An orgy of bolt-ons: My '15 JKUR Sticker Edition

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    An orgy of bolt-ons: My '15 JKUR Sticker Edition

    This is not really a build. Its more of a note pad for me to keep track of work done to my Jeep, as well as track experiences with different products and tools I use on and around my Jeep.

    Before I get started, note that this is all softcore bolt-ons. I have a bum leg, two small kids and not a lot of free time outside of my job herding Gophers. I probably spend more time working on and around bikes than Jeeps. See below.

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    The first thing I noticed about Jeep owners, aside form all the ass-grabbing at jamborees is they like to pay a lot of money for their precious parts. For this Jeep, I try to follow the following rules when getting my hands on new parts:

    - Try and buy it "new in box" or lightly used from various forums and save
    - If it's used hard, repair / rebuild it and save.
    - Only buy gear during Christmas, Black Friday, etc, where you can save >20%
    - Do it yourself / make it yourself

    Following all of the rules above, my Jeep in it's current state has allowed me to stretch my dollar pretty far. If my math is correct, I've saved thousands.

    Originally I wanted to build a rock crawler that I could take on the Rubicon (less than 2hrs away from me), however, with my knee it's just too much in and out of the Jeep, so I spend the majority of my time at SRVA areas and BLM land, desert driving in CA, NV and AZ. I spend a lot of time between Reno, Phoenix and home, so there are plenty of places to wheel.

    In the beginning:
    2015 JKUR Sticker Edition / 6 speed
    I have not washed it since this photo in 2015. It has now developed a hard brownish patina of wildfire smoke and desert dust.

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    Where I am at now. I know I'm forgetting a bunch, but i'll update as I go:

    Suspension​
    • Synergy long arms
    • Synergy 3" Springs
    • Synergy 3" bump stops
    • Synergy trackbar brackets
    • Synergy Front lower shock relocation
    • Fox 2.0 Adventure series shocks
    • Removed Electronic Swaybar and replaced with standard swaybar + Synergy quick disconnects
    • Stock trackbars
    • Synergy not-servicible Balljoints
    Steering​
    • Synergy draglink, flipped
    • Synergy Cromoly tie rod
    • Synergy Steering Stabilizer bracket (bolts to the trackbar relo bracket)
    • Synergy steering stabilizer tie rod clamp
    • Redneck Ram with Chinese ported box
    Engine / Exhaust​
    • Magnaflow Exhaust Loop Delete
    • Stock exhaust / muffler / resonator
    Axles and Driveline
    • Stock D44 housings
    • Synergy sleeves
    • Synergy Gussets
    • Synergy front LCA Skid Plates
    • Motive Gear 5.38 R&P front and rear
    • Poison Spider Bombshell Diff covers (front + rear w/ Lubelocker gaskets + FNL fasteners)
    • Ten Factory Axle shafts
    • Crown extended brake lines
    • Extended rear axle breather tube
    • Adams 1310 Front driveshaft (flange adapter - I did not want to mess with the pinion nut)
    Wheel & Tire​
    • Trailready HD Beadlocks 17x8.5 3.5" BS - Grey with unfinished medium rings
    • Trailready angled steel valve stems
    • Swapped fasteners for FNL branded
    • BFG KM2s 37x12.5 (Think of them as full-sized 35's)
    • 12oz Dynabeads per wheel
    Body / Bumpers / Armor​
    • Factory tailgate hinges and no carrier
    • Tramp stamp (Used Bendtech to make)
    • VKS Shorty V3 Bumper with winch hoop
    • VKS "The Standard" weld-on sliders
    • VKS Rear D-rings
    • Factory fenders trimmed flat
    • Removed factory fender liners
    • Removed rear Bumper and receiver
    • Cut off front crash bar and trimmed back frame for bumper / winch
    Recovery​
    • Warm Zeon 10-S winch (synth line)
    • Brand X Shackles and Snatch Block
    • Harbor Freight straps
    • 48" Hi-lift nicknamed "kowboy"
    • Factor55 Bling Thimble
    Electronic / Lighting​
    • BTECH Mini UV-25X4 25 Watt Tri-Band radio
    • Nagoya TB-320A 2m/1.25m/70cm 39" antenna
    • Rugged Ridge overhead radio mount
    • Front fog light delete (a.k.a. ziptied wires behind grill)
    • OBDLink MX+ OBD2 + JScan for disabling blinky lights
    Misc.​
    • Relocated Vacuum pump (Used Bendtech to make)
    • Viair 450P portable air compressor
    • Knaack Jobmaster 32" chest, bolted to the tub.


    Here's more-or-less what it looked like after an orgy of bolting-on-shit. More updates soon.

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    Last edited by snout; 07-06-2020, 08:08 PM.

    #2
    Why don't you wash it?

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      #3
      Originally posted by SLOWPOKE693 View Post
      Why don't you wash it?
      It's a Jeep. It deserves to be treated like the girl that only wants what's bad for her.

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        #4
        Great thread Mr. Snout! Your logical approach to savin' money on a jeep build puts me to shame.

        I also never washed an off-road rig ... 'till I got my yella one.


        Originally posted by snout View Post
        48" Hi-lift nicknamed "kowboy"
        A picture of that sir has GOT to be entered in the contest!! And I truly look forward to the 50 words you come up with to describe it.
        Last edited by Kowboy; 07-07-2020, 05:19 AM.
        I ain't drunk ... I'm just drinkin'.

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          #5
          ... and I still occasion'ly miss my ol' Street Glide. 2010 that I sold in 2013 with 25k miles on 'er.

          As always, dumped a million dollars in 'er at a high-end shop for a buncha custom shit. Ass end was one-off, hand built. Sound familiar?

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          I ain't drunk ... I'm just drinkin'.

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            #6
            I've owned 4 Credit Glides and now a Fat Boy.
            As much as I much rather be debating the differences between Twinkies and Milwaukee-8's and how HD has lost it's way, the show must go on.....

            Let's talk about how stupid the Synergy long arm brackets are. The amount of trouble you must go through for the luxury of a "bolt on'" makes me wish I burned brackets on.
            First off, unless your cross member is absolutely perfectly straight, they will not align. The fasteners are all too short to catch threads on the weirdo nut bracket thingies without having to pinch and push and spend all afternoon aligning.

            At the end of the day, you still have your control arms dangling below the frame with almost no separation. Definitely not proud I burned $1800 on these. I guess it could be worse, I could have paid full price.

            Also, It's a bitch to work in and around the exhaust loop, so I got rid of it. Makes dealing with the frame-side fastener a lot easier. You could leave the loop if you want, but it will just slow you down.
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              #7
              How much longer will the arms be?

              I'll also add that everything is way too clean
              Kevin

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                #8
                Originally posted by gt1guy View Post
                I'll also add that everything is way too clean

                Yet Mr. Snout claims he never washes it??? Maybe it ain't his jeep.

                I ain't drunk ... I'm just drinkin'.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Kowboy View Post


                  Yet Mr. Snout claims he never washes it??? Maybe it ain't his jeep.

                  Damn, he must have brought in a ringer, the Jeep version of a hand model.

                  Then again, he said HE hasn't washed it. Doesn't he have kids? They're like little slaves. Don't feed them for a few days and they'll be all over that thing with tooth brushes.
                  Last edited by gt1guy; 07-09-2020, 01:52 PM.
                  Kevin

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                    #10
                    Good point sir.

                    But I don't think his kids are real neither. Actu'ly midgets in kids clothin'. We know he's got a thang for midgets.

                    But evidently they least wash the jeep in between makin' his home movies.
                    I ain't drunk ... I'm just drinkin'.

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                      #11
                      You two little shits need to be separated.
                      I did the long arms about a year ago. I'm just carrying over some stuff I never really talked about on JKO.
                      At that time, my leg was so bad, ain't no way I couldn't even push the clutch pedal in. It just sat and gathered driveway dust.

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                        #12
                        Hate to interrupt your build thread again sir.

                        BUT ...

                        just need some clarification on your "family" and COVID-19:


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                        I ain't drunk ... I'm just drinkin'.

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                          #13
                          ha ha very funny. but....
                          You've got to hand it to midgets sometimes

                          (because they can't reach)

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by snout View Post
                            ha ha very funny. but....
                            You've got to hand it to midgets sometimes

                            (because they can't reach)
                            You're far to nice, I just throw them where they need to be. Cause they're light and they fly straight.
                            Kevin

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