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Post  onthehunt on Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:52 pm

Picked up my new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited today!

Let the mods begin. I've already got a 2 inch lift kit installed (dealer installed), and I've got new wheels and fat mud tyres going on tomorrow. And my bullbar and winch on the 30th

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Yes, it's a Jeep. And it might break down on me. But I still like it better than Toyotas Smile (i've owned 2 land cruisers, a hilux, and two jeeps). Having said that, I don't go to remote places. If I did, I'd be in nothing but a Landcruiser.

And im not scared of scratching my cars either

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Post  Digginerup on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:19 pm

Pictures dear boy!! pictures!!!! Very Happy

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Post  onthehunt on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:27 pm

I put a picture in my first post, is it not coming up? Its working for me. I'll try again, the link is here:

http://s13.postimage.org/arflydsdi/20130121_164014.jpg

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Post  AnnieL on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:32 pm

That's one schmick vehicle, onthehunt. (I am a Toyota fan myself but some friends have Jeeps). All the mods can keep one poor!!
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Post  onthehunt on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:36 pm

Cheers Smile

This model (Rubicon) is the off road model of the Wrangler. Although the Wrangler itself is very capable offroad, this model has front and back diff lockers, lower gear ratios, bigger stronger diffs, and electronic disconnect front sway bar. So its quite capable right out of the box.

Hoping it will get me into some places others haven't detected

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Post  sandy2010 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:13 am

Nice one!...........by the way, what "donk" does it have ?

Cheers & beers.

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Post  onthehunt on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:15 am

3.6 litre v6 pentastar, which is apparently a pretty good motor (I know nothing about motors, just from what I've read).

It's got 285hp, im pretty happy with the power.

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Post  onthehunt on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:23 pm

Upgrades are finished, ready to hit the bush! Hopefully this pic works

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Post  CostasDee on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:37 pm

Nice looking wheels there onthehunt. Looks like it's just come out of the showroom. Careful with it though, don't want to scratch it too much.... bom
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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:39 pm

G'day Onthehunt very nice rig you got there.. Very Happy .. Be carefull going through the scrub black duco shows up the scratches. Good luck out there and looking forward to seeing some pics of your finds..

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Post  onthehunt on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:40 pm

Scratches give them character. Taking it up to Tallarook this weekend for its first scratches Smile

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Post  TTT on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:32 pm

hi onthehunt hope you have a good weekend 4 wheel driving and what do scratches matter thats the idea of a fourby go out get it dirty and if it gets scratched well doesn t matter the main thing is you will be a bit pissed of but not as pissed off if someone else scratches it have fun cheers Terry

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Post  onthehunt on Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:22 pm

Here is a pic of the front with the bullbar and winch

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Post  onthehunt on Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:23 pm

Yeah the first few scratches will make me cringe but It will be good to get them out of the way Smile

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Post  Guest on Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:27 pm

Did that front end pass a roadworthy? Shocked

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Post  onthehunt on Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:39 pm

It hasnt needed one its brand new

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Post  Maddog on Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:12 pm

Nice rig m888888888
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Post  cranky on Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:34 pm

Repeating Ark's question.

Valid enquiry there, the vehicle may be brand new but your earlier posts indicate that you have been modifying the vehicle since purchase and initial registration.

Be sure that any mods do not breach ADRs or it could cost you heaps to get legal again, many shops fitting after market equipment are after the business without due regard to the legitamacy of the conversion.....I have heard of occasions where a vehicle has copped a "Canary" because an add on breached ADRs and the installer has declared that he was asked to fit it by the customer, and beleived the customer had done his homework on the issue.

From the Photo there seems to be a question regarding the relationship between tyre width and mudguard extension what else may not be acceptable?
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Post  onthehunt on Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:39 pm

The flares cover the tyres completely, the pic is misleading. That's why I spent $1500 on getting them installed Smile

The bullbar is ADR compliant, including with the outer wings removed as pictured.

The only non roadworthy part of the vehicle (that I am aware of) currently is that the track width has increased by more than 25mm, but I have it booked in to be signed off by an engineer already after the Dana 60 goes in. He won't approve it without the Dana 60.



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Post  onthehunt on Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:41 pm

This is a better pic from the front, shows the tyres within the flares

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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:13 pm

I can't believe you are not going to have problems with that front bumper ! And why wouldn'tt you try to protect the wheels / wishbones in the event of hitting a big roo! Or worse still dragging a person into that area between the inside of the wheel and the end of the bar ? Shocked

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Post  onthehunt on Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:27 pm

http://www.doubleblackoffroad.com/jeep-wrangler-parts/DBOR-Jeep-JK-Front-Modular-Bull-Bar

ADR compliance has been achieved and tested with energy absorption brackets integrated into the mounting system which do not effect your jeeps airbag functioning or the strength of the bar.

If it's good enough for ADR, it's good enough for me.

The only reason I removed the outer wings (which are designed to be removed) was that I prefer the look. If I have any troubles, I'll put them back on.

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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:15 pm

It certainly does add to its Mojo not having the side flares on ! Glad to hear you have them if you need them Very Happy
And reading the guidelines for bull bars ,yes typical gov. ,very loose ! But I would think you would have problems with the protrusions sticking out from the front with D shackles on them ! As I have read it is not the manufacturer that is responsible for the bull bar passing ADR,s but the owner of the vehicle , well that's the way I read it ! I could be wrong ,and often I am ! lol!
It is looking like some machine indeed ! I really do hope it gets you to where you want to go ! Best of luck out there !! cheers

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Post  onthehunt on Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:22 pm

Thanks mate Smile

Will see how it goes.

If I get a canary it won't be the end of the world, I'll just fix what needs to be fixed and move on. I know the guy who developed, tested, and installed this bar, and he has sold a LOT of them and said no one ever has any issues with the fuzz. The ADR compliance plate is attached to it also so hopefully that will keep them off my back.

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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:14 pm

Sounds like a plan ! cheers

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Post  onthehunt on Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:30 pm

Just got caught in a big hail storm in Melbourne, so she might have a few dents already. Will check when it drys

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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:00 pm

Shocked ouch !!!

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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:14 pm

Hi Onthehunt, I have a bit of a crush on the Rubicon and am wondering how you are getting on with yours? How is the ride on long trips say compared to one of the later model cruisers? Done any towing with it etc?
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Post  onthehunt on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:57 pm

I love it mate. It handles fine. It's certainly not as refined as a Landcruiser, but I didn't want refinement I wanted rough and tough. And that it certainly is.

I haven't towed with it yet. Last week I drove it from Melbourne to Sydney and back, and it wasn't the most comfortable car to do that length of trip in but it wasn't bad, just a bit bouncy.

I've put good quality suspension in it when I lifted it which gives me a better ride then stock.

Offroad, you won't find a 4wd more capable out of the box. It goes anywhere. I've owned Landcruisers and Hiluxes before and I know how capable they both are offroad, it certainly out does them (front and back diff locks, electronically disconnectable front sway bar, low range rock crawling gear box, all standard).

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:21 am

Hi Onthehunt, Thanks for the data, I have been watching those U-Tube vids made by Wayalife where they do the Rubicon trail and Moab in the States etc. Got to say it sure looks good. Right up my ally. I picture myself in one of these. I like the idea of having considerable redundancy in offroad ability so if I do something dumb (as one does from time to time) then I have a vehicle that can get me out of trouble with ease. On road comfort would be a big consideration as I often drive many hours to chase gold or go fishing etc. comfort is important as I get older.
Looks like you are running 35" tyres on yours, looks well balanced anyway. Nice rig.
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