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Old 04-12-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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Input and advice on build plans

2 months ago I picked up a 2014 JKU Freedom edition D30/44 3.21. My build thread can be seen here:

This summer I'm moving to San Diego and my wife and I want to set this rig up as a weekend adventurer/overland type vehicle. I won't be doing any crazy rock crawling in it, just tails for camping maybe some easier stuff in Moab. It will end up with either a gobi and RTT or a Ursla Minor J30. My phase one build is scheduled for the first week of August. I don't want to push it up because I'm currently in VA, so the build has to wait until I move.

The plan is as follows:

Nitro Front Axle Sleeve
Artic Inner C Gussets
Synergy Heavy Duty Front Ball Joints
Artec Front Lower Control Arm Skids
Evo Rear Lower Control arm skids
Rock Krawler 3.5 Max Travel
Mopar JK 2007-14, Heavy Duty Outer Tie Rod End - 52060049AE
J.E. Reel 1310 C.V. Heavy Duty Front Drive Shaft
RANCHO 9000XL Adj. Shocks
Spidertrax 1.5 Inch Wheel Spacers - Jeep JK
Superchips Jeep JK 2007-14, Flashpaq - 3872
TeraFlex JK HD Hinged Carrier And Adjustable Spare Tire Mounting Kit - 4838150
TeraFlex JK Exhaust Spacer Kit For 2012 Driver And Passenger
LABOR Install Labor
37/12.5R17 Nitto Terra Graplers - maybe 35/12.5/17s, undecided at this time.
LABOR-MB Mount & Balance Tire

I'm also considering installing a rear ARB locker, this is pushing my sage 1 build budget, so I probably won't get it, a compressor, or Spod hooked up for a few months after the ARB is installed.

Any inputs? I think I have my bases covered but is there anything I'm forgetting or leaving out to make this work?

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Old 04-12-2014, 08:57 AM   #2
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Just a couple of inputs:
  • Instead of sleeving the front axle I bought the entire Artec kit that includes truss, skids, gussets, and tracbar bracket.
  • I waited for a while before I installed lockers too, it took me a while before my wheeling ability go to the point where I needed them. I would suggest you get the air pump though. It can be used for airing up after a trail run and also as an emergency air supply. Heck, I use it a home for the family vehicles to save a few quarters at the gas station.

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Old 04-12-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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Beastmaster, The only thing stopping me from doing the Truss is I've never welded on Cast Iron, I've read it's tricky and easy to pop welds. I can weld on the skids and gussets myself and hammer in the axle sleeves. If I planned on keeping the D30 for a long time I may pay someone else, but I'm treating the sleeves and gussets as a bandaid, hoping to get a year or two out of the D30 before I can put in a PR44 or 60 up front.

As for the air pump and Spod, it's come shortly. I'm just going to have to recover for a few months. I'd just as soon wait on the ARB air locker, but since I'm getting my gears swapped nows the time.
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I'm leaning towards a mild trail jeep and an overland set up. Mine will eventually be towed behind a motorhome and we'll spend a lot of time boondocking. I want a reliable Jeep with the capability for both overland exploring and easy to moderate trails. Your build looks good. I've got a Rubicon so lockers and front axle are covered (if I need to beef up my D44s, I'm pushing my toad to far). I'm torn between the Terflex tire hinge set up with the hi-lift and Roto-pax brackets or the JKS adventure carrier, though the Smittybilt Atlas isn't out of the question.

Also planning on some critical skids, DS, ball joints, etc. I'll stick to the Rancho 3 inch sport lift but might add the adjustable arms in the future. If you're getting the gears, I'd go 37's. That's probably what will keep me for ever going above 35s. I've got 4:10s and they should be adequate.

Looks like a good build. Looks like you have most of the bases covered to build a strong, capable and reliable rig. Beyond that it's all recovery, tools and survival gear. Speaking of recovery, I don't see a winch but maybe you have one or I'm blind. Reading your build thread so I'll find out, I guess.
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