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2014 Savvy/Currie Sleeper Build

We sold the 2012 to make a companion JKC to our 2014 Race JKR. With the exception of the shock package we tried to keep most of the parts built for the JKR on the new JKU. All of the latest greatest parts from Currie and Savvy are going into this build. Will be completed and shown at the 2014 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT the middle of April. Then campaign for the next two years or whenever the new Wrangler comes out.

Delivered to Currie (JKC = JK Crawl)


We plan to make it resemble the JKR (JK Race)
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Of course aluminum bumpers will be going on. The front we cut off the front plates so we can increase the approach angle. The winch deck will be welded between the frame rails then the aluminum skin with cover everything up.
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The front suspension will be a going to be a 3-link. So the upper frame link mount must be changed to support the single upper control arm. Basically have to widen and strengthen the upper bracket to accommodate the larger Johnny Joint. We are using narrow body JJs that use 2.58" centers

Installed JE Reel drive shafts and companion flanges. Did not have to change the exhaust system or cross over tube.


Then we added King Air Bumps to soften the hard hits. This is the best air bump installation available. You just need to chop the existing bump stops off and slide these in their place.
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The OEM JK geometry (mid arm) is perfect for 40" tires with up to 12" of shock travel. We utilize the OEM lower control arm mounts. John Currie has built and continues to lead the field.

The rear Currie RockJock 70 hi pinion keeps the drive shaft out of the rocks and provide great drive line angles. The Currie JK 4" lift suspension is the premier JK mid arm lift. Here we built 7075 aluminum arms which we can do because the axles are built slightly wider to insure the tires don't get into everything

2" lowers and 1.5" upper control arms



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The 38's are actually a comp tire and have sticky compound. Moab was so fun with these! Walked right up everything. Only the rock pile on Pritchett we were denied but we didn't try real hard as the show was in a couple of days.

38's on the left 37's on the right
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The front end is where are the magic happens. PSC ram assist, 3 Link, Wilwood 4 piston calipers and big rotors.


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First to make a PSC PS reservoir fit without having to use a aftermarket airbox.



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Savvy front bumper prototype hardcore aluminum.

Cutting the front plates off lets us build a bumper with a better profile


Fitting the winch deck



Welded it up and added a little paint


Fit the bumper and transpose the Warn Zeon profile on to it
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Started on the electrical. If you haven't checked out a sPOD unit, do! They make wiring up everything so easy! The remote switch panel with bracket is so easy to install.

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Powder coated Walker Evans wheels and Falken Wildpeak MT 38" tires. The Walkers have the correct back spacing to insure easy turning and little stress on the ball joints.
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Our new JK hardcore bumper is a DIY project. Cutting and welding is required. The benefits make it worth it. Just need to set the fairlead and tig weld the corners and the prototype is done. This was the prototype but they are now in production.

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So John Currie dialed in the suspension and we were able to flex it up and see where the tire might rub. Took the OEM flares off (replacing them anyways) so we could clearance the wheel wells. Only a very small amount of trimming was required.



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The new Savvy LHT Bumper was introduced in Moab EJS and was a big hit.



Rugged Flares installed.
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Savvy does it again! The new LHT rear bumper is another first! Our experience contributes to the most innovative bumper systems available.
Lightest, highest and tightest bumper set the bar really high with the best departure angle and increased clearance no other bumper can compare to. Different skins will allow you to configure the bumper for your needs. Hardcore, no problem our bumpers are the only ones that have won KOH EMC. 1st in class and 1st overall three years running!

The OEM receiver hitch bolts underneath the bumper. Don't want aluminum, we have chromoly or AR400 steel skins. We even have a skin on the drawing board so you can run a spare tire. Not how we roll but you can.




Here is one of the new rear LHT Bumpers

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Savvy Magnaflow high and tight rock crawler exhaust system. Private label will be available thru Savvy Off Road. It has been optimized for maximum ground clearance. You'll notice the resonator that eliminates the drone and maintains your low end HP.




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Powder coated the bumpers. Got the wrap installed.




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Got the new Rubicon X hood painted. A lot less money than a AEV hood direct from your dealer. The dealer wanted over a $1000 for the AEV and this was only $500.


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Enough of the poser shots and on with the real deal! These all have been taken at EJS Moab, UT. Enjoy!







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Beautiful. I don't see many short arm
3 link fronts. Well done.



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Great job guys. I have some questions for ya but gonna have to wait till I have more time. One quickie though is regarding the Currie springs. Did all the issues finally get ironed out with them? I've spent a great deal of time discussing the problems that have plagued them with Chris and am hopeful that perhaps now they have been resolved?!

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The main issue is the springs were the same for the 2dr and 4dr. Obviously, they should be different as the JKU is a bunch heavier. That has been resolved and now Currie has a few different springs to accommodate most JKs.
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Beautiful. I don't see many short arm
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Thanks! John has run these setup on the last three JKs and they just flat out work. So easy just an upper frame mount needs to be made.

A short arm kit is really a TJ/LJ term and really does not apply to a JK. The JK OEM arms are really mid arm. A lot of people think longer arm makes the ride better and you can articulate better. This may be true but Jeep spends millions to design suspension systems that are comfortable, have good road feel and work off road.

Most long arm kits change the OEM geometry and that changes the ride characteristics. Another myth is Coil overs are better. I would rather have bypass shocks and coil springs than coil overs. We have proved that at the KOH EMC 3X were we ran mid arms and smooth body 2.5" King shocks. It's all about the tuning. Coil overs are all about packaging. They look cool!

My main complaint with LAs is that you get stuck in the rocks easier. One you now have a link that is exposed a lot more to the rocks. Two, a lot of the kits lower the belly height which decreases your break over angle and for a JKU that is big problem. Last, you spend a lot for such little gain if any.

This JKU goes everywhere and is wheeled mercilessly. If John Currie thought for a second it needed long arms, you can bet the farm they would be on it. The most important fact is Johnny Joints enable this JKU to flex smoothly and without noise. Maintainable joints for a DD is key to a street driving JK.
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more info on that exhaust please?

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more info on that exhaust please?
I'm hoping to bring them to market in about a month.

The exhaust is a collaboration between Magnaflow and Savvy. Magnaflow is co-branding the exhaust with Savvy. On the 2012 to 2014 the small OEM muffler/resonator if removed really reduces your low end torque. Magnaflow has created a system for us that gives us the low end we want with increase air flow for better performance.

The main reason for the new exhaust was to get rid of the big muffler and tail pipe that hang so low. We also brought the mufflers up as high as we could get them between the frame rails. We still have two mufflers but they are as high and tight as you can get them. What's really nice is you can carry on a conversation inside at freeway speeds. No drone whatsoever. All stainless steel construction.

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