Blue On Black - Build Chronicles

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Creating this thread to chronicle my build of my new 2021 Hydro Blue Sport S Max Tow. This is as much for me as for any else, just to have as a copy of what I have done, want to do, and hope to do. An online to-do list. Many of my choices have not been made yet, so this may also may end up being a question and ask for assistance as well.


Purchased on 9/17/2021. Had do drive 6 hours to just south of DC to pick it up. Rode back the next day.

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So far the name as been Blue On Black (unofficially, but have not found anything better). Love that song and the FFDP cover of it.

These list will change as time goes on, move things done down and add new things as I decide to keep changing. I think we all understand that by now.

Want To Do List
- 33's or 35s, debating on which - Beach mostly, but every day drive
- 1.5" level for front to remove rake and add space for tires. Maybe the 3/4" for some rake.
- add speakers to sound bar (sitting in Office)
- add sub woofer (sitting in Office)
- steps/nerf bars
- Bestop sunrider for hard tops
- DIY bed rail system - seen some good threads on this
- Spray in bed liner
- Install Aux switches (in Christmas package)
- add 12v outlet and switch to bed (in Christmas package)
- bed extender
- black grill, not angry grill - still debating on this.
- black trail rated badge - to finish blackout of jeep (ordered)
- new front bumper and winch
- lock box
- sumo springs/timbrens - for cargo and tow after front level.
- Amber marker lights for the grill (ordered)
- add 2nd rear tow hook (in Christmas package)



Have Done List
- removed dealership sticker from tailgate - I hate when they try to badge the cars they sell
- Tint front windows
- changed silver bumper inserts out
- removed front license plate holder and covered holes
- swapped out antenna
- door sill guards
- key lock caps
- installed new 6.5" pods and speakers in front kick panels.
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This is what I have done up to this point. Decided to just add it here so I can leave the OP to be just changing of the lists.

Ripped the dealership sticker off the tailgate, and the license plate holders. Why do dealerships have to try and BADGE there cars.

I have installed door lock covers, door sill guards, new antenna, changed the front bumper inserts, and covered holes in front bumper. Never liked the silver ones inserts. I have also had front windows tinted.

I have upgraded speakers and sub on the way. Going to try and add the Metra 6.5 pods to the front kick panels, swap out 3.5" in dash, and add 6x9's to the sound bar with the MB Quart adapter. Then add the Kicker HS 10 behind the rear seat. Will post when this is done.


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Got quite a few of the smaller things ordered and or sitting at the house. I hope to get some installed over the holidays while I have some extra time off. Hopefully have some photos to share soon.

Also want to update the first post, with a current picture of my Jeep, I can update that one as I go so the before/after is seen right on the first post.
 
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So I was able to start installing some of my speaker upgrades this weekend, but wanted to first start out with what I have purchased and planed, and has been sitting in the office for a few weeks. At first I was going to do all of the speakers minus the kick panel front speakers which are such a pain in the arse (so I have heard).

First plan on up grading the 3.5" in the dash:

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And I decided on doing the kick panel speakers as if I am doing this, I am going all out.

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Figured I would start there. But this is the rest of the plans ..... :

Sound bar replace with 6x9's

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And a kicker hideaway subwoofer.

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After Thanksgiving install coming soon, sorry trying to also cook diner :).
 
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Ok, so over the Thanksgiving weekend, I figured I had some time to start installing my upgraded speakers. I have the 7" screen so just swapping out speakers and adding a sub should be really nice upgrade.

I started on Friday after Thanksgiving and hoped I could be done before the weekend was up, the initial thought was the front Pods replacement with 6.5" compared to 4", an upgrade the 3.5" in the dash. I knew the pods would be the worst of this install (at least I hope so.) But wanted to start it first. I did start out with trying to not remove the entire dash and the we can remove/rotate/skrimish the pods out. That did not work for me. Ended up removing most of the dash. Sorry a couple of the photos are not in focus but hey it is what it was ...

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But all in all, I am SO glad I did it I got the new pods installed with the 6.5" :

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Tried to add the 3.5" on the dash, but do not have the right connectors, thought I bought them all, if anyone wants to tell me the correct connector for the 3.5" in the dash, much appreciated.



But I will have to say, a long 2 days, dismantled on Friday, installed on Saturday, and WOW What a difference these two speakers make. So wanting the dash to be done, easy but will make a huge difference, the the sound bar and sub. Almost there....
 
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While I had the dash out, added a new phone mount.

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