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Old 08-18-2013, 02:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm going to try and keep a running list of upgrades here in this first post, then add details down the road. I figured it made more sense to keep it all in one place rather than have fifteen threads running at once.

(I reserve the right to ask dumb questions elsewhere and at any time, though.)

I'm really hoping for some good suggestions and advice!

Link to a little background info:

---> How did you first find your KJ? <---

Here's the current list, in approximate order of what I plan to do:
  • Roof Rack & Cross Bars <---DONE!
  • Car Stereo Head Unit <---DONE!
  • GPS <---DONE!
  • CB Radio <---DONE!
  • Trailer Hitch <---<---DONE!
  • Frog Lights <---DONE!
  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack <---Maybe? (I might stick with spare tire mount)
  • Window visors <---DONE!
  • Spotlights for Roof Rack <---DONE!
  • EVIC / OTIS <---DONE! (Garmin Mechanic will suffice)
  • Rock Sliders <---DONE!
  • Lift! <---DONE!
  • Seat Covers <---DONE!


(I might lift it once I get enough dings in the Jeep to make me less paranoid about serious offroad adventures. For now, a side trip to a good fishin' hole will do.)

More to come, as ideas pop into my head.

Here's what she looked like shortly after I first got her, 100% stock:


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Old 08-18-2013, 03:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Roof Rack Candidates:

Amazon.com: Curt 18115 Roof Mounted Cargo Rack: Automotive $117 Free Shipping

Nifty extension for the above, bringing the whole works to a staggering 62.5" in length:
Amazon.com: Curt 18117 Roof Mounted Cargo Rack Extension: Automotive $56 Free Shipping

Amazon.com: Rola 59504 Vortex 48" x 37.5" x 4" Roof Mounted Cargo Basket: Sports & Outdoors $199 + $14 Shipping - Sturdiest of the lot.

Amazon.com: 62.5" Roof Luggage Cargo Storage Rack with Fairing: Rage Powersports: Automotive $110 + $35 Shipping

Amazon.com: 50"x38" Aluminum Roof Basket Cargo Carrier Rack Car Top Luggage with Cross Bars: Automotive $65 + $25 Shipping - Thanks for the tip, kj04libby!

For the Roof Bars, I will either make my own or get something like this:

TMS CROSSBAR-CH100 Aluminum Roof Rack Cross Bars Crossbars with Locking for Jeep Patriot Liberty Kia Sorento Sportage Sedona : Amazon.com : Automotive $39 + $15 Shipping - Cheap!

Amazon.com: 52-1/4" Carbon Steel Locking Vehicle Roof Cross Bars: Rage Powersports: Automotive $60 + $12 Shipping - Carbon Steel!

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Old 08-18-2013, 04:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Love that colour!

You asked for suggestions ... this is what I want.



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I love the low profile. I'm trying to avoid having the thing look like I've got a half-built skyscraper bolted to the top of the Jeep.

That one looks like it's for a roof with channels and not bars along the sides. I'm assuming those are on the KKs? Or do you remove the bars and mount the Rock Lizard in the existing mounts?

And $450 - ouch! I plan a followup post tomorrow on aftermarket head units to replace the OEM radio. My thoughts on that vacillate wildly from "the ballgame will sound just as good on a $125 unit as it would on something more expensive", and "I want a unit that does it all, price be hanged, and that includes receiving alien messages from their mothership in Alpha Centauri...". If I go cheap on the stereo I might put the money into the Rock Lizard. It sure is nice.

Thanks for the tip, Luke!
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You're welcome! And don't forget this rack comes with the cross rails the only extra thing you have to buy is u bolts so its not a bad deal even tho its not a name brand it still holds this guy at 250lbs!
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I dig the color of your KJ - not one I see too often.
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Their design eliminates the weak points in the stock system. It bolts in right where your stock rails are connected. They also have another design. Mr Mudd has it on his KJ .. check the link below the pic.

FYI... the stock rails are only rated for around 100 lbs .. my renegade rails are even weaker. You might be able to sit 250lbs on it... but it will be riding on your roof eventually
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I plan a followup post tomorrow on aftermarket head units to replace the OEM radio.
You'd probably have one already if it were not for that damn foreigner!
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Their design eliminates the weak points in the stock system. It bolts in right where your stock rails are connected. They also have another design. Mr Mudd has it on his KJ .. check the link below the pic.

FYI... the stock rails are only rated for around 100 lbs .. my renegade rails are even weaker. You might be able to sit 250lbs on it... but it will be riding on your roof eventually
Its not 250 on each rail. People forget that the weight is evenly distributed across both rails. So its 125 lbs on each rail. And I understand that is more than what they're rated for. But the basket can have 200 lbs in it and the rails will be fine.
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You'd probably have one already if it were not for that damn foreigner!
Oh, you must have bought the Clarion.

It's not as though it Feels Like The First Time that I've felt Cold As Ice and Hot Blooded while having Double Vision because a Dirty White Boy played Head Games with me. On the other hand, it's not that Urgent that I be a Jukebox Hero in my Jeep.

(I would go for the whole Top Ten, but I think I'd be better off leaving Waiting For A Girl Like You and I Want To Know What Love Is out of this one...)

Truth be told, I'm glad you got it. It was like a siren song tempting me, but I really think I want a brand new unit. That makes my decision a little easier.
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