Budget practical adventure build

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Alright time to post about my Jeep. I am pretty new to this, first jeep wrangler, relatively young and have too many hobbies!. So I have to be careful not to overspend when building my jeep but still make it practical for my needs. Mods will come as my confidence and skill grows. I intend to grow with the Jeep to build better skills.

This is my adventure vehicle. I need it to take me to remote campgrounds and to carry my kayak fishing gear. As well as any other gear I might need for a trip, be it offroad camping, hunting, climbing, backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or even regular campground glamping. It needs to take me alone, or me and my wife, or me my wife and my future kiddo.

I've been growing with it, taken it offroad stock until the stock suspension started giving up on me a bit, thats when the mods started. Main thing is to keep it budget friendly, light and practical. Keep in mind this is a 2 door, and a smaller lift and tires should suffice. I take weight and price into consideration with all my mods.

Stock:
2019 Wrangler sport S 2D
V6 pentastar, 8 speed
Rear dana 44 with LSD
Hardtop
A/T Goodyear Wrangler with Kevlar tires.
A bunch of useless but comfy interior upgrades.

Build (short term):
- Rubicon spring and shocks from fully loaded 2D. (installed)
- JKS quick disconnects (installed).
- Hardtop exposed racks (installed).
- Rugged Ridge Arcus front bumper (installed).
- Smittybuilt SRC frame attached steps/slidetd (installed)
- Rugged ridge towing hitch receiver (installed)
- Rancho front diff skid (installed)
- Smittybuilt XRC gen 3 synthetic 9,500lbs winch (by end of year).
- Rugged ridge arcus rear bumper (installed).
- 33 KO2s takeoffs. (when my 32s start failing on me or tread goes, so far theyre good).
- ARB rear locker (If my LSD craps out or if it starts failing on me).
- Hiker 5x8 mid-range offroad trailer camper (initializing build jan 2021).

Build long term:
- ARB front locker (maybe, we will see).
- 2 inch lift. Mopar?. (maybe, for better articulation, if needed). If not, Fox shocks.
- 35s are on the table. But unlikely.

stock:
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After rubi suspension and quick discos:
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After bumper install:
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Rancho front diff skid plate
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Rugged ridge rear arcus bumper. Had to zip tie the license plate to stay legal while I wait for my relocation bracket. Wife says I need bigger tires, and I 100% agree.

Pretty excited about the progress. Next step is the winch and next year ARB lockers!!!. The Arcus bumpers are super light, my suspension didnt even notice them. the difference between plastic rear + metal brackets felt negligible compared to the arcus, it is so light.
 
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Here are some new pictures I took of the Arcus rear bumper with my license plate relocated. I love the bumper, very light, looks nice, fits my goals pretty nicely. I bought it through Quadratec on a flash sale, came packaged very very nicely and in mint condition.
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Source for the RotoPAX mount? TIA.
 

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What rear license plate relocation kit is that?
 
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What rear license plate relocation kit is that?
It is a magnetic license plate holder by rugged ridge. It was so cheap and simple that I decided to give it a try,and it works just fine.

The light is made by quadratec. It is plug and play and pretty cheap. The light is a bit weak but it works.
 

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