Sponsored

Miss Red's build thread.

Zero_Accel

Well-Known Member
First Name
Aaron
Joined
Oct 27, 2021
Threads
17
Messages
271
Reaction score
509
Location
El Paso, Texas
Vehicle(s)
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport
Build Thread
Link
Occupation
Systems Engineer
I've decided to add a build thread of my (not so) little red Jeep! Seems like a good way to document all the things that I've done over the course of the year that I've owned her.

As for the name, honestly I haven't settled on one yet, although Miss Red is a reference to a not so nice nickname my sister gave her when she found out I sold my perfectly good 2nd gen Tacoma for the down payment.

Let's get started, first post, the day I got her, new to me, some nice starting mods for the price of similar stock trucks courtesy of the first owner.

July 6th, 2021, apparently she killed a Peterbuilt on the way over, so she was 2 days late!

IMG_3914.jpg


Lots of bugs on the tailgate, took a while to wash off.

IMG_3915.jpg


Came with an excellent starter pack: 17' Bronze Fuel Ammo wheels wrapped in 35' Pro-comp MT2's, on a 2.5 inch Ready lift.

IMG_3919.JPG


Love the Poison Spyder Bruiser bumper, and a Smittybuilt 12k winch thrown in as well. A set of n-fab steps helped with getting in and out.

64727197322__7EE62B02-2C4E-4F22-837B-034A81EC1D8B.jpg


Now a large portion of this thread is going to be retroactive, as these photos were taken over the course of the year, and I will be updating it throughout the next week or two.

For now, happy Jeeping everyone!
Sponsored

 
OP
OP
Zero_Accel

Zero_Accel

Well-Known Member
First Name
Aaron
Joined
Oct 27, 2021
Threads
17
Messages
271
Reaction score
509
Location
El Paso, Texas
Vehicle(s)
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport
Build Thread
Link
Occupation
Systems Engineer
July, 2021:

So technically this isn't a mod, but something that I did, and I thought it was neat enough to put here.

I had wasted no time taking the truck off road, blasting though a small section of desert that hadn't been touched by urban development just yet, on paper plates! Got some of the first pics here.

IMG_3934.JPG


IMG_3929.JPG


IMG_3930.JPG


So one of the nice things about my new to me Jeep pickup was that the first owner bought me some nice goodies, one of these things being a winch. I didn't expect to use it so soon. During one of my drives through this little OHV area, I saw something interesting...

IMG_4006.JPG


That is a Tundra, on street tires, hopelessly high centered in a drainage ditch. That is a man wondering what the hell he just did.

I think he bought the wrong truck if he was going to be doing those sort of stunts.

I decided to stop and help him because it was a great excuse to use my new winch! While I was chatting with him, a nice Ram Rebel stopped by to lend a hand.

IMG_4008.JPG


IMG_4009.JPG


My snatch block was being held hostage by Fedex at the time, so we tried a straight pull. No luck, the truck barely budged, that thing was just flat out STUCK. All we were doing was dragging ourselves towards him.

We were going to need some help, and without missing a beat, more people showed up! This dude in a sweet Landcruiser showed up with even more pulling power.

IMG_4010.JPG


He gave us another line to work with and showed me the proper way to hook up so that I wouldn't damage my line. Guy was a guru.

IMG_4011.JPG


It was during this that another truck showed up to help, a WJ Grand Cherokee, we needed FOUR trucks to drag this guy out.

IMG_4019.JPG


IMG_4014.JPG


Success! There's video of this recovery somewhere, I'll need to track it down.

IMG_4015.JPG


The giant pit the guy fell into, it was basically a 10 foot drop straight down, no wonder we needed that many trucks to pull him out!

IMG_4017.JPG


One happy owner! Dude was super grateful, thanking everyone around for saving himself from an expensive tow bill and explaining to his wife the whole debacle.

IMG_4018.JPG


Not a bad way to kick off this whole thing, less than a week into owning this Jeep and I already had a story to tell. After this recovery, I got super into Matt's offload recovery videos, hoping to learn more tips and tricks for the next time. I make it a point to stop and help if I can, with how much I enjoyed this recovery.

I almost can't wait for the next one.

IMG_4021.JPG
 

Martinnfb

Well-Known Member
First Name
Martin
Joined
May 11, 2022
Threads
4
Messages
80
Reaction score
168
Location
Calgary, AB
Vehicle(s)
2022 Mojave
This is absolutely epic, what a story. Good for you guys.
 
OP
OP
Zero_Accel

Zero_Accel

Well-Known Member
First Name
Aaron
Joined
Oct 27, 2021
Threads
17
Messages
271
Reaction score
509
Location
El Paso, Texas
Vehicle(s)
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport
Build Thread
Link
Occupation
Systems Engineer
30 July, 2021 (July is such a weird looking word now that I think about it...)

So here's the story about how I got my rear bumper*. (This photo is actually from a bit later in the year)

IMG_4786.JPG


So about a month after getting my new to me Gladiator, I decided to try those fancy full service car washes for the price of $35 buckaroos. You get a valet to drive your truck through the wash, they clean the whole interior, a quick wax with a polishing wheel, and you get to watch through a nice bay window while sipping coffee. Is it the best way to spend $35 bucks?

Well it saves my knuckles from aching after applying wax myself so it's not a bad deal in the end, at least if only once every few months.

It was during this wash when I saw something strange. Remember the valets? Well it's because this wash with the rolling style scrubbers didn't have a guidance rail for some reason, probably to save cost. The owners would have some teens ride the brakes through the wash and had done it that way for years.

Well I saw a woman in a Ford Fiesta who was CLEARLY not an employee driving through the wash, maybe they forgot to tell her that the valets needed to be the ones driving. Well this woman is trying her best to keep up with the wash just behind my Jeep, and she made one critical mistake. She was about 2 feet behind my truck, while the valets usually kept a nice healthy 5 feet in between vehicles.

So what happened next was when the roof scrubbing roller came off the top of my Jeep, which was already on a 2.5 inch lift with 35 inch tires, caused the sensor to MISS her little Fiesta entirely. Big hydraulic roller came down and CRUSHED her windshield and A pillars! I saw this through the bay window and couldn't believe what I was seeing, my ~Premium~ Taco Bell Baja Blast nearly slipped from my grasp. The aftermath.


img_4025-jpg.jpg



Since this lady was living out what could have been a scene in a B grade final destination movie, I couldn't exactly blame her when she panicked and slammed her foot on the gas. She went right into the back of my Jeep, the truck barely moved, and the workers hit the emergency stop.

Thankfully she was fine, just some superficial cuts on her hands from the broken glass, a little drenched, and shaken from the whole experience. I'm pretty sure she got a fat paycheck after talking to her lawyers, but that isn't really any of my business.

My truck didn't really get that much damage, the hitch took the brunt of the hit, only cracked the shell on the whole bumper, but given that this was in the middle of the supply shortages in 2021, the shop had a hard time finding a plastic sport bumper, and I was able to convince them to let me pick one out of a local 4x4 shop they work with (I tried asking for cash as this wasn't my first choice of bumper, but they were already doing me a favor so I didn't fight them when they said they couldn't do that). Still, not a bad upgrade, and I can sell it if I want to upgrade to a stronger bumper down the road.

The new bumper can take a bit of abuse at least, from a nudge from a tiny Fiesta:


img_4027-jpg.jpg



To dragging halfway across the desert, good upgrade!


gbao1300-jpg.jpg
Sponsored

 

Sponsored

 
Sponsored
Top