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Old 08-08-2012, 05:23 PM   #61
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They should invest in a lift.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:28 PM   #62
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They should invest in a lift.
No chit huh? Probable being used.

Seems like they got the jeep up really high supported by jack stands, but in odd locations.

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If your talking about the jack stands under the bumper, I agree. I was puzzled to see that at first. Rock Krawler is trying to move to a bigger location with more bays. We just caught them before the move.
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If your talking about the jack stands under the bumper, I agree. I was puzzled to see that at first. Rock Krawler is trying to move to a bigger location with more bays. We just caught them before the move.
How many? I'm assuming there's some mid frame ?

I see em under the front brace but what's at the rear for support?
No idea those areas can support weight ?

Whoa.... Way too many questions
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Jackstand locations.

Im posting this so you "Do it yourselfers" can see the points they used.
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Jackstand locations.

Im posting this so you "Do it yourselfers" can see the points they used.
That's nutz..

They are only supporting the jeep by the bumpers day-um.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #67
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Caught my eye too. Was wondering the same thing.
I believe you need to let the axle droop when replacing the upper and lower arms. Also allows for both sides of the Jeep to be worked on at the same time. Love the cinderblocks
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:11 PM   #68
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Those jack stands on the blocks is a serious accident waiting to happen. The hollow portion of those blocks on the side is not strong at all. VERY DANGEROUS. That is not where the structural strength of a block is. If they were solid it would be a different story. Doesn't take more than a light tap on the side of a hollow block to break it.

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Hysterical. Here I am trying to build the suspense and the RK guys blew the lid off. That is my truck, and man did it twist when we put it on the forklift.

No sense in holding back now here is the before and after articulation shots
That is quite possibly the sexiest thing I have seen in a very long time. Nice rig.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:07 AM   #70
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Goals

Our goal with this build was to preserve the best parts of our 12' Rubicon, MPG and power, while maximizing its offroad ability.

We took the truck to rausch creek a few weeks ago and it did perform ok through the green trails we took it on. It was a little scary at times with the cabin tipping far enough to feel like I was laying on my door. Because of the limitations of the stock suspension I felt like wheeling wasnt as fun as it could have been. Also, You think, "I dont need 35s, thats only slightly more than an inch more ground clearance. Let me tell you. i had a guy with 35s in front of me that made things that frightend me look easy.

To do this we selected the most agressive 2.5 inch lift we could find obviously the RK 2.5 X-Factor. We didnt want to go any higher than 2.5 as the Jeep has to fit in the garage and each inch you raise the Jeep will also damage your MPG as it becomes a larger body to move through the wind on the highway.

The tires and wheels selected were the lightest we could find to keep the unsprung weight to a minimum. Their final weight was 91lbs vs the stock wheel and tire that weighed in around 72lbs.

How did we do? After driving it for a few days the power is still there and The MPG hasnt suffered much, Im not through my first tank of gas yet but ill let you know as soon as I do the calculations.


This is a pic of me following Clint in front in Rausch Creek. the mountain in front has 35 Mtrs and the Sahara beind him is wearing 33'' Duratracs.

The wimpy Rubicon in the back on stock 32''s is mine. Cant wait to get back there.
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That is quite possibly the sexiest thing I have seen in a very long time. Nice rig.
Thanks JPstoner! Its so hot in person. Once we get the video done you will be able to see it way better.

Im going to swing by a Jeep Dealership tomorrow and Ill get some pics of it next to a stock rubi so you guys can see them side by side.
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don't mean to hijack but a few ??
Is this a "BOLT ON" kit?
I saw the "recommended weld on bracket" and that's ok.
If I get this kit and some flat fenders will I be able to run 37's or should I look at the 3.5 lift?
Very interested in this kit and looking at it and the Clayton lift, but the aticulation of this kit looks CRAZY!
I really like it so please forgive the ??'s
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Thanks JPstoner! Its so hot in person. Once we get the video done you will be able to see it way better.

Im going to swing by a Jeep Dealership tomorrow and Ill get some pics of it next to a stock rubi so you guys can see them side by side.
No, thank you. Looking forward to seeing some pictures/video of how the rig performs on the trails.
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don't mean to hijack but a few ??
Is this a "BOLT ON" kit?
I saw the "recommended weld on bracket" and that's ok.
If I get this kit and some flat fenders will I be able to run 37's or should I look at the 3.5 lift?
Very interested in this kit and looking at it and the Clayton lift, but the aticulation of this kit looks CRAZY!
I really like it so please forgive the ??'s
37s will work with the 2.5 Max Travel kit

This is from the RK site itself



Also, this quote
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Allows for 33/35 Inch Tires (37 Inch Tires with Flat Fenders as Shown)
From here: Rock Krawler Catalog
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don't mean to hijack but a few ??
Is this a "BOLT ON" kit?
I saw the "recommended weld on bracket" and that's ok.
If I get this kit and some flat fenders will I be able to run 37's or should I look at the 3.5 lift?
Very interested in this kit and looking at it and the Clayton lift, but the aticulation of this kit looks CRAZY!
I really like it so please forgive the ??'s

It is completely bolt on. The one part you want welded is the trackbar relocation bracket. It will bolt on but you want to have it welded because you dont want that trackbar bracket moving at all.

You can totally run 37s with flat fenders. Ill post a pic with a 2.5 xfactor with 37s
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37s will work with the 2.5 Max Travel kit

This is from the RK site itself



Also, this quote


From here: Rock Krawler Catalog
This is awesome thanks for the reply!
Now just have to wait for my Gecko to get here and start the madness all over again.
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It is completely bolt on. The one part you want welded is the trackbar relocation bracket. It will bolt on but you want to have it welded because you dont want that trackbar bracket moving at all.

You can totally run 37s with flat fenders. Ill post a pic with a 2.5 xfactor with 37s
Thanks for the info, definitely looking at this lift for my next jeep.
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2.5 xfactor with 37s

This silver jeep is the 2.5 x-Factor prototype, and its on 37s. I know there are no fenders on it, but you can see the room its got.

In the second pic its the jeep farthest in the distance.
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Thoughts

The more I drive this truck I realize that when doing a lift, you need every part to be adjustable so it can really be dialed in. Every arm in this kit, the trackbars, the shocks, down to the swaybar links, every part is adjustable.

The rock krawler guys really had to tune each part to my jeep and once they were all installed after being measured and re-measured, the jeep was put on the ground and checked again before everything was tightened.

A lift is more than just making your truck taller. If you're going to spend the money I would definatly save and get the best lift you can rather than just getting something to gain a few inches.

Do your own research. Your lift could make you love your truck, or make you hate it. Make sure when you pull the trigger you know what your buying and what to expect.
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love the look of this kit. how much does a kit like this (or 3.5) affect handling on highways? i know it aint a corvette but would like to do this and not hafta worry bout the wife on an offramp or backroads
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The more I drive this truck I realize that when doing a lift, you need every part to be adjustable so it can really be dialed in. Every arm in this kit, the trackbars, the shocks, down to the swaybar links, every part is adjustable.

The rock krawler guys really had to tune each part to my jeep and once they were all installed after being measured and re-measured, the jeep was put on the ground and checked again before everything was tightened.

A lift is more than just making your truck taller. If you're going to spend the money I would definatly save and get the best lift you can rather than just getting something to gain a few inches.

Do your own research. Your lift could make you love your truck, or make you hate it. Make sure when you pull the trigger you know what your buying and what to expect.


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Pics

Here are some shots I just took to show you guys how it sits.

Check out those RRD Shocks.
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Check out that fugly muffler! Time to get that taken care of now.

J/k, looks so sweet dude.
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love the look of this kit. how much does a kit like this (or 3.5) affect handling on highways? i know it aint a corvette but would like to do this and not hafta worry bout the wife on an offramp or backroads

They say the 3.5 will corner flatter because of the hi-steer kit. 2.5s will be a little more "squishy".

before i got the lift, listening to people saying that their trucks handle and corner better than stock I had a hard time believing it.

Now with the lift, I will say that its about the same as stock. side to side lean is still there a little, less than before. (remember I have the Nemesis Billy Rockers adding 20lbs to each rock rail). The new springs handle the weight of the engo 9000 that I have sitting in the front bumper way better than the stock springs.

With the stock springs, the winch felt like I had a person sitting on the front bumper all the time. Like the jeep was dragging its nose. Now i dont notice it at all.

The RRD Shocks make the ride excellent. It never feels hard to control or leans in a way that I find disagreeable. When I really corner hard I can feel the truck lean a little, but when Im not driving like an idiot it really does feel firm and very good.
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Check out that fugly muffler! Time to get that taken care of now.

J/k, looks so sweet dude.

I have my AFE exhaust still, I took it out to see if the articulation would touch the stock y-pipe or if there were any problems with the stock exhaust with this kit so I could mention them.

The AFE exhaust is definatly going back in.
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I have my AFE exhaust still, I took it out to see if the articulation would touch the stock y-pipe or if there were any problems with the stock exhaust with this kit so I could mention them.

The AFE exhaust is definatly going back in.
Oh, that's right! Forgot you did replace the factory exhaust.
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more pics

Here are some more, I know you guys never get sick of pics.

I thought I should mention that the wheels are 4.5 backspace 17x9s.
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Here are some more, I know you guys never get sick of pics.
Never, just makes me want to get mine even more. when can we expect some video?
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Never, just makes me want to get mine even more. when can we expect some video?
Its coming. There is so much coming. We have pieces on the components of the kit itself, the shocks, the tools we used, the install, the measurements, tire and wheel, and Im taking it offroad this weekend to get some more.

My producer is making intros and stuff and he promised me he'd have it done in 2 weeks. But once I started posting in the thread Ive realized that 2 weeks is an eternity. Im trying to get it out as fast as I can. The clips are going to come one at a time as I cattle prod the editor to give them to me.

The guy's got a day job that is screwing with my hobby that I dont pay him to help with. lol

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