en-US Go 4x4 It RubiTrux and High Country 4x4 Blog Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:26:59 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v=3.1.1.15 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/ Project: VANDAL, Part 4 vandal-body-on-frameThis week, Project: VANDAL is starting to look like a Jeep again! The body has been lowered back onto the frame, the Rock Krawler heavy duty steering has been installed, and we now have a skid plate in place, to protect the vulnerable evap canister. VANDAL is also getting a PSC hydro assist ram for the front end; in the top picture, the line for this assembly is visible, just to the left of the front differential.

vandal-front-suspension-front-side-angleAbove, Rock Krawler's new heavy duty tie rod and drag link have been installed; we've also replaced the stock drag link end at the steering box with a more beefy one from Moog, and added an adjustable track bar from Rock Krawler to further complement this setup. The heavy duty steering and hydro assist are a must-have, and will help to turn the 40" mud terrain tires on the trail.vandal-front-suspension-setup-rock-krawler-55

Below, the Borla exhaust and QTP electric exhaust cutout are shown. The Borlad exhaust, as seen from the top down in the previous installment of this series, is a Dakota Customs exclusive that has been modified to fit around the Rock Krawler long arm suspension. The evap canister skid plate is shown to the left of the muffler. This skid plate is manufactured by Rugged Ridge, and is designed to protect the vulnerable evap canister. Located under the hood on older model Jeeps, the JK/U generation features an evap setup on the underside of the vehicle. This causes the canister to be placed within the reach of rocks or other obstructions on the trail, necessitating the skid plate to ensure the longevity of this piece of equipment, especially for an offroad vehicle.

vandal-electric-exhaust-cutout-closeupvandal-borla-exhaust-cutout-skidplateCheck back soon for the next update on Project: VANDAL here at RubiTrux, featuring skid plates, the PSC hydro assist ram, and more!

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:46:01 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/project-vandal-part-4/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/project-vandal-part-4/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Project: VANDAL, Part 3 darren-build-hemi-transmission-suspension-axles-on-frame-closeupProject: VANDAL is coming along great here at the shop, with the HEMI motor now installed and bolted up to the transmission! The GenRight Fuel Cell had to be slightly modified to fit, as seen below, and the Borla exhaust had to be customized to fit around the control arms of the Rock Krawler long arm kit.

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The exhaust system for VANDAL is a custom Borla setup, including the headers, and features a Quick Time Performance (QTP) electric exhaust cutout. This exhaust cutout allows the driver to control the volume and power of the setup from inside the cab, at the flick of a switch! The entire exhaust system, including the QTP cutout, is stainless steel, and the cutout itself features a CNC machined valve body and a 12v motor, providing 1.5 lbs of torque to operate the QTP cutout.

project-vandal-electric-exhaust-cutout project-vandal-exhaustThe rear bumper has been fitted while the body is still off of the frame, along with the above exhaust system, HEMI, and GenRight fuel cell. The rear bumper is also GenRight, and features backup lights, with additional Rigid Industries 2-bulb LED lights mounted to either side of the stock lights, as seen below. This will ensure adequate visibility at the rear of the vehicle, either on the trail, or backing out around town at night. Check back soon for further updates on Project: VANDAL!

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:56:27 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/project-vandal-part-3/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/project-vandal-part-3/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Project: VANDAL, Part 2 dana-60-axles-on-frame-transmission-progressOn this update, the 2015 Rubicon has had both Spicer Ultimate Dana 60 axles and the Rock Krawler 5.5" Stage II Rock Runner long arm kit installed, and the new brackets have all been added and painted. The transmission has been re-installed, and the new custom HEMI is ready to be dropped in! The wheels and tires shown here are just rollers, but give a nice idea of how the Jeep will sit when complete, in addition to showcasing how wide the 8-lug Dana 60 axles are in comparison to the stock Rubicon Dana 44s.

rear-axle-installed The 6.4L HEMI engine for this build, below, customized by Arrington Performance, was stroked and bored out to 7.3L. The engine features all new internals, and has an average horse power rating of 649, with a peak of 702 horsepower at 5800 rpms, and provides 655 pounds of torque. To help ensure that the engine receives adequate amounts of fuel on lengthy off road excursions, a 20 gallon GenRight fuel cell will be added. Meanwhile, the 5.38 gears inside the Dana 60 axles will assist the engine in turning the 40" tires, and the factory Rubicon locker switches will hook right up to the new axles, allowing for a no hassle installation! engine-removed-from-crate

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:34:48 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/customer-build-2015-jku-rubicon-part-2/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/customer-build-2015-jku-rubicon-part-2/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Project: VANDAL, 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!

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:20:51 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/customer-build-2015-jku-rubicon-part-1/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/customer-build-2015-jku-rubicon-part-1/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
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!

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:51:45 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-customers-build-part-3/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-customers-build-part-3/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
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!

 

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:28:55 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-customers-build-part-2/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-customers-build-part-2/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
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.

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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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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:41:42 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/4-5-rubicon-express-long-arm-4-88-gear-install/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/4-5-rubicon-express-long-arm-4-88-gear-install/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EXT custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-red-driver-side-front

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!

 

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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:36:21 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-ext/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-ext/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Jeep Wrangler JKU Old Man Emu Suspension jeep-wrangler-jk-old-man-emu-front

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.

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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!

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:27:29 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/jeep-wrangler-jku-old-man-emu-suspension/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/jeep-wrangler-jku-old-man-emu-suspension/ josh@ekgmarketing.com (admin) admin
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Customer's Build jeep-wrangler-JKU-black-vinyl-wrap-before

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!

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:30:55 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-customers-build/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-customers-build/ josh@ekgmarketing.com (admin) admin