Over Veterens Day weekend my best friend drove up to Boise all the way from San Diego in his wifes 2012 Sahara JK. We had been talking about the build and how I got the Rubicon and traded in my 4 door. He had asked if we could switch tops. I have had zero interest in the hard top and most of the time it would be living on the side of the house any way. He completely surprised me at work and I had no idea he would be coming in to town. I had just gone wheeling, with all the mud over the rig we needed to head to the car wash to rinse it off in order to switch the tops. on the way to the car wash I slammed into this big puddle that forms on the side of the road by my house which resulted in more fender loss. haha
After she got cleaned up we switched tops and I got my jeep back on the road to looking the way I want. And discovered I have a remote starter!!!! This thing just keeps getting better.
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Next order of business was to get some kind of lift on her. I had just purchased a BDS 4.5 lift for the 4 door before the trade in. Didnt know the trade in would work out and as quickly, couldnt have foreseen that. It was a bit of a loss, but before I had the new suspension lift I had a BDS budget boost on the 4 door. I still had it sitting in the garage. So after some research and help from my crew, got the 2" BDS budget boost on with the stock 4 door springs and BDS shocks and gained about 2.5" of lift. It's definitely a start. Better components to come soon.
Immediately I wanted to start a bumper build. I knew with winter wheeling coming up I needed to get my winch back on the front of the jeep. Low on cash and high on motivation I went shopping for steel for the bumper. I had built the bumpers on the 4 door and they went with the trade in. So i hooked up with Jasjeep and my buddy Tom to start the initial build and the photos are the results. Couldnt have done it without the help of my friends and crew. Jasjeep is an artist when it comes to welding. I took my first crack at it with mix results. haha but it'll get better.
with the bumper painted with primer you can see how it was put together. brackets on the sides for support, retained the factory tow hooks to mount and the front skid plate as well as the bracket built for the fairlead.