So why the title?

Well, for the last few years we have been big into sand dunes and desert running. We recently left the Phoenix metro for the cooler confines of Payson, AZ. Plenty of Jeep things to do. My wife had the “Camaro experience,” and always wanted the “Jeep Experience.” The desert and dunes “juice” was not really worth the “squeeze” so to speak. So we sold the last of the desert cars. My pride and joy Baja. It was a tough day watching it roll off on a shipper’s trailer for a new life in New York.

Some of the last mods I did to the Baja was a winch, on board air and stubby high lift jack install.  Guess a Jeep was calling me all along?  Odd, the desert guys discuss “travel” Jeep guys discuss “articulation.” Basically we are all discussing “cubic dollars.” A triple bypass King is just as expensive on a desert ride as a Jeep.  Will say this, the King of the Hill deal has likely made a few believers of desert guys. Doubt the “Jeep Thing” will ever replace running the desert for pure speed, (that can be magical) but, like I say the juice not worth the squeeze.

Now, I am lucky.  Very very lucky.  Besides being a hottie, my wife is a great girl, she fully gets I need a toy. So “Jeep experience” for her, and “toy” for me. The plan is a “trail capable” rig. Nothing too over the top but hope to do it well. We won’t be using it as a daily driver, maybe trips to the store, etc but face it, the town is only five miles wide. Mostly just a chance to explore the mountains with the dogs. Fortunate that we have set aside the money to get the Jeep to place I want to be quickly.

So with that, here is the plan: We ordered the Jeep on 08/14/15. Decided to go with white – odd choice for us as most cars are darker. Figure scratches, etc will buff out easier on white.

2015 Willys W JKU
Automatic Transmission
Uconnect® 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD
Max Tow Package
Alpine® Premium Audio System
Freedom Top® Black 3-Piece Hard Top

We have been able to use hacks on VOTS to follow the progress. As of 8/29 we are at “trim.”

So what have we ordered already?

Well, Mostly stuff for the dogs. A cargo net and a pet barrier.

Barricade Wrangler Wrap Around Net J101196 (07-14 Wrangler 4 Door) – Free Shipping

Barricade Wrangler Dog/Cargo Barrier Net Front J101197 (07-14 Wrangler JK 4-Door) – Free Shipping

Based on feedback from the forum and the fact they work with the rock rails, went ahead and ordered Ace Sliders. (Shipping charges are a killer!)

ACE JK Rock Sliders (4 Door)

Will run the Jeep a couple of weeks once we get it, then a Rubicon Express 2.5” coil lift and sway bar disconnects. Don’t really plan on anything bigger than 33’s.

Rubicon Express Part RE7141M – 2.5 Inch Standard Coil Lift Kit with Mono Tube Shocks – Fits 2007 to 2015 Wrangler – 4 Wheel Parts

Rubicon Express Part RE1132 – Sway Bar Disconnects – Fits 2007 to 2015 JK Wrangler – 4 Wheel Parts

I must admit having a “build” that does not involve custom fabrication work is a new thing to me. Makes it easier, just really like my fab guy….. and he likes my check book.

Time for a new experience. Looking forward to it.

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