en-US Go 4x4 It RubiTrux and High Country 4x4 Blog Mon, 23 May 2016 23:23:35 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v= http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/ Vehicle of the Week - Brute 6.1L custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-rock-hard-4x4-bolt-in-cageThis week we're taking look at a unique Brute that we just picked up! While you may have read about our other Brute builds that are slated to be equipped with 37's, this Brute features a 6.1L HEMI, a custom paintjob, and 40's!

custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-nth-degree-suspension-40sThis one-of-a-kind Brute is up for sale on our site for $75,000. Check out the specs below, and you'll see that this truck is worth every penny! To start, the AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) Brute conversion takes a standard 1997-2006 Jeep TJ or LJ (2004-2006), and transforms it into a pickup truck, complete with cab closeout, bed and fold-down tailgate. Some Brute trucks will feature the AEV highline fenders and hood, to stuff larger tires under the new vehicle. However, these fenders are no longer produced, and some Brute trucks are now being equipped with stock fenders or aftermarket highline or flat fender kits instead.custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-6-1-liter-hemi-conversionThis 6.1L Brute features an entire AEV build package, including the non-production fenders mentioned above; custom bumpers round out the look and complement the bed and fenders by rising to meet the new body lines of the Brute kit. The front bumper houses both fog lights and a Warn 9.5TI winch with synthetic rope, while the rear bumper and frame section feature a Masterpull winch. Custom rock sliders and skid plates round out the armor upgrades. The frame has also been completely powdercoated after the Brute modifications.custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-dynatrac-prorock-60-rearThe lift kit is an Nth Degree 4.5" Long Arm suspension with 2" coil spring spacers and a 1" body lift. Coupled with the highline fenders, this allows plenty of room for the 40's. Speaking of the tires, these 40x13.50x17 Goodyear MTR Kevlar tires give the Dynatrac HD44 front and Prorock 60 rear plenty of ground clearance at the differential, while the 5.38 gear ratio and 6.1L HEMI provide more than enough power at the wheel for this Brute.custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-40-13--50-17-wrangler-mtr-kevlarSway Loc front and rear sway bar systems, custom driveshafts, and an upgraded 45RFE transmission round out the "unseen" additions to this build. A paint-matched Rock Hard 4x4 bolt-in sport cage strengthens the cab, for the more adventurous at heart. The most visible change to this Jeep is the custom GM Inferno Orange color, which along with the 40" tires, will make this Brute 6.1L turn heads around town or on the trail!custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-rock-hard-4x4-sport-cageIf you're interested in buying this one-of-a-kind American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Brute conversion, give us a call at (828)406-3031. Scroll down and check out these additional images, and let us know what you think!custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-sway-loc-sway-bar custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-drop-down-tail-gate custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-custom-rock-sliders custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-custom-rear-bumper-and-winch custom-jeep-wrangler--tj-brute-orange-aev-hi-line-fenders

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Thu, 19 May 2016 20:41:08 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/brute-6-1l-hemi/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/brute-6-1l-hemi/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
4.6L Brute - Part 2 2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-front-passenger-sideFor this update, we'll take a look at the various add-ons and accessories that make up this Brute, as well as seeing the final steps to assembly before this vehicle is sent off to paint. Last we left it, the Brute had the tub and grille on the frame. Next we'll add the truck bed, fenders, Poison Spyder trail cage, custom bed cage, and more. They say a vehicle is greater than the sum of it's parts, and this Brute has more upgrades than the average pickup or Jeep build combined. Scroll down to see this beast come together; even the small 33" roller tires can't hide the off-road capabilities of this Brute. Below, check out some closeup shots before the body was bolted to the frame, and you'll see just a few of the goodies that will make the final product one mean machine!jeep-wrangler-brute-black-tj-conversion-tub-on-frame-door-down-garageFirst up, we've got the M.O.R.E. motor mounts. Due to the age of the TJ platform, with the last models now reaching 10 years old, some owners are encountering problems with worn out stock bushings, usually on control arms or motor mounts. This is especially true when the vehicle has been offroad, as this type of activity puts heightened stress on these bushings. While our Rubicon TJ was mostly stock and had yet to see a real off-road trail, we decided to replace the OEM motor mounts with the M.O.R.E. version for obvious reasons; chief among them, the stock parts were over 10 years old. The M.O.R.E. motor mounts feature a rubber material that won't transmit vibrations like polyurethane, and are zinc-plated for extra protection!black-jeep-tj-brute-more-motor-mounts-closeupThe PSC steering box replaced the stock unit for mostly the same reason as the aftermarket motor mounts. The OEM unit was over 10 years old, and with the build stepping up to 37" tire, the PSC steering box upgrade was the right choice, considering the amount of offroading this Brute will do. The steering box features a larger piston for more turning force, helpful in off-road scenarios, and stronger gears than the OEM box, leading to more longevity; an important factor to consider with the 37" tires.black-jeep-tj-brute-psc-closeupblack-jeep-tj-brute-psc-closeup-underAs the Brute has a longer wheelbase than the TJ platform, we chose the GenRight Crawler Skid Plate to protect the gas tank. The tank itself has also been upgraded to an aluminum GenRight 24.5 gallon tank. The skid plate will protect the tank during off-road excursions, and the high capacity (stock TJ gas tanks usually hold 19 gallons, although some early models were capped at 14 gallons) aluminum gas tank will both save weight, and ensure the 4.6L has plenty of gasoline to get this Brute off the beaten path and back again! The skid plate is made from heavy duty 3/16" steel plate and provides about 1" more ground clearance over the OEM skid.black-jeep-tj-brute-teraflex-axle-rear-gas-tank-skid-closeup2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-tub-roll-bar-cage-welded-in-rear-cab-closeoutIn addition to the custom 'cage work that reinforced the new cab closeout, seen above, we're also adding a Poison Spyder Trail Cage. Chris is shown below installing the HD spreader kit and welding in the trail cage itself. All Jeep CJ and Wrangler models come from the factory with an inherent weak point in the roll bar system, which, in the event of an extreme rollover, could cause the windshield to crumple inward. With CJ models there are no spreader bars connecting the windshield to the rollbar, and on the Wrangler, the spreader bars provide insufficient strength to prevent the windshield from folding inward. As a result, many dedicated off-road rigs or even "weekend-warrior" Jeeps will have some sort of 'cage upgrade installed. From designs that bolt to the outside of the dash, bolt or weld to the floor, or go straight through the OEM dash to the tub or frame, an upgraded rollcage is a worthwhile investment in a Jeep. jeep-wrangler-tj-brute-golon-conversion-poison-spyder-trail-cage-install-stock-spreader-bars-removedjeep-wrangler-tj-brute-golon-conversion-poison-spyder-trail-cage-install-spreader-bar-upgradejeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-american-expedition-vehicles-poison-spyder-trail-cage-install-welding-in-progressThe Poison Spyder Trail Cage is a weld-in kit that works with the stock spreader bars. However, we chose the heavy duty Poison Spyder spreader bar kit to give this 'cage some added strength, and replaced the flimsy OEM units right off the bat. The rest of the trail cage kit is then welded to these upgraded spreader bars. On the dashboard side, there are two plates that go from the dash, down the side of the door jam, and bolt to the floor. Tubing is then welded to these plates, connecting them to the HD spreader bars. In short, you get a cage that is both tied into the factory roll bar and tub of the vehicle. This, along with the custom cage work mentioned above, will provide solid protection in the event of a rollover.jeep-wrangler-tj-brute-golon-conversion-black-bed-primer-garage-bay-cage-stage-1-anglejeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-golon-truck-bed-cage-bar-tack-weldjeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-golon-truck-bed-cage-bar-3jeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-golon-truck-bed-cage-bar-weldIn addition to the tubing inside the cab, the Brute bed will also be getting a dual purpose 'cage and cargo rack. While the Brute bed will certainly allow you to haul more cargo than a standard TJ or LJ, it may not be large enough for some, especially for long camping trips or overland expeditions, for example. With this custom cage, cargo can be strapped above, underneath, or on the sides of the roll-bars, dramatically increasing the cargo this Brute can carry.jeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-american-expedition-vehicles-poison-spyder-cage-plus-custom-workWe've already covered the boosted 4.6L stroker motor and ATS 42RLE transmission, so we'll move on to the other elements of this build. As far as the body and frame go, we're using the AEV Brute conversion to transform this 2005 TJ into a one-of-a-kind truck. Although not pictured yet, this Brute will be getting a set of 37" BFG A/T KO2 tires on 17" Monster Beadlock wheels. To fit these tires, an Nth Degree 4.5" Long Arm suspension, which you may have spotted in Part 1, was added. TeraFlex RD60 front and rear axles with ARB air lockers and 4.88 gears give the needed durability to run the 37's offroad. An ARB air compressor provides air to the lockers, and ARB differential breathers ensure that the differentials can vent as needed, especially over certain terrain, such as a river or stream crossing.black-jeep-tj-brute-teraflex-rear-axleIn regards to crossing bodies of water, this Brute will also be equipped with an ARB Safari Snorkel and Pre-Filter. The 4.5" long arm and 37's will give the Brute plenty of height over a stock vehicle, and the snorkel and breathers will increase the fording capabilities as well, not to mention filtering out sand or dust in more arid environments. As far as additional accessories go, we'll be seeing an ARB front bumper/bullbar combo, dual winches for recovery, and some nice LED lights, but let's not jump the gun just yet - this truck still has to return from paint! Check out the final pictures below, let us know what you think, and stay tuned for the next update!jeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-grille-fender-install-highline-kitjeep-wrangler-tj-golon-brute-conversion-fender-install-highline







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Fri, 13 May 2016 15:01:43 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/4-6l-brute-part-2/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/4-6l-brute-part-2/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Product of the Week - Poison Spyder Trail-Cage jeep-cj-renegade-jeep-beach-2015This week we're taking a look at trail-cage options for the Jeep Wrangler, namely the Poison Spyder Trail Cage and Heavy Duty Spreader Bars. First off, let's discuss why you would want a trail cage in your Jeep. Originally, the Jeep CJ did not feature an OEM roll-bar, although it was a popular option at the time. Roughly a few years before the CJ-7 entered production in 1976, the classic “sport” style roll-bar, as we know it today, became mandatory. Every Jeep now had an installed roll-bar from the factory, a big step up in safety measures for the time. However, the CJ still lacked any sort of support for the windshield, which could not support the weight of the vehicle, and would often crumple inwards in the event of a frontal rollover. In the early 1980s, the Jeep CJ was switched from a narrow to wide track axle, to increase stability, another safety measure. (CJ-5 Renegade pictured above, CJ-8 Scrambler below).

jeep-cj-8-scrambler-jeep-beach-20151991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-front-grille-redFor the 1987 model year, the Jeep Wrangler YJ made it's debut (YJ Renegade shown above). The YJ featured wider axles than the CJ, as well as a lower stance. Track bars, sway bars, and wider leaf springs helped make this Jeep more stable and less prone to a rollover. For the 1987 model and up, the Wrangler featured new “spreader” bars that connected the roll-bar to the windshield, another safety feature. However, the spreader bars were still not up to the task of supporting the windshield in a rollover scenario. In 1992, the classic “sport” style roll-bar was replaced with the “family” style roll-bar, seen on late model YJ's, TJ's, and the JK Wrangler. This new design gave the rear passengers added protection in an accident and provided shoulder mount points for standard seatbelts, rather than the lap belts that had been used in previous models. When the TJ hit the dealerships in late 1996 (2006 model pictured below), the roll-bar was given a slightly updated design, but the spreader bars remained mostly unchanged.2006-blue-jeep-wrangler-tj-half-doors-frameless-topIn 2007, the new and totally redesigned Jeep Wrangler JK became larger and wider than it's predecessors, and included certain features like electronic stability control. While more traditionalist owners may bemoan the abundance of electronics in the JK platform, the computer does assist with making this Wrangler a more stable and secure ride. However, the OEM roll-bar “system” still has that same weak point in between the factory bar and the windshield seen in the CJ and classic Wrangler models above. The usual approach to eliminating this is to install what is commonly known as a “trail-cage”. A trail-cage is different than a complete aftermarket 'cage in that it makes use of the factory roll bar, and simply reinforces or replaces the stock spreader bars. A trail-cage is great for the owner looking to beef up the safety of their Jeep Wrangler without breaking the bank.2016-jeep-wrangler-mojave-sand-front-passenger-cornerWe've seen many trail cages come through the shop over the years, and while there are several to choose from, we usually sell and equip customer builds with the Poison Spyder version. While we will go over this product in detail, be sure to check out the Rock Hard 4x4 version as well. We've installed quite a few trail-cages at our shop, and our techs will be happy to assist you in picking out a 'cage upgrade or trail-cage to suit your build, today!custom-jeep-wrangler-mango-tango-273029-interiorFirst up, the Rock Hard 4x4 Bolt-In Ultimate Sport Cage (above). While some may be skeptical of a bolt-in over a weld-in cage, we can assure you the Rock Hard bolt-in 'cage is tough as nails! We've installed a few here at the shop, and the 1/2” thick proprietary locking collars and grade 8 hardware ensure that the 1 3/4” .120 wall steel tubing is securely fastened together. The center section that connects the windshield bar to the OEM soundbar features a 14 ga. steel plate, so you can mount a CB radio, switches, or other accessories in your cab. If you're planning on installing the Rock Hard cage yourself, there is no welding required, so the average DIY'er can do it in his/her own driveway! The front A-Pillar section features grab bars, to help with entering and exiting the vehicle, and comes pre-welded to a plate that extends down the side of the OEM dash and bolts to the floor of the Jeep (plate may vary depending on model). This supports the windshield, and prevents it from folding backwards into the passenger compartment in the event of a rollover. The TJ/LJ version is pictured below.custom-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rock-hard-4x4-bolt-in-roll-cageNow to the Poison Spyder trail-cage, which features a similar mounting structure to the Rock Hard 4x4 'cage at the OEM dash. The Poison Spyder JK and TJ trail-cages differ here in that the JK version is bolt on, while the TJ trail-cage requires welding. The weld-in Poison Spyder product can make use of the stock spreader bars on TJ/LJ Wranglers, but Poison Spyder also offers a heavy duty spreader bar kit to reinforce this area, as seen in our 4.6L Brute Conversion, below. This trail-cage upgrade is definitely a worthwhile investment, but does require more time and effort for the fitment and welding portion of the project. (Standard PS Trail-Cage kit seen on RubiTrux conversion, second picture down).jeep-wrangler-brute-tj-conversion-american-expedition-vehicles-poison-spyder-trail-cage-install-tack-weld-in-place2005-jeep-unlimited-rubitrux-rollbar-cageFor the Jeep JK and JK Unlimited, the Poison Spyder trail cage is a unique bolt-together design, and completely replaces the stock spreader bars with DOM tubing. Instead of tube clamps, Poison Spyder features an interlocking tube coupler design, to add durability to the cage. The couplers come notched and welded at the junctions to ensure proper fit. The 3/16” thick dash plates also come without a 90 degree bend at the top and instead extend straight to the floor, removing additional bends or seams that may pose a potential weak spot. A dash crosstube connects both dash plates, while an overhead crossbar connects the center spreader bars to the OEM sound bar. As also seen on the Rock Hard product, this center section is great for mounting a CB Radio or other offroad accessories! Poison Spyder also offers optional entry handles, constructed from 1.25” DOM tubing, and the couplers can either be MIG or TIG welded, depending on preference.2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-willys-wheeler-jk-jku-poison-spyder-sport-cageMost trail-cage products that you'll find, including the ones listed above, ship bare steel; this is usually because powdercoating can get damaged during transit or because there is welding involved in the assembly process. Our recommendation for the above products, if not being assembled and installed in your vehicle at our shop, would be to find a local business that offers powdercoating. If you're in a pinch, there's always the tried-and-true method of rattlecan primer and paint - just remember that the key to any rattlecan job is in the prep-work!

poison-spyder-jeep-jku-trail-cage-install-front-topEdit-poison-spyder-jeep-jk-trail-cage-2The assembly process at our shop consists of fitting and fully installing the trail-cage into the Jeep, then removing the pieces and sending them to powdercoat. This ensures a proper fit for all of the pieces and results in a clean install, with a finish that goes great with the factory interior. Some owners opt to have the tail-cage paint-matched to the OEM color of the Jeep, but black is a popular choice as well – it's up to you! Remember, with RubiTrux, possibilities are unlimited, so give us a call and add a trail-cage to your Jeep, today!


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Wed, 11 May 2016 20:52:54 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-poison-spyder-trail-cage/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-poison-spyder-trail-cage/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Product of the Week - AEV ProCal custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-lights-onThis week we're taking a look at the AEV ProCal Module for the 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited. If you're into modifying your Jeep, the ProCal is an invaluable tool. This easy-to-use device by AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) lets you recalibrate several settings on your Jeep, especially after a lift kit and larger-than-stock tires are installed. In the age where electronics are taking over more and more vehicle functions, taking something beyond original OEM specs can and will throw the computer off track, especially with transmission shift points and electronic stability control (ESP). In the old days or not-so-distant past, computers were either totally absent, or simply ran the engine through EFI (electronic fuel injection). However, during recent years, on-board computer systems do more and more. For example, most modern vehicles do not have a physical accelerator cable connecting the gas pedal to the throttle body; instead, the pedal sends an electronic signal to the computer, such as the case with the JK platform.resized-aev-procal-blog-post-3-on-white-backgroundAs you can imagine, this makes the electronics and computer systems in these newer vehicles instrumental in most functions while on-road, not just in providing fuel to the engine. The Jeep Wrangler JK is the first Wrangler to have most systems routed through one of these on-board computers. This includes such things as stability control, transmission shift points, headlights and more. Throwing large tires and a lift kit into the mix would, needless to say, throw a wrench into this system. Enter the AEV ProCal! The ProCal can interface with the JK computer to achieve a variety of functions, and works with all JK generation Wranglers, including the 2016 models.2016-jeep-wrangler-mojave-sand-front-passenger-cornerUsually, one of the first things that a new Jeep owner will do is add a lift kit and large off-road tires. With older Jeeps, depending on how much the tire size increased, either a regear or new speedometer gear would be required to improve automatic transmission shifting or set the speedometer, respectively. While the speedometer gear was phased out with the JK (again, replaced with electronics), a regear is still necessary for larger tires. While this will restore power, it will sometimes mess with the computer, causing the vehicle to go into "limp" mode. The AEV ProCal can both calibrate the computer for the new and updated axle ratio, and update the speedometer for the larger tires.aev-pro-cal-jeep-wrangler-jk-30406007AGMost modern vehicles now feature a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) that tells the driver if a certain tire is low, usually with a light or other notification on the dash. The Jeep JK is no exception, and some owners find that larger-than-stock tires will indefinitely illuminate the warning lamp on the dash. Not to worry, the ProCal addresses this as well! More functions include daytime running lamps, and an increased engine idle program for winching scenarios (for the increased engine idle, the ProCal will need to remain plugged in; for most other functions, it is removed once the program has run it's course).custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-jw-speaker-6145-j-series-fog-lightsThe ProCal works through a system of easy-to-use DIP switches on the back, simply follow the instructions in the quick book guide for the switch pattern, turn your key into the “run” position, and plug in the ProCal! The Jeep horn will sound, and the key can be turned to the “off” position and the ProCal unplugged. So what are you waiting for? Don't settle for substandard shift points, haywire stability control, or other electronic gremlins due to your hardware modifications, modify your software with the AEV ProCal today, at RubiTrux.com!

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Tue, 03 May 2016 17:16:34 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-aev-procal/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-aev-procal/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
4.6L Brute - Part 1 2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-front-passenger-sideYou may have read about our blue Brute conversion in an earlier post. Built from a pristine LJ, this vehicle features a V8 5.7 HEMI, and once it returns from paint will be getting a long arm kit and 37" tires. This Brute however, started life as a black 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ Rubicon, and is currently under construction at our shop! While not featuring a HEMI swap like the blue LJ, this Jeep will be getting something arguably more awesome, especially among the more traditional Jeep crowd, a built up Inline-6! The 4.0L Inline-6 and 2.5L Inline-4 engines found in the Jeep TJ platform are AMC designs dating back to the YJ and CJ, and are favored among certain owners over the newer V6 designs, for a variety of reasons. We'll discuss the Inline-6 below, both stock and modified specifications, but first, we'll examine the starter vehicle.2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-rear-passenger-sideThis Jeep arrived as a mostly stock, low-mileage 2005 TJ Rubicon. The TJ features a shorter wheelbase than the LJ, and is in proportion with a YJ or CJ-7, rather than the CJ-8 Scrambler that the LJ descended from. The TJ Rubicon was produced from 2003-2006, and features certain equipment like factory air-lockers, front and rear Dana-44 axles and a 4:1 transfer case, among other accessories. This Jeep already featured a couple aftermarket add-ons, such as a Warn winch, PIAA fog lights, and what appeared to be an early model Delta light bar. These were removed as the Jeep was stripped down for the Brute conversion.2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-fender-removalFirst up, the front fenders and hood are removed, followed by the bumper, winch, and fog lights. The interior is also stripped out, up to the factory dashboard. Once everything at the rear of the Jeep has been removed, the tub is cut back like the Hemi version in Part 1 of our Jeep LJ Brute build. The body is then lifted off of the frame, which is lengthened with the frame extensions provided by AEV. The Inline-6 is also pulled at this stage to make way for the new engine. The early steps of this build are nearly identical to our LJ Brute, except the frame extensions are not cut down; the SWB (short-wheelbase) TJ uses the full piece.2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-interior-stripped-out


2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-tub-removed-on-lift-front-angle2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-tub-grille-removedChris Minnich is lead on this project, and is shown below tacking in some pieces for the Brute bed. Once the frame is extended it is given a fresh coat of paint, and the tub closeout and bed can be lined up. A few pictures down you can see some roll-cage additions that Chris built; the new owner requested these for safety, as he plans to use the Brute off-road.2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-frame-install-painted-passenger-side


2005-jeep-wrangler-tj-black-inline-6-brute-conversion-tub-roll-bar-cage-welded-in-rear-cab-closeoutOnce everything is added to the frame and bolted down, the vehicle is rolled out of the garage bay, leaving room for the engine work. The new engine is uncrated and all of the bolt-on parts are transferred to the new block, below. The new 4.6L boosted Inline-6 will give plenty of power to the 37" tires; coupled with the ATS transmission and '60 axles, this Jeep will be practically grenade proof. To the left we have the new 4.6L, and on the right covered in plastic, the stripped down 4.0L.jeep-wrangler-tj-brute-black-conversion-golon-stroker-engine-buildupBelow, the engine is mounted to the frame, along with the transmission, transfer case, axles and suspension. Now for the engine specs; stock Inline-6 engines in the Jeep Wrangler TJ platform usually produce somewhere around 190hp and 235ft/lbs of torque. While the Inline-6 is certainly enough for the smaller TJ platform, some builds, especially those with larger tires or Brute conversions, desire more power. Enter the 4.6L boosted long block from Golen High Performance Engines. This tricked out '6 will produce 350bhp at 5200rpm with 6psi of boost (you may notice the small Banks Sidewinder turbo below), and 360ft/lbs of torque! This beast of an engine takes the legendary capabilities of the AMC-designed Inline-6 to a whole new level, and with the 4.88 gears housed within the TeraFlex 60's, will turn the 37" tires without breaking a sweat!black-brute-jeep-tj-conversion-turbo-closeup-front

black-jeep-tj-brute-frame-engine-transmission-transfer-case-axles-suspension-addedblack-brute-jeep-tj-conversion-turbo-trans-linesTo handle all of this power, a built ATX Diesel 42RLE Automatic Transmission (note the purple color) was added, and the stock Rubicon 4:1 transfer case was retained. The Teraflex '60 axles and 4.88 gears have already been mentioned, but housed within the axles is another cool piece of equipment - ARB air lockers. With this combination, there won't be any terrain this 4.6L Brute can't handle!black-jeep-tj-brute-frame-engine-transmission-transfer-case-axles-suspension-added-driver-sideAs it currently sits in the garage, this Brute features the engine, transmission, transfer case, and axles on the lengthened frame. Above, the fuel and brake lines are being clipped into place, as well as the electrical hookups for the fuel pump, rear winch, and other items at the tail end of the vehicle. Below, the rear winch is a Warn M8000s, featuring synthetic line. The control box has been positioned so as to correctly fit under the Brute truck bed. The body panels should be bolted down at the end of the week, but for now, some customization has to be done to the Nth Degree suspension system to work with the Brute platform.black-brute-jeep-tj-conversion-rear-8000-warn-s-winch


jeep-tj-brute-conversion-black-tri-link-setupAbove, the 4.5" long-arm kit features a bracket for the tri-link that attaches at the transfer case skid; however, for the Brute kit with the long wheelbase, Chris had to make some modifications. As you can see, the mount for the tri-link had to be moved back to accommodate the lengthened frame; a reinforced plate, attached at the original mounting point on the skid plate, now connects the two.jeep-wrangler-brute-black-tj-conversion-grille-modification-cut

jeep-wrangler-brute-black-tj-conversion-cut-hole-for-coolant-lines-with-grommetWith the Banks sidewinder turbo, the OEM grille had to be modified as well. As you can see here, holes cut into the grille, complete with grommets, allow lines for the turbocharger heat exchange radiator to be run through the grille. On top of the first radiator, we have the factory condenser for the A/C unit, followed by the Griffin Aluminum radiator.jeep-wrangler-brute-black-tj-conversion-grille-in-progress-intercooler-coolant-lines-grommet-offroad


jeep-wrangler-brute-black-tj-conversion-grille-in-progress-intercooler-coolant-lines-grommet-offroad-air-conditioning-radiatorNext up, the cab is placed on the frame and lined up, soon to be followed by the truck bed, highline fenders and hood. In the image below, you can see the initial alignment of the cab, full-doors, and AEV top. Further down, you can see the new cab and the OEM TJ grille on the frame (with 33" rollers), giving an idea of what the final product will look like. Check back next week for the specs and a few pictures before this 4.6L Brute leaves for paint!jeep-brute-black-tj-conversion-cab-doors-bed-lined-upjeep-wrangler-brute-black-tj-conversion-tub-over-frame-build-lift


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Mon, 02 May 2016 20:34:38 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/4-6l-brute-part-1/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/4-6l-brute-part-1/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Product of the Week - Katzkin Leather katzkin-custom-jeep-wrangler-leather-seats-red-blackIf you keep up with any of our builds, you're bound to notice the high-end leather interiors. Last update we covered Alea Leather, but for those wanting another approach, we also carry Katzkin Leather. Katzkin has been around for over 30 years and produces high-quality aftermarket leather interiors for a variety of popular vehicles, from the Chevrolet Silverado to the Honda Accord! Katzkin is an official supplier of leather to the Ford motor company, and also exclusively supplies leather to Shelby American, Inc., of performance car fame.katzkin-custom-jeep-wrangler-leather-seats-texasWhile for some, a Jeep Wrangler should be a bare bones, true-to-original utilitarian 4x4, others desire a more luxurious approach. Although some of the higher-end trim models, like the Sahara and Rubicon, can now be ordered with leather seats, factory leather leaves much to be desired. Enter Katzkin leather, featuring a variety of patterns, custom stitching, embroidered logos and more! Here at RubiTrux, we pride ourselves in using only the best in aftermarket add-ons and accessories, and Katzkin is no exception. Each leather set is a completely new, top quality leather upholstery set for your seats. This product does not replace the factory seats, and these are not seat covers, so your factory upholstery will need to be removed for the install.katzkin-custom-jeep-wrangler-leather-seats-black-rubiconAvailable in a variety of color schemes, stitching and logos, these seats can match any build style and go well with the OEM colors. Front seat heaters are an optional upgrade on our builds, and you can have them in your Jeep too! Just be sure to let us know, and the heaters can be installed at the same time as your new Katzkin leather! The leather is also available in an Ostrich Skin (Aussie) pattern, shown below, for those that want an extra touch of unique on their Jeep JK or JK Unlimited build.katzkin-custom-jeep-wrangler-leather-seats-black-aussie-detail-logoSo if you're looking to upgrade the interior of your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited, Katzkin leather is for you! With other upgrades such as HotHead Headliners, and color matched interior trim pieces, we can trick out the interior on your Jeep JK to fit any build style; as our slogan states, there are "Unlimited Possibilities!". Give us a call, today!

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:21:26 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-katzkin-leather/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-katzkin-leather/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Vehicle of the Week - Mojave Sand JK-EXT 2016-jeep-wrangler-mojave-sand-front-driver-cornerIf you tuned in last week for the Mojave Sand JK Unlimited, you may have briefly read about our newest JK-EXT conversion, also in Mojave Sand! Mojave Sand is one of our favorite colors for the Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited, and we're excited to say that we're producing the first ever EXT in Mojave Sand at our shop, right now! The vehicle arrived as a completely stock 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport, and has been in the garage for the past week. Currently, we're preparing to send this JK-EXT out to the body shop – here's what we've got so far!2016-jeep-wrangler-mojave-sand-driver-sidePictured above is the stock JK Sport, with non-matched hard-top, fender flares, and the OEM wheel and tire package. The hard top, rear seat, carpet, seatbelts, and everything rearward of the driver's seat was removed on Monday morning and placed aside, with work beginning around lunch that same day. As you can see below, the rollbar and J-rails (where the soft-top clips in) were also cut out and removed. There are quite a few spot welds that need to be drilled out during this step, most notably where the rollbar and J-rails are attached to the body. You can also see the contrast between the OD Green primer and Mojave Sand on the removed portion of the rollbar. Since the JK entered production, Jeep stopped painting the entire rollbar, leaving the innermost portion, usually covered with padding, with the green color you see here.jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-sport-mojave-sand-ext-conversion-prep-parts-rollbar

jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-sport-mojave-sand-ext-conversion-prep-partsRick Robey, lead on this EXT project, is shown below removing the factory rear corners. All areas where the frame and OEM body panels meet the EXT kit are also prepped, to ensure a clean and proper surface for welding. This prep work includes hammering certain areas of the sheetmetal flat, as well as sanding down the OEM Mojave Sand paint, to facilitate the welding process. It is very important during this step to remove the factory insulation, because it is flammable; welding around this area for the kit install is close enough to cause a fire. Said fire would be very hard to put out, as once the panels are in place, the flames would be inside the body! The frame extension is then welded to the OEM frame, with inner plates like the ones seen in our Brute conversion to strengthen the connection. jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-sport-mojave-sand-ext-conversion-sheet-metal-removal-air-saw



jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-mojave-sand-ext-frame-extensionOnce the frame is extended (above), the bed kit can be placed on the new rear crossmember and fit around the original body panels. The lower support on the new body extension fits inside the OEM quarter panel. Once everything is in place and lined up, the kit is welded to the body. Rick is shown below dropping in some welds; once these are in place, seam sealer is used to completely cover the area to protect against corrosion, as per OEM standards. Also don't forget to remove the adhesive square from the bed of the JKU, to allow installation of the floor pan!jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-mojave-sand-ext-body-extention-prep-for-weld


jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-mojave-sand-rear-body-corner-extension-frame-seam-sealer-roll-bar-plateNext, the outbound body panels are temporarily fitted and aligned. Once everything is lined up, Rick is shown here making adjustments to the fuel door cutout, OEM sheetmetal, and the EXT body panels themselves. While the foam in the rear quarter panels has been removed, there is still quite a substantial amount housed in the body cavity by the rear doors. We removed the rubber plug next to the door latch, and throughout the welding process, sprayed water into this area (hence the spray bottle on the frame) to prevent a potential fire. Once the entire area is prepped, the welding can begin.jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-mojave-sand-rear-body-corner-fitment


jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-mojave-sand-gas-door-cutout-modificationSeam sealer is applied to the OE quarter panels to guard against rust, and to help hold the JK-EXT panels in place. Once the body panels are clamped into place and everything is double checked, Rick is shown below making the final welds for the new outer quarter panels. Once the welding is completed, the welds and any rough areas are ground smooth in preparation for the trip to the body shop. Once the bed sides are completed, the OEM subwoofer cavity is plated over before the sub-floor is fitted to the new truck bed.jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-mojave-sand-rear-passenger-body-panel-welding


jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-mojave-sand-rear-passenger-body-panel-welding-2Both surfaces are cleaned and the new sub-floor is added over the OEM subwoofer enclosure. This will become the base for the truck bed, so strength and corrosion protection is a must. Seam sealer is placed on the prepped areas and both areas are pressed and welded together. Once the sub-floor is in place, the main floor can be added on top of this (this piece features ridges, like the ones found on pickup trucks, while the sub-floor is smooth sheetmetal). Below, Rick welds these pieces into place; you may notice that we set a tire and a few brake rotors on the bed during this process. This is to ensure that all pieces set and dry correctly. Once the welds on the bed are done, the cab closeout, roll-bar, and hard-top can be fitted!jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-conversion-mojave-sand-bed-plate

jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-conversion-mojave-sand-bed-cover-plate-weldingThe JK-EXT roll-bar is set in place and test fitted to what remains of the OEM roll-bar. The edges of the aftermarket roll-bar extension may need the primer/e-coating removed to fit inside the OEM roll-bar. This will be a tight fit. Once the roll-bar is in place, the holes for the mounting plate are marked and drilled out. The completed roll-bar will bolt through the floor to a plate on the underside of the Jeep. The hard-top is then placed on the EXT and bolted down; with this in place, the cab closeout can be lined up. Afterwards, the cab closeout is bolted to the body and seam sealer is used to close any gaps.jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-conversion-mojave-sand-roll-bar-bolted-in-lined-up


jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-ext-conversion-mojave-sand-hard-top-in-placeOnce everything is bolted down, the rear doors, door latches and tailgate are all put back on the JK-EXT, and the vehicle is pulled outside the garage, now ready for the paint and body shop. Stay tuned for more, we're planning a 3.5” AEV lift kit, 35” tires, and more!jeep-wrangler-unlimited-jk-mojave-sand-ext-conversion-stock

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:04:28 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/mojave-jk-ext/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/mojave-jk-ext/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Vehicle of the Week - Mojave Sand JKU custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-tan-aev-4-5-lift-37sThis week we're taking a look at one of our recently completed builds, this time in Mojave Sand. Mojave Sand is a new color for 2016 and we're sure it'll be a classic. This color began arriving at dealerships a few weeks back, and with all the hype, it makes the perfect Vehicle of the Week!custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-on-37sThe first thing you'll notice is that this JKU (JK-Unlimited) has our standard 4500 build package. Featuring a 4.5" AEV Dual Sport SC Lift and AEV 17" Salta wheels wrapped in 37" Toyo Open Country M/T tires, this Jeep is ready for around town or the trails! We went with the black Salta wheels to match the undercarriage and bumper package, giving a nice contrast with the Mojave Sand. The bumpers are an AEV premium front bumper and an AEV rear bumper with tire carrier. The front bumper houses a Warn 8s Synthetic Winch while the rear bumper mounted tire carrier is perfect for carrying the 37" spare.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-aev-4-5-dualsport-sc-37scustom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-color-matched-interior-trim-piecesFor the interior seats we chose Alea leather; the Eleganza Bentley style goes great with the two toned seats, which in turn go well with the OEM colors. The interior dash and door trim panels are painted-matched, and these include the trim panels for the Alpine X009-WRA Restyle System. The X009 gives the dash a more modern look, while providing a larger screen and controls than the OEM unit.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-alea-leather-headrestcustom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-alea-eleganza-bentley-stitch

custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-alea-custom-leather-interiorFor lighting, we chose to replace the factory headlights with JW Speaker Evolution J Series, while JW Speaker fog lights were mounted inside the AEV front bumper. Recon turn signals and tail lights also replaced matching OEM components, while both the front windshield and rear tire carrier received a pair of Rigid D2 LED pods. These lighting upgrades will increase the visibility of the driver and passengers above that of OEM quality, especially in offroad situations, where the D2 pods will help by providing light over the front hood and at the rear of the vehicle.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-aev-rear-bumper-tire-carrierContinuing with lighting, the side markers and taillights will make this JKU more visible to both pedestrians and traffic; again, invaluable on both the trail and around town. The front AEV bumper also has a pair of custom painted ARB Intensity LED driving lights. These LED lights are some of our favorite, with the size resembling that of the old KC Daylighters, but with modern LED technology! If the larger ARB Intensity lights seem out of proportion for your build, the new classic-sized ARB Intensity's are for you!custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-aev-premium-front-bumperIf you liked this Jeep, wait until you see our Mojave Sand EXT! This EXT build is currently in progress, so check back next week for part one!

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 20:02:22 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/vehicle-of-the-week-mojave-sand-jku/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/vehicle-of-the-week-mojave-sand-jku/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Product of the Week - Alea Leather custom-jeep-wrangler-hydro-blue-alea-leather-rubitrux-headrest-176927-You may remember some of our past blog posts, where we covered hard-top insulation and waterproof premium carpet, when the stock carpet and non-insulated hard top won't cut it. Another part of the modern-day Jeep Wrangler JK that leaves room for improvement is the stock interior. Depending on the trim, your Jeep may come with cloth or a factory leather interior. Both of these are sub-par when transforming your Jeep into a high-end RubiTrux conversion. We use nothing but the best on our vehicles, and that means replacing the factory interior with a quality upgrade. In this post, we'll discuss Alea leather, featuring premium overseas material, to give your Jeep that high-end, luxury look and feel.Jeep-wrangler-rubicon-unlimited-for-sale-firecracker-red-frontseatsChances are if you look around for a used Jeep Wrangler, most of them will feature cloth seats, especially older Wranglers with the classic body style, or the lower trim packages of the Jeep Wrangler JK/U production run. Shown above is a factory interior in a Rubicon JK Unlimited. While a solid number of Jeeps rolling off of the factory floor today will feature an OEM leather interior, the quality just doesn't cut it, especially when compared to high-end product from Alea. There's a reason you may be able to find the factory leather online; owners are replacing OEM leather with premium aftermarket upgrades, and Alea is the popular choice.jeep-wrangler-rubicon-unlimited-for-sale-firecracker-red-rearseats

custom-jeep-wrangler-firecracker-red-alea-bentley-leather-rear-passengerAlea Leather has been around for several years, with the parent company, Sunguard Group, being incorporated in 1992. Alea Leather Specialist, Inc. distributes their premium leather interior products throughout the United States. Alea stands for Automotive Leather Eleganza Atelier, which refers to the production methods and quality leather supplied to the automotive aftermarket. We've been using Alea leather in our Jeep Wrangler JK's for a few years now, and we've been very happy with the quality and craftsmanship associated with the product.custom-jeep-wrangler-black-115894-interior-frontcustom-jeep-wrangler-black-115894-interior-rearThere are a few options to choose from when looking into Alea leather for your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited. The first is the standard factory style leather, starting at $1,099.00 (above). This leather kit can be matched to several factory colors, including khaki, slate grey, and dark saddle, perfect for that two-tone interior. Can be ordered with official Jeep logos, such as "Rubicon" or "Sahara", for example. This product is Grade A Italian automotive leather featuring OEM approved Serafil airbag threading from Germany. These leather skins have been airbag tested and approved; sewn using PFAFF Docuseam Sewing System, the airbags will deploy unhindered by the leather in the event of an accident.custom-jeep-wrangler-hydro-blue-alea-leather-eleganza-bentley-176927-The second choice is the Eleganza leather (above), which features a different criss-cross pattern on the seat and seat back than the factory look. The mid-level leather set, starting at $1,849.00, the Eleganza is great for the owner looking to add a touch of luxury to their build. Also can be matched to several OEM colors and offered with official Jeep logos, if desired. This product also features the German stitching and airbag compliance testing as the factory style interior.

2015-jeep-wrangler-jk-unlimited-rubicon-hemi-baja-yellow-alea-leather-interiorThe third option in regards to Alea Leather is the F-1 interior (above and below), which is top-of-the-line, for the build where no expense is spared. Coming in at a base cost of $2,950.00, this set features a unique cross-bar pattern in the seat and seat back. Also can be matched to several OEM colors and ordered with official Jeep logos, at the request of the customer. This pattern also passes airbag compliance testing and features German Serafil airbag threading. FFMVSS 208 Suppression tested and approved.custom-jeep-wrangler-black-alea-f-1-interior-113445custom-hemi-64L-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rear-seatAll Alea leather comes with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty, and an optional upgrade to Nappa leather. All MOPAR logos are available and are fully licensed. Please allow a two week lead time after your order is placed, and as all items are made to order, we do not accept returns. Alea is perfect for that high-end Jeep Wrangler JK build, and no matter what pattern you choose, your Jeep will turn heads around town and on the trail! If you've got a 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited and you're tired of the factory cloth or leather interior, see why so many RubiTrux conversions use Alea Leather and order today, from RubiTrux.com!custom-2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-baja-yellow-HEMI-6-4--pass-three-quarter


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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:34:11 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-alea-leather/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/product-of-the-week-alea-leather/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham
Products of the Week – BedRug and BedTred BedRug-Premium-Carpeted-Front-Floor-Kit-Full-JeepThis week we're taking a look at two popular products by BedRug. The first is the original BedRug Premium Carpet floor kit. Offered for both the Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited, this kit gives you the look and feel of a premium carpeted interior without all the downsides of OEM carpet! For example, BedRug is resistant to mold and mildew. As any Jeep Wrangler owner knows, water and moisture getting inside the vehicle can become a frustration, even on hard-top models. The long term result of this is that the OEM carpet set becomes dirty and can retain a damp moldy smell.BedRug-Premium-Carpeted-Front-Floor-Kit-DriverOn older CJ's and early generation Wranglers, the answer to this problem is the removal of the factory carpet set and addition of a spray or roll on bedliner product. However, some owners may not like the roughness of bedliner, or may have reservations about scuffing up the inside of a brand new $45,000 vehicle during preparation. Also, depending on the prep work, the bedliner may not adhere correctly to the tub, and to fully cure the Jeep usually needs to sit for several days. Add in the fact that the entire interior needs to be removed, the dash taped off and the metal sanded down, and you're looking at a sizable project.BedRug-Premium-Carpeted-Front-Floor-Kit-Rear-SeatThe benefits of BedRug are that the seats do not have to be removed, so install is a snap. The material, featuring a ¼ inch polypropylene foam layer and heat shields, dries quickly after getting wet, useful for those unexpected rain showers when driving with the top down, or for when you want to wash the BedRug. This product is 100% waterproof and is custom molded to fit the interior on your Jeep. BedRug is also available for the Jeep CJ-7, YJ, and TJ, in addition to the latest generation Jeep JK and JK Unlimited (shown here).BedRug-BedTred-BTJK07F4-Front-Rear-SeatsIf the carpet set isn't for you, or if you still want that rough and tough bedliner feel, check out BedTred, also by BedRug. This product gives you the spray-in bedliner look, without all of the hassle. BedTred is also custom molded to fit your interior, is easy to install and remove, and is 100% waterproof. BedTred will never stain or mold, and is resistant to harsh chemicals, so you can remove them after a day on the trails and hose 'em down, no worries! Featuring ¼ inch thick polypropylene foam and heat shields, BedTred is made to last, and also dampens road noise!BedRug-BedTred-BTJK11R4-CargoSo whether you like the look and feel of a premium carpet set or the toughness of the classic bedliner approach, BedRug has something for you! Offered in front, rear, or complete sets, both BedTred and BedRug kits can be ordered for the classic body style CJ-7, YJ, and TJ, or the new Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited, and are perfect for all of your off-road adventures! Order today, from RubiTrux.com!


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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:51:30 +0000 http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/products-of-the-week-bedrug-and-bedtred/ http://www.rubitrux.com/go4x4it/products-of-the-week-bedrug-and-bedtred/ evan@rubitrux.com (Evan Graham) Evan Graham