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    The one where we build an Outlaw.

    I say We because I know dang well I couldn't do what I've done to my Jeep without your help. So first and foremost, thanks for that.

    It's time I make a thread to lay out all that has been done to the Jeep. I have held off and resisted for a long time because no one really cares about that time I installed LED cubes on the A pillar right? But there are lots of little things over the course of the last few years that have started to amount to something worthwhile. AND in a few weeks I am expecting delivery of these bad boys:

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    so I think that will be worth documenting. I am sure there will be a zillion questions. I'll be installing myself in the garage with the help of.. well, anyone willing to come over.

    For starters, this is the earliest picture I have.

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    Stock everything aside from the Mopar lift installed by the dealer before I bought it and the 35s on some LRG wheels. The story the salesman gave me was that the Jeep was originally purchased in late 2013, and traded back to the dealership in late 2014. I bought it January 2015 with 2,900 miles on it. The previous owner never drove it in the year that he had it apparently.

    I drove it around for all of a month before I had to do something about the steering, it was just atrocious. I had a good idea that I needed a drag link flip so I took it to Trail Jeeps and they took care of business for me. I was afraid at the time to mess with something as important as steering so I let them do it. In retrospect, it would have been an easy job. Oh well.

    Between then and now is a blur of mods, some little, some not so little. Here is a list in roughly the order it was done.

    EVO drag link flip
    Synergy tie rod
    EVO front lower control arms
    EVO Pro Series front bumper
    Warn Xeon 8S
    Rubicon swaybar with EVO no limits
    SwitchPros switch panel
    ARB compressor (single)
    Rigid LED spot cubes (A pillar)
    EVO sliders - I thought these were complete overkill at the time but man am I glad now. I have dropped on them pretty hard a few times.
    Uniden Bearcat CB on a Rugged Ridge mount with a Firestik antenna
    JW Speaker headlights
    Bestop Trektop NX
    Somewhere around here I added about 30HP worth of stickers
    KMC Machete Beadlocks
    Cooper STT Pro (315s)
    EVO hinge mount tire carrier
    Lux rock lights
    Rigid LED flood cubes (bumper)
    Heated seat pads
    I also drilled into the soundbar and installed some LEDs because the interior lights are terrible.

    I think that about covers it.

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    On cyber Monday I placed an order for a set of Pro Rocks straight from Dynatrac. I went with 5.13s and ARB lockers. It's going to be a little weird driving with 35s and those gears but that will be as short lived as possible.

    In the mean time and have been collecting parts, and prepping for the axles to arrive. I opted NOT to go with the Pro Grip upgrade because I figured I could add it later for the same price anyway. What I didnt consider is that if you dont get the Pro Grips, you also dont get unit bearings. You are expected to bring over your own from the stock axle. Not a big deal, except I purposely neglected my D30 knowing it was going to be replaced in time - and here I am buying new unit bearings anyway. So, there's $250 I could have put towards the $900 pro grip upgrade. I should have just done it. When you're spending $10k, what's a few hundred more right? Ugh.

    My second consideration was the control arms. The ones on there now are not stock. They are part of the Mopar lift and they are fixed length. So being that the PR44 has built in caster I would need to be able to make adjustments.

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    So yeah, buy once cry once. I went ahead and ordered the remaining 6 EVO control arms from Exodus Jeeps (gave me an awesome deal on the front uppers BTW).

    Also there are the new unit bearings, extended brake lines and a tuner so I can finally have an accurate speedo. Those axles cant come soon enough because my steering is getting awfully loose. I know the ball joints are toasted and the unit bearings are pretty tired at this point.

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    Man, looks like you're about to have some fun! Nice list of parts. Hope you post up the progress!

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    Hmmm. This looks like the build thread that I was looking for a couple of years ago.

    Congrats on the axles. As long as I have a little heads up, I'd be happy to help you install these bad boys.
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    What WJCO said. I’ve been waiting for this thread also. Congrats!! Make sure to update the progress!

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    Awesome man, congrats! When it comes time and you are ready for ProGrips let me know and I’ll hook you up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Exodus Jeeps View Post
    Awesome man, congrats! When it comes time and you are ready for ProGrips let me know and I’ll hook you up.


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    You'll be the first to know. And the front uppers are perfect, dont even worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Hmmm. This looks like the build thread that I was looking for a couple of years ago.

    Congrats on the axles. As long as I have a little heads up, I'd be happy to help you install these bad boys.

    I know. I just wasnt feeling it at the time. Better nate than lever I guess.

    Here is a fairly current picture of how it sits now. LEDs on the bumper are missing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOPLESS View Post
    What WJCO said. I’ve been waiting for this thread also. Congrats!! Make sure to update the progress!

    Thank you! If there is anything I know well it is that the internet demands pictures. I'll give you all plenty of opportunity to laugh at my decisions.

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    If you haven't got it already, have a couple of pints of brake fluid on hand if you're doing all four new brake lines.
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