|01-28-2014 04:57 PM|
So it has been a while since I have done an update on my JKU.
I am getting ready to head out to King of the Hammers and knew I had a weak link on my Jeep.
I was running body mounted sliders and for many these are a great, easy, inexpensive option but I tend to push the JK and know where I will end up with this Jeep.
I met the guys at Nemesis Industries a couple of years ago on a JKX. Great guys who really push their products on the trail.
They are really known for their Billy Rockers (seen here with their optional new step)
But I have a young son and a toddler daughter so I was looking for a real step. I had been talking with them over the last year or so whenever I saw them at SEMA, ALL 4 Fun and other events and they let me know they were working on a new prototype step, that was not as "hard core" as their Billy sliders. This sounded like a great option for me.
I headed down to their shop in Kiowa CO to get a set installed!!!
The new Odyssey Rocker!
Powder coated and ready for install.
All the hardware that is used. You will need to reuse some stock hardware too.
Let the drilling begin!!!
If you are a competent shade tree mechanic these should be an easy install.
Make sure you have a lot of clamps and are even across the board for install.
Test fit of the Tub armor. Before the Odyssey rocker goes on.
It really helps to have two sets of hands on this.
The second side went on A LOT faster.
Rob, the owner, mounted the slider to the tub armor and lined it up and it worked!!!
Test fit it up and drill baby!
The finished product!!!
I look froward to testing them out at Johnson Valley, Moab and All 4 Fun in Colorado this year.
|08-26-2013 05:34 PM|
|Castrejo||Hey Rancho, LOVED the build! Well done mate, it looks awesome!|
|08-26-2013 05:23 PM|
IMO the Rubicon sway bar is nice, but not needed. That is one of the things I broke. You can go with quick dsiconnects for under $100 or a whole new sway bar that is "tuned" for the JK from Currie or the like.
|08-26-2013 05:18 PM|
|08-26-2013 04:53 PM|
If you plan on holding on to it for a few years, then yes. A Sport can do pretty much all the you are looking to do, in stock form. I had a friend who got his son a TJ, he realized he would rather be a "tuner" guy instead, so his dad now has a build TJ and JKU. I would invest in a winch, just in case and get to know the JKU.
|08-26-2013 04:31 PM|
|08-26-2013 04:16 PM|
Jeeping is a blast! I have meet some of my closest friends from this passion. Enjoy it, do your research, make sure you NEED it and hit the trail with the local club! Also remember you can do this over the months and years too. My last big build was a 20 year build. This one I knew what I wanted and just knocked it out.
|08-26-2013 04:12 PM|
Cant wait to get into the hobby though!
|08-26-2013 03:44 PM|
Now keep in mind, I have broke (or have seen broke) just about every part on various Jeeps/JK and I wanted to be as bullet proof as possible.
I also wheel with guys on 35's and they have no issues keeping up.
Dynatrac ProRock 60's Front/Rear ($13,000) Now I won the front one in Moab a few years back and a buddy upgraded his rear to full float, so he was kind enough to hook me up.
Front/rear bumper/hoop/winch plate $1500
Warn Zeon 10,000 winch with rope $1100
Truck-Lite headlights $500
Bushwhacker Fender Flares $600
ARB compressor $200
37" BFG Krawler $2750
Raceline Beadlock $1750
SpiderWebShade top/skins $350
Rancho tube doors $650
Rancho sliders $ 600
AEV ProCal $150
DynoMax exhaust $350
Rancho 4" Long Arm system+monotube shocks $2600
$26,700 (bit counting the JK)
Is it expensive? HECK yes? But for me it is worth it. I run with ALL types of wheelers from guys on 33's to buggies on 42's and I am confident as long as I don't do anything stupid, I am good to go. Take out the axles and look at a Dynatrac ProRock 44 (front) and you are almost half the cost. On previous builds I have had to do some parts over.... like upgrading axles. I don't want to deal with that in my life.
I also sold off about 75% of the parts of the JK already and that made back about $4500 so far....
Hope this helps....
I see lots of guys buy a Rubicon, then rip everything (but the t-case) out that is Rubicon out. Now that is a spendy way to go.
|08-26-2013 03:09 PM|
If you don't mind me asking, how much did all this cost?
I'm 17 and my dad is really encouraging me to get a 2013 jku and I'm not sure if I should get a sport and build or get a rubicon
|08-07-2013 03:01 PM|
Some updates to this build:
We recently launched a LED rear brake light that fits into any 2.25" hole.
Install is straight forward and it is bright!
I picked up a Bestop cover to keep the rain/leaves out and it does a great job to keep the elements out.
I upgraded to our RS7000MT (monotube) steering stabilizer, it really was an improvement with these size tires I am running, 37's.
Our high steer bracket
Our tube doors with the SpiderWebShades door skins
Out playing around:
Holy Cross CO
Notice my new Raceline Beadlocks?!?!
Half Moon Creek
|04-05-2013 10:48 AM|
I have installed the JCR skid and with the "Rancho lower exhaust pipe" being a bit lower that the main cross member, I may need to look at some other lift options.
Thanks for the update
|04-05-2013 10:36 AM|
It was nice meeting you as well. Look forward to your build down the road!!
|04-05-2013 08:52 AM|
I am glad you had a good time at EJS, and it was nice to meet you at the vendor showcase on Friday
|04-04-2013 06:30 PM|
A side shot
From the front looking back
Fins N Things
Seven Mile Rim
Flat Iron Mesa
|04-04-2013 05:40 PM|
|04-04-2013 02:48 PM|
|04-04-2013 02:01 PM|
For seat covers check with Mitch with Trek Armor. I think he could do up some awesome seat covers with a customized Rancho logo.
|04-04-2013 01:44 PM|
Last week we broke a stock passenger side axle shaft on our 2012 4 door Rubicon running 35's. We will upgrade that soon enough!
|04-04-2013 01:38 PM|
that's a pretty epic build.
one day, i want to just ground-up one like that, picking primo stuff as I go
|04-04-2013 12:35 PM|
So I made it out there in this!
It was the opposite of awesome! We left at 5 AM Saturday and the only other people on the road were the snow plows.... latter on we found out they shut the highway down! Ha!
My view from Cliff Hanger one day...
Playing in some rocks...
So how did it do?
After the blizzard it cleared up and I was able to do 80 MPH no wobbles or anything off!
Got into town and tightened down a few jam nuts.
It is really a point and shoot JK. I do need a lower t-case down the road though, I was spoiled my my old t-case. GEARS!!!
Things I need to do:
I need to adjust the Truck Lites head lights down, a lot.... that will happen soon.
Clean it out, a lot of red dirt in the JK, with 1200 miles.
The Warn Zeon winch came in handy on a ledge I got hung up on at the entrance/exit of Cliff Hanger.... a quick pull and I was out.
Items on the list to add:
Grab handles of some sort. I am REALLY tall, so I have no problem getting in/out but others had issues figuring out how to get in and out.
Rear seat cover of some sort. Think of the kids!!
Bead locks, I really like to be around a 9-11 PSI with the Krawlers, I was around a 17 PSI and I know I can get more out of these tires.
I will add more pics often as the build goes on!
|03-22-2013 08:35 PM|
|03-22-2013 07:41 PM|
|MudRunner||Looks great! A job well done, and it hasn't even broken 100 miles yet|
|03-22-2013 07:21 PM|
|03-22-2013 07:18 PM|
Automatic Transmission Skid Bar
Any chance you could provide a photo from the side of the automatic transmission skid bar and the rancho exhaust extension. I'm interested in seeing how much of the exhaust extends below the main cross member.
|03-22-2013 05:17 PM|
On the alignment rack...
So worth it!!!
So how does it drive/handle? Great, at 75MPH no shimmies/shakes. Tires aren't too loud. The exhaust sounds great. And with the 5.38's in the Dynatracs moves along.
One thing I noticed through out this build was that most of the parts (not wheels) are Made in the USA!
BF Goodrich Krawlers
Got to love that! I will post more once I get out to Moab, over on our Facebook page.
I will also update as I add more/change things on this Jeep.
Some things for the future:
CB, right now I am using race radios.... thankfully a lot of have these as an option.
Steering assist.... those 37's are grippy.
A "real" cage down the road....
Thanks all for following along. :beer:
|03-22-2013 01:58 PM|
|SLEIPNIR||Great build so far. It's fun to see such a detailed write up.|
|03-22-2013 12:42 PM|
So here is the quick disconnects that I used:
Rancho P/N RS67565B, some don't like these because there is no "pin" to put these on, I just bungie cord them up.
The Bushwacker flat fender flares are really nice!
The instructions are really detailed, and if you and your friends are handy, all it takes is time to get these on.
One of the things that I like about these flares is that you retain the stock inner flare.
So you attach these inner braces/frame to Jeep body, then mount the flares.
The K&N air filter is another nice upgrade, they see gains of upwards of 12HP, living at a Mile High in elevation, I won't see those gains, but have always used these filters on other vehicles and like the reusable feature.
Again really detailed instructions. There are a lot of little pieces but this is another easy install. If you do have a winch you will need to reroute the power cables a little, but not hard at all.
Like a glove!!!
|03-22-2013 12:41 PM|
|03-21-2013 09:16 PM|
Awesome thread so far!
I just recently installed the DynoMax Evolution "OffRoad" Competition exhaust on my 2013 JKUR. At first I was a little concerned that there would be some drone but after a "break-in" period it sounds awesome! A huge bonus is that the FUGLY stock can isn't peeking out from behind the rig any longer.
I didn't realize you guys were owned by Tenneco.
Keep up the great build.
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