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  • GenRight. The Right Choice For Jeepers!

    At RubiTrux we work with a variety of aftermarket vendors, to bring you the best Jeep products the Jeep world has to offer. This week we’re proud to showcase GenRight! We've featured these products on builds such as Project Vandal and several of our current TJ Brute Conversions.

    Genuine Product Ideas Engineered Right

    GenRight is short for Genuine Ideas Engineered Right. The off-road-racing inspired company went public in 2006. But the GenRight founders and employees were no strangers to the off-road world before they went public. These 4x4 enthusiasts have decades of experience, from weekend wheeling to the King of the Hammers (KOH)! Based out of California, GenRight manufactures many products. These accessories range from aftermarket gas-tanks to fully built racing roll cages for CJ’s and all Wranglers. You get nothing but the best for your Jeep build, from the oldest classic to the newest JK Unlimited.

    GenRight Offroad Logo

    Gas Tanks

    Even before the name GenRight existed, Tony Pellegrino (President and Founder) was designing and building “Crawler Extreme” high clearance aluminum gas tanks. These custom tanks allow Jeepers to stretch the wheelbase without interference and offer more clearance than the standard tank offered by Jeep. We all know just how vulnerable a gas tank is when off road. So it's a win-win when you have something that is not only tucked up high enough to avoid collision, but is also strong aluminum. These tanks are available for every CJ, YJ, TJ and JK.

    GenRight Gas Tanks

    GenRight Gas Tanks 2

    GenRight Crawler Logo

    Bumpers And Armor

    Many Jeepers constantly search for more power. One way you can do this is through weight reduction. Many times, weight reduction typically relates to removing seats, carpet and even air conditioning; but at what benefit? Another way you can do this is to utilize high strength aluminum that generally weighs half of its steel counterpart. One of the best parts about aluminum (especially here in Boone) is that you can leave the raw finish without worrying about rust or corrosion. Rest assured, aluminum can take a beating off road too. All of GenRight’s products are race and off-road tested in some of the harshest environments in the country. Not worried about weight? GenRight offers most of their products in a steel match with a more budget friendly price as well!

    GenRight Bumper

    GenRight Armor

    Tire Carriers

    As you consider a bigger tire size, two things you should contemplate are tire size and weight. Although many have done otherwise, we only recommend using a 33” tall tire, at most, on the factory tailgate. Any larger than that, we notice a common trend of tailgates loosening, rattling, and even breaking spot welds, and damaging the tailgate itself. GenRight’s simple design removes the weight off of the tailgate and reinforces the weight through the hinges and spread across the rear sides of your Jeep’s tub to accommodate up to a 42” tall tire. We installed this setup on Project Vandal to hold its 40x14.50x20 Interco SSM16 spare tire and has been flawless. We are especially impressed with its rattle free design and how easy it is to operate. Check out the video below!

    GenRight Fenders


    Along with bumpers and armor, the industry constantly recognized GenRight for its fenders. High clearance fenders provide a larger wheel well opening so that you can use a much larger tire combined with a smaller lift height to create a more stable ride off road. GenRight offers fenders in variations of no flare to 6” so that its customers (even with strict tire coverage laws) can enjoy the freedom of larger tires without a massive lift.

    GenRight offers fender flares in aluminum, steel, and even carbon fiber for the JK crowd!

    GenRight Fenders


    Roll Cages

    Any Jeeper that is heavily involved in off-roading knows the importance of a solid roll cage. While  bolt on cages are available, GenRight feels that the most protective cages are fully welded. GenRight offers cages for CJ’s to JK’s that are specially cut and notched to fit together like a puzzle, so that install is as simple as possible. Just line up the “puzzle pieces” and have your experienced welder add the finishing touches. Don’t have an experienced welder? No problem! Genright also offers a welder services and ships the roll finished roll cage straight to you.

    GenRight Roll Cage

    GenRight's Suspension

    GenRight also offers a custom fabricated suspension, designed to handle everything from curvy roads to rock racing, in one complete package. GenRight's suspension features a unique 3-Link front and 4-Link rear to allow for plenty of smooth, usable suspension travel. GenRight focuses their kits around King Off Road Racing coil overs, while tucking every component as high as possible to give the ultimate ground clearance.

    GenRight Suspension

    If you want to order Genright products, or if you just want some more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! Dial 1-888-357-2999.


  • Baja Designs Optimum LED Lighting

    Baja Designs is an industry leader in off-road lighting. For over 20 years, they've designed premium quality lighting solutions for military, agricultural, marine, industrial and consumer use. The company creates and innovates to provide brighter, bolder lighting for all applications.

    Baja Designs' CopperDrive System

    Baja Designs understands its top industry ratings depend on its ability to build quality internals; not just yield light output. Their quality process begins in the LED light itself. CopperDrive is the LED management system BD uses to manufacture a superior product. The CopperDrive system uses next generation circuit boards and driver technology to run LEDs effectively and safely at a true 100%.

    Four levels of thermal management transfer heat up to 3000% more efficiently. BD provides an extra layer of vibration isolation to truly take the best LED on the market to the next level. They use copper in their circuit boards (instead of aluminum) to transfer heat at a super efficient rate. The thermal gap plays an important role in aiding the transfer to the heatsink, keeping your LEDs cool during use. The CopperDrive also includes microprocessor-controlled thermistors that constantly monitor the LED temperature. This process ensures brightness and longevity.

    Baja Designs - CopperDrive


    5000K Daylight

    Anyone who has experienced driving with a well-designed LED headlight knows that a halogen bulb is far inferior. LEDs reign supreme for increasing your field of view. And they produce a more relaxing light for night driving.

    Human eyes see best at noon on a sunny day. On the Kelvin Color Temperature Scale that time and light equates to 5000° Kelvin. This color reduces driver fatigue and increases terrain recognition. Baja Designs exclusively uses 5000K LEDs to give you the highest performance and safest driving experiences possible.


    Baja Designs' MoistureBlock Technology

    Waterproof, rainproof, and submersible are three more qualities that make Baja Designs an industry leader. The combination of O-ring seals and Baja Designs' proprietary cord technology, creates superior water blockage. The O-ring seals much more effectively block water than beads of silicone. And the BD cords completely prevent water from wicking its way up the cord into the light.

    Even if the connector is cut off, the lights are still waterproof and your warranty remains intact. Weather elements play a key role in LED light performance. Since conditions are often less than ideal, MoistureBlock keeps the top-of-the-line auxiliary lights functioning properly in all weather conditions.


    Baja Designs' Interchangeable uService

    Baja Designs uses a truly all-inclusive manufacturing process. Since they use o-rings instead of silicone seals, the BD's lighting allows you to interchange your lenses for a variety of applications. You can change beam patterns with ease.

    Light patterns in LED lights sealed with silicone are not interchangeable. In this case, a rock chip is either something you have to live with, or you have to return it directly to your light supplier for repair. With BD lights, you simply unscrew the water and dust proof lenses, change the o-ring over, and reapply the ring that holds the lens in place.


    Baja Designs' ClearView Optics

    While focused on providing the safest and most effective light output, BD also must build a lens that does not cloud to ensure optimum light passes through. This may seem simple, but imperfections in a lens (or one made with inferior materials) will lose light in the pass through.

    ClearView is Baja Designs' proprietary optic. The BD ClearView provides more usable light patterns than any other manufacturer's optics. Baja Designs gives you light for every zone and the scientific data to back it up. Racing engineers with first hand knowledge (about what each optic must contain to be the most successful in its application) design ClearView in-house at Baja.

    They design each optic to illuminate one or more of the eight specific lighting zones. BD’s Wide Cornering and Wide Driving patterns were the first HID and LED lights to offer both a horizontal cut off, coupled with a wide pattern. This ensures the light is usable in fog or dust, without causing blinding back-scatter. It also fills the crucial cornering zone so you don't feel like you are driving in a tunnel.

    BD’s High Speed Spot has revolutionized LED lighting by truly achieving the distance of an HID with the smoothness of an LED. Other patterns available are Driving, Spot, Flood/Work and Dome/Interior. Amber patterns are also offered. See all the patterns and zones Baja Designs covers below!

    “The ultimate goal of lighting is to provide a smooth field of light so the driver can drive quickly with minimal fatigue. My engineering and racing knowledge combined with the feedback of our professional racers and drivers has allowed us to develop the best optics in the industry.” – Alan Roach, Baja Designs Engineer, Founder and Racer.


    OnX6 LED Light Bar

    Driving Combo: Maximum trail coverage in a single light.  The Driving/Combo pattern is equipped with both Wide Driving (42°) and the spot (6°) optics to provide you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance (Lighting Zone 3)

    Wide Driving:  BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 42° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting. (Lighting Zones 1 & 2) (Also available in amber)

    High Speed Spot: A longer and narrower 6° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road.  The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights. (Lighting Zone 4 & 5)

    Racer Edition Spot:  A 4° beam focus for illumination WAY down the trail or road.  The Racer Edition Spot is for speeds of 110+ MPH or if you need to see a mile or more away. This is the latest version for Team Enlightened racers and is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights. (Lighting Zone 5+)

    Racer Edition Driving Combo: The Driving/Combo pattern is equipped with both Wide Driving (42°) and Racer Edition Spot (4°) giving you a beam of illumination further down the trail while being able to drive comfortably at speeds of 110+ MPH.  (Lighting Zones 3 & 5+)

    XL Pro & XL-R Pro LED Lights

    Driving Combo:  Maximum trail coverage in a single light.  The Driving/Combo pattern is equipped with both Wide Driving (44°) and spot (6°) optics to provide you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance (Lighting Zone 3)

    Wide Cornering: BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 44° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting. (Lighting Zones 1 & 2)

    High Speed Spot: A longer and narrower 6° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road.  The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights. (Lighting Zone 4 & 5)

    XL Sport & XL-R Sport LED Lights

    Driving Combo:  Maximum trail coverage in a single light.  The Driving/Combo pattern is equipped with both Wide Driving (44°) and spot (6°) optics to provide you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance (Lighting Zone 3)

    Wide Cornering: BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 44° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting. (Lighting Zones 1 & 2)

    High Speed Spot: A longer and narrower 6° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road.  The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights. (Lighting Zone 4 & 5)

    Squadron Pro & Squadron Sport LED Lights

    Driving Combo:  Maximum trail coverage in a single light.  The Driving/Combo pattern is equipped with both Driving (10°) and Spot (9°) optics to provide you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance (Lighting Zone 3)

    Wide Cornering: BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 42° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting. (Lighting Zones 1 & 2)

    Spot: A longer and narrower 9° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road.  The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights. (Lighting Zone 4 & 5)

    Flood: Excellent work light or “scene light” with an extremely smooth 60° circle that projects about 60 ft).  This pattern is not suitable for driving. (Lighting Zone 7)

    S2 Pro LED Lights

    Driving Combo:  Maximum trail coverage in a single light.  The Driving/Combo pattern is equipped with both Driving (10°) and Spot (9°) optics to provide you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance (Lighting Zone 3)

    Wide Cornering: BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 42° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting. (Lighting Zones 1 & 2)

    Spot: A longer and narrower 9° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road.  The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights. (Lighting Zone 4 & 5)

    Flood: Excellent work light or “scene light” with an extremely smooth 60° circle that projects about 60 ft).  This pattern is not suitable for driving. (Lighting Zone 7)



  • Michigan Vehicle Solutions - Mojave Sand EXT

    Are you looking for a Jeep Truck? Don't want to wait for the new Wrangler-based pickup coming in 2018? The JK-EXT, by Michigan Vehicles Solutions may be just what you're looking for! We recently converted this JK Unlimited into the very first Mojave Sand EXT Conversion. Coupled with a 2.5" AEV DS Suspension and 315/70/17 Wrangler Duratrac Tires, the Mojave Sand color turns this JK-EXT into one unique 'rig! If you'd like to see what it takes to build these one-of-a-kind Jeeps, check out Part 1 of the build thread, HERE!


    Mojave Sand EXT - The Jeep Truck of Today

    While Fiat Chrysler is slated to release a Jeep Wrangler Based Pickup Truck in 2018, the only current offerings are the AEV Brute, MOPAR JK-8 (discontinued), or the JK-EXT. If you want a Jeep pickup, the EXT keeps the stock wheelbase of the JK Unlimited, and retains the crew-cab. The truck bed is now where the old cargo-area was, and voila! You now have a Jeep truck! Furthermore, the new hard-top is still removable, so you can keep the open-air function of the Jeep. In addition, the doors are still removable, so you can remove them or add your favorite set of tube doors!


    The JK-EXT conversion merges a pickup truck with the Jeep for the best in off-road capabilities and utility. This version is for sale on our website for $76,500.00. Featuring many aftermarket additions such as LED lighting by JW Speaker, Recon, and Rigid Industries. An AEV Premium front bumper and custom Rock Slide Engineering rear bumper protect the front and rear, respectively. On the interior, an Alea leather set and Alpine Restyle Kit provide just a touch of luxury. For recovery, a Warn Zeon 8s Winch is mounted inside the AEV bumper. For a complete list of add-ons, check out the above link to the vehicle page!



    With the Wrangler JL and pickup slated to appear in 2018, aftermarket conversion kits like this JK-EXT may become a rarity. Mojave Sand is also unconfirmed for the JL Wrangler. If you're interested in this color and JK-EXT conversion, act quick, this Jeep won't last long on the lot! For more information, give us a call, and don't forget to check out the attached gallery, below!







  • New 2017 Jeep Wrangler

    A First, LED Headlights for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler!

    There are a couple upgrades for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, making its debut soon! Factory LED Headlights and Fog Lights are a first for the Wrangler in 2017. This lighting upgrade is offered as standard for the Sahara and Rubicon, and is optional on the Sport model. With the JL slated for 2018, Jeep didn't change much from the 2015 model, but the LED headlights are a welcome change. Most automakers have offered LED headlights for the past couple years. However, Jeep owners have had to upgrade to aftermarket products, until now. With 2017, Jeep Wrangler enters the list of vehicles to include these lighting upgrades. Shown below is our first 2017 JKU Wrangler, complete with factory LED Headlights!


    2016-jeep-wrangler-mojave-sand-front-passenger-cornerWhile some may still prefer the aftermarket, the OEM LED's are certainly an improvement over the old headlamps, shown above. The new OEM LED's, shown below, bring the Wrangler up to par with other modern automobiles. LEDs are more energy efficient and offer higher light output than the old bulbs. As such, growing automotive trends in lighting over the past couple of years indicates that LEDs are fast becoming popular on mainstream vehicles, both in auxiliary lighting and headlights themselves.

    14543943_967280790085344_4162486736210564705_oOther Options: Cold Weather Group

    The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a few other new features, such as an optional cold weather group. This package couples previous options such as slush mats and an engine block heater with BFGoodrich KO2 tires, for those living in colder climates. Other options may vary for the cold weather group, depending on model. Shown on an upgraded JK-Unlimited, the BFGoodrich KO2 tires provide exceptional traction and control in snow and sand. The long tread life associated with BFGoodrich tires also applies to these All-Terrain KO2's. If you're looking for a great all season tire, the cold weather group may be worth consideration.


    An upgraded 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, shown below, with aftermarket upgrades. While upgrades like a lift kit and tires will enhance off-road capabilities, it's not a bad idea to order some factory upgrades with your Jeep. Accessories like the engine block heater may be easier and cheaper to order from the factory, rather than to source an aftermarket model, for example. An engine block heater is perfect in the mountains. This accessory really comes in handy during winter storms, like the ones we get in Boone!


    Are you excited about the new options for 2017? Let us know by leaving a comment. If you need help or suggestions for upgrading your Jeep Wrangler, our specialists are on the line, just give us a call! Stay tuned for more 2017 news and builds, coming soon!

  • Vehicle of the Week - 2006 TJ Brute

    This week we're taking a look at a pre-owned 2006 TJ Brute conversion, fresh in the shop. If you're looking for a mostly stock Brute conversion, this one is for you! The newest Jeep Wrangler TJ/LJ is ten years old. With 115k on the clock, this Brute falls well below the average mileage you'd expect on one of these trucks. In addition to the low miles, this Jeep also features the much desired 4.0L Inline-6 and six-speed manual transmission combo!


    TJ Brute: Utility of the Pickup with the Function of the Jeep

    For those unfamiliar with the Brute conversion, this kit by AEV couples the Jeep with a pickup bed, for the best of both worlds. The utility of a pickup with the function of the Jeep! Furthermore, the TJ Brute still retains a removable hard top design. Because of this, you can use the half doors (or no doors at all!) with the top off, for that open air feel of the Wrangler!


    Also, while the wheelbase is stretched for the Brute conversion, the off-road capabilities of the Jeep remain the same. This version sports a 2" OME (Old Man Emu) suspension lift and 33" All-Terrain tires, perfect for camping trips or more serious off-road excursions. Furthermore, this TJ Brute also features a Superwinch 9k winch and a Smittybilt front bumper. A pair of KC auxiliary lights comes mounted to the bumper hoop. In addition to the above, Custom Painted MOPAR Ravine 15x8 Wheels and matching factory half doors are also included!




    The Jeep Wrangler TJ is the last Jeep to use American Motors parts or the classic small body Jeep design, and are fast becoming hard to find. Don't let this low mileage American Expedition Vehicles Brute slip through your fingers. From minute details to the overall function of the vehicle, if you're interested in Wrangler-based pickups, this Jeep is for you. Currently on sale at our shop for $39,500.00. Give us a call, today!

    Check out the gallery below for more images, and let us know what you think!






  • 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

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  • 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

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