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  • JW Speaker Shines In Aftermarket Lighting

    We find that many new Jeep owners typically want to upgrade their OEM lighting. We have to agree that stock headlights and fog lights on the Wrangler JK are not up to our standards either. So we often recommend JW Speaker. JW Speaker produces high quality headlights, taillights, fog lights, and auxiliary lights for the Wrangler JK. If you're looking to bring your Jeep into 2017 with style this is a great place to start.

    Choose JWS: Outshine. Outlast. Outstanding!

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    JWS Headlights: Evolution 8700

    JW Speaker Headlights: Evolution 8700

    The Wrangler JK finally released in 2017 with an OEM headlight option. We encourage owners of older Wranglers--and new 2017 owners that find the 2017 LEDs inadequate--to consider JW Speaker. JWS outshines other competitor's LED headlight upgrades, as you can see below. With 1,350-1,770 Raw Lumens, these headlights will outshine and outlast (50+ times longer!) the OEM versions. There are no breakable bulbs, fragile filaments, or sensitive electrodes. And the headlights are plug-n-play with a simple adapter. These headlights are available in Bold Black (left) or Muscle Chrome (right). JW Speaker Evolution 8700 headlights are sold for $702.00 a pair. Get them HERE!

    JWS Headlights: 8700 Evolution J 

    JW Speaker Headlights: 8700 Evolution J

    The 8700 Evolution J LED Headlamps are a true high performance LED headlight. A complete plug-n-play for your Jeep JK Headlights, the Evolution J is JWS's newest headlights model. With 1,770 - 2,610 Raw Lumens, you'll have no trouble lighting up the road or the trail. Die-cast aluminum housing provides maximum protection while doubling as a heat sink. Featuring a unique half-halo (seen below), the Evolution J lights will give your Jeep a unique look that is sure to turn heads! These headlights are priced at $639.00 a pair.

    JW Speaker 8700 Headlights

    JWS Taillights: Model 279 LED

    JW Speaker Taillights: Model 279 LED

    If you're upgrading the headlights in your Wrangler JK, why not go ahead and upgrade the taillights too? These Model 279 LED taillights from JW Speaker are a higher quality upgrade to the OEM units. They'll give your Jeep a unique look too. These taillights sport a state-of-the-art light blade design and a blacked out look that will make your Jeep stand apart from the crowd. Model 279 is a plug-n-play LED with a mating connector and is DOT-Compliant. These 279 LEDs sell for $299.00 a pair.

    JWS Fog Lights For Younger and Older Wranglers

    JW Speaker Fog Lights

    Fog Lights by JW Speaker are high quality as well, with direct Plug 'n Play for 2007-2010 models making installation a snap. Don't have an early model? Don't worry, we also carry the adapter for the 2011-present models. Upgrade your OEM fog lights to a set of JW Speaker 6145 fogs today. You'll definitely see a difference. Available in black/smoked or clear lenses, these lights will give you illumination when you need it the most. Also fits 10th Anniversary Bumpers using the Maximus-3 Fog Light Brackets! Keep your Jeep looking up to date and fully functional with a set of 6145 fogs. The 6145 JW Speaker Fogs sell for $360.00. Get them HERE!

    If you have a Hard Rock bumper, check out our JW Speaker 6145 J Series Hard Rock LED Fog Light Kit! For $399.99, you get everything you need to add JW Speaker fog lights to your Hard Rock bumper! Morimoto harnesses give an easy plug-n-play, while the Maximus-3 brackets ensure the right fit and function from your new JW Speaker 6145 series fog lights!

    JW Speaker 6145 LED Hard Rock Fog Light Kit

    Choose JW Speaker For Quality And Reliability!

    If you're looking to upgrade your OEM hardware, be sure to check out these options and more, HERE. We're proud to use JW Speaker on 99% of our shop builds, and with good reason. We're sure you'll love the quality and reliability of these fine aftermarket lighting products. If you're ready to order, or if you have a question, contact Ben or Jonathan today! They're always happy to help.

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  • 2017 Hypergreen JKUR Build Review

    We built one of the first 2017 Hypergreen Jeep Wrangler JK HEMI conversions right here in Boone, North Carolina in late 2016! Not only did we grab a four door JKU, we also chose the Rubicon package. This Jeep is a truly unique build, and one that showcases just how wild your build can be. With a 6.4L HEMI and 38's, this JKU will turn heads around town or on the trail!

    2017 Hypergreen JK Unlimited Rubicon: Gone Wild!

    Stock 2017 Hypergreen JKUR

    This Jeep started life as an OEM JKUR, seen above. Since this was our first 2017 Hypergreen HEMI conversion, we knew it couldn't stay stock for long. So we chose a standard RubiTrux LCOG build as our starting point, and the build took off from there. In case you're a new reader, an LCOG build features a short lift (usually around 2-3" or so) with large tires, normally 35-37's. And with a lower center of gravity, the Jeep is less likely to roll over on the street or trail. With high clearance fenders, the Jeep can run tires a size or two larger than those typically recommended for that given lift height.

    So for the lift kit, we chose an AEV 3.5" lift. The tires are 38" Toyo Open Country M/T's mounted to custom painted Spyderlock Wheels. We added Poison Spyder Fender Flares to allow the 38's to flex on just 3.5" of lift. They also protect the sheetmetal and wheel wells of the Wrangler.  Since the Jeep is closer to the ground, we chose to install Poison Spyder front and rear bumpers with Line-X coating. The front features a Poison Spyder Brawler Lite Bumper. Housed within the Bumper is a Warn Zeon 10s Winch for recovery. The rear features a Poison Spyder rear bumper and tire carrier, shown below.

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Tire Carrier

    For those finding the Jeep just a bit tall, we also installed a set of RSE Rock Step Sliders, which go well with the Poison Spyder bumpers and tire carrier. These steps are handy in that they fold out when the door opens, and tuck back inside the rock slider when the door closes. This is an ideal upgrade for owners more used to a low car or CUV than a Jeep.

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Rock Slider Steps

    Lighting Upgrades

    For lighting we chose a 50" Rigid Industries Midnight Edition LED light bar, coupled with a pair of Rigid Midnight Dually Pods. These blacked out LED lights accent the Hypergreen body color very well. And they also go well with the black fender flare accents, bumpers and tire carrier on this build. As for headlights, we chose JW Speaker Evolution 2 Series LED Headlights and paired them up with a complete set of Recon Smoked LED Taillights and Turn Signals. A set of Baja Designs Squadron XL Pro lights are also fixed to the front bumper, for additional off-road lighting options.

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Lighting Upgrades

    Interior Upgrades

    The OEM dash, door panels and accents remained OEM for this build. However, we did add an Alea F-1 Leather upgrade for the seats, and an Alpine X009-WRA Restyle Headunit. The new headunit not only gives this Jeep a larger touch-screen for navigation. But it also displays useful information like tire pressure and engine codes. 

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Alea Leather Upgrades

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Alpine Restyle HeadUnit

    It's A Hemi With Tactical Tops Hard Top!

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Hemi Conversion

    Last but not least, we've got the 6.4L HEMI conversion and Tactical Tops Hardtop! The Hardtop, with full Line-X coating, gives this Jeep a unique, fastback look, matching the Line-X covered bumpers and rock sliders. The 6.4L HEMI Conversion puts out 470-500 horsepower, and up to 500 lb/ft torque! The HEMI fits this Jeep much better than the OEM 3.6L V6, and turns the 38's with ease!

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Tactical Hard Top

    This Jeep is currently for sale. For a full list of all aftermarket additions and modifications on this custom build, click HERE!

    Mild or wild in color and style, we can build it!  Which color and style would you choose? Give us a call if you need help deciding which upgrade options make the most sense for your lifestyle.

  • Bestop Replacement Tops

    If you own a Jeep Wrangler with a soft top, chances are you will need a top replacement every 5-7 years. Sooner or later, the OEM soft top will rip, tear, or just fall apart. It's the nature of the beast, especially if the vehicle is kept outside or in a damp climate. When replacing OEM soft tops on your Jeep Wrangler, we recommend Bestop. For more than 60 years, Bestop has been Jeep enthusiast's top choice for CJ and Wrangler replacement and aftermarket tops. If you're looking for a top quality replacement for your worn out OEM top, here are your best options.

    Bestop - The Top Choice for Soft Top Replacement

    First up is the Trektop. The Trektop is the popular "frameless" top that gives your Jeep a fastback style look. The Trektop also converts to a safari style top, and can store the windows in the top "deck" of the top when not in use. The Hybrid Soft Top Version, called the Trektop Pro is pictured above. This version is made of Twill and has hard windows and supports, like the OEM hard-top, but gives the appearance and function of a traditional soft top. The regular Trektop NX is seen below. The NX top is made of Sailcloth and like a traditional OEM soft top, it has no plastic supports or glass windows. Both tops give your Jeep a unique look, with top-of-the-line Bestop quality! Prices range from $679.99-$1599.99. Standard and Twill Trektops qualify for a mail-in Bestop $50-$100 Rebate through March 31, 2017. See individual product pages for more details.

    BesTop Trektop

    Twill vs. Sailcloth: A Material Difference

    This is a common question we get. What is the difference between Twill and Sailcloth? Twill is a heavier, softer fabric, while Sailcloth is much like a standard OEM soft top. Twill is a close match to the MOPAR Premium soft top, and has a much darker tone than Sailcloth. Sailcloth is a more rigid fabric, and is usually a few shades lighter than Twill. Because of this, Twill will dampen more noise than Sailcloth (weight: heavier fabric vs. lighter fabric.) Sailcloth is the more economical of the two, coming in at a lower cost. But, if it's in your budget, we recommend the Twill. The higher quality and heavier fabric will last longer, and will quiet down your ride a bit as well! See the two color differences below. Trektop Pro Twill is on top, and the standard Trektop made of Sailcloth is shown beneath.

    Bikini Top

    The Bikini top is the perfect choice for summer. Shown below with the duster (rear trunk area cover) and winjammer (clear rear window). These accessories are ideal for the warm months when you may want some protection from rain showers, but don't want to run a complete soft or hard top. Bikini Tops are available for a variety of Wrangler models, and both 2 and 4 door Wrangler JK/U models. Pricing starts at $59.99.

    BesTop Bikini Top

    Replacement Tops

    When it comes to completely replacing your worn out OEM soft top, we recommend the Bestop Supertop. If you're on a budget, check out the Replace-A-Top! The Supertop is made to OEM specs, while the Replace-A-Top is made from high quality sailcloth. These tops are available in a variety of colors depending on the model, and with or without tinted windows. Pricing starts at $799.99 for the Supertop and $520.99 for the Replace-A-Top. See the Replace-A-Top shown below.

    BesTop Replace-A-Top

    Top-Of-The-Line Soft Top Replacements

    If you're looking to replace your worn out factory soft top, or making the switch from an OEM hard top to a soft top, Bestop is simply your best choice. These products are top-of-the-line and top choice for CJ to JK owners everywhere. From complete replacement tops to bikini tops, Bestop has an ideal solution for you. Check out other Bestop products here. Take advantage of the rebates and FREE Shipping to score a great deal on a summer top! Rebates end March 31, 2017.

    Don't hesitate to give us a call if you're concerned about fitment or which color or product you should purchase for your Jeep. Spring is almost here!

     

  • Maximus-3 Accessories

    Maximus-3 manufactures its first-class accessories for the current Wrangler JK platform at their U.S. factory in Detroit, Michigan. From bumper hoops to tire carriers, lighting brackets and roof racks, we're impressed with Maximus-3 products' eye-catching style and sturdy off-road qualities.

    Maximus-3 Bumper Stinger Hoop

    Striking Style With Rugged Off-Road Ability

    Above you'll see a MOPAR 10A Hard Rock bumper. This bumper has been outfitted with Maximus-3 (M-3) accessories. These parts retain the OEM feel of the bumper while giving the Jeep that perfect, off-road capable look. First up, the bumper hoop. Offered in a variety of styles, a bumper hoop will protect your grille and winch. Pictured is the Stinger Hoop variant. Also shown, a Red Winch Hook Anchor and Fairlead perfectly match the factory tow hooks. This keeps the hook from the Warn Zeon winch secure when not in use.

    If a stinger isn't for your build style, check out these two options. The M3 Classic Hoop, pictured above, is a lower profile hoop designed to protect your fog lights and grille while off-road. The sturdy design and sleek powdercoating match the factory bumper, much like the M3 Stinger! Want a hoop with a slightly different bend? Check out the X-Style Hoop, pictured below. The X-Style features a more rounded bend in the hoop, if the sharper angles of the Classic Hoop aren't for you.

    Aftermarket Lighting Brackets

    Interested in mounting aftermarket lights? Check out the fog light brackets or auxiliary light brackets. These and other brackets allow you to mount a wide variety of aftermarket lighting on your Jeep, while keeping that clean, factory look. If you look at the hoops listed above, the auxiliary lights mounted inside and outside of the OEM bumper are Maximus-3! Check out the auxiliary light bracket links above to find the right one for your aftermarket lighting.  To build your very own M-3 bumper combo, click HERE!

    Maximus-3 Rear Bumper And Tire Carrier

    The most modular tire carrier on the market, the M-3 tire carrier steals the show. With the ability to mount spare RotoPax, a HighLift Jack, Shovel, and more, this products makes the most out of your tailgate. 100% bolt on, and able to accommodate up to a 40" tire, this high quality aftermarket tire carrier is perfect for your build, especially where larger-than-stock tires are concerned. The possibilities are endless with the modular mounting system, click the here for more information.

    Maximus-3/Rhino Rack Roof Rack

    This cargo rack is another one of the many popular products carried by Maximus-3. Utilizing the Rhino Rack Pioneer platform, this product combines the best of both worlds. You get a sturdy roof rack with an aerodynamic design and side access via an overland-style ladder. Put your hardtop to work now with the Maximus-3/Rhino Rack Roof Rack.

    75th Anniversary Products

    With the introduction of the 75th Anniversary Wrangler, Maximus-3 is offering bronze accessories. If your Jeep Wrangler has the bronze 75th package, click here to check out our selection of these special accessories for your Jeep. What better way to make your ride stand out than with these stylish products from Detroit City!

    When you're ready to start your Jeep build, choose Maximus-3 accessories if good-looks and solid off-road quality is important to you. We use many of these products on our shop builds. Take our word for it, they turn heads. Browse our full selection of Maximus-3 products here. Order now while shipping is FREE on Maximus-3 accessories. 

    As always, if you have any questions, just give us a call. We're happy to help!

  • 2016 Review - Rhino JKU

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-jw-speaker-8700-j-headlightsRhino JKU - 2016 Review

    This week we're taking a look at another one of our 2016 builds, the Rhino JKU. Rhino was a new factory color for the 2016 model Jeep Wrangler JK. The Rhino color is unique and intriguing in that it appears to shift colors more than other factory Jeep finishes. Depending on the lighting, Rhino can appear to be nearly black, anvil, or a dark gray. In reality, Rhino is more of a blue-gray color, and styles well with black accents and accessories.

    This Rhino JKU was our first Rhino build, and was completed right after Rhino Jeeps first appeared on dealer lots in 2016.

    Rhino JKU - Exterior Accessories

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-amp-research-power-stepsFor this build, we chose the 4.5" AEV lift kit and 37x13.50x17 Toyo Open Country RT Tires. The 37's are mounted to 17" AEV Salta Wheels. This gives the Jeep JKU a nice stance and proportional tire size for the lift height. The black color of the AEV accessories suit up well with the Rhino body color.

    Lighting

    In addition to the wheels, tires and lift kit, we upgraded the lighting with JW Speaker Evolution J Headlights, JW Speaker Fog Lights, Recon turn signals, and JW Speaker 279 J Series Tail Lights. These lighting upgrades replace the OEM headlights, fogs, and turn signals. While OEM lights are not entirely inadequate, the aftermarket LED lights are far superior and are always a first preference for our shop builds. To round out the lighting, we mounted a pair of ARB 21 Intensity LED lights to the AEV Premium front bumper, to provide a nice light/spot pattern for a DD or off-road vehicle. 

    Bumpers

    The bumper houses a Warn 8s Synthetic Winch. An AFE Y-Pipe and Banks Ram-Air Intake System allow this Jeep to make the most of it's 3.6L engine. Towards the rear of the Jeep, the AEV Premium Rear bumper carries the 37" spare with ease. Again, the Rhino is well-suited with the tires and AEV accessories, giving this Jeep a nice subdued look.Rhino JKU Rear BumperRhino JKU Build Red Diamond-Pattern Seat Accentscustom-jeep-wrangler-jk-rubicon-rhino-alea-leather-headrest-nappa

    Rhino JKU - Interior Accents

    As you could guess, we didn't just upgrade the exterior. Luxury seating and interior accents are becoming a popular upgrade for modern Jeeps like the Jeep Wrangler JK. For the Rhino JKU, we chose Alea Custom Platini Nappa Leather in a two tone black with dark red stitching and red diamond-pattern seat accents. We also colored-matched the HVAC bezels, door trim panels and navigation trim pieces in red. The navigation system is an Alpine Restyle Kit featuring a 9" anti-glare touch screen. These accessory upgrades were very hot in 2016, and it looks like the 2017 buyers will continue the trend.Rhino JKU Build Interior Red AccentsStay tuned for more 2016 builds in our "2016 in Review" section! For more info and a complete build sheet click HERE for the old product listing.Rhino JKU Build

  • Wrangler JK Hoist A Top

    Most Wrangler JK's come from the factory with a hard top. Consumerism demands production of a more refined vehicle, so that's what Chrysler/Fiat offers in a hard top. But Lange Originals Hoist A Top offers us outdoorsy, adventurous Jeepers refinement in a different way. We don't always choose to have the hard top on. When the summer months roll around, we like to feel the wind in our hair and the warmth of the sun on our shoulders. 

    OEM and aftermarket hardtops are bulky to handle, difficult to store, and yes, costly. If we leave the hard top lying on the ground or in the garage, it's bound to get damaged or even destroyed. That's why Lange Originals brought us Hoist A Top in three models that make it easy to remove and store our hard top securely out of the way. What better place than the ceiling?

    Which Hoist A Top Is Right For You?

    Hoist A Top Manual by Lange Originals

    All three Hoist A Top products essentially do the same thing. The difference is found in the mechanism. In the bottom left of each image, you can see the mechanism. The Manual Lange ($199.00) shown above simply requires a hearty pull to lift the hardtop up and out of the way.

    The Power Lange ($419.99) shown below, requires just a push of a button, to hoist the hardtop up and away. 

    Hoist A Top Power by Lange Originals

    The Crank Lange ($319.99) shown below is the perfect balance between the two products above. You simply turn a crank. The crank is a bit easier to manage than the Manual Lange, but doesn't carry the price tag of the Power Lange.

    Hoist A Top Crank by Lange Originals

    All three models feature a steel powder-coated frame that you can attach to your hardtop without any drilling. And you can remove your hardtop using the Hoist A Top without having to open your rear window. Because it mounts to the ceiling, the system stows out of the way, with or without the hard top in tow. Each Hoist A Top model comes with instructions for an easy install. 

    You don't have to call a whole crew of friends over, or throw your back out to remove and store your hardtop. You can do it all by yourself with ease. It's perfect for the warm summer days ahead when the impulse strikes you to go topless, or when you want to change out to a soft top. So what are you waiting for? Shop now for your Hoist A Top at RubiTrux.com.

  • Wrangler JK - Roll Cages

    As rough and tough as your Jeep Wrangler JK performs, its factory sport cage design is a mighty point of failure. The OEM sport cage weakness lies where the spreader bars meet the windshield. In the event of a rollover, the OEM spreader bars may buckle, and the windshield also may fold inwards. Yet, the Wrangler JK OEM sport bar system meets current crash test standards for new stock Wrangler vehicles.

    Aftermarket Roll Cages Reduce Your Risk

    Let's face it, the OEM Wrangler was never designed to withstand the rigorous demands for on and off highway use once heavy modification and lifting begins. As you modify your Wrangler for a more aggressive highway stance, and a more aggressive handling style for risky off-road adventures, you most likely understand that you also increase your probability for a roll over.

    Spreader Bars Buckle - Windshields Fold Inward

    For example, when you add a lift kit and larger tires, you raise the center of gravity on your 'rig. This in turn increases your chance for a costly accident on the highway or on the trail. Once substantial modification begins, we absolutely recommend an aftermarket 'cage. If you don't upgrade to an aftermarket roll cage, you risk that your spreader bars may buckle, and your windshield may fold inwards, if you roll over. 

    jeep-jku-rollover-windshield-failure-png Photo Courtesy JK Forum

    These aftermarket roll cages can altogether remove this dangerous failure point in the OEM sport cage system. Rock Hard, Poison Spyder and GenRight make three aftermarket safety cages, at various price points, that we regularly recommend to our customers. Check them out below.

    Rock Hard 4x4 Sport Cage

    Rock Hard Roll Cage

    Rock Hard 4x4 offers a complete, bolt-in kit for those looking to beef up the factory setup without extensive modifications. The Rock Hard roll cage features a fully bolt-in, easy installation cage with 1/2" thick CNC machined steel locking collars. Grade 8 hardware is included, and grab handles are built into the kit. As you can see, there are cross bars that go across the dash, floor A-pillar bars, and overhead spreader bars. Additional options include front and rear seat harness bars, and an overhead center bar section. Rock Hard 4x4 offers the strongest bolt-in/reinforcement 'cage in the market. Pricing starts at $649.95.

    Poison Spyder Trail Cage

    Poison Spyder Roll Cage

    Poison Spyder offers a roll cage similar to Rock Hard. But whereas Rock Hard builds upon the stock spreader bars, Poison Spyder removes and replaces them. Its use of heavy duty DOM tube structure and optional grab handles make Poison Spyder a top-notch option. This cage also features front A-pillars (with floor tie-ins), a dash and overhead spreader bar, and more. The trusted Poison Spyder craftsmanship and laser cut, brake-formed 3/16" plate steel components ensure you a proper fit. Pricing starts at $944.00

    GenRight Roll Cage Kit - A Superior Upgrade Choice!

    GenRight Roll Cage Kit

    If you're looking to replace the entire OEM sport cage setup, as in removing all components and starting from scratch, GenRight has a product for you. GenRight offers roll cages for both the four door JKU and two door JK. These cages are designed for maximum visibility over the dash. They work with factory hard and soft tops, and include mounting brackets for the factory seat belts. Made from 2" heavy DOM tubing, this cage will stand up to the challenge, either on the trail or around town, in a rollover.

    The GenRight kit is laser cut and notched for that perfect fit. However, it will need to be welded together inside your Jeep. Yes, you can remove the roll cage to powder coat it once it's been custom fit. Note, the GenRight roll cage kit does require a cut to your dash; but it's very minor and well worth it. Pricing starts at $2,649.99 for the JK; and $2,749.99 for the JKU.

    jeep-jk-rollover-windshield-failure-png Photo Courtesy JK Forum

    Invest In Roll Cage Protection!

    Without a doubt, we recommend an aftermarket roll cage to increase driver and passenger safety, especially if you ever plan to take your vehicle off road. You can simply eliminate the life-threatening concern that your windshield may crumple inward if you roll over. You can also add other safety accessories, like CB radio/equipment mounting points, grab bars, fire extinguishers, and more to these roll cages.

    Why not play it safe? Make it a priority to replace your factory sport cage system to give your roof and windshield the same rugged protection and dependability you expect from aftermarket bumpers, winches, skid plates and other body armor?

    Each of these aftermarket roll cages is designed to protect your life and your Jeep from more severe body damage in the event of a rollover. If you haven't already invested in rollover protection, or you're simply ready to upgrade to a superior roll cage system, shop now

    As always, we're here to help our fellow Jeepers out. Give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Jeep Wrangler JK - Aftermarket Hard Tops

    Are you considering aftermarket hard tops to replace your OEM hard top? Or do you simply want to upgrade your soft top for more warmth and better protection from the cold weather elements? From squared-off aftermarket hard tops to the fastback model, we only represent the best quality brands.

    For comparison, the hard top we show below is a standard OEM hard top. You can order it in a flat black, or color match it with the OEM paint code. 

    Aftermarket Hardtops

    Jeep Wrangler JK: Aftermarket Hard Tops

    Today, you have many aftermarket hard tops available for your Wrangler JK. We've all heard the frustrating stories of tops that leak and fit poorly. So it can be can be mind-boggling to choose the right aftermarket hard top. But, based on years of experience with every hard top on the market, we can make your decision easier. Here are two top brands we confidently recommend.

    DV8 Ranger and Ranger Fastback Hard Tops

    DV8 Ranger Offroad Fastback - 2dr - Standard

    The standard squared-off Ranger top shown above is currently the only 2-door Wrangler JK top DV8 offers The four-door Wrangler JKU version is shown below. Both models feature a removable Targa style front panel, and a carpeted interior with tinted windows.

    DV8 relies on high quality seals and fiberglass for a quiet, secure ride. This hard top closely resembles the OEM hard top. It's ideally suited for the owner looking to upgrade from a soft top to a high quality hard top, without the MOPAR price tag. All models feature an optional rear window wiper. The standard Ranger 2-door starts at $2,233.25. The 4-door model starts at $2,199.99. Click here for all the details.

    The DV8 Offroad Ranger Fastback top seen below gives you the popular slant-back or fastback design, with the high-quality craftsmanship from DV8 Offroad. This top also features a Targa style removable front panel and a carpeted interior with tinted windows. The 4-door Ranger Fastback starts at $2,649.99. Click here for full details.

    Aftermarket Hard Tops - DV8 Ranger Fastback

    American Fastbacks Hard Top

    Aftermarket Hard Tops American Fastbacks Freedom Top

    Shown above is The Freedom Fastback top from  American Fastbacks. It is currently the only JK/U top from this company, and we are highly impressed. This top comes in a textured black finish;or it can be painted to match your vehicle. You can choose to add one or two electric sunroofs.

    The Freedom hard top comes standard with an insulated interior, a rear window defroster, and a wiper. American Fastbacks offers a one-year manufacturer's warranty against defects, and they make all their products in America. The base price is $3,351.00. Click here for complete details and options.

    To upgrade your factory soft top, hard top, or to trick out your Jeep with the newest fastback look, you can't beat DV8 Offroad and American Fastbacks' aftermarket hard tops. If you're not sure which top to order, or you're just starting to plan your build, give us a call. We'll be glad to walk you through the ordering process and recommend the right top for you. 

  • Warn Zeon vs Warn VR

    See the comparison chart, HERE!

    Warn recently updated its winch VR Line to more resemble the Warn Zeon winch line. This update replaces the older VR series that was popular in the 1990s and 2000s. Now, the VR features an almost identical black housing to the Zeon. Available in the same weight ratings, you may wonder, why the premium price for the Zeon? Warn is a dependable brand. Both the Zeon and the VR are reliable winches. But with the premium price, you get a few extra bells and whistles. Scroll down for our assessment and recommendation. For a complete list of changes, see the comparison chart, HERE!

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    Warn Zeon vs Warn VR

    Both winches are very good options. Warn offers several different models, but for this article, we'll compare the Warn Zeon 10S with the VR10S. As you may already know, the "S" on the end stands for synthetic winch line, but rest assured if you're a fan of steel cable, it's offered as well. To start off, we've got a Warn Zeon 10S below. Both models have a black powder coat, but the top-of-the-line Zeon features satin black powdercoat, which gives the Zeon a more refined appearance. Furthermore, the Zeon will operate more quietly than the VR model, due to the planetary gear train and series-wound motor. These are just a few differences. Read on for a complete list.

    Warn Zeon Winch

    Baseline and Top-of-the-Line: 

    Below, we've got the new Warn VR10S. As you can see from these images, they look similar. But there are a few key differences.

    The Winch Drum: Zeon features a 3.15" diameter Zinc-Alloy drum, while the VR model only sports a 2.6" diameter, constructed of welded steel. The benefit of the larger drum and construction material is that the Zeon will dissipate heat faster, in addition to reducing the amount of wear-and-tear on your winch line.

    Motor and Gear Train Armor: The Zeon features motor and geartrain armor, protecting the winch from damage on the trail. The VR series does not.

    Warn Zeon Winch

    Control Pack Material: The control pack contains the electrical system for the winch, so it's very important that it remains protected. The VR series features a plastic cover, while the Zeon is again, full-metal.

    Waterproof Remote: The Zeon features a waterproof remote with a rocker switch instead of the traditional toggle switch remote of the VR.

    Line Speed: Zeon offers a 26% faster no-load line speed and more than twice the full-load line speed of the VR.

    Efficiency: The Zeon is more efficient in regards to energy draw than the VR, and rated twice as high on corrosion resistance tests.

    Weatherproof and Waterproof: The VR is dust and weather resistant with a waterproof electrical contactor; however, the entire Zeon winch is rated as IP68 waterproof for submersible operation. This means that you can safely operate the Zeon under water!

    Gears and Performance: The Zeon also features stronger gears and a high performance motor than the VR.

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    Final Choice: Zeon

    While the VR winch is still a good option, Zeon wins hands down. If you take your Jeep offroad, you need some top notch recovery gear, and the Zeon is just that. There's a reason that all of our RubiTrux shop builds feature the Warn Zeon Winch. If you choose Zeon, it'll outperform and outlast other winch options any day of the week. Unsure which model is right for you? Just give us a call and we'll help you pick the right Warn Zeon winch for your build. Learn about more Warn Protection and Recovery Gear. Call RubiTrux for all your recovery needs.

    Stay safe out there!

  • American Expedition Vehicles

    If you're looking to upgrade your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited, check out American Expedition Vehicles products. AEV has been around since the 1990s. Some of the company's first projects included a Jeep Wrangler YJ stretch and a TJ stretch to CJ-8 length wheelbase. This directly inspired the Jeep Wrangler LJ for the final few years of the TJ production run. AEV began manufacturing certain conversion kits, like highlight fenders and the popular Brute kits soon after. For the Wrangler JK, AEV accessories range from tire carriers and bumpers to wheels and lift kits, and a few things in between.

    Modern American Expedition Vehicles 

    American Expedition Vehicles Front Bumper WinchWhile most of the old crowd remember Nth Degree suspension kits and the TJ Brute pickup, the new JK group is what we'll discuss here. For the most refined and up-to-date Jeep Wrangler, AEV geared it's products toward the higher-end Jeep crowd. We'll take a look at their premium front and rear bumpers, wheels, lift kits and more. But we'll start with a look at the popular AEV Brute Double Cab conversion in the photo above.

    The AEV Brute Double Cab conversions begin with a standard Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited and transform it into a crew-cab pickup. The OEM frame is cut in half and the cargo area is removed, along with the soft or hard top. The frame is lengthened, the cab area is closed off, and the Brute pickup bed is added. The crew cab gets a unique hard-top, but the front freedom panels are reused. All current JK Brute Double Cab conversions are done in-house by AEV in Michigan. The finished vehicles are then shipped back to RubiTrux for further modifications, or to the owner.

    Bumpers

    American Expedition Vehicles front bumperThe Brute Double Cab and the above Mojave Sand Jeep both feature the AEV Premium Front Bumper. This bumper is a durable, high quality upgrade to replace the flimsy plastic OEM unit. You can add a winch, external auxiliary lights, bumper mounted fogs, and a grille guard hoop. In the Brute image above, you can see a Warn winch housed inside the bumper. The version on the Mojave Sand Jeep features a winch delete plate. This plate is used if you don't have a winch, and gives the bumper a nice finished look. You can also get a matching AEV rear bumper and tire carrier like the one below. 

    American Expedition Vehicles JK Tire CarrierThe AEV Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier combo are a nice match for the front bumper. The AEV Rear Bumper is durable, and features space for a hitch and two auxiliary water tanks (look just under the license plate holder). The Tire Carrier fixes directly to the bumper and rear hatch of the Wrangler, and is great for those builds with large tires, such as this Wrangler JKU on 37's.

    Compare with other aftermarket bumpers here.

    Lift Kits

    American Expedition Vehicles Lift Kit JK

    AEV also manufactures high quality lift kits for the Wrangler JK. These lift kits range from budget-friendly setups, to complete kits in the 2-2.5" range, to full 4.5" kits. These kits are by far the best combination of ride quality and off-road ability on the market. Geometry brackets and Bilstein Shocks, along with the AEV variable rate springs keep suspension components aligned and the ride better than OEM! If you're looking for a top-of-the-line lift kit for your new Jeep, look no further. We build about 95% of our builds with AEV kits, and with good reason. Most customer's also prefer AEV on the Wrangler JK platform, unless you're looking to build a dedicated off-road vehicle, such as Project: VANDAL. Be sure to click through our build pictures to decide what size lift kit and tire would work best on your Jeep.

    Compare with other aftermarket lift kits here.

    Wheels

    American Expedition Vehicles JK WheelsIf you're looking for another piece of the puzzle in your Wrangler JK build, check out AEV wheels. Pictured here is a set of AEV Salta Wheels on our Rhino Wrangler JK build. AEV makes some high quality wheels for the Wrangler JK and Dodge Ram. Pictured below is a set of AEV Savegre Wheels on one of our Baja Yellow builds. No matter the style of your build, from spoke to bullet-hole wheels, AEV has a product for you!

    For more info on which wheels are right for your Jeep here, click here.

    American Expedition Vehicles JK Bumper

    American Expedition Vehicles For Dodge Ram

    You may have noticed we also build new Ram pickups. AEV produces lift kits and accessories for these trucks, too. So if you've got a Dodge Ram, or are interested in building one of these trucks for your very own, be sure to check out this post!

    American Expedition Vehicles Dodge Ram

    The Dodge Ram build featured here can fit 40" tires on just 3" of lift! Great bumper, fender, interior, navigation options and more, really set a RubiTrux Ram apart from the competition. If you're interested in purchasing this truck,  you can check out the listing HERE.

    If you're looking to build a Wrangler JK or a Dodge Ram, AEV has superior high quality parts that you can't afford to overlook. Don't waste your time and money on subpar products or low-dollar lift kits. Do it right the first time, with American Expedition Vehicles and RubiTrux.

    For more information and to see our complete listing of AEV Parts and Accessories, click HERE.

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