2019 2 Door Rubicon, Bikini - Discrete But Purposeful Build

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I was in awe when I went into Hobby Lobby for the first time with my wife and they had so many Jeep signs. I pretty much snagged all of them! Are you running any aftermarket fender liners?
i usually grab a few each time we go south of the border. There’s still some space on that wall, lol.

On our 8100km road trip we had strong winds a lot of days, an hour into the trip we found a crosswind strong enough to blow the drivers side fender liner into the tire. I have a pair of Evo aluminum fender liners on order as they’re one of the few confirmed fits for the ARB twin mounted behind the liner. Hopefully they’ll arrive soon.

 

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i usually grab a few each time we go south of the border. There’s still some space on that wall, lol.

On our 8100km road trip we had strong winds a lot of days, an hour into the trip we found a crosswind strong enough to blow the drivers side fender liner into the tire. I have a pair of Evo aluminum fender liners on order as they’re one of the few confirmed fits for the ARB twin mounted behind the liner. Hopefully they’ll arrive soon.
That’s exactly what happened to mine. We drove to Texas Hill Country Sunday and the high heat and cross winds made lunch for my front tires.
 
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That’s exactly what happened to mine. We drove to Texas Hill Country Sunday and the high heat and cross winds made lunch for my front tires.
I know I’ve driven in high winds before but never had the issue with the fender liners.
Oh well, it’s a wife approved upgrade now for the Evo’s.
 
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Work in progress.…..

Looks great from most angles but straight on isn’t quite right so we’re going to have to blend it in.

The painter is an awesome guy and being very patient/dedicated to getting it right which I appreciate.

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While waiting for the paint to be completed (hopefully I’ll have her back home this weekend), a few new mods have been arriving.

Teraflex HD Drag Link - this means the whole front end has been upgraded with the exception of the pitman arm - I haven’t seen an upgraded one yet.

Evo aluminium front inner fenders - I have them assembled to test fit before I decide whether to leave as the polished finish or paint/powder coat or raptor line them. For those that have bought inner fenders that came unfinished what did you choose to do to them?

Passive entry handles have arrived and been passed to the paint shop, wiring looms are on their way so I’ll keep that function on the half doors.

As I may sell the full doors I’ve pulled the locks from those and they’ll be installed in the half doors, if I decide to keep the full doors then I’ll buy and assemble new locks and put them in place (for now I’ll put the locks from the half doors in so they’re complete).

Coming next week is the 4xE cowl panel (the insert/door part is here) as I’ll relocate the air chuck from the dual compressor inside it. I’m sure I’ve seen someone selling a panel for the inside of that piece to allow a switch, etc to be mounted there also but can’t recall where I saw it.
I also ordered a JK 2 door half door upper storage bag.
 


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Bikini is such a schizophrenic colour that my painter was dreaming about it and why it wouldn’t cooperate, lol. Finally back from getting the half doors painted.
Also switched my dash panels over after work.

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First view of the new look…

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The next project begins….




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Progress update. The air chuck is positioned properly.

Waiting for a new, longer, air hose to be functional again.




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Edit:
I added an LED indicator that will come on when the compressor has power, figured it would be helpful and at least fills the square hole from the factory charging indicator light.
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Daylight pic of the painted dashboard panels.




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Finished my air chuck relocation project tonight.
With thanks to #arbusa for being nice enough to take pity on me when I stripped the threads on the elbow connector (my error as I was tired and trying to rush an “easy” job - for love or money I couldn’t find anyone able to ship one to Canada) and send me a new one as a gesture of goodwill warranty.
The ARB dual compressor is now powered on by Auxiliary 1 and the LED lights only when it’s powered up.
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