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post #1 of 40 Old 12-13-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Modder building a custom Show Jeep -- give us your suggestions!!

Hi guys & gals,

We're a modder planning a JK build for an upcoming show, and would like to conduct a very informal poll to determine what type of upgrades to include.

We're mostly looking for feedback in the areas of lift, winch and bumpers. We coat these with a Kevlar liner already, so body armor and similar other adds probably aren't what we are looking for direction on. You can see what we typically produce here:

http://www.starwoodmotors.com/web/Custom_Jeeps

http://www.starwoodmotors.com/web/in.../All_vehicles/

http://www.starwoodmotors.com/web/in...hicles/?sold=1

We're not looking to build the "dream Jeep" by any stretch -- we need this to be something that will appeal to the hardcore Jeep set, but at a price-point that won't scare off the masses. Think "bang for YOUR buck".

Any opinions/suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Many thanks in advance!!

--Kevin H.

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post #2 of 40 Old 12-13-2011, 03:32 PM
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As far as suspension systems go - aev, teraflex, synergy, rock krawler, and Offroad evolution are all top notch. Maybe you can talk one of the companies into anodizing or powder coating some of the steering components to match your color theme

Armor - river raider, poison spyder (overrated but popular), Offroad evolution, lod, garvin industries, teraflex, metalcloak, to name a few.

Wheels - do something unique, avoid the AEVs...great wheels, but too typical. I'd find some cool beadlocks with a unique ring.

River raider, synergy, and poison spyder all make good looking/functional cages.

Throw in some cool upholstery as you do for yours now, but keep it functional.

Warn is the only way with winches. Their new vr line is much more affordable than warn has been historically.

Congratulations, you just spent a small fortune

Edit: for a show vehicle - stick with 3.5-4" suspension and 37-38" tires, IMO.


EDIT2 - just saw the bang for your buck comment, lol. Hang on, I'm headed back to the drawing board...
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Rock Krawler 3.5" Mid Arm Flex System $1,200

37" Cooper Discoverer STTs (lots of bang for your buck here...)

Poison Spyder BFH with Brawler Bar front bumper Inexpensive at $375 and awesome, but you gotta cut 2" off your frame rails

Poison Spyder BFH Rear bumper $289 got cut the frame rails again

These two bumpers are aimed at maximum approach/departure angles, so you can justify ditching the spare, and save on the 5th wheel/tire

Warn vr8000 winch $480, but if you can budget it...Warn 9.5cti you can find these for around $1,050 retail

Teraflex Rock Sliders $620 Fit like a glove, and look damn good

Corners, flares, and skids will start to up the price pretty quickly, but Offroad Evolution and River Raider both make good stuff there...throw on lights/accessories at your discression

Obviously prices listed are all retail - not sure of your mfg. hookups, but I'll bet you can get some deals direct as a vendor/show truck
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You'll need to regear for the 37s...5.13-5.38 for auto or 4.88-5.13 for manual
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Dont forget a sticker that is along the lines of "FJ Recovery Team" or "Hook H2/3 here). Molshove is bang on!

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If they are 2012's you probably won't need that much gear 4.56 or 4.88 should be fine.

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If they are 2012's you probably won't need that much gear 4.56 or 4.88 should be fine.
Oh yeah, good call
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You stated in a previous thread that most of your customers are more about the look than functionality; so I assume that you are going a little more functional with this one. Molshove has some great suggestions but how capable are you wanting to go? Is this one going to be ready to hit hard rated trails or are you just looking to go with some more "accepted" bolt-ons or somewhere in-between?
I would throw some sort of a roof/cargo rack on, put some decent fogs/spots on, maybe some rock lights.
If it is a 2011 or earlier maybe a RIPP.
If it is going to be functional (really meant to be an offroader), on board air is always nice to have.

Just some ideas.
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We coat these with a Kevlar liner already, so body armor and similar other adds probably aren't what we are looking for direction on... we need this to be something that will appeal to the hardcore Jeep set...
I guess it depends on the definition of "hardcore Jeep set".

Sadistic has some good points/questions in his post that would help narrow down what you are looking for.

Your post suggests that the Kevlar liner IS the body armor and I guess it is to a point. Not sure how well it would hold up or protect the rockers after coming down or scraping across a rock or two.

Personally, I would nix the Kevlar liner and mount up some rocker protection at a minimum.
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^^ Agree on the rocker armor. Drop the Rubi Armor Molshove said. I like the new JCR Stage 2 Sliders.
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Molshove just nailed my tax return shopping spree.

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Your kevlar liner is cool, and would look really cool with the unlined rocker armor (maybe have it color powder coated to match whatever your accent color is?) - I agree that full body armor is not necessary for what you're doing, but bumpers and rockers are a must

I really really really like the Tera Rockers, and I also really like the rockers Brentf70 has...can't remember the manufacturer, but they're also form fitting boatsided aluminum
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Your kevlar liner is cool, and would look really cool with the unlined rocker armor (maybe have it color powder coated to match whatever your accent color is?) - I agree that full body armor is not necessary for what you're doing, but bumpers and rockers are a must

I really really really like the Tera Rockers, and I also really like the rockers Brentf70 has...can't remember the manufacturer, but they're also form fitting boatsided aluminum
He has the Nemesis rockers. Same kind of design as JCR. Except his have 6.4 Hemi lazered in
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Nemesis - $730
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I still like Tera the best, partially cost, but mainly how they mount...

7 nutserts through the body and 3 bolts up through the bottom of the tub...no body mounts compromised, and as previously mentioned, fit like a glove.
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