My wife and I welcomed our first child in November and couldn't feel more blessed. This resulted in some vehicle changes around my house.
At the time we found out we were expecting, we had just purchased her a 2014 JKUR. At the time I was daily driving my '06 LJ Rubicon. No worries right? People put kids in the back of 2 door vehicles all the time. We didn't feel a change was in order.
Fast forward to last month when I began taking my daughter to and from daycare. Lifting her into a lifted LJ into the back seat wasn't fun and was just going to get worse as she grew. My wife and I decided I would start driving the JKUR and she could have the LJ at home in case something came up (she has a home office). Well, my wife is tiny so we practiced her putting the baby in and out of the LJ. That didn't work at all.
Ended up selling the LJ Rubicon to a guy in Nevada and bought my wife a Grand Cherokee Overland HEMI. Below is a pic of the LJ before it left for NV. Now that brings us to the JKUR being my daily driver and the need to build it up some.
This is my (our) 3rd JKU. I bought a '07 JKUR right when they came out. When I sold it 5 years later I was on 37s, Poison Spyder / LoD all around, etc.. etc... It now resides in California. During that time my wife had a '11 JKU Sahara that after 1.5 yrs only had 6k miles on it due to some extra vehicles we have that she liked driving so we sold it. This one will not end up like the '07. Let's face it, around here you don't need a JKUR on 37s to have fun. It was overkill. FYI - I am 5'9" Below is a pic of it:
I have Poison Spyder bumpers to go on it. The front should be here tomorrow. I plan to drop it and the rear swingout off at the powder coater later this week. I kept the Warn 8274 off my LJR and have adapted a Warn universal winch plate for use on the front bumper.
I also installed a Teraflex 3" lift with 4 arms along with Spidertrax spacers over the weekend. I love the stock wheels and wanted to keep them. I ordered 35" MTRs this morning. If it rubs too badly I will add a 1" bodylift. I want to keep it as low as possible. I am fortunate to have a 4 post lift in my garage that this has to park under so I need it to stay as low as possible. With the planned 35s and a potential 1" body lift I would just squeeze by under the lift.
Bumpers came back from powdercoat and looked great. It is hard to find a bumper these days that supports the 8274. Therefore I purchased a Warn winch plate made for a Warn bumper and modified it to fit the PSC bumper. Looks great! The powdercoat does not match so I plan to send the plate off to powdercoat when I buy the PSC rockers. The rear went on without any issues and I love the integration with the tailgate. Since these pics were taken I have added clear LEDs to the rear.