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Wrangler JK Unlimited

  • Advantages of Exterior LINE-X Coating

    Why Choose LINE-X Exterior Coating?

    If you've ever worried about scratches or dents on your vehicle, you may want to check out LINE-X coating. Commonly used in the beds of pickup trucks, LINE-X is a durable solution for all of your fit and finish concerns. This spray on coating can be color matched to any Jeep factory paint code. More durable than ever, the current generation product will resist cracking, peeling, and color fading, giving it an edge over the competition. A LINE-X treatment also includes UV protection for added defense against the harmful rays of the sun. The innovative protective coating features a long-lasting rich gloss finish that gives your vehicle a constant "just sprayed" look. It permanently bonds at the molecular level to keep your vehicle's outer body fully protected for years to come.

    LINE-X Exterior Coating

    LINE-X vs. Kevlar or Rhino Liner

    The two main products that compete here, not pictured, are Rhino Liner and what are sometimes referred to as "Kevlar" coatings. While these products may give the appearance of a high quality spray on protective coating. They have several shortfalls. The key problem with these so called "Kevlar" coatings is simple. As anyone remotely familiar with Kevlar (used in bulletproof vests, for example) can tell you, Kevlar is vulnerable to UV rays. This means that over time, the Kevlar part of the spray on coating can degrade, especially if the vehicle is kept outside. Rhino Liner has similar issues with UV when it comes to durability and fading. Rhino has a softer rubber based construction than the  LINE-X plastic based construction.  The LINE-X coating is sprayed 10x thicker than the Kevlar but unlike Kevlar does not allow for  details to be added into the coating. We recommend LINE-X exterior coating over both competitor products.

    LINE-X Coating - Wrangler JK

    LINE-X Coating Options And Costs

    If you're looking at giving your vehicle a LINE-X treatment, click HERE to view your options. Prices start at $2795.00. Prices do not include transporting your vehicle. Get your Jeep ready for the great outdoors and give it a durable finish from the best name in protective coatings. Choose Line-X Body Armor™!

    *Prices do not include transportation or the stripping down of the Jeep and re-installation of parts. Strip and re-install typically run 6 to 8 hours labor.

  • 2017 Hypergreen JKUR Build Review

    We built one of the first 2017 Hypergreen Jeep Wrangler JK HEMI conversions right here in Boone, North Carolina in late 2016! Not only did we grab a four door JKU, we also chose the Rubicon package. This Jeep is a truly unique build, and one that showcases just how wild your build can be. With a 6.4L HEMI and 38's, this JKU will turn heads around town or on the trail!

    2017 Hypergreen JK Unlimited Rubicon: Gone Wild!

    Stock 2017 Hypergreen JKUR

    This Jeep started life as an OEM JKUR, seen above. Since this was our first 2017 Hypergreen HEMI conversion, we knew it couldn't stay stock for long. So we chose a standard RubiTrux LCOG build as our starting point, and the build took off from there. In case you're a new reader, an LCOG build features a short lift (usually around 2-3" or so) with large tires, normally 35-37's. And with a lower center of gravity, the Jeep is less likely to roll over on the street or trail. With high clearance fenders, the Jeep can run tires a size or two larger than those typically recommended for that given lift height.

    So for the lift kit, we chose an AEV 3.5" lift. The tires are 38" Toyo Open Country M/T's mounted to custom painted Spyderlock Wheels. We added Poison Spyder Fender Flares to allow the 38's to flex on just 3.5" of lift. They also protect the sheetmetal and wheel wells of the Wrangler.  Since the Jeep is closer to the ground, we chose to install Poison Spyder front and rear bumpers with Line-X coating. The front features a Poison Spyder Brawler Lite Bumper. Housed within the Bumper is a Warn Zeon 10s Winch for recovery. The rear features a Poison Spyder rear bumper and tire carrier, shown below.

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Tire Carrier

    For those finding the Jeep just a bit tall, we also installed a set of RSE Rock Step Sliders, which go well with the Poison Spyder bumpers and tire carrier. These steps are handy in that they fold out when the door opens, and tuck back inside the rock slider when the door closes. This is an ideal upgrade for owners more used to a low car or CUV than a Jeep.

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Rock Slider Steps

    Lighting Upgrades

    For lighting we chose a 50" Rigid Industries Midnight Edition LED light bar, coupled with a pair of Rigid Midnight Dually Pods. These blacked out LED lights accent the Hypergreen body color very well. And they also go well with the black fender flare accents, bumpers and tire carrier on this build. As for headlights, we chose JW Speaker Evolution 2 Series LED Headlights and paired them up with a complete set of Recon Smoked LED Taillights and Turn Signals. A set of Baja Designs Squadron XL Pro lights are also fixed to the front bumper, for additional off-road lighting options.

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Lighting Upgrades

    Interior Upgrades

    The OEM dash, door panels and accents remained OEM for this build. However, we did add an Alea F-1 Leather upgrade for the seats, and an Alpine X009-WRA Restyle Headunit. The new headunit not only gives this Jeep a larger touch-screen for navigation. But it also displays useful information like tire pressure and engine codes. 

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Alea Leather Upgrades

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Alpine Restyle HeadUnit

    It's A Hemi With Tactical Tops Hard Top!

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Hemi Conversion

    Last but not least, we've got the 6.4L HEMI conversion and Tactical Tops Hardtop! The Hardtop, with full Line-X coating, gives this Jeep a unique, fastback look, matching the Line-X covered bumpers and rock sliders. The 6.4L HEMI Conversion puts out 470-500 horsepower, and up to 500 lb/ft torque! The HEMI fits this Jeep much better than the OEM 3.6L V6, and turns the 38's with ease!

    2017 Hypergreen JKUR Tactical Hard Top

    This Jeep is currently for sale. For a full list of all aftermarket additions and modifications on this custom build, click HERE!

    Mild or wild in color and style, we can build it!  Which color and style would you choose? Give us a call if you need help deciding which upgrade options make the most sense for your lifestyle.

  • American Expedition Vehicles

    If you're looking to upgrade your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited, check out American Expedition Vehicles products. AEV has been around since the 1990s. Some of the company's first projects included a Jeep Wrangler YJ stretch and a TJ stretch to CJ-8 length wheelbase. This directly inspired the Jeep Wrangler LJ for the final few years of the TJ production run. AEV began manufacturing certain conversion kits, like highlight fenders and the popular Brute kits soon after. For the Wrangler JK, AEV accessories range from tire carriers and bumpers to wheels and lift kits, and a few things in between.

    Modern American Expedition Vehicles 

    American Expedition Vehicles Front Bumper WinchWhile most of the old crowd remember Nth Degree suspension kits and the TJ Brute pickup, the new JK group is what we'll discuss here. For the most refined and up-to-date Jeep Wrangler, AEV geared it's products toward the higher-end Jeep crowd. We'll take a look at their premium front and rear bumpers, wheels, lift kits and more. But we'll start with a look at the popular AEV Brute Double Cab conversion in the photo above.

    The AEV Brute Double Cab conversions begin with a standard Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited and transform it into a crew-cab pickup. The OEM frame is cut in half and the cargo area is removed, along with the soft or hard top. The frame is lengthened, the cab area is closed off, and the Brute pickup bed is added. The crew cab gets a unique hard-top, but the front freedom panels are reused. All current JK Brute Double Cab conversions are done in-house by AEV in Michigan. The finished vehicles are then shipped back to RubiTrux for further modifications, or to the owner.


    American Expedition Vehicles front bumperThe Brute Double Cab and the above Mojave Sand Jeep both feature the AEV Premium Front Bumper. This bumper is a durable, high quality upgrade to replace the flimsy plastic OEM unit. You can add a winch, external auxiliary lights, bumper mounted fogs, and a grille guard hoop. In the Brute image above, you can see a Warn winch housed inside the bumper. The version on the Mojave Sand Jeep features a winch delete plate. This plate is used if you don't have a winch, and gives the bumper a nice finished look. You can also get a matching AEV rear bumper and tire carrier like the one below. 

    American Expedition Vehicles JK Tire CarrierThe AEV Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier combo are a nice match for the front bumper. The AEV Rear Bumper is durable, and features space for a hitch and two auxiliary water tanks (look just under the license plate holder). The Tire Carrier fixes directly to the bumper and rear hatch of the Wrangler, and is great for those builds with large tires, such as this Wrangler JKU on 37's.

    Compare with other aftermarket bumpers here.

    Lift Kits

    American Expedition Vehicles Lift Kit JK

    AEV also manufactures high quality lift kits for the Wrangler JK. These lift kits range from budget-friendly setups, to complete kits in the 2-2.5" range, to full 4.5" kits. These kits are by far the best combination of ride quality and off-road ability on the market. Geometry brackets and Bilstein Shocks, along with the AEV variable rate springs keep suspension components aligned and the ride better than OEM! If you're looking for a top-of-the-line lift kit for your new Jeep, look no further. We build about 95% of our builds with AEV kits, and with good reason. Most customer's also prefer AEV on the Wrangler JK platform, unless you're looking to build a dedicated off-road vehicle, such as Project: VANDAL. Be sure to click through our build pictures to decide what size lift kit and tire would work best on your Jeep.

    Compare with other aftermarket lift kits here.


    American Expedition Vehicles JK WheelsIf you're looking for another piece of the puzzle in your Wrangler JK build, check out AEV wheels. Pictured here is a set of AEV Salta Wheels on our Rhino Wrangler JK build. AEV makes some high quality wheels for the Wrangler JK and Dodge Ram. Pictured below is a set of AEV Savegre Wheels on one of our Baja Yellow builds. No matter the style of your build, from spoke to bullet-hole wheels, AEV has a product for you!

    For more info on which wheels are right for your Jeep here, click here.

    American Expedition Vehicles JK Bumper

    American Expedition Vehicles For Dodge Ram

    You may have noticed we also build new Ram pickups. AEV produces lift kits and accessories for these trucks, too. So if you've got a Dodge Ram, or are interested in building one of these trucks for your very own, be sure to check out this post!

    American Expedition Vehicles Dodge Ram

    The Dodge Ram build featured here can fit 40" tires on just 3" of lift! Great bumper, fender, interior, navigation options and more, really set a RubiTrux Ram apart from the competition. If you're interested in purchasing this truck,  you can check out the listing HERE.

    If you're looking to build a Wrangler JK or a Dodge Ram, AEV has superior high quality parts that you can't afford to overlook. Don't waste your time and money on subpar products or low-dollar lift kits. Do it right the first time, with American Expedition Vehicles and RubiTrux.

    For more information and to see our complete listing of AEV Parts and Accessories, click HERE.

  • 2016 Review: 2016 Jeep JK-L

    This week for our 2016 In Review series, check out this Jeep JK-L! You heard us right, we took a 4-Door Wrangler Unlimited and turned it into a modern take on the LJ/CJ-8! If you're looking for a unique off-road vehicle, the JK-L conversion may be for you. The OEM Wrangler JKU, introduced in 2007, took a few strides away from the traditional Jeep platform. The first Wrangler to feature four doors, the Wrangler JKU opened the Jeep market to consumers who would have never thought of purchasing an older Wrangler or CJ. Families, soccer moms, and hardcore wheelers alike flocked to the JKU. As a result, any grocery store or mall parking lot is full of 'em. Want something that truly stands out? Read more below!

    Jeep JK-L vs. OEM JKU

    jeep-wrangler-jk-jkl-long-wheel-base-2-doorFor the Wrangler JK-L conversion, we started with a standard 2016 Jeep Wrangler JKU. While the rear seat could remain as is, this customer requested a cargo bed. So as we plated over the door openings, we also built a cargo bed where the rear seat used to be (shown below). The before and after pictures showcase just how much work went into this build. The finished bed received a complete Line-X protective coating. With the steel and Line-X'd bed, this JK-L is ready to go to work!


    j8-bedlinerWe installed a few other add-ons, such as cargo bed lights and a set of front auxiliary lights. A mild suspension lift and some BFG Mud-Terrain tires round out the accessories. The new owner wanted a mostly OEM appearance, and we felt that the JK-L nailed it! Last we heard, the owner was in contact with a local canvas company for some custom soft top side windows. Stay tuned for more, and don't forget to let us know what you think, either here or over on our forum, Go4x4it!


  • 2016 Review: Mojave Sand EXT

    JK-EXT Mojave Sand

    Earlier in 2016 we received a build request for a very unique Jeep. The Mojave Sand color had just come out, and a customer wanted an EXT conversion in this color. We sprang into action with a brand new 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport. This Sport package, pictured below, was promptly disassembled upon arrival, taking it from the stock SUV look, to something more rugged and utilitarian. Furthermore, in addition to the conversion, the EXT was slated for 35" tires and a 2.5" AEV suspension system!


    jeep-wrangler-unlimited-jk-mojave-sand-ext-conversion-stock-driver-angleTransition, from OEM to EXT

    As you can see, the conversion kit is quite involved. First of all, the hard top and everything after the rear seats was cut down or off and removed. As you can see, the bed extensions give the EXT more storage space over a stock JK-U. In addition, the new truck bed is evened out and reinforced with steel plates. This, coupled with the Line-X bed coating, lets the EXT haul cargo that would not fit or could damage the trunk in a standard JK. The vehicle was then sent off for body work and paint matching, resulting in the transformed vehicle below.

    2016-custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-conversion-mojave-sand-extAdd-ons and Accessories

    In addition to the conversion kit, you may notice several aftermarket accessories on this Mojave Sand EXT. The lift kit is an AEV 2.5" Dual Sport system. The front bumper is also AEV, but the rear bumper is a Rock Slide Engineering model, designed specifically for the extended truck bed. This RSE bumper also features a swing out tire carrier, perfect for carrying the oversized 35" spare. Alea Leather and an Alpine Restyle kit round out the interior upgrades.

    2016-custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-mojave-sand-body-armor-trail-doorsYou may also notice the half doors - the new owner specifically requested a set of Body Armor Trail doors, perfect for warm weather! For winter, the EXT does of course come with the hard top and full doors. Right before it left the shop, we had one last minute addition, a Gobi Roof Rack, shown below. This helps the EXT carry even more cargo! Rounding out the aftermarket upgrades is LED lighting from Recon, IPF and JW Speaker!

    Looking for an EXT?

    If you're looking for an EXT, give us a call! We've built quite a few at our shop and we do the conversion and upgrades in house! You can spec out your build with nothing but the best in aftermarket brands, such as AEV, Rock Slide Engineering, JW Speaker and more! Click here for the first part of the build phase on this EXT, and don't forget to give us a call if you'd like to build an EXT of your very own. At RubiTrux, you get the best in quality and craftsmanship when it comes to aftermarket Jeep Wrangler JK's.2016-custom-jeep-wrangler-ext-conversion-mojave-sand-aev-premium-front-bumper


  • 2016 Review: Brute Double Cab

    2016 was a big year for us here at RubiTrux, so we're going to do a build recap! Stay tuned while we cover our biggest and baddest builds from 2016. There's been a bit of everything here this year, from a two door JK-Unlimited (Yes, we mean a two door Unlimited!) to a few custom Brute TJ's, and we'll get to 'em all! First up, this AEV Brute Double Cab.


    AEV Brute Double Cab

    The Brute conversion on a JK Unlimited turns this SUV into a crew cab pickup truck. A popular conversion, this transformation only takes place on location with AEV in Michigan, and generally has a long turnaround time. This Jeep in particular began life as a 4-door JKUR with the 3.6L Pentastar. In addition to the frame stretch and pickup bed, this conversion also features an AEV Heat Reduction hood, and AEV front and rear premium bumpers! After AEV finished with the conversion, this Brute headed straight to our shop in Boone, North Carolina for some upgrades!

    Brute Double Cab


    We see it all the time; someone orders a double cab, and they put 35's or maybe 37's on it. This truck has 38's! 38x13.50x18 Toyo Open Country M/T's to be exact. Mounted to a set of Fuel D557 Anza Wheels, this wheel and tire combo give this truck a perfect, aggressive stance. In order to fit these large tires, an AEV 4.5" DualSport SC suspension kit was also added to the vehicle, giving this Brute some much needed ground clearance!


    For this build, the OEM 3.6L just wouldn't cut it, so we yanked that and installed a custom 6.4L HEMI built by Arrington Performance! This motor makes 650hp and includes several upgrades, such as upgraded heads, cam, EPOC machined valves and custom tuning. While a 3.6L might make a Brute conversion feel a bit sluggish, this 6.4L HEMI provides the perfect amount of power and torque, especially with the 4.56 gears!


    As far as the other accessories go, the interior received a complete makeover with an  Alpine X009-WRA Restyle Headunit and a Custom Alea F-1 Leather InteriorAmp Research Power Steps help with entry and exit from the cab, and the aforementioned AEV Premium Bumpers house a Warn winch in the front, should recovery become an issue.


    The OEM lighting was replaced with Recon Smoked LED Taillights, turn signals, and fender lenses. JW Speaker Smoked LED Headlights and Fog Lamps replaced the stock units, while ARB Intensity Auxiliary Lights provide off-road lighting when needed most!

    We've got more build recaps from 2016 coming soon, so stay tuned!


    Jeep Holiday Gift Ideas For A Moderate Budget

    Our RubiTrux elves have been hard at work making a list of Jeep holiday gift ideas for every budget. This shopping list for Jeepers is for the moderate budget. But be sure to check out our gift ideas for the conscious budget and the carefree budget, too!  If you need assistance, just call our RubiTrux elves at 1-828-675-8789. You'll make their day.

    With every Jeep owners wish list and your budget top-of-mind, we made shopping for Jeep gifts fast, fun and easy. Merry Shopping! Your Jeeper will love you for it.


    6  Jeep Holiday Gift Ideas For A Moderate Budget

     1. BedRug Bed Tread

    Give your Jeep buddy the ultimate Jeep flooring protection. It's a custom molded spray-in bed liner concept for inside the Jeep. And it not only looks rough and tough, it is rough and tough! This next generation flooring system is designed to reduce road noise and alleviate heat escape. And the extra cool factors? It's 100% removable and waterproof. Why didn't Jeep think of that? Priced at $308.00. Shop now!

    Jeep Holiday Gift Ideas BedRug BedTred

    2. JW Speaker LED Fog Lights

    Help keep your Jeeper safe by gifting the most advanced LED headlight on the market. These long-lasting LEDs are a direct replacement for the standard 4" round lamp. And they're quick and easy to install. You'll be gifting your Jeeper superior visibility on and off-road. They'll appreciate the advanced lighting quality. And they won't need to replace a bulb for years to come! Priced from $360.00 - $399.99. Shop now!

    JW Speaker Fog Wrangler JK Jeep Holiday Gift Ideas JW Speaker Fog Lights For Wrangler JK

    JW Speaker Fog Hard Rock Holiday Jeep Gift Ideas JW Speaker LED Fog Hard Rock Kit With Plug-N-Play Harness

    3. sPod Wiring Solution

    You can make life simple for the Jeep accessory lover on your list who needs more room for those aftermarket upgrades. Factory Jeep electrical space is limited. But this easy-to-install sPod electrical panel upgrade provides 6 additional pre-installed and wired electrical switches. And, of course, extra add-ons are available. Priced at $435.00. Shop now!

    Jeep Holiday Gift Idea sPod Power System

    4. AEV Rear Vision System

    For the Jeep Wrangler JK Owner, this AEV Rear Vision System can be a life-saver. Whether it's backing into boulders, stumps, or vehicles and other obstacles in a parking lot, rear visibility can be a real problem for Jeepers. Needless to say, this is a Jeep holiday gift idea that also provides that extra safety guard for the kids and their toys. AEV's rear vision system is a vehicle-specific rear view camera replacement for the factory rear view mirror. It comes with a high-mount camera that mounts on the tire carrier and includes a high-mount stop light for the back of the Jeep. AEV's new rear view camera system provides a superior field of view. Priced at $680.00. Shop now!

    Jeep Holiday Gift Ideas AEV Rear Navigation System


    5. Dirty Dog Netting

    Dirty Dog Netting is not just for the dirty dog. But it does keep the dirty dog safe and secure. Aside from the dog, it keeps all the cargo safe and secure---the Jeepers, the Christmas presents, the kids and the groceries---whether the tops and doors are on or off. Dirty Dog's five-piece set comes in a variety of colors. This product requires extra shipping time. So order early! Priced at $566.42. Shop now!

    Jeep Gift Ideas Dirty Dog Netting

    6. Superchips Jeep Trail Dash 2 

    Your serious off-road Jeeper will be a happy camper when they open this gift. Trail Dash 2 features a 5" high resolution screen for monitoring tire pressure, operating lights, and calibrating speed with up to a 42" tire. It also shows the angle of the Jeep on the trail, which is a big help for those high-risk driving situations. Trail Dash 2 can tune the Jeep for specific functions such as larger tires, crawl speed, and more. Priced at $495.95. Shop now!

    SuperChips Trail Dash 2 Holiday Gift Idea Jeep

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