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Post  rickkeo on 10/21/2012, 8:22 pm

Hey guys starting to make some purchases for my '13 Rubicon. just got in the mail
-Cobra LXBT CB radio
-Firestick II 4' tunable tip
-Firestick K-8A 18' coax cable
-Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring
-POWER / SWR METER CB Radio 100 Watts w/ 3' Jumper cable - Workman SWR3P & CX-3-PL-PL
-Rugged Ridge 13305.21 Black Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder for All 3" Jeep Roll Bar
-3Lbs Kiddie fire extinguisher

Will be ordering VIAIR 450P Automatic Function Portable Compressor and going to be putting on a new exhuast system Laughing

wishlist
-Rigid Industries 50231 Dually D2 LED
-2.5" lift kit
-35" duratrac tires
-17"x12.5" wheels

Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated Cool
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Post  Ryan McKee on 10/21/2012, 8:25 pm

Looks like a great list! Look forward to seeing the mods come alive. Should you need any help with installs, be sure to post up. There are a LOT of members on here who are always looking to get in on group wrenching sessions!

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Re: 2013 Rubicon build-ish

Post  dongalonga on 10/22/2012, 7:49 pm

Nice rig. You are going to love it.
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Post  rickkeo on 10/24/2012, 7:26 pm

thanks man, cant wait to do some crawling!
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Post  rickkeo on 10/27/2012, 8:28 am

Finally installed my cb radio!! Also due to lack of free time, i ended going to lou's and having them install the exhaust for me.. i just had them install it so that i can unbolt and take it off later without cutting. Only took them half an hour to do the install! Pics and possibly a video (if i can upload a video on here scratch ) this afternoon when i calibrate my radio.
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Post  dongalonga on 10/27/2012, 4:55 pm

What exhaust setup did you go with?
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Post  rickkeo on 10/28/2012, 9:50 pm

it's one of their custom made ones transverse 409 ss muffler. I'll upload some pics and videos soon. pig
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Post  rickkeo on 10/28/2012, 9:51 pm

oh and i went with a dual tip.
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Post  rickkeo on 10/31/2012, 5:36 pm

So what do people think? i almost shiatted myself when i saw this estimate from Elias 4wd....

3" JK Lift Teraflex 4Dr . Includes springs,bumpstops,rear sway bar extensions,front
sway bar quick disconnects,shocks, front brake lines
qty.1 Cost 979.95 Total 979.95

Exhaust spacer 2012 JK

qty.1 cost 55 total 55

Teraflex JK Front Adjustable Track Bar
Stock height to 6+ inches of lift

qty.1 cost 255 total 255

Teraflex Shipping Charges

total 80

Install Lift Kit, adjustable front track bar.exhaust spacer and align

qty.1 cost 875 total 875

AEV Procal Module.

qty.1 cost 149 total 149

USA Made JK Wheel Spacers 5 on 5 / 1.25" thick / 1/2" wheel stud (Quantity 2.5
wheel spacer sets is for all 5 wheels)

qty. 2.5 cost 129.952 total 324.88

Install the wheel spacers and AEV procal module

qty.1.5 cost 80 total 120

35x12.50x17 Toyo Open Country MT

qty.5 cost 320 total 1600

Mount and Balance Tires - Does not include TPMS Sensors if needed

qty.5 cost 35 total 175

New drive shafts are not required.
The third brake light may require relocation above the tire.

subtotal $4,583.83
tax $208.36
total $4,792.19
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Post  janesy on 10/31/2012, 6:55 pm

Elias is pretty good with prices, but price it out yourself and shop around for the best prices....

If you do the work yourself you save there as well. But that total doesn't seem that bad for the amount of stuff you're ordering/having installed.

I personally wouldn't have a shop install a lift as its super easy so I couldn't justify shelling out that much money.

I'm sure you could put a thread on here to get some guys willing to help out...
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Post  dongalonga on 10/31/2012, 8:20 pm

A good deal of the cost is labor. i have had plenty of work done there and can attest to the quality. However, do not pay someone to install a lift. Do not buy tires there either. They push Toyo and they are one of the heaviest damn tires I have ever seen.

My suggestion is to get on one of the other forums and find some vendor deals on the parts you want. I use Morris 4x4 a lot and they offer a 10% discount. As for tires go to you local tire place and look at either Duratracs 315/75R17 or MTR/Ks 35x12.50x17 and have them intalled.

If you need any help with the install all you need to do is find a covered area/garage and I will be glad to help.
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Post  Mark on 11/1/2012, 9:33 am

875 to install a lift kit is crazy money!
Try to do as much as you can yourself.
That will make maintaining it easier for you because you will know have a better understanding of how things work.
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Post  DakotaBuck on 11/1/2012, 2:20 pm

dongalonga wrote:If you need any help with the install all you need to do is find a covered area/garage and I will be glad to help.

That can be the hardest part! I did a little work in the driveway last weekend with Sandy approaching - not fun! I miss having a garage.
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Post  CrawlingForward on 11/1/2012, 3:00 pm

Balderdash.

We did my axle swap in a sleetstorm, ha ha ha. lol!


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Post  Ryan McKee on 11/1/2012, 3:13 pm

CrawlingForward wrote:Balderdash.

We did my axle swap in a sleetstorm, ha ha ha.

Let's never do that again.

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Post  rickkeo on 11/1/2012, 5:08 pm

Thanks for the advice guys! I've decided to do it myself. Now all i need is to find a garage.. leaning more towards 2.5" lift also so i don't have to deal with all the additional issues of running a 3" lift.
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Post  dongalonga on 11/1/2012, 7:51 pm

Good call. There are a lot of great 2.5" lifts out there. Do a bunch of research before choosing.
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Post  Mark on 11/2/2012, 1:27 pm

That is a good call.
Shop around and hit some jk forums to gather info too.
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Post  rickkeo on 11/3/2012, 11:40 am

So I did some research and i'm leaning more towards TF's 2.5" lift kit. I heard Blistein shocks would be a good matchup. Anyone have any input or have ran this setup before?
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Post  dongalonga on 11/3/2012, 5:37 pm

I hear that is a great all around setup for under $1k. Not bad at all.
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Post  rickkeo on 1/20/2013, 8:26 am

So I have the TF hinge and adjustable spare tire mount. Wanted to share some pointers

The hinge went on pretty smoothly. Pretty easy job. Only problem I really ran into was pressing the lugs into the mount. I was using the press at my friends shop and it bent the mount. Make sure to use some lube before pressing. Oh and I used a dremel to take off the tail Light from the stock carrier. That was pretty easy.

I just got 315/70/17 Goodyear duratracs wrapped around my stock Rubicon wheels. It fits on the adjustable mount! No spacer needed! The guy that mounted my tires aired down my spare first. Mounted it, and then aired it back to 28psi. He said it fits pretty snug.

All in all every is pretty solid. Now I just need to get a antenna mount..

Oh btw forget about contacting teraflex. I tried contacting them a couple of times to answer some of my questions to no avail.

Pics to come soon!
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Post  rickkeo on 1/20/2013, 8:39 am

Oh btw I decided to go with aev 2.5" dual sport lift with control arm correction brackets. Install wasn't too bad. Took about a whole day to install the lift. A couple of pointers.
When installing the rear track bar you have to jack up the axle so the holes will line up. I've heard of guys have to use suspension straps to get the wholes to line up correctly. I drove without the drop brackets for a couple of weeks so I'd be able to see if they'd make that much of a difference. Let's say the overall handling with the drop brackets is like day and night! When driving without the brackets I thought the road manners just completely went down the tubes. Now that I have the brackets in it feels better than stock. A pointer on the install of the brackets. On the passenger side when removing the upper arm bolt.. You might have to cut it out. The exhaust is in the way. I was away to pry it outta the way to remove the bolt. Big pain in the butts!
Pics to come soon!
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Post  Mark on 1/20/2013, 9:04 am

Been there too, it's a learning curve, second time is a breeze.
It sometimes takes two people to get bolt into track bar, one to insert bolt and one to wiggle jeep.
Lower jeep onto ground with wheels on and frame side bolt in and move jeep side to side (wiggle it) just a bit and differential end bolt should go right in,
works every time.
Keep up the good work. .Let's see those pics.
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Post  rickkeo on 1/20/2013, 12:27 pm

Here are the pics! Wanted to wash her first but I just couldn't wait!









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Post  Mark on 1/20/2013, 12:32 pm

Nice job, it looks great it's coming along nicely..
The exhaust tips give it a good look too.
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