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post #1 of 56 Old 02-12-2018, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Our 2017 JKUR....



Purchased new in May of 17, and been rollin’ bone stock since but that’s about to change.
Today 2/12 is the last day of my work rotation, and I have 4 days off.

Packages have been trickling in, and sitting in my station I have...

5, Trail Grapplers 35x12.5/17
5 Wheels
3.5” MetalCloak game changer
Rear tire carrier
Front bumper
Winch
Front drive shaft
Programmer
And some 4:56s

This is “phase one”, and with the exception of gears, I plan on being done before I go back to work for my next rotation.

I’ll post pix as I can, doing work by myself so I won’t be getting any action shots.

Most of my upgrades are straight forward so I’m not expecting any pitfalls, I’ll be sure to explain if I come across any.

I know this is very basic stuff for most of y’all but I’m freakin’ stoked about getting started.
Haven’t slept well since the GameChanger arrived.
I know that a few of you have offered some help, and I want to extend another “Thank You” to those of you that have.

Any way, if you have an interest in my project....
....stay tuned.

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Holy Crap!

I feel like I’m 10 years old, and waiting for Xmas morning.

I got off my shift this AM, and took my tires/wheels to be mounted.

Opened my MetalCloak boxes and inspected the contents.

I laid everything out to start my install tomorrow morning.

I’m a slightly past middle aged man but feel like a kid.

I wonder how much sleep I’ll get tonight.
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I’m getting’er don’t but this is a pretty good job for the average Joe and his hand tools.
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Once your phase 1 is complete, your really gonna like the look.
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Our 2017 JKUR....

Well I managed to get the suspension system installed.

Took me much longer than I had anticipated. It’s not really a one person job suited to do on the shop floor. It’s possible but a lift or a second person would have made a world of difference.

I got the Game Changer, and tires/wheels on, and it’s drivable.
Going Tuesday for an alignment because I missed my original appointment.

I’m still debating painting my bumper but I do have it and the winch ready to go.

Hopefully I can get my gears and drive shaft done on my next “days off” rotation.

Any way, I’ve got to admit, I do like the look.

Here’s to hoping that the “function” comes with the “look”.

Here’s what I have so far.

After

Before


BTW, I’m kicking myself in the ass for forgetting to take before/after measurements.
MetalCloak says this is a 3.5” kit but seriously thinking I got closer to 4.5.
I’m not mad about as I expect to drop a little as I add weight.

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Well I managed to get the suspension system installed.

Took me much longer than I had anticipated. It’s not really a one person job suited to do on the shop floor. It’s possible but a lift or a second person would have made a world of difference.

I got the Game Changer, and tires/wheels on, and it’s drivable.
Going Tuesday for an alignment because I missed my original appointment.

I’m still debating painting my bumper but I do have it and the winch ready to go.

Hopefully I can get my gears and drive shaft done on my nets “days off” rotation.

Any way, I’ve got to admit, I do like the look.

Here’s to hope that the “function” comes with the “look”.

Here’s what I have so far.

After

Before


BTW, I’m kicking myself in the ass for forgetting to take before/after measurements.
MetalCloak says this is a 3.5” kit but seriously thinking I got closer to 4.5.
I’m not mad about as I expect to drop a little as I add weight.
The springs will sag a little over time. The springs are designed for the added weight of aftermarket bumpers and winch, so that will make it sag a little more once there added.

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That looks really sharp. I dig the color.

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Thanks guys.

I’m hoping to get the bumper and winch on soon.

I’m still battling my head over painting the bumper to match the silver body.

I want to do it but don’t want to wait.

Black won’t look bad at all but I really like how a matched one looks.





I mentioned/asked about doing the paint with rattle cans, and I think it’s doable for about $120 but one of my co-workers just told me he has a paint guy that owes him a favor. So now I’m waiting on a quote.
If the price is right, I’ll have it painted.

It’s the bleeping wait that’s killing me.

Cheers
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Our 2017 JKUR....

I haven’t done anything new since last post.

I did get everything aligned though. It took an extra week because I missed my first appointment.

Still looking at options on my bumpers. It’s really hard to wait it out. Looking at that stuff sitting on the shop floor is killing me.

I have an appointment to get the 4:56s installed but work schedule forced that to be 2 weeks away.

Overall I’m really happy with the on road ride, seems to handle well.
And I’m getting tons of compliments on the “look”.

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Front bumper and winch installed.

Have appointment tomorrow to have the 4:56s installed.




I know, the stock “painted” fenders suck Donkey Balls.
I’ve got to play the “wife game” with the fenders.
She wanted them to “match”.
Probably will have to leave them in place until I mangle them.

Overall I’m McLovin’ the “look”, super excited to get out and test the “functionality”
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Our 2017 JKUR....

I did get my license plate off the corner and moved to the center of my spare.

I “rigged” up a bracket that allowed me to utilize my factory 3rd brake light, and license plate light from the original assembly.

I’ll be redoing the prototype because I got the plate slightly un-level.

This setup cost me all of $12, that was the cost to “plug” the hole in the body.
I’ll put up a picture tomorrow when the sun is in a better position.

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Let me clarify.

I did not invent or 100% fab my own license plate/license plate light/break light bracket.

The TF hinged tire carrier came with a break light bracket that allows you to use your factory 3rd break light.

I did use that portion and the bolts in my idea.

What I did, was made a bracket that allowed me to mount my license plate, and utilize my factory license plate light.

I used a Dremel tool to cut the license plate light from the original assembly.

I cut the light off at the angle that’s built into it from the factory, this allowed for enough extra plastic housing to use some heat to bend “box in” the light fixture.

Any way, like I said, I’ll be doing version 2 soon, as I got the plate slightly off level.

Side note:
I also trimmed my plate with some wire loom material to keep it from scratching the wheel as it vibrates.

Not a super fancy, or innovative project but it saved me a few bucks, looks decent, and I did it myself.
Kinda satisfying actually.
Really wish I had the tools and space to attempt more “fab” projects.

Edit: was for spelling

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Front bumper and winch installed.

Have appointment tomorrow to have the 4:56s installed.


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I know, the stock “painted” fenders suck Donkey Balls.
I’ve got to play the “wife game” with the fenders.
She wanted them to “match”.
Probably will have to leave them in place until I mangle them.

Overall I’m McLovin’ the “look”, super excited to get out and test the “functionality”
i tend to disagree with ya about the stock,
painted flares looking like a vacuum for jackass testicles. I like mine......plus, just the other day they served their design purpose and the front pssgr ripped-off against a tree, allowing me to re zip tie it back on.

When I considered spending on fenders, I thought about it a bit longer. I then spent my money on more important stuff and just jigsawed the painted stock flares .
OK, I did have to wait until the wife left one day to do so.


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^^^^^^^

I’ve actually been considering cutting my fenders, and don’t get me wrong, I like them to be color matched.
I don’t like them being the stock shape and size.

I’d probably have already cut them if I could find a silver door trim material to put on the edges.
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Our 2017 JKUR....

Finally got to take our rig out on a few trails.
Barnwell Mt. In Gilmer Tx.
I had a great time, and the rig exceeded my expectations.

I went up there by myself but found a great bunch of folks that were willing to let me “tag along”.

They had a few stock rigs so mostly stayed to the 3 diamond trails.

I did need to be careful, it seems my suspension will out flex beyond what my stock fenders can handle.
Guess I need fenders or add some bump stop.

Driver front and rear passenger are stuffed as far as I could get them in this picture.


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Wow this is a very nice build. That Metalcloak suspension is amazing for sure. I'm in the DFW area and go to Barnwell, Bridgeport and Hidden Falls all the time if you want to go wheeling one weekend.

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Wow this is a very nice build. That Metalcloak suspension is amazing for sure. I'm in the DFW area and go to Barnwell, Bridgeport and Hidden Falls all the time if you want to go wheeling one weekend.


Thank you.

I’m anxiously waiting to save enough $$$ to get into phase two but I’m very pleased with what I’ve got so far.
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Thought that was Barnwell from the picture, then I actually read the text. Such a kid sometimes and just want to see the pictures and skip the words.

Where are you out of?

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Thought that was Barnwell from the picture, then I actually read the text. Such a kid sometimes and just want to see the pictures and skip the words.



Where are you out of?


I’m in Livingston, hr north of Houston off 59/69

Barnwell is about a 3 hr trip for me.
Worth the trip though, had a great time.

“Tagged along” with a group that was from all over. Galveston Houston Dallas. All great family folks.


Was nice having someone that knew the trail system, although the trails were marked many had changed (gotten harder) than they were marked.

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That is definitely true of Barnwell. It's red clay for the most part, as seen in your picture. The trails that are not rock tend to wash out.

Let us (or at least me) know next time you head that way. I'm not the most jacked up Jeep, but I will go with you.

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Barnwell is one of my favorite parks. I go to school in Dallas and I live in Houston so we're from a similar area.

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