This 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!To 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.
Once 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a bolt-in application on a stock Jeep Wrangler JK/U, the brackets will be removed from the axles as well, as they are no longer applicable.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.
Stay 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!