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Old 01-10-2019, 10:41 PM
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Thumbs up The Silver Back

I just wanted to document the progression of my 2014 JKU Rubicon. The previous own was a 60+ year old woman it was her daily driver she lived 2 miles from her job as a teacher. I asked her if she had ever had it off road since its a Rubicon and all, her reply was I jumped a curb once to give someone a jump start.

So in the short 8 months we've owned Silver Back he's already changed a bunch but it was all quick easy stuff till I could decide what direction I wanted this build to go so know its time for the good stuff

here's a few pics to get up to date.

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Old 01-11-2019, 08:13 AM   #2
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Nice! Looking forward to seeing where you're headed with your build 37's in the works here???


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Uhm, you’re missing some axles. This looks to be a nice build.
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candy ordered just waiting for arrival

currently ordered and waiting on arrival is

Currie Enterprise control arms with John Joints
MetalCloak 4.5 dual rate Springs
Rare Parts Dual Load Carrying ball joints
Rare Parts FAB series Steering System
Barnes 4wd axle sleeves, Front truss & gussets, rear truss
Revolution gears 5:13

currently running 37 maxis razrs
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Looking good!!

Let me know when the build party is scheduled
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Build party ever weeknight and weekend till it’s done sleeve front axle tomorrow
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What fenders are those?
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Not sure which ones your asking about but the black ones in the beginning are iron cross, and the silver ones are poison Spyder aluminum
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Barnes 4wd sleeves

Well installed Barnes 4wd front Dana 44 weld in sleeves. Increased the wall thickness of the axle tube by a half inch. All that work and won’t ever see it. Now to install the truss and gussets when they arrive
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Keep the pics coming. Nice watching this evolve What did you decide to run for axle shafts?


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axle shafts

as far as axle shafts I am for sure going Revolution American Chrome Molly rear shafts and the fronts probably the same but still haven't ruled out RCV shafts not completely sold on the RCV's yet
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as far as axle shafts I am for sure going Revolution American Chrome Molly rear shafts and the fronts probably the same but still haven't ruled out RCV shafts not completely sold on the RCV's yet
I'll just throw this out there, maybe it will provide a little perspective. I had phone conversation with the guy(s) at Northridge 4x4 whom opinions I respect. They all wheel their Jeeps and have good knowledge of our part(s) options.

When I built for 37's and was shopping axle shafts, I asked what they would recommend. After a few questions regarding how I use my Jeep, I was told the RCV's would be overkill. They recommended Ten Factory Chrome Moly shafts, which they describes as 'axle shafts on steroids'. They run them on their own Jeeps. Hope this helps.


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When I built for 37's and was shopping axle shafts, I asked what they would recommend. After a few questions regarding how I use my Jeep, I was told the RCV's would be overkill. They recommended Ten Factory Chrome Moly shafts, which they describes as 'axle shafts on steroids'. They run them on their own Jeeps. Hope this helps.
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Not to step on your toes Steven (definitely value your opinion), however, in all my years of off roading and off-road racing I have never found there to ever be "overkill" on a front axle. I am a firm believer in RCV's and have always had great confidence in them. As for the rear axle, I think the Ten Factory are perfect. I run them on my Jeep with the LS3 and 37's and feel good about them. Front axles are different. The U-joint and turning is the issue. RCV's eliminate the turning issues and deliver full strength through out the range of motion. If RCV's are in the budget, its a fantastic long term investment. I have broken many front axle shafts over the years and the vast majority of the time its the u-joint that fails and then destroys the ears on the shafts. Total destruction is the end result most of the time and sometimes that includes the brakes and or Ball joints too. Trail fixing that carnage is never fun or cheap. Eliminating that joint is worth the price alone.

Just my opinion and you all are welcome to disagree but I think maximizing the strength of the front axle is very important and you are doing all these other things to make it strong, why stop there.

PS - great work!

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almost done welding the axles all that's left is to weld the Cast around the pumpkins and the gussets on the C-brackets should be done with all welding by tomorrow and then gears and paint. The Barnes 4wd parts have gone together nicely perfect fit and in my option they look pretty good also.

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Axle trusses front and rear Dana 44
Sleeve Kit front 44
C Gussets front Dana 44
HD upper control arm bracket front axle Passenger side
lower control arm Skid plates front and rear
front control arm skid plates
HD track bar bracket for lift rear
HD track bar bracket for lift front

Barnes 4wd is top notch stuff
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