Just ordered my Jeep... Now what?

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Congrats on your new Jeep! I’d second getting the guards for the sills. Otherwise,wait until you’ve driven it and spring. A stock Jeep is pretty darn capable, a Rubi, even more so. For light trails you don’t “need” anything (want is different than need). Drive it, enjoy it and see What you think after you’ve got some miles on it. I Guarantee you will always be able to add stuff later if you wish. The aftermarket for Jeep isn’t going anywhere.
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@KingBlotto Fred, here's another thought. Rather than focusing on what accessories to look at, maybe focus best belongs on the process of acquiring those accessories.

Practicing more as I say than do, figure out how much discretionary income you have, and when, to earmark for Wrangler stuff.

Develop a list of the items that interest you, along with their price and that of competing products in the space.

Prioritize that list, not only in terms of what you like best, but what's best to happen first and second in terms of a build, and what's time independent.

Hold on to that list for a bit. It's priorities might change. It might grow or even shrink as some purchases sort of negate the purchase of others. For example, if a soft top was high on your list it might get more back burnered (if not eliminated) if you acquired a Bestop Sunrider first.

And as sure as discipline on spending is advised, analysis paralysis, on the other side of the "don't spend right away" spectrum isn't necessary good either. You can always sell stuff you've purchased and taken care of in the used market to pay in part for gear that you at a later point feel better as a result of education, your own nuances, or simply introduction into the market brand new since you acquired what you now see as inferior product in the market space.
 

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Soon to be first time owner. Just ordered a 2021 Rubi, and was wondering what accessories should I be looking at? I may do some light offroading, but nothing intense. I ordered the 3 piece hard top and was thinking of either some sort of lift or garage wench for easy removal or maybe a bikini top. The problem is by the time I take delivery, it will be winter, so Im not sure there is a rush.

Any must haves or anything if you did it over you would "get that first"? Thanks so much!
This is going to be a long 6-9 weeks.
Congrats on your purchase. I too am soon to receive my very first Wrangler (Willys JLU in Sarge Green wIth tan interior). I know there’s a modification rabbit hole I’ll be sliding down over the years, but my first few mods will be more practical in nature. I plan to install a hood lock, locking gas cap, and 7” antenna to replace the old school tall flimsy metal antenna. I hear they bend rather easily in the car wash. Hood lock gas cap are an immediate must for me though since my baby will be street parked. Congrats again on the purchase of your Rubi. :dance:
 

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Congrats on your purchase. I too am soon to receive my very first Wrangler (Willys JLU in Sarge Green wIth tan interior). I know there’s a modification rabbit hole I’ll be sliding down over the years, but my first few mods will be more practical in nature. I plan to install a hood lock, locking gas cap, and 7” antenna to replace the old school tall flimsy metal antenna. I hear they bend rather easily in the car wash. Hood lock gas cap are an immediate must for me though since my baby will be street parked. Congrats again on the purchase of your Rubi. :dance:
Which hood lock is recommended ? I have seen the BOLT (Quadratec) and the MOPAR units. Not sure which way to go but I do like the idea of having my factory key unlock it.
 

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@KingBlotto Fred, here's another thought. Rather than focusing on what accessories to look at, maybe focus best belongs on the process of acquiring those accessories.

Practicing more as I say than do, figure out how much discretionary income you have, and when, to earmark for Wrangler stuff.

Develop a list of the items that interest you, along with their price and that of competing products in the space.

Prioritize that list, not only in terms of what you like best, but what's best to happen first and second in terms of a build, and what's time independent.

Hold on to that list for a bit. It's priorities might change. It might grow or even shrink as some purchases sort of negate the purchase of others. For example, if a soft top was high on your list it might get more back burnered (if not eliminated) if you acquired a Bestop Sunrider first.

And as sure as discipline on spending is advised, analysis paralysis, on the other side of the "don't spend right away" spectrum isn't necessary good either. You can always sell stuff you've purchased and taken care of in the used market to pay in part for gear that you at a later point feel better as a result of education, your own nuances, or simply introduction into the market brand new since you acquired what you now see as inferior product in the market space.
"Esse Quam Videri" means " "To be, rather than to seem".
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Esse Quam Videri

The knightly legend of thy shield betrays
The moral of thy life; a forecast wise,
And that large honor that deceit defies,
Inspired thy fathers in the elder days,
Who decked thy scutcheon with that sturdy phrase,
To be rather than seem. As eve's red skies
Surpass the morning's rosy prophecies,
Thy life to that proud boast its answer pays.
Scorning thy faith and purpose to defend
The ever-mutable multitude at last
Will hail the power they did not comprehend,-
Thy fame will broaden through the centuries;
As, storm and billowy tumult overpast,
The moon rules calmly o'er the conquered seas.

John Hay "
 
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Soon to be first time owner. Just ordered a 2021 Rubi, and was wondering what accessories should I be looking at? I may do some light offroading, but nothing intense. I ordered the 3 piece hard top and was thinking of either some sort of lift or garage wench for easy removal or maybe a bikini top. The problem is by the time I take delivery, it will be winter, so Im not sure there is a rush.

Any must haves or anything if you did it over you would "get that first"? Thanks so much!
This is going to be a long 6-9 weeks.
I would look into the Bestop Sunrider which allows removal of the Freedom Panels keeping the hard top and makes it a quick convert to open up and catch the breeze! After all that is the essence of Jeepin'
 

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Soon to be first time owner. Just ordered a 2021 Rubi, and was wondering what accessories should I be looking at? I may do some light offroading, but nothing intense. I ordered the 3 piece hard top and was thinking of either some sort of lift or garage wench for easy removal or maybe a bikini top. The problem is by the time I take delivery, it will be winter, so Im not sure there is a rush.

Any must haves or anything if you did it over you would "get that first"? Thanks so much!
This is going to be a long 6-9 weeks.
I think it is safety first, recovery second, convenience third.

First aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlight (and headlamp), jumper cables and/or jump start battery (antigravity ones are great), knife and/or seatbelt cutter, basic tools, spare clothes/water/food. I also put radios (I have ham, cb, and gmrs) and cell phone holder/charger into this category.

Recovery depends on where you're going, but I carry a small shovel, 20' snatch cable, leather gloves, and a soft shackle at all times. If I'm going off-road I add a box with come along, bottle jack, tree saver, longer snatch rope, bigger shovel, and traction boards.

Convenience depends on use case and preference. My wife isn't that tall, so a good grab handle on the passenger side roll bar makes her happy. We also have a folding table on the tail gate as we like to do impromptu lunch wherever.

You can spend a little or a lot - but you'll spend...oh yes, you'll spend :LOL:
 
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Congratulations! It's an exciting time and a difficult wait.
Rather than giving specific recommendations, I will say this. In every decision you make....in every dollar you spend prioritize function over everything else (appearance, what's the latest fad, what ur friend is doing). You'll live with this day in and day out...and later on down the road any item you add that doesn't have a specific important function for YOUR use youll regret spending the money and likely remove it or replace it with something else. Rather than spend money now spend time now researching what you need based on your usage needs and outcome dreams.
Use the SEARCH function on this forum and you can find out about nearly anything. Save you time and money and hassle.
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@KingBlotto Fred, here's another thought. Rather than focusing on what accessories to look at, maybe focus best belongs on the process of acquiring those accessories.

Practicing more as I say than do, figure out how much discretionary income you have, and when, to earmark for Wrangler stuff.

Develop a list of the items that interest you, along with their price and that of competing products in the space.

Prioritize that list, not only in terms of what you like best, but what's best to happen first and second in terms of a build, and what's time independent.

Hold on to that list for a bit. It's priorities might change. It might grow or even shrink as some purchases sort of negate the purchase of others. For example, if a soft top was high on your list it might get more back burnered (if not eliminated) if you acquired a Bestop Sunrider first.

And as sure as discipline on spending is advised, analysis paralysis, on the other side of the "don't spend right away" spectrum isn't necessary good either. You can always sell stuff you've purchased and taken care of in the used market to pay in part for gear that you at a later point feel better as a result of education, your own nuances, or simply introduction into the market brand new since you acquired what you now see as inferior product in the market space.
Sounds like sane, logical thinking.......................or just crazy talk to the average jeep obsessed fool.
 

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Which hood lock is recommended ? I have seen the BOLT (Quadratec) and the MOPAR units. Not sure which way to go but I do like the idea of having my factory key unlock it.
I have quite a bit of experience with BOLT locks from towing a travel trailer behind my F-150. I have used their receiver lock, trailer coupler lock, cable lock, and padlock - all keyed to my truck's key. I have never had a single problem with any of them over the past 3 years and I love not having a bunch of other keys to keep up with. However, I can't speak for or against their hood lock yet, as I am still waiting for blue to become available again before ordering my Unlimited Rubicon.
 

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I have quite a bit of experience with BOLT locks from towing a travel trailer behind my F-150. I have used their receiver lock, trailer coupler lock, cable lock, and padlock - all keyed to my truck's key. I have never had a single problem with any of them over the past 3 years and I love not having a bunch of other keys to keep up with. However, I can't speak for or against their hood lock yet, as I am still waiting for blue to become available again before ordering my Unlimited Rubicon.
Can confirm the BOLT hood lock is worth the money. :)
 

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You will want to invest in "Redline Tuning hood quick lift". That was a mod with money well spent.
 

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You will want to invest in "Redline Tuning hood quick lift". That was a mod with money well spent.
+1 to this as well.... even the mechanics shop thanked me for having it on there lol.
 
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