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2008 JKU Rock Crawler

Discussion in 'Wrangler JK Builds (2007-2017)' started by OFFGRID, May 17, 2017.

  1. May 17, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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    OFFGRID

    OFFGRID [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Not quite a full build thread because I don't have many pictures, but my next major project on this jeep will probably be a LS swap or a super charger. I haven't decided yet. This is something that my father and I have been working on. This jeep has lived its life in Moab, and since my father has purchased another JK to ad to his collection of crawlers I decided to bring this one home with me to Texas to see how it wheels in Texas rocks. It is a 2008, and this is how it looked when we purchased it in 2014 with a 4 in lift kit on 37 Toyos with everything else bone stock including the gears except for a detroit locker in the rear and of course bumpers because they dont last long in the rocks.

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  2. May 17, 2017 at 7:19 PM
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    OFFGRID

    OFFGRID [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    This is it today with 40s, Teraflex Dana 60s front and rear, Arb lockers front and rear with 5.38 gears. Teraflex 4 in suspension with Teraflex sway bar quick disconnect.
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  3. May 17, 2017 at 8:54 PM
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    Damn I want 40s...and new axles.
     
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  4. May 18, 2017 at 7:04 PM
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    Sweet rig OFFGRID. I love your builds. Very nice
     
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  5. May 18, 2017 at 8:03 PM
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    OFFGRID

    OFFGRID [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Thank you. This was mostly dads idea. He wanted 6 inch long arms. He has one with long arms already and sometimes they get hung up. I thought we should see if we could make 40s work on the short arms and 4 in lift. It rides great and wheels great. Just really lacking in power.
     
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  6. Jan 9, 2018 at 7:17 AM
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    OFFGRID

    OFFGRID [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    The most recent addition to our JKU build. Bad weather eliminator.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jan 9, 2018 at 9:06 AM
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    aggrex

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    Tuffy>AEV>TTO>JW>STech>EVOcage>MagnaFlow>SpiderTrax>RockHard>TF>SpringTail>67design>Bolt>GPCA>Curt>
    Nice! Now it makes a bit more sense why you needed it trailered.
     
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  8. Jan 9, 2018 at 10:41 AM
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    Yep, and the stickies don't live long on the pavement. I had them a little over a year now and I have used almost half the tread. Some road travel to and from local trails in Moab and to the gas station to fill up here in TX. I have to drive a minimum of 4 hours to get to any decent trails in HOuston, TX so it really has become a trailer queen.
     
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  9. Jan 9, 2018 at 7:15 PM
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    Your JKU reminds me of the Alpine rig I saw last summer. You just need some crystal purple highlights.
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    Both. Nice rigs.
     
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  10. Jan 10, 2018 at 7:18 AM
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    Yea I see it. It will never happen! No purple here. I have a little hunter's green in the Beadlock rings and that was because I bought them used. If it doesn't have a necessary function, I don't spend the money on it. All of that bling I see on Jeeps, I see instead money that I could put towards axles or lockers or re-gears etc.
     
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  11. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:27 AM
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    I'm mostly like you, every upgrade has a function, but if I add something that has function I try to have the best form possible
     
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  12. Jan 10, 2018 at 6:24 PM
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    Yeah...I get it. Got some bling on my Jeep. Alot of functional upgrades too. Unfortunately up here in NJ. We don't have the wheeling trails and places to go like you guys have out there. But, I do have a few upgrades coming this weekend.....Hopefully. But the bottom line. We drive Jeeps. Jeeps owners are a special breed. And we are special. o_O.
     
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  13. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:39 PM
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    JKBob you have to have some trails within a 4 hour drive that you can take a group weekend trip to. I'm sure you checked out riderplanet to see where they are.
     
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  14. Jan 11, 2018 at 6:35 PM
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    Thanks @OFFGRID. I have checked out rider planet several times. You mentioned it some time ago in another thread. And I've been checking ever since. There are A few ATV and dirt bike complexes in NJ. I think what your referring to is Rausch Creek.www.rc4x4.org. their about a 3 hour ride out in PA. I've never been there. But I do have plans on getting out there this spring and summer. Only issue. They want you to wheel with 2 rigs. And none of my friends get why people own Jeeps. Yeah i know......and i call them friends. So i would have to take a chance and take the 3 hour ride. And hope i could hook up with some one that will let me ride with them.
    But anyway. I do get your point. If I had a need for lockers, better Danas, regearing, and quick disconnects. I'd have them with the money I put into this Jeep. I wish I did have a need for them. I'm envious of you guys that have places in your back yard to wheel.
     
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  15. Jan 11, 2018 at 8:59 PM
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    WV doesn't look too far of a drive from you. Ther is the Hatfield and McCoy trail system including Bearwallow which by itself is 22000 acres. That is huge! The largest we have around hear is 1000 acres and that takes me about 1.5 hours to drive the perimeter with all its obstacles. Look for some Jeep clubs that get together often. There is almost always a group in the club that goes out more often. I also here about a lot of trails in NY.
     
  16. Jan 12, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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    Thanks @OFFGRID for the advice. Would love to be able to drive an hour and a half to a trail. The little dirt and sand one i run every now and then. Is just a big circle around a lake where I fish some times. Nothing extreme. I have been doing some research into clubs. There is a couple I'm following and considering joining. Also, Rausch Creek offers and / or has these off-road seminars. Looking at hitting a couple of those up over the spring and summer. I have some issues as to why I can't travel 4or 5 hours from home or weekend trips. But hey, it is what it is.
     

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