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    Oscar's No Build Thread

    Just returned home from our 5 day camping trip to Hartman Creek State Park located near Waupaca, in central Wisconsin. We had a great time Jeeping, mountain biking, fishing, relaxing and living the Wayalife!

    My navigator and I ready to start our adventure:
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    After a five hour back roads drive and a few stops, we made it to the park and set up camp:
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    A brief rain shower rolled through, so we took a drive around the surrounding area:
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    We stumbled across a couple of old International Harvester Fire Trucks. One was from the Chicago Fire Department and "All Wheel Drive":
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    Day three had us heading Northeast two hours to Lakewood, Wisconsin for some off road fun. On the way we drove through the Menomonee Indian Reservation on Highway 55. This section of road has no posted speed limit for 20 miles of twist and turns. Unfortunately the Jeep doesn't handle like a sports car so 65 was our maximum speed. In the reservation we stopped at Spirit Rock. When I was a kid it was 2 feet tall. Now there is not much left:
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    We intended on wheeling the "Pipeline" just East of Lakewood, and stopped at the Nicolet National Forest Office for a map. There we found out that many sections of the Pipeline were closed because of yahoos causing damage. The ranger was very helpful, marking our map with the closed areas. She also suggested many forest service roads that require 4 wheel drive to pass. We took her advice and had a blast exploring the National Forest:
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    One trail we went down was really wet with many holes filled with knee deep water. We kept going until we came across this "pond" that was a good 100 feet long and couldn't tell how deep. Being by ourselves and without a winch, we decided to save that for a different day:
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    Toward the end of our trip we found ourselves on the road again exploring the countryside:
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    What a great trip!
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    Showed Oscar some love today; wash, second oil change at 8k and first tire rotation.

    Looks like I will need some taller jack stands:
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    I'm old school and like to mark the wheel weights:
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    Posing by the Milwaukee River:
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    Noir:
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    Chrome:
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    Oscar's No Build Thread

    While entering the Rock Hard Sport Cage Giveaway I realized that I never really told my story of how I ended up owning Jeep brand vehicles and active Wayalife member. Here it is:
    My story starts back in the late 80's and 90's. It was all about fast cars and big trucks for me. I viewed the Jeeps of those days as toys and never really gave them a second thought. In fact, I had a neighbor with a modified Jeep at the time that I would razz and always got a good laugh out of that (what a dick I was). During 2002 my daughter was born and I needed to get rid of the 2 seat pick-up for something more sensible. Being a Chevy guy I wanted a Trail Blazer, but just couldn't afford it. Looked at, drove and purchased a much cheaper 2003 Liberty Limited. Turned out to be one of the most reliable and capable vehicles I've ever owned (and still have). Another Liberty (2007) for me and one for the wife (2011); while buying the 2011 a burgundy 2011 JKU caught my eye and it all I thought and talked about for the next five years. During 2014 I really started to seriously research buying a JKU and it was while watching reviews on YouTube that I stumbled across Eddie & Cindy's videos. Needless to say I was hooked, joined the forum shortly thereafter and got lots of advice on my up and coming purchase. February this year we adopted Oscar (2016 Freedom Edition) and couldn't be more thrilled! He is my DD so I won't be going crazy with mods, but that doesn't mean that there won't be any:

    Bestops Under Seat Security - Done
    Racor Hard Top Hoist - Done
    OEM Soft Top - Done
    Warn Winch & DIY Mounting Plate - Done
    Rear Seat Recline (DIY) - Done
    Wall Mounted Door Hangers (DIY) - Done
    Motorcycle/Safari Mirrors (DIY) - Done
    Front & Rear Grab Handles (DIY) - Done
    Delrin Hinge Pin Liners (DIY) - Done
    Side Marker Light/Blinker (DIY) - Done
    2.5”Spacer Lift & Level (DIY) - Done
    Front 2” Shock Ext. Brackets (DIY) - Done
    Adjustable Front Sway Links (DIY) - Done
    Viair 300P Air Compressor - Done
    Backup Camera - Done
    Slider/Side Steps (DIY) - In Progress
    Rubicon Wheels
    Mud Tires (33" Max)
    Stub Stock Front Bumper w/End Caps?
    Evo or Rock Hard Skids
    LX-Lights, Headlights and Fog Lights - Done
    Rear Locker?
    Rubicon Front Axel?


    Wow, that's a big list. So much for the "No Build" more like Slow Build!
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    Nice story, and nice wish list. From experience, you'll love the EVO leveling kit, and you can't go wrong with either set of skids, but I just traded my 2 door on a 4 door, and what I miss most, now are the Trucklites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    Nice story, and nice wish list. From experience, you'll love the EVO leveling kit, and you can't go wrong with either set of skids, but I just traded my 2 door on a 4 door, and what I miss most, now are the Trucklites.
    Thanks man! I'm looking forward to watching your new build. It will probably progress a little quicker than mine!

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    Nice story man, cool build list as well there's no better feeling then checking something off after its on the jeep haha. I know it's a little late but I read your trip post above great pictures!!
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    It's always great to read about another Jeep lover and how they progress into the life. Congrats and would love to hear more about your adventures in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyD View Post
    Nice story man, cool build list as well there's no better feeling then checking something off after its on the jeep haha. I know it's a little late but I read your trip post above great pictures!!
    Thanks Dan, it's gonna be a slow process since I'm looking to upgrade some of my backpacking gear now that it's the end of the season. Probably nothing big until next spring.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim G View Post
    It's always great to read about another Jeep lover and how they progress into the life. Congrats and would love to hear more about your adventures in the future.
    Thank you, heading out this morning for a little fun. More to come on that. How is your JKUR coming along? I haven't seen any new pics lately. I was looking at the exact same model and color that you have. I just couldn't justify the extra expense at the time.

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    Always nice to see people get outdoors with the jeep. Great pictures.
    Awe I am going to slow for your tastes? well to bad if I ain't being paid I ain't in no hurry lol

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    Great pics!

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