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Unread 05-06-2011, 03:13 PM   #796
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Are the JK axles all they're cracked up to be? There's another thread on JF about Why you like your Grand Cherokee, and the OP seems to hate on Jeeps a lot, even talking town JK's and their beefed up axles. I pointed him toward a website that goes into detail on the axles to set him straight, but I don't know much as far as real-world experience is concerned. I'd always thought JK 44's were made of awesome.

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Unread 05-06-2011, 03:29 PM   #797
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Are the JK axles all they're cracked up to be? There's another thread on JF about Why you like your Grand Cherokee, and the OP seems to hate on Jeeps a lot, even talking town JK's and their beefed up axles. I pointed him toward a website that goes into detail on the axles to set him straight, but I don't know much as far as real-world experience is concerned. I'd always thought JK 44's were made of awesome.
everyone on mallcrawlin thinks rubi JK axles aren't worth the money and will point you at 60's, sterling's, or whatever.

the used ones i got are already sleeved, gusseted, and have alloy shafts front and rear, diff covers, blah blah blah - otherwise then yes, you're going to spend a lot to do all that to them on top of them being a premium. for me, the facts that the ABS & speedo will just work, the wheel bolt pattern is the same, the disc brakes work without changing booster or proportioning, and the width is very close meant just a lot less things to deal with.

if you have your own shop to work at your own pace and have another daily driver, then sure - get some full-width junkyard heavy-duty axles and figure out the speedo, brakes, gears and such, and work with the geometry and get or make all your brackets, get air or cable lockers, buy new bolt-pattern wheels, and have a killer rig. for me this all sounded like too much.

*if* you can find rubi JK's for a decent deal and have Clayton or IRO suspension, then you're set - you just get the Clayton or IRO bracket kits and go for it. my only problems came from trying to make the IRO bracket kit work with my Clayton suspension because Clayton hadn't released his kit yet when i first was going to do this. i believe he has it all worked out now. IRO's kit is even more complete than his, but really not worth using probably unless you have their suspension (maybe the rear would be still).
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Unread 05-06-2011, 03:43 PM   #798
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here's part of the front - notice where the iro full-truss is hacked off, but we kept the bump-stop hit point (so i could ditch the giant bump-stop extensions i had):



here is what it would look like if i had the IRO "Y" suspension and could use the whole truss (pic from IRO site):



i wanted a full truss and was one of the things i thought i was getting with IRO. i didn't realize they have you hack off the cast-iron upper control arm mount on the drivers side to use their own adjustable mount that is part of the truss. if we did that, then we'd have to come up with something on the passenger side too (IRO has no passenger side mount at all). i didn't like that whole idea (cutting off a prefectly good strong mount), so we couldn't use the whole truss thing. oh well, live and learn (to not oversimplify things in your head!)
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Unread 05-06-2011, 08:18 PM   #799
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i wanted a full truss and was one of the things i thought i was getting with IRO. i didn't realize they have you hack off the cast-iron upper control arm mount on the drivers side to use their own adjustable mount that is part of the truss. if we did that, then we'd have to come up with something on the passenger side too (IRO has no passenger side mount at all). i didn't like that whole idea (cutting off a prefectly good strong mount), so we couldn't use the whole truss thing. oh well, live and learn (to not oversimplify things in your head!)
I hear you, I opted to go with rockcrawlers truss for the long side and welded it to the pumpkin; but I am considering adding this "over the diff" one from polyperformance as well, which allows you to keep the driver's UCA mount and will connect both tubes. I really like the rear truss though, looks way beefier than Clayton's.




Jeep's coming along nicely.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 09:41 AM   #800
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I hear you, I opted to go with rockcrawlers truss for the long side and welded it to the pumpkin; but I am considering adding this "over the diff" one from polyperformance as well, which allows you to keep the driver's UCA mount and will connect both tubes. I really like the rear truss though, looks way beefier than Clayton's.
i saw that poly performance truss too, i still may get one of those later
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Unread 05-09-2011, 01:26 PM   #801
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should i be worried that my jeep is in the hands of this guy today?

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Unread 05-09-2011, 02:57 PM   #802
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:O that can only be either a really good thing or a really bad thing lol
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Unread 05-09-2011, 03:33 PM   #803
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should i be worried that my jeep is in the hands of this guy today?
That photo is just badass!
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Unread 05-09-2011, 04:59 PM   #804
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did he save it, or end up on his lid?
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Unread 05-09-2011, 05:04 PM   #805
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did he save it, or end up on his lid?
saved it i think, because when i had asked him how EJS went he only said "great, nearly flipped it" - then today i saw the pics! if you look close you can see his right hand nearly to the shifter!
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:15 PM   #806
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should i be worried that my jeep is in the hands of this guy today?
Ha, ha, only if he takes yours on a test run like that when he gets it done!
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:15 PM   #807
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Man Im seeing this Jeep EVERYWHERE! Offroad Passport, Mall Crawlin, Jeep Expeditions. Its getting around.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:21 PM   #808
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Man Im seeing this Jeep EVERYWHERE! Offroad Passport, Mall Crawlin, Jeep Expeditions. Its getting around.
she's that kind of girl, she'll show her stuff anywhere - i tried to raise her right, but oh well!
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:14 PM   #809
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just realized i might actually be able to make it to GSW this year
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Unread 05-09-2011, 09:26 PM   #810
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just realized i might actually be able to make it to GSW this year
Do it!!!
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