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  • Product of the Week - AMP Research Steps

    This week we’re taking a look at these side steps from AMP Research. If you need steps for your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited, but you don’t want to sacrifice ground clearance, these are for you! AMP Research has been around for several years and provides top notch products for the modern four-wheel drive market. Traditional side rails or tube steps may hang low and catch on rocks or other obstacles on the trail. The AMP Research steps fold out when you need them, and fold up, out of the way, when you don't.





    This product is perfect for stock and lifted Jeeps alike. Even stock, a Jeep JK features a higher stance than a typical passenger car. This requires a step up, rather than a step down, to enter the vehicle. The same holds true in reverse. To exit a Jeep, you climb down. On a car, you would simply stand up upon exit. This product provides that extra step to make entry and exit more comfortable for all, especially those who are not accustomed to a truck or SUV. The AMP Research step is great for those needing that extra foothold to enter or exit the vehicle, such as young children.



    AMP Research Side Steps Are Fully Retractable

    This makes the AMP Research side steps great for the family-oriented Wrangler JKU, where lifting a vehicle could make it impractical with small children or pets. Many owners find that family members accustomed to passenger cars also dislike high entry and exit points. These steps will mitigate that problem: upon opening the door, the AMP Research step will fold out (pictured above). The wide step provides a sturdy foothold, everyone climbs in, and the doors shut. Once the door is shut, the AMP Research step retracts (pictured below).





    As you can see above, when the steps are fully retracted they fold neatly up to the pinch seam. These steps don't remain fixed, like a traditional tube step, becoming caught up on rocks or other obstacles on the trail. If you're looking for rocker protection, the AMP side steps can also hold up to moderate abuse off-road. This provides you with some protection for the pinch seam. However, we would not recommend this product for the dedicated off-road 'rig.' For example, the step simply won't hold up to repeated abuse while rock crawling.



    Added Protection: Pair with Poison Spyder Body Armor

    However, if you have a Jeep Wrangler JK that sees occasional off-road use, you could try the above setup. On this Jeep, we paired the AMP steps with Poison Spyder body armor, giving this JK Unlimited additional protection for the rocker panel! If you are interested in the AMP side steps for your Jeep build, check out this promotion. For a limited time, with a purchase of AMP side steps, receive a free set of Lund floor liners! Built from a strong aluminum-alloy and Teflon coated, AMP steps feature a 5-year/60,000 mile warranty. If you're looking for a durable and retractable side step, this product is for you. Order today, from!



  • An Extraordinary Brute Double Cab HEMI Conversion

    As we prepare to deliver our popular Project Vandal 7.3L HEMI to its new owner, we thought it only appropriate to launch a new HEMI build in the high horsepower, big tire, unique build section of our RubiTrux shop. When our regular customer, enduring supporter and RubiTrux friend, Mark, heard the chatter, he came up with a brilliant idea. Mark asked us to to build his dream Brute Double Cab. Of course, we were honored and thrilled.


    We spent a few days bouncing ideas back and forth to determine the direction of this custom Jeep build. We knew Mark wanted plenty of power. And we knew his extraordinary taste for premium quality and unique design elements to make his vehicles really stand out. Aside from that, he left all the specific design-build choices up to us. We think it’s safe to say, “We nailed it!”

    Stock Wrangler JKU to Double Cab: What A Stretch!

    The process started at AEV’s conversion shop in Wixom, Michigan. A brand new stock Wrangler JKU is stripped down and ready for the conversion process. The added sections in the frame stretch the wheelbase an astounding 23 inches, from a 116-inch wheelbase to a 139-inch wheelbase. AEV then adds a custom cab enclosure, hard top, and stamped composite bed measuring 61 inches long by 60 inches wide.

    Every Double Cab conversion comes standard with an AEV DC350 build package, meaning a 3.5-inch lift and 35-inches tall tires. The conversion process usually takes around 9 months to complete from order to delivery and starts at $41,589 for the conversion alone, not including the Jeep itself.

    We started with AEV’s DC350 build Package as a base; 3.5” DualSport SC suspension, 35x12.50x17 BFG KM2 Mud Terrain Tires, AEV Pintler Wheels, and AEV Premium front and rear bumpers. While it looks incredible, stretching the wheelbase and adding larger tires does have one downfall... Power.

    The HEMI Swap Unleashed A Monster.

    Even the mighty 3.6L Pentastar engine starts to lose some power with the added upgrades. Mark knew this so our first item on the build sheet was a 6.4L HEMI. Knowing Mark’s taste, we knew it wouldn’t stop there.

    You may remember the 7.3L stroker HEMI from Project Vandal, built by our friends at Arrington Performance in Martinsville, Virginia. Arrington is THE go-to performance shop for all things HEMI.  We were unsuccessful at convincing Mark to go with a 7.3L stroker, but we did plan out an upgrade for the 392.

    Arrington swapped the stock heads for CNC Ported and Polished Heads, replaced the stock valves with EPOC Custom Machined Valves, added a Comp 270 Cam and wrote a custom tune for us.

    What kind of power does this add? Glad you asked. The stock 6.4L HEMI makes around 470 HP at the crank with the AEV HEMI Conversion kit. With the added upgrades, this unleashed monster now makes around 650 HP at the crank and an incredible 590 lb-ft of torque!

    Just listen to the rumble!

    External Upgrades For A Heavenly Highway Experience.

    After the HEMI swap we focused on exterior upgrades. We swapped out the 3.5 inch DualSport SC suspension to the 4.5-inch DualSport SC suspension. This, of course, made more room for a bigger tire. While our normal combination is a 4.5-inch lift paired with a 37-inch tall tire, we wanted to push the limits with a 38-inch tall tire. It doesn’t seem like much, but a one-inch taller tire makes a huge difference.

    We chose a 38x13.50r18 Toyo Open Country MT paired with a Fuel 18 x 9 inch Anza wheel. We feel this combination is a match made in heaven. The tires don’t look too big, nor too small. They fill the wheel well proportionately.

    To help turn the massive tires, we chose a 4.56 gear ratio to make it jump right off the line, even with 38s! We could have considered 4.88s. But with all the highway driving this Jeep will experience, plus the HEMI, the 4.56 ratio fits the bill best for both application and performance.

    Dressed For Success! Small Details Make A Big Difference.

    We always take pride in small details, and this build is no different! We completely outfitted the interiorWe started with custom Alea F-1 leather. Then we added the Alpine X009-WRA Restyle Head Unit.

    For an easy in-and-out experience in a Jeep this tall, we installed Carolina Metal Masters Billet Front Grab Handles, paired with AMP Research Power Steps.

    We upgraded lighting with Vision X Vortex LED Headlights, JW Speaker Fog Lights, and a full Recon lighting package which includes turn signals, fender markers and tail lights -- all in a smoke and black. We installed ARB 32 Intensity LED lights for a tasteful touch of color and more forward projecting light.

    If you didn’t catch it on Facebook, here’s a quick glimpse at Mark's new beastie, but beautiful, custom Double Cab conversion. (Stay tuned for a more detailed video posting soon.)

    Want a custom Double Cab of your own? If you can dream it, we can build it. Give us a call and let’s get started.

    Dial 1-888-357-2999

    Got questions? Need Answers? Join us now on the Go4x4It Forum.


  • Product of the Week - Rockhard 4x4 Sport Cage

    rockhard-4x4-sport-cage-jeep-wrangler-jk-jku-silver-blueThe first thing that a Wrangler owner may notice about the factory “roll-bar” is that while the rearmost portion is secured to the body, the front section is connected to the windshield by small “spreader bars”. The hinged windshield is an obvious weak point, and can fold inward in a rollover. Couple this with the higher center of gravity found on SUV’s like the Jeep Wrangler, where the vehicle is more likely to roll over when turning a corner or swerving at speed, and you can see where an upgrade to your OEM roll-bar would be beneficial.rockhard-4x4-sport-cage-jeep-wrangler-jk-jku-blackWhile the Jeep Wrangler JK features many modern amenities, it still inherits this weak point at the windshield from previous models. The Wrangler YJ and TJ also feature these small spreader bars, and while an improvement over the CJ-7, which did not feature spreader bars, are still found lacking in a vehicle rollover. During one of these rollover type accidents, the windshield can fold inwards, into the passenger compartment of the Jeep. While the extent of the rollover and the forces present dictate how far the windshield may crumple inwards, the OEM design still leaves much to be desired. If you’ve ever driven a Jeep, you’ll know just how much (or how little) room there is inside the cab, even in the much larger current production JK models. This leaves very little room for error when the windshield crumples inwards, especially when you factor the space taken up by the driver and passenger.rockhard-4x4-sport-cage-jeep-wrangler-jk-jku-silverSo how do you fix this? Some may advocate full weld-in cage kits, kits that completely replace the OEM hardware, or more. The possibilities are many, with several aftermarket companies producing sport or roll cages, but if your Jeep is a DD (Daily Driver) that sees moderate to light trail use on the weekends, you may not want to drop the coin or effort on installing a complete replacement ‘cage in your brand new Jeep. After all, the OEM cage was engineered by Jeep and did pass multiple crash tests before production, so the factory design is not wholly inadequate. If you’re looking for a product to reinforce the factory roll-bar system, Rockhard 4x4 makes an upgrade for you!rockhard-4x4-sport-cage-jeep-wrangler-jk-jku-componentsRockhard 4x4 has been around for several years, and has become a trusted name in the Jeep aftermarket. Rockhard offers a complete bolt-in sport cage for the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited that reinforces the weak point in the OEM roll-bar design. This Sport Cage features durable ½” thick CNC machined steel locking collars and Grade 8 hardware, so you know it’ll hold up to any abuse on the highway or on the trail. For those DIY-ers out there, this kit is fully bolt-in, so no welding is required. The cage can be paint matched to your vehicle to provide that perfect, finished look, and also incorporates grab handles, to help in entering or exiting the vehicle.rockhard-4x4-sport-cage-jeep-wrangler-jk-jku-locking-collarIn addition to the front kit, featuring the Overhead Cage Streamer, the top windshield bar, the dash bar, and the A-Pillar supports, Rockhard 4x4 also offers additional options for the rear portion of the factory roll-bar, if you’d like to reinforce this area also (seen below). To conclude, If you’ve got a trail ‘rig or that DD that you’re building up to take off-road for the first time, the Rockhard Sport Cage is for you. This product features a sturdy and dependable design, and we’ve added this ‘cage to many builds here at the shop. Call or order online today, at!rockhard-4x4-sport-cage-jeep-wrangler-jk-jku-rear-section

  • Vehicle of the Week - 2016 Granite JKUR

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-aev-heat-reduction-hoodToday we’re looking at another one of our Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon conversions. This Jeep is sporting our standard 4500 build kit, making it one of the larger builds on the lot, but what really catches the eye is the color. Granite is a Jeep factory color that was discontinued after a production run of a couple years. However, the color was so popular that Jeep brought it back! Granite has not been confirmed for the JL production, nor the final JK units that will be produced alongside the JL for the first year. In other words, you better get ‘em while you can! Granite will probably go the way of Chili Pepper Red and make the list of short lived but popular color options.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-aev-4-5-inch-dualsport-sc-suspensionStarting with the OEM color, Granite goes well with silver, chrome, gray or black accents.  The Fuel wheels and AEV bumper combination give just the right amount of contrast, while also complimenting the hues of the factory paintjob. The Recon smoked turn signals, fender markers, and taillights look great, and along with the JW speaker smoked LED headlights, give this Jeep a sleek, modern look. Even the LED lights and brackets blend well with the Granite color. For comparison, these black brackets would be highly noticeable on a red or yellow JKU. Here, they may as well be part of the windshield frame!custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-toyo-open-country-mt-37-13-50-18Moving on from the color, we've upgraded the suspension, tires, and armor. Starting with the AEV 4.5” lift kit. The AEV lift kit allows this Jeep to fit 37” tires while retaining the factory feel and comfort of the stock suspension. The 37” Toyo Open Country M/T tires give this ‘rig extra ground clearance and provide both excellent offroad traction and superb durability. The Fuel D534 Boost 18x9 Wheels give this Jeep a touch of the 2010’s, and go well with the other high end add-ons, such as the AMP side steps and Alea Custom F-1 Leather Interior.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-amp-research-power-stepscustom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-amp-research-power-steps-openFor off-road recovery, there’s a Warn Zeon 8s Synthetic Rope Winch up front, encased in the AEV bumper. As this is a Rubicon, factory electric lockers are standard front and rear, along with the heavy duty Dana-44 axles. The winch and locker combination ensure that this Jeep can climb up, over, and through any obstacles on the trail, and recover other ‘rigs to boot! The aforementioned AEV front and rear bumpers protect this Granite JKUR front and back, as well as carrying the large 37” spare tire (below). To see over the spare tire, a MyGig V5 Video Lockpick with Camera was added. This backup camera can help out around town or on the trail, especially in those tight spaces where the extra length of the JKUR may get you into a pinch.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-aev-premium-front-bumper_1custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-aev-rear-bumper-tire-carrier_1Aftermarket lighting on any modified Jeep is a must. After all, what good is your 4x4 if you can’t see at night? As we mentioned above, all OEM lighting was replaced with top-of-the-line aftermarket products by JW Speaker and Recon. The auxiliary lighting, both in the form of a windshield mounted 50” bar and the dually LED lights at the windshield support pillar, are all Rigid Industries Midnight Edition lights. Rigid Industries produces some of the best LED lights on the market today, and the Midnight Edition line is no exception. Giving the LED lights a dark, smoky look, these lights are great for builds like this Granite Jeep, where subdued colors compliment the OEM paint. Giving the front bumper a bit of a throwback are a pair of IPF 900XS Series Driving Lights, great for on-road driving at night or during inclement weather.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-alpine-restyle-x009-wraOn the interior, we’ve completely replaced the OEM seat fabric and the OEM radio/navigation system. This Granite JKUR sports the previously mentioned Alea Custom F-1 Leather Interior. Coupled with the Alpine X009-WRA Restyle Head Unit, this Jeep JKUR has a luxurious, high-end feel that you won’t get from the factory equipment. If you’re looking to ride in comfort and style, the Alea Leather and Alpine head unit are a must for your Jeep!custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-alea-custom-leather-headrestcustom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-alea-custom-f-1-leatherThis Jeep is currently for sale at our shop for $69,995.00, but hurry, it’s sure to go fast! If you’d like this Jeep, or you want to special order a Granite build of your very own, call Reggie Perry at (828)406-3031!custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-granite-on-37s

  • Product of the Week - AEV Heat Reduction Hood

    custom-2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-baja-yellow-HEMI-6-4--pass-three-quarterIf you’ve swapped in a larger engine, have cooling issues offroad, or simply want a matching hood to go with your AEV build, this product is for you! The Heat Reduction Hood by AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) provides a stylish and functional replacement for the OEM hood on your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited. An internal combustion engine generates large amounts of heat during operation, and the V-6 found in the modern day Jeep Wrangler is no exception. An internal combustion engine utilizes both coolant and air to keep the engine within operating temperatures. If the engine gets too hot for too long, catastrophic failure can occur.custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-mojave-sand-aev-premium-front-bumper-outside-As the cooling system on a stock JK stands, air is pulled through the radiator by the fan, lowering the temperature of the coolant inside. This coolant is then recycled back through the system (engine block, heater core, etc). Thus, the combination of air and coolant keeps the engine from overheating. This is a very basic description, but you get the point. What we’re going to focus on here is the direction of air flow. Once the air enters the engine compartment through the radiator, the only place left for it to go is downwards. Of course, this leads out of the engine compartment. With the stock hood in place, there is a solid ceiling preventing the air from escaping up top. While this may not be an issue off-road with the stock motor, with a bigger engine, or while idling for long periods of time, heat can build up. Remember, heat rises; with the solid OEM hood, there’s nowhere for the hot air to go!aev-40303001aj-heat-reduction-hoodThe AEV Heat Reduction Hood solves this problem. Namely, by providing multiple ports for hot air to exit the engine compartment. These openings have mesh guards in place to prevent debris from getting under the hood, but still allow plenty of room for the air to circulate. If you’ve ever driven a Wrangler equipped with a heat reduction hood, you’ll notice these vents in action, especially at a stop light. When at speed, the AEV Head Reduction Hood exploits the Jeep’s front end low-pressure area, allowing the outside air to be pulled through the radiator and up and over the engine, giving your motor the fresh air it needs!aev-heat-reduction-hood-40303001af-undersideThe Heat Reduction Hood goes well with other AEV accessories, and will give your Jeep JK or JKU an aggressive look, both around town and on the trail! The AEV Head Reduction Hood features OEM-style crumple zones and comes in an e-coated finish and ready for paint. Side mesh inserts are removable if you’d like to install an AEV snorkel kit. Hoods must be shipped to a commercial address, call for an exact shipping quote. Don't buy a sub-par aftermarket hood or rely on the OEM unit, order an AEV Heat Reduction Hood for your build, today!aev-heat-reduction-hood

  • Vehicle of the Week - Project: VANDAL

    IMG_0876This week, we’re looking at a highly unique Jeep. If you’ve kept up with our blog, you may remember the big gold beast; Project: VANDAL. VANDAL was built to go fast and go anywhere, using only the best parts and accessories. The previous owner worked with us over several months, as well as during the build process, to ensure VANDAL was built precisely to his specifications. From the Pueblo Gold paintjob to the custom 7.3L Stroker HEMI V-8 engine, VANDAL is ready for anything.IMG_0882Starting with the bumpers and armor, VANDAL is equipped with Metalcloak Overline fenders, Metalcloak armor, rock rails, and a Metalcloak front bumper, with custom hoop. A Genright rear bumper and tire carrier also allow this Jeep to haul around a 40" spare tire! With this protection, you don’t have to worry about hazards, either at the mall parking lot or on the toughest trails! VANDAL also features a RackWorks roof rack (pictured above), with multiple LED cube lights by Rigid Industries on each side, so you can light up the darkest trail while hauling your gear at the same time!IMG_0883Above, the Metalcloak rock rails are a solid step, a must have with the 5.5" lift and 40" tires! Underneath all the armor, VANDAL sports a pair of Dana-60 axles with 5.38 gears and ARB Air Lockers. These lockers provide the gearing to both run VANDAL on the street and trail, even with the 40x14.50x20 Interco SSM16 tires! A Rock Krawler 5.5” Rock Runner Stage 2 long arm lift with coilovers lets VANDAL tuck the 40’s with ease (below). The ARB air lockers allow this Jeep to crawl up, over, or around the trickiest off-road obstacles, and are actuated with an ARB air compressor (mounted under the hood), also great for airing up your tires after a lengthy off-road excursion.IMG_0877VANDAL was purpose built to handle any kind of terrain, at any time of day! LED lighting by Rigid and Oracle let VANDAL navigate the toughest trails or the desert sands in the dead of night (below). The Oracle LED side mirrors and the Rigid Industries light bars and rock lights allow VANDAL to light up the night on all sides! All of these lights are run from a dual S-POD switch panel and touch screen, and a Genesis dual battery kit ensures that you’ll have enough power to fire up this ‘rig, every time! Recon smoked headlights and turn signals, along with JW Speaker fog lights, also replaced the sub-par OEM units (below).IMG_0874Other add-ons include a GenRight fuel cell, PSC Hydro Assist Steering (to help turn the 40” tires offroad), and an Intraphex rearview mirror camera system, for use when throwing this 'rig in reverse. Taking an overland trip? Don’t worry, along with all the above goodies, the ARB 50 qt fridge/freezer is perfect for carrying your perishables, and the Rack Works Roof Rack is great for hauling extra luggage or the family tent!IMG_0904IMG_0902If the LED bars or roof rack look isn’t for you, don’t worry! We can change and modify VANDAL to suit your needs. If the large 40” tires aren’t your thing, lower the suspension height via the adjustable coilovers and throw on a set of 38’s! Want to add a soft top? We’ve got you covered! This Jeep is a great deal for $129,999.00, and is on sale at our shop. The previous owner decided to leave the Jeeping world, so let this Jeep be yours, you won’t find another one out there! For links to our complete build, and to see the for sale ad, click here! Don’t forget to check out our gallery below, and let us know what you think!2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-custom-vandal-rock-krawler-40s-f-three-quarter-lights-on2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-custom-vandal-rock-krawler-40s-lights-on2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-custom-vandal-rock-krawler-40s-front-lights-off2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-custom-vandal-rock-krawler-40s-metalcloak-overline-fenders2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-custom-vandal-rock-krawler-40s-driver-three-quarter

  • Vehicle of the Week - Jeep JK-8 Conversion

    custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-on-33s_1This week we’re taking a look at another one of our pre-owned vehicles, this 2013 JK-8 Conversion. Here at RubiTrux, we carefully select our used vehicles so that only the best and most unique Jeeps are brought to you, the buyer! We’ve seen everything from HEMI TJ Brute conversions to an immaculate 1979 CJ-7 come through our shop. Each one went home to a very happy and satisfied buyer. We think that the new owner of this unique Jeep will feel the same way!custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-recon-smoked-led-tail-lights_1The MOPAR JK-8 conversion kit turns any run-of-the-mill Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited into a pickup truck, complete with 44”x50” steel bed and removable fiberglass top! The JK-8 conversion was designed to mimic the classic CJ-8 Scrambler from the 1980s, which coupled the 4x4 capabilities of the Jeep with the utility of the pickup truck! The MOPAR JK-8 conversion kit is currently no longer available, due to Jeep producing an official pickup truck within the next few years. This makes the 2013 JK-8 conversion below very unique. Best of all, there’s no assembly required as this one is already complete!custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-sota-novakane-wheels_1custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-tail-gateThe JK-8 conversion deletes the two rear doors, rear seat, and interior accessories rearward of the cab found on the Wrangler Unlimited. If you’re looking for a family hauler, this vehicle may not be for you. However, for the owner looking for a unique Jeep pickup, we’ve got you covered! This JK-8 is ready for back roads, off-road excursions, hauling camping or fishing gear into the backwoods, and more. The spacious cab has room for personal items behind the front seats, which still recline and slide back, perfect for those used to a little more leg room.custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-interior_1custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-cloth-interior_1In addition to the JK-8 conversion, this Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited comes equipped with a set of 285/70/17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tires, Sota 17” Novakane Wheels, and a 2.5” Rough Country Lift. Lighting upgrades include Recon Taillights, Turn Signals, and Fender Marker Lights, and JW Speaker Evolution J Series LED Headlights. Llumar front window tint and a Rampage 3D Grille Insert round out the accessories.custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-rough-country-2-5-33s_1Even though this Jeep may look mild with a 2.5” suspension lift and 33” tires, it’s more than capable for that weekend on the trail or a road trip to your favorite camping site! Want to add a larger lift kit and tires? Just give us a shout, we’re more than happy to customize this ‘rig to your specifications! This JK-8 is for sale at $42,500.00. If you’d like to check it out in person, don’t be afraid to stop by. Let us know what you think about this JK-8, and check out the gallery below!custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-jw-speaker-j-series-headlights_1custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-rampage-grille-insert_1custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-2-5-inch-lift_1custom-jeep-wrangler-jk8-wrangler-duratrac-tires_1

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