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Thread: I guess it's the "Super Stocker" build

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    I guess it's the "Super Stocker" build

    After being a pickup truck guy for many years, I decided to look at a Jeep. After test driving some friend's Jeeps and some new one's, I decided I would dive in.

    My '99 F150 I traded in

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    The new Jeep on July 9, 2013 and yes, the salesman made me practice my wave before leaving the lot!

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    I knew I wanted to make the Jeep more capable off road, but decided to drive it for awhile to see what I really needed first. I did mostly visual mods like plastidip and paracord grab handles then I found some Rubi rails and some Rubi 18 springs for very cheap. I already had the 59's in the back. I swapped out my front springs then found some 1" spacers for the front and 3/4" spacers for the rear.

    No Rubi springs or spacers...
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    With Rubi springs, spacers and third row seat
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    Last summer the family and I took a spin after some rain. Oh those wonderful SRA's turned into racing slicks. I knew it was time to start saving up for tires.

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    My set of BFG KM2's in 255/80R17's arrived from Discount Tire Direct and I had them mounted on Thursday. I went with this size because I knew if I did a lift, gears, etc I would have to buy cheap crap on my budget. The Flashcal to Flashpaq purchase was also made in conjunction with the tires. It dialed in the speedo on the dot confirmed by two GPS's at 32" with 40 PSI for the road.

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    I was worried about my darling wife hating the road noise. (BTW, I think these KM2's are pretty darn quiet considering the aggressive tread!) When she heard them, she said it's what she thought a Jeep should sound like! Then we saw another Jeep with a stubby bumper and winch. She looked at me and told me I need that for my Jeep too! All I could say was, "I love you!" Anyway...

    Even though I probably didn't need to trim the rails it did concern me. So out came the chop saw to take 2" off the back of each rail...

    Before the trim...

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    ...and after

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    I still have the Rock Hard 4x4 3rd Row Accessory Bar sitting in the garage. I just need time to pull the top, even though I know it can be done with the top on. I have a build thread for the tube/trail doors I am still working on. I hope to have those done in the next few weeks. Next on my wish list will be to DIY front and rear bumpers and pick up a good winch. I also plan on gusseting the D30 C's in the near future and then drive it til I break it. I will probably go with the EVO Leveling kit when I get the front bumper and winch.

    Time will tell what will or won't be added next. At it's current stage and my current budget, I don't regret making the leap from pickups to my Jeep! I know it's not some badass monster build, but it's been a fun ride and look forward to learning/enjoying more.
    Last edited by USMC Wrangler; 04-06-2015 at 01:21 AM.
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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    Looking good! Damn, had I known a few weeks ago you were looking for tires I would have made you a hell of a deal on 5 rubi wheels with the bfg mt's on them. Only got 8500 miles on them. Found a spot to try out the flex on old ore road...ImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1428286132.571275.jpg

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    Welcome to WOL.

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    Thanks for the welcome!

    No worries, Granite. I like the slightly taller KM2's...nice flex too!
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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    After seeing Granite_head's War Pig, I realized I needed to get my stickers on so I didn't seem too much like a stalker drooling over other Jeeps. My second WAL sticker arrived today...

    ...so I "Wayalifed" the Jeep...



    ...and my welding cabinet!

    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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    I confirmed something that I suspected with the tall, skinny tires last night. We had a frog-choker of a storm move through the area causing water to run over the road. These tall-skinny's cut through deep puddles at 45-50 MPH without massive jerking of the steering wheel! It was a slightly noticeable "tug" versus the SRA's which seemed to want to rip the steering wheel out of my hands. I realize the massively different tread styles may have something to do with it too, but I'm no engineer or physics major.

    I know, kinda random info, but just throwing it out there if anyone else is considering a tire in this size, (all two manufactured in this size currently, BFG & Cooper).
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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    You'll notice theres less rolling resistance with a slimmer tire in on road precipitation.

    Consider that your footprint is smaller amd therefore there's less surface area for the water (or snow in winter) to resist. This is great for forward momentum as you can "cut" through poor road conditions where a flatter wider tire would get bogged down, pushed and redirected.

    Sometimes this leaves you at a disadvantage i.e. from a srandstill you might experience less traction.

    :Yup:

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    Did you put the 3rd row seat in yourself? ?? My wife would love this option

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    More info and pics on this third row seat very interesting

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    My 3rd row

    Yes, I did install the third row myself. I have a family of 6 and we love to hike and just get outdoors, so with the JKU only seating 5 I looked into the third row. I first saw the bracket being sold to put a 2-door rear seat back there. The bracket is pricey, but started looking for slightly used/not wanted 2dr seats for sale. Every one of them I found were either close to me and way over what I wanted to spend, or they are too far away to pickup or too costly to ship. I found the dimensions of the following seat and went with that. Also found lap belts to solve that question. The seat brackets and seatbelt mounts are all mounted through the rear floor. I'm literally waiting on some steel plate to arrive today to use over the storage area. I'll try to get some pics loaded today with the seat in, brackets and mounting points.

    Seatbelts

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    Seat

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    ^^^^That is where I got them

    This shows the little legroom available. I could move the seat back about an inch only if the headrests were removed. So, little kids, yes...everyone else, very uncomfortable.



    Here is one of the buckles. This is the passenger side. The bottom of the picture is the wheel well side for reference. I did trim the plastic storage piece to accommodate the bolt.



    This is where I mounted both of the long portions of the lap belt. It is inside the storage area, so all the parts of the belt can be stored there when the seat is out. Again, I had to cut a hole in the storage area plastic to get this mounted.



    These are the brackets for the front of the seat. I didn't use the rear one because I have nothing to bolt it to. The lap belts keep the passenger(s) from flying forward better than the spring loaded, single hook.



    I have some 1/4" plate I am going to cut to fit under the storage cover for the rear seat rubber legs to sit on. For now, a 2x8 has worked fine.

    In the future I may see about installing this rear facing to see if there is more legroom. For now, my 7 and 9 year-olds fit back here just fine.
    Last edited by USMC Wrangler; 04-14-2015 at 10:39 PM. Reason: Added more info on 3rd row seating
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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