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    Knows a Thing or Two TheGrendel's Avatar
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    Building the Grendel

    Well, I've been away for awhile. Lots and lots going on. Time to start this thing.

    Base - JKUR Recon edition 6MT Firecracker Red

    I bought it through Koons Tysons Jeep near Washingtion DC. Awesome process. I highly recommend it. We flew into Dulles and the salesmen picked us up.

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    My wife had never been to DC. So, we did some touristy stuff.

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    Much more to come.

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    Knows a Thing or Two TheGrendel's Avatar
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    After doing tourist stuff in DC for a day and a half, it was time to start our journey back to Texas.

    We spent the night in this cozy little cottage in Warm Springs, VA called the Inn at the Gristmill. They have a restaurant called the Waterwheel, and it is fantastic.
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    From there we traveled down to Tennessee to see the Smokies.

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    Stopped in Chattanooga for the night and then drove towards Lynchburg to do the tour of Jack Daniels Distillery. I went on a trip when I was 5/6 years old up through Tennessee. We stopped at the JD Distillery. 27 years later I did it over again. Some things have changed, but it was still like I remember.
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    Left Lynchburg and stopped at Shiloh National Military Park. Unfortunately, it was raining off and on so we spent most of the time just cruising around.

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    We spent that night in Memphis. Ate ribs and listened to some live bands.

    Next day we made it home to Texas.

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    Yesterday, I started on my first mods. The Grendel will be getting built up a little more slowly than my old Gecko JKR.

    First some Daystar hood latches to stop hood flutter. I'm too OCD and cannot stand the hood flutter. Amazed that FCA never fixed this.
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    Second, Grabars. These are nice and sturdy now that they are on. But, holy crap, I have never been so pissed at 4 freaking bolts in my life. Took me way, way longer than it should have to get the drivers side put in. Also, dropped a bolt behind the pillar. Just going to leave it unless it starts rattling.
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    Waiting to be put on. Evo tire carrier and Evo corner skids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrendel View Post

    Second, Grabars. These are nice and sturdy now that they are on. But, holy crap, I have never been so pissed at 4 freaking bolts in my life. Took me way, way longer than it should have to get the drivers side put in. Also, dropped a bolt behind the pillar. Just going to leave it unless it starts rattling.
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    Waiting to be put on. Evo tire carrier and Evo corner skids.
    I had the same issue with grabars install, that drivers side was a PITA, but I love them now...congrats on a beautiful rig. Look forward to watching the transformation.


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    Nice shakedown trip for the new ride! No doubt that's where you discovered the dreaded hood flutter.

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    Nice looking Jeep, can't wait to see how everything turns out.


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    Nice build so far.
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    Very cool. The smokies are an awesome mountain range. My wife and I were just there recently. Jeep looks good!


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    Took the end caps off the front bumper. Trying to decide if I am going to keep the stock front bumper. Already know I'm going bumperless in the rear when I mount the Evo carrier.

    I don't think this is going to cut it.

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