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  • Winching Basics For Off-Road Recovery

    We all have to start somewhere, right? If you're starting to venture off-road with your new Wrangler JK, don't venture far without a winch. Make learning the winching basics a top priority, and practice it before you get yourself into a real compromised situation. While there are many winch options out there, we prefer the Warn brand for it's strength, reliability and durability. Warn offers several models from base to high-end. But if you can swing it, we recommend the Warn Zeon model hands down. Click here to find out why.

    Prepare For The Unexpected

    Consider upgrading your winch hook and investing in a recovery kit to make sure you get safe, reliable performance out of your winch time after time. By outfitting yourself with the proper recovery tools and accessories, and applying correct basic winching practices, you can safely and confidently navigate obstacles, and forego a lengthy frustrating recovery when you finally do get stuck.

    While most winch systems come with a conventional hook, we recommend upgrading to a ProLink by Factor 55. This closed system keeps the winch line from slipping out of the hook. The ProLink fastens to the end of your winch line, then a D-Ring mates the ProLink to the tow strap. The ProLink is available in a variety of colors to best match your build. Factor 55 features a full line of winch accessories. You can check them all out HERE.


    1. Winching Basics: Locate Your Tow Points

    With many aftermarket bumpers, there are multiple winch points. The Jeep pictured below is outfitted with a full Maximus-3 build package. There are D-Ring mounts below the winch hook (shown in red), and tow hooks by the bumper hoop (also in red). On most Wrangler JK's, there are two tow hooks in the front bumper, and one in the rear. These points are great for pulling out a stuck JK with your winch. Do not attach a winch line to the OEM roll bar or any external sheet metal. Factory tow points located on the bumper and frame are the best places to hook up a winch.

    2. Winching Basics: Attach To The Anchor Point

    If you need to winch yourself out, you'll need to find something solid, like a tree or another vehicle to attach to. This is when a tow strap or tree strap comes in handy. For example, a stock vehicle may not have a tow hook, or your winch line may cut into the tree and damage it when you winch off of it. A wide, reinforced recovery strap is a much safer and more responsible option than using your winch line. Remember to forever tread lightly on land and water. Make every effort to protect the trees and land along your path and around your recovery area. View the TREAD principles for responsible four-wheeling.

    The ARB Recovery Kit, featured below is a useful accessory to have on hand. It includes D-Rings, recovery straps and a snatch block. A snatch block is used to change the direction of your winch cable when the anchor point is offset. And it gives you extra pulling power. Click here to learn how to use a snatch block.

    ARB Recovery Kit

    On Using A Land Anchor

    If there are no solid points to attach your winch to, your alternative is to use a land anchor, like the AEV Pull Pal shown below, for example. These anchors can be planted in clay, sand, soil or snow. In this case, you would plant the land anchor firmly into the ground and directly attach the winch hook and cable to the anchor handle. If you plan to get into serious off-roading or you're going to be wheelin' in the desert, you'll definitely want to invest in a top-quality winch anchor and learn how to use it properly before you go.

    Pull-Pal Winch Anchor - Winching Basics

    3. Winching Basics: On Tightening The Winch Line

    Once you've attached the winch to the winch anchor point or land anchor, turn on the vehicle. Using your winch remote, press the spool button to gently tighten the winch line. Don't over tighten. 

    4. Use Gloves, Dampener And Caution

    Use extreme caution when winching out your vehicle or a friend's. When pulling out your line, or spooling your winch in, keep your line as straight as possible and beware pinch points. Wear gloves and keep a safe distance while winding. Your fingers and hands can be crushed if pulled into the winch.

    Make sure all bystanders are clear before you begin a recovery operation. Stand clear of the winch line! It's under an enormous amount of tension. And cables are known to snap. This can prove deadly if you're standing in the wrong spot.  Also, consider using something like a jacket or towel to place over the winch line. If the line does snap, this will help dampen some of the force, keeping bystanders a bit safer.

    5. Place Vehicle In Neutral: Spool, Monitor, Straighten

    Place the vehicle in neutral and press the spool button on your winch remote. As the vehicle begins to move forward, monitor the towel or dampener, keeping it in the middle of the line. Stop or steer the vehicle, if you need to, to make sure your line is spooling straight and even. Once your vehicle is fully recovered, you're ready to unhook and stow your tools. Then, give your friends a high-five!

    Be Safe Out There!

    Remember, the key to every off-road trip is safety first. If safety isn't top of mind, serious injury to people and vehicles can and will occur. It's just the nature of our dangerously fun and favorite past time, ' four wheelin.' Play it safe and don't go off-road alone. Learn and practice the winching basics before you need to put them into serious action.

  • Wrangler JK - Mirror Options

    Worried about the lack of mirrors when you take the doors off your Wrangler JK? Check out these mirror options. They're ideal for summertime use around town or on the trail. These mirrors will let you maintain visibility and safety while making the most of your Jeep!

    4 Mirror Options For Safe Summer Fun!

    On older Jeep vehicles like the CJ-7, the mirrors are usually seen mounted on the windshield brackets. However, the JK features large plastic mirrors. The JK is much larger than an early Wrangler or CJ-7. Thus, mirrors are helpful on the highway or parking around town. Also, some states are very strict about mirror laws. So if you're running doorless or with aftermarket half doors, here are four options you should consider. 

    Rugged Ridge - Quick Release

    The true "door off" mirror option are the Rugged Ridge Quick Release mirrors. These mirrors are similar to the old CJ mirrors. Affixed to the windshield frame, these mirrors will work with doors on or off. Installation is a snap, and you can use the quick release feature if you want to remove these in a hurry! Comes in a satin black finish. Priced at $62.99.

    Rugged Ridge Door Mirror Kit

    These mirrors are the Rugged Ridge OEM "replica" mirror kit. These mirrors are nearly identical to the OEM Jeep mirrors. If you're running Rugged Ridge or MOPAR half doors for the summer, these mirrors are a great option. UV protected black plastic housing. Note that doors are required. This kit DOES NOT fit to your windshield frame. Priced at $180.99.

    Body Armor Trail Door Mirrors

    These mirrors are designed for the Body Armor trail doors. Trail doors are an aftermarket half door, great for the summer, but lacking in an OEM Jeep mirror mount. If you like the classic YJ/TJ Wrangler mirrors, check these out. Simplified design for easy storage, folds flush to the door. Furthermore, they're easily adjustable! Priced at $147.78.

    Body Armor Mirror Options

    Oracle Mirrors With Illumination

    These mirrors by Oracle are great for replacing the mirrors on your full doors, or if you're running half doors for the summer and want more illumination. Producing 2200 Lumens, these mirrors are great for lighting up peripheral areas beyond your headlights' reach. Check out the range of illumination and our Project VANDAL pictures at! $420.75.

    Oracle Mirrors

    Go Fully Equipped!

    Don't go ill-equipped without mirrors for your half-doors or doorless rides this summer. Whether it's to comply with your state law or just for added safety, these aftermarket mirror options can save you and your Jeep. Got questions? Don't hesitate to give us a call at 828-675-8789. 

  • Wrangler Off-Road Driving Tips

    So you just bought a Wrangler JK. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Taking it off-road, of course! However, there's a few things you should know before starting out on your next adventure. Here are a few basic off-road driving tips.

    Off-road driving tips

    Never Go Off-Road Alone!

    When venturing off the beaten path, always take a friend! The more the merrier. When using and modifying your vehicle for off-road excursions, breaking down or getting stuck can and does happen. But if you follow these off-road driving tips, you can turn aggravation into fun.

    Having a friend (or a few) with tow straps, a winch, or even some shovels, can make the difference between driving out or walking home. There are several ways your vehicle can become immobilized. From puncturing a tire, improperly or hastily installed aftermarket parts (that bolt you forgot to torque down), or the classic, getting stuck in a deep mud pit, off-road problems can ruin your day of fun. But don't let this discourage you. Changing a tire or winching out is much easier with friends, and you'll have a cool story to boot. It's much more enjoyable than having to walk out to call help or a tow truck. We guarantee it!

    Off-Road Driving Tips

    Go Prepared!

    You can ride with a whole convoy of Jeeps, from the oldest CJ to the newest Wrangler JK with electronic lockers, but it'll all be moot if no one has a tow strap! Go prepared with things like tow straps, snatch-blocks, shovels, and extra D-rings. You may want to consider something like this ARB Essentials Recovery Kit, or the Warn Medium Duty Epic Recovery Kit. Both companies also offer Heavy Duty Recovery Kits.


    A winch can be your best friend here, too. With your winch, you should carry a good set of gloves, an extra tree/tow strap, and extra batteries for your controller (if applicable). A high-lift jack and equipment to change your tire is invaluable if you pop a bead or tear a sidewall. It's always a good idea to carry extra water and a good first aid kit too. 

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    Off-Road Driving Tips

    Off-Road Driving Tips For 4x4 Wheelin'

    Most Jeep Wrangler vehicles come factory equipped with 4x--and lockers if you've got a Rubicon. Unless you're planning a big swap, you're out of luck with the few older 2-wheel drive Wrangler JK's, so double check for 4x4 before you buy a used Jeep. With open differentials, 4-Hi is fine for dirt trails or light mud, but get into a deep bog or rocks, and you may want to use 4-low. Remember to engage the 4x4 before you actually need it. You may need to move your vehicle forward a bit before 4x4 engages. Needless to say, this does you no good if you're already stuck and can't get the 4x4 to engage.

    Driving Techniques for Off-Road 4x4

    If mud is your thing, keep up your momentum. If you bog down and start spinning tires, back up and try again or pick a different route. For rocks, engage those lockers and go slow. Speed translates to breakage and dented sheet metal, especially around those big boulders at the local off-road park. Follow this off-road driving tip for a smoother off-roading experience.

    Off-Road Driving Tips for Tire Pressure

    Also, don't forget to air down your tires. Ratings vary by tire and wheel size. but an aired down tire will have a larger footprint than one with street psi. This translates to a larger gripping surface for your vehicle, and it'll usually help you climb up, over, or out of even the toughest obstacles. Beadlocks, seen below, will let you air down your tire even further, for the greatest amount of traction. A simple tire inflator with gauge makes it easy to deflate and inflate your tires. Watch this expert video for more information on tire pressure ratings for off-road driving conditions. 

    Basic Off-Road Driving Tips

    Follow Leave No Trace Principals!

    Take a trash bag. On your way out, be sure to pick up your trash. If you see any debris left behind by others, lend a hand and help keep our trails clean for the next group. Off-road trips with a properly equipped Jeep can be an unforgettable adventure for Jeep friends and family!

    Be a good steward. Visit for more Leave No Trace principals.

  • Basic Spotting Rules for the Trail

    It's important you know basic spotting rules before you go off-road with friends. Imagine yourself out having a great time off-road when your buddy gets his Jeep into a jam. He's stuck at an odd angle and he's having a hard time seeing the trail. There's a large rock that's just off to the side and out of his view. You know he's in a predicament, but you're not sure how to help. 

    The Spotter's Role

    Your friend needs a spotter. Spotting for someone involves getting to a vantage point and helping them through an obstacle or hard-to-see portion of the trail. The spotter gives the driver basic directions through loud voice commands or hand signals. The driver must trust the spotter, especially if the going gets tough. Trail damage to body panels or drivetrain equipment is costly, and can ruin even the most perfect day, so it's imperative you know the basic rules of spotting and take it seriously.

    Basic Spotting Rules 

    Off-Road ObstaclesSpotting is one of the fundamentals of any off-road trip. When off-road, there can be hazards and obstacles all around you. They can be to the sides, front, or rear of your vehicle--and yes, beneath or above you as well. The driver must be constantly scanning the environment, not only for the best path (or "line"), but also for the potential hazards. As you can see from the picture below, full doors and interior add-ons such as a roll-cage can clutter or obscure your view from the driver's seat. In this case, Jeeping with a spotter you can trust is crucial.

    Obstacles Obstruct View From Inside The Vehicle - Basic Spotting Rules

    How To Use Words And Gestures

    First and foremost, use basic words or gestures. Complex sentences can confuse the situation. Couple words and gestures together for the best results. Simple words as "STOP" (palm out) and "GO" (a beckoning or thumbs up gesture) work better than "hold up" and "come on", for example. But you may not be able to yell over the sound of a straight piped V-8 engine. Discuss this beforehand and figure out what works best for both the spotter and driver. While the spotter remotely guides the 4x4 through a hazardous obstacle, the driver and spotter must be on the same page.

    Use terms such as "driver" and "passenger" for sides of the vehicle. This removes the directional "right" and "left", which can be confusing, especially if the driver and spotter are facing one another. Doing so reduces the opportunity for situations that can cause bodily injury and vehicle damage, such as a typical rollover, seen below.

    Rubicon Rollover

    Keep It Simple!

    Alway designate a spotter and one assistant spotter per obstacle, especially if they're familiar with the trail. It doesn't help to have everybody along for the ride pile out and start shouting directions. Just remember the golden rule. Keep It Simple! Simple always works best, especially when you've got a large expensive vehicle feet or inches away from trees or boulders.

    Generally the more experienced "off-roaders" on the trip will volunteer to spot. Experienced spotters can predict how the vehicle will behave. Variables like rain, mud, tire type, center of gravity, and more, all come into play here. "When in doubt, throttle out" sometimes works. But there will be just as many times where "slow and steady" wins the race, especially on the rocks.

    Jeeps Off-Road Obstacles

    How To Be An Effective Spotter

    Spotting is just as important while off-road as having the appropriate recovery equipment. Don't forget to learn the ins and outs of your vehicle, as well as others you Jeep with. Knowing how a given vehicle will or may behave on the trail is the first step in becoming an effective spotter. If you have an experienced spotter in the group, watch how they guide a 4x4 through the trail. Always remember, keep it simple, be safe, and have fun out there. Follow the basic spotting rules. 

  • Jeep Wrangler Seat Covers

    Whether you need to replace your faded and torn factory seats or protect your new ones, seat covers are a good investment. You can order seat covers in many configurations. From waterproof covers to modular seat covers with cargo pockets, they're highly functional. We turn to quality brands like Bestop and Bartact for our custom builds. But, here are several options for you to consider.

    Bartact Best Premium Fit

    Bartact Seat Covers

    Bartact, shown above, manufactures their seat covers from waterproof-backed polyester. You can purchase these in a solid or two-tone color scheme. These covers feature a modular system to attach your favorite accessory pouches and gear. And they're backed by a 3-year minimum fade guarantee. Bartact guarantees a premium precise fit your Wrangler OEM seats. Pricing starts at $309.99.

    Bestop Bang For Your Buck

    If you're looking for a simple, yet durable, seat cover. Bestop (shown above) features a UV and water resistant construction and a strap and buckle fastening system. You can choose from black, tan, and gray. Priced at $199.99.
    Bestop Seat Covers

    AEV Covers For A Complete AEV Build

    Below, the AEV Cordura covers complement your AEV build. Made from waterproof Cordura, these machine-washable covers are more durable than others made of neoprene. Also featuring a strap and buckle fastening system, these covers are available in black. Priced at $310.00.

    AEV Seat Covers

    Rugged Ridge Rocks Simple Modular Seat Covers

     Rugged Ridge produces Wrangler seat covers with a modular pouch system, pictured below. They manufacture these covers with Heavy Duty 600 Denier Polyester Fabric and feature five multi-purpose pouches. You'll like these covers if you're an organizer who likees to travel with extra tools and accessories. You can also purchase one at a time. Priced at $138.99 each.


    Rugged Ridge Seat Covers

    Seat Armour Towel Covers For Fun In The Sun

    Seat Armour Seat Towels are a great option for your days at the river, the pool or the beach. You can easily throw them on or off between you topless, doorless days of frolicking in the sun. Enjoy these fun towels for a variety of other scenarios, like guarding against daily pet dander, or food and drink spills that threaten your seats' longevity. Priced at $29.99 each.


    Seat Armour Seat Towels


    We've Got You Covered!

    If you're looking for full fitted seat covers or just a towel cover, check out our full selection of seat covers and towels HERE!

  • Wrangler JK - Grab Handles

    Are you tired of busting your gut entering and exiting your lifted Jeep? Let's face it, the roll-bar and steering wheel provide awkward support at best. That's why grab handles are a popular aftermarket accessory. They simply make getting in and out of your ride a breeze.

    Grabars Made Of Steel

    Grabars bolt on to the top corners of the windshield frame, and to the factory roll bar in front of the rear seat. This product yields a strong steady assist for entering and exiting the lifted vehicle. Grabars also provide a solid hold while you navigate rough terrain off road.


    Easy Bolt Installation

    Grabars are available for both YJ and TJ Wranglers, as well as Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited 4-door models. You simply mount them to existing OEM bolt holes, with no drilling. However, if you have plastic trim around the sides of the windshield, found on current generation JKs, you may need to make a slight modification. Grabar offers both front and rear handles for the JK and JKU. You can order all Grabars' variants, including those for the older generation Wranglers, with dual layered rubber grips in variety of colors. Check them out here.


    Grabars are made right here in the USA with 3/4-inch solid steel. The product features a lifetime warranty from defects and workmanship. Your package includes 12.9 Strength Black Oxide Steel Bolts (for the OEM mounting points). Grabars powder coating includes UV protection, so your finish will not be damaged by long-term sun exposure. 


    Bartact Grab Handles Made Of Paracord

    Bartact hand weaves their paracord handles with true American-Made 7-strand 550-pound nylon. The high-quality handle base is heavyweight webbing with a hook and loop system. And it's offered in a variety of colors. This solution is a great option if you desire a flexible hand hold for entering or exiting your Jeep. 

    Bartact Paracord Grab Handles

    Rugged Ridge Grab Handles Of Nylon And Plastic

    On a tight budget? Rugged Ridge grab handles are simple and reliable with a great price tag. You simply strap the durable nylon webbing to your roll bar. And you can rely on the molded plastic grab handles to provide a firm assist. Rugged Ridge sells their grab handles for ANY Wrangler or CJ in pairs. 

    Rugged Ridge Grab Handles

    Grab Your Handles And Go!

    If you've lifted your Jeep Wrangler and don't have grab handles, you really don't know what you're missing. Aftermarket grab handles greatly help climbing in and out of your lifted Jeep. Of course, they work just as well with a stock vehicle. Shop now!


  • Wrangler JK Interior - BedRug Liners

    BedRug Liners Reign In Form and Function

    BedRug liners are some of the best aftermarket floor liner replacements for the Wrangler JK. In terms of durability and ease of maintenance, BedRug reigns superior. BedRug's original BedRug Premium Carpet floor kit is offered for both the Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited. This kit gives you the look and feel of a premium carpeted interior -- without all the downsides of OEM carpet! For example, BedRug Carpet is resistant to mold and mildew. As any Jeep Wrangler owner knows, water and moisture soaking into OEM carpet can result in a dirty, moldy mess. This is true even with hard-top models. 



    The Benefits of BedRug Liners


    On older CJ's and early generation Wranglers, the answer to this problem is the removal of the factory carpet set and addition of a spray or roll on bedliner product. However, some owners may not like the roughness of bedliner. Some may have reservations about scuffing up the inside of a brand new $45,000 vehicle during preparation and install. Also, depending on the prep work, the bedliner may not adhere correctly to the tub. The Jeep usually needs to sit for several days for the bedliner to cure properly. Add in the fact that the entire interior needs to be removed, the dash taped off and the metal sanded down. All in all, you're looking at a sizable project.

    BedRug Liners-Premium-Carpeted-Front-Floor-Kit-Rear-Seat

    The benefits of BedRug are that the seats do not have to be removed, so install is a snap. The material, featuring a ¼ inch polypropylene foam layer and heat shields, dries quickly after getting wet. This is very useful for those unexpected rain showers when driving with the top down, or for when you want to wash the BedRug. This product is 100% waterproof and is custom molded to fit the interior on your Jeep. BedRug is also available for the Jeep CJ-7, YJ, and TJ, in addition to the latest generation Jeep JK and JK Unlimited (shown here).

    BedTred Liners Are Removable 

    BedRug BedTred LinersIf the carpet set isn't for you, or if you still want that rough and tough bedliner feel, check out BedTred, also by BedRug. This product gives you the spray-in bedliner look, without all of the hassle. BedTred is also custom molded to fit your interior, is easy to install and remove, and is 100% waterproof. BedTred will never stain or mold, and is resistant to harsh chemicals. This means you can remove BedRug after a day on the trails and hose it down, no worries! Featuring ¼ inch thick polypropylene foam and heat shields, BedTred is made to last, and also dampens road noise!BedRug Liners

    BedRug Liners Give You Affordable Flexibility

    So whether you like the look and feel of a premium carpet set or the toughness of the classic bedliner style, BedRug gives you affordable flexiblity. Offered in front, rear, or complete sets, both BedTred and BedRug kits can be ordered for the classic body style CJ-7, YJ, and TJ, and the new Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited. It's a sturdy low-maintenance solution for all of your off-road adventures.  Shop now!


  • 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.

  • 2016 Review - Rhino JKU

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-jw-speaker-8700-j-headlightsRhino JKU - 2016 Review

    This week we're taking a look at another one of our 2016 builds, the Rhino JKU. Rhino was a new factory color for the 2016 model Jeep Wrangler JK. The Rhino color is unique and intriguing in that it appears to shift colors more than other factory Jeep finishes. Depending on the lighting, Rhino can appear to be nearly black, anvil, or a dark gray. In reality, Rhino is more of a blue-gray color, and styles well with black accents and accessories.

    This Rhino JKU was our first Rhino build, and was completed right after Rhino Jeeps first appeared on dealer lots in 2016.

    Rhino JKU - Exterior Accessories

    custom-jeep-wrangler-rubicon-rhino-amp-research-power-stepsFor this build, we chose the 4.5" AEV lift kit and 37x13.50x17 Toyo Open Country RT Tires. The 37's are mounted to 17" AEV Salta Wheels. This gives the Jeep JKU a nice stance and proportional tire size for the lift height. The black color of the AEV accessories suit up well with the Rhino body color.


    In addition to the wheels, tires and lift kit, we upgraded the lighting with JW Speaker Evolution J Headlights, JW Speaker Fog Lights, Recon turn signals, and JW Speaker 279 J Series Tail Lights. These lighting upgrades replace the OEM headlights, fogs, and turn signals. While OEM lights are not entirely inadequate, the aftermarket LED lights are far superior and are always a first preference for our shop builds. To round out the lighting, we mounted a pair of ARB 21 Intensity LED lights to the AEV Premium front bumper, to provide a nice light/spot pattern for a DD or off-road vehicle. 


    The bumper houses a Warn 8s Synthetic Winch. An AFE Y-Pipe and Banks Ram-Air Intake System allow this Jeep to make the most of it's 3.6L engine. Towards the rear of the Jeep, the AEV Premium Rear bumper carries the 37" spare with ease. Again, the Rhino is well-suited with the tires and AEV accessories, giving this Jeep a nice subdued look.Rhino JKU Rear BumperRhino JKU Build Red Diamond-Pattern Seat Accentscustom-jeep-wrangler-jk-rubicon-rhino-alea-leather-headrest-nappa

    Rhino JKU - Interior Accents

    As you could guess, we didn't just upgrade the exterior. Luxury seating and interior accents are becoming a popular upgrade for modern Jeeps like the Jeep Wrangler JK. For the Rhino JKU, we chose Alea Custom Platini Nappa Leather in a two tone black with dark red stitching and red diamond-pattern seat accents. We also colored-matched the HVAC bezels, door trim panels and navigation trim pieces in red. The navigation system is an Alpine Restyle Kit featuring a 9" anti-glare touch screen. These accessory upgrades were very hot in 2016, and it looks like the 2017 buyers will continue the trend.Rhino JKU Build Interior Red AccentsStay tuned for more 2016 builds in our "2016 in Review" section! For more info and a complete build sheet click HERE for the old product listing.Rhino JKU Build

  • Wrangler JK - Roll Cages

    As rough and tough as your Jeep Wrangler JK performs, its factory sport cage design is a mighty point of failure. The OEM sport cage weakness lies where the spreader bars meet the windshield. In the event of a rollover, the OEM spreader bars may buckle, and the windshield also may fold inwards. Yet, the Wrangler JK OEM sport bar system meets current crash test standards for new stock Wrangler vehicles.

    Aftermarket Roll Cages Reduce Your Risk

    Let's face it, the OEM Wrangler was never designed to withstand the rigorous demands for on and off highway use once heavy modification and lifting begins. As you modify your Wrangler for a more aggressive highway stance, and a more aggressive handling style for risky off-road adventures, you most likely understand that you also increase your probability for a roll over.

    Spreader Bars Buckle - Windshields Fold Inward

    For example, when you add a lift kit and larger tires, you raise the center of gravity on your 'rig. This in turn increases your chance for a costly accident on the highway or on the trail. Once substantial modification begins, we absolutely recommend an aftermarket 'cage. If you don't upgrade to an aftermarket roll cage, you risk that your spreader bars may buckle, and your windshield may fold inwards, if you roll over. 

    jeep-jku-rollover-windshield-failure-png Photo Courtesy JK Forum

    These aftermarket roll cages can altogether remove this dangerous failure point in the OEM sport cage system. Rock Hard, Poison Spyder and GenRight make three aftermarket safety cages, at various price points, that we regularly recommend to our customers. Check them out below.

    Rock Hard 4x4 Sport Cage

    Rock Hard Roll Cage

    Rock Hard 4x4 offers a complete, bolt-in kit for those looking to beef up the factory setup without extensive modifications. The Rock Hard roll cage features a fully bolt-in, easy installation cage with 1/2" thick CNC machined steel locking collars. Grade 8 hardware is included, and grab handles are built into the kit. As you can see, there are cross bars that go across the dash, floor A-pillar bars, and overhead spreader bars. Additional options include front and rear seat harness bars, and an overhead center bar section. Rock Hard 4x4 offers the strongest bolt-in/reinforcement 'cage in the market. Pricing starts at $649.95.

    Poison Spyder Trail Cage

    Poison Spyder Roll Cage

    Poison Spyder offers a roll cage similar to Rock Hard. But whereas Rock Hard builds upon the stock spreader bars, Poison Spyder removes and replaces them. Its use of heavy duty DOM tube structure and optional grab handles make Poison Spyder a top-notch option. This cage also features front A-pillars (with floor tie-ins), a dash and overhead spreader bar, and more. The trusted Poison Spyder craftsmanship and laser cut, brake-formed 3/16" plate steel components ensure you a proper fit. Pricing starts at $944.00

    GenRight Roll Cage Kit - A Superior Upgrade Choice!

    GenRight Roll Cage Kit

    If you're looking to replace the entire OEM sport cage setup, as in removing all components and starting from scratch, GenRight has a product for you. GenRight offers roll cages for both the four door JKU and two door JK. These cages are designed for maximum visibility over the dash. They work with factory hard and soft tops, and include mounting brackets for the factory seat belts. Made from 2" heavy DOM tubing, this cage will stand up to the challenge, either on the trail or around town, in a rollover.

    The GenRight kit is laser cut and notched for that perfect fit. However, it will need to be welded together inside your Jeep. Yes, you can remove the roll cage to powder coat it once it's been custom fit. Note, the GenRight roll cage kit does require a cut to your dash; but it's very minor and well worth it. Pricing starts at $2,649.99 for the JK; and $2,749.99 for the JKU.

    jeep-jk-rollover-windshield-failure-png Photo Courtesy JK Forum

    Invest In Roll Cage Protection!

    Without a doubt, we recommend an aftermarket roll cage to increase driver and passenger safety, especially if you ever plan to take your vehicle off road. You can simply eliminate the life-threatening concern that your windshield may crumple inward if you roll over. You can also add other safety accessories, like CB radio/equipment mounting points, grab bars, fire extinguishers, and more to these roll cages.

    Why not play it safe? Make it a priority to replace your factory sport cage system to give your roof and windshield the same rugged protection and dependability you expect from aftermarket bumpers, winches, skid plates and other body armor?

    Each of these aftermarket roll cages is designed to protect your life and your Jeep from more severe body damage in the event of a rollover. If you haven't already invested in rollover protection, or you're simply ready to upgrade to a superior roll cage system, shop now

    As always, we're here to help our fellow Jeepers out. Give us a call if you have any questions.

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