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Unread 04-06-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Ricks White Rubicon build.

Ok, I wasn't going to do this but I guess I might as well, instead of posting in separate threads all over the place.

So I ordered my Jeep back in Feb, and after exactly 4 weeks it arrived at the dealer.

White 4dr Rubicon
Options include:
4.10 gears
towing package
Auto climate
butt warmers (yes, even in south florida)
430 radio with connect group
premium soft top
Automatic trans
U-connect

I traded my SRT in on this one. Even coming from that, I really don't have a problem with the power of the 3.6, although I will say I was surprised to see such a small jump in mpg even with the bigger tires and lift. I'm only getting about 13mpg city as it sites now.

Out with the old.


In with the new. This was the day after it arrived at the dealer.



Before I even took delivery I had them install the 2.5" AEV lift and I bought a set of AEV Plinters in Argent and 35" Mickey's. 4 days later (weekend delayed the completion. ) I brought the Jeep home.





That following weekend I did the grill mod (which has since been changed out, see below) as well as bolted on the taillight guards, the gas door and the grab handles. These were all in the Jeep when I picked it up.







Then I took it out for a drive. South Florida is WAY too flat. I'm going to pick up a permit for the off road trails in Big Cypress and try to catch up with one of the clubs going out there soon. Until then, this is all I got.


I did manage to find a puddle though and at least make it look as though it's been used. Plus it got rid of that horrid gloss crap they put all over the tires.




Today I added a new Rampage stubby recovery bumper and I also swapped the DIY grill mod for a Rugged Ridge one.





That's it for now. For the future (not so distant I hope) I'm looking to get a set of SmittyBilt SRC rock guards
Warn 10K winch
CB (probably just a Cobra 75)
Rear bumper, just not sure which yet
Spod
10in Ridged Industries light bar
Ridged Duelies for the rear
Spiderweb shade (which reminds me, I need to order this today)
Skids for the Evap and rear diff.

and then on the maybe side:
Gibson exhaust
cold air intake
AEV heat reduction hood

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Unread 04-06-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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for anyone interested in the mesh grill, here's a link to it on fortec.

https://www.fortec4x4.com/Rugged-Rid...imited-JK.html
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Unread 04-06-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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Nice looking, just a suggestion you can get the ACE rock sliders that will work with your current Rubicon rails
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Unread 04-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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Thanks, I have looked into the ACE rockers as well.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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That is a nice clean jeep
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Unread 04-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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Yeah, too clean. But we hadn't had rain in about 3 months. Finally got a bunch yesterday and I am going to head out for a ride tomorrow.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #7
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That looks awesome!
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Unread 04-08-2013, 04:44 AM   #8
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Thank you.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 10:47 PM   #9
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Do some research and read comments about the aftermarket air intakes before you spend money on one.... I haven't read, I don't think any actually, positive things about them.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 06:59 AM   #10
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Here is a very short and not well produced video of my Cobra 75 install.

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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #11
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nice build so far, it looks great! what made you switch from the DIY grill mod to the rugged ridge one?
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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #12
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Thanks.

I was having problems with the sip tie mounts staying put. I wiped it all down with alcohol, let them dry overnight, even tried them with some JB weld over top to hold and most were good, but a couple in the middle just refused to stay. So I finally just said screw it and while I was picking up my bumper I grabbed that as well. I figured while I had the front apart I might as well do it.
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Just stuff the handset cord and that connecting piece so that it comes out towards the right side of the center console; there's no need to do any drilling. Putting holes in your dash is unnecessary.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 03:56 PM   #14
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Nice looking Rubicon! That lift is perfect
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Unread 04-30-2013, 04:06 AM   #15
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Just stuff the handset cord and that connecting piece so that it comes out towards the right side of the center console; there's no need to do any drilling. Putting holes in your dash is unnecessary.
Yeah, I'm leaning more that every day. It would be nice to be able to just connect it with one hand but I think I'll leave it attached more than not.

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Nice looking Rubicon! That lift is perfect
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