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Old 05-30-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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Well, some of you might know by now that KrawlOff-Road.com is growing. And with that growth, we are looking to make it out to more events, and to get to know everyone better. We did some traveling last year with our 2Dr JK, and man, that was tough! It was hard to fit everything we needed in the back of our 2Dr JK for the events we went to. We also are not large enough yet to have a trailer setup like a lot of the larger companies out there. So, we did the next best thing, hence, our new 2013 JKU!
Here is our new JKU the day we brought it home with our 2Dr JK:

First, we started brainstorming. A few emails back and forth with Jeremy over at Rock Krawler, and we had a basic plan put together. We were going to do something that you don’t see every day. Here, in the South East, we wheel in the trees. The higher you go, the more into the trees you get! So, we wanted to have something that gave us great ground clearance without getting into the trees. We also wanted something that gives us plenty of droop on the axles.
Here is what we decided to run for tires: 40x1350x17 Goodyear MTRk’s!
For wheels, we wanted something that was going to hold the bead well, and allow us to air down very low on the trail. So, we wrapped the MTRK’s around a set of 17x9 Spyderlocks!
We figured this would give us a great starting point to the LCG type setup that we wanted to have on our new JKU…
Now, I know, most of you are wondering how we plan on moving this heavy (135lbs-ish) wheel and tire setup down the trail. Here, we wanted to also keep this budget minded to show everyone that you don’t HAVE to have the biggest and the best out there. Front axle is getting swapped out to a Dynatrac ProRock 44. We loaded it with Yukon 5.13’s with Motive Gear master install kit, RCV axle shafts, and a ARB air locker. On the outside, we swapped the stock knuckles out for the Reid Racing High Steer Knuckles and added a FOX Steering Stabilizer. For the rear axle, we keep the stock housing. The lift have going on (more to come on that later) adds a rear truss to the axle. To that, we did the matching 5.13’s from Yukon with the Motive Gear sets, ARB Locker, Riddler Diff Cover with Lube Locker, and this time, we did the Ten Factory Chromoly shafts. This should give us a nice base to work off of for now. Down the road, we may end up going the D60 front D70 rear that you see a lot of but, why not have fun now, and show this can be done!
Now, by this point, we were trying to rack up as many miles on our new JKU as we could before we voided the warranty. We started with some smaller things and started working our way up. While we were waiting on more things to roll in, the first mod (besides the KrawlOff-Road.com windshield banner of course) was a new antenna for AntennaX.com. They sent us one to try out! So far, it works rather well and does not get in the way like the stock antenna does.
Next, we knew we wanted a mean look to our new JKU. Also, we knew that aside from our Rigid 50” LED we had on our 2Dr JK, we need some more light! So, we contacted Tom over at HIDProjectors.com and told him 2 things: 1. that we wanted to see much better and night, 2. We wanted something mean looking! He told us he would send us the brightest he had to take care of #1 and custom made us a setup to take care of #2!
The install was rather easy. Basically, remove the grill to expose the stock JK headlight:
Next, remove the 4 bolts that hold the headlight in and remove:
Then, just fallow the simple install instructions that come with the kit and your done! Very easy and takes very little time to do. Here is the finished product:
Tom installed a white halo type ring that you can see in the center that comes on with our running lights. He also installed what he called “Devil Eyes” which light up the center Red with a flic of a switch:
As you can see in the last picture, we decided we were going to armor up our 4Dr JK with the new lineup from ACE. We have been running ACE on our 2Dr JK and have but it through its paces. Plus, you can’t beat the quality for the price, and it comes powder coated!
The front bumper is the ACE Pro Series Stubby with Tall Stinger. We also opted for the 20” Rigid cutout to go along with the 50”SR we have up top.
For sliders, we did the ACE 4Dr Weld On Sliders. These offer a more angled setup to allow you to have more ground clearance over the bolt on version. The of course come powder coated as well!
Then, once again for the rear bumper, we went with the ACE Pro Series Rear with Carrier. We also added in the two 6” SR Rigid’s for backup lights. We also wired in a relay and ran them through our sPod for work lights out back if we need them. Also, here, you can see it holds our new 40”MTRk’s nice!
There, you can also see the start of the axle swap, rear axle build, and lift install! More on that to come soon…
-Jason

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Old 05-30-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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Pretty cool Jason! Looking forward to see how you keep it out of the trees on 40's!

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So how about sending some of that cash this way so I can finish my project! Lol looking good an can't wait to see more
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ok...i'm getting jealous now.
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Damn Jason!

Jumping up to 40s from 35s? They look so badass!

We need some full Jeep pictures sitting on those 40s.
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"Here, we wanted to also keep this budget minded to show everyone that you don’t HAVE to have the biggest and the best out there."

HAHAHAHAHA! That's funny.

Very nice. I'm so f'n jealous, I'll never come close to that. Feel so inferior now
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X2 . Well me.... Not this guy
Haha that's messed up! I'd share with you so you wouldn't need to be a soccer mom in your van
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holy crap! 40s! nice can't wait to see the new rig all done. it'll be a beast that's for sure.

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Thanks for all the kind words guys! This one is going to be a fun one. Thanks for your support of KOR though. We would not be here helping out if it were not for guys like you! It is also nice to be the one posting the build thread. We always get to read everyone else's but it is now our chance to show what we have been working on behind the scenes here!

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HAHAHAHAHA! That's funny.

Very nice. I'm so f'n jealous, I'll never come close to that. Feel so inferior now
LOL yeah, it is not cheap you are right. Most time when you do 40's or larger on a JK, you see a lot of guys running tons or even the new D70 from Dyanatrac. Yeah, we looked into it. We spent a LOT of time on the phone with our Dyanatrac rep about this as well. We also spend a ton of time on the forums reading and have seen others build some nice D44's to run larger tires as well. Trust me, the axle setup here is HALF the cost or less than the other route we were going. We just wanted to show everyone that you CAN run 40's on a D44. Yes, it would be nice to do the D60's with a full float rear but, you also have other options!

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Looking good Jason


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Holy cow! Those are the coolest lights i have ever seen. I was thinking about getting the LED replacements...NOW I think i'm gonna get some of these HIDs. Are there any disadvantages? I've heard HIDs run kinda hot...
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Holy cow! Those are the coolest lights i have ever seen. I was thinking about getting the LED replacements...NOW I think i'm gonna get some of these HIDs. Are there any disadvantages? I've heard HIDs run kinda hot...
Well they are not cheap. Aside from that, not really! They are super bright and put out a nice light. I will have to try and get some night shots of our lights (HID, 20" & 50" Rigid's) if you guys want to see. I will tell you this, they are nowhere near what the stockers are! OH, and there is also a high beam but you will never use it.

Heat wise, they do put out some heat but nothing major. I have touch the lens without any issues.

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How much do those headlights run? Also where could somebody get them?
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agree with dunkin. Where can I get a pair of those headlights. So nice looking!
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He said right in the text of his first post, "...Tom at HIDProjectors.com..."
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I have seen this animal in person and I will say that pics don't do it justice. This thing looks scary coming up from behind. Can't wait to see it finished Jason and with your promission i'll post some pics of it next to mine for size comparison.
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If you don't drive like an idiot there is no reason you couldn't keep a JK D44 alive with 40s. Looking forward to seeing it finished.
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He said right in the text of his first post, "...Tom at HIDProjectors.com..."
Correct!

Our setup was in the $850-900 range for the pair. They do have lights starting out a lot cheaper than that though.

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LOL I needed that this morning!

And I hope to get some more pictures up for you guys soon!

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In the last few pictures, you can see the start of the lift install, front axle swap, and rear axle build. When talking with Jeremy at Rock Krawler, we decided we were going to run a Rock Krawler 3.5” X Factor Long Arm. Yup, 3.5” lift on 40’s! The 3.5” X Factor would also give us stance and plenty of flex offroad. It is a 3link setup front and rear. Pair that with the long arms and our new JKU with less than 5,000 miles was going under the knife!

We also have something else up our sleeves. So, the front shocks are getting some cheap Bilstein 5100’s for now. The rear, we went with the Rock Krawler RRD’s with Remote Res.



Here you can see some of the lift waiting to go in. You can see how beefy the RK arms are!



Next, we needed to start getting the front axle loaded with the RCV shafts…




Here is the pile going into the rear axle. In the next picture, you can also see the rear RK truss with the 3rd link mount. You can also see the rear driver control arm. Notice how much further forward the frame side control arm mounts now sit. Nice!





This is the ARB Compressor mounted under the hood using the EVO bracket. It sits nice and tight up against the firewall, just pass the source unit for the sPod.



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Great Looking build! can't wait to see it rolling!
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Finally, everything was back together and off the lift. Wheels and tires are on and rolling! So, what do you do, take it out and see what it will do! The front shaft is not in yet. We need to rework some of the front exhaust. We also could not do a lot of flexing as we still have “some” trimming to do and no bump stops in yet. This thing is going to be a beast when we are finished!
We also want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all that have helped us with the build. This is just a starting point and there is MUCH more to come!

Rock Krawler for the 3.5" X Factor Long Arm. ACE Engineering for the amazing Pro Series Front and Rear bumpers along with the Sliders. Rigid Industries for some of the Brightest LED's on the market. HIDprojectors for some of the baddest HID's we have ever seen. sPOD for their amazing switching system to allow us to run the lights. OffRoadOnly ORO for their tag mount (and more to come). SpiderWebShade for the Red SW1 to keep us out of the sun.

And, last but not least, the BIGGEST Thanks goes out to all of our friends and the supporters of KOR. We could not be here to help you and do what we do if it was not for you guys! Thanks you very much!


















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wondering where the front shock idea you guys have is heading...

'yall going to weld in a hoop for your winch lead on the front axle and snug it up when you climb those limestone shelf formations up in the hills? buggy style?

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