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MOPWR2U's 2014 Two-Door JK Sport

I thought I would share some details about my JK. I wanted this Jeep to be a capable and reliable trail rig, being as I sometimes go exploring alone. I knew I would need a strong drivetrain, and a winch. I have tried to limit the mods to just those that would improve strength and function, for a basic trail Jeep.

I took the Jeep to Impulse Off Road, in Salt Lake City to do the work. John Williams owns the shop, and has built a lot of capable Jeeps. He races both the KOH race in a highly modified JK, and the short course races at Miller Motorsports Part, in Tooele, UT, in a stadium race truck. This is the third vehicle John has built for me; the other two were a 2010 two door JK and a 2012 GMC Canyon pickup truck.

Here is what we started with, a 2014 2 door JK Sport. It looks so young, and innocent, and unsuspecting.


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Here is the list of changes that were made:

Teraflex 3" suspension w/ Fox shocks, Synergy control arms, JKS trackbars
AEV geometry correction brackets
Currie Anti Rock Sway Bar
Tom Wood driveshafts with 1350 u-joints
Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 axles, w/ 4.56 gears and Eaton electric lockers
Warn premium hubs on front axle
35" Toyo Open Country MT tires
Fuel 17x8.5 wheels
Poison Spyder bumpers and rocker guards
Teraflex spare tire carrier
Warn winch.

And this is how it turned out.


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2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Megacab 4x4; 6.7 CTD, Aisen, AEV Prospector conversion; 37s, 4.10s, Warn 16.5K
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There were a few snags along the way. It took Dynatrac three months to build and ship the axles, instead of the two months it was supposed to take.

The Synergy control arms hit the AEV drop brackets at full suspension compression, and the brackets needed a little clearance work.



The Dana 60 front axle also hit the JKS track bar at full suspension compression. The JKS track bar was switched for a Teraflex trackbar, which solved the problem.


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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (wife's Jeep)
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Megacab 4x4; 6.7 CTD, Aisen, AEV Prospector conversion; 37s, 4.10s, Warn 16.5K
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Here is the front Pro Rock 60, with the Currie Anti-Rock, Fox reservoir shocks, and Fox adjustable steering stabilizer.



Another view of the front suspension.


2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon; 35s - no lift, Warn 9.5 XP-S, ARB Twin Air, SPOD
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (wife's Jeep)
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Megacab 4x4; 6.7 CTD, Aisen, AEV Prospector conversion; 37s, 4.10s, Warn 16.5K
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Rear Pro Rock 60 and suspension


2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon; 35s - no lift, Warn 9.5 XP-S, ARB Twin Air, SPOD
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (wife's Jeep)
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Megacab 4x4; 6.7 CTD, Aisen, AEV Prospector conversion; 37s, 4.10s, Warn 16.5K
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Tom Wood driveshafts w/ beefy 1350 u-joints should be plenty strong.



This is kind of hard to see, but it is a steel exoskeleton like cage around the transfer case. The stock transfer case internals are quite strong, but the aluminum housing can break from hard compression loads on the front axle. This device is made by Impulse Off Road, and prevents that problem.


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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (wife's Jeep)
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Megacab 4x4; 6.7 CTD, Aisen, AEV Prospector conversion; 37s, 4.10s, Warn 16.5K
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Here is the Poison Spyder front bumper and Warn M8000s winch.



Here is the Teraflex spare tire carrier and Poison Spyder BFH rear bumper.



And here is a closer view of the Poison Spyder rocker panel guards.


2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon; 35s - no lift, Warn 9.5 XP-S, ARB Twin Air, SPOD
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (wife's Jeep)
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Megacab 4x4; 6.7 CTD, Aisen, AEV Prospector conversion; 37s, 4.10s, Warn 16.5K
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Fuel wheels and Warn locking hubs



And finally, here is where the Eaton electric locker switches were mounted. These electric lockers work in 2WD, 4WD, high range, or low range.



I've got a portable on board air compressor, tools, recovery gear, and an excellent first aid kit. Any other basics I need to cover?

Thanks for reading.

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Very nice build. I like how you are making it strong, but still maintain the look of the Jeep. Kinda of a sleeper.

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Very nice man..... Looking good


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Nice build!

Why use the AEV Brackets with Synergy Arms and a PR60?

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Sweet build.

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Nice build!

Why use the AEV Brackets with Synergy Arms and a PR60?
Thanks for the replies everyone. The reason for these parts is that they each do different things. The AEV brackets correct control arm geometry, the PR 60 corrects caster, and corrects for the weak stock axle tubes, c-knuckles, and ball joints, and the Synergy arms help dial in driveline angle and caster, as well as help locate the axle correctly for steering clearances. I like the Synergy arms because you can adjust their length without unbolting one end of the arm. They are the easiest to adjust control arms I've seen, and they are good quality as well.

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The AEV brackets correct control arm geometry
Unless I'm crazy....that's for Stock arms. Again badass build....the 60's will prevent any breakage!! Great job!

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Unless I'm crazy....that's for Stock arms. Again badass build....the 60's will prevent any breakage!! Great job!
Except for long arm suspensions, the geometry for stock arms is the same as the geometry for aftermarket control arms. The aftermarket control arms can be adjusted for length, but that doesn't change the geometry of their mounting points. The drop brackets correct the geometry of their mounting points. They help keep the control arms flat, instead of pointed down in front. The control arms work best when they are as near flat as possible.

The fact of the matter is, with just a 3" lift I probably don't need the drop brackets. I used them on a prior Jeep with a 3 1/2" lift though, and really liked what they did for improving ride quality over small square edged bumps.

This Jeep is pretty amazing in the way it drives. It corners very flat, even with just a Currie Anti-rock on the front axle. A lot of lifted Jeeps have increased side to side rocking over bumps, and this Jeep has less of that than stock. This is the best Jeep I've ever had in that regard. It feels very stable on uneven terrain. With the wide axles it feels like it is about impossible to tip it over. Of course, it isn't impossible, but it sure feels well planted.

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A few people run both arms/brackets. I will be. The ride is so much improved on a 2 door.

Nice build man .. !!


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Here is the front Pro Rock 60, with the Currie Anti-Rock, Fox reservoir shocks, and Fox adjustable steering stabilizer.



Another view of the front suspension.

Needs a flipped drag link/raised track bar bracket up front IMHO.

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If she drives good no need for fixing steering geometry.


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Needs a flipped drag link/raised track bar bracket up front IMHO.
The steering wasn't perfect initially. Dynatrac knew the Jeep had a 3" lift, but sent both axles with the Track bar brackets mounted in the original location. In front they raised the steering, but left the track bar in the original location, which means gauranteed bump steer. The Jeep had both bump steer and torque steer. The Dynatrac brackets dont fit most aftermarket track bar brackets, so Impulse Off Road made their own track bar brackets and fixed both problems. The Jeep drives good now.

Do you think a flipped steering and even higher front track bar mount would help any more than what I now have?

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MOPWR2U's 2014 Two-Door JK Sport

The drag link over the knuckle = 3"
That is all the front track bar can be
raised.

you can raise the rear higher.
5" or so unless you have exhaust clearance issues.


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The rear track bar has already been raised 5".



And the front track bar has already been raised 3", and the track bar and drag link are perfectly parallel. I'm going to call it good. Like I said, it has driven good since I first drove it. I never did drive it with the track bar mounts in the wrong place. Impulse Offroad had already taken care of it before I ever saw it. He knows what he's doing, and I'm very happy with the work done on this Jeep.
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I figured I would ask...with 1 tons under the Jeep, why didn't you go with a 37" tire? You have plenty of axle for it.

Nice Jeep by the way!

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I gotta say i dig the intent and execution of this build.

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