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post #1 of 14 Old 08-21-2015, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Back from the 4dr blues

I owned a 2013 JKUR up until 4 months ago when the urge for something smaller came about.

I bought the 4dr thinking of family and such but with my daughter getting her own JK Sport and my GF owning a JK Rubicon I decided to buy a "me" vehicle.

To be honest my first thought was a muscle car. Something faster than normal, handling well and just a fun one-two days a week machine.

The problem is I live in Canada and that means parking something you drool over for 7 months or more per year and being a working stiff it's a hard decision to pay $1000 a month to stare at a car cover 7/12's of the year.

So I started to think of an alternative that could be viable 12 months out of the year.

I'm not a ricer guy so import awd's wouldn't cut it. I am not a fan of Cherokees and I just decided to get rid of a 4dr so even an SRT wasn't going to be cool enough.

Then I made a plan. It's a different plan and I already know that most people are going to say wtf are you doing blah blah blah. I'm ready and that's why I'm putting this all down in words.

I want a quick,fun,hardtop convertible that is 2drs, easily customizable and can be driven 12 months out of the year.

Yep a pavement only JK 2dr hot rod.

Yep I said it. Well technically I wrote it.

I can go off-roading with the GF in the 3" lifted on 35's Rubicon anytime we want. I could do that with my own. This is a different animal for a very different driving experience.

So

AHEM

Here goes the plan....

Black Sahara 2dr automatic...bought

Exhaust modification done, more to follow on that.

2"...... dare I say it.....lowering done.

4:88 gears next
Supercharger in spring
15x12" wide rims
29x15 tires on the rear
26x12 up front.
Stock Sahara 32's for winter
Making a custom hard top to give it more of a truck look.
Installed a Spartan Grille already wanted more coverage for inter cooler install later.

So there it is and it will buck the trend. Oh well I've been know to say buck it a lot.

In the 80's there was a trend in California where guys lowered Sidekicks and Samurai's as beach trucks. They dropped them to the bump stops and used them as cruisers with good stereos and made for fun.

I liked the 80's and I think this will be cool.

Not everyone is going to agree but y'know it's more functional than that Corvette was going to be.....

And let's face it a Jeep in any clothing beats a GM in the garage

Getting my fire resistant clothing on

Jeff

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-21-2015, 08:58 AM
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Welcome to JKOwne........................wait................ ..........what?!

Seriously, your money, your vehicle, I don't give a damn what you do with it, but you may want to add some safety mods in there somewhere. I'm all for more power, less weight, but you'll be wanting it to do things it wasn't designed for.
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Safety will be a concern 100%.

Looking at caging the vehicle inside for obvious reasons ?

Low cog will help. When you think of auto cross....I'm not LOL.

Quick, semi nimble, top off and winter durable otherwise.

It'll be an adventure.

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P/S thanks for going easy on me haha
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Well if you're going full insanity, I think some GenRight carbon fiber bumpers, front and rear, would add to the madness nicely.

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MCE fenders, they weigh in at less than 20 lbs for all four and look great, gives the Jeep a Willy's flatty look while keeping tire coverage. Shave off all the weight you can. Maybe when you do the cage you can have them fastback it to eliminate tube work. I would have found a 2wd JKU if I was going to do what you're doing to eliminate the added weight of the transfer case and front axle if it were me, but you're working with what you have. I kind of dig the idea, a really rugged and sporty drop top vehicle, essentially. If you do it right, this could be kind of cool and different. Keep us updated, i'd like to see the end result.

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I am probably going with a stubby conversion on the front bumper and stock rear with a gloss black vinyl wrap.

The front fenders will stay stock, but I need to widen the rears to ensure tire coverage. Where I live there is a meter maid bylaw guy that pulls over every Jeep he sees for infractions, so need to make sure I have tread width coverage.

I will keep posting progress. Probably start a build thread as thibgs progress.

It's virgin ground on the JK front as near as I can tell and it will be lots of trail and error with getting things right.

Promise it won't be cheesy and there will be no stick on hood scoops and no 24" wheels with rubber band tires.

/shiver

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welcome aboard..good luck with this project ..

'15 hydro blue JKU...tinted windows,3.5 RC lift,1.25 BL,37" DC fun country's
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-22-2015, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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My old raptor and the day the JKU came home



After 4 months of upgrades



Jeep Canada saying they thought Thanksgiving was cool too



GF's Rubicon



Saw this on Pininterest....might be photoshopped, but hard to say it's isn't cool



Some random stuff I've had and built over the years





My 11 Mustang...sold it for Raptor



Current state of my build:





Like I said, it is off the wall....but it's going to be fun regardless

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Here we are 18 months later? Finally making some progress. Will add details as they come but so far:

29x15R15's for the front
29x18R15's rear
80mm ported throttle body
4.56's with a true trac rear, open front all cryo treated
Adam's 1310 driveshafts
Chrome Moly axle shafts front and rear
G2 diff covers
Extra wide rear pocket flares rear
Normal width pocket flares front
Stubby bumper kit for now
Wheels I'm still deciding but they will be 15x12 front and 15x15 for the rear
Methanol injection
Sprintex supercharger at 15lbs
Rancho 9000XL shocks
Adjustable rear upper control arms for pinion angle


More to come and pics by mid February
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