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I don't know, but I kinda assume they are.
That "back in time" look is just right on your JL, it just means business, no funny games, I'm a fan :)
 

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It’s about time I do this.
I may have the slowest build on the forum, but whatever. Life gets in the way of a lot of things I try to do.

I came from a ‘89 YJ, that I bought new through AAFES while I was stationed in Germany. When the JL was announced, it had just recently rolled over 300,000 miles.
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I started my dream builds online (3.6/manual/Punkin with the “fancy” wheels) and finally made it in to the dealership when they were available to order. I ordered and waited. I get a laugh watching people freak out ordering them now. At least you know what you’re getting into at this point. Those of us that bought the ‘18s were test subjects.
I went with the Sport knowing full well I’d be swapping/upgrading a lot of pieces/parts.

I picked it up with 7 miles on the odometer and it was like stepping into a rocket ship. Going from an ‘89 YJ to the ‘18 JL was eye opening.
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I’m putting myself in 2/C category.
It’s a Sport S that started life hoping one day the aftermarket would start putting out accessories for the 2 door. It looked pretty bleak in the beginning. I still don’t believe the aftermarket supports 2 door owners like they could.
Yes, I’m aware how many 2 doors are sold vs. 4 doors and all that. But we’re a viable market for certain.

Mods I’ve done in no particular order.
  • Rear seat delete
  • Mandatory stubby am/fm antenna, sill guards
  • Replaced front plastic bumper with the Mopar OEM steel front stubby bumper
  • Goodbye halogen headlights (they were AWFUL), hello Oracle Oculus Bi-LED Headlights
  • Auxbeam 8 gang aux switch
  • KC FE4s on front bumper
  • KC FE3s on A pillar - both with custom decals for the covers from @pixeldecals
  • 5”>>7”>>8.4” Uconnect with sat antenna stashed under the windshield cowl a-la @blnewt - also went the extra mile and added the cabin temp sensor.
  • TAACOM visor hooks
  • Replaced stock dome light with new and improved OEM ‘22 version
  • 67 Designs device holders driver/passenger side
  • So long terrible plastic steps, welcome take-off Rubi OEM rock rails
  • Halogen tail lights swapped out with take-off OEM LED
  • Sport fender flares swapped with take-off OEM Rubi fender flares, front and back, with OEM LED
  • Rugged Ridge rear cargo liner
  • Teraflex 2.5” Sport ST2 Suspension System & Falcon 2.1 Monotube
  • BFG 35x12.5 R17 KM3 M/T
  • Mopar tailgate reinforcement bracket paired with a Teraflex Alpha HD tire carrier
  • Outback Adventure Trailgater
  • Metalcloak narrow width rear steel bumper
Originally used a Superchips Flashcal for JL - have since switched over to a Tazer Mini. More options

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I’m certain I’ve forgotten something and there’s still a lot I want to do.
Haven’t blacked out the muffler cause I want to replace it with something. Upcoming mods include winch and winch plate. They’re sitting in a cart - just gotta pull the trigger. I’m also going to replace all the stock steering bits with either Steersmarts or Metalcloak parts. Just have to decide which.

Anyway - there you have it.
 
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I picked it up with 7 miles on the odometer and it was like stepping into a rocket ship.

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My exact words when I compared my 1995 YJ to my 2021 JLU.

I still miss the '95, but the new one is a whole 'nother universe.
 
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It’s about time I do this.
I may have the slowest build on the forum, but whatever. Life gets in the way of a lot of things I try to do.

I came from a ‘89 YJ, that I bought new through AAFES while I was stationed in Germany. When the JL was announced, it had just recently rolled over 300,000 miles.
E000C873-03D9-45DE-8C54-B6918A200C31.jpeg

I started my dream builds online (3.6/manual/Punkin with the “fancy” wheels) and finally made it in to the dealership when they were available to order. I ordered and waited. I get a laugh watching people freak out ordering them now. At least you know what you’re getting into at this point. Those of us that bought the ‘18s were test subjects.
I went with the Sport knowing full well I’d be swapping/upgrading a lot of pieces/parts.

I picked it up with 7 miles on the odometer and it was like stepping into a rocket ship. Going from an ‘89 YJ to the ‘18 JL was eye opening.
5A3603AD-295A-41FD-8E19-90DF48F1C014.png


I’m putting myself in 2/C category.
It’s a Sport S that started life hoping one day the aftermarket would start putting out accessories for the 2 door. It looked pretty bleak in the beginning. I still don’t believe the aftermarket supports 2 door owners like they could.
Yes, I’m aware how many 2 doors are sold vs. 4 doors and all that. But we’re a viable market for certain.

Mods I’ve done in no particular order.
  • Rear seat delete
  • Mandatory stubby am/fm antenna, sill guards
  • Replaced front plastic bumper with the Mopar OEM steel front stubby bumper
  • Goodbye halogen headlights (they were AWFUL), hello Oracle Oculus Bi-LED Headlights
  • Auxbeam 8 gang aux switch
  • KC FE4s on front bumper
  • KC FE3s on A pillar - both with custom decals for the covers from @pixeldecals
  • 5”>>7”>>8.4” Uconnect with sat antenna stashed under the windshield cowl a-la @blnewt - also went the extra mile and added the cabin temp sensor.
  • Replaced stock dome light with new and improved OEM ‘22 version
  • 67 Designs device holders driver/passenger side
  • So long terrible plastic steps, welcome take-off Rubi OEM rock rails
  • Halogen tail lights swapped out with take-off OEM LED
  • Sport fender flares swapped with take-off OEM Rubi fender flares, front and back, with OEM LED
  • Rugged Ridge rear cargo liner
  • Teraflex 2.5” Sport ST2 Suspension System & Falcon 2.1 Monotube
  • BFG 35x12.5 R17 KM3 M/T
  • Mopar tailgate reinforcement bracket paired with a Teraflex Alpha HD tire carrier
  • Metalcloak narrow width rear steel bumper
Originally used a Superchips Flashcal for JL - have since switched over to a Tazer Mini. More options

440908F2-9172-4E77-A6AA-4A12A708F89C.jpeg


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I’m certain I’ve forgotten something and there’s still a lot I want to do.
Haven’t blacked out the muffler cause I want to replace it with something. Upcoming mods include winch and winch plate. They’re sitting in a cart - just gotta pull the trigger. I’m also going to replace all the stock steering bits with either Steersmarts or Metalcloak parts. Just have to decide which.

Anyway - there you have it.
The wait was worth it for your post! Nice additions for sure and I like those "fancy" granite OEM wheels, look proper on your JL. How do you like the 8.4 vs the 7 UConnect? I'm still loving the 7 vs that silly 5 :)

Are you still rocking that beer keg muffler? If so I'd look into one of those hi tuck exhausts. I love my Magnaflow twin pipe but it could be vulnerable if you drop on a ledge. So far so good here but??

So may great upgrades you've done, keep up the good work there! Oh, and your YJ, looked like you kicked ass w/ that build too!
 

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The wait was worth it for your post! Nice additions for sure and I like those "fancy" granite OEM wheels, look proper on your JL. How do you like the 8.4 vs the 7 UConnect? I'm still loving the 7 vs that silly 5 :)

Are you still rocking that beer keg muffler? If so I'd look into one of those hi tuck exhausts. I love my Magnaflow twin pipe but it could be vulnerable if you drop on a ledge. So far so good here but??

So may great upgrades you've done, keep up the good work there! Oh, and your YJ, looked like you kicked ass w/ that build too!
Thanks Brad!

The 5” was a sick joke, right? I got used to the 7” but really wanted the 8.4”. Just took me a while to find one at a good price. It’s a significant upgrade from the 7” and the ORPs are useful. Unlike a lot of people, I do like the onboard nav system and use it when I need to. That doesn’t mean I don’t use Google Maps though. Whatever works best at the time.

Yep - still have the stock beer keg down there. I’ve been looking at the Borla Climber series - I just don’t want to end up with a lot of
d-r-r-o-n-e so I’ve been hesitant to make that swap.

The YJ was a beast. It took a beating and always bounced back with no problem. I sold it to a guy that promised to take care of it a couple years ago. The last time I saw it, it was in a sad state.
The only issue I ever had with it was inverting the leaf springs due to “over confidence”. 😂
 
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Im group c I guess,Bought in June,done alot but cheap as i could.Will work just fine for me and looks just the way i wanted for now,the rest can be done in time...
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Those wheels are perfect on a Sting Grey. Big fan of the soft 8 look. 👍🏼
 

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  • BFG 35x12.5 R17 KM3 M/T
Did you regear moving up to those 35's? Or stock gearing on stock axles?? Looks great!
 

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Did you regear moving up to those 35's? Or stock gearing on stock axles?? Looks great!
Thanks!

I’m on stock axles and stock gears. I don’t get into 6th gear very often and I don’t care. I barely ever got into it before the 35s.
My MPGs hang around 17 or 18 on the road. I get up into 20mpg on a longer road trip.
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