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JKU Number II

Discussion in 'Wrangler, CJ, Wagoneer, other traditional Jeeps' started by MoparNorm, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. aldo90731

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    Did you got AEV front AND rear?
     
  2. MoparNorm

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    NO, the AEV rear bumper doesn't tuck the hitch up inside like I wanted. So I modified an AEV bumper mount to fit a Hanson rear bumper.

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  3. aldo90731

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    Cool.

    I saw that same gas can last weekend on White Mountain. How much does it hold?

    What's that number on your back window?
     
  4. MoparNorm

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    The can (Fuel Caddy) holds 10.2 gallons and most people don't even notice it is there.

    4540, is our Race Jeep number. Ultra 4 Pit Support Vehicles must display the car number to be in the pits at King of the Hammers.

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    Also, note the ARB bumper places the winch up into about 50% of the radiator grill. Some folks have experienced overheating because of winch, hoop bar and lights block the radiator.
    That one reason I chose the AEV hoop less bumper.
     
  6. Jeepnut

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    And this is why I ask the folks that have done this before. Yall have the experience that is required to make an informed decision.
     
  7. MoparNorm

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    Experience just means I've done it wrong enough times to know the best way now... ?

    Part of the reason I post is to hopefully save someone the grief of doing it twice.
    But, there is always that lead a horse to water but can't make it drink thing...;)
     
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    Just a note, the Falken MT's that are run in the KOH race, are coming to market sometime soon, possibly July, in 33", 35", 37 and 38" diameters. Great race and street tested compound.
     
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    Thats what yall run on your race Jeep correct?
     
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    Yes, we run the AT, which is the highway tread and I groove the tread to be more aggressive. They are quiet, on pavement, yet the compound has surprising grip, this is a case of not judging a book by its cover.

    The MT tire is the same basic construction and compound with a more aggressive tread, which eliminates the need to custom groove them.
    We don't have tread longevity results yet on the new MT, but Id expect it to be a bit less than the AT, simply because of the aggressive tread design.
    Grip and lateral bite is above normal, exceeding the results we had with the BFG KM2's and Goodyear MTR's.
     
  11. Jeepnut

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    These tires are coming later this year right?
     
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    As early as July I hear.
     
  13. aldo90731

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    Yes, I too wanted the winch to sit low.

    The Mopar bumper also nestles the winch low between the frame rails

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    Yeah, Im not sure who makes that bumper. The"Mopar bumper" was originally the AEV, but apparently they went to another source to lower costs. Don't know if it's Terra-Flex, or...???
    It's a modular, correct? With remove able ends? MetalCloak and Rubicon Express had a bumper similar to that.
    Part of my indifference to cost was because AEV is built in the USA (Detroit to be exact)
    Smittybuilt for example, is mostly sourced from China.
     
  15. aldo90731

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    Correct, the Mopar bumper was built by AEV, but something happened that AEV stopped supplying them (probably AEV couldn't meet Mopar's cost requirements) and Mopar had find another source. My Mopar bumper is now supplied by Crown Automotive out of China.

    Mine is not a modular bumper; it's all one piece. You must be thinking of this other Mopar bumper introduced with the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, and now standard on the Rubicon X Package: http://www.fourwheeler.com/project-vehicles/1401-2014-jeep-wrangler-unlimited/

    I also try to keep my money in the US, but the price difference between the basic Mopar bumper I got, the modular Mopar bumper and the AEV bumper you got is a bit too rich for me: $600, $1,200 and $1,500 respectively --and the rear bumpers are at least that much or more.

    All Mopar winch bumpers (your AEV bumper can also be purchased through the Mopar catalog) mount the winch low, between the frame rails. By contrast, as much as I like Warn Industries' US-built quality and design, their bumpers mount the winch above the rails, blocking the grille opening.

    Besides the ARB bumper, which is also very expensive, I don't like most other aftermarket bumpers: I find most of them look too weird and give the Jeep a chop-shop look. :)
     
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    That bumper in your link is one of them, but not the specific one I was thinking of. It showed up for a short time on a special edition Wrangler, can't remember the name of the special edition right now...was there another COD Wrangler after MW3?
     
  17. aldo90731

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    There was the MOAB based on the Sahara, but it used the bumper you have; the Willys and the Altitude and Polar Editions but those had the standard plastic bumper

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    I picked up my Jeep today and im so happy! Trying to get some pics to post!
     
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    Congrats!

    What did you get?
     
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    I think he bought the Willys Wheeler???
     

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