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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-18-2015, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Building something Unique

Just purchased a new 2015 Jeep Patriot Sport. Went with the 5 speed manual. So fare haven't owned it two months and have started with a few basic mods. Tinted the front windows to match the rears, Full interior LED conversion with back up and license plate lights. Pinch weld mod completed, plasti dipped the front grill black. Wasn't satisfied with the stock wheels as I have taken it off road a few times and want more ground clearance and traction. Being the Craigslist fanatic that I am, that is the first place I turned. Found a set of 03-06 Jeep Rubicon wheels and tires, 245/75r16. This is when I completed the pinch weld mod to clear the wheels. They did rub at full lock but were great off road. The issue I ran into was that they got to much traction and the small 4 cylinder couldn't turn them over on a steep incline. I live in the Colorado Rockies, so everywhere you go is up hill. So I road around shortly on these wheels before finding a great deal on powder coating. Again, turned to Craigslist and found a "local" (2 and a half hour drive) guy that would dismount my tires and powder coat the Rubicon wheels. I wanted to go for a old school look. When you use to get an old jeep it would come with cream pained steel wheels, so I wanted to recreate this in my own way. I got the Rubicon wheels powder coated Creamy Almond, and just picked them up a few days ago. Traded the tires on the wheels for half on the powder coating cast. (what a great deal for me) Also just got my Cooper Discoverer ATP 225/75r16 tires in the mail from Discount tire. Now its just a waiting game for the wheel sensors to come in. Then its off to get them mounted and see how it all comes together. Already have gotten lots of information from the forum. Also in the mail is white 6000k headlight bulbs and 6000k yellow fog light bulbs. Everything should be here in the next week, and I can snap some photos. Now that the wallet has been beat up and thinned out I will be waiting till mid winter before getting the RRO 2'' lift, but thats the next thing on the docket.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-18-2015, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-24-2015, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Update: just had the wheels and tires installed yesterday. 225/75r16 Cooper Discoverer ATP. Got them mounted up and was itching to see how they would perform. Tried to climb over Hagermans Pass in Colorado, continental divide. Snow up to the floor boards so I did have to turn around, but the tires did great. Very quiet on the road.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-19-2015, 07:33 PM
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Did you have to go to a professional or did you do the grill yourself? I just got a 2016 patriot that's the same color as yours and having the grill done black is one of the things I've been wanting o change on mine. Any tips?
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 09:55 AM
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I did the grill and side of my f150 with rocker guard and Bedliner if u want something less permanent I would try plasti dip

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 12:43 PM
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Thank you very much.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-23-2015, 09:53 PM
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Congrats on the new Pat. I just got mine and love the 5 speed. One of the easier manual trans vehicles ive ever driven.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2016, 10:30 PM
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Those wheels look awesome! Love the color you went with.

Also, I'm happy to see another member ran a 245/75r16 as I know it can be done. I am currently running a 245/70r16 Cooper ATP and couldn't be happier, I do agree though that the larger tire greatly reduces the much need torque.

Your Pat looks great, keep it up!
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2016, 10:56 PM
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to post pictures get an account its free, and then you just link the pics here. Way easier and then they are bigger and easier for us blind people to see.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2017, 07:36 PM
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Interesting! Update?
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