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  • Customer Build: 2015 JKU Rubicon, Part 1

    2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-custom-brackets-coilovers-long-armThis week at RubiTrux, we have a brand new 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon in the shop. This Jeep is getting a number of upgrades, including a long arm lift kit, Rock Krawler coilovers, Dana 60 axles, a HEMI conversion, and 40" tires, in addition to the "regular" goodies, such as bumpers, armor, and skid plates. This is going to be one monster of a Jeep, and built to wheel the toughest trails around!2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-body-removal-frameTo start, the body is removed from the frame, this allows easier access to pull the engine and transmission. The Rock Krawler long arm lift kit and Dana 60 Axles will be installed while the body is removed, in addition to the aforementioned HEMI installation. The Rock Krawler kit also requires the removal of the gas tank in order to install one of the rear long arm brackets; this proves much easier with the vehicle on the ground and the body removed, rather than lowering the gas tank with the entire JKU on the lift. The transmission, while certainly able to handle the power of a HEMI conversion, was removed to allow for the installation of the new crossmember supplied with the Rock Krawler kit.

    2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-engine-removal-frame2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-engine-removal2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-transmission-removal-frameOnce the engine and transmission are pulled, the stock suspension brackets are removed from the frame. Since the Dana 60 axles are designed for a bolt-in application on a stock Jeep Wrangler JK/U, the brackets will be removed from the axles as well, as they are no longer applicable. Afterwards, all new brackets for the long arm and the coilovers are test fitted to the stock frame and D60 axles. In addition, the new crossmember and the connecting long arms are installed, as seen in the background of the center picture below.2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-custom-brackets-coilovers-long-arm

    2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-custom-brackets-grinding-old-brackets 2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-custom-brackets-frame-Dana-60 2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-in-progress-custom-bracketsStay tuned for the next update, for final installation pictures of the long arm kit, the new brackets, and Dana 60 axles! Next up, the HEMI will be installed, and the body can be lowered back onto the frame!



  • 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Customer's Build, Part 3


    front-shot-poison-spyder-bumper-hood-upOn this update, the customer's build gets some finishing touches; the hard top has been added, and the interior is reassembled. The stock JKU hard top has been wrapped in matte black, to match the original body of the Jeep. The texture of the bedlined Poison Spyder bumpers, rocker knockers, and body armor contrast nicely with the smooth matte finish of the body wrap, while also protecting the body from dings and scratches on the trail!

    poison-spyder-armor-driver-rear-gas-doorpassenger-rear-panel-posion-spyder-armor-matte-black-wrappoison-spyder-rocker-knockers-armor-matte-black-jkuThe Poison Spyder Crusher Flares add plenty of room to flex out the 37x13.50 tires, and the white spyder logo is a nice touch among the matte black wrap, bedlined Crusher Corners, and fenders. The Trail Cage has also been fully installed, and fits nicely with the windshield folded up and hardtop installed, as seen below. This will provide ample protection in the event of a rollover to the occupants, extending the protection of the factory roll bar to cover the front two seats. For more information and pictures, check Part Two of this build from last week!

    passenger-side-trail-cage-windshield-up-top-onWith the addition of the Poison Spyder Armor and Trail Cage, this JKU is certainly ready to hit the trails or cruise around town! The stubby bumper, flat fenders, and 37-inch tires allow for an awesome approach angle on the front end, while the rear corner Crusher armor and rock sliders protect the rest of the JKU from body damage. Moreover, the Warn winch ensures that this beast will pull itself and others out of trouble time and time again on the trail. This build is in it's final stages; stay tuned for more, including the Poison Spyder Rear Bumper with tire carrier, on the final build post, coming soon!

  • 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Customer's Build Part 2

    poison-spyder-jeep-jku-trail-cage-install-editThis week, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is receiving a Poison Spyder Trail Cage and complete Second Skin sound deadening treatment. With the trail cage installed, the inherent weak point in the Jeep Wrangler roll bar system, the connection of the spreader bars to the windshield, is eliminated. The new trail cage does this by fastening to the original factory roll bar towards the middle of the Jeep, and anchoring to the floor beneath the dashboard at the front of the vehicle.

    Edit-poison-spyder-jeep-jk-trail-cage-2The spreader bars were first introduced in the Jeep Wrangler YJ model (1987-1995), as an improvement over the older CJ generation roll bar (featuring no spreader bars). While this addition was an improvement, the windshield still tended to collapse inwards quite a bit in the event of a front end rollover. The Poison Spyder trail cage corrects this by removing the spreader bars altogether, and replacing them with the bolt in trail cage, pictured above. Optional crossbars and grab handles, shown here, allow more protection and function for your ride, while maintaining a clean and obstruction free view for the driver and passengers.

    poison-spyder-jeep-jku-trail-cage-install-front-topThe middle support of the Poison Spyder trail cage is also suitable for mounting accessories, such as a CB radio, for example. With this mounting point, a radio or overhead console can be kept out of the way, but still remain easily accessible on the road or the trail!

    poison-spyder-jeep-jku-trail-cage-above-editIn addition to the trail cage, this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is also getting a full Second Skin sound deadening treatment, shown here in progress. This ensures that the interior will remain quiet even at highway speeds, so that conversations between passengers, or news and music over the radio, remain uninterrupted.

    matte-black-jeep-second-skin-install-in-progressStill to come, this Wrangler Unlimited will be getting a full audio system upgrade, so stay tuned for more!


  • 4.5" Rubicon Express Long Arm and 4.88 Gear Install

    Dana-44-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-488-Gear-Install-PatternThe first upgrades that many Jeep enthusiasts wish to install upon purchasing a Wrangler are usually a suspension lift and larger tires. Whether you have an older Inline-4 or Inline-6 in a YJ or TJ, or the newer V6 found in the Wrangler JK, larger tires can translate to sluggish acceleration and decreased performance on the highway. The most common solution: swapping the factory gearset for a lower aftermarket one. One of the more popular gear ratios when running larger tires on a Wrangler is 4.88, shown here, being installed on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

    Dana-44-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-488-Gear-Install-GaugeWhen installing gears, it is important to note that the proper gear mesh pattern has been achieved (see top image) through proper setup. Above, linear movement (backlash) between the ring and pinion gears is measured by digital indicator, to ensure proper fitment. This 4.88 gearset is sold by Alloy USA; similar kits are also sold by Alloy USA for older generations of the Jeep Wrangler, known as the YJ and TJ, as well.

    Shop-Bearing-Press-Dana-44-Jeep-Rubicon-AxleAt RubiTrux, when we regear any Jeep Wrangler JK, the axle seals and bearings on the rear Dana 44 are always replaced; this is a shop policy, due to the fact that the old axle seals tend to leak after this type of modification. Shown here, a new bearing is being pressed onto the axle shaft of the rear JK Dana 44.


    Shown here, the Rubicon Express 4.5" long arm kit will provide clearance to run up to 37" tires; the installation requires several modifications to the stock Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the least of which is the removal of all stock control arm mounts. In addition to cutting the stock control arm mounts off, the gas tank also needs to be removed during assembly, and new brackets are added to the frame for the new long arms, shown below.

    Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-Rubicon-Express-long-arm Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-Rubicon-Express-long-arm-angle-3While gears will restore lost performance in regards to acceleration and speed, a steering stabilizer will eliminate any front end vibes caused by the larger and heavier offroad tires. Shown below, the Fox 2.0 ATS Performance Series Stabilizer is a revolutionary design that allows for adjustment and fine tuning of the stabilizer, as well as extended offroad use and performance, thanks to the integrated oil reservoir.

    Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-Rubicon-Fox-ATS-StabilizerAdditional images below show the new crossmember required to fasten the long arms to the frame of the Jeep (left), as well as a loop delete for the stock Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited exhaust system (right). This Jeep will also be receiving a Warn Zeon 8s winch, AEV Heat Reduction Hood, AEV rear bumper and tire carrier, a Borla cat back exhaust, and Fuel Wheels. Stay tuned for more!

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  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EXT


    The Jeep Wrangler JK-EXT, designed by MVS (Michigan Vehicle Solutions), is a unique conversion for the 2007 and up Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The JK-EXT conversion couples the utility of a 40"x43" bed area with the off road capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Now you can experience the open air freedom of the Jeep with the functionality of a crew cab pickup truck! custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-red-driver-side-rearThe Jeep Wrangler JK-EXT includes a new hard top and bulkhead, an extended frame, advanced corrosion protection, a unique rollbar, and Line-X spray in bed liner. The factory freedom panels are reused, giving you the option of removing either the front panels, or the entire top for a sunny day. The tailgate can either be retained from the stock Jeep Wrangler, if the swing out style is preferred, or can be modified to a traditional drop-down style tailgate.

    custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-tank-bed-needs-paintThe JK-EXT conversion begins life as a 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited; while the Sahara model is shown, the conversion can be applied to any 4-door JKU. The frame is lengthened, the rear body panels, hard top, and bulkhead are added, and the roll bars are swapped out. The vehicle is then sent off for paint matching and Line-X.  Afterwards, it's time to install the lift kit, tires, and assorted off-road goodies.

    IMG_1297 The Jeep Wrangler JK-EXT can be equipped with most all of the aftermarket upgrades available for the JKU; shown above is a Michigan Vehicle Solutions conversion on a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, featuring the unique rear bumper (to accommodate the longer frame and body panels), as well as rock rails, a swing out tire carrier, and a one-piece drop in bed-liner.

    custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-red-passenger-side-snowAt RubiTrux, we can equip your Jeep Wrangler JK-EXT with a wide variety of upgrades, from an Old Man Emu or AEV suspension kit, to ARB bumpers, a Warn winch, head reduction hoods, Fuel or Rockstar wheels, and tires to conquer any type of terrain, just to list a few. The possibilities for the Jeep JK-EXT are truly unlimited. From mild to wild, daily driver or trail rig, contact RubiTrux regarding your next build today!


  • Jeep Wrangler JKU Old Man Emu Suspension


    Here at RubiTrux, most of our builds are equipped with an American Expedition Vehicles DualSport suspension system; however, this recently finished build is unique in that we added an Old Man Emu suspension system instead. While this is not a first for us, this JKU certainly stands out from the crowd, especially with the bright yellow shock absorbers and steering stabilizer. Old Man Emu offers a variety of accessories for the Jeep Wrangler, including lift kits, track bar brackets, transfer case lowering kits, and trim spacers, to name a few.


    This 2015 Billet Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited is equipped with an OME (Old Man Emu) 4" suspension system, which includes four Nitrocharger Sport shock absorbers, four coil springs, one steering stabilizer, a forged track bar, brake line relocation kit, sway bar link disconnect kit, rear track bar bracket kit, bump stops, front and rear trim spacers, and a caster & driveline kit. For smaller builds, Old Man Emu also offers a 2.5" kit for the JK that can feature a light or heavy spring rate, depending upon the desired application.

    jeep-wrangler-jk-old-man-emu-front-sideAn OME suspension lift will allow the fitment of larger tires on your Jeep, and will also improve on and offroad performance. Old Man Emu has long been a popular choice among offroad enthusiasts, and for good reason; whether you have an older Wrangler, a Grand Cherokee, or a brand new, off the lot JK, contact RubiTrux for all of your Old Man Emu needs!


  • 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Customer's Build


    This recent project at RubiTrux definitely stands out from the crowd. With 37" Nitto Extreme Terrain Tires, ORFab Stinger, EVO rock sliders, and a Teraflex lift kit, this rig was capable of conquering any type of terrain, save for one, the highway. While this Jeep was well equipped for off-road excursions, on-road performance was lacking, namely in regards to road noise and poor ride quality. Enter RubiTrux, where this customer's build continues, so that off-road prowess can meet on-road functionality, with additions such as Hellwig swaybars, PSC Hydro Steering Assist, a Prodigy Performance Stage 2 Intercooled Turbo,  Poison Spyder armor, bumpers, and a Warn Zeon Winch. Currently, this JKU is receiving a full body matte black vinyl wrap, in addition to countless other upgrades. Stay tuned for more!


  • New Maximus-3 Hard Rock Edition Accessories | Rubicon X &10th Anniversary


    Here at RubiTrux we just recently started carrying a new product line for the Rubicon X & 10th Anniversary Edition called Maximus-3. Maximus-3 is a premier Jeep Wrangler aftermarket product engineering and design company based in Detroit, Michigan. Lucky enough to be located in the Motor City, Maximus-3 has access to automotive suppliers in the Detroit area and work together with these companies to create unique design solutions for the Jeep Wrangler market. Maximus-3 uses the most advanced design software when creating their accessories, this helps them offer some of the highest quality products available on the market today. The product engineering, workmanship, and design are unmatched in the Rubicon market today; Maximus-3 looks to understand the need for high quality customization parts at a fair price. All product components are closely analyzed and evaluated to make sure you get the optimal product reliability and quality you deserve. Max-3 looks to combine creative skill with management and auto experience in order to bring true innovations to the Jeep aftermarket segment. Maximus-3 is always looking to be inspired by their customers, their technical team is constantly engaged in the Jeep community in order to keep an open mind in the design process and to keep in close touch with their customer base and their real needs. Maximus-3 has a philosophy ingrained in creative thinking, problem-solving, styling, function, and an understanding of high quality materials.

    Simply click here to check out the entire Maximus-3 Rubicon X & 10th Anniversary line! We also have free Max-3 Purchasing Guides available so you can make the best decision for your Jeep!

    Maximus-3 offers multiple hoop styles for the Rubicon X & 10A, these bolt-on packages consist of a heavy gauge steel tubular grille and radiator guard with various optional lighting mount brackets available.

    Classic Hoop: With a classic double bend tube style, this option will give your Rubicon
    the front protection it needs along with the classy styling to go along with it.
    X-Hoop: This single bend tube style option gives the front of your Jeep cleaner styling
    lines that complement the general aesthetics of your Jeep, without compromising the
    Low-Profile Hoop: With its low and mean stance, this hoop style will provide some
    protection for the front of your Jeep with an attitude and style.
    Stinger Hoop: Carefully balanced styling and function, this bar design is rather subtle
    with a rugged look to compliment the looks of your Jeep.
    "Starred" Stinger Hoop: Carefully balanced styling and function, this bar design is rather
    subtle with a rugged look to compliment the looks of your Jeep with an added “Starred”
    bar in the stinger for added attitude.

    Maximus-3 also offers a high quality Tire Carrier for the Rubicon X & 10A and is the ultimate gadget for carrying a spare tire and/or all your off-road gear. This carrier system centers the tire over the recess in the rear bumper and comes with an adjustable tire mount and center high mount 3rd brake light.  The carrier is made from 2” OD heavy gauge tubular steel with an articulating hinged design for synchronized opening and closing of the tailgate. Wide hinge bearing points offer better stability and load distribution as well as offer vibration-free running. Low friction and self-lubricating bronze bearings offer easy, everyday use. The Tire Carrier accommodates up to a 40” tire size and is adjustable for different sizes. 100% bolt-on installation with no drilling required, this tire carrier comes in a fine textured black powder coat finish. This tire carrier system also has optional accessories designed for perfect fit and function to go along with your carrier.

    Hi-Lift Jack Mount: A secure and inexpensive way to carry your Hi-Lift jack; easily installs to the right of the tire carrier.
    Shovel Mount: A secure way to bring your shovel on the trail with no worries of loss; easily installs to the right of the tire carrier.
    Side RotoPax Mount: A secure way to bring along your Max-3 RotoPax on the trail. This versatile design allows for different loading requirements and configurations and has interchangeable Jerry can mounts. Packs are installed to the right of the tire carrier.
    High Double RotoPax Mount: A secure way to bring along your Max-3 High Double RotoPax on the trail. This versatile design allows for different loading requirements and configurations and has interchangeable Jerry can mounts. Packs are installed to the right of the tire carrier.
    Side NATO Jerry Can Holder: Allows for the secure use of a Jerry can on the rear bumper, mounts to the right of the tire carrier.
    Center High Mount Work Light Bracket: Allows for the easy install of a light of your choice just above the tire on the tire carrier.
    Backup Camera Bracket:  Allows for the easy install of a backup camera for the rear of your Jeep. The bracket mounts the camera just above the middle of the tire, giving you the vision your camera needs.
    Side LED Backup Light:  Allows for the easy install of an LED backup light. The light is mounted to the right of the tire and just above the optional Jerry cans or Side RotoPax.

    Click here to begin building your custom Maximus-3 Tire Carrier today!

  • 2006 Wrangler Unlimited RubiTrux Conversion

    yellow-tonka-front-flat-705091 yellow-tonka-high-rear-angle-705091 We just finished up a unique custom build here at RubiTrux, this conversion breaks the mold a bit with a ton of modifications. With a 5.5" Rubicon Express long arm lift kit, 20" Fuel wheels equipped with 37" Toyo Open Country M/T Tires, a half-cab conversion and Line-X bed liner this Jeep conversion is ready for whatever the day may bring. On this build the owner also wanted Bushwacker fender flairs, JW Speaker headlights, a complete smoke LED light package, a Poison Spyder tailgate, ARB bumpers, and Rock-Slide Engineering step sliders; and we happily obliged. Click the vehicle images for more information, because there is simply too much to list when it comes to what all went into this Jeep build.

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  • Poison Spyder Product Line



    This week we have added Poison Spyder to our long line of offered Jeep aftermarket brands. Poison Spyder and RubiTrux share a mutual love and passion for off-road Jeeps and aftermarket products that truly perform on both the road and on the trail. All Poison Spyder products are made to be of the highest quality and are machined to last year after year to keep your Jeep ready for whatever tomorrow may bring.

    Parts Added Include:


    Poison Spyder Front and Rear Crusher Flares  (Steel or Aluminum)


    Poison Spyder RockBrawler II Rear Bumper (w/ Tire Carrier)


    Poison Spyder RockBrawler Front Bumper w/ Brawler Bar


    Poison Spyder Body Armor for JK's

    *Click on Images for Even More Product Information.

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