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Evening all,

 

Feeling I am now about ready to start off our build thread...

 

As most of you know, our JKUR is a cancelled order so I had no control over the spec, we are massively excited none the less!

 

Reserved on the 12th, rolled off the back of the Transporter on the 16th to be delivered on the 22nd  :icon_bounce:

 

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The Jeep is standard with exception of tinted glass and the U Connect Nav; I would have dropped the Nav (to be replaced anyway with Pioneer App Radio) and gone for leather.  It's not a major drama as I know an excellent upholsterer (from the world of VWT5 conversions) - we will get the seats re-trimmed in leather taking a cue or two from the AEV Hemi showcase JKUR, it will though be at the back of the project.

 

Andy at Jeepey has been an absolute star, great advice (and a good ear!) - I am sourcing all parts for the base build of the UR from Jeepey.com after working out a deal I am more than happy with.  The JOC and the AEV conversions forum have been invaluable sources of information.

 

The UR is being built primarliy as an overland - it is a garaged 2nd car.  Given my limited experience with the JK the build is going to have a modest start, all the basics will be covered with a view to then develop its capabilities as our use progresses and expands. 

 

It will be me getting busy with the spanners - I had considered commissioning a more comprehensive build and having done with it...I am glad I didn't, I am really looking forward to getting to know what makes our UR tick...

 

The List:

  • 2" OME Lift with a medium spring rate.
  • AEV Savegre Rims (Black)
  • 315/70R17 Mickey T ATZ's
  • AEV Premium Front Bumper
  • AEV Skid Plate
  • AEV Winch Blanking Plate
  • Front Runner Slimline Half Rack
  • Smittybilt HD Tyre Carrier
  • AEV ProCal

The build kit will start landing with me this week (thanks for working the weekend Andy  :great:) so I can use some of the time over the Christmas break to get the suspension done.

 

In terms of overlanding:

 

We have used all manner of tents, roof tents, clam shell tents and off road vans over the years, the preferred set up is nice and simple - Oztent and Fox Flatlitter combined Bed and Bag.  The beds are bulky but oh so worth the loss cargo space; for reference, if you use cots and bags, the fox set up for two consumes as much space as three cots and bags.

 

Once the Front Runner is mounted we are going to test run an Oztent Fox Wing awning - will post pics and report back on that one (early in the spring 16')

 

We bagged a great deal on a new 40 litre Engel Fridge, this will lad 1st week of January - these are great pieces of kit that consume minimal juice and are 12v/240v out of the box. We went for the 40 so as not to consume too much valuable space. 

 

We want to try and get a run out to Europe in February and get up above the snow line...would be great if the 1st trip in the UR was the Alps.

 

Now, off to do my home work  :icon_study:

 

Merry Christmas one and all!  :icon_santa:

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Picked the JKUR up this morning...love it.

 

Really glad I went for the mud flaps, gives it a good look I think.

 

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No fear, I will only be driving it around the car park....4 lo, locked diffs and sway bar detached obviously.  We have some gnarly car parks here in Gloucestershire.

 

 

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The toys started landing today...Christmas has indeed come early.

 

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I managed to sneak the new Torque wrench, Impact Wrench and 6t high lift jack stands into the garage without the wife radar activating.

 

 

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Looks lovely, enjoy the build  :great:

 

Ref mudflaps, I have them and not had any issues with all, thought I would rip them off but nope all good an that includes Wales and lake district trips  :icon_e_wink:

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Looks lovely, enjoy the build  :great:

 

Ref mudflaps, I have them and not had any issues with all, thought I would rip them off but nope all good an that includes Wales and lake district trips  :icon_e_wink:

 

I must try harder next time then bud  :great:

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If anyone wants to know the parts list required to fit a Pioneer App radio to both connect to the Alpine speaker set up, retain steering wheel control AND fit it into the dash...I am your man!

 

Will list up over the Christmas break.

 

 

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You were right to fit the mud flaps.

 

Without them (especially Black!), the sides become very easily splattered, from the front wheels. I speak from experience :icon_e_wink:

 

The mud look great  :great: but the novelty can wear of fairly quickly.

 

With mud flaps, it does give a more rugged look.

 

Good luck with the build.

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You were right to fit the mud flaps.

 

Without them (especially Black!), the sides become very easily splattered, from the front wheels. I speak from experience :icon_e_wink:

 

The mud look great  :great: but the novelty can wear of fairly quickly.

 

With mud flaps, it does give a more rugged look.

 

Good luck with the build.

 

My Jeep dealer recommended a local AV specialist - they proved very helpful.  I ended up here:

 

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Managed to get the lift kit installed on the front end today, hopefully time tomorrow to get the rear sorted. 

 

Getting the nut off the top of the near side front shock was a complete pain in the a*se...there is almost no clearance...

 

 

 

 

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Done!...Pics up on Thursday. 

 

Had the briefest of spins out and the initial reaction was good.

 

The 2" OME kit has given closer to 3".  This is though pretty much dry. I imagine that once it has settled a little and gained a winch bumper, short rack, a few toys in the boot and a 35 on the back door it will be around the 2.5 mark.

 

Found a YouTube install vid of a 4" OME kit on line - a tip to use a ratchet strap to pull the track bar back into line to meet the new mounting kit came in very handy...

 

A 3" lift on 31" tyres gives the JK an 'interesting' look...The ATZ wrapped Savagre's can't land soon enough!

 

Installing the kit myself has been very rewarding.

 

 

 

 

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Bumper, Wheels, Tyres, Procal, Skid Plate, Tyre Carrier and Black Wheel lugs land next week!

 

Promise to get some pics of the lift posted tomorrow...just need Frank to pass so I can get the camera out without being blown in to the next county.

 

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On the Pioneer App Radio front; new soldering iron, heat shrink, helping hands landed yesterday.  Also recieved 2 USB extension cables along with a GoPro 4 micro usb to usb 5 metre extension.

 

Going to slot the USB extensions into the armrest along with the OEM slot and then run the HDMI GoPro cable up along the A-Pillar...this will give a live feed from the GoPro onto the App Radio screen.

 

Planning on mounting the Hero 4 silver on the inside of the JK with a pair of sessions mounted outside (1 front and 1 rear)...

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Looks like any further lift would mean it won't fit in the garage without airing down!

 

 

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Got 6" clearance left!  Wheels and tyres land later in the week.  Suspect a new door will be required if I want to garage it with the short rack on...

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Parked up at the supermarket earlier close to standard TD5...lifted on factory rims and tyres the jeep sat a little lower.

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As in my lifted Jeep on factory rims and tyres sat slightly lower than the stock TD5.

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Getting there Steve ... well done on fitting the lift yourself :great:

 

 

What height clearance does your garage give you? Standard these days seems to be 2.1m ... yours must be a bit more?

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Cheers!

 

Just under 2.2 to clear the handle on the inside of the up and over door. 

 

Getting a sectional door fitted during January...this will give sufficient clearance to get it in with a short rack mounted.

 

With 140mm left post lift I should be just about ok once the 35's go on. 

 

The stock tyres are sitting at 30.75 on the ground with the spare on the door reading just over 31.5; the ATZ's are allegedly 34.6 unloaded so assume they will be under the 34 mark.  This should see me comfortably under the door.

 

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Andy just sent me some AEV / Mickey Thompson porn...dirty dirty pictures [emoji12]

 

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