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It’s been a long journey, not quite as long as many of you, but it felt long to me. I ordered my Jeep on February 24 and it sat in D status until June 14. I honestly didn’t think I was ever going to get it. It was hard waiting in a lot of ways. I had sold my car for a nice profit, but my wife and I had to share a car for a while. Eventually she got tired of that and I had to borrow my moms mini-van for a few months while I waited. It was nice, though, because without a car payment, I had a lot of time and extra money on my hands to get some mods ready. I had tires, rims, step sliders, various nick knacks and some skids ready to get slapped on. My weekends were pretty booked up for the rest of the year.

When I heard that the 2023 orders were opening up in June, I made the decision to cancel my 2022 and put in a new order. It just wasn’t going to sit right with me to drive off the lot with a 2022 when the 2023’s were on the next truck. I put in my order on June 14 and that same day was when my 2022 went into D1. I tracked them both for a long time. My 2022 was built and delivered on August 30 but my 2023 was moving much more quickly. It went into production August 26 and was shipped on September 4. I finally picked her up and my voyage down the rabbit hole has officially begun.

Here is my new baby Storm Cloud! I named her after my wife, Stormy. I figured if she had a vested interest in her, she may not complain too much when I spent money on mods. That hasn’t really gone over as planned. I’ve never had a Jeep before, but it’s been my dream car since I was a teenager, riding around in my friends CJ7 without the doors. I was always a luxury car driver, because that’s what I thought I was expected to drive, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also realized that I don’t care. I don’t need to be who I’m “supposed” to be, I just need to be who I am. I love my Jeep!

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I have a garage full of boxes and even if it’s only for my own benefit, I’ll be updating this post with all the things I have planned, as I get them done. I’m looking forward to taking her off-road and finally enjoying my dream car.

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I have a ton of things to work on, so I’ll be posting as I get further along. I am super happy and am so thankful for the forum members I’ve interacted with here. Especially @kah.mun.rah and @hybrid_eg, who have been a great help and a sounding board for all my crazy rants. There have been many, many more who didn’t know how much their posts contributed to what I’ve chosen to do but they have been so helpful and have taught me so much. The Jeep family is really a great group of people!
 

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One of the first projects I did on this was extremely irritating. I bought the GPCA grab handles and I can say, they are pretty nice. But I didn’t like the stock color or the upgraded colors and decided to paint them.

First I sanded them down with 400 grit sandpaper
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I sprayed them down with self etching primer. It only needed around 3 very light coats, but give yourself plenty of time to let them dry before you flip them. I’m talking days. I can’t tell you how many times I had to redo it because I would get impatient and flip them too soon and in the Summer heat, it would stick on the other side and some would come off when I lifted them.
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Once I finally had them nice and dry, I put on 4 coats of Mopar Surf Blue paint on, to match the 4xe blue accents. I had the same problem with my impatience and had to sand and redo a lot of parts. Several days later, I repeated this with a clear coat and I think they turned out pretty
Do yourself a favor and skip out on the Mopar paint and use Dupli Color Bahama Blue, available at Autozone. The can is much larger so you won’t run out midway through the project, it’s cheaper, and it’s a perfect match.

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I installed them on the Jeep and it would be much easier with the top off, but you can do it with the top on if you work the strips through the space between the roll bar and the top. What I love about these is that you can flip them up and out of the way so you don’t hit your head on them or have them in your field of vision. As long as you install it per the instructions, they stay up snugly.

All in all, I’m happy with the results.

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I did a few minor upgrades just to empty out some of my bags and boxes. Mostly little things, but the big stuff will be coming soon.

I wanted to cover up the chrome on the car and those keyholes are such an eyesore to me, so I went with the threedom key covers.
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Then I swapped out the antenna. Yes, I know that no matter what I do, it will never have as good reception as the stock antenna! But I don’t listen to the radio…. Ever…. So it didn’t matter to me. I would do an antenna delete, but I don’t have the time for something like that, when I have bigger fish to fry.

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Next, I ordered the 4xe badge for the back of the Jeep and removed the “e”. It fit perfectly into the indentation of an “e” on the charging port and it added just the right splash of blue.

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Lastly, I put on the Redline Tuning Hood Struts. Super easy install. The hardest part was getting the holes to line up for the bolt after I slipped the latch in place. I love the quick disconnect for if I ever want to lay the hood all the way back, but being able to open the hood without fiddling with the support is so worth it.

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Next up, I’m going to add on tires and bumper bling. Stay tuned….
 

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Nothing big to add. I put on my bull bar and I have to say I love it and have no shame in saying I copied it directly from @kah.mun.rah It’s the perfect blend between the Mopar one, that is too low for my taste and the Maximus one that is just a bit too beefy.

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I also added on the Rugged Ridge sill guards. I like how they fully cover the door sill and go over the lip. Between that and the TuxMats, nothing is getting on the carpet.

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I also installed the 67 designs phone mount. I don’t really need a phone mount, given that Apple Car Play covers everything I need, but I know that when I go off-roading, I’ll want to have it mounted. That and they have a 4xe electric blue special edition that I couldn’t turn down….

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So I took off the end caps to the front bumper and while they were off, it was too easy to not just swap out the fog lights with some Diode Dynamics SS3’s. It was nice to have nothing go wrong for once. It seems like the easiest mods always have a hiccup that makes them take 3 times as long.

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While I was at it, I decided to black out the muffler and get rid of that eyesore of silver from the rear. I just blocked it off with some butcher paper and sprayed away with some high heat black spray paint. Another easy project out of the way and I have to say, I like the way it cleans up the view from the back.

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I finally got around to getting my wheels on.
My favorite project was to paint the Fuel logo in the center caps of my wheels with the 4xe blue. Turned out pretty good!

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From this angle, you can also see the ceramic tint I put on. Special shout-out to @hybrid_eg for hooking me up with a great tint guy for a great price. I went with 20% on the front doors and 50% over the factory tint for the back. I also did a 70% on the windshield to maximize the heat rejection. The windshield is barely noticeable, and the tint looks darker in the front in this picture than in person. It's just dark enough to look tinted, but light enough to still be able to be seen when I wave....

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My next project was the Teraflex Alpha HD Tire carrier. It has that red lever that just won't match with my Jeep, so I painted that too.

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I added in a couple of minor improvements that I can't rave enough about. First of all, I got the Desert Does It Seat Jackers to help alleviate some fatigue on my legs. I'm 6" tall and I tend to like the front of the seat to be raised up. Unfortunately, you can't do that with our seats. These little puppies fixed that for me. I just did it on the driver side because who cares about the passenger....

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The next little addition I made for my comfort was to add in a Quadratec Dead Pedal

I suppose you could add in any brand, but I really liked this one because it looks OEM, is full length, and has the rubber pad addition. What stinks is that the 4xe is missing the bolt that you need to attach it to. I found this image on these forums that illustrates what is missing. The red circle is where it should be, the green is what we have.

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So, in order to make it work, I had to get a couple of coupling nuts from amazon and a threaded rod to extend the bolt far enough to connect the dead pedal. I just put on a nut, added the rod, and attached the dead pedal. I then secured it with the second nut and tightened the Hell out of it until it didn't want to move any more.

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The ride is so much more comfortable now. I will never be able to understand why Jeep didn't put in a dead pedal from the factory. I get that people use removable mats, but the dead pedal can flip up and out of the way for easy mat removal and cleaning, so that doesn't cut it for me.
 

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I finally got around to getting my wheels on.
My favorite project was to paint the Fuel logo in the center caps of my wheels with the 4xe blue. Turned out pretty good!


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My next project was the Teraflex Alpha HD Tire carrier. It has that red lever that just won't match with my Jeep, so I painted that too.
Wheels and tires look great.

Wheels are Fuel Rebel 5s? 17"? Tires are 37s? Does this have a lift? Do the 37s rub at all?
 

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thanks! Yes, they are Fuel Rebel 5’s and the tires are KO2 37” tires. No lift on yet. I will be putting that on next week, I hope. I haven’t had any issues with rubbing at all. However, I haven’t taken it off-road yet and assume that when flexed, it will definitely rub.
 

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It’s something I had read about on these forums many times, but I didn’t have a clue how real the complaint was, until I experienced it myself. The reverse lights really do suck! I’ve been driving my Jeep for a minute now, but for whatever reason, I hadn’t had to back up in a dark area at night yet. A few days back I did, and I couldn’t believe how Jeep skimped out on our backup lights.

Luckily, Oracle Lighting had a solution that I had already prepped for. I already was prepared for the fitment issues on the driver side with the steel bumper, so with my Dremel on standby, I went to work.

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It was actually a really easy tear down. The hardest part was getting a 16mm up to the top bolt near the center on both sides. It needed a deep socket and there just wasn’t room, so I had to use a ratcheting socket. What stunk was that there was barely any room to move around so I was stuck going one click at a time, back and forth. It took forever to get that one bolt off and then I had to do it again on the other side.

The driver side didn’t want to fit at all. I ended up having to grind down all around it to get it to fit. It was still a super snug fit and to top it off the head of the bolt on the 8mm that holds the light in the bumper snapped off when I was tightening it down. It was so snug getting it in, that I just let it go. There’s no way that is going anywhere.

I had read a lot about people having issues with the wiring harness for these lights, but I had zero issues with it. I hate splicing into wiring and this really was plug and play. No issues at all and I would highly reccomend going with this.

In the end, it turned out great.

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This picture is a great time to show off my custom tow hitch cover, thanks to PPE Off-road.

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Here is a comparison of before and after from inside the cabin. It goes from dark and grainy to bright and clear. It really is like night and day, pun intended…

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I remember several months ago when I was on the jlwrangler forums, I saw a post by Oracle about their skid plate with lights built in. I knew it wasn’t practical but I had to have it. So I ordered it and it’s been sitting on my garage for months. I finally got around to putting it on and it was way easier than I thought it would be. It was literally a few screws, two wires, and it was done.

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So today is my birthday and my nephew bought me the Mopar Performance Wipers. The wife is sick so I had time to play with the Jeep and install them today.

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To remove the wipers you just pry off the cap

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and you can use your Jeep toolkit to loosen the nut underneath

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once removed you need a wiper removal tool to pry off the wiper arm

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take them off and set them aside. I didn’t take any picture but you remove the plastic cover with a trim removal tool. It’s held in by a few clips.

set it aside and then pop open the hood to swap out the wiper tubing. Attach it to the tube on the right. If you remove it at the el low, it snaps right in perfectly.

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route the new tubes behind the foam underneath the plastic trim we removed earlier

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then route the short tube to the nearest wiper arm and the longer tube along the front of the space to the other wiper arm

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remove the old blades from the arms and snap in the new ones. Then feed the tubes through the spring and up to the blade where it attaches

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then attach the clips to secure the tube in place. One near the mid bottom area and one closer to the blade.

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Snap the plastic cover back in place with the tubes sticking out by the arm
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Finally, snap the tubes coming from underneath into the tubes we put in the arms and secure the arms back in place.

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A special thank you to @brewski for his post in the how-to section of these forums. He did a stellar job writing up instructions on installing these fender flares. It was a 20 minute job with the first 15 minutes being figuring out how to install the first flare and the remaining 5 doing the other 3.

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Which headliner did you go with?
I went with the Hotheads headliner with the sound assassin strips. I’m really happy with it. I did some testing beforehand and noted that at 70mph on the highway, the cabin noice was between 70-75 decibels. After installing the headliner, the same route has the noise at 64-68 decibels. I didn't do any actual testing with temperature because it was inconsistent at the time, but I can say that I feel a noticeable difference in the radiation of heat. On a hot day, I was able to feel the heat coming off of the hardtop when I was inside. I can't feel that anymore.

I had initially wanted to get the Mopar headliner from the factory but at $525, I couldn't justify it. It always would look incomplete because for some reason, Jeep left the three small areas on the hardtop uncovered. With the Hotheads, it was about $535, it covered more areas, and it included the sound assassin strips. I also liked that I could choose different colors, I went with grey, and the reviews on it were better. Just make sure you wait until a 10% off sale with Hotheads, they have them all the time.
 
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