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2012 JKUR Dozer - Let the mods begin!

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Actually, I guess that title is a little misleading. I've done a few smaller things already: Quadratec Ultimate floor liners, some Rugged Ridge grab handles here and there, and a Carolina Metal Masters custom black anodized billet grab handle with Ram Mounting Systems 1" ball mount (for iPhone / iPad mounting, which I love!). But the best mod so far has been the Star Fabricating Smart Door Stops. My driveway is on a pretty significant slope, so the doors were just a pain. Then my wife had emergency surgery mid-July to remove a massive tumor that had almost blocked, and had perforated her colon. So a door swinging back on her was just not going to be a good day. Yes, it was cancer, but she's doing fine now and tolerating the chemo exceptionally well. Now, back to the Jeep.

So, recently got some 37" MTR/Ks from vfireman309 over on Pirate 4x4 and settled on some black MB 72s to mount them on until I can save the money to go with either Hutchinsons or the HMMWV wheels from TrailWorthy Fab. Mock up is below.

Of course, that's at factory ride height. AEV DualSport SC 4.5" lift is on its way as of this morning and should be here Wednesday. It's anybody's guess when I'll be able to get to the installation, but it will be as soon as I can squeeze it in. I'll put up some pics whenever I do.

There will be upgrades to the suspension in the future - like I'm leaning heavily toward the Metalcloak control arms for their DuraJoint - but for now this made the most sense for me, all in all.

Although I haven't posted much here, I've spent a lot of time following different threads and learning everything I can from the information here, as well as on Pirate. Thanks to those who put the site up, and to all who have made it the quality resource that it is.

Edit: Running List of Upgrades and Modifications (updated as things change or I remember something :) )


Quadratec Ultimate Floor Liners (Front, Rear, Cargo)
MOPAR Entry Guards
Star Fabricating Smart Door Stops
Black/Coyote Paracord Grab Handles
Molle Panels (Fender Wells & Tailgate / Drop-Down Table)
Poison Spyder JK Bolt-In Cage Kit
Poison Spyder C-Pillar Kit
Carolina Metal Masters JK Billet Grab Handle & RAM Mount
Bestop Quick Disconnects For Soft Top Bows
Smittybilt JK Rear Security Storage Vault
SuperChips TrailDash
ARB 50 qt. Fridge/Freezer


Quadratec Manual Mirrors (For When Doors Are Off)
Crown Automotive Mirror Relocation Brackets
Teraflex HD Hinge
Teraflex Adjustable Tire Carrier
Custom Garage-built Stinger Front Bumper
Custom Garage-built Rear Bumper
Poison Spyder Aluminum Crusher Flares
Truck-Lite LED Mini Marker Lights
Truck-Lite LED Headlights
Poison Spyder Aluminum Brawler Rockers
Poison Spyder Crusher Corners
Truck-Lite 4" LED Tail Lights.
Poison Spyder LED Backup Lights with Adapter Harnesses (at corners and in bumper)
Poison Spyder 50” LED Light Bar Windshield Mounts
LED Warehouse 50" Dual Row Light Bar
AEV Gen 2 Snorkel

Suspension / Tires / Wheels

AEV DualSport SC 4.5”
Goodyear Wrangler MTR / Kevlar 37x12.50R17
MB Wheels 72 (Black) 17x8.5, 5x5, -6mm offset
Synergy Tie Rod
Synergy Drag Link
Synergy Ball Joints
Synergy Front Adjustable Track Bar
Synergy Track Bar / Steering Sector Shaft Brace
Raceline Monster Beadlocks, 17x9.5, 5x5.5, (Black w/ Polished AL Ring) (Not yet Installed)

Engine, Exhaust, & Drivetrain

Sierra Gear 5.13s
Poison Spyder D44 Bombshell Diff Covers (2nd gen.) w/ custom Dozer painted Spyder's
Ten Factory Rear Axle Shafts
BR6 Heavy Duty Front Brakes
TeraFlex Rear Big Rotor Kit
Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads
TeraFlex 241OR 2 Low kit (2 Wheel Drive Low Range)
Adams 1310 Front Driveshaft
Wicked Flow (MagnaFlow clone) 14" Muffler (in place of resonator. Includes OEM Muffler delete and custom tailpipe)
Supertrapp 5" Disc Only Exhaust Tuner/Spark Arrestor
RCV Front Axle Shafts (Not yet installed)
SpynTec Conversion Front Lockout Hubs (Not yet installed)


Yaesu FT857D All Band Mobile Amateur Radio (Remotely Mounted)
Yaesu ATAS-120A All Band Mobile Active Tuning Antenna System (Optional Antenna for HF/VHF/UHF)
Yaesu FC-40 Automatic Antenna Tuner
102" Stainless Steel Whip (HF Antenna)
Kenwood TH-215A 2 Meter Handheld
Kenwood TH-415A 440 Mhz Handheld
Uniden Pro 538W CB Radio
FireStik 48” CB Antenna
Rugged Radios RRP660 Intercom (3 H-22 Headsets, 1 H-15 Headset)
Rugged Radios Billet (Black) Tube Mounts


Hi-Lift Xtreme in Custom Carrier (Mounted to Teraflex HD Hinge)
Smittybilt 3x30 30K Recovery Strap
(4) ¾” Screw Pin Shackles (Working Load Limit 6 1/2 Tons Per)
Warn Zeon 10-S 10,000 lb. Winch with Synthetic Rope
Factor 55 Pro-Link (Orange)


PowerTank 10#
Fire Extinguisher, 5# (with PowerTank Mount)
First Aid (Molle IFAIK Bags - 1 Minor Trauma, 1 Major Trauma, Field Surgical Kit)
Max Axe (Military Surplus OD Green)

On the Wish List:

Artec Industries:

Rear Truss
Front Armor Kit (Truss, C Gussets, Track-Bar Mount)
Belly Pan


Duroflex Control Arms (Maybe Lock-n-Load Long Arm Kit)

Poison Spyder:

Inner Fenders (Maybe. Not settled on this. Maybe ACE Engineering.)

Rugged Ridge Heat Reduction Hood (Maybe)
SPOD? (Also considering SwitchPros SP-8100)
Cube Lights (flood pattern) for lower windshield corners
LED Fog Light replacements (JW Speaker or similar).
Corbeau Baja XRS Front Seats
TrekArmor Seat Covers (Maybe. Rear only.)
Tuffy or similar under-seat drawers.
AFE Y-Pipe With Loop Eliminator Down Tube or Magnaflow equivalent
Rear Drive Shaft as needed.
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Cool Jeep and trailer!
Great color on the Jeep, and I love the third brake light mod (adding the second light really made it work).
Nothing new to show, but got my 5.13s installed yesterday. Taking it easy during break-in, but seems to be back to it's old self now. Me likey! :D

BTW have the front (only) 4.10s for sale in classifieds. Just posted tonight.
Looks really cool. Question, I noticed that you have a counter with sink attached to one side. Is it removable or does it fold up. If it folds up the base of the sink poke out? That awning is pretty cool as well. Maybe you could find a retractable awning that will draw itself in like the retractable blinds of long ago.
Thanks Cap'n. See Post #38, Picture 3, Paragraph 3:

The shelf, that forms the kitchen counter will stow inside the trailer and fit's nicely against the back side of the tool box, so it won't take up any appreciable space. The sink just sits in a hole in the counter-top so it can be removed and stowed in a box with other items, maximizing space. It will simply drain into a 5 gal. bucket.
Installed a Poison Spyder C Pillar Kit last night and this morning. Will have to wait a few days for paint though.

Hardest part was trimming the roll bar padding, covers, and carpet to fit. Oh, And I used a set of internal tube clamps to make the uprights removable in the future if need be, so that added some time to the install but actually made a cleaner installation because i could just cut holes for the upright tube rather than having to split the carpet and roll bar cover from the edge, then try to sew it up behind like is shown in the Poison Spyder install pics.

I'll have some pics up in a few days after it's painted. I'm going to use one of the uprights as a mounting point for my PowerTank. Also considering trying to find a local upholstery shop to make me a set of covers for the C Pillar uprights, similar to the existing ones. Or, could just do it myself if I can locate the right fabric.

Now where's that PowerTank . . .?
C-Pillar / Power Tank Install Pics

Well, still haven't gotten the Dozer on the C-Pillars. Haven't had enough parts ready for Dozer to make it worth popping the catalyst on a spray can yet -- but that's about to change! More on that later. I added the ID tube clamps to Poison Spyder's C-Pillar kit so I could easily remove them if some temporary need arises.

Anyway, here are some shots showing C-Pillar and the PowerTank install for those who may want one with a factory soft top. This is about the only way I could figure out to mount it that doesn't eat up a lot of cargo space and doesn't interfere with the Soft Top bows.

Yes, that is a one of a kind, Dozer Yellow PowerTank. I bought it second-hand and had it re-certified, hand stripped the gnarly beat up blue that was on it, self-etch primed, Dozer rattle canned, and cleared. PowerTank was good enough to supply me the replacement stickers so that it looks like a brand new tank. Also bead blasted the handle/regulator guard and coated it with Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating, which came out really well IMO. New boot and bracket, and there you go. Here are some more:

It's absolutely as tight as it could possibly be, but it does fit. C-Pillar padding is temporary -- hollowed out pool noodle wrapped with black athletic tape. Don't hate, it works. It will be replaced with some legit Roll Bar Padding soon, but not before it's painted because most of what I've found is held in place either by double sided tape, or velcro that sticks to the roll bar. Gotta be painted first.
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The Next Phase

Just placed my order tonight with Marcus at River City Offroad for some new Poison Spyder goodies. LED Light Bar Mounts, Crusher Corners, and Aluminum Fenders will soon be on their way!:rockon: That will give me something to paint! :D

Picked up a 50" combo bar from LED Warehouse on Saturday and just got a chance to light it up tonight. :eek: Made it daylight in my neighbor's driveway across the street. :laughing:

In the mean time, I need to get finished with a little project I've been working on in my very limited spare time over the last few weeks. (Teaser pics below.)

Don't have any pics at the moment, but the rear is in steel, tacked together right now. Front is a little farther along VVVV

If you look carefully in one of the PowerTank pictures above, you'll see a stinger leaning against the rear tire of my truck. That's going on the front bumper in the shot above. Progress has been slow from trying to fit it in amongst a daughter's high school graduation, a personal illness, the same daughter's college orientation, my wife's chemotherapy, a vacation, and all the regular stuff that goes on all the time . . . but it will get finished!
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New Poison Spyder goodies!!

Well the Poison Spyder shipment came in this morning. :bounce:

GREAT BIG THANKS TO MARCUS @ RIVER CITY OFFROAD!!! Seriously, if you haven't done any business with Marcus, your next order should be with him. He'll go way beyond the extra mile to be sure you have what you need at the best price possible, and are treated not just as a valued customer, but like an old friend all along the way. It has been a LONG time since I was treated this well by any business, if I ever have been before. I just don't have enough good things to say about Marcus and RCO.

Also a big shout out to Rick Hartwick in customer service down at Poison Spyder. Minor shipping damage issue, but Rick was the consummate professional in the way he addressed it, and the solution he offered.

Here's the stuff that came in:
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Light Bar Mockup

Got the 50" double row light bar from LED Warehouse a few weeks ago and finally got around to doing some mockup tonight. (Beware, crappy iPhone 4 pics.)

Will be color matching the Poison Spyder mounts once I get everything ready to paint.

The LED Warehouse 50" light bar will fit in the Poison Spyder mounts with some minor modifications. First, the bar is exactly 1" too narrow, so some sort of spacer is required. For mockup, I cut a couple of pieces of 1"x.250" wall DOM 1/2" long and used them to fill the gap. The issue there is going to be that there is not enough grip from the serrations on the end of the light bar to keep the whole unit from twisting in the mounts. I'll post my solution when I arrive at one.

Second, the mounting bolts for the LED Warehouse light bar are 8mm, which is too big for the holes and slots in the Poison Spyder mounts. It's pretty easy to open them up to accommodate the 8mm bolts though.

And, of course, since the light bar requires spacers, the supplied socket head cap screws are too short, so you'll have to source replacements. 30mm length should be perfect.

More to come . . .
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Getting ready to install the Poison Spyder Crusher Flares, probably tomorrow. Did a little prep work by using Rustoleum's Truck Bed Coating in the fender wells and mounting surfaces for the flares. By extending the black down the tub under the flares, I think it makes a more "finished" look.

Here's a teaser shot with the fronts clamped in place.

Also have made pretty good headway on my bumpers over the last couple of weeks. They're almost ready for paint, but there is a little more to do.

And today, my Poison Spyder cage kit arrived so the youngest daughter (13) and I jumped on that and did about 95% of the install before dark. Will probably try to finish the pre-fit on that tomorrow as well so I can get some paint on it and let that cure a little before re-installing it. Here's my baby getting her hands dirty with a wrench. :)

More to come . . .
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Poison Spyder Crusher Flares installed!

Just got finished about 11:00 this evening. Here are the results. I'll get some better pics in the daylight. :)

Also underway on the cage install. Trim pieces take FOR-EV-ER! Did almost the whole install of the cage in an afternoon. Spent most of the next day doing trim, and it still isn't done!:pissed:

Oh well, at least there's progress. That's kinda why I jumped on the fender project today. I needed some sense of accomplishment instead of spending another day whittling plastic.

More to come . . .
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Hope the wife is doing health is doing well!

Build looks great!
Thanks for the positive comments guys.

Hope the wife is doing health is doing well!
The wife really is doing well. It has been a long road since july of 2012. After she recovered from emergency surgery, she had 6 months of chemo, then 5 weeks of radiation. Then they gave her a couple of months off to let the inflammation go away after the radiation before doing another PET scan. The results of that scan weren't very good, frankly, and so they scheduled her another 3 months of a different chemo to see if that would show any improvement.

Long story short, we just got back from the oncologist and the latest PET scan shows a 50% reduction over the last 3 months. So it looks like this kind of poison is doing its job.:laughing:

As far as her quality of life, it has exceeded all predictions. No hair loss, only thinning. No real nausea, just a little weirdness now and then. And she still does anything she wants to do, but she does tire more easily than normal. All in all we have been really blessed throughout the whole experience. Not that I would have chosen this, of course, but we have certainly been spared the hardships that so many experience.

Thanks so much for the well wishes. I told her you posted this. She is very thankful, and pretty amazed how many people who don't even really know us seem to care. Just another of the blessings.:)

Oh, and it's exactly 1 week until I head to Moab for the Jeep Jamboree. Can't wait! But I've got a lot to finish up in the next week. :drama: :lol:
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Glad to hear your wife is doing well. God bless her, and y'all have a great trip to Moab. Jeep looks awesome by the way.
Hope everything goes well. Best wishes. Rig is awesome.
Just a heads-up: I'll be having a full set of OEM fenders complete with inners and side markers, front and rear bumpers (less fog lights), and tow hooks (less mounting studs) to get rid of shortly. It's all available now but I'm out of town until Sunday night, so no point listing in the classifieds just yet. All in good shape. Jeep has been mostly street driven so far and there is no damage to any of these (unless it might be something minor from handling and storage during this latest project). Shoot me a PM if anything sounds interesting and I'll get back to you as soon as I get back in town.
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