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    ShutterBug's Build Thread

    When I first bought my JK (my first Jeep) I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn't even know about JK Freaks or even what a build thread was. But I kept records of what I did and when I did it, so I figured better late than never!

    Here she is in all her glory they day I picked her out from the dealer on August 4th, 2014.

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport Auto

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    And once we got her home.

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    August 16, 2014

    It didn't take long to find JK Freaks and some other JK forums and I found my first mod!

    12 days after bringing her home, I did the grill mod. I used wire lathe painted with black plastic-dip I bought from Lowes. I couldn't find any progress pics or finished pics except for this one.

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    September 17, 2014

    This was a daily occurrence at my office for quite some time.

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    October 2, 2014

    Peeled off all the Wrangler/Sport decals off the sides of the Jeep.

    Ordered a set of Smittybilt SRC Side Armor/Steps from Amazon.

    Took a drive out to the 4 Wheel Parts year end sale in Columbiana, Ohio and ordered some new tires and wheels. Had them installed at the 4WP on Brookpark Road.

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    Rugged Ridge wheels.

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    December 12, 2014

    Ordered a pair of OR-FAB bumpers from Northridge 4x4. I was really excited to see how they looked on the Jeep once they were installed.

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    April 5, 2014

    Took her wheeling for the first time in April at Southington Offroad. I was impressed with what this thing could do. Open differentials and 3.21 gears! Aside from the tires and bumpers, it was pretty much stock.

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    Met some of the JK Freaks for the first time. Couldn't wait to go back!

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    April 26, 2014

    Got an AWESOME deal on a set of Bushwhacker flat fender flares from a fellow JK Freak. There was a little missing hardware, but I was able to find it easily enough at O'Reilly's auto parts. Bushwhacker even sent me a whole set of replacement weather stripping free of charge.

    The hardest part was getting up the courage to rip the old flares off! Did this in my Dad's garage as it was a little chilly that day, if I recall correctly. Took me 9 hours. But, a bunch of that time was spent trying to figure out just how to do the "Marker Light Mod." I rewired the marker lights, so that when on, they also act as turn signal indicators.

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    May 15, 2014

    Removed my chrome Jeep grill badge. I taped around the old one before removing it. I used dental floss to cut the adhesive and then some Goo-Gone to get rid of any residual adhesive. I add a black one I picked up on the eBays.

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    May 22, 2014

    Finally added my matte black JK Freaks Ohio sticker to the Jeep. It was my intention to keep the entire Jeep black, with blacked out stickers. But after having this on for 6 months now, I may be changing that up.

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