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Old 09-12-2018, 01:48 PM
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American Jeeper’s Mountain Goat Rubicon

Hi everyone,

I just realized I accidentally posted this on the JK part of the forum, so some of you might have already seen this. I’ll be posting some pics soon, but here is my build video and a list of mods so far:


2.5” Readylift spacer lift. This is the 4th wrangler I have lifted, and my first with this manufacturer. The kit itself is very complete for $400, including extension brackets for brake lines and even shock extensions. Also the spacers are metal, so you get the true 2.5” front/2” rear that was advertised. Instructions were clear and was the kit that allowed me to experience the Rubicon shocks and retain the stock ride somewhat. Some parts could have been painted better. If anyone is installing this and has questions let me know.

Firestone Destination MT/2 37 x 12.5 R17 on stock Rubicon rims with Synergy 1 5/8” wheel spacers. This is my first time with these tires and running spacers (Ihave run Duratracs, KM2’s, and KO2’s previously). The online tire reviews are awesome, so I figured what the heck. I don’t wheel a ton and do some highway driving, so a mud tire with road manners is important to me. So far these tires are awesome, handling some pretty gnarley rocks in CO and super quiet on the highway. The best part was I got them for a shade over $200 a piece with a 25% discount on purchases over $1000 special Firestone was running.

***By the way, I have pushed the flex on this combo as much as possible, and I have zero rubbing. The narrower 37” tire tucks nicely into the big Rubicon fender wells, and the spacer lift limiting upward spring travel probably helps some too. That 8 speed transmission is a champion with those tires too!

For the full-size spare, I am running a Mopar tailgate hinge reinforcement bracket and Rough Country Spare tire extension mount. This is a pricey combo, but easy install and I like not having to open a spare carrier and tailgate (lazy America, I know). I extended the stock third-brake light bracket, and it clears the tire perfectly. The RC extension advertises being able to run up to a 35” tire, but the 37” clears fine and hugs the Jeep well. It feels solid and no issues running it so far.

I am using my Smittybilt bikini top from my JKUR. To make it work, I had to drill two 1/2” holes that line up with the plastic guide rods the freedom tops sit in, and used 2 bolts, metal spacers, washers, and wing nuts to secure. The top tad narrow at the windshield channel, leaving a small gap between the top of the door, but is super secure all around and keeps the weather off the leather, man! Saved some money on a top, too.

I am modifying a bracket I found in my garage to mount my firestick CB antenna to the hole on the tailgate hinge reinforcement bracket. Looks like it will turn out fine, and I seriously hate the idea of spending $100 on a bracket. Seems like some manufactures are doing a little price-gouging due to high demand and limited options for us at this point.

Doors off I am running a $6 suction mirror from O’Reilly zip-tied to the side vent. This works fairly well and keeps me legal.

VR 8 Winch (sadly/luckily never had to use my last winch on my last Rubicon in 2 years, so went with the cheaper model)

Maximus-3/Rhino Pioneer Long Roof rack for RTT, and Hi-Lift bracket for the rack or bumper

Red Rock 4x4 Crawler front stubby bumper

Other than that, even though mods are never done, I will stop there for a bit. Okay, just kidding. Lighting for the sides and rear of my rack and front bumper are next, along with hard shell RTT and a rear shelf for camping.

Down the road I may do different wheels, but I’ll see how the stock rim/spacer combo goes for a while. I want to keep things tight and narrow to protect the axles a bit and not be too much of a guinea pig on pushing the limits of them.

If anyone has any questions or wants pics of what I have done here, let me know. Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed and this helps you decide on what you want (or don’t want) to use to build your Jeep for you.

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Old 10-03-2018, 08:31 PM
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Forgot to post this update. I added Baja Designs S2 lights to my roof rack. Good times and more hard top drilling:

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Adding this in as the latest addition to my build thread. This offers more detail on what’s been added to my Jeep and gives some good suggestions on cheap & easy mods:

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Excellent, thanks for the updates
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Old 11-02-2018, 09:47 PM
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You bet, thanks for checking them out! I need to post a few more.
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I hope if this was you that you and everyone else involved are okay, and recover very quickly and fully.

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I hope if this was you that you and everyone else involved are okay, and recover very quickly and fully.
A lot more chatter on other forums..

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This happened out on Golden Spike at EJS yesterday. The story goes that he was hung up on a rock and used the skinny pedal to get off and when he did he went through a group of spectators. The women that was injured was airlifted out, with her leg partially amputated. I was not there, so take this for what it is."
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What can happen when inexperience meets a look at me attitude, especially when lots of people are watching. Hope the injured recover, altho sounds like a nasty leg injury.
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I wonder how they got that out of there. Looks like a serious recovery procedure.
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I also read that a woman suffered a leg injury and was air lifted out.

Thoughts and prayers that she recovers quickly.
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Let's pray anyone injured makes a speedy complete recovery.
Always tragic when folks get injured.
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If I had to guess I think some lawyers may be involved before this ends so you may not hear a lot about it.
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any update?
There was a thread "on another forum" after about 35 pages of complete non-sense/drama ... they finally closed the thread from further comment.
You can still read it OR just tune in to Jerry Springer - same experience.

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"an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".

What takes 35 pages is beyond me.....
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There was a thread "on another forum" after about 35 pages of complete non-sense/drama ... they finally closed the thread from further comment.
You can still read it OR just tune in to Jerry Springer - same experience.

Compliments of Webster:

"an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".

What takes 35 pages is beyond me.....
That other forum is a joke,... I was there with my JL and they call others a troll so often you'd think it's a new verbal form of the Jeep wave....

I assume lawyers will be involved and @American Jeeper should have never posted a single thing about the incident anywhere.......
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That other forum is a joke,... I was there with my JL and they call others a troll so often you'd think it's a new verbal form of the Jeep wave....

I assume lawyers will be involved and @American Jeeper should have never posted a single thing about the incident anywhere.......
AFAIK, he hasn't posted anything.

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AFAIK, he hasn't posted anything.
He did on the other forum... I read at least one post he made over there re: the incident..
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He did on the other forum... I read at least one post he made over there re: the incident..
Huh. Never found it. Found 34 pages at 90% ignorance so likely missed it.

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I hope if this was you that you and everyone else involved are okay, and recover very quickly and fully.

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Thoughts and prayers for the injured woman. An amputation is a nasty thing. Hopefully the driver has enough assets to be worth suing.

As for the Jeep, that's just karma for flying our flag backwards. The US flag does not retreat! I don't care who it pisses off, I will call you out on it.

The worst are the people who try to tell you they're ex military. Almost all of them say they are tier 1 operators. But they don't know the flag code...

Thank you for wanting to be patriotic. Learn how to display our flag!
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I wonder how they got that out of there. Looks like a serious recovery procedure.
Not a problem. He has a Hi-lift jack on board. And a good shovel.
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The guy seems to have an it's all about me thing going on. He's back to posting videos about his nifty new 2019 JL, which he swapped his 2018 leftovers too.
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Wow "Me" "I" MeMeMe....

AS for the True Victim recovering - Best wishes and Gods speed.
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Yea this guy is a choad

I did post on his video the last couple of days
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I did post on his video the last couple of days
This guy is a "choad" and yet you post that? Ironic. "What a second"? Now that's funny.

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Very aware of what it is, the lowest form of wit. That wasn't sarcasm. Nice try.

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Very aware of what it is, the lowest form of wit. That wasn't sarcasm. Nice try.

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Hey, calling someone a name isn't sarcasm. That's just being 5.

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you are missing the boat on the sarcasm boss

did he have fun?

is this a new jeep?

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