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  • Vehicle of the Week - 2006 LJ Rubicon Conversion

    2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-american-expedition-vehicles-high-front-passengerThe Jeep Wrangler Unlimited LJ is essentially a modern take on the CJ-8 Scrambler, sharing the same 103" wheelbase that made the CJ-8 so popular in the 1980s. As the 1990's and 2000's saw the disappearance of the classic "sports bar" of the CJ period, the half-cab option for the Scrambler was not carried over to the Jeep LJ. However, certain aftermarket companies, such as AEV and GR8TOPS, produce half cab tops for Jeep vehicles, although this necessitates modification of the factory roll bar system. This Jeep in particular has a GR8TOPS half-cab instead of the usual AEV version found on our RubiTrux Conversions. GR8TOPS also produces half-cab replacements for the CJ-8 Scrambler, in addition to Safari Tops for the Jeep Wrangler YJ/TJ/LJ, which resemble the old Meyers and World Cab hardtops found on certain Jeep CJ models in the 1970s and 1980s.2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-front-shotIf the hardtop throwback to the CJ-8 isn't enough, this LJ Rubicon also has a custom Jeep CJ tailgate conversion. When the CJ was replaced by the Wrangler in 1987, someone thought it would be a good idea to change the fold down tailgate (as found on a pickup truck) to a swing out tailgate (common on small SUVs, such as the Toyota RAV-4). While to most this is an insignificant change, and it did allow AMC/Chrysler to place the spare tire on the tailgate, instead of a tire carrier (cutting down on production cost), there's just something about a fold-down tailgate. Perfect for creating a small work-space or holding tools, drinks, food or other items, a fold-down tailgate is an awesome addition to any Jeep, and will certainly give it a unique look. In the case of this LJ, there is room for the spare tire in the bed if needed, and the absence of a tire carrier displays the stamped lettering quite nicely.2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-american-expedition-vehicles-tailgate-up

    2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-american-expedition-vehicles-tailgate-downInstead of the usual 4.0L Inline-6 this Jeep sports an AEV-installed 5.7L V8 HEMI! As this is a Rubicon LJ, front and rear Dana 44s are standard, along with the 4.10 gear ratio and factory lockers. The 4.10s turn the 35" Toyo Open Country M/T tires nicely, while the Poison Spyder beadlocks ensure that even when aired down, these tires will not become unseated! In order to fit the 35's, a Rubicon Express 4.5" long arm was added, although the LJ may appear shorter due to the heavy bumper and winch combination. An ARB bumper protects the front of the Jeep, as well as the Warn winch housed within. The rear bumper is a JCR Offroad Vanguard bumper with flush-mounted LED light cubes. Both bumpers and the truck bed have been coated in Line-X to ensure that they remain scratch, rust and fade-free!2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-front-passenger

    2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-american-expedition-vehicles-passenger-rearThe interior of this Jeep Wrangler LJ Conversion features an aftermarket Alpine head unit and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Seat Covers. The vehicle retains the factory carpet, as well as most of the OEM interior. However, note the small bezel above the radio and HVAC controls, designed to hold the Jeep Trail Guide navigation system. This small nav system is great for long road trips or excursions into unfamiliar territory, and even detaches from the bezel for use as a hand-held GPS unit!
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    2006-jeep-wrangler-lj-white-rubitrux-long-arm-aev-hemi-interior-seats-american-expedition-vehiclesTo wrap this up, this very unique LJ has a potential overhaul planned soon, with new wheels, bumpers and more; so stay tuned for the updated build, we can't wait to add the RubiTrux touch to this one of a kind 'rig!

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  • Product of the Week - Poison Spyder Crusher Flares

    custom-2015-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-unilimited-tank-poison-spyder-rigid-lightsThis week we're covering a great product for those looking to build an LCOG Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited. The Crusher Flares by Poison Spyder give your Jeep better tire coverage and an improved approach angle over the plastic OEM flares. As anyone who has been around the latest generation Wrangler knows, the factory sheet metal on most of the exterior is very thin. This can cause issues when heavy accessories, such as fender flares and rocker guards, come into contact with trees or boulders on the trail. Furthermore, the plastic OEM flares are prone to fading, and can crack while off-road. Many aftermarket fender upgrades and replacements, while better in regards to fading, are still plastic. On the same token, many metal fender flare upgrades for the Jeep JK and JK Unlimited lack an internal support for the thin factory sheetmetal.2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-aev-poison-spyder-roof-rack-driver-three-quarterEnter the Poison Spyder Crusher Flares! These fender flares are perfect for both the weekend warrior and dedicated off-road 'rig. This product is available in both steel and aluminum, for those that are concerned with a light-weight build; these flares are also unique in that each set comes with an inner-fender brace. This inner-fender brace provides secure backing for the Crusher Flare, ensuring that the flare will not damage your stock sheetmetal, even when off-road! These fender flares also include rubber liners, to help protect the OEM paint on your Jeep from contacting the flare, as well as having room for mounting 3/4" round LED marker lights, to replace the OEM side markers. These LED lights are sold separately by Poison Spyder.  custom-jeep-wrangler-red-wildboar-aggressive-hawkeye-grille-105514The Poison Spyder Crusher Flares ship as bare steel or aluminum, and while Poison Spyder does not offer powdercoating, if your Jeep is being built at our shop, we can have these powdercoated and/or paint-matched on our end, just be sure to ask! These flares look great painted to match the vehicle, in gloss black or matte black, just check out the images below!2016-custom-jeep-wrangler-red-100491-front

    2016-custom-jeep-wrangler-red-baja-designs-xl-pro-100491The Poison Spyder Crusher Flares have been used in many of our RubiTrux builds, and when coupled with an AEV 3.5" lift kit, can easily fit a 37" tire for a solid LCOG (Low Center of Gravity) Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited! If you'd like a shorter front fender flare, Poison Spyder offers the Crusher Flare in a narrow version, as seen below, but for optimal tire coverage, we recommend the standard length version.2014-poison-spyder-front-flat-view-248145The steel Crusher Flares are constructed with a 3/16" mounting plate, a 1/8" top plate (the topside of the flare – made from aluminum), and the "rub rail", or outer tube, which is made from 1.5" x .120" DOM tubing. The aluminum flares consist of a 3/16" aluminum mounting plate and a 1/8" top plate in aluminum. The outer tube on the lightweight version is made from 1.5" x .188" annealed aluminum structural tubing, thicker than the steel DOM tubing mentioned above. A steel Crusher Flare weighs in at 31.6 lbs while the aluminum version comes in at 11.8lbs. The aluminum option is great for those looking to save weight, but there is a tradeoff; the aluminum cannot take the same amount of punishment that a steel flare will off-road. Keep this in mind when building your Jeep Wrangler JK!custom-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-prodigy-stage-2-turbo-snow-front-pass-lowerTo conclude, if you're looking to make your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited off-road ready, check out the Poison Spyder Crusher Flares. These flares will protect your Jeep off-road, and go great with a set of Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers or Body Armor. Offered in aluminum or steel, this product is great for the weekend-warrior or serious trail Jeep, depending on the application. Designed to follow and complement the factory body lines, these flares are a great practical solution to protecting your JK, and look great too!2015-canyon-brown-pearl-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-pass-three-quarter

  • Product of the Week – VPR4x4 Ultima Bumpers

    VPR-4x4-Front-Ultima-Bumper-137-S-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-Passenger-SideThis week, we're taking a look at a new line of products we recently started carrying on the website. VPR 4x4, LLC manufactures products for several 4x4s, from the Toyota Fortuner to the Jeep Wrangler JK! Established in 1998, VPR 4x4 is best known for their line of off-road bumpers. The mainstay to the Jeep Wrangler JK product line are the Ultima bumpers, of which there are quite of few different variations. As this can be confusing for the new buyer, we'll run through the differences below!VPR-4x4-Front-Ultima-Bumper-137-S-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKUThe VPR-137-S takes a few cues from the traditional "stubby" design, and features higher "wings" on both ends of the bumper in order to meet the lines for OEM and most aftermarket fenders. The bumper itself features two 1" D-ring mounts, and can be ordered in both raw steel and a black powder-coated finish. The 137-S features two cutouts for either OEM or aftermarket fog lights, as well as a front bumper hoop. The hoop features tabs for mounting additional off-road lights, and all Ultima bumpers can fit Warn VR12000, VR8000-s, VR10000, 9.5xp, VR10000-s, M8000, and M8000-s winches. The VPR-137-S also provides your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited a better approach angle through the tried-and-true "stubby" design, giving your Jeep a distinct advantage when climbing obstacles off-road.VPR-4x4-Ultima-Front-Bumper-Full-Front-View-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-VPR-126The next bumper, the VPR-126, features a modular design with several configurations. The base 126 model ships as a full-length bumper, featuring tabs for mounting aftermarket fog lights, room for mounting LED lights in the detachable "wings", a cutout "JK" logo, and an inset VPR logo. This bumper fits all Warn winches mentioned above, with room for a roller-fairlead. The VPR-126-SP6 is the same full-width version as above, plus two 1" D-ring mounts on either side of the winch cutout, and turn signal lenses on the outside of the full-width "wings" (below).VPR-4x4-Front-Ultima-Bumper-126-SP6-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-CityThe VPR-126-EW (below) is a mid-length bumper, giving you an improved approach angle over the full-length bumpers while still retaining some protection for the fenders. The winch mounting setup for this bumper is a little different, featuring a Jeep grille in place of the fairlead cutout. The bumper hoop on this model serves to protect the winch and roller fairlead as they are mounted higher, in a rather exposed position. However, this provides greater access to the winch, as well as an additional surface for mounting auxiliary lights. The final 126 model, the VPR-126-S-S (second image down, the Gecko Green JKU), is identical to the 126-EW, minus the hoop and winch mounting setup, with the winch being moved back to the base 126 location.VPR-4x4-Front-Bumper-Ultima-126-EW-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU

    VPR-4x4-Ultima-front-Bumper-Short-126-S-S-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-GeckoNext up is the VPR-135-SP6, offering a durable one-piece construction that keeps with the body lines of the Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited. This bumper also has cutouts for OEM or aftermarket fog lights, as well as outboard cutouts for turn signals, in addition to the  aftermarket single row LED light bars, measuring about 10". The 135-SP6 also features a bumper hoop, and the winch mounting setup is inside the bumper, as found on the 126 and 137 models. 1" D-ring mounts are included.VPR-4x4-Ultima-Front-Bumper-135-SP6-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-SideLast but not least, the VPR-134 and VPR-134-S. The 134 has the same design as the 135-SP6, minus the cutouts for the LED light bars and turn signals. The winch and factory fog light cutouts remain, as well as the 1" D-ring mounts. The 134-S is a mid-length version of the 134, extending just past the OEM grille, and retains the bumper hoop, D-ring mounts, fog light and winch cutouts. As with all mid-width bumpers, the VPR-134-S gives a great balance between an increased approach angle and protection for the front fenders and grille of your JK!VPR-4x4-Unltima-Front-Bumper-124-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-White

    VPR-4x4-Unltima-Front-Bumper-134-S-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKUIn addition to the above front bumpers, VPR offers a rear bumper that can be ordered with or without a VPR tire carrer. This swing out tire carrier is great if you're running a spare over 33" in size, as seen on the blue Line-X Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, below. On the stock OEM tailgate/tire carrier setup, when a tire exceeds 33", the tailgate can become damaged over time. The VPR-123 rear bumper is made from A36 lightweight steel and features the same 1" D-ring mounts as the front bumpers. A sturdy latching mechanism ensures that your carrier will be rattle-free. Ships bare steel or can be powdercoated upon request. Even if you're not running a spare, or you chose to retain the OEM wheels/tire combination, the VPR-123 bumper looks great without the tire carrier, and makes an awesome addition to any build, including this JK-8!VPR-4x4-Ultima-Rear-Bumper-VPR-123-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU--Truck

    VPR-4x4-Ultima-Rear-Bumper-VPR-123-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKUSo if you're in the market for a new Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited bumper, check out our selection of VPR4x4 products! VPR4x4 also manufactures rock sliders, a roof rack, and a unique Rally front bumper (not part of the Ultima series). Again, Ultima bumpers fit Warn VR12000, VR8000-s, VR10000, 9.5xp, VR10000-s, M8000, and M8000-s winches, and can be shipped raw steel or powdercoated black for an additional charge, depending on your budget and the nature of your build! From the daily-driver to the dedicated off-road 'rig, check out VPR4x4, today!

  • Product of the Week - Excessive Industries Bumpers

    excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-front-bumper-stinger-bull-barThis week, we're taking a look at some unique bumpers offered by Excessive Industries. If you tuned in last week, you may remember the Gate Keeper Tire Carrier, a unique baja-inspired approach to storing the spare tire in the cargo area of your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited! This week, we're going over the High Clearance front and rear bumpers by Excessive Industries. These bumpers are built to last, and feature shackle tabs, a tow hitch for the rear bumper, improved approach and departure angles, and integrated Hi-Lift Jack points for added functionality!excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-front-bumper-light-mountsThe front High-Clearance bumper by Excessive Industries features the tried-and-true "stubby" design, with a new twist; the jack-points are located at either end of the grille, adding to the approach angle of the JK. The front bumper can be ordered with a grille guard or a stinger, as well as a winch-mount, for all of your protection and recovery needs! An optional light enclosure is also featured, if you're looking to add a few LED pods or a 20" bar to your Jeep.excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-front-bumper-stinger-winchOn the rear bumper, the high clearance corners give an improved departure angle and hi-lift jack points, both invaluable off-road. A built in tow-hitch and shackle tabs increase your towing and off-road recovery options, and if you're more inclined towards a swing-out carrier, the Excessive Industries High-Clearance Rear Tire Carrier is just the ticket! This tire carrier attaches both to the High-Clearance rear bumper as well as the OEM tailgate, so even with an oversized spare, you can open your tailgate with one hand. This bumper even has space for two flush-mounted LED cubes, perfect for those dark parking lots or nighttime off-road excursions!excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-rear-bumper-flush-mount-led

    excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-rear-bumper-tire-carrier--flush-mount-ledThe Excessive Industries bumpers are shipped bare steel, but can be powdercoated once they arrive at our location, upon request. Minimal cutting of the frame is required for fitment of the rear bumper. The rear bumper ships without the optional tire carrier, and goes well with either the swing-out carrier or the Gate Keeper Tire Carrier, depending on the style of your build! For a truly unique Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited build, check out Excessive Industries today, and be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming products!excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-front-bumper

  • Product of the Week – Excessive Industries Gate Keeper

    excessive-industries-wrangler-jk-high-clearance-rear-bumperThis week, we're taking a look at a new product for the Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited by Excessive Industries! Based out of Southern California, Excessive Industries couples unique styling with dependability, and offers products for the weekend-warrior or dedicated trail rig. Most Jeep Wrangler owners, especially generations prior to the redesigned Jeep Wrangler JK, use an aftermarket swing-out carrier or omit the spare tire altogether when upgrading to a 33-35" tire or larger. This product takes a different approach, and features a little baja influence, tucking the spare tire up behind the rearmost section of the Jeep, and removing the extra overhang from the back end.excessive-industries-gatekeeper-wrangler-jk-tire-carrier-orangeWhile the design may seem a bit odd to some, especially in areas where mud-bogging or forest service roads are more common than rock gardens or desert sand, the Gate Keeper Tire Carrier is invaluable when it comes to the departure angle of your Jeep JK Unlimited! For example, when coming off of a boulder or sharp ledge, the spare tire can become hung up, leading to tailgate and body damage. To keep the tail-end of your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited from hanging up on rocks or terrain in a scenario such as this, the Gate Keeper removes the tire from the OEM tailgate and places it at an angle, behind the rear seat. This keeps the tire where it's easily accessible, and still leaves plenty of room for cargo and equipment in the rear of your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited!excessive-industries-gatekeeper-wrangler-jk-tire-carrier-redThe Excessive Industries Gate Keeper Tire Carrier ships raw, but if you desire a strong and durable powdercoat, give us a call! This product is capable of carrying up to a 37" spare tire, and features an adjustable mount so that the carrier will work with a variety of wheel and tire combinations, including those aftermarket wheels with differing offsets. If you've got larger than a 37" tire on your Jeep JKU, this carrier will still work, but some modification may be required to the roll bar and padding. Another neat feature are the accessory mounting panels, which enable you to mount virtually anything to the Gate Keeper carrier, including a Hi-Lift Jack (pictured above). The Gate Keeper works with both the soft and hard top, ensuring you a durable carrier, no matter the top configuration on your JK!excessive-industries-gatekeeper-wrangler-jk-tire-carrier-37-inch-tireCurrently, Excessive Industries offers this product just for the Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited; however, plans are being made regarding the 2-door Jeep Wrangler JK, as well as the Jeep Wrangler TJ. Give us a call, or stay tuned to the blog for more information! Next week, we'll take a look at the unique Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited bumpers from Excessive Industries, featuring built in Hi-Lift Jack points, and more!excessive-industries-gatekeeper-wrangler-jk-tire-carrier-in-cab

  • Vehicle of the Week – Jeep Wrangler YJ Renegade

    1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-passenger-angle-redThe Renegade was a trim package offered on Jeep Wrangler YJ models during the early-1990's, and prominently featured extended fender flares and side steps. The exterior also included unique front and rear bumpers and integrated fog lamps at the front fenders, markedly similar to the turn signals found on the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ generation. The Renegade also included several interior upgrades, most notably a center console with cup holders, special high-backed seats with the Jeep logo, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The first year of production for the YJ Renegade was also the first year the 4.0L Inline-6 was offered in the Jeep Wrangler platform. Previously, the YJ Wrangler had used the 4.2L Inline-6. The 4.2L, as well as the standard 2.5L Inline-4, were used in the Jeep CJ and YJ line, with the 4.2L being discontinued for the 1991 model year, replaced with the 4.0L, and with the 2.5L continuing into the Jeep TJ line until 2002.1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-frontThe Jeep YJ Renegade began life as a Jeep Wrangler featuring the interior options, unique alloy wheels, and other upgrades as ordered; hard top and full-doors remained optional. These vehicles were shipped to American Specialty Cars, where they received exterior upgrades, such as the decal group, fender flares and bumpers, and were then shipped back to the dealer. The Renegade was marketed as a "beach-cruiser", or "high-end" Jeep for younger consumers, rather than a dedicated off-road vehicle. As one can imagine, the oversized fender flares and side steps could become hung up on rocks or trees off-road, leading to costly repairs, in addition to hindering the fitment of larger tires. The Jeep Wrangler YJ Renegade was produced until 1994, and was about a $4-5k option over a base YJ.1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-front-grille-redThe vehicle we have at the shop is a rust-free, red 1991 Jeep Wrangler YJ Renegade. With the addition of the "family-style" roll-bar in 1992, this makes the '91 the only year Renegade to feature the classic "sport" style roll-bar of the CJ-era. This Jeep features half doors with the "renegade" lettering, decals and pinstripe, and a new Bestop soft top and half door skins. The paint and most of the remaining equipment is original, minus the 30" factory tires being replaced with some 31x10.50r15lt Michelin LTX M/S tires. The owner is looking to restore this Jeep for his personal collection, and minus some areas in the clear coat and one of the tailgate hinges, it's already in great condition! Being a '91, this YJ does feature the 4.0L Inline-6, which is coupled to a 5-speed AX-15 manual transmission and the NP231 transfer case. Axles are the standard Dana 30 (front) and Dana 35 (rear); the Dana-44 was not a factory option until the Jeep TJ began production during the late 1990's.1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-passenger-door-red1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-interiorThis YJ Renegade also includes unique high-backed seats with the Jeep logo, a center console with cupholders, interior carpeting, an extended 20-gallon fuel tank, A/C, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel! In this day and age, these options may not seem like much, but back in the 1990's, when the Jeep was still a utilitarian 4x4, with many Wranglers and CJ's featuring a soft top, no A/C, and few cupholders or other amenities, these options were top-of-the-line for a Jeep! Nowadays, there aren't many Jeep Wrangler YJ's left on the road, mostly due to rust problems and the general age of this generation of Wrangler, but every once in awhile, a barn-find comes along. While we don't know for sure if this YJ spent any actual time in a barn, it was certainly well taken care of, and will be around for years to come!1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-rear-40-decalOnly available for the '91 to '94 model years, YJ Renegades are few and far between among early 1990's 4x4s, and due to the aforementioned age of these vehicles and the given rust issues of the Wrangler platform, these Renegade models are a rare sight, and will certainly turn heads around town, especially to those well-versed in the history of the Jeep Wrangler. Stay tuned for updates on the restoration!1991-jeep-wrangler-yj-renegade-rear

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