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    The Crimson Bandit - JK Build

    Well...it was about time I started a build thread and named the new to us Jeep. I settled on Crimson Bandit because it's Burgundy/Maroon in color and the dark hard top reminds me of a Bandit eye covering. Plus, the definition of Bandit is an outlaw operating in remote or lawless areas. Seems appropriate for Western Colorado!

    It was a bittersweet day when I traded in my trusty 1999 Jeep Cherokee (Black Jack) I had had for 15 years.



    But, I was able to get this:





    It's a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Miles were high at 140k but everything else was in great shape. Everything, that is, except for the BROWN interior. Gag! Why in this day and age would they use brown? My wife said it felt like she was in a vehicle from the 70's!

    Well, that doesn't work... I managed to paint some of the interior plastic pieces on my Cherokee with success, so it was worth a try here. Just pull off the brown parts and paint them, right? It was a bit more difficult getting everything off than I thought, but so worth it the end!

    Before:



    And after (didn't have the center console done in this pic):



    I did this a week after buying the Jeep, couldn't take the brown anymore! It was so worth the effort!
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    Next find was a take off set of 18" Sahara rims and Bridgestone tires with about 70% tread remaining. Why you ask? Well, most of my driving is done on pavement and I wanted to keep the Mud Terrains in good condition for Jeep treks. I used to work in a tire shop so swapping out sets of tires can be done in garage in about 20 minutes.

    Along with the set of tires, the guy also had a set of running boards and bumpers. Got everything for $375 which was a good deal in my mind. Don't worry, I'm keeping my Rubicon rock rails and the Mud Terrains have a comfy home in the garage.

    It was time to wheel the Jeep! Cruised out to Bangs Canyon to test out the new ride off road. 1/3 of the way in I see about 15 Jeeps coming down the hill towards us. There was no room to go around so I turned around and headed back up the trail. In a large clearing, the group caught up to us and rolled up next to me and asked "You wanna join a Jeep Club?" I pondered for a moment and said sure to Grand Mesa Jeep Club!

    The next weekend we we followed the club to Dome Plateau near Moab. We had a blast! Everyone was really friendly and very supportive. Here is the group for the day, we are 6th from the front:



    Though, I noticed something, I kept bottoming out as I dropped off ledges. That front bumper was really nice, but really heavy. More on that later.

    The next trip we did was to Moab! It was 2 weeks before EJS and we found the absolute LAST spot to setup our pop up in Sand Flats on a Thursday midday.



    Next morning, we got up and prepared to tackle Fins and Things. One of my favorite trails! Not many pics, mostly video of this trek, but managed to snap this one:



    The next day we met up with GMJC again to tackle Seven Mile Rim. Another great trail, but man...I was scraping bottom A LOT! Still fun though:



    Hmm...found something on Craigslist...
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    I regularly watch my local Craigslist chapter for anything Jeep. One night, I happened across a post where someone was selling their used Mopar 2" JK lift take off. It had four heavy duty coils, four Bilstein 5100's, an adjustable track bar for the front, and a limiting strap. All for $200 and an hour drive to pick it all up. Here is how she sits after the lift:



    And a couple flex shots:





    More to come!
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    Nice build. Great work on the interior overhaul.
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    Well, I gave the Crimson Bandit a bath:



    Rained 3 days later. You can see the soft road shoes. They serve the purpose.

    I also called the Jeep Dealership back to check on the Service Bulletin for the Clock Spring. Two weeks or so ago I called them and they told me it was not under warranty to replace the Clock Spring. I got the impression from a post I made that it should be covered...so I called them up again. This time, for whatever reason, they said it WAS under warranty...just depends on who picks up the phone I guess. So, I have an appointment to get that fixed on Tuesday.

    I keep hearing an occasional 'twang' in the front end...I can only assume it was this:



    The sway bar end links are very close to the springs...and the springs bow towards the front of the vehicle. Everything is seated properly...definitely need some caster...methinks.
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    We woke up today and decided to pack up the Bandit and head up in to the mountains to beat the heat. Near record highs for the next 2 weeks here. We live about 45 minutes from a 10,000 foot flat top mountain called the Grand Mesa. That much elevation change dropped the Temps about 30 degrees, which was really nice.

    I also wanted to test out my home made bikini top. We made it out of our broken trampoline material and a grommet kit, worked really well at blocking the sun. Now we just need to make some adjustments to the tie downs to keep it secure.

    The trail we took was not regularly traveled...about 45 minutes down the trail we encountered a downed tree that sat about 3 feet above the road...no way around and no way over. It was still a fun trip. Here are some pics:



    I swear I hear a lady singing something about the sound of music.



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    Looks like a good time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Explorer View Post
    Looks like a good time!
    We wish we could have gone farther, but I was running street shoes and also had no way of removing the downed trees. Still a good time though, and a great test of the home brew top.

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    We really wanted to head up to Ouray and run Engineer Pass last weekend, but my wife had to work unfortunately. While she was at work, I installed a couple things I received for my Birthday/Father's Day.

    First was a CB Radio. I wanted it out of the way and lockable if the top was off, so I started thinking about how I could get it in to the center console.



    This worked out really well because the cigarette lighter was already in there for power. I just ran the coaxial cable in there, mounted it to the plastic and ran the audio output back to the radios aux port. I plan to add a 3.5mm splitter so I can listen to music and the CB at the same time. Should be a nice setup.

    Next, I had a coupon for a $300 12K Badlands Winch. I wish it were a Warn, but after reading real life reviews, most people felt this winch was a good value for the money. Plus, I was given a pretty strict budget on this.





    Some may notice that the controller is facing the wrong way...I had it setup the other direction, but I couldn't set the cables properly without them rubbing on the grill. This direction worked better and the winch will have a cover soon. Everything works great and fits well. I also purchased the wireless unit with 25% off coupon.

    Another thing I found was a set of tire deflators. They were free, just paid shipping from China. Took a few weeks, but can't beat the price!



    The Bandit is coming along nicely. Just need some time to go wheeling.
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    Nice Jeep. I personally like the brown interior, but to each their own.
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