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post #1 of 165 Old 01-03-2015, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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The Silver Bullet build thread. Short arm, 40's, LS3/6L80/atlas clean and simple

I will be posting up pics of my 2007 JKU build over the next few days. I picked up a 2007 silver JKU Sahara on oct 28 2013. She had 98500 miles on her and was completly stock and absolutely flawless (except the mileage). Prior owner used it to commute with. Here is a short list of mods that were planned. I wanted to keep it clean simple and reliable to wheel any trail I wanted.

4" Currie short arm
Rock jock 70's front and rear
Motech LS3/6L80/Atlas 3.0 swap
Coast drivelines
PSC aluminum fenders
PSC brawler rockers
Gen right aluminum bumpers
Warn powerplant winch
Trucklite LED headlights
40" nitto's on raceline beadlocks
Full custom weld in roll cage
Artec full aluminum skid plates with crossmember
Black magic big brake kit


Will be doing mini write ups for each stage. I planned on doing all of the work in my or a buddies garage, with the exception of the Mo tech swap. Leave that to the guys who specialize in it. Stay tuned! A pic of the day I brought it home


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The first thing I did was toss the stock wheels and tires for a set of 37" kM2's on chrome pro comp wheels off of Craigslist. Not a fan of the bling wheels, but that's how they came so I ran them while I spent my time collecting parts to start my build. In order to run the 37's (which really measure out at 35.5") I needed some fender trimming......or new fenders. I narrowed it down to PSC or metalcloak fenders. I wanted aluminum to save the weight and metalcloak did not have the option available at the time. So PSC fenders went on front and rear. I figured I would go with the brawler rockers while I was at it. Hindsight I would have went with the metalcloak to get the extra up travel that they offer.

Having built a few jeeps in the past I told myself that this time would be different. This time I would not just get the stuff I could afford at that moment for instant gratification. This meant the build would take longer and it would get the parts I always wanted, but wouldn't save for in the past. I saved and planned each purchase so that I would not be going back later and rebuilding or replacing parts that I had already spent money on. I scored the 37's for a great price on CL and knew I could flip them back to CL when the time came. While on CL I picked up a set of gen right aluminum bumpers front and rear for .40 on the dollar of new! Here is a pic of how she was during parts collection time. 37's and no lift!






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You in Vegas ?

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Yes, I am in Vegas. After a few months of saving I decided to order rock jock 70's front and rear, I know it's a bit overkill, but this is going to be the family wheeler and the last thing I wanted was to have breakage with wifey and two small kids onboard. As far as I know the only other rock jock 70 front is in the genright buggy. I went with 40 spline chromo rear and 35 spline RCV's in the front. Both have ARB's and 5:38's with curries upgraded 35 spline pinions. A big thanks to the guys at 4LowParts here in Vegas. They gave me a great deal on my axles and 4" currie lift with aluminum anti rocks front and rear.

I will never buy another currie product. I have been wheeling for 20 years and have never had such a bad experience. I understand that things can and do go wrong, it's how a business handles it that makes all the difference in the world. The front 70 arrived with 2 bad unit bearings and a cut inner axle seal. Currie customer service was so bad that I would have returned both axles if they would have given a refund. After 6 unit bearing replacements I finally got a pair that did not have play in them right out of the box. I had to do the labor on the unit bearings as well as the inner axle seal. If not for 4LowParts going to bat ( and actually coming to my house and seeing the bad unit bearings for themselves) currie would have ignored me. Now that you can get 60's direct from mopar for 10k. Do that and save a TON of money or go big and go dynatrac.

4 months of waiting on my rockjocks and here is the day we started the install










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The racelines and 40" nitto's got bolted up and balanced and installed. I also used the king JK air bumps while doing the suspension install. Very easy to install and adjust. For the ARB pump we made a bracket that bolts to the brake booster and slapped it under the hood. After axles, suspension, and 40's were on it was time to test out the flex and see where I needed to trim fenders and adjust bumpstops. It happened that the metalcloak trailer was in town that week, so the first day the jeep was driveable it ran up to Vegas 4x4 and put it on he metalcloak trailer. Pics





In the pic above you can see how the Gen-right bumper was not designed to be used with the powerplant winch. The winch drum is 3" to the right of the fairlead opening. I understand this has need addressed on newer versions. We made the opening larger and welded some aluminum into the other side to fill in the gap. I am happy with the new results. Also added a masterpull line to the powerplant.






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Nice jeep see you out on the trails !

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Nice looking project

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Thanks guys!! I will add another update later tonight when I get home. Ls3/6l80/atlas pics coming soon
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Love this build. Beef in all the right places.

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Little things I added after the axles and before motor swap. Full artec aluminum skid plates with artec cross member. 10lb Powertank to back up the powerplant compressor, Mastercraft Baja RS seats with lumbar and seat back pockets. PSC tramp stamp. Rugged ridge hood latches, Dually pods on the bumper, synergy drag link. I bought aluminum brackets and a 50" led bar. However after much thought I am not going to install them. I like the clean look of the jeep as is. Here is a pic of how she looked the day I dropped her off at Mo-tech in Las Vegas.
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Robbie and Ronnie at Mo-Tech take the tub off for a clean easy install.


If you look in the background of the above pic you se JKO "project3328" jk getting its LS3 as well


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Nice build!!
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Wow ,their went 60k ! , nice !

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With your 40's, axles etc, are standard arms enough ??
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I believe the short arms will be enough for now. Will be taking it on a few runs over the next month or two as well as to Johnson valley during KOH. I'll run a few of the trails in JV. Sledgehammer, jack, wreckingball etc. I don't mind wheeling it hard, but I won't intentionally beat up the body on this one. If it happens, oh well, but I am not going to do the trails I know will smash it up and I will try to keep her clean. If I decide that the short arms are not cutting it, I will build a long arm and do ORIs. I had them on my last buggy and they were awesome both on road and off. Time will tell. The 40" nitto measures out to 38,75" and the savvy jk successfully runs the 38" falken tire on the same lift setup. But I won't know for sure until I get it out on some tougher trails.

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Wow ,their went 60k ! , nice !
Close. But a bit more. Not including the cost of the jeep itself
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looks awesome!

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Let me know when u go wheeling, I'd love to join you
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Will do. I also did a West Texas Offroad Redneck ram hydro assist for this project. I can't say enough good things about Matt and Mark at WTO. I had a slight left pull issue that occurred after the install. After much troubleshooting by myself and Mo-Tech we were stumped. WTO were awesome and sent out a new ram and box along with return labels for the initial box and ram telling me to try replacing the ram first (easiest) then swap boxes out if the pull is still present. I have ran WTO redneck rams on 4 different jeeps/buggies over the years and this was the first hiccup I had ever encountered. And because of the way they handle things I will continue to use/recommend them for future builds. Currie could learn something about customer service from them.....
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what lift did you go with?

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I used this kit, however after the horrible customer service I can't recommend any currie products. I would go metalcloak if looking to stay short arm.

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thats a nice kit! i want to go long arm for this next kit when!

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I live less then a mile from currie and I won't use them lol.
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