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I very much enjoyed reading all this, thanks for sharing ^^
Thanks, y'all!

I am very impressed with your build. Very well thought out mods, kudos. I will be following this thread as I just ordered a Hydro blue 2 door 6 speed ragtop! I plan to mod it mildly such as yours, nothing too extreme. Now the waiting game....Im hearing my order (7/15) will take 3-6 months!! Ouch.....due to microchip shortage I guess.
My order took a little over two months (and me without transportation all that time). I thought I was going to lose my mind. 3-6 months would definitely have done me in, yikes!

So glad to see some other 2 door / 6 speed folks out there! I think we're a dying breed.

Loving the build. Just ordered my 2 door in Sting Gray (thanks for making me second guess my color choice, the blue looks fantastic). I like all of the mods and the retro theme. I'll be following along and stealing all your good ideas.
I'm usually not a fan of grey cars, but that Sting Gray is such an intriguing color! Every time I see one, I can't help but admire it. Very sleek! It really is a unique color, a great choice!

Good luck on y'all's builds, too! These two doors are such a blast to mod.
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Minor stuff today.

Wasn't happy with my American Outlaw doorless mirrors. While they looked good, I was very concerned about them damaging the paint on my hinges. So, I ended up just sucking it up and buying the rather expensive Carolina Metal Masters mirrors. The price point is high, but they reviewed so well online that I figured I'd go for it.

After receiving them and installing, I can say that they're definitely worth the price. The quality and workmanship on these mirrors is superb. They feel heavy, made from good solid metal. No plastic, no nonsense. All the pieces fit together precisely and without gaps. And the mounts look practically stock, they blend in very well with the existing interior. A lot of thought when into this design and I'm glad I splurged for them.

Install was super easy. Just pop the little plastic panel off with a trim tool.

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Remove the stock bolt. Then screw the mount on. Then put the hex cap (or ball mount) on the open spot to cover the mounting hardware.

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I elected to go with the Ball Mount Delete option, since I have a million places to mount things already.

I also decided to put these on the top position of the grab handle, rather than the bottom. I usually have my GPS unit in the corner of the windshield on the lower driver's side, so didn't want the mirror assembly to get in the way of that. I'm kinda glad I did, because I've already hit my head on the mirror twice and I'd probably gore myself in the throat with it any lower, ha.

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Took the doors back off today and drove it around with the new mirrors. These things are great! Totally solid, no vibration even at 55-60mph. Easy to adjust, easy to install. Covers a surprisingly good view, even for such a small mirror. And the high position isn't as annoying as I thought it might be. Just takes a little getting used to, that's all.

Overall, very pleased with them. Highly recommend.

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What's Next...

Still on mod hiatus until the temps cool down.

In small things... Got a set of side vent decals that I'm considering putting on, but still on the fence about it. Same with the hinge covers. Not entirely sure whether I want to put them on or not.

Mostly just driving it around and having fun with it for the rest of summer, though.
 

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I am also considering the weather tech cargo mat for my two door. In the picture here, It appears that the mat does not stretch all the way, too the back of the vehicle. am I viewing this correctly?
My mat stretches almost to the back, and I just put a furniture blanket on top of it to keep things from sliding around. Here's another picture of one in a 2-door JL...dog hair, dirt, etc. builds up a bit in the cargo tie-down cutouts toward the front seats on each side, but that's my only gripe. Otherwise it's great and super-grippy with the weathertech cargo blocks to hold coolers, etc. Very worth the $$.

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Checking out this Jeep build is getting me excited for mine to get here. I've got a 2023 Rubicon 2 door 6 speed on order, also in Hydro Blue.
 
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Checking out this Jeep build is getting me excited for mine to get here. I've got a 2023 Rubicon 2 door 6 speed on order, also in Hydro Blue.
Congrats!! You're gonna love it!

I haven't been able to do much in the way of mods this year, as a new puppy has stolen all my free time (and a good amount of my money). But even in the current half-realized state, it's one helluva capable vehicle!
 

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Checking out this Jeep build is getting me excited for mine to get here. I've got a 2023 Rubicon 2 door 6 speed on order, also in Hydro Blue.
Yeah, love this build thread, it's tempting me to trade my 4 door Hydro Blue JLUR in for a 2 door JLUR. Camping wise - without seats I think I have basically your same setup, Yeti 42L, a storage container for cooking/sleeping gear, air mattress, just have to add a tent.

Surf trips is what I'm still pondering if it will all fit, boards all go up top, but I have kiteboard bags (basically like an air mattress bag) plus a hydrofoil - roughly 40" wide by 29" tall in a pedestal in the middle of the cargo area.
 

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Glad I came across your build thread! We have pretty similar mods, but went slightly different directions as far as brands and how they were done so it’s been fun to read!

Keep it up! Love the pictures of Hydro Blue!
 
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Glad I came across your build thread! We have pretty similar mods, but went slightly different directions as far as brands and how they were done so it’s been fun to read!

Keep it up! Love the pictures of Hydro Blue!
Thanks!! I've been on a mod-hiatus this year, since I brought a new puppy home in January and he's been taking all my time. And didn't get to go on many camping trips, since he is only now in the past few months gotten over his carsickness issues. But still loving my Jeep! Next year, I'll probably get back on the mods. At a minimum, I want to get the rear bumper done and add some more external storage for extra water/gas.

I might hold off a while longer on a lift and 35s, just because I haven't really needed to go bigger yet and gas is $7/gal in California right now, heh.

Yeah, love this build thread, it's tempting me to trade my 4 door Hydro Blue JLUR in for a 2 door JLUR. Camping wise - without seats I think I have basically your same setup, Yeti 42L, a storage container for cooking/sleeping gear, air mattress, just have to add a tent.

Surf trips is what I'm still pondering if it will all fit, boards all go up top, but I have kiteboard bags (basically like an air mattress bag) plus a hydrofoil - roughly 40" wide by 29" tall in a pedestal in the middle of the cargo area.
Yeah, that might be a difficult one to add in. Two door only has so much space to work with, even with the seats out. I have a 70" longbow that the only way I can transport it is to balance it crosswise across the center console with one end in the passenger seat and one end in the back, lol.

I manage alright with the camping stuff, though now that I have a dog again he ends up having to ride on top of it all. I put a dog bed down on top of all the gear, then cover it with a waterproof blanket and he rides on top of it all. It's not ideal, but ya gotta get creative with the 2 door, ha!

That said, I'm driving a 4 door 4xe rental in Hawaii right now and... I gotta say... the extra room is kinda nice. If they ever put out a full electric 4-door, I might have to look at getting one as a secondary vehicle once the 2-door is paid off.

Aaand on one more note... I just saw another thread today that Hydro blue just got pulled from the lineup. I'm so glad I got mine while I could!
 

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Yeah, that might be a difficult one to add in. Two door only has so much space to work with, even with the seats out. I have a 70" longbow that the only way I can transport it is to balance it crosswise across the center console with one end in the passenger seat and one end in the back, lol.

I manage alright with the camping stuff, though now that I have a dog again he ends up having to ride on top of it all. I put a dog bed down on top of all the gear, then cover it with a waterproof blanket and he rides on top of it all. It's not ideal, but ya gotta get creative with the 2 door, ha!

That said, I'm driving a 4 door 4xe rental in Hawaii right now and... I gotta say... the extra room is kinda nice. If they ever put out a full electric 4-door, I might have to look at getting one as a secondary vehicle once the 2-door is paid off.

Aaand on one more note... I just saw another thread today that Hydro blue just got pulled from the lineup. I'm so glad I got mine while I could!
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Yeah, I actually walked through both types of trips (surf and 4x4/hiking) and the different gear associated with each yesterday. I used 48" depth of the size of the cargo area from the console to the rear end. The hydrofoil is basically a tall pedestal with a base that can have things mounted on top of it, so pretty much, surf wise it breaks down like this:

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Hydrofoil (in middle)
Kites (small duffel bags basically), kiteboarding harness, blow up mattress, and a bookbag on one side of the foil.
Yeti cooler and storage bin (stove, cooking, bedding) on the other side
Two boards on top on gutter roof racks
Tent is the only thing to figure out - probably just a Coleman instant kite (just my wife and I)

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Yeti/storage
Tent
Recovery gear, no real issues there - I have the Bartact seat covers like you have so a lot of tools go there and in the large pockets. Just add a snatch strap, tree saver, shackles, etc.

Has anyone pulled the sub out of the cargo area? It comes standard now with the Rubi, so now that's where I put some of my recovery gear - snatch strap, gloves, deflator, etc.

Thanks again for the reply, sucks about Hydro Blue, but I have a feeling it will come back. If not, I'm holding out for Hella Yella.
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