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Mild trail build

There is a lot of bad ass rigs here, but I think there is also a lot of milder, daily driven/weekend warrior rigs. This is the route I'm going on my '14 Copperhead Rubicon. Here is a little thread to show what I've done so far.

Here she is just off the lot.









Here is the first little mods.
Daystar hood latches.



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I don't weld, so I had a shop weld on some axle reinforcements, and replace the ball joints. Installed Synergy HD ball joints in preparation for bigger, heavier tires.

Upper c-gusset



Lower c-gusset



Front control arm skid



Rear control arm/shock skid


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Had my buddy weld on a JKS steering stabilizer relocation/track bar reinforcement bracket on the front, and a JKS rear track bar reinforcement bracket.




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Installed a CB. Used the Cool Tech All In One kit. I like this kit, comes with everthing you need.

Started out installing the hand unit bracket. Sandwichs between the dash and grab handle......








Mounted the remote unit for the Cobra 75 under the passenger seat......




Found a suitable ground under the driver's seat.......




Ran the power wire under the dash and through the firewall, hooked it to the battery......








Next installed the antenna mount in the license plate mount. Required a little careful drilling with a uni-bit and some trimming of the license plate mount.....








Cleaned up the routing of all the wiring, then bought a spring for the antenna. All in all this is a very clean looking setup.




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Picked up the wheels and tires at 4wheel Parts Truck and Jeep Fest. Got a great deal. This is a driver/light-moderate trail Jeep so I went with 315/75-16 Toyo AT2 tires wrapped around Pro Comp 7069's. Aggresive enough for the Jeep's intended use.






Brown Santa dropped off the Franken Lift I pieced together. Rock Krawler 1.5 triple rate coils, Bilstien shocks, JKS front and rear adjustable track bars, JKS adjustable sway bar links front and rear, JKS extended length control arms, Metal Cloak adjustable bumpstops front and rear, Synergy extended rear brake line brackets.













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Lift going on.

Taking stuff off the rear.




Rock Krawler coils going in.



Shocks and track bar



Brake line extensions



Back is done.


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Got the front done.

Front RK coil, Bilstein shock, and Metal Cloak adjustable bumpstop.



Front almost done.



Finished product.



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Installed a Teraflex HD tire carrier.

Old stuff removed, beginning to install the hinged carrier...





Installed the mount. Will hold up to a 37"



All finished up.




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Slapped on the Teraflex HD diff covers.

Rear cover on.



Front being drained and scrape off all the old sealant.



Front installed.


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nice mild build!

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MC 2.5", Fox RR TF tuned shocks, TF carrier, Viair, TL's and so on...... still on stock tires
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I have had the EVO Pro Tek skid plates laying around since January, decided today was the day to get started. I got the oil pan skid on, and the wife wrapped the exhaust crossover pipe, and loop, with header wrap (she has little hands). The header wrap keeps the exhaust pipes from rattling on the skid plates. I ran out of motivation, going to drink beer with the neighbors. Will put the rest of the skid plates on next weekend.




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Nice job.

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Awesome. Looks really good, I'm liking all the small details. Especially the cb mount, I like that idea a lot.

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Good looking Jeep, love the color. Might have to grab one of those cb mic mounts for the wife's Jeep.


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Jeep looks great! I like how you did the reinforcements on the axles. Did you buy the gussets for that or have the shop cut and weld them in?

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Jeep looks great! I like how you did the reinforcements on the axles. Did you buy the gussets for that or have the shop cut and weld them in?
Thanks! JKS gussets.

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That's the best looking fit for purpose build I've ever seen Ron. Great job man.

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That's the best looking fit for purpose build I've ever seen Ron. Great job man.
Thank you, almost done!

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Ron great job! I like the antenna mount. I like the color also, but it is a tad too close too burnt orange for my total liking.

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Ron great job! I like the antenna mount. I like the color also, but it is a tad too close too burnt orange for my total liking.
Yeah, Kentucky Blue would have been my first choice.

Re-checked the torque today on all the suspension bolts and extended the diff breather tubes. Couple more little things to do before it's maiden voyage to Colorado.

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Looks great!

For a heavy AT tire, they do surprisingly well, I think you'll be pleased with them.
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Finally got around to putting the last two skid plates on.

Transmission skid






Crossmember skid






All done


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Looks great! Nice Build!
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Well, since I plan on keeping the stock Rubicon rails, they needed a little trimming to play nice with the 35" tires.

Pulled 'em off. Measured and decided 1.5" would work.



Was gonna use my angle grinder and a cut off wheel, but my buddy was kind enough to bring his band saw over. Much cleaner cut.



Drilled a small hole on the back side of the rail so I could run a sheet metal screw in to hold the end cap in place.



Also run a bead of RTV around the cap to keep water out.





Now, the 35's have plenty of room to stuff.




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Added the Welcome Distributing Grabars. Really sturdy, easy to install.




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