|11-13-2014 03:29 PM|
A few little updates that I was able to get done before SEMA and the winter blast.
There is a lot of mention of these LED lights for reverse lights on the JK, I decided to get them ( around $40 or so off eBay or Amazon.) Man do they work! Easy install, maybe 10 minutes both side.
I also got the rear shocks in too. I am going from the 7000 monotube to the 9000's. The reason I am doing that is that I haven't been in a 9000 adjustable shock since 2011, so I wanted to re-familiarize myself with them.
I hit them with an extra coat of clear coat, just because the winters here get a lot of Mag Chloride.
I hit the bolts with anti-seize too.
They both went on fairly easy, the cross pin on one was off just a tad, and that slowed me down a bit getting the bolt in, but once centered easy peasy.
I also installed a "prototype" DynoMax exhaust system, something we are testing out for potential release down the road. A quiet high tuck system. Needless to say it does the job!!! I will get pictures soon, after the snow melts.
|10-17-2014 02:30 PM|
So I am still in a holding pattern on my JK.... GRR. I originally had a line on a Rubicon t-case, but that fell through. A shop I know says they have a line on one, but still trying to find it. So no Jeep really right now, it does have my spare box on it, but I don't really need it. But once I get it back this the list of to do's:
|08-25-2014 04:31 PM|
I have done a lot of little/big things this summer, but this is now at the for-front. Going PSC stat!
Once I get this addressed, I will do a big follow up.
|04-13-2014 03:55 PM|
Hey it's Mini Matt cute kid!!
Jeeps looking fantastic
|04-10-2014 05:59 PM|
So as many know Easter Jeep Safari starts next week, and I have been busy with small things getting ready for next year.
The drive to and from King of the Hammers was long and brutal honestly.
From where I live in CO to Las Vegas is about 11 hours.. the weather was so bad it took 16 hours!
But I made it out there.
I didn't get to wheel because on the exhaust side (DynoMax Performance Exhaust) I was busy as we are the official exhaust of the race series and I spend a lot of time with racers.
While on the lake bed I picked up one of these.
Simple install and will be used down the road I am guessing.
I also had to decide what I was going to do about communication as most of the time I am using race radios, so I picked up one of these to compliment my race radio. $50 bucks.
My ears will be on...
I also got a pair of Truck-Lite LED flood lights too! Man the sPOD makes install so simple!!
They are tilted out slightly to help cover the outside since I already have the Truck-Lite LED lights.
In other threads I have posted some new tires I got as well... I know my Krawlers have only 6400 miles on them and have been amazing but I don't get the opportunity everyday to run a KOH tire so I jumped at the chance.
The 37" BFG Krawler is on the left, the 38" Falken WildPeak MT competition on the right.
They are on Raceline beadlocks, so those take a LONG time to mount up. They aren't hard just VERY time consuming.
The 38's mounted. I did have to trim a bit more out of the back, just in case. : )
How it sits today!!
My son uses the Nemesis Industry steps all the time!
My little dude! His little sister loves the Jeep too. The wife tolerates it.
2 things I need to address.
I need steering assist. 38's on the stock box is pushing it, so I will talk with PSC Motorsports out at Easter Jeep Safari and see what they have to offer.
I also want a "real" cage, will look at the Synergy system again...
Thanks for looking!
|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.
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