Denzel: 2019 Black Sahara Build log (RK 3.5” Adventure series lift)

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So.
I’ve been a member since roughly late 2018 posted on a few threads
Gained a whole bunch of knowledge from this forum, but never did a dedicated build thread of our Family 4x4.
I figured it was time to start since the list of mods, even though small in some cases, have grown to a significant amount to post about.
I’ve done all the work myself unless otherwise noted.
I’ll start like any build page with a bone stock, blank canvas.
Here’s our Wrangler When it was first purchased.
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It took a few weeks for delivery since it was purchased on our neighbor island.
We live in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai
The VERY first mod I did was the recline kit for the rear seats for a little more comfort.
Unfortunately I had no pics of the install, but it’s pretty straightforward.
Here’s a link where I ordered em from:
Seat-Recline-Kit

Cosmetics:
Moving on.
The second and third order of business was to get rid of the plastic steps, and make that damn front end blend in better.
So I De-Badged The whole vehicle, took apart the front grille and plastic bumper, and gave it a once over with some satin black.
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Next I attacked the interior
Made a makeshift top holder and removed the freedom panels and the entire hardtop.
Taped off the required areas and used the rest of my satin black paint and did a DIY color matched interior.
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And all installed:


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Suspension:
After the first 6-7 months of driving the Jeep around, we finally decided it needed an altitude adjustment.
We went with a Rock Krawler Adventure Series 3 kit with Falcon Sp2 mono tube shocks.
I had a good friend of mine install the whole kit as a surprise when we were away on a family Vacay.
My wife has never been caught more off Gaurd, it was perfect!
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Lighting:
Shortly after this mod we purchased a set of Oracle smoked corners and Oracles Rear cargo light.
Which took roughly 2 hours to install.
Oracle Cargo light
Oracle Smoked Corners

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Stock Cargo light:
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Oracle Light:
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The next mod on the checklist was a tailgate table.
I searched high and low, and wouldn’t be lying to say I researched almost every one on the market.
I finally settled for on of the pricier units.
I went with AMERICAN ADVENTURE LABS, and I’m happy with my purchase. The table has never made a sound since installing it, and we’ve been camping a number of times. We use it more than I thought we would, it just comes in handy having that table there when you need it, the LED light is definitely an added bonus!!!
AAL Versatable
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To tackle the new height adjustment coupled that with a very pregnant wife, I installed A set of RockSlide Engineering step sliders..
Rockslide Engineering Steps
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Took a few pics to help with anyone else interested in how I personally did it.
I won’t post any portion of the bolting up process
It pretty straight forward
A strong impact gun
And a basic tool set with metric and Standard socket sizes are all that is needed.
As far as the wiring this is how I ran my cables and kept it tidy.
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First I removed the two front seats,
The (4) Bolts that held the rear seat in, and the carpet.
The Cleaned the whole area with some Isopropyl Alcohol spray.(might as well)
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Then I started at the battery.
Found an open space that provided 12V constant on the distribution center, Added an m6 nut and washer for the Positive.
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Then connected the fused power wire provided in the kit.
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Then I pulled the (5)10mm Nuts holding the plastic wire protector in place along the firewall in front of the hood vent. Then pulled apart all the plastic clips holding it shut.
Ran my wire through, replaced everything.

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For the ground, I used a 10mm nut on the engine directly adjacent to the power wire.
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Finished off the front with some Tesa Tape to keep up with factory appearances.
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Moving into the the cab, I drilled a 3/8” hole in the plastic grommet located near the fender against the firewall, and routed my wire through.
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From this point, I used a combination of zip-ties and Adhesive mounts to cleanly route the cables back.
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Before moving pass the doors I followed the instructions on how to properly mount the magnetic sensors and Magnets. Finished off the wires again with Tesa tape.
(I repeated this process on the passenger side)

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Here’s how I ran the sensor wire down the rear inner door
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From that point I drilled Two more 3/8” holes per the instructions through the floor grommets closest to the rear doors, and routed the (4) wires through down to the underbody.
Two for the steps
Two for the optional light kit.
Then cleanly routed the wires to the provided PCB control board.

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Used some 3m industrial strength double side tape to “mount” the PCM.
After I got everything tidied up inside, I put the interior back together and finished the exterior wiring by plugging in the steps and lights.
Here’s a couple pics of it finished.
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hope that helps anyone trying to tackle this project.
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5/26/21:
New RCV front axles have just arrived.
Being that this is a family rig, with only light wheeling and more camping in the future, I didn’t feel the need for a complete Dana 44 upgrade. BUT I still wanted some peace of mind Knowing I’ll be running 36’s.
I opted for RCV’s Axle upgrade.
Also ordered 4.88’s and A Helical locker(Limited slip) for the front,
Along with a Tazer mini and Falcon Steering stabilizer.
As always I’ll update this thread with everything that goes into our family build.
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So.
I’ve been a member since roughly late 2018 posted on a few threads
Gained a whole bunch of knowledge from this forum, but never did a dedicated build thread of our Family 4x4.
I figured it was time to start since the list of mods, even though small in some cases, have grown to a significant amount to post about.
I’ve done all the work myself unless otherwise noted.
I’ll start like any build page with a bone stock, blank canvas.
Here’s our Wrangler When it was first purchased.
DB2ED524-62DE-4934-9A34-D783BFD88B00.jpeg

It took a few weeks for delivery since it was purchased on our neighbor island.
We live in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai
The VERY first mod I did was the recline kit for the rear seats for a little more comfort.
Unfortunately I had no pics of the install, but it’s pretty straightforward.
Here’s a link where I ordered em from:
Seat-Recline-Kit

Moving on.
The second and third order of business was to get rid of the plastic steps, and make that damn front end blend in better.
So I De-Badged The whole vehicle, took apart the front grille and plastic bumper, and gave it a once over with some satin black.
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The smallest touches sometimes make the largest differences. Very clean.
 

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Everytime I see someone debadge a Sahara, I'm this much closer to getting the guts to go out and remove mine. Looks great!
 
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The smallest touches sometimes make the largest differences. Very clean.
Thank you! Like I said, not all the changes or mods are HUGE but the little things make all the difference
 
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Everytime I see someone debadge a Sahara, I'm this much closer to getting the guts to go out and remove mine. Looks great!
It’s makes it stand out, IMO, cleans it up a lot. It didn’t take me all but 3 days of having the car to decide to remove em all
 

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That front end is so much cleaner with the fake chrome accents in satin black. If they offered this blacked out front end option on Saharas for $750 I think they’d have lots of takers.

Looks nice. So why’d you name it Denzel?
 
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That front end is so much cleaner with the fake chrome accents in satin black. If they offered this blacked out front end option on Saharas for $750 I think they’d have lots of takers.

Looks nice. So why’d you name it Denzel?
My wife did actually, one of her favorite actors is Denzel Washington, one day she just blurted it out and it stuck:LOL:
 
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