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So as the title goes, I just bought a 2010 JKU Sport from a buddy of mine that has put some money into it and the two owners prior put a lot of money into it. Lots of quality parts on this thing.

Little background on me, some of you may remember I had a 98 4cyl TJ until 2016, built thread called my buildup from stock,

sold that, bought a 2003 Grand Cherokee Overland for better storage and space and creature comforts. I did a few mods on it and had it going everywhere I needed to. I have a built thread on Jeep Forum.

Iím now done with college and have a real full time job so I posted it up on Craigslist and it was gone in a week. I had already been talking to the friend about his jku and I bought it that week.


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The build goes as follows:

3.5Ē Rock Krawler Long arm lift
Fox remote reservoir shocks
Limiting straps
PSC knockoff Flat Fenders
Welded Evo Rock Sliders
Dynatrac Prorock Ultimate 44
-RCV shafts
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-ARB air locker
Rear Non Rubicon Dana 44
-Ten Factory Chromoly Shafts
-Geared 5.13
-ARB air locker
-PSC Diff Cover
Rubicon 241OR transfer case 4:10 gears
Adams driveshaft front and rear both from driveline direct
JCR Front stinger bumper
Warn 9.5 cti synthetic winch
LED headlights
HD tie rod/drag link/ track bars
Antirock sway bar system front/rear
Psc knockoff hydro assist
37x12.50x17 cooper STT pro tires
17Ē ATX street lock wheels (I think)
PSC modified tire carrier
Rotopax mounts
EVO frame shackle mount
Rear bumper delete
Cobra cab radio/firestick antenna
SPOD
Rock lights
MBRP high clearance exhaust
PSC evap skid
PSC hood Louver
Tinted windows



So thatís how it was when I bought it. I also have a storage unit of spare chromoly rear shafts, trail doors, driveshafts, a box of sensors and a box of drivetrain parts, spare HD tie rod, moog wheel hubs a fastback soft top etc.

Since Iíve owned it and am getting familiar with it, Iíve reinstalled the led headlight harness that was burned out. I put led lights in the cargo area and sound bar. Also installed a rubicon express gas tank skid to provide more protection. The stock on was crumpled. The crossmember is trashed. I need another one. I bought a backup camera that needs installing and artec aluminum inners for the front. Going to try to knock these out and change the oil this weekend. Next weekend Iíll be hitting Uwharrie and plan to do all the trails.




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Next plans Iíll be saving for are a sport cage, maybe a Baja basket and a new crossmember. Going to Uwharrie next weekend and canít wait to wheel this thing
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Thanks. Iím excited to wheel it. Iím in NC but it has been to MOAB and Harlan Kentucky I know. Not sure where else but the undercarriage needs some attention. Fuel gauge wonít sit at full when itís actually full so Iím sure itís dented lol. Crossmember is beat up pretty bad as well.
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Thanks. Iím excited to wheel it. Iím in NC but it has been to MOAB and Harlan Kentucky I know. Not sure where else but the undercarriage needs some attention. Fuel gauge wonít sit at full when itís actually full so Iím sure itís dented lol. Crossmember is beat up pretty bad as well.
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Hey nice rig. You must have some big plans hey, this one is a monster compared too your GC. I like the wheels especially. In fact, I just put the same model wheels (AX194 Ravine) on the Patagonia M/T 315/70R17 tires today.
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Hey nice rig. You must have some big plans hey, this one is a monster compared too your GC. I like the wheels especially. In fact, I just put the same model wheels (AX194 Ravine) on the Patagonia M/T 315/70R17 tires today.


Very nice. Any pics? Itís very well built which I wanted plus I got it for the kbb for a stock sport so Iím coming out ahead big time. As far as plans go, I want to upgrade the cage some, maybe give it some more skids underneath. I really donít know whatís next. I have some artec inners that are going in today


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Today I painted some of the undercarriage, installed artec front aluminum inner fenders, got halfway through a backup camera install and I still have one bolt on the rubicon express skid I need to get in. Maybe tomorrow. I have to remove the rear tire to access it. Also tomorrow Iíll be changing the oil and going to test out the rig.




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Went out to our club property yesterday with some guys to mess around and test suspension before our trip this weekend.


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Went wheeling with a bunch of people at Uwharrie OHV. We got tons of pictures and the Jeep didnít have any problems at all. It was a great way to get accustomed to wheeling a JKU. Hereís some of the pictures of my rig.





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Calculated my crawl ratio today and it is just over 86:1. This is pretty impressive imo and made a huge difference in the trail. I used 2nd gear on all the obstacles and my crawl ratio in second is about 48:1. Next time Iím out Iíll see if I can use 1st gear on the harder stuff to see how much of a difference there is.

This was calculated by the 2.8:1 transmission ratio x 4:1 transfer case ratio x 5.13:1 axle ratio x 1.5 for an automatic to account for torque converter.


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Making a list of future mods for the next year or so depending on how it goes. Right now the list looks like

-Tereflex Front Big Rotor Kit
-Sport cage, preferably weld but maybe bolt in
-Smoked LED fog lights
-Brawlee Rear Glass Light Bar
-Monstaline interior of tub
-CO2 10# system as a backup to the ARB single compressor and it can run air tools/ air up tires more easily if needed

Not 100% sure on these two but it could be pretty convenient to have.

-Dual battery system
-Inverter
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Ordered a set of Poison Spyder rocker panel guards. The EVO sliders are beefy but they move vertically so the guards will protect the body from a big hit to the sliders. I also ordered a smittybuilt safety thimble to replace the red winch hook

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The last two days: cut off Evo rock sliders so I can install poison spyder rocker body panels. Drilled 42 holes for the nutserts/ mounting bolts. Had a few spin/not line up that great. Cut the bolt heads off and glued them in place. Then beefed up the sliders by sleeving them with 1.5Ēx .25Ē wall DOM tube going the length of the mounting tubes. Not my welds, beautiful nonetheless. Extended the sliders about a 1/2Ē for more of a step. And it snowed last night.
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Iíve been thinking about it since I bought it a couple months ago and have decided to go with a ton in the rear. Iím going with a 14 bolt full float axle, 5.13 gears, shave kit, arb, artec truss with jk brackets. I plan to do this over the next year, slowly one part at a time. This upgrade will allow me to run 40s comfortably or at least more so than the 44 thatís currently in the rear.
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Got a few things for the Jeep over Christmas. A couple of work lights, a craftsman toolbox, tire deflators, led fog lights. My in laws needed a stump pulled out of the ground so I also bought a new shovel for the job and used the winch to get the stump out.
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Ordered EVO Protek HD crossmember to replaced my trashed one. Also started an Instagram page for it: nc_jk_crawler.


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Installed LED fog lights, added grip tape to the sliders to help grip while wet, made a shovel/ax mount with quick fist clamps and installed an EVO Protek HD Crossmember. Also got the backup camera almost up and running. Just need to lengthen the cable but canít find any jack extensions smaller than the 3.5mm. Might order a 2.5mm online. I also got it washed at the auto car wash and found I actually fit. Great weekend.







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Decided on what axles Iím going to start building. Superduty 60 front and 14 bolt rear. By going this route I wonít have any dash lights on and there is plenty of aftermarket support for each axle.
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Transmission crossmember installed.
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Itís been awhile since Iíve been on the forums. Anyway, I needed all new bearings in both axles. Front will be done sometime in the near future. Every joint got lubed, sold the hardtop and frameless soft top after finding a Bestop Trektop Pro for $400. Also painted the fenders and front bumper. Ordered the Rock Hard Sport cage today. Those are pretty much the highlights of the last couple months.


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Itís been awhile since Iíve been on. Anyway, I needed all new bearings in both axles. Front will be done sometime in the near future. Every joint got lubed, sold the hardtop and frameless soft top after finding a Bestop Trektop Pro for $400. Also painted the fenders and front bumper. Ordered the Rock Hard Sport cage today. Those are pretty much the highlights of the last couple months.


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In the last couple of months Iíve done a few more things. I started competing in car shows and have actually won a few awards. I built a tailgate table and made the vinyl stickers for it. I also wired a light and bolted in a bottle opener on the tailgate. I installed the first half of the rockhard cage. Itís been to humid to paint lately. Maybe this weekend Iíll get to the t portion. I installed a Kenwood DDX376BT headunit. We went wheeling at Uwharrie a couple of weeks ago. I also got rid of my seat covers and purchases some QTEC Style seat covers from Quadratec. They feel great and the seat isnít hot like neoprene gets. Itís been fun and busy around here lately.








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Looking real good...

Looking good. I hope mine turns out at least half as nice as yours...
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Looking good. I hope mine turns out at least half as nice as yours...


Thanks! I really appreciate it. If you want to follow me on Instagram Iím a lot more responsive. My handle is @nc_jk_crawler
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Finished up the rockhard cage the other day


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Fixed the arb locker, replaced tie rod ends and cleaned off the Reid knuckles and rcv boots. Third time taking apart the front axle in the last two months. [ATTACH=full]106876[/ATTACH][ATTACH=full]106877[/ATTACH]


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Itís been awhile since Iíve updated so Iíll get right into it.
July was a busy month.
Wheeling on some private property and then took a trip to Potts mountain Virginia with a couple of jkus I met via Instagram. Lots of carnage on the trails. Lockers again didnít work, had to trail repair the hydro assist and got some body damage. Skids were abused during this 8 mile trail. I attempted every obstacle with open diffs. I had to winch a couple of times. Hereís some pics.
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August was another pretty busy month. Lots of repairs after Potts mountain. I replaced the brakes and rotors with powerstop brakes from rockauto. Tore apart the lockers and found more ju k in the rear. Cleaned that out, installed new seals and still nothing. Determined the case half has scarring where the seal housing seals and thatís causing an air leak. The front was having issues with the copper line and it must have not been tight and the ring gear grabbed and shredded it.

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