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    Cool Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    I thought it was about time I got a build thread started up. I havent done to much yet but I did slap on a mirror relocation kit and I have a lift on the way. Now that I finally got the mirrors off the door I can drive around doorless.


    Here is the stock setup
    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-photo-19.jpg


    Here is the new setup
    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-photo-29.jpg


    And here is how my jeep is going to spend its summer
    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-photo-1-.jpg


    I know it's not much but more is hopefully soon to come.

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    re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    Jeep always look good with the doors off.
    07 JKU with a lot of mods.
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    re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    I finally got around to installing that four inch lift. During the install we discovered that the previous owner already put in two inch spacers so we took them out and I'm hanging onto them for if I ever get a winch or just decide to ride higher. Here's a pic of the front:
    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-1-.jpeg

    and the rear:Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-2-.jpeg

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    Looks good man!! Keep us up to date with the upgrades.

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    Thanks

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    you getting bigger tires to go with the bigger lift? and I agree. everything is looking good so far!

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    Re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    Looks good. I moved you to the Jeep Builds section.

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    Bigger tires aren't on the top of the list.

    And thanks terry.

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    Had one of the bolts holding my sway bar snap while driving today, scared the crap out of me. I'm learning my lessons one at a time, double check ALL bolts when tightening.

    Luckily the sway bar is unharmed, I just have to dig the bolt out of it and replace.

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    Re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    Are you running stock swaybar links with a 4 inch lift? If so, you probably need longer swaybar links (or possibly some disconnects).

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    No when I bought the lift I also got some sway arms to suit, I probably started to tighten it but forgot to finish it off.

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    Got my fire extinguisher mounted. Also bought the JEEP sticker in CJ font since JKs don't say jeep on the side.
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    Re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    Seeing that extinguisher reminds me of a crazy story years back. I had a chrome extinguisher straped to my roll bar behind the drivers seat and about a 6 month old soft top. Had the jeep sitting on the side of my house for sale and someone stole my chrome extinguisher out of it. Crazy thing is, is that they didnt just open the door and grab it, no.... they took a knife and cut the side window to get to it, now ruining my new top. Just had to share the story

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    Gotta hate that.

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    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-903386888.jpg



    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-3859658501.jpg



    I did the grille mod. Two part mod.

    I plastidipped the grille and then I put some gutter guard in the grille slots. These mods can both be done separately of course but I did em both while the grille was off. I chose plastidip because it can peel off if you change your mind later.

    For the grille



    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-2188985738.jpg

    Prep the surface. Since its plastidip DON'T sand so if you decide to take it off your grille will still look good. Tape over the rubber where the hood meets the grille.



    Wait four hours for it to completely dry... You can put more coats on after breaks of 30 minutes though

    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-430004372.jpg


    Cut the plastidip where you tapped it before pulling off the tape.


    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-1989113766.jpg


    Pull the tape off slowly and carefully.


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    For the grille slots you'll need



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    I used 35 of these zip tie base plates. Peel off the white adhesive and drop some gorilla glue on.



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    Then cut some gutter guards to fit the slots



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    Zip tie the gutter guard into the base plates


    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-2033347935.jpg


    And reattach the grille.


    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-705450745.jpg

    DONE.
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    **UPDATE**

    Had some hail damage ended up needing a new hood and had everything re-painted and the dents all hammered out. Thank god for insurance. BUT my insurance guy told me that I could replace my hood with any hood if I take up the extra cost. He was also going to pay to get me a new tire cover since I was ripped so I just kept the tire cover and put that money towards a new hood. So I got an AEV Heat Reduction Hood at no cost to me.

    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-4133468144.jpg

    Since I didn't end up paying the RIDICULOUS ~$1000 on it I feel that my opinion regarding the hood is more honest then what the average person would be able to give. If your considering buying the hood then there are lots of pros and cons to it. First of all the major selling point on the hood is heat reduction. Now I haven't noticed a considerable difference in the heat levels in my engine compartment but I haven't had it offroad yet. I have noticed a slight increase in MPGs. So as far as function goes its adequate. I'll give it a 6 out of 10.

    As far as looks go it has good angles and bad ones. It looks great in pictures but a little in your face in person. Also it makes me feel like I'm in a muscle car and I go a bit faster. I'll attach some pics at different angles so you can decide for yourself.

    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-206684799.jpg

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    The other thing is that it's angled just right to put the sun right in your eyes. Simple fix with sunglasses B)

    All in all a says the hood is adequate. If I were to have to have bought it on my own I would be a little upset but for a free hood (thank you insurance) its fine. If it were to happen again I'll probably go back to the stock hood.

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    Re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    The hood looks pretty cool, but I'd be bummed that the "overland" isn't on the new hood (I bet that you can get a sticker off ebay).

    Any chance you can post a better photo of the gutter guards? I've never seen this mod, but it looks interesting.

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    It's a bit of work to get the grille back off to show how I mounted it but I found the thread on the JK forum I belong to who took pretty decent pics. Plus the neon colors he used are a bit more visible.



    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-3281243550.jpg



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    Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK-image-1818466297.jpg



    In the picture showing the back of the grill he used yellow zip ties through zip tie anchors:



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    These are glued to the back of the grille. I took off the adhesive backing and dropped on gorilla glue.

    You can paint the gutter guard any color to compliment your jeep if you buy the metal gutter guard but I went with plastic and kept them black. The whole mod cost me like $30.

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    Re: Scubadude's Jeep Build - 2007 Wrangler JK

    Nice looking rig. I really like what you did on your grille.

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    Thanks! The grille mod is loads cheaper then the inserts offered by Quadratec and like brands. Its all starting to come together.

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