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    Default 16 JK build (slow and steady)

    So this will probably turn in to some what of a build thread over time, it won't be all to quick though. I'm always looking for suggestions or pointers on mods so feel free to chime in.

    The Wife and I bought a 2016 JK Wrangler Sport last November and I've managed to hold off until now to start modding it

    This rig is my wife's daily driver so it won't be a crazy build. We both like to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire's back country so my intent is to make it more capable when exploring off the beaten path.



    Tonight I got the new front bumper and winch installed

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    That new bumper looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpskie View Post
    That new bumper looks good!
    Thanks!! I'm definitely happy with it so far, the real test will come once I get a chance to do some winching with it

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    Cool

    Congratulations!
    And it does look good :)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch do not ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 95xjcherokee View Post
    Thanks!! I'm definitely happy with it so far, the real test will come once I get a chance to do some winching with it

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    What bumper is that?
    It's all gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
    Congratulations!
    And it does look good :)
    Thanks! Got some more parts in the mail today, I'll be adding more pics in the next couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSSFC View Post
    What bumper is that?
    It's from Amazon, it was inexpensive and I liked the style.

    Restyling Factory 07-17 Jeep Wrangler JK Black Textured Front Bumper With Fog Lights Hole & 2x D-Ring & Winch Plate (black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BT53ZPQ..._SBjJzb7J5MYY0

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    Made some more progress tonight!
    I got some 'rock sliders' installed...the company calls them sliders, I'd say they are more like overbuilt nerf bars. But, still better than nothing!
    Also they were ridiculously easy to install.

    I also had a set of Delta Tech headlights come in, those will be getting installed tomorrow.

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    I'm heavily leaning towards skid pans as the next mod. Armor first, then a lift and tires...which is the total opposite of my last 2 rigs lol

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    I have seen those...very inexpensive, but look better than I thought they would installed 8)

    Quote Originally Posted by 95xjcherokee View Post
    I'm heavily leaning towards skid pans as the next mod. Armor first, then a lift and tires...which is the total opposite of my last 2 rigs lol.
    I always preach skids first.
    You will eventually need them, so I say why wait until it is too late, as they are cheap insurance ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch do not ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
    I have seen those...very inexpensive, but look better than I thought they would installed 8)

    I always preach skids first.
    You will eventually need them, so I say why wait until it is too late, as they are cheap insurance ;)
    I absolutely agree with them being cheap insurance! I've been looking at JCR skid plates, they seem to be of decent qualith and priced fairly.

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    Installed the Delta Tech housings with xenon bulbs. Now it just needs to get dark so I can see if they are actually as much of an improvement as the manufacturer claims.

    Also finished wiring the winch to power and installed a stubby antenna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 95xjcherokee View Post
    Installed the Delta Tech housings with xenon bulbs. Now it just needs to get dark so I can see if they are actually as much of an improvement as the manufacturer claims.

    Also finished wiring the winch to power and installed a stubby antenna.

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    Did you re-aim them? And make accomodations (slot) or replace studs with adjuster screws for horizontal adjustment? If not then they won't be an improvement, and may just be really bright sky searchers, or off track illumination, or worse, traffic blinders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 95xjcherokee View Post
    It's from Amazon, it was inexpensive and I liked the style.

    Restyling Factory 07-17 Jeep Wrangler JK Black Textured Front Bumper With Fog Lights Hole & 2x D-Ring & Winch Plate (black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BT53ZPQ..._SBjJzb7J5MYY0

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    Wow, that is a killer price. I will have to look into those.
    With that plus the winch, how much height did you lose at the front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    Wow, that is a killer price. I will have to look into those.
    With that plus the winch, how much height did you lose at the front?

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    I'm not quite sure, I'd guess around an inch though. The drop will be corrected once I can secure funds to purchase a quality lift kit!

    As far as the headlights go, no, I have not realigned them yet. I'm going to do a quick test drive around my block tonight to test them, then I will adjust them from there.
    Eventually I'll upgrade to quality LED headlights, the funds weren't there, and I couldn't bring myself to buy the cheap China spec LEDs.

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