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  • Product of the Week, Bad Boy Buggies

    bad-boy-buggies-group-shot-boone-2For our Product of the Week, we're covering our new inventory of Bad Boy Buggies! If you've driven by the shop over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed what appeared to be lifted golf carts outside by some of the Jeep Wranglers. Don't let the appearance fool you, however, these little vehicles are not golf carts. Offered in a variety of configurations, from independent suspension, electric motors, or hybrid electric/gas, to name a few options, these vehicles are tough, quick off the line, and best of all, silent – perfect for that hunting or outdoor expedition - and we're your new dealer, located right in Boone!bad-boy-buggies-group-shot-booneA lifted golf cart may be a common sight down at the beach, but what happens when you need to go offroad? How about lessening your area of disturbance while out hunting? Bad Boy Buggies feature IFS (independent front suspension), while IRS (independent rear suspension) is an option, depending on what vehicle you choose. These buggies are four-wheel drive, and come standard with knobby swamper tires and black powder coated “wagon-wheels”; the batteries, situated just under the front seat, add a good amount of weight to the buggies, increasing traction (just in case you've doubted the ability of this vehicle in the mud; we can assure you, it'll dig with the best of 'em) - seatbelts and headrests are also featured on the 4WD Sport models. There is also a work series by Bad Boy Buggies, featuring the XD model with a hybrid 22hp diesel and electric engine and 1,600lbs max load, for those wanting a 4x4 buggy oriented towards heavy lifting and the job site, rather than a silent expedition in the woods.

    bad-boy-buggies-recoil-is-4x4-passengerBad Boy Buggies also offers a sport series model with a hybrid gas and electric engine, known as the Ambush IS 4x4; a neat feature of this vehicle is that while the gas engine is running, you can charge the batteries, ensuring around the clock operation. A long-wheelbase model, the Recoil IS 4x4 Crew, can seat four, while sporting a dump-bed on the rear of the buggy, while the HDe 2WD model is more family oriented, featuring two front facing seats, and a rear bench seat in the back. For more information, and to check out the specs of these awesome 4x4's, check out our new Boone Bad Boy Buggies website. We're still bringing everything up to date, so if you see something that you have any questions about, let us know!bad-boy-buggies-recoil-is-crew-passenger4x4's, even electric buggies, aren't complete without accessories. Like lift kits and big tires on Jeeps and 4x4 trucks, these Bad Boy Buggies can be kitted out for the job and terrain at hand. We've got everything from new wheel and tire combinations, gun racks, hard cases for rifles, marine speakers, Warn winches, and even LED lighting! Whatever your need, give us a call, we're constantly on the lookout for more accessories to ensure that your Bad Boy Buggy will meet the job at hand, whether out hunting in the woods, or hauling a cooler of drinks and food across the campground.bad-boy-buggies-white-frontSo next time you're in town, drop by the shop and check out these Bad Boy Buggies, as well as the line of accessories that we carry, and let us know how we can build one for you! Whether you're looking for a two-seater model, a Crew version, or the 2WD HDe, we can outfit one of these capable vehicles for you!bad-boy-buggies-group-shot-boone-3

  • 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport Line-X

    jeep--wrangler-tj-linex-anvil-mud-grappler-driver-frontYou may remember from our last update that we've had several unique Jeep Wrangler TJs roll through the shop here at RubiTrux over the past week or so. Last week we covered the 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sahara with the 34” Super Swampers; this week, we had a black 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport come in for a 2.5” lift, Line-X treatment in the Anvil color, which is a current 2015 factory color option for Jeep Wrangler JK and Unlimited JKU models, as well as a new wheel and tire combination. The wheels are 2015 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon take-offs, and the tires are Nitto Mud Grapplers. In addition to these upgrades, this TJ also has a hardtop, full-doors, and flat Bushwacker Fender Flares.jeep--wrangler-tj-linex-anvil-mud-grapplerWith this TJ having the Sport package, instead of the Sahara, it lacks some of the factory options, such as the unique colored interior and seating found on the Sahara, but it still features the same legendary 4.0L Inline-6. For those of you unfamiliar with early TJ models, the basic three were the SE, which came with a 2.5L Inline-4, the little brother to the Inline-6, the Sport, which had more options, as well as the 4.0L Inline-6, and the top of the line Sahara, which featured the aforementioned unique interior and appearance package, and, of course, the 4.0L. These models came standard with manual transmissions, but could be equipped with automatic transmissions, as well as different combinations of full-doors, hard tops, half doors, or soft tops, depending on the model in question.jeep--wrangler-tj-linex-anvil-mud-grappler-passengerIn short, this is a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport, with quite a few options from the factory, such as the full-doors and hard top combination, although the mirrors have been switched out with late model TJ parts at some point. These options go really well with the Line-X treatment, in that the entire vehicle could be coated. This cuts down on road noise, and also translates into less upkeep with cleaning the vehicle. Also, the Line-X features UV protection, and is impervious to fading, as well as brush and most debris encountered in the woods or on the trail, save for a large tree or rock, so the finish will remain the same for years to come, even with off-road use. The mild lift and upsized mud tires means that this Jeep will have no problem climbing into or out of various situations and scenarios, although for more serious offroading, we would recommend lockers of some sort, as well as upgrading or replacing the Dana 35.jeep--wrangler-tj-linex-anvil-mud-grappler-driverTo wrap this update up, we started with a customer's clean, low mileage 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ, and with the mild lift and Line-X treatment added, as well as the Nitto M/T tires, this Jeep is set to conquer a variety of terrain, on-road or on the trail, while remaining scratch-proof, fade-resistant, and easy to clean. We think the owner will enjoy this unique build, as well as many more years of service provided by the reliable AMC designed Inline-6, body and paint protection by the Line-X, and the touch of modern style from the 2015 take-off Rubicon wheels! As you can see in the background, we've got some new 4x4 vehicles at the shop, so stay tuned for more!

  • 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sahara

    jeep-wrangler-tj-green-sahara-tsl-super-swamper-low-passengerThis week at RubiTrux, we've had a few TJ's come through the shop. This 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara was brought in by the second owner. The customer purchased this TJ from an elderly couple who towed it behind a motor home for most of it's life. We estimate that it has around 40,000 running miles, and while the frame and undercarriage have some surface rust, with it's prior life being in the mountains, we consider this TJ to be in pristine condition. The inside of this vehicle is very clean, and with care, this Jeep will provide many more years of reliable service.jeep-wrangler-tj-green-sahara-tsl-super-swamper-frontThis TJ came to us in stock form, with no aftermarket upgrades, making it a perfect platform for a RubiTrux build. The upgrades to this Sahara include a 3.5” Rubicon Express lift kit, Warn front and rear bumpers, and a Warn tire carrier. The reason this Jeep Wrangler TJ is so unique however, is the wheel and tire combination. Mounted on classic 15x8 Mickey Thompson wheels are 34x9.50 Super Swamper TSL tires.jeep-wrangler-tj-green-sahara-tsl-super-swamper-tireThe owner already has a CJ-5 equipped with Super Swamper TSL “pizza-cutters”, and wanted to couple the off-road ability of this classic Jeep with the amenities of the late 1990's Jeep Wrangler TJ platform. Being an older model Sahara, this TJ has all of the bells and whistles, including the 4.0L Inline-6 engine, which commonly runs well over the 300k mileage mark. In short, although this Jeep is straight out of 1999, in our opinion, it has just finished the break in period, and the bulletproof Inline-6 will provide countless miles and hours of service yet to come.jeep-wrangler-tj-green-sahara-tsl-super-swamperUp until 2007, with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler JK, the older Jeep CJ series, as well as the first two generations of the Jeep Wrangler, shared some key similarities, especially in regards to size and the general layout of the tub, fenders, and frame. The two big differences that come to mind are the square headlights of the YJ, and the coil sprung suspension of the Jeep Wrangler TJ. With that in mind, this Jeep TJ will provide a roughly similar platform to the CJ-5, albeit with a more comfortable ride, air-conditioning, and the power of the fuel-injected Inline-6. We hope that the owner enjoys this build, and we wish him the best in continuing the Jeep tradition, whether sporting a CJ-5 from the 1970's or a Jeep Wrangler TJ from 1999!

     

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