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Requiemm
11-06-2014, 01:04 AM
Dia daoibh!

With a name like Conan David Dylan Lloyd I had better be proud of my Celtic bloodlines, especially the large percentage that is Irish. :happyyes:

That being said, my new 2014 Amp'd JKU Sport is named Mo Jíp Órga which translates to My Golden Jeep in Irish Gaelic. I traded in my blue 2010 JKU Sport on 10/10/14 and brought this wee beastie home. I'm condensing several posts from my build thread on another site into my first one here so forgive it being pic intensive...

Here she is bone stock:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5609/15571496676_b7f497ae5e_c.jpg

- New Smittybuilt steps to make SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed aka the wife) & the midget's(my 9 year old daughter who is already 5'3") lives easier:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15408560949_c88920fd1c_c.jpg

- Added a Quadratec trailer hitch with wiring harness:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/14974442734_caa756abd1_c.jpg

- Installed my Springtail Solutions rear door folding tray/MOLLE panel. Total install time less than 20 minutes. No drilling!

Tray Open:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3949/15409178217_c6be74e347_c.jpg

Tray Closed:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3948/15409178297_45ccacc82a_c.jpg

Now I just need to get a good first aid kit for one bag and start building a survival kit for the other. Feel free to give suggestions...

- Plastidipped medallion, key holes, and hinges with mixed results. Out of 10 hinges, need to re-do 4 so 60% success. Medallion came out great. 2 out 3 key holes came out great, need to re-do the third:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3952/15453002500_90a9c81467_c.jpg

- Put in my AngryOffroad Paracord straps, which SWMBO and the midget love:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5602/15453002210_ab9a03b76b_c.jpg

- Added light covers.

Full set:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3945/15659365996_607ce57eea_c.jpg

Tail light cover:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7577/15063138994_686361744e_c.jpg

Brake light cover:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5603/15683074165_c8517d5f35_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing. I have a Rancho 2" kit with 9000 shocks in the garage waiting to go on, 1.5" spacers for the wheels and some great decals from PixelDecals ready to go. Hopefully this weekend...

myz28u
11-06-2014, 01:18 AM
Welcome to the freaks

ECHO
11-06-2014, 09:31 AM
Off to a great start.. Keep the pictures coming

Navyvetnorwich91
11-06-2014, 10:16 AM
:welcome:

Requiemm
11-06-2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks folks. Didn't do much this week, but I did add some safety stickers...

- Passenger side visor:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15704556676_d5d568f48a_c.jpg

- Driver's side visor:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3942/15726346441_90923ff5eb_c.jpg

- New special abilities:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7481/15726346451_ee74dea6ae_c.jpg

- In case I need a quick exit:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3954/15542831868_5498298550_c.jpg

More to come...

Requiemm
12-08-2014, 10:49 AM
She needed some character and identity so I asked the good folks at pixeldecals.com (http://www.pixeldecals.com) to help me out:

First I wanted a way to tell what kind of day I was having:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8628/15975209202_962a36c7d3_c.jpg

How could she be a good Celt without a tattoo?
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8674/15353605024_3b70c0a90f_c.jpg
(Fun fact: My then girlfriend, now wife, gave me a necklace with this knot on it many, many years ago and it's my most treasured item.
Of course, since this is on a Jeep it needed a bit of distressing.)

Of course, she needs her name as well:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8653/15353606394_dc2be6f86b_c.jpg

And a bit of future preparedness...
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7534/15788489038_1f79e94677_c.jpg

And finally a shot of it all together:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8638/15353605144_923f6758f5_c.jpg

Goosed
12-08-2014, 08:14 PM
When I was into the import scene, stickers were said to add some horsepower. If that holds true for the Jeep scene, you have added at least 150-200 HP.


Sent from your moms bed...

Requiemm
12-15-2014, 02:29 AM
This was an awesome weekend. My 19 year old daughter Kristi, my 17 year old son Ryan and his lovely girlfriend Mikayla came up to bake and wrench. Specifically the girls were going to join up with my 9 year old daughter Andrea to do our annual christmas baking while Ryan & I finally put the Ranch 2" sport kit and my 1.5" spacers on Mo Jip Orga.

Things I learned:

My drill bit set did not come with a 5/16 bit.
Rancho 9000XL front shocks use a 19mm bolt, not the 17mm that is on the factory shocks
Drilling the axle pad was a big time-sink, especially without the right drill bit.
Harbor Freight 2 Ton jack stands are not tall enough to do this job.
Finally... It would have been nice to have learned all the above things at one time and before we started.


We started about 11:30 am on Saturday and loosened all the lugs. Jacked up the front, slid in the jack stands, let it back down and realized the front wheels were not off the ground. Sigh, lift, pull out jack stands, lower Jip, steal wife's car to run to Harbor Freight and switch the 3 ton stands for the taller, (and twice as costly), 6 ton stands.

Back home, lift and place on jack stands at all 4 corners and pull all 4 tires. We start by installing all 4 new 1.5" wheel spacers in and torqueing them down. Mission one accomplished.

We take our time getting the front apart and finally get to putting the new stuff in. Go to drill the hole for the new bump stop screw... Ummm, I don't have a 5/16 bit. OK, lets use the 1/4 bit. after using many smaller bits to step up to the 1/4 we finally get through. OK, time for the self tapping screw... No go at all. Sigh #2, need to get a drill bit.

Oh well, the family wants dinner anyway. Let's install the top shock bolts and then head to dinner... Crap, don't have a big enough wrench. My biggest is 17mm and this looks to need 18mm. :mad-new: Ok, we'll stop now, take the family to dinner then swing by Sears and get a wrench and a drill bit... (This is where a smart man would have thought to take the shock with me to verify nut size instead of assuming it needs 18mm, I have never claimed to be a smart man.)

A nice dinner is had by all and the appropriate parts purchased and we finally get back at it. Drill bit works great and we wrestle the new coil springs in place with the new bump stops and secured them with the screws. Time to install the shocks... Well, it would have been a good idea to verify the size since the newly purchased 18mm wrench is too small. :cussing:

Sigh #3, back to Sears, (with the shock this time), exchange 18mm wrench for 19mm, (after verifying the 19 was what we needed), and race back home. Get the fronts installed and cheer.

FYI, the backs gave no problem and were done in about an hour. We put the wheels back on, dropped her, torqued the lugs, reattached and torqued the control arms and went to bed, since it was 1:15am

Mo Jip Orga looks taller and more imposing in the morning so it's time for the test drive. Smooth like butter and more stable feeling! :wootrock:

Victory dance and picture time.

Side before:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7527/15996061836_ed9b74a5be_c.jpg

Side After:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8632/16021847355_47a3411ac6_c.jpg

Front stance before:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8622/16021173482_18d52db099_c.jpg

Front stance after:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7517/16021167592_942727097f_c.jpg

I figure the time broke down like this:

10:30am - 11:30am - Crack lugs, lift and place on 4 jack stands, discover it's not tall enough, Swear and lower vehicle.
11:30am - 1:30pm - Drive to Harbor Freight to exchange stands. Since I was out, swing by BJs to get more sugar, Stew Leonards for tree saver, and Stop n Shop for eggnog and peppermint extract which my daughters have just discovered they are out of.
1:30pm - 4:30pm - Lift vehicle back up onto new stands, remove tires, install and torque wheel spacers, take front end apart and discover issues with drill bit and wrench.
4:30pm - 8:00pm clean up, dinner with the family, hit the mall for tools, make a couple other purchases with the wife.
8:00pm - 9:15pm - get back under Jip, finish drilling the bump stop holes, install springs and bumpstops and discover issue with newly purchased wrench. Swear... a lot
9:15pm - 10:00pm - Dash to Sears and exchange wrenches.
10:00pm - 1:15am - Install front shocks, reassemble front. Dissasemble rear, install spacers, reassemble rear, replace wheels drop Jip, torque lugs and control arms. Nearly weep with relief.


Gained 3" in the front and about 1.5" in the back. I love the new stance and I can't wait to put new tires on her. I have to note I could not have done this without Ryan. He was awesome and willing to help in any way. My long suffering wife also deserves major kudos for not throwing things at me when the time wore on. I also want to thank my daughters and my son's girlfriend for all their hard work in baking over 15 dozen cookies and trays of peppermint bark.

muddyman184
12-17-2014, 10:14 PM
Lol sound like me installed my TF leveling kit broke the factory jack my hydraulic jack broke bent my ratchet and on top of that it started snowing half way through. glad to see all the kids are involved awsome color you got there too