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    2016 JK Unlimited Rubicon
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  1. thanks for posting - i can't make it, but that event sounds fun! seems like something @Number7 would like
  2. it's been a long time since i worked with all this, so memory is a little fuzzy on everything... are you sure the Fortin has learned the vehicle correctly? and that it can communicate with the vehicle? i think you can enable the "3 button press" remote start feature on the Fortin while keeping all your other config options the same. then use the factory remote with that 3 button press technique to ensure the Fortin can actually communicate with the vehicle and start it. if not - do the lights on the Fortin module at least change when you do that 3 button press? does it blink out an error code? if that all works correctly, then ensure the Easyguard and Fortin are talking... i.e. do the lights on the Fortin change when you try to use the Easyguard to start? does it blink out an error code then?
  3. wow! sounds like the lesson there was: if you venture off-road, you should always know a George! a few of the trails in that area really are quite rough... i once ended up on some of those trails in my XJ with a small budget lift. i had started out from Lower Sycamore and just kept exploring further and further. as it got close to dark, i didn't want to try and return the difficult way i had come, so i was trying to exit the nearest way i could find back to the 87... i ended up getting stuck on a berm trying to get off the trails at a nearby ranch. it was just after sunset and i was pretty sure i was on private land at that point, so i was getting nervous about getting shot or in some form of trouble. i didn't have a Hi-Lift, winch, SPOT or even a decent sized shovel - total noob and completely unprepared. eventually some nice farmhand dudes saw my headlights out at the edge of the field and came over in their pickup. the one thing i did have was a tow-strap, and they easily pulled me off the berm and showed me the way back out to the 87.
  4. that's my reluctant local source if i'm in a hurry. they aren't the most pleasant folks to deal with and their price for smaller materials is about the same as the total cost with shipping from many online sellers. they're probably the right place if you need very large heavy pieces though.
  5. Steve, do you have any experience with oil-free synthetic media filters such as the AEM DRYFLOW in comparison to the oil-soaked cotton style?
  6. it's RTR (ready to run), so it's all built but you'd still need a battery and charger. i could lookup what would work for those if you're really interested in getting one.
  7. i used to run those on my WJ (the JKU 6" version)... i thought they were a good value for that price range. i've always heard that the similarly priced models of Bilstiens, Rubicon Express & ProComp shocks are overly stiff.
  8. you NEED this in your life: http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax90047 you can get a new clear body for it and paint it to match your real one exactly! it's got long arms, reservoir shocks, and no roof-rack - just like yours. even the rock rails and front bumper look a lot like yours - just missing your custom rear bumper! i bet you could trim its plastic fender flares down too.
  9. they just re-opened that, nice to see it getting used - and thanks for sharing your photos!
  10. mine would leak horribly during heavy rains when it was parked in my previous steeply sloped driveway. the dealer ended up replacing the entire "header panel seal" under warranty and that mostly stopped it. now i occasionally get a few drips from the A pillars, or at the front of the B pillars. it only happens when going slow offroad and usually only on inclines - so i think it's a combination of body flex and water pooling in the channels around the Freedom Tops at low speeds. it doesn't happen often enough to be worried about right now (thanks to living in AZ)! here is the mega-manual on how to troubleshoot and fix water leaks in the JK. this is the updated longer version that includes a bunch of factory TSB's and factory repair procedures: JK_Water_Leaks_All.pdf
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