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post #1 of 6 Old 04-28-2017, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Rusty Rubicon Build

Hey all, New to JKO and thought I’d post up a build thread for my JKUR seeing as its about to go through some changes.
Bought my 08 JKUR from user JetNoise in 2014.
Pretty well built JK with 37s, Teraflex 3.5” Long arms, chromo shafts, 5.13s, PSC Hydro assist, and all the supporting mods to make it an awesome wheeler. Wheeled it hard from day one, and now am ready to make the big upgrades. Hopefully I can get this pig to quit “Turtling” so much haha. I wheel as much as I can out here in ND, with a club called the Cliffhangers. Based out of Williston area, we do most of our wheeling in the Badlands on respected private property.

Pretty standard one ton and LS swap,
42” Pitbull rockers/Undecided bead locks
'05 SD60/ARB/5.38/Jesse Haines weld on High steer/Ruffstuff 7/8 steering/Artec swap kit/Hydro Assist
-14B Shaved rear, ARB, 5.38, Artec Kit, Disc brakes.

Suspension I am going to try to keep with my 3.5” Teraflex long arm kit. Rear suspension will likely get changed to a “3 link” style setup/Comp Cut.

As far as the powertrain goes - Decided to go LS based on reliability, availability, and ease of swap. Plus I like the ability to tap shift gears via the 6L80e. I will be using the Motech LSWrangler swap kit. Going to be pushing an Atlas II Transfer case. Out here in ND large wheelbase rigs really struggle on our trails. Front dig is essential.

Enough of the boring stuff, lets see some ‘Effin pictures.
Playing in the Rocks of the Ultimate Adventure trail in Gilbert, MN


Making my Attempt on The Waterfall in the Black Hills, SD


Night Wheeling in Arnegard, ND


ND has more than you think… Arnegard, ND

2008 JKU Rubicon
Engine: Hypertech Programmer, Airaid cold air intake, throttle body spacer
Suspension: Teraflex 4.5" long arm lift, Ruffstuff Diff covers, Hydro assist, Hawk brakes, Gusseted, trussed, sleeved, Bilstein shocks, outer axle seals, Tom woods driveshafts, Dynatrac ball joints, Ruffstuff Tie rod.
Body:Teraflex F/R bumpers, Warn 9.5Ti, Viking synthetic rope, Rigid D2s, Rigid 12" spot, Trektop NX, Bushwacker flares.
Tires: 37" Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlars.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-28-2017, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hopped on the Trump train and bought these 42's on Trump day from Pitbull (well, 41.5 radials, not the bias )


Found a "super" d60 from an 06 F350 for $350


Used a combination of plasma cutter, and cutting disks on my grinder to cut the bullsh*t off, This is a tedious chore.


After a few Bud Lights and too many hours to count, got her looking like this.


I decided to buy the Artec kit because I didn't want to mess around with trying to get everything lined up perfect. I'm not a Fabricator, I'm a Diesel Mechanic so why not go with something proven?
VERY pleased with the Artec kit. Didn't have to grind ANYTHING and it fit pretty well. For those of you looking to buy and weld this kit on yourself, I would suggest grinding the top of the pumpkin completely smooth. There is a small ridge that I did not grind, and my kit would have fit a ton better if I would have taken an extra 20 mins and ground it smooth.
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2008 JKU Rubicon
Engine: Hypertech Programmer, Airaid cold air intake, throttle body spacer
Suspension: Teraflex 4.5" long arm lift, Ruffstuff Diff covers, Hydro assist, Hawk brakes, Gusseted, trussed, sleeved, Bilstein shocks, outer axle seals, Tom woods driveshafts, Dynatrac ball joints, Ruffstuff Tie rod.
Body:Teraflex F/R bumpers, Warn 9.5Ti, Viking synthetic rope, Rigid D2s, Rigid 12" spot, Trektop NX, Bushwacker flares.
Tires: 37" Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlars.
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rock on bro! can't wait to see it finished

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the wheeling shots really speak to nice places there to wheel; thanks for sharing & look forward to living vicariously thru yet another " goin big" build , saving & saving for my own ....
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Yesterday evening I took off work early and I scooped up this bad boy from out in the oil fields. It's a 2011 3500HD, has 125K miles, 6.0L, 6L90E, and unfortunately the wrong rear axle (AAM1150). Going to start parting it out later this weekend.

Thanks for the praise guys! Been saving up for a long time and I'm really excited to get this thing started!

And because I like to party, here's another wheeling pic. This one is from last weekend in Arnegard again. We were breaking a new trail, I wrecked a front right fender flare and fender, broke my synthetic winch line, and put a couple extra scratches on the sides. Absolutely worth it.


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2008 JKU Rubicon
Engine: Hypertech Programmer, Airaid cold air intake, throttle body spacer
Suspension: Teraflex 4.5" long arm lift, Ruffstuff Diff covers, Hydro assist, Hawk brakes, Gusseted, trussed, sleeved, Bilstein shocks, outer axle seals, Tom woods driveshafts, Dynatrac ball joints, Ruffstuff Tie rod.
Body:Teraflex F/R bumpers, Warn 9.5Ti, Viking synthetic rope, Rigid D2s, Rigid 12" spot, Trektop NX, Bushwacker flares.
Tires: 37" Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlars.
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Started tearing apart the donor truck, fished out the Important stuff.

Then, I drove about an 8 hour round trip to Fargo and scooped up this gem


Stripped the brackets with an oxy/acetylene torch


I had a little fitment issue with the Artec kit, I set the pinion at 10* and the upper control arm mount fits but the bolt hole contacts the caliper mount bracket and I really don't want to cut or grind that... might have to rotate the pinion angle down more to make the bracket clear.



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2008 JKU Rubicon
Engine: Hypertech Programmer, Airaid cold air intake, throttle body spacer
Suspension: Teraflex 4.5" long arm lift, Ruffstuff Diff covers, Hydro assist, Hawk brakes, Gusseted, trussed, sleeved, Bilstein shocks, outer axle seals, Tom woods driveshafts, Dynatrac ball joints, Ruffstuff Tie rod.
Body:Teraflex F/R bumpers, Warn 9.5Ti, Viking synthetic rope, Rigid D2s, Rigid 12" spot, Trektop NX, Bushwacker flares.
Tires: 37" Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlars.
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