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My Jeep is now True Blue

After graduating from college in 2001, I bought my first new vehicle, a Georgia Southern blue Chevy S-10 for commuting back and forth to whatever job I have held over the years. After putting the miles on it, last year I decided it was time to get something I'd enjoy a little bit more.

I browsed for a few months until I found the new Jeep Wranglers came in Georgia Southern blue, that's about all it took ... a few weeks of negotiations with multiple dealers around the state and a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X in Deep Water Blue Pearl was mine.

I purchased the 4 door because the plans are to make the Jeep the first part of my tailgating rig, with three kids, it was big enough to haul them all and has enough towing capacity to haul a lightweight camper (3500-4000 lbs).

I have been very minimalist on doing any mods to the Jeep over the past year or so, I figured I'd let the new wear off of it first. But 18 months in to ownership, it was time for me to start on some real work on my True Blue Jeep.

A little background for any people who aren't familiar with "True Blue", Georgia Southern has been running the GSU True Blue campaign for a while now. I've been enjoying all the pictures from all over the world, etc, although someone seriously needs to photoshop this image and fix their ugly version of blue:
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This is not GSU Blue

So anyway, I thought I'd try to document it here on the GSUFans.com website since I've been coming here almost as long as I've been around GSU (Big shout out to Paul!).

First & Functional Mods

So, the first thing I did after getting the Jeep was to get my GSU vanity plate put on it, that should be the easiest mod that I could do. Once that was done, I was at least minimally representing my colors.

I added a Daystar Upper Dash Panel kit to hold my Droid/cell phone.

I added some MOPAR black tubular side steps so the kids (and wife) could climb in to the Jeep, they were very appreciative even just sitting on the 32s from the factory.

I added a MOPAR hitch and wiring kit, which was almost as easy as the vanity tag :P

Starting to take shape

So I decided to take the True Blue template and take it a step further ... after hacking it up, re-sizing it to fit it's intended canvas, and a little work with a laser cutter and the required materials, I was able to come up with the latest addition to my True Blue Jeep:
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All in all, it looks great on it if I do say so. Love to hear your thoughts.

This weekend's project

UPDATE: Completed and updated post.

I'm going to add some mesh metal to the inside of my grill to try to limit the bugs and rocks that seem to love smashing my radiator. I've got a few write-ups on using metal gutter guard and some bedliner rattle can spray to make it look nice. The benefit is that if I figure out the rattle can works, I will probably bedline the inside of my hard top in the spring. This grill is similar to what it should look like when all is completed this weekend.

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Some how-to photos

Future enhancements

  • Painted/powdercoated wheels (thinking blue w/ black accents)
  • Teraflex 2.5" BB lift kit (no idea if I can do this myself or not)
  • Spidertrax 1.5" spacers (need a torque wrench I think)
  • Larger tires, probably 33/12.5s (waiting on a deal )
  • Superchips 93 octane tune


Love to hear your thoughts and other ideas on it.

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  1. t.mcelrath's Avatar
    Looks good!

    Instead of cheap gutter guard, you can buy stainless steel woven wire mesh. It looks more expensive and durable. Also, it won't rust or oxidize like some gutter guard can. Most industrial suppliers like McMaster Carr, Grainger, MSC have it.

    [url]http://www.mcmaster.com/#wire-mesh/=9dyanh[/url]
  2. GaSou93's Avatar
    Looks very nice. Great job.
  3. NWGaEagle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by t.mcelrath
    Looks good!

    Instead of cheap gutter guard, you can buy stainless steel woven wire mesh. It looks more expensive and durable. Also, it won't rust or oxidize like some gutter guard can. Most industrial suppliers like McMaster Carr, Grainger, MSC have it.

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#wire-mesh/=9dyanh
    Thanks. I dropped by Lowe's and all their junk was low gauge and ugly patterns. Grainger was no help either. So I swung by another industrial place here in Dalton (Manly Steel) and got some diamond patterned sheet metal, smallest that they had, scrap sheet cost me $5 so I figured I'll try it first. I browsed to your link on my phone to show them what I wanted and they brought me a sheet right out. I <3 the Internet.
  4. JDC325's Avatar
    Sick bro!