this set of 17" Method beadlocks. Still new just need to get them in to get powder coated for the new color scheme on the Jeep. I will need wheel adaptors because they are 5on5.5 but plan on 37" tires so adaptors will help the 4.5" back spacing as well.



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