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post #1 of 79 Old 04-16-2015, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I had a great trip through the Rubicon trail

Let the Jeep build continue to evolve.

Vehicle. 2014 Jeep JKU Sport

Rock Krawler 3.5 Springs.
Hercules 35 12.5 17
Frame mounted rock sliders
3.73 gearing

New goals.

Lower crawl ratio. ( 75 would be nice )
Handle 37s.
Keep the jeep simple

Trail spares I carry

D30 front shafts
D44 1 rear shaft
Rear drive shaft
Oils
Tie rod


The upgrades

Evo rock star skid
Break line relocation bracket
3/4 pucks on front springs. Dont like them
Spring wedges rear axle
MTRs 37 12.5 17
Steering sector shaft support
RPM Fab aliminum tie rod.
Evo off road cross member skid
Winch plate
Engo 9k winch
Co2 20lbs
Fluids
Tools


Feel free to throw your $.02 cents into the mix.

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The starting photo.
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post #2 of 79 Old 04-16-2015, 11:52 PM
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Welcome to JKO!

Stop by the Welcome Room and introduce yourself when you get a chance.

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This will be my build over the next year in preparation for the Rubicon Trail with a few friends.

Vehicle. 2014 JKU

. . .

Drop pitman arm <-- DON'T DO THIS!

. . .

Feel free to throw you 2 cents into the mix.
Nothing else raised a red flag for me, but DON"T install a drop pitman arm.
Your steering box is weak enough without hydro. assist, a drop pitman arm will just destroy it twice as quick.

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Had a great day. Log Corral Trail. Had a late start which turned out to be great timing to see the sunset at the lake. I would highly recomend this trail.
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https://youtu.be/S9DOI-UsRcE

Cool obstacle on Log Corral Trail
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Welcome to JKO!

Stop by the Welcome Room and introduce yourself when you get a chance.

My $.02: see below in green


Nothing else raised a red flag for me, but DON"T install a drop pitman arm.
Your steering box is weak enough without hydro. assist, a drop pitman arm will just destroy it twice as quick.

Thanks. I was just reading about the draglink flip/brace kit. I for sure do not want to damage the steering if possible
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post #6 of 79 Old 04-17-2015, 08:30 AM
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I want to hit that trail. Everytime there's a run there, I can't make it.
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I want to hit that trail. Everytime there's a run there, I can't make it.
The rubicon. Or Log Corral in az?

I'd be glad to let you know next time we go out if your in the phx az area
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The rubicon. Or Log Corral in az?

I'd be glad to let you know next time we go out if your in the phx az area
Yeah, should have been more specific :-)

Was talking about Log Corral.
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Trail looks awesome! I wish we had trails like that out this way...

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Trail looks awesome! I wish we had trails like that out this way...

-Jason
Arizona is great for off roading and outdoor adventures in general. Right now a friend and I are looking into the Great Western Trail. We are looking at the az portions. Not going to make it to Canada in 1 weekend. I'll keep posting az trails as we do them. It will be nice to see how all the new parts work out in real life.

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post #11 of 79 Old 04-17-2015, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Recieved the Evo rockstar skids in the mail today.

They look nice. This will help with some ground clearance and move my shocks back up 1.5"

My shock location now is badly rock rashed. So this skid should be a nice little upgrade and keep my shocks out of the way a few extra inches.
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post #12 of 79 Old 04-17-2015, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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These Evo Rockstar sliders were pretty straight forward to instal.

Lots of cutting. But it bolts right up.

I'll have to see if I notice any difference tomorrow.
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post #13 of 79 Old 04-28-2015, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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After installing the Rock Krawler 3.5 springs I noticed I had a pretty good lean on the passenger side. Even though I thought it was my unhealthy friend MIKE. hahah. It wasnt. I had the jk lean.

I marked the spring where it sat in the jeep. To have an idea where to start. I simply sat it on the even ground and noticed the way the spring sat it leaned badly outward. Combine that with the spring curling backwards it's possible that it created a weaker area and therefor the rear end had a lean. ( it makes sense in my mind )

I also added the spring wedges in the rear to straighten out the rear springs. It turned out pretty good.

I used a hose clamp to lock the spring down to the perch. With the new wedge it barely grabs the perch bump on the rear dana 44 axle.

I haven't loaded the jeep back up yet. But I will update on the leaning. So far it seams to have leveled out.

Just picked up a new tent and 2 sleeping bags that will zip together. For a larger co-mingaling area. Lol. So we are trying to get out this weekend.
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post #14 of 79 Old 05-14-2015, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up some Teraflex hd ball joints. Let's see if it tightens up the steering any. Hoping to get this done in the next weekend or two.

Front bumper and winch are installed also.

I'll add photos soon
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Best upgrade yet.
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post #17 of 79 Old 05-17-2015, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my. Got the jeep all cleaned up. Also finally got a warning for not having enough fender over my tires. In AZ that's a questionable law. It seems to say for trucks only a lot. But then it also talks about tires need to not splash at your own windshield. ( guilty )

So I found a cheap set on CL and I got the new front bumper on. Smittybilt front bumper. ENGO e9000 winch also.

I purchased the winch used for 200.00. An ok deal. It was working just fine. But now the in controller seams to be acting up. Maybe a selinoid problem?

I took off my terrible 50" light bar. From day 1 I had issues. On the last trail run it actually came lose and fell halfway.

This is how we sit now.

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post #18 of 79 Old 05-24-2015, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Had a nice day trip today.

We did the Broken Arrow trail in sedona. Quick and easy. It was a nice day for a drive and some scenery.

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We didn't get a lot of photos on the trail. But you arizona guys probably know all too well anyway.

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post #20 of 79 Old 07-29-2015, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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It's about time i install the new HD ball joints. I can see the front wheels shimmy a little. And I'm right at 20k miles.

More photos soon.
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post #21 of 79 Old 08-17-2015, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Installed some new rock sliders. A friend ( Mike ) has everything we needed to build some great rock sliders.



These are the stock rock sliders from a rubicon. And they have worked great. But who doesn't want better.



Made some cuts. Bent a few ends.



After a good amount of time we finally had a set to mock up. For how square a jeep looks it's actually more agg shaped. We followed the body lines as best we could.



A few nice welds to hold it all on.
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http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1127457

SuperTramp Willys

Mikes Willys build thread.

Very detailed
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Went on a really nice long weekend trip.

Started on phx. Up too kingman. Check out a friend's 40 achers. That night we zipped over to flagstaff for a nice dinner and camped out behind Mormon lake. At 64 degrees it was a great night. Mandatory fire included.

Saturday morning we took all forest roads ad far south as possible. A good half day of exploring until we reached the main road again. Since we still had time before meeting up for the night run through sunflower mine, we decided to stop my pyeatt draw. Awesome trail also.

We made it just in time at 8pm to meet the a local jeep club for the sunflower mine trail. Amazing trail. I would have never guessed a place like this exists in arizona. I will be returning to this place for a day time run.
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post #25 of 79 Old 08-24-2015, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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My friend Mike pretty much led this whole weekend trip.










Over all this was a great trip.
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