Meet "Mo Green" - My Mojito '18 JL Sport!

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Here's the backstory - my wife leased an '18 JLUS in May of '18, and the first time we took the doors off and put the top down I knew I had to get my own :LOL: . So, when the lease was ending in 2019 on my Go Mango '16 Dodge Charger R/T my son and I went to the dealership and wandered the lot looking for Wranglers. I really like bright colored vehicles, and started looking for Punkn' Wranglers, but decided it was too close to the Go Mango and this little 2018 Mojito! Sport caught my eye. I peeked inside, saw the crank windows, and it brought me back 30 years to when I was 17 and those simple days of cruising in my buddy's '90 YJ, or my old '85 Monte Carlo SS, or any of the cars my parents had when I was a kid.

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My son and I were in agreement - this was a perfect Jeep for someone who was going to go out and play on the trails, and I have always wanted to do that! The only options are A/C, tinted soft top, 2.0T with the 8-speed, and the M220 rear. I struck a fair deal with them - after all, this was July of '19, and the 2020 MY Wranglers were going to start shipping pretty soon. So, who would want a 2-year old Jeep with crank windows!? Me, of course!

The first couple of mods were cosmetic - I removed the Wrangler Sport decals from the fender, added some JK-style Wrangler lettering to the hood as an homage to the old CJ Wrangler, and removed the bumper fairings.

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I scored my next mod a few months later - a set of slightly used Mopar tubular aluminum steps. I picked these up from a fellow Forum member.

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In November of 2019 I treated myself to a birthday present - a takeoff Rubicon suspension from a 2019 I found online locally that had basically just delivery miles on it. These are the 60/61 and 90/91 springs from a 4-door HT/steel bumper Rubi. This pic was taken in the garage of the guy I bought them from; I wish I had a lift!

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Since it was winter and I didn't have 33's yet, there was no point to install them. I stored them away in my shed and waited for a good deal on a set of take-off wheels and tires. I was looking for white letter KO2s on the base Rubi wheels, lower mileage the better, and a budget-friendly price.

Eight months later (good things come to those who wait!), the perfect set popped up on Craigslist. These were off a 2020 with 4K miles.

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After a few emails back and forth, my son and I took my wife's JLUS and cruised out to pick them up.

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In July of 2020 my son and I got around to installing all of the goodies in my driveway. He worked on one side, I worked on the other.

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Here's the stock shock removed and swaybar link disconnected. I'm getting ready to unhook the brake line bracket from the frame to allow enough droop to remove the spring.

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Bye bye stock spring!

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A few minutes later, we had the new Rubicon goodness installed.

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Yeah, that's a pretty noticeable difference between the front and back!

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Moving on to the rear...

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And a short while later, the new rear shocks and springs were in. We had a bit of a battle getting those upper rear perches to seat, but with the two of us working we came up with a plan and got the job done.

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After adjusting the 3rd brake light, we bolted on the spare and took a pic. Not bad for 4 hours worth of work!

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In October of 2020, we took the 101 Class out at Rausch Creek. I figured I should get some protection underneath, so I scored a deal with an Ebay coupon for a Rough Country M186 diff skid.

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I also figured I should close off the wiring for my foglights, so I got out the Dremel and went to work on the original fender fairings.

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We pulled the nutserts out of the bumper and just reinstalled the covers with trim clips leftover from an old project car.

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I'm glad I put them back on :LOL:. We had a lot of fun, got the Jeep a little muddy, and learned a lot about the Wrangler's capabilities. I can't wait to go wheeling again!

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The latest mod I added was the Quadratec aluminum front skid. It doesn't hang down as low as the flimsy plastic piece and is really well-built.

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All in all, I am super happy with this little Jeep. I know a lot of 2-door owners take their rear seat out for cargo space, but that's not practical for me with two teenagers. If I need to pick up something larger, I'll go with my wife's JLU or my son's KJ.

Mo Green is a great commuter (20 mpg average in all stop 'n go traffic) and is super easy to park in tight spots, which is what I'm doing 98% of the time I'm behind the wheel. For that other 2%, the short wheel base and extra clearance from the Rubicon parts makes it really nimble off road!
 
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what a great story and amzing pics of the progress. i too bought a mojito sport , but 6 spd, and crank windows ! There is so much joy in going back to something simple ! i am looking to do similar mods as you, once the weather gets a bit nicer here in montreal. I was impressed with the soft top and cant wait to go cruising.
 
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what a great story and amzing pics of the progress. i too bought a mojito sport , but 6 spd, and crank windows ! There is so much joy in going back to something simple ! i am looking to do similar mods as you, once the weather gets a bit nicer here in montreal. I was impressed with the soft top and cant wait to go cruising.
Thanks, and welcome to the site, fellow Mojito owner! It's such a great color - on the way home from work today, I saw a little girl out for a walk with her mom. The girl pointed as I was coming up the street and said "Look at that car!" (I know, not a car, but it was cute to see!)

And I agree, the soft top has been great, even with the snow on it this winter it held the weight just fine and brushes off really easy. The mods were a great DIY project with my son, and we really enjoy wrenching on this Jeep. I've owned a lot of "fun" vehicles in the past and the JL is right near the top of the list.

Thanks for checking out my build!
 

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Thanks for answering ! I too have had some fun cars , including an 86 Omni GLH turbo, Challenger RT, Mustang LX 5.0 and honestly my JL is right on top of the list as you said ! I too love it when the kids point it out, its just such a fun color and has kept me (more or less) sane during these crazy times ! I was going to get some Quadratec Retro alloy wheels, but i think i am going to look for a set of Rubicon take-offs like yours, i found a set with 1500 miles for 2500$...hoping he will go down a bit in price. I did place my order for some retro renegade style decals and will post once i get them on. I must say, nice people on this site...must be a jeep thing ! PLeasure to meet you!
 

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My biggest regret is not going for the mojito when I was shopping... black one 500 miles away or mojito 700 miles away.. I should've just gone a little farther! Yours looks great!
 
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Thanks for answering ! I too have had some fun cars , including an 86 Omni GLH turbo, Challenger RT, Mustang LX 5.0 and honestly my JL is right on top of the list as you said ! I too love it when the kids point it out, its just such a fun color and has kept me (more or less) sane during these crazy times ! I was going to get some Quadratec Retro alloy wheels, but i think i am going to look for a set of Rubicon take-offs like yours, i found a set with 1500 miles for 2500$...hoping he will go down a bit in price. I did place my order for some retro renegade style decals and will post once i get them on. I must say, nice people on this site...must be a jeep thing ! PLeasure to meet you!
Wow, we have similar taste in vehicles LOL! My 2nd car was an '87 Shadow Turbo, then a few '80s Monte Carlo SSs, '96 Impala SS, a few boring vehicles, then an '01 XJ and recently a Charger R/T. I always liked the Fox-body Mustangs and got to drive a few, just never owned one. Anywho, I'm not sure what the market is like for the Rubicon wheels up in Montreal, but that price does seem high. I paid about $1K less for my set. For that kind of $$ you could order up a set of Quadratec wheels. Definitely post some pics when you get the retro decals, they will look awesome!

My biggest regret is not going for the mojito when I was shopping... black one 500 miles away or mojito 700 miles away.. I should've just gone a little farther! Yours looks great!
Thanks very much!
 
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Used to have a Synergy Green Camaro - needed more space - but had to stick with a similar color!
 
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Used to have a Synergy Green Camaro - needed more space - but had to stick with a similar color!
Your JL looks great - I checked one of your threads and saw the pic after you installed the lift! Where did you get the hood decals from? When I got mine I only found JK-style font, but I'd like to swap them for the JL font.
 

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Your JL looks great - I checked one of your threads and saw the pic after you installed the lift! Where did you get the hood decals from? When I got mine I only found JK-style font, but I'd like to swap them for the JL font.
I went back through credit card statement and it was PayPal so I think eBay. Funny you should ask - I just removed those Wrangler decals yesterday after 1 1/2 years - just was a bit too busy for my taste after a while
 
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I went back through credit card statement and it was PayPal so I think eBay. Funny you should ask - I just removed those Wrangler decals yesterday after 1 1/2 years - just was a bit too busy for my taste after a while
Thanks for the response! Since you have the flag on the hood, I agree, it might be getting a little busy up there. I like the open letters so you can see the body color behind them...I got a PM from @pixeldecals so that's likely who I'm gonna use when I replace the JK letters in the next few weeks. I just want some legit warmer weather to be here before sticking the new decals!
 
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