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TheBoss 02-22-2013 04:12 PM

Wanderlust, TheBoss's JKU build
 
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You have all helped and entertained me with all your builds ,so I thought it was time to reciprocate. For your viewing pleasure is the slow build up of my 2012 JKU sport. She came to be from a trade in of our 2011 JKU sport that served us well and took us on some great road trips. This is the first vehicle that I sat down checked off the boxes and waited for delivery from the plant. 24s package, 3.6L Pentapower, 5sp auto, 7 speaker stereo system,3.73 gears with trac-lock rear.

Here she is on the day of delivery(if you look on the rack inside you can see my white 2011). I kept the wheels and tires from the 2011.
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From there stock wasn't going to last so an AEV 2.5" Dualsport suspension lift was ordered from Northridge4x4.
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TheBoss 02-22-2013 04:31 PM

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Spring comparison
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Always resourceful I found a use for the old springs immediately...pizza table:drool:
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TheBoss 02-22-2013 04:51 PM

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More lift install photos
rear trackbar install
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The Lod midwidth bumper goes on next, but an engineer figured this was a good place to put the brake vacuum module??
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Bracket needed to be removed for the bumper to fit ,painted and pretty.
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An OR Fab relocation bracket was used to relocate the pump to the engine bay. Easy install and this is probably the best kit out there IMO.
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And on goes the bumper. This is the third JK I've had it on so it went really easy. All cleaned up and resprayed with VHT rollbar and chassis paint.
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TheBoss 02-23-2013 09:21 AM

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Modified the shattybilt rails I was unimpressed on the look and functionality of them but not about to spend more money on a rail yet.
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On to the chopping block for some trimming of the fat.
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Cut and ready for some welding to seal up the holes.
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Prepped and painted with Rustoleum bedliner and reinstalled with help from my lovely assistant.
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gst95dsm 02-23-2013 10:13 AM

Looks nice man, starting with a brand new vehicle sounds like a scary proposition considering what we put them through. I'm assuming the pentastar is what motivated the purchase. 3 JK's???..... I'm so attached to my little 2.5 TJ, even the thought of getting something different becomes an emotional affair. And this is coming from a guy who's owned over 20 vehicles in the last 10 years. Your Jeep is very nice though, love the white.

TheBoss 02-23-2013 10:35 AM

Thanks, Well after over 20 vehicles in 24 years I TRY not to get too attatched. The pentastar and 5spd auto was definately the reason for the trade in. After traveling Route 66 from Chicago to Cali. and back with the 2011 I had enough of the weak 4spd auto.There were several times I thought it was going to downshift into oblivion. Pulling the trigger on a lift I knew I wanted one that would ride well on the long haul and do well on the trail. After seeing the AEV lift work on 222Doc 's 2012 JkR in Moss Wash ,AZ I figured with some add ons it would work well.

TheBoss 02-24-2013 07:04 AM

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My order from Northridge 4x4 arrived.
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Nitro sleeves, Synergy C-gussets, Synergy trackbar-sector shaft brace, JKS frame mount trackbar brace, JKS stabilizer relocation.
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I had a chance to paint the brackets with weld through primer. I'm still waiting on my front trackbar, so this should keep them from flash rusting.
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442Wrangler 02-24-2013 12:10 PM

Looks good so far. I just saw the thread and enjoy your constructive responses on the JK area so here I am. If you ever need a hand, I'm north of the state line but wouldn't mind coming down to help out.

TheBoss 02-24-2013 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by 442Wrangler (Post 15027291)
Looks good so far. I just saw the thread and enjoy your constructive responses on the JK area so here I am. If you ever need a hand, I'm north of the state line but wouldn't mind coming down to help out.

Hey thanks, It's been a slow build but I wanted to establish a time line of sorts before it gets too far. I'm anxious to get into the axle whenever the trackbar gets here I want try and bang it out all at once.

I think we all try to put in our 2 cents around here ,I think we all learn as we go. I try not to get too wrapped up in the produuct grudge matches and all. Thanks again and I appreciate the offer on the help if I get in a bind I may just take you up on the offer.:cheers2:

BigBlue7 02-25-2013 06:57 AM

Love to learn.... Nice progress so far!

TheBoss 02-25-2013 07:19 AM

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Originally Posted by BigBlue7 (Post 15031853)
Love to learn.... Nice progress so far!

Thanks Blue! It's an endless journey:laugh:

BigBlue7 02-25-2013 09:32 AM

BTW, you inspired me on the "C" gussets... thier on my list now! I want pics of that axle sleeve install, have fun, and remember to freeze those bad boys first.

TheBoss 02-25-2013 10:46 AM

Oh' yeah, I'll have them in the freezer a few days prior. Problem is the weather around here the axle tube will need to warmed up with a torch to make any difference.:laugh: Still waiting on the trackbar:PopCorn::dunno:

442Wrangler 02-25-2013 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by TheBoss (Post 15028892)
Hey thanks, It's been a slow build but I wanted to establish a time line of sorts before it gets too far. I'm anxious to get into the axle whenever the trackbar gets here I want try and bang it out all at once.

I think we all try to put in our 2 cents around here ,I think we all learn as we go. I try not to get too wrapped up in the produuct grudge matches and all. Thanks again and I appreciate the offer on the help if I get in a bind I may just take you up on the offer.:cheers2:

Hey no worries. There are fanboys for everything and that's the great thing about forums, you hear about everything.

The problem for me is guys who haven't run anything that they bash.

Back to the build though! :cheers2:

TheBoss 02-25-2013 04:52 PM

I found out my trackbar is another week out. I guess Synergy is backed up on manufacturing trackbars??


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