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So when I was kid in 90's the first Lego set I bought with my chore allowance was a 1997 release Amazon Crossing set. Also my favorite show at the time was National Geographics. I later found out the vehicles they were driving, are Toyota Land Cruisers. That was too expensive for the poor high school stop sign on pavement country boy. Fast forward 20+ years, I still don’t have Landcruiser money, but I saw that Gobi color. I thought this is my chance. I might be able to build that childhood dream. I ordered my Jeep April 13th. I found some good references in the JK Africa concept and FJ40. I think I can blend it into a something like my childhood dream.
So my references are:
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And

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So here I go:
First Day:
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Current Day:
Mods:
1) Teraflex sway bar disconnect.
2) MetalCloak bumper with end caps.
3) Warn Evo 10-s winch.
4) Motormic Recovery Shackles from kit.
5) Sahara Running Boards.
6) Badlands Hook.
7) Fishbone Rear Storage Rack.
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Parts waiting on processing, and planned.
In processing:
1) Hard Top for two tone paint job.
2) Metalcloak front bar waiting on ship was damaged in install.
3) Terra Acoustics speaker upgrade shipped.

Planned:
1) Back window enablement kit.
2) LOD sliders with step.
3) Full Metalcloak rear bumper.

Undecided but envisioned
1) Engine skid plate.
2) Transfer case replacement skid plate.
3) Color match Gobi fenders. I have line on factory high rise I would need to repaint or go after market.
4) Limb risers.
5) Leveling kit.
6) Retro White wheel replacement.
7) Two large flood lights.
8) Amber Cover for Fog lights.
9) Rock Block Mud Flaps.

This was truly my first teenager dream. I am just doing it 20 years too late. I am open to opinions, ideas, and experienced don’t do’s. Also criticism is expected to a popular vision. I look forward to reading your comments both kind and harsh. Thanks for reading.

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Enjoyed reading your intro! You're off to a great start and looking forward watching you build your dream(s). Keep the posts coming✌🏻

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I had the same lego set, still have most of the pieces. Missing an axle though. As much as I love legos I enjoy my jeep more. You're off to a good start
 

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I would definitely go with the Rubi fenders. Once painted, don’t forget to get the rear fenders covered with PPF. I recommend 10mil, as I had to get the 6mil changed cause although it did its job, it had been battered by rocks thrown by the front tires. Upon doing that , I also installed weathertech splash guards.

With this said, I would get the wheels painted Gobi like the africa concept rather than white.
 

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I apologize for my ignorance, but what is a rear window enablement kit? Thanks...
 


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I apologize for my ignorance, but what is a rear window enablement kit? Thanks...
If you buy a jeep as a softtop the connection for rear windshield wiper, washer, and defrost is not there. Also the controls on steering column or cilmate control defroster is not there. You will also need a computer update. Kit: Mopar 82215312AC Hardtop Wiring Harness Conversion Kit for 18-22 Jeep Wrangler JL without Heated Steering Wheel
 
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This is a really cool build direction and one that seems unique. Can’t say I’ve seen anyone else emulate it. Looking forward to seeing yours!
 

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Great story and start to an awesome build! I too had that same Lego set. 👍🏻
 


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Hard Top Installed awaiting transport to paint shop. I hope for open booth this week. However that Willys Black grill really makes it pop!
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That matching black does look awesome!

I was gonna say, if you are still thinking about doing the white roof/gobi sides & fenders, it could be cool and super unique to paint the grill matching white! Plus it would tie in to the toyota you are using for reference.

Would try to see if someone could photoshop that for you to see what it could look like! Also, if you are selling the XR wheels, I would be interested lol.

Also another thought if you wanted to slightly change directions... I think gloss black color matching fenders would look really good with the current set up especially if the rock sliders are color matched as well. Then get the steely looking wheels painted gobi to tie it all together!

Either way good stuff man, she is coming together nicely!
 

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