I'm somewhat new to the forum, but have been browsing a while. Thought I would get started and post up the latest addition to the Jeep.
To start off, I picked up a 2003 TJ Rubicon a few years ago. It had a few nice mods, so was attractive for a newbie to the Jeep world. The previous owner installed a 3.5" RELA, PSC Cage, Bumpers, Kilby OBA, and a few other small goodies.
After figuring the Jeep out, I slapped on some new springs, steering, armor, cage, seats, and progressed from 33" to 35" to 37" tires. Once things in the suspension started to wear, I added 5" of additional wheelbase to the rig.
This setup worked well, but wasn't exactly what it should be. This past May, the rear locker let go the first day in Moab. Being tired of reliability issues, I wanted to upgrade to something stronger. Also, instead of using the existing suspension, I thought it would be fun and challenging to build a new one on my own. Having seen Jon's Jeep perform the previous year, I knew what needed to be done.
Upon returning home, I got on the phone and ordered a few parts from David at Northridge4x4. I had previously spoken with Blaine a time or two over the phone, so started my build plan with him. After a LOT of time consuming questions of Blaine, I was finally ready to start building.
Its hard to picture an idea 100% over the phone, so I took the information that was provided and built around that. Between 80 hour work weeks for the business, it took nearly 5 months to complete the build. Its not perfect, but will work this go around.
I've still got some things to change. Once the Savvy skid is available, it will replace the RE center section. Along with the skid, the rear suspension will be changed out to a shorter setup that's tucked up out of the way. Full aluminum armor will go along with the Savvy skid. Also, will keep an eye on the aluminum arms. If I have troubles, will swap in regular arms.
While my Jeep was going through the transformation, My Dad did the same to his Jeep. I built the front components as my Dad built the rear. This route made it more efficient in building two Jeeps.
As for the performance, everything is doing good. The brakes are simply AMAZING!!! The brakes Blaine suggested will flat out stop the Jeep.
Again, a big thanks to my Dad, Blaine, and David for all the help.
Anyway, on with a few pics.