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Parts before the JK is even here?

After almost 2 months and no Jeep I began to grow a little restless. Rather than just twiddle my thumbs, I decided to put some of that creative energy towards planning out my build. I’ll cross off some of the [really] easy dressing things off the list first – locking gas cap, wheel locks, etc. Next, that plastic bumper & front “skid plate” (chin spoiler? Wind diffuser? Whatever it is.) has got to go. Before I knew it, a pile of parts was sitting in my garage waiting for the Jeep to arrive!


Parts Waiting:

  • ARB Deluxe Bull Bar
  • Uniden Bearcat 880 CB w/ Firestik HD Coax Cable
  • Fire Stick 2’ tuneable CB antenna, w/ HD Antenna Spring & Firestik coax
  • IPF 968 flood lights w/ stone guards
  • Mopar chrome exhaust tip
  • Mopar door sill guards
  • Mopar fuel filler door
  • Mopar Hitch Reciever Plug
  • Mopar Locking fuel cap
  • Mopar Wheel Locks
  • Pilot Strobe Kit Clear
  • Quadratec Rubber Floor mats front/rear/trunk
  • Rugged Ridge tail lamp guards
  • Smittybilt D-rings
  • Smittybilt XRC X20 10 Winch
  • TeraFlex CB Antenna Mount

In the beginning…

TJ SaleIn the late (late!) fall of 2012, I decided that my beloved TJ just didn’t have the space I needed. It was an amazing vehicle, and I spent god knows how many hours tinkering with it and adjusting bolts or wires to make everything just so. I loved so much about it but with the installed add-a-trunk, my wife’s purse pretty much packed it full.

With a heavy heart, I started interviewing prospective owners to find someone that would be worthy of my TJ & give her a good home. As luck would have it, a retired marine who was looking for his 3rd Wrangler found me and fell in love with my TJ. We struck a deal and shortly thereafter, I found myself at my local dealership ordering a 2013 JKUR. Why order one instead of picking from stock you might ask? They actually had a fantastic selection, but one item I wasn’t willing to budge on was side impact airbags (this will end up as a family vehicle too), and that’s the only feature the dealership couldn’t trade for. Weird. The sales staff was nice and they cut me a good deal on a special order and the waiting began.

Order Specs

  • 2013 Rubicon Unlimited
  • Billet Silver Metallic
  • Black Interior Color
  • Black Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4.10 Rear Axle Ratio
  • Uconnect® 430N SAT/CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV
  • Air Conditioning with Automatic Temperature Control
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Black 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Connectivity Group
  • Max Tow Package

An agonizing two months later, I got the call that my Jeep had arrived and I could pick it up on Monday. Monday?!? What the hell am I supposed to do all weekend? Wait patiently like a normal person? Naturally, I went down to the dealership after they closed and took a peek at their deliveries in the back lot to find my VIN.

Undelivered FrontUndelivered Rear