I decided to buy a 2016 Sport instead of a Rubicon, because I figured I would put the 20,000$ difference in it anyway, and could get more bang for my buck. Through some timely deals and lots of learning to do things myself, I have wound up with a Jeep that makes me happy, proud and sometimes furious, but always wanting to explore.
The build has reached what I would call the decision point; the point where I have found what I truly want to create. I've tested brands, experienced the different functions and quality of products. Now I feel I am at the point where I know what shape, look and function I am going for, to set out and find those specific items, or make them, to meet my needs. So this could also be considered the re-investing in the build stage... oh dear.
From start to present, the parts and work history for my jeep are as follows:
- purchased new on March 2016;
- got a deal on a Smitty Bilt stinger and 9500 winch;
- Wife bought me a awesome set of 4" pod lights for my windshield pillars;
- Smitty Bilt 'rock sliders' and side steps from a friend where a great deal, and have taken a decent beating, but are not my favourite item on the jeep... I don't think a product review on them is necessary;
- bought some 33" Mickey Thompson MTZs off a buddy to get me through a local trail ride;
- Smitty Bilt atlas rear bumper and tire carrier came next - product review to follow...;
- Wanted a quick deal on 35's so bought the ProComp AT Sport tires... great on the road and snow, won't clean out mud at all.. surprised they even highlight their clean-out ability online;
- wheeled the jeep with no lift on some major wash-outs and ripped my flares off, so I cut the flares and bought a Rubicon Express Short Arm 3.5" lift kit with all geometry correcting relocation brackets and control arm drops and HD steering kit; installed myself with a simple socket set, and barn beams as jack stands on my back patio (wife was really happy);
- Decided I needed lockers and my jeep was getting to fat for its 3.21 gears... so I upgraded to 4.88 and the ARB Air Lockers - loved them, never going back to a lower gear (The Gecko has those axles now, a post on that crazy axle swap weekend will emerge eventually);
- At this point I started feeling like an overlander with a trip to NewFoundland on the docket, so I order the Garvin Wilderness rack, and installed it;
- At some point I got some amazon headlights and taillights, wiring was a nightmare, good thing I like electricity;
- Then came the axle swap, I know rock a G2 Core 44 front and Currie Rock Jock 60n rear with 4,88 gears, 35 spline, chromoly shafts and ARB air lockers;
- A more detailed break down of the products, installation process and performance will be documented in the near future, and if you have any questions on these products, don't hesitate to ask - I installed everything except for my first set of gears and lockers.
* Other random things in the jeep; snomaster fridge, 100xw solar panel and 12v 130AHr marine battery, jerry cans, water cans, 20+ days of food supply and cooking fuel, tons of coffee, at least 6 knives, a cobra radio, compact UHF capable hand-held, vector e-dock, my own visor panel cover, overhead storage system, flashcal programmer, head rest fire extinguisher mounts and roll bar fire extinguisher mounts, recovery style GARB, two spare u-joints for my rear drive-shaft, tools, paracord grab handles, available soon in our store, and other stuff.. too much stuff, may need to have a yard sale outside my jeep.
What parts of your build are your favourite, share away!