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post #1 of 11 Old 06-02-2016, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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AlaskaViper's JKUR build

So I never thought I would do enough building to make a build thread that hasn't been repeated repeatedly. Any ways I traded in my built 1999 TJ for a 2009 JKU.



I traded that in for a 2014 JKU Rubicon X. So here's my blank slate.



Guess you could say the Easter bunny dropped it of since that's the weekend we got it. Actually we drove almost 7 hours to Akron, Ohio from Ft. Drum, NY to pick it up. The prices up here in NY are ridiculous.

2014 Black JKU Rubicon X, 3.5" RK x-factor lift, 37x12.5R17 on Procomp 7032.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-02-2016, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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So my slow build turned into a quicker build. What's my story? Well right after buying this JK I got some bad news. My sister who had breast cancer was rediagnosed and told her cancer matastized into her lung and upper chest cavity. Dr.s gave her less than 2 years to live. Obviously she is going to fight. Anyways the thought of her husband and 3 young kids growing up without their mother and only having memories hit deep down inside. So I decided I was going to build this jeep and get out wheeling as much as I can with the family. This way if anything ever did happened to me then my kids would have thousands of memories.

So first mods were installing the J.W. Speaker evo 2 headlights from my old jeep into this jeep. I also reinstalled my bumper and winch from the old jeep.

Next was a Rock Krawler 3.5" x-factor lift and 37" cooper STT Pros.


Installed in my garage over a weekend. It went much smoother over on the '14 then the '09 I did 2 years earlier. Had about 5" of clearance to spare.





2014 Black JKU Rubicon X, 3.5" RK x-factor lift, 37x12.5R17 on Procomp 7032.
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I ordered and installed the Rubitrux tailgate tire carrier to accommodate the 37s.


I did some testing of the gas gage. Turns out there's still enough gas to get to the gas station when below the "E"


Also got back on the trails after several years being off them.
My youngest 5 year old started crying and didn't like it but by the end he was asking when we were going again.




And here she is all cleaned up sitting outside work.


I then decided since I was going to wheel a lot more that I was going to upgrade axles. After several weeks of research I went with Dynatrac PR44U and PR60. ARB lockers, 5.13 gears, synergy ball joints, RCV shafts. Reid knuckles

Why did I not just upgrade the D44? Well I figured I could sell the good axles now, which that money would go towards the new axles. If I beefed up the D44 then broke them then that was money lost on resale.

Here they are before being shipped from Northridge4x4.




Also from Marcus @ RiverCityOffroad I got my ARB twin compressor, teraflex underseat mount, and Switch-pros switch module.



I also received my 1 ton tie rod and drag link from Fusion4x4. They look great and cant wait for the axles to install them

And after my day of working on the Jeep ended and relaxing with a beer. My son decided it was time to work on his power wheels Jeep.



Whats on my list? Well after seeing JeepMommas Molle on her tailgate, I finally found a purpose for my army issued prototype molle panel. I'm gonna attempt to mount it on my tailgate along with the axe thanks to Uncle Sam's misguided child's suggestion of the QuickFists.


Well that's it for now. I'll post when the installs start.

I'm also looking into the rugged ridge snorkel, and the bedrug kit.

2014 Black JKU Rubicon X, 3.5" RK x-factor lift, 37x12.5R17 on Procomp 7032.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-09-2016, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Axles have arrived and install is slowly taking place. Here are the old d44 and the new pr60.


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Gunny speaks the truth; QuickFist clamps rule and you have a superb selection of upgrades on this build-particularly those axles I am coveting....


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As simple as it sounds. I like the fact the spring retainers are built into the pr60.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-09-2016, 09:48 AM
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Looking good!!

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Axles are almost installed





Driveshafts won't be delivered until Friday so that means I miss my wheeling trip to Rausch Creek. ?
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Looking really good! SUB'd! I'm curious about the necessity of your axle swap. I too have purchased (yet to install, out of town at the moment) the 3.5 xfactor w/ 37" toyos and I am wondering if you were having trouble pushing your 37's or if you are just taking preventative measures against future damage of the admittedly weak d44's?

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I had no problems with the 4.10s in the stock axles. Was actually impressed it did as well as it did. I did it for more of a cost now or later thing.

I sell the axles now I get $3000 for them that go towards new axles. If I wait to get axles after I break one then that 3000 that I miss.

So preventive.
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post #11 of 11 Old 06-18-2016, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Axles are installed and driving.


Front with aluminum tierod and draglink from fusion4x4.com



Arb twin Compressor installed under front passenger seat.



And push buttons for all the controls from switchpros.com
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