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Offline GeckoGlow

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« on: December 16, 2012, 03:54:12 PM »
GeckoGlow's JK Build & General Rig Discussion Thread

!!WARNING!! This thread may require the use of sunglasses !!WARNING!!

(This first post will be updated as changes are made.)

Current Specs:
 
 2013 Jeep JK Wrangler Sport S

 Stats:
  Weight - 4,600 lbs (as of 6/18/17)
  Wheelbase - 96 in

 Drivetrain:
  3.6L V6 Pentastar
  NSG370 6-speed manual
  NV241J transfer case, low gear ratio: 2.72:1
  Custom bent and welded exhaust w/Magnaflow muffler
  Dana 30 front axle
   - Aussie Locker
   - Ten Factory chromo axle shafts
   - Synergy ball joints
   - EVO C2 gussets & LCA skids
   - Black Magic pads and Centric slotted rotors
  Coast 1310 front driveshaft
  Dana 44 rear axle
   - ARB Air Locker
   - Revolution 35 spline chromo shafts
   - Riddler diff cover
   - Centric pads and rotors
  Coast 1310 rear driveshaft
  Axle gear ratio: 4.88

 Steering:
  Synergy drag link
  Synergy tie rod w/ high misalignment boots
  Reman Steering Box, ported for hydro assist
  PSC assist cylinder
  PSC high volume steering pump and reservoir
  Derale power steering cooler, 12" heatsink

 Suspension:
  Metalcloak 2.5" springs, dual rate
  Fox 2.0 IFP shocks
   - Front travel: 11.1"
   - Rear travel: 10.6"
  Nemesis front lower shock mounts
  Synergy rear upper shock mounts
  EVO Rockstar rear lower shock mounts
  Rokmen control arms, front lower & rear upper
  Currie front Antirock, aluminum arms & frame brackets
  Currie adjustable trackbars
   - Front: 32 5/8"
   - Rear: 39 3/4 "
  Teraflex rear trackbar bracket
  JKS rear sway bar links, 13.25"
  Synergy rear sway bar relocation bracket
  Crown Performance brake lines, green
  Rokmen adjustable bumpstops
   - Front: 3 1/2"
   - Rear: 2 1/2"

 Wheels & Tires:
  37x12.50R17 Toyo Open Country R/T
  Trail Ready HD beadlocks, 17x8.5”, 3.5” backspacing, black
  McGard black chrome lug nuts
 
 Armor & Body:
  Savvy LHT aluminum front bumper
  GenRight aluminum tire carrier w/ PRP storage bag
  EVO rear d-ring mounts w/ aluminum fascia
  T&T Customs rock sliders, modified, w/ mini boatside panels
  Poison Spyder body armor, aluminum
  EVO rear corner armor, aluminum
  Savvy aluminum half doors w/ Rugged Ridge uppers
  10th Anniversary Rubicon hood
  Rugged Ridge hood latches
  Cut OEM flares
  Metalcloak front inner fender liners, aluminum

 Recovery:
  Warn VR8000
  AmSteel-Blue winchline, 3/8" x 85', green
  Factor 55 hawse fairlead
  Factor 55 Loaded Prolink, green, for mall crawlin'
  Warn 3/8" premium winch hook, for wheelin'
  6 - Clevis shackles
  2 - 30,000lb straps
  2 - Tree savers

 Lighting:
  Trucklite heated LED headlights with modified ARB wiring loom
  Rigid Dually fog lights, amber covers
  Max-Bilt Trail Tails
  x20 Eagle Eye LED rock lights, green

 Accessories:
  Uniden Pro520xl CB Radio w/ 3’ FireStik II on a Cooltech tailgate mount, PA speaker
  Viair 400C heavy duty ADA
  Superchips Flashcal
  Spiderwebshade, green
  Homemade tailgate table, w/ green LEDs
  Homemade Iowa Hawkeye tailgate plate
  GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition
  Homemade para-cord grab handles
  AntennaX stubby radio antenna

Current Pic:


Near Future Plans:
  Wheel It!!!
« Last Edit: March 22, 2018, 06:36:37 AM by GeckoGlow »
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 03:56:06 PM »
The Story:
        When I was just a little tot, my cousin had a red CJ8 Scrambler that I got to ride around in. It was the coolest thing in the world. Fast forward to my first vehicle, a ’92 Chevy Silverado. I wanted a Jeep, but my parents weren’t going to help me pay for one, so I settled for the truck. Six years later, I was able to sell my truck and buy my first Jeep, a ’01 Jeep TJ Wrangler. I modded and wrenched on it, having a blast through all the good and bad times.
   In mid-February of 2012, my health started to change. Being the extremely stubborn person that everybody loves and hates, I finally went to the doctor in mid-April. Turns out I had been living with type I diabetes for two months. After some education and looking back on those two months, there were a few times where I was teetering on the verge of some very life threatening things. It kinda alters ones outlook, gonna focus more on doing the things I enjoy. But all within reason, of course.
   Which brings me back to my Jeep. While wrenching, I noticed some serious rust around the transfer case skid bolts. A hole had formed around the first bolt and was more than likely working its way back to the next two. I weighed my options and finally said “F it! I’m buying a new Jeep!” Put in my order on July 31st, 2012.

MY window sticker, with the emphasis on “MY”:


Did ya see my name?

An hour after being unloaded from the truck:


September 17th, 2012. Taking delivery and saying goodbye to the TJ:


September 18th, 2012. Got a little happy with the camera. Also attended my first JOCCI meeting.



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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 04:00:04 PM »
Installed the headlights, wiring loom, and CB I kept from my TJ:




November 10th, 2012. Rolled over 1,000 miles:


Took it on my first Farm Run on this day also:


Got a stubby front bumper from Bill on the cheap:


November 23rd, 2012. Went on my second Farm Run. Didn’t get any pics of my rig though.

Brought my sister along for a Jolly Holiday Lights Run. When we were parking in front of this display she said “Wow, there’s a lot of Wranglers.” Then when she saw the Liberty “Aww… That’s cute.”
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 04:01:08 PM »
December 16th, 2012. Loaded up my stock wheels & tires and got ‘em sold.


Now that I got some extra cash, time for some mods. Pretty set on the TnT Customs sliders. May get some JKS quick discos while I’m at it and possibly an OBA if funds allow.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 04:17:02 PM »
I'll add some more Jeep related things I've done.

Got this after I graduated from college:


Built this for summer hardtop storage. Don't ask me how it works yet, cause I haven't tried it. It still needs some adjustment and tidying up, but it does function.
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Re: Man That Jeep is Bright!
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2012, 08:21:44 PM »
How do you like the Duratracs?

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Re: Man That Jeep is Bright!
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2012, 11:40:28 PM »
Duratracs: awesome. I use mine in gravel, pavement, and mud. They work great, are quiet, and are everything they are supposed to be so far.

The Jeep looks great. I like the plan and the story. You said PA speaker....what is it and where did you hide it? I am in the process of hooking up a  100watt siren sys. and had a "pa" for my CB that is really an ext speaker (25W). My Cherokee dictates speaker placement to not be behind the grill.

Are you going to do anything with those stock fenders? (One of my pet peeves on the JKs)
When one buys a JK new, and knows they are going to immeadiately switch tires/wheels, how come no one has tried to buy a Jeep without tires/wheels from the dealer? I imagine you might be able to save some cost, and not have to deal with the stock stuff. You could buy the new ones before you get the Jeep or use old ones to get home and put new ones on. Just pondering out loud I guess.

And last: Boo Hawkeyes. Go ISU!  (had to get that in there)

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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 12:45:16 PM »
How do you like the Duratracs?

I agree with Superman. The Duratracs have had zero issues on dry, wet, and snowy roads. Thick and sticky mud requires ample wheel spin. I don't play in rocks, so I have no comment there.

You said PA speaker....what is it and where did you hide it?

Yeah, it's essentially a louder external speaker mounted behind the front bumper. ^^^ One of the pictures up there ^^^

The fenders will go eventually. I have this grand, master plan in my head that I need to put down on paper so I can see just how crazy my thoughts are.

Dewey is an AEV dealer and the wheels & tires were worked into the deal. I chose to keep the stock stuff and sell on my own. They didn't want the stockers just as much as I didn't.

I got nothin' against ISU, except for the couple days out of the year that they play the Hawkeyes. I was dead set on going there till I visited Iowa. I felt that Iowa's engineering program was a better fit for me.
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Re: Man That Jeep is Bright!
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 11:21:06 PM »
I can respect that. Makes sense on the wheels i guess. I didn't know Dewey dealt with AEV, good to know
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2012, 05:36:16 PM »
Put my order in this afternoon for sliders, quick discos, and an air compressor.
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Re: Man That Jeep is Bright!
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2012, 05:51:47 PM »
Put my order in this afternoon for sliders, quick discos, and an air compressor.

What did you end up going with for the above products?
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2012, 05:55:39 PM »
What did you end up going with for the above products?

TnT Customs Sliders, JKS Adj. Quicker Disconnects, and Viair Heavy Duty ADA
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2012, 06:02:40 PM »
What did you end up going with for the above products?

TnT Customs Sliders, JKS Adj. Quicker Disconnects, and Viair Heavy Duty ADA

Can't go wrong with that combonation! If you ever need any help installing or fabricating something, make sure to see if there is a "talk and tune" going on... It's always a good time.
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Re: Man That Jeep is Bright!
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2012, 03:35:48 PM »
Are you going to do anything with those stock fenders? (One of my pet peeves on the JKs)

What's wrong with the JK stock fenders?  they look good with 35s...what they are made for.

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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2012, 11:52:30 AM »
Are you going to do anything with those stock fenders? (One of my pet peeves on the JKs)

What's wrong with the JK stock fenders?  they look good with 35s...what they are made for.
I'm just not a fan of them. They are too bulky looking for my tastes, and are too much plastic. You can completely change the look of a JK by just changing the fenders.

This is all just my not-so-humble opinion....and hijack. Carry on!
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