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Thread: Mild JK Build

  1. Re: Mild JK Build

    Quote Originally Posted by eric m View Post
    They are 35x12.5 r17 BF Goodrich KM3’s


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    Re: Mild JK Build

    Wow! Great build. Is this seriously your DD as well?? I'm both very impressed and interested as I'm attempting to do the same thing with my JK.

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    Re: Mild JK Build

    Quote Originally Posted by opossum5 View Post
    Wow! Great build. Is this seriously your DD as well?? I'm both very impressed and interested as I'm attempting to do the same thing with my JK.
    Thank you! Yep, its my daily, it can make the build up slower and more difficult than a trail only Jeep but lifes to short to drive a boring vehicle lol.


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    Re: Mild JK Build

    Did a couple of things to the JK today...
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    Replaced my beat up winch cable with synthetic rope and an aluminum fairlead I got from Crawler Off-road. I also replaced my JL latches, I cut them down pretty good when I replaced the fenders as the openings werent large enough by a lot. I ordered these slimmer latches for a JL as well as I had already modified the hood etc...they are much more secure than previous.




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    I love those fenders and inners. What brand are they?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeswillys View Post
    I love those fenders and inners. What brand are they?


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    The fenders are Smittybilt XRC Gen2s. Theyve been out for around a year but Ive not seen many sets yet. The inners are just some aluminum ones from Amazon, they were a gift so not sure which, ironically they attach more securely then the poison spyder ones Ive seen.


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    I picked up a used Bestop Trektop NX earlier this year. I have the space to store the hardtop for the summer and was happy to pick this top up. In full disclosure I paid $300 for it, I dont know that I would pay retail ($1200+). If youre considering this top here are some pros and cons I found.

    Pros:

    Its the quietest soft top Ive ever had.

    Its easy (ish) to remove or install by your self.

    The zippers are really beefy compared to other tops.

    Cons:

    Its either all the way on (with the sun rider portion flipped back) or all the way off. I guess you could fold/roll it up and carry it with you but its not as convenient as a factory style top that you can fold down.

    The rear window to side window attachment is a pain unless its a hot sunny day and the fabric can stretch. I know this is always and issue with soft tops however it seems way more noticeable with this top.

    Beyond that everything else comes down to personal preference. Is it a nice top? Yes if you can deal with the downsides. Would I buy it brand new? Absolutely not, its hugely expensive for what it is and how I intend to use it and the downsides are a real detractor. I figured Id post an honest review for anyone looking for a soft top for their JK.



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  8. Re: Mild JK Build

    Quote Originally Posted by eric m View Post
    Did a couple of things to the JK today...
    Mild JK Build-image1627172435.781831.jpg
    Mild JK Build-image1627172458.244962.jpg
    Mild JK Build-image1627172467.297257.jpg

    Replaced my beat up winch cable with synthetic rope and an aluminum fairlead I got from Crawler Off-road. I also replaced my JL latches, I cut them down pretty good when I replaced the fenders as the openings weren’t large enough by a lot. I ordered these slimmer latches for a JL as well as I had already modified the hood etc...they are much more secure than previous.


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    I was checking out winches on 4wheelonline and was torn between Smittybilt and Warn Winch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tondestr View Post
    I was checking out winches on 4wheelonline and was torn between Smittybilt and Warn Winch.
    The Warn is the better winch for sure. Im not knocking the Smittybilt, Ive used quite a bit for yard work, recovered my buddy and recovered myself on a really long pull. Its held up well aside from the free spool lever sticking, that freed up however. If you can afford the Warn go for it, otherwise the Smittybilt has worked well for me and I dont have a problem recommending it.


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    Re: Mild JK Build

    Very nice... gives me more ideas and more things for the wife to yell at me about!
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