Just Another White Rubicon

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We finally picked up our new Jeep JLU Rubicon Diesel yesterday! After a road trip home, I had the roof rack and ski box installed by dinner, then got the hard top on the hoist and off the Jeep in time for a midnight topless cruise through the neighborhood. Feels good to be back in a Wrangler!

Not totally sure where this build will go. We do a lot of overland type trips, which is why I gave up a manual to get the diesel. We also live a couple hours north of Moab, the Swell, and everything else Utah has to offer, with regular trips to surrounding states and beyond.

I installed the soft top and 37s this morning (Jeep was less than 24 hours old!). I really love the white with the dark saddle interior. The tan soft top really ties the room together.

37" KM3 on TeraFlex Nomad beadlock wheels. They fit without rubbing at full lock, though I'm sure I'll get some without much articulation. Probably switch back to the stockers soon and just run those for the winter.

Next up will probably be full skid system and differential skids. Probably a winch pretty soon as well, too (or so the wife says).

Trying to decide on 2.5" lift and shocks. Leaning MetalCloak, but concerned they aren't making a diesel specific spring. Had TeraFlex on my JKs and they were great, but the 3.3 doesn't fit with the diesel up front. Rock Krawler also in contention. Open to ideas/thoughts/insights.

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You’ve been busy! Absolutely love the metalcloak and without the diesel specific spring, I’d suggest doing a 3.5” lift instead. The diesels sit about .5” lower than that gassers. Excited to see your build and what you come up with. Just say no to TF :LOL:

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White JLU Rubicon with Dark Saddle leather interior, with the tan soft top. I had a hard time finding any images of the combo before I ordered, so wanted to throw a few photos up to maybe help others decide. I am really happy with the look!

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Did some boat shuffling and some central Wasatch backcountry drives over the weekend.

Jeep did great pulling my 3500 lbs boat up the canyon back to the lake. Didn't loose power and decelerate on the steepest sections like the 2020 Tahoe I had last month did. Love that diesel!

Found the rub spots with the 37s, mostly at the rear fender liners and pinch seam covers others have noticed. I thought about bump stop extensions, but I'd have to limit about half of my up-travel. For now I'll wait on a lift (and a few more shakedown miles).

I did notice the extra weight when off road; I've never bottomed out so frequently! Especially on the front end. All the more reason not to install bump stop extensions without longer springs.
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We decided to name the Jeep "Pandacon" or "The Panda." Also started the next phase of projects.

First off, sold the stock Rubicon wheels and BFG KO2 tires. Weighed the stock setup and the beadlock KM3s before they went. Stock, 73.8 lbs; Beadlocks, 114.6 lbs.
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Next project was to install the Warn VR10 Evo winch. Install was pretty straight forward, but I did have to grind out the rear holes some on the front skid plate to get the two bolts back in. I also noticed lots of scratches along the top of the front frame horns. This was mentioned in another thread, but also very apparent on mine. Any ideas why my frame would have 2 SN stickers on the front and the orange X?

I still have the Warn Solenoid Kit to install, but it showed up a few days late so hasn't been installed yet. Factor 55 Flatlink showed up a couple days later so that was a 5-minute install, though I haven't taken another photo yet.
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Finally, the Jeep got the Artec front axle disconnect skid and rear lower control arm skids. Installs for both were easy and I probably had all complete in less than an hour. Photo below with stock skid on left and Artec FAD replacement on right. MUCH more stout!
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Another project I started but couldn't finish was installing the Teraflex Alpha HD Tire Carrier. Didn't finish because it doesn't work with the updated factory camera. Pretty disappointed in Teraflex and the time I've had to waste on them. Both of their products I've purchased for the JL just don't work as intended. Had much better luck with their JK products.

I messaged Teraflex about the issue and was told "Yes, we have recently discovered" the issue, and "working on a solution." "Temporarily you can solve this with a small spacer or something." Um, they must not understand how the product is assembled. There is no way a small spacer can retain the camera, unless it happens to have the 3 small bolts that hold the old style camera. Don't think I'll be finding one of those in my "small spacer or something" bin in the garage... I also don't think I'll be able to wait "a couple months" while TF tries to figure out a solution.

I currently have the Teraflex JL Spare Tire Relocation Bracket installed, but it needed grinding to allow fitment with the Mopar tailgate reinforcement. That and the backspace of my Teraflex Nomad wheels holds the wheel WAY out from the tailgate, adding a lot of leverage against the hinges.
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