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2013 JKU build, kinda.

I was in the market for a new car last winter. One romantic evening my friend stopped over with his new JKU that he bought for his GF (sucker), and we went for a ride. I was hooked.

2 months of researching and whatnot later, I traded in my BMW and went home with this:


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I don't really know why I did not even consider a Jeep when I was shopping, the first car I ever drove was a XJ that was supposed to be mine until my mother hit a deer, and we followed up the XJ with a 1996 ZJ that is still running around with 300k on it, last I heard.

Most of my vehicle hobbies have been speed related (WRX, Miata, currently have a vintage 911) and this will be my first foray into 4wd. nyway, I freaking love this thing. It does everything I need it to, and has an even larger aftermarket than my Miata did, and that's pretty amazing.

I decided to drive it for 6 months, then start with the mods. I made it 3 weeks. A leveling kit and 1.5" spacers for $50 was too good a deal to pass on, so on those went on. Then later that day, I found a set of Rubicon rails for $75:


I also removed the oogly side stickers, and replaced them with some OEM jeep badges I got off amazon for $7 whole dollars each.

I also stuck a hood vinyl on, the glare was bothering me, and I also needed a spot to set beers, and bike helmets and whatnot post-ride, and this works perfectly:



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That was it for a while, then I got on Amazon when I was wasted one night, and decided the Rugged Ridge Snorkel would be a good idea:

Whoops.

I was sick of the bicycles I have to haul around for work tearing up the interior, and had plans for a roof-top tent eventually, so I did some research, and bought a Gobi:


Talk about slick. On in three hours by myself, ample weigh capacity, and 100% removable, with no holes in the roof or anywhere. I was amazed at how casual some companies were about drilling 15 1" holes in the hardtop. Fuck that noise.

I also picked up a couple 15mm thru-axle fork mounts from a company called Kuat, that, after some drilling, allowed me to mount a bike on each side of the rack thusly:


And here we were by the end of summer, 2013:


So last week, a set of 5 of Mopar steelies wheels showed up:


After I paint them commando green, I'm going to mount 284/70/17 Durtracs on them, and it should be neato, and I plan to do more of this:



In the fall I'm heading out to western dakotas for a camping trip with my wife for a week or so, and that should be a great time. I just need to learn to use all my recovery gear I just bought, haha.

Future plans include some sort of suspension upgrade. Not so much a lift, but some sort of beefing up to help with the weight from the gobi/tent combo. It gets a little "wallowy" when it's loaded up. I like the AEV 1.5", but I might try and piece something together with all your help.

Anyway, that's where I'm at.

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Looks good! Sounds like you're off to a great start.There is a wealth of information on here. Try starting in the write up library.

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Looks good! Sounds like you're off to a great start.There is a wealth of information on here. Try starting in the write up library.
Oh, I have it bookmarked on my work computer.

Got the wheels/tires on today:





33" duratracs, and the MOPAR steelies bomb-canned color match by me.
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Oh, I have it bookmarked on my work computer.

Got the wheels/tires on today:





33" duratracs, and the MOPAR steelies bomb-canned color match by me.
Looks good! Seems you are headed towards an expedition styled build.

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You got kind of a Sarge thing going on, I like it. Looking good so far

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I like it...looking very MIL SPEC.
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I really like the color scheme. Nice job. You'll fit better in a jeep then a miata. Safer too


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Looks good! Seems you are headed towards an expedition styled build.
Yeah, that's pretty much all I can swing. This is my DD as well, so as much as I would like 35+ tires and a 3" lift, I don't think that would be so great for my 80 mile round trip commute every day.

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Yeah, my neighbor saw it and is now calling me "GI JOE"

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Thanks! I'm really happy with how it came out.

And yes, a bit safer than having your ass 3" off the ground.
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So I have not really done too much...still planning a lift and some other stuff. I think I'm going to go with Synergy springs, and see if I can get a deal on Fox shocks, I work with the mountain bike side of things for them, so hopefully we can figure something out.

I also think I'm going to take the back seats out and make a shelf thing that has holders for some action packers and a cooler built in. The rear seats have been used about 6 times, so why not.

My wife and I took a nice trip in the black hills last summer for some mild off roading and mountain bike riding:





Pretty fun! We are headed to Marquette Michigan this summer for some more of the same. Hoping to have the suspension dialed in by then.
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Really digging those wheels!
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Could I get a few details on how the bikes are mounted? Steller setup.
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Really digging those wheels!
Thanks!

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Could I get a few details on how the bikes are mounted? Steller setup.

Yep, here are some pictures:


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That looks badass! Well done!

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Thanks! I love this thing.

As we all know, it's fun to drive a rhino around town.
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