Hello everyone, so recently I picked up a '13 bright white JKU Sahara. This build will be a long term project for me. I will try my best to update the thread with plenty of pictures. I live in northern Illinois but plan on building a reliable rig to go out west. I have friends I visit out in Arizona, so I visit a few times a year. I love it out west but am fortunate to have a solid career in Illinois. I know what I want to do but obviously don't have all the money to do it all at once. I think the majority of us can relate. I have already bought 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers. I also ordered Clayton's 4.5" short arm kit. The kit gives me all the necessary parts to lift now and get long arms later. I am impatient, so I will be ordering the long arm kit in a couple months. Kolak has helped me in gettin what I wanted, including Fox 2.0 shocks and supporting parts i need to install my lift. I plan on going through Kolak with parts for my build. I am trying to find a Dana 44 housing and am going to build that and the rear 44. I'm not going to be wheeling frequent or hard enough to justify 60's, but then again you never know. I am kind of waiting on completing a front 44 before gearing. Not ideal when I have parts waiting to go on the jk now. But build in progress. Hope everyone enjoys my build.
Update: I am still waiting on the rest of my parts to complete my lift for now. I did buy a used (pretty much new) smittybuilt oversized tire carrier. It's a temporary solution until I build a bumper. It fit pretty well with a little trimming of the rear gate vent. I will buy a new one when I build a rear bumper. I also gorilla tapped the backside of carrier to defeat paint damage. The finish on the tire carrier is a coarse crinkled paint. After mounting the carrier and testing the 37" tire on it, I concluded that it can hold the weight very well. The door had almost no flex. However I don't want to risk the door's panel warping if I hit a bump. So I built a support bracket stemming from my tow ring. Here are some pictures.
Still waiting on shocks. To lighten the mood, I did buy some black fenders to cut for $80.00. I will post pictures as soon as it's done. I didn't want to cut my painted fenders even though it looks awesome. Probably selling the painted fenders.