This week at RubiTrux, we're going to start by showcasing one of our used vehicles, the 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4x4. The previous owner traded this in on one of our builds, and had over 40k invested. The entire front end and suspension have been reworked, allowing the Liberty to fit 35" M/T tires. Total lift is about 5", with a Jeepin' by Al 2" K Member Cradle Drop, new front steel upper A Arms, and a Tri-Angulated 4 Link at the rear axle.To help turn the 35" Tires, the Liberty has been regeared to 4.88; the lift kit is also equipped with Bilstein 5100 shocks. To provide more traction offroad, ARB air lockers, front and rear, as well as an ARB Air Compressor, were added. Skid plates, bumpers, and rock rails protect the underside of the Liberty, as seen below. The armor package includes a front steel brush guard skid plate, an engine guard skid plate, and an engine/transmission skid plate, by 4xGuard, as well as a Skid Row Fuel Tank Skid Plate, and steel differential covers, by ARB and Jeepin' by Al.The rear of the Liberty features a Rock Lizard Zombie Apocalypse Rear Bumper, and the Rock Lizard Gecko Sport Roof Rack is also visible. Rounding out the Rock Lizard accessories, the Monitor Front Bumper and Winch Plate, as well as the Rock Sliders, can be seen below. Also to note, there is a Line-X protective coating on the bumpers, sliders, armor, and the bottom of the running frame. The rear axle has been pushed back 2" for flex, and there is custom fabrication in the front wheel wells, allowing ample room for the 35s.The liberty also features a towing package, JBA steel brake lines, front and rear, MOPAR KJ brakes, drums, and rotors, lighting by PIAA and Rigid Industries, and an Alpine sound system, as well as a Kenwood Bluetooth microphone and backup camera. The interior also has Wet Okole front seat covers, and Bandic Blu premium switches for all of the accessories, seen below.The above add-ons and more make this a truly unique vehicle. This Liberty has only 138k on the clock, and with over 40k invested, is a great deal for the next lucky owner at $15,500.00. This 4x4 is certainly a head turner, and is in great condition. Come by and check it out today, only at RubiTrux!
Monthly Archives: June 2015
This custom Cherokee by Rubitrux is a personal vehicle here at the shop, and as such, was equipped to handle the winter elements found in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Boone, North Carolina, sits at 3,333 feet above sea level, which means that snow, ice, and inclement weather are commonplace during the colder months of the year. This also translates to more corrosion during the winter, as the local DOT will salt the main roads constantly. With a four-wheel drive vehicle like a Jeep, used year round for all weather transportation, rust prevention is a must. To address these issues, an almost rust-free, 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport was chosen as the base vehicle.This XJ, while being mostly rust free, had a few areas of surface rust under the floorboards, but with less than 100k on the 4.0L Inline-6, it was a great starting platform for a Rubitrux build. The first order of business was to strip out the interior of the vehicle, followed by the removal of the grille, door handles, and other exterior parts that would interfere with the Line-X coating. Afterwards, the lift kit was installed, and the Jeep was sent to Line-X.
After the Line-X job was completed, the Cherokee was brought back into the shop, and the few minor rust issues were taken care of. The interior was then given a full Second Skin sound deadening upgrade, including inside the doors, floor pans, rear hatch, and roof of the vehicle. The interior was reassembled, with an ACC Mass Backed Carpet Set being installed to further help with noise cancellation. The audio system was then upgraded before the seats and console were placed back into the vehicle. The XJ received a full JL Audio sound system upgrade, complete with two Dayton Audio 15” Ultimax Sub-Woofers in a custom enclosure.After the sound system was upgraded, the seats and console were placed back into the vehicle, and a swing down Tview Video System was added for the back seat passengers. WeatherTech floor mats were also installed, to help keep out mud and slush that could be tracked into the vehicle, and all of the interior trim pieces were replaced. Once these upgrades were complete, the exterior work began, starting with a full protective coating of bedliner on the underside of the XJ, to help prevent rust.The exterior upgrades installed on the Jeep Cherokee include the custom Rubicon Express 6.5” Long Arm and Rock Krawler Tri-Link with Bilstein 5100 Series Shocks, and Hutchinson Rock Monster Beadlock Wheels with 35” Toyo Open Country M/T tires. The gear ratio of the 8.25 and Dana 30 axles were also changed to 4.88, followed by Alloy USA Axle Shaft upgrades, Alloy USA SYE Kit, JA Reel Rear Driveshaft, and ARB Air Lockers, front and rear. Of course, with lockers comes an ARB Air Compressor; the XJ also features the Teraflex Rear Disc Brake Upgrade, High Steer System, and Sway Bar Relocation Brackets. Hellwig Sway Bars and an ARB Differential Breather round out the off-road performance package.To protect and recover the vehicle, should the need arise, the XJ was equipped with an ARB Front Bumper, Hanson Offroad Rocksliders, a Hanson Offroad Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier, and a Warn Zeon 8s Synthetic Winch. Bushwacker Fender Flares, also Line-X’d, were installed to prevent slush and mud off the 35” mud terrain tires from covering the sides of the vehicle. A Surco Roof Rack was installed, to help carry any extra equipment needed for the trail, and Truck Lite LED Headlights, LED Taillights, Turn Signals, and Side Markers were added, upgrading the old factory equipment to the modern age. Two 185 watt CREE 9” Lights were installed on the ARB Bumper, and four on the Surco Roof Rack, to aid in visibility during low-light conditions. To power all of the lights, sound system, winch, and accessories, a Powermax 250a Alternator was installed.This Cherokee is equipped to handle all types of terrain and weather, as well as frequent off-road trips into the mountains and trails around Boone, NC. Future plans include a 4.6L Golen Stroker, among other upgrades; stay tuned for more!
This week at Rubitrux, we’ve completed two 2015 JK-8 builds. The first, an Anvil JK-8 Rubicon, is currently at paint; now that the body work is done, the rear panels and top are matched to the factory color. The second JK-8, this one in Tank, is having the finishing touches added today! The 2015 Tank JK-8 was ordered by a gentleman in Oregon, who will be using it as a farm truck. As such, the JK-8 began life as a 4-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, with the 4:1 Rock-Track Transfer Case, Heavy Duty Dana 44 Axles with Electronic Lockers, front and rear, and an Electronic Disconnect Front Sway Bar.The 4-door JKU had the rear factory interior, roll bar, seats, and doors all stripped away, as seen below, and the JK-8 bed panels were installed over the remaining sheet metal at the rear of the Jeep. The standard equipment for the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, mentioned above, will prove invaluable in the day-to-day tasks of a farm truck, such as maintaining property, hauling equipment or feed, and removing tree stumps, aided by the Warn Zeon 10 Platinum winch, for example.The 2015 JK-8 Rubicon, in addition to featuring the Warn winch, has also been equipped with a Warn Rock Crawler Front Bumper, complete with the Warn Grille Guard, as seen in the initial photo. This bumper combo protects the front of the JK-8 Rubicon from wayward brush, rocks, or other, more formidable obstacles that may be encountered offroad, or around the farm. The Warn bumper also features cutouts for the factory fog lights, removing the need to mount lighting on the exterior of the bumper, where it could be exposed to such aforementioned hazards as brush or rock formations.The stock BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires were retained, although the wheels have been changed to a 5x5.5 bolt pattern. The BFGoodrich M/T tires ensure that the JK-8 will have plenty of traction off-road, as well as in muddy or inclement weather commonly encountered in the Northwest. The wheels also feature a custom paintjob, requested by the customer. As seen at the front axle, the JK-8 Rubicon also features Warn Locking Hubs, allowing for savings in gas mileage, and slowing the wear and tear on the front differential during unlocked, on-road use. In addition to the Warn Locking Hubs in the front, the rear axle shafts have been upgraded to RCV Performance Ultimate Rear Axle shafts, increasing durability above and beyond the stock OEM equipment.
The truck bed and cab floor of the JK-8 have also been given a full Line-X protective coating; this means that equipment, gravel, or feed can be carried safely in the bed, which can then be pressure-washed clean at the end of the day. As the purpose of this JK-8 is a working truck, the customer chose to keep the factory interior in place. However, as the cab floor has been coated in Line-X, the factory carpet has been totally removed. As such, slush or mud tracked in by the driver or passenger can be washed out; simply remove the drain plugs, and add water! The finished product, minus the paint matching, can be seen below. Note the new body panels and half cab top from the JK-8 kit.The suspension of the JK-8 has been kept factory original, and as the tires have remained the stock LT255/75R17 size, the stock rear bumper and tire carrier setup have been retained, although the carrier will need to be modified to accept the new 5x5.5 bolt pattern. This JK-8 truck is sure to prove an invaluable tool, whether on the farm, tackling a snow storm during the winter months in the Northwest, or even going up the road to pick up groceries, farm supplies, or tools. This JK-8 is equipped to conquer a variety of terrain and conditions, and will provide many years of service and utility in Oregon! For more JK-8 information, stay tuned for the Anvil JK-8 Rubicon update, coming soon!
Project Vandal is finally wrapped up and heading off for an extensive off-roading trip in Colorado, Utah, and California! This was easily one of the biggest and baddest builds we have done to date. Stay tuned for our next project!