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wayoflife
01-17-2018, 12:53 AM
For those of you whoíve been wondering what lies just behind the fender liners of an all new Jeep JL Wrangler, this short video will give you a quick glimpse of what you can expect to see. Among other things, you'll get to see the new front shock towers that use through bolts instead of studs, the new aluminum steering box, electric power-steering pump which is also a part of the auto start/stop system, the new and safer location of the EVAP canister and outboard rear shock mounts.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZerphEOvAc&feature=youtu.be

JL JOURNAL is a WAYALIFE Production with a focus on the all new Jeep JL Wrangler. This YouTube video series will highlight the build process of our JL as well as all the adventures both small and big that it takes us on. We hope that you follow us along on our journey.

rumblebee3
01-17-2018, 12:55 AM
Just watched it....very interesting some of the changes. In a good way and maybe not so good. But I'm sure someone will figure out what can be done! Thank you 👍

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cozdude
01-17-2018, 01:04 AM
Interested to see if that harness gets in the way. Also do you think the evap will be in the way now as well? The location is good but has me worried for tire tuck

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 01:07 AM
Just watched it....very interesting some of the changes. In a good way and maybe not so good. But I'm sure someone will figure out what can be done! Thank you 👍

Glad you liked the video. We hope to do a lot more of these especially once we get our JL :yup:

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 01:08 AM
Interested to see if that harness gets in the way. Also do you think the evap will be in the way now as well? The location is good but has me worried for tire tuck

The wiring harness on the passenger side rear fender well has me a little concerned if only because of the amount of hacking I've had to do on our JK's to keep a low center of gravity while running 40's. Granted, the fender openings on the JL are bigger than the JK so it might all be a non-issue.

JeepFan
01-17-2018, 01:13 AM
Great video journal! Very interesting changes! Maybe there will be an aftermarket shield designed to protect the wire harness?

Andy5160
01-17-2018, 01:14 AM
Is that JL Dynatrac just got [emoji848][emoji848][emoji848]
That Evap canister was relocated the right way it seems but we shall see


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TrainWreck618
01-17-2018, 01:19 AM
Great video[emoji106] wondering how that harness and evap will do in the fender well


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wayoflife
01-17-2018, 01:49 AM
Great video journal! Very interesting changes! Maybe there will be an aftermarket shield designed to protect the wire harness?

I'm kinda hoping that there won't be a need to remove the fender liner. That would take care of that :yup:


Is that JL Dynatrac just got [emoji848][emoji848][emoji848]
That Evap canister was relocated the right way it seems but we shall see

As a matter of fact, yes it is Dynatrac's JL. They were kind enough to send us this footage so that we could make something of it. :yup:


Great video[emoji106] wondering how that harness and evap will do in the fender well

I think the EVAP is totally safe. Assuming the new bigger fender wells will clear 40's, I would think that the wiring harness should be fine. If trimming is required like the JK... well, I might have to figure out some kind of relocation of it. :crazyeyes:

RockingK
01-17-2018, 02:00 AM
I hate the wait🙄

Do you have a delivery date? I want to build a 4 door from scratch instead of redoing someone elseís idea of a build and the quality and standards they have or not....
Iíll be following your build like a hawk and am probably more excited than you and Cindy....ok maybe not more.


Glad you liked the video. We hope to do a lot more of these especially once we get our JL :yup:

Sharkey
01-17-2018, 02:10 AM
Very cool! It's exciting to see even the little changes.

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 02:13 AM
I hate the wait🙄

Do you have a delivery date? I want to build a 4 door from scratch instead of redoing someone elseís idea of a build and the quality and standards they have or not....
Iíll be following your build like a hawk and am probably more excited than you and Cindy....ok maybe not more.

LOL!! No delivery date as of yet. All I know is that it has shipped. Best guess is that it'll be before the end of the month.

As far as builds go, I hope you know that we'll most likely go through multiple setups as we'll eagerly install whatever is available at the time :yup:

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 02:14 AM
Very cool! It's exciting to see even the little changes.

You're telling me! Dying to get my hands on ours :gaah:

Merica!
01-17-2018, 02:26 AM
LOL!! No delivery date as of yet. All I know is that it has shipped. Best guess is that it'll be before the end of the month.

As far as builds go, I hope you know that we'll most likely go through multiple setups as we'll eagerly install whatever is available at the time :yup:

Are you getting a JLUR?

MattAlpha
01-17-2018, 02:27 AM
I may have missed it, but will the rear fender pinch seam need to trimmed as on the older JKs?

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 02:28 AM
Are you getting a JLUR?

Yup. Should have it in the next week or two [emoji41]


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JAGS
01-17-2018, 02:28 AM
Great video journal! Very interesting changes! Maybe there will be an aftermarket shield designed to protect the wire harness?


I'm kinda hoping that there won't be a need to remove the fender liner. That would take care of that :yup:



As a matter of fact, yes it is Dynatrac's JL. They were kind enough to send us this footage so that we could make something of it. :yup:



I think the EVAP is totally safe. Assuming the new bigger fender wells will clear 40's, I would think that the wiring harness should be fine. If trimming is required like the JK... well, I might have to figure out some kind of relocation of it. :crazyeyes:

Keeping the stock liners in the rear would certainly be different. Wonder if there won't be need to trim pinch seams?

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 02:29 AM
I may have missed it, but will the rear fender pinch seam need to trimmed as on the older JKs?

No trimming will be needed like was needed on the JK.


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wayoflife
01-17-2018, 02:30 AM
Keeping the stock liners in the rear would certainly be different. Wonder if there won't be need to trim pinch seams?

From what Iíve seen, no trimming will be needed or at least up to a 37.


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jeeeep
01-17-2018, 02:34 AM
They weren't kidding that they've made better use of the available space.

What's the large cable to?

I like the new shock mounts, I can already hear my language cleaning up when swapping out shocks :thumb:

JAGS
01-17-2018, 02:46 AM
From what Iíve seen, no trimming will be needed or at least up to a 37.


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No shit? That in and of itself will drastically change the look of built JLs. Full fenders and fender liners intact. [emoji41]

No impact on low center of gravity or amount of articulation... It's gonna be hard not to rush out and put 37s on it right away.

TrailHunter
01-17-2018, 02:55 AM
From what Iíve seen, no trimming will be needed or at least up to a 37.


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This may be a dumb question..... but are the wheel well openings (not the fenders & besides the rear pinch seam) all around bigger on the JL or is it mainly just the fenders that are creating the extra space....?

OverlanderJK
01-17-2018, 03:04 AM
Looks tight in the rear for a bigger shock mount for a coilover. We shall see.

Thanks for the overview!


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Trail JK
01-17-2018, 03:54 AM
Awesome video! Thanks for sharing the new finds!


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notnalc68
01-17-2018, 04:01 AM
Thanks for the first look into this. Itís very interesting.


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Clifford33
01-17-2018, 04:10 AM
Great video I canít wait to see your and Cindyís new JL. Wow that will be awesome to watch your JL build from start to finish. [emoji1360]


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wayoflife
01-17-2018, 04:25 AM
No shit? That in and of itself will drastically change the look of built JLs. Full fenders and fender liners intact. [emoji41]

No impact on low center of gravity or amount of articulation... It's gonna be hard not to rush out and put 37s on it right away.

I'm ordering up 37's and going right to them as soon as I can :yup:


This may be a dumb question..... but are the wheel well openings (not the fenders & besides the rear pinch seam) all around bigger on the JL or is it mainly just the fenders that are creating the extra space....?

From the looks of it, the wheel wells themselves are BIGGER than the JK :yup:


Looks tight in the rear for a bigger shock mount for a coilover. We shall see.

Thanks for the overview!

You know it's gonna happen. Just gotta run wheels with less back spacing :thumb:

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 04:26 AM
Awesome video! Thanks for sharing the new finds!

Thanks Rachel, looking forward to unveiling more about the JL :yup:


Thanks for the first look into this. Itís very interesting.

Glad you liked it Clay :cool:


Great video I canít wait to see your and Cindyís new JL. Wow that will be awesome to watch your JL build from start to finish. [emoji1360]


It'll be a first for sure but I think it'll be fun to document the growth of our JL from the very beginning :yup:

OverlanderJK
01-17-2018, 04:42 AM
I'm ordering up 37's and going right to them as soon as I can :yup:



From the looks of it, the wheel wells themselves are BIGGER than the JK :yup:



You know it's gonna happen. Just gotta run wheels with less back spacing :thumb:

I meant more for that evap and extending the shock mount farther up. Interested to see what happens though.


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RanchoRubi
01-17-2018, 04:54 AM
I like the approach to this "look behind" series. Will really help to understand what to expect and plan on JL vs Jk. Then again, maybe the JLs are designed so fewer mods are needed.
Nice first in a series. Looking forward to the future ones.


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JAGS
01-17-2018, 04:57 AM
I'm ordering up 37's and going right to them as soon as I can :yup:



From the looks of it, the wheel wells themselves are BIGGER than the JK :yup:



You know it's gonna happen. Just gotta run wheels with less back spacing :thumb:

Perfect. I call dibs on your 37s when you quickly upgrade to 40s. [emoji6] Lol.

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 04:59 AM
I meant more for that evap and extending the shock mount farther up. Interested to see what happens though.


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Ah, got it. Nothing a relocation can't fix :D

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 05:00 AM
Perfect. I call dibs on your 37s when you quickly upgrade to 40s. [emoji6] Lol.

:cheesy: How'd you know that was gonna happen :cheesy:

JAGS
01-17-2018, 05:17 AM
:cheesy: How'd you know that was gonna happen :cheesy:

Been around long enough. [emoji33][emoji23][emoji23]

19YJ94
01-17-2018, 05:18 AM
Thanks for posting the video, good information. Looking forward to learning more about the JL.

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 05:28 AM
I like the approach to this "look behind" series. Will really help to understand what to expect and plan on JL vs Jk. Then again, maybe the JLs are designed so fewer mods are needed.
Nice first in a series. Looking forward to the future ones.


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Thanks Et. I have a feeling that the JL will require fewer mods to get to where we want to be [emoji1303]


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wayoflife
01-17-2018, 05:29 AM
Thanks for posting the video, good information. Looking forward to learning more about the JL.

Awesome! Glad to hear youíll be watching again [emoji41]


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Trail Bud
01-17-2018, 02:15 PM
Very interesting, looks like the wire harness in the wheel well would cause issues with a big tire tucking up there.
Will you need a aftermarket steering box for 37Ē? If yes would you have to use a hydraulic pump?

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 03:07 PM
Very interesting, looks like the wire harness in the wheel well would cause issues with a big tire tucking up there.
Will you need a aftermarket steering box for 37”? If yes would you have to use a hydraulic pump?

So far, everything points to NO need for a ram assist for 37's. The new electric pump should get the job done. But, I'll let you know for sure very soon :)

PUNKN
01-17-2018, 03:21 PM
Auto start/stop sounds frightening on the trail. I drove a car in Ireland with that. The delay between throttle movement and vehicle movement was noticeable at a stoplight. Can't imagine that on the trail. I hope they have that lag cured.

wayoflife
01-17-2018, 03:27 PM
Auto start/stop sounds frightening on the trail. I drove a car in Ireland with that. The delay between throttle movement and vehicle movement was noticeable at a stoplight. Can't imagine that on the trail. I hope they have that lag cured.

I'm pretty sure you can disable start/stop but you have to do it each time you start your engine.

SJ21XDC
01-17-2018, 07:07 PM
Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

webejeepin
01-17-2018, 10:28 PM
Great video, thanks for posting.

So much to learn, looking forward to the journey.