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"Oki": 4x4tographer's 2018 Jeep JLUR

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34 minutes ago, 4x4tographer said:

 

I have - and while I really like the AAL solution, for that money I could get 4 new skinny fenders. :D 

AAL is def on my list though.

 

they are definitely proud of them! i do like that it keeps your color-matched flares and their thin lights look really slick. i also read that with a little DIY work, you can re-use your inner liners with their solution.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, 4x4tographer said:

Looks like they have them for the JK too, sans-led light strip. $250 for 4 is pretty darn cheap!

 

https://www.kbdbodykits.com/jeep-wrangler-jk-flat-polyurethane-flat-fender-flares-kit

 

yeah, showed those to Brady a while back but for some reason he doesn't like the "shiny", as he put it.

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41,765 miles - Got OKI back from dealer service today to have a few things looked at under warranty.

 

  • Replaced drivers side visor with one that isn't broken. The swing arm is metal, but the connector to mate it to the Jeep is plastic and broke. Def a weak point.
  • New AUX battery - it was toast and had caused the ESS function to be disabled since it croaked about 6-8 months ago. Fortunately the Jeep is smart enough to disconnect the AUX from the main (normally they're in parallel) to prevent the AUX from sapping away the life of the main battery.
  • New MAIN battery (it was on it's last legs)
  • Rear Locker Position Sensor - They were unable to replicate the issue (naturally) and sent me on my way. 

 

Warranty covered everything but the AUX battery which is a colossal PITA to replace, based on its location. I'm happy to pay someone to do that job. Below is the "easy way" to do it. 

 

In the future, I'd like to delete the AUX and go with a dual battery set up with a Genesis battery tray or something similar (and not $600).

 

 

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Some photos of the Jeep from this weekend's exploring:

 

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Thanks to @johnpa for this shot!

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Theres something positive to be said on mud's behalf. It sure does make it easy to see how much up-travel you have left on your shocks. :D

 

I've got about 1 3/4" of unused stroke available on the rears. The zip-ties were a nifty idea by @theksmith when he helped me install the suspension earlier this year to help mark your max up-travel with your bump stops. I've never messed with the zip tie since it was added. The mud marks and zippies are in alignment in terms of measurement - and I know I've absolutely bottomed out several times over the last 6 months.

 

Rear driver:

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Rear passenger:

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Clayton Offroad's Overland+ 2.5" lift kit ships with 3" bumps for the rear which are metal (and of course, unadjustable). Planning to pick up a few of Metalcloak's 1" adjustable pucks to see if we can't get a little extra out of the up-travel. Going to a 2" bump will probably get me pretty close with a bit of a safety buffer.

 

 

Rear bump from Clayton:

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Gratuitous Flex-Shot:

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Little side (repair) project this weekend. My RuggedRidge RRC "sliders" are pretty flexible, in addition to being frame mounted. Any motion in the ocean from the body of the Jeep, or flexing of the sliders is causing contact between any grit, mud, and rocks unfortunate enough to be caught between.

 

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In a few places, we've worn down through the primer and to the sheet metal underneath.

 

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Initially, my project idea was to remove the sliders, lay down a coat of clear coat to prevent rust, and then add a layer of Xpel Bed Rail/Rocker Guard Film over the top of the affected area.

 

Picked up a can of Duple-Color automotive clear coat and a roll of Xpel on The 'Zon.

 

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Laid down some painter's tape and some trash bags to mask off the area we wanted to paint.

 

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Visually, it's clear coat, so not much to show on that front. I laid down 3 coats of clear and let it dry overnight. It should take a few days to cure, based on the label.

While I was waiting, I freshened up the sliders a bit with a few hits of Rustoleum Bedliner spray - they had several areas of surface rust from previous scratches. Sanded down the rust and went to town.

 

I ended up NOT installing the Xpel film (yet). The bodywork is a little more complex than I first though, with 1 painted "overlapping" body panel (right of the above photo), and a body panel gap (left in above photo) that will take a little more finesse than I was prepared to summon this weekend.

 

Here's the "finished look". Looks pretty much the same.

 

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I was able to adjust the rails away from the body, but if they take a big enough impact nothing will prevent it from pushing back to its original position closer to the rockers. There is about a 1" gap at the moment on both sides. The body of the JL is surprisingly not just straight lines. There are subtle curves on the rockers, rear hatch, etc... which become more noticeable when you set something straight right next to it.

 

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The next project might be to attack the 3 years of Arizona Pin-striping I've collected since I bought the Jeep!

 

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I'll have to ping theksmith and ask him about his buffing process since Gadget is always shiny! Our last exploratory run to visit the town of Packer was extremely brushy!

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14 minutes ago, 4x4tographer said:

Little side (repair) project this weekend. My RuggedRidge RRC "sliders" are pretty flexible, in addition to being frame mounted. Any motion in the ocean from the body of the Jeep, or flexing of the sliders is causing contact between any grit, mud, and rocks unfortunate enough to be caught between.

 

AM-JKLUPM2_DxWwxavvcj4_OQ0J0WddIjCqh8h_I

 

In a few places, we've worn down through the primer and to the sheet metal underneath.

 

AM-JKLWbCCC6N09-B7InH2TkQ1UzM1Y_c7-0d9yl

 

Initially, my project idea was to remove the sliders, lay down a coat of clear coat to prevent rust, and then add a layer of Xpel Bed Rail/Rocker Guard Film over the top of the affected area.

 

Picked up a can of Duple-Color automotive clear coat and a roll of Xpel on The 'Zon.

 

AM-JKLUZrYBqxlv-nwCn2l8kLzClRWwI_s2wOerx

AM-JKLVAHoaXcoyYp9SaisPj2CfCod1eBRuMPKZo

 

Laid down some painter's tape and some trash bags to mask off the area we wanted to paint.

 

AM-JKLW_FLhnkJ6nzFeIQDfDZbYeyfrC8RgAqMOH

 

Visually, it's clear coat, so not much to show on that front. I laid down 3 coats of clear and let it dry overnight. It should take a few days to cure, based on the label.

While I was waiting, I freshened up the sliders a bit with a few hits of Rustoleum Bedliner spray - they had several areas of surface rust from previous scratches. Sanded down the rust and went to town.

 

I ended up NOT installing the Xpel film (yet). The bodywork is a little more complex than I first though, with 1 painted "overlapping" body panel (right of the above photo), and a body panel gap (left in above photo) that will take a little more finesse than I was prepared to summon this weekend.

 

Here's the "finished look". Looks pretty much the same.

 

AM-JKLUtQZ9hj4HblcBhxRYocbIpKKiDXNYJbDl9

 

 

I was able to adjust the rails away from the body, but if they take a big enough impact nothing will prevent it from pushing back to its original position closer to the rockers. There is about a 1" gap at the moment on both sides. The body of the JL is surprisingly not just straight lines. There are subtle curves on the rockers, rear hatch, etc... which become more noticeable when you set something straight right next to it.

 

AM-JKLXD8yOB9iOZOjve0fTz5Wd3qkB7aa7Gb5C3

 

The next project might be to attack the 3 years of Arizona Pin-striping I've collected since I bought the Jeep!

 

AM-JKLV_nNR31TT3YF-04ETuhiAj09enlzHredNN

 

I'll have to ping theksmith and ask him about his buffing process since Gadget is always shiny! Our last exploratory run to visit the town of Packer was extremely brushy!

Looks good! My rails have just enough space to get enough little pebbles in there to annoy me. After a weekend like this last one I will be digging those out.  A wise man once said, "Mud, it's the herpes of the Jeep world", I tend to agree. 🤣 My neighbors are gonna be angry when they see the mud piles on my side yard, it was EVERYWHERE! 

 

I would also like to learn @theksmith's buffing process and compare to what I do. I need to go over mine again, my method seems to hide pinstripes until I am at a certain angle which is okay. If I do not want to see them I don't stand at that angle. 🙂

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my paint restoration process is... pay someone else to do it!

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Maybe we can make a deal with Kris's guy and get a bulk discount on buffing

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