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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



  • 4.5" Rubicon Express Long Arm and 4.88 Gear Install

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

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

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


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

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

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

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  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EXT


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

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

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

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



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